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Who We Are - a partial list -



bass member since 2009 

education City College of New York, Brown University 

profession opera singer, product manager, project manager, programmer/tech manager, high school physics teacher 

favorite composer Wagner 

favorite opera, musical Die Meistersinger, West Side Story 

favorite performer/group Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, David Oistrakh 

performance attended recently Metropolitan Opera (Rake’s Progress) 

favorite author Fyodor Dostoevsky 

last book read Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
regular reading, viewing, listening New York Times, Guardian, MSNBC, WQXR 3 

favorite visual artist Nolde 

favorite movie On the Waterfront 

favorite TV show Seinfeld 

best pizza Patsy’s (East Harlem) 

favorite spectator sport golf 

favorite comedian or comic actor George Burns, Danny Kaye 

person I admire Louis Armstrong 

pastime cooking, travel 

favorite museum, outdoor space Neue Galerie; Central Park 

why I sing Love of opera led me to singing (after having played the clarinet). Music is central to my life


member from 2003-2007; rejoined 2022 second tenor 

education Harvard College, Columbia University School of Law 

profession regulatory consultant, teacher of food law; food and drug lawyer (retired) 

favorite performer/group Wynton Marsalis, Philadelphia Orchestra, Beatles, Alicia de Larrocha 

performance attended recently Norah Jones 

favorite author John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann 

last book read Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight regular reading, viewing, listening 

New Yorker, MSNBC, NPR 

favorite visual artist Van Gogh 

favorite movie Citizen Kane, 2001: A Space Odyssey 

favorite TV show Law and Order (original series) 

best pizza Venice Restaurant (Ridgefield, Connecticut) 

favorite composer Mozart, Florence Price 

favorite opera, musical Die Meistersinger, West Side Story, The Music Man 

favorite team Giants 

favorite comedian or comic actor George Carlin, Amy Schumer 

person I admire Dr. Anthony Fauci, Winston Churchill, Harriet Beecher Stowe 

pastime playing guitar, reading 

favorite museum, outdoor space MoMA; Kent Falls State Park (Connecticut) 

volunteer work board member and speaker, Food and Drug Law Institute 

why I sing I love “harmonizing” with my fellow singers – in both senses of the word: creating wonderful music amplifies feelings of friendship and camaraderie. 






baritone member since 2018 (webmaster)

education Clarkson University, Hunter College, Empire State College, City College of New York, Fordham University 

profession musician (founding member, Blue Öyster Cult); play and tour with Blue Coupe, the Bouchard Brothers, the Dictators, and Robert Gordon; high school music teacher (retired) 

favorite composer Beethoven 

favorite opera, musical Turandot, Hamilton, Kinky Boots 

favorite performer/group Dave Brubeck Quartet, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ventures, Beach Boys, Beatles, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Metallica, Steely Dan 

performance attended recently Foo Fighters 

favorite author Stephen King 

last book read Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir by Steven Van Zandt 

regular reading, viewing, listening Rolling Stone, PBS; Marc Maron, Mary Spender, Band Geeks, Home Skoolin’ (podcasts/vlogs); NPR, WQXR 

favorite visual artist Seurat 

favorite movie The Apartment 

favorite TV show Breaking Bad 

best pizza Famous Famiglia 96th (Upper West Side) 

favorite team Mets 

favorite comedian or comic actor Chris Rock 

person I admire Barack Obama 

pastime running 

favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Central Park 

volunteer work New York Road Runners events; United Federation of Teachers 

why I sing I sing to express myself in a universal language and as a form of meditation. I also love it. 



 president (former treasurer, librarian) member since 1973 second tenor

education Princeton University, University of Virginia (Darden) 

military service Army Reserve (21 years); Vietnam, active duty; lieutenant colonel, retired 

profession real estate finance (retired) 

favorite composer Dvořák 

favorite opera, musical Rusalka, South Pacific 

favorite performer/group Dave Brubeck Quartet, Bill Evans, Beatles, Judy Collins, Elton John 

music purchased recently Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal 

favorite author Ron Chernow, Lee Child, David McCullough 

last book read The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas 

regular reading, listening Wall Street Journal, New York Times, WQXR 

favorite visual artist Monet, Rodin 

favorite movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Sorrow and the Pity 

favorite TV show M*A*S*H 

best pizza, sushi Sal & Carmine, Miyako (Upper West Side) 

favorite team Yankees, Giants 

favorite comedian or comic actor Robin Williams 

person I admire Benjamin Franklin 

pastime golf, tennis, bridge 

favorite museum, outdoor space AMNH; my roof garden 

why I sing It’s therapeutic – it relaxes and soothes me



assistant secretary (former president, vice president) member since 1986
first tenor 

education Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 

military service Army Corps of Engineers (combat engineer), first lieutenant 

profession materials management 

favorite composer Mozart, Mendelssohn 

favorite opera, musical Madama Butterfly, South Pacific 

favorite performer/group Beatles, Moody Blues, Charles Aznavour, Nina Simone, Yo Yo Ma 

performance attended recently Toby Keith 

favorite author Clive Cussler 

last book read The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson 

regular viewing, listening MSNBC, WQXR 

favorite visual artist Michelangelo, Picasso 

favorite movie Gone with the Wind 

favorite TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monk 

best pizza, sushi Rizzo’s (Astoria), Ko (Upper East Side) 

favorite team Yankees 

favorite comedian or comic actor Mel Brooks, Benny Hill 

person I admire Winston Churchill 

pastime picking up litter in Central Park, swimming in saltwater pool 

favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Central Park 

volunteer work secretary, Vietnam Veterans of America (Manhattan chapter) 

why I sing I’m continuing a family tradition – my mother and sister were in choruses. I started singing as a teenager and have not stopped. 



member-at-large (former president, secretary, treasurer) member since 1977 baritone

education Yale University, Harvard Law School


Unfortunately our beloved Richard passed away before our most recent concert. Rest in Peace Brother.



member since 2006 first tenor 

education Baruch College, Long Island University (Brooklyn campus) 

profession comptroller 

favorite composer Mozart, Handel, Fauré 

favorite opera, musical Carmen, Hamilton, 110 in the Shade 

favorite performer Mandy Patinkin 

last book read Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch 

regular reading, viewing New York Times, HG network, MSNBC 12 

favorite visual artist Sargent 

favorite movie The Sound of Music 

person I admire Winston Churchill 

pastime painting, gardening 

favorite museum, outdoor space Met; New York Botanical Garden 

volunteer work taught reading to learning-disabled adults 

why I sing It brings me joy. 



member since 2017 second tenor 

education Stony Brook University, Pace University 

profession investment strategist, political analyst, policy analyst 

favorite composer Beethoven 

favorite opera, musical Turandot, Guys and Dolls 

favorite performer/group Beatles 

performance attended recently Melody Gardot 

last book read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of Their Lost World by Steve Brusatte; The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution by
Donald Prothero 

regular reading, viewing, listening Washington Post, MSNBC, PBS; listen to all types of music via cable 

favorite visual artist Picasso 

favorite movie Casablanca 

favorite TV show Mad Men 

best pizza, sushi Felice 83, Sushi Seki (Upper East Side) 

favorite team Knicks 

favorite comedian or comic actor Robin Williams 

person I admire Christopher Hitchens 

pastime politics, writing (including humorous song lyrics to existing melodies), swimming, bicycling, hiking, being a smarta** 

favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Fort Tryon Park 

why I sing I have music in my head and on my mind all of the time.


member since 2009 baritone 

education Cornell University 

profession manager (workshop for people with intellectual disabilities) 

favorite composer Mozart 

favorite opera, musical The Magic Flute, The Sound of Music 

favorite performer/group Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Eagles 

performance attended recently Roger McGuinn 

favorite author/last book read The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny 

regular listening Fresh Air, Selected Shorts (NPR), WQXR 

favorite visual artist Monet 

favorite movie Casablanca 

favorite TV show Vera 

best pizza Angelo’s (Midtown East) 

favorite spectator sport tennis 

favorite comedian or comic actor Red Skelton 

person I admire John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. 

pastime New York Times “Crossword” 

favorite museum, outdoor space Frick; Roosevelt Island 

volunteer work feeding homeless people (St. John’s Memorial Episcopal Church in New Jersey) 

why I sing It makes me feel connected to the universe. 


member since 1993 first tenor 

education Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey City University 

profession math teacher, piano technician, musician, mental health worker, program aide (working with high school students) 

favorite composer Beethoven, Bach, Brahms 

favorite opera, musical La Bohème, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, West Side Story 

favorite performer Nat King Cole 

performance attended recently Ocean Grove Choir Festival 

favorite author Kahlil Gibran 

last book read algebra and geometry texts 

regular reading, viewing RV magazines, MSNBC 

favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind, On Borrowed Time 

favorite TV show All in the Family, Blue Bloods, Jeopardy! 

favorite team Yankees, Mets, Giants 

favorite comedian or comic actor George Burns 

person I admire Richard Rodgers 

pastime motorhome camping, conducting, bicycling 

volunteer work Partnership for the Homeless; crisis intervention hotline counselor 

why I sing I love the male choral sound – as a toddler I listened to Fred Waring on the radio and TV (he featured a men’s chorus with his orchestra). My mother said I sang before I talked. 

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Second Tenor


member from 2015-2017; rejoined 2022 baritone 

education Lehman College, Pacific College of Health and Science 

profession student (master’s program in acupuncture) 

favorite composer Mozart, Handel 

favorite musical Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods 

favorite performer/group Lake Street Dive, La Santa Cecilia, Whitney Houston, Catherine Russell 

performance attended recently El Caribefunk 

favorite author Paulo Cuelho 

last book read The Dawn of Yangchen by F. C. Yee regular viewing, listening 

Gaia TV (YouTube), Tiny Desk concerts (NPR) 

favorite visual artist Caravaggio 

favorite movie Matilda, Jumanji 

favorite TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender 

best pizza Two Boots (East Village), Fumo (Harlem) 

favorite comedian or comic actor Joan Rivers (and our conductor Gene Wisoff) 

person I admire Don Miguel Ruiz, Eckhart Tolle, Joe Dispenza 

pastime learning Italian and other languages 

favorite museum, outdoor space AMNH; Central Park, Highline 

why I sing It makes me ecstatic. Nothing compares to making a joyful noise with others. The harmonic blending of voices feels like a sonic hug and always makes my day 1,000 times better.






member since 1999 second tenor 

profession manufacturer’s representative 

education Brandeis University 

favorite composer Bach 

favorite opera, musical Don Giovanni, Guys and Dolls 

favorite performer/group Glenn Gould, John Coltrane, Jackson Brown, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Otis Redding, Leonard Cohen 

performance attended recently, music purchased War (live), Oshima Brothers (Dark Nights Golden Days) 

favorite author Herman Melville 

last book read Historic Black Brooklyn: 400 Years of Struggle and Hope by Brian Merlis and Clarence Taylor 

regular reading, viewing, listening New York Times, New Yorker, Mother Jones, Atlantic, BBC TV, NPR, WNYC, WFUV, WQXR 

favorite visual artist Calder 

favorite movie Pennies from Heaven (1981 version) 

favorite TV show The Wire 

best pizza, sushi Denino’s (Staten Island) and dessert across the street at Ralph’s Italian Ices; Kouzan (upper West Side) 

favorite team Mets, New York Rangers, Giants 

favorite comedian or comic actor Charlie Chaplin 

person I admire Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, King David 

pastime golf, archival research in art and design 

favorite museum, outdoor space Whitney; Highline 

volunteer work Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America 

why I sing Singing is instant happiness. It gives me hope and courage and connects me to the musical world. 



member since 2016 bass 

education Manhattan College, Purdue University 

military service Air Force ROTC 

profession computer scientist (retired) 

favorite composer Mozart 

favorite opera, musical Aida, H.M.S. Pinafore, Man of La Mancha, Carousel, South Pacific 

favorite performer/group Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra 

performance attended recently Andrea Bocelli 

favorite author Connie Willis (science fiction) 

last book read Tom Jones by Henry Fielding regular listening 

Siriusly Sinatra, Willie's Roadhouse, 60s Gold (SiriusXM) 

favorite visual artist Michelangelo 

favorite movie Casablanca 

favorite TV show Keeping Up Appearances 

favorite team, spectator sport Mets, golf 

favorite comedian or comic actor Mel Brooks 

person I admire Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. 

pastime bass fishing 

favorite museum MoMA, AMNH 

volunteer work control subject, U.S. POINTER Study (Alzheimer's Association) 

why I sing When I took voice lessons a while back, I discovered I’m a bass, not a tenor. At that point, singing became much more gratifying and has since become an avocation. 


Steve Ridley

member since 2019 Bass

education Computer Processing Institute 

profession desktop technician 

favorite composer Beethoven 

favorite musical The Fantasticks 

favorite performer/group Stevie Wonder, Prince, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Patti Austin, Diane Schuur, Ann Hampton Callaway;
Earth, Wind & Fire 

performance attended recently Ann Hampton Callaway 

favorite author James Baldwin 

last book read A Promised Land by Barack Obama 

regular viewing, listening Eyewitness News; Urban View (SiriusXM) 

favorite visual artist Basquiat 

favorite movie American Pop 

favorite TV show The Flintstones 

best pizza Famous Famiglia 96th (Upper West Side) 

favorite team Giants 

favorite comedian or comic actor Richard Pryor 

person I admire Bill Russell 

pastime writing music 

favorite museum AMNH 

why I sing It’s in my blood! 


Ben Rinsler

baritone Member since 2009

education University of California (Berkeley) profession software analyst, program management favorite composer Bach, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi favorite opera, musical The Magic Flute, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar favorite performer/group Beatles, Zombies, The Who, George Jones, Louis Jordan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Carole King, Radiohead performances attended recently Resurrection Symphony (Mahler), American Utopia (David Byrne) favorite author George Eliot, J. R .R. Tolkien last book read A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube by Patrick Leigh Fermor regular listening WNYC, In Our Time (BBC Radio 4) favorite visual artist my brothers Peter and Jonathan; Michelangelo, Rembrandt favorite movie Lord of the Rings favorite TV show Only Murders in the Building favorite comedian or comic actor Monty Python, Marx Brothers, Larry David person I admire my wife; Beyoncé pastime skiing, outdoor activities favorite museum Frick volunteer work co-op board president; backup cook, St. Michael's Saturday Kitchen why I sing Making music together, and especially singing, always lifts the spirit and evokes the sublime.


Mike Seidita

member since 2921 second tenor 

education Long Island University (Brooklyn campus) 


collections, U.S. Treasury Department (retired) 

favorite composer 



favorite opera, musical Aida, Jersey Boys 

favorite group Duprees 

last book read The Orphan Master by Jean Zimmerman 

regular reading, viewing, listening New York Post, Kings Courier, PBS, 1950s-60s music stations 

favorite visual artist Van Gogh 

favorite movie Casablanca 

favorite TV show Law and Order (original series) 

best pizza Famous Joe's and Bleecker Street Pizza (West Village) 

favorite team Mets 

favorite comedian or comic actor George Carlin 

person I admire Abraham Lincoln 

pastime going to dinner and a movie with my family 

favorite museum, outdoor space New York Transit Museum; Central Park, Prospect Park, Roosevelt Island 

volunteer work tour guide, Big Apple Greeters; tour assistant, Ellis Island 

why I sing I love it. I was in a folk group and glee club in high school and college. I’m especially fond of the American Songbook. 


Gary Samuels


education Middlebury College, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 

profession senior vice president, chief communications officer (clinical laboratory) 

favorite composer Rachmaninoff
favorite opera, musical Turandot, Sweeney Todd 

favorite performer/group Bill Evans; Earth, Wind & Fire 

performance attended recently, music purchased Ron Carter Trio (live); Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band (Novus Series '70) 

favorite author Tom Wolfe 

last book read Chapman Piloting & Seamanship (69th edition) 

regular reading, listening New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WKCR 

favorite visual artist Pissarro 

favorite movie Dr. Strangelove 

favorite TV show The West Wing 

best pizza Roberta’s (Bushwick) 

favorite team Mets 

favorite comedian or comic actor Larry David 

person I admire Winston Churchill 

pastime listening to music, going to concerts, skiing, bicycling, boating, kayaking 

favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Central Park, Highline 

volunteer work food pantry, Newark; homeless shelter (Breaking Ground) 

why I sing I love harmonizing and blending with other voices. There’s something about singing in an ensemble that’s just great for my soul. 

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