Announcing the Interim Choral Director
St. Paul’s is thrilled to announce the appointment of Will Doreza to the position of Interim Choral Director for the next year. Will is an experienced and passionate musician who has already been a part of the life of St. Paul’s as a baritone section leader for five years. Will will begin his work at St. Paul’s this coming August. Read on for a note from Will, as well as his professional biography.
I am elated to join your community as Interim Choral Director next fall, and to continue the wonderful legacy of music of St. Paul’s on the Green that has enriched my life for many years. I don’t need to say much about how isolating and painful the COVID-19 pandemic has been for this parish and for its musicians, but I am very happy to talk about how excited I am to return to in-person music-making, as I’m sure many of you are. We can accomplish wonderful things together with this renewed passion and perspective.
My primary goal in this new position is not simply to sustain the music program while the parish seeks a permanent Music Director, but to continue nurturing and growing your love and involvement with music. Whether you are a choir member, enthusiastic hymn-singer in the pews, or just have a simple and quiet love of music; your participation in our music program is cherished and important. Like the St. Paul’s community as a whole, the choir community is diverse, affirming and inclusive. Utilizing the full extent of my skills and resources, I will work steadfastly to make singing an empowering and joyful experience for all.
Will Doreza is a professionally trained and experienced baritone soloist, ensemble musician, vocal coach, conductor, and pianist. A recent graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music program in Early Music, Oratorio and Chamber Music, Will has performed as a soloist and member of the Yale Schola Cantorum, with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, Nic McGegan, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Recent and upcoming engagements include projects with The Crossing, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the New York Philharmonic, and The Thirteen. Will also holds a Masters of Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, where alongside voice, he studied conducting with Joe Miller, James Jordan, and Steve Pilkington. He has conducted ensembles such as the Westminster Master Singers and the Westminster Sacred Music Lab, and participated in the Norfolk Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting workshop led by Simon Carrington. Will has been a singer, soloist, section leader, vocal coach, and conductor at St. Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut for more than five years.