A choir for the CNY community
MasterWorks Chorale members hail from Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties in Central New York. Some have been with the Chorale for decades, others for a few or several years, and some just joined this season. New members, from high school age up, are welcome in September and January. We rehearse weekly from September through May, learn exciting choral music, and perform at concert venues throughout the area.
The Chamber Singers, a smaller auditioned ensemble, learn additional material and perform a varied repertoire of a cappella music at area events.
Our volunteer Board of Directors includes Jim Brady, Carol Bryant, Pam Freeman, Nancy Hart, Judy Holmes, Diane Kalweit, Christina Kochan, Jane McMahon-Gilly, Audrey McNally, Katie Moran, Marianne Sherman and Carol Wixson. Music director and conductor Kip Coerper serves as president of the Board.
Kristan Sheppard, our accompanist, holds a bachelor's degree in music education (piano) from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master's in music performance (choral conducting) from George Mason University. Kristan is the music director for Auburn Junior High School musical theater productions, music director and pianist for Auburn United Methodist Church, and in demand as a keyboardist for area stage productions.
"Anyone who has a heart for singing is welcome."
–Kip Coerper, ChM
Kip Coerper, ChM, our music director and conductor, earned a music degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and has studied at Westminster Choir College, the Hartt School of Music and Catholic University of America. He has received Service Playing and Choirmaster Certificates from the American Guild of Organists, and has performed major choral works as bass soloist. Kip was a high school choral music teacher and church organist/choir director for 20 years before his current position as organist and choirmaster for St. James’ Episcopal Church in Skaneateles. He is a founding Board member of the Leadership Program for Musicians in Small Churches of Central New York.
Assistant director Carol Bryant earned her bachelor's degree in music education from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and her master's in piano performance from Michigan State University. Carol taught music in public schools for 13 years, then worked for 15 years in nonprofit administration with the Syracuse Symphony, Syracuse Children’s Chorus, Skaneateles Festival, and Jowonio preschool. Since 2010, she has taught local Music Together classes, as part of an international music education program for young children and their families. A member of the Chamber Singers, Carol also leads her own jazz group, The Carol Bryant Trio.