Greg Gilpin began piano lessons at the age of four and while continuing his music study in piano, trumpet, French horn and voice, he became an accomplished accompanist in middle school, high school and college. By the time he attended university, he had also directed a church choir for four years. His first choral works were published while attending Northwest Missouri State University, where he received his degree in Vocal Music Education.
Mr. Gilpin resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and since 1986, his career has been and continues to be musically diverse. In addition to his work in music education, he has traveled internationally as a back-up singer for various artists, in demand studio musician and producer and is a well-known ASCAP award-winning composer and arranger. He is a highly respected choral conductor throughout the United States and internationally including the respected and historic venues of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Gilpin also enjoys conducting educational choral tours for singers of all ages to various locations, including Washington DC, Ireland and Hawaii, learning and appreciating culture and history while making beautiful music together as a choral ensemble.
He is currently Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, a well-known and respected choral publisher and is a member of ACDA, NAfME, SAG-AFTRA, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Musical Director & Conductor Kathryn E. Schneider, most recently Deputy General Counsel of a public New York City technology company, has worked professionally as an organist, pianist and choral director since her early teens.
Ms. Schneider studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College and Teachers College, Columbia University (learning from, among others, Drs. James Jordan and Dino Anagnost). She studied organ principally with Dr. George Stauffer at Columbia University, and, while pursuing her law degree there, served as Assistant University Organist, performing frequently on the famed Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Paul's Chapel. Currently, Ms. Schneider studies voice privately with acclaimed soprano Harolyn Blackwell. Ms. Schneider has been musical director of the New York City Bar Chorus since 1996 (after three years as the group’s accompanist), and has either conducted or played for virtually all of the chorus's 300-plus concerts.
An active member of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association and the New York Choral Consortium, Ms. Schneider has been honored to conduct four times at Lincoln Center: at Mostly Mozart’s 50th anniversary mass-choral event the public domain (al fresco in the plaza), and three times at the National Chorale’s legendary “Handel’s Messiah Sing-In” in Geffen Hall (with her next appearance there scheduled for December 20, 2019). While Ms. Schneider has sung previously in this space (as an alto in the Oratorio Society of New York and the Collegiate Chorale), tonight marks her Carnegie Hall conducting debut.