Billy Janiszewski - Artistic DirectorBilly Janiszewski is a Director, Teacher, and Songwriter in the greater New York area. In 2014, Billy founded Tapestry, a not-for-profit choir, of which he is Artistic Director. Tapestry currently operates in residence at The Church of Saint Thomas More in Manhattan. He also serves as the Program and Music Director of Basilica Voices, a children’s choir established at The Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, and as Director of the Columbia University Glee Club. He has been a conductor and singer in C4: The Choral Composer Conductor Collective. From 2008-2009, he served as the Assistant Director of The Vernon Chorale in Vernon, Connecticut. As a teacher, Billy has instructed Choir, Music Theory, Songwriting, and Guitar at Highbridge Voices, Sacred Heart School in The Bronx, and The Cape Music Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed as a Tenor with The Vernon Chorale, The New York Choral Society, and The New York Choral Society Chamber Singers, where he has also been featured as a soloist. He has accompanied Highbridge Voices and The New York Choral Society Chamber Singers on guitar. In addition, Billy is an experienced songwriter and has released seven albums of original music, both as a soloist and with various bands. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Connecticut, and is studying for a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Manhattan School of Music.
Chris Wasko - Assistant DirectorChristopher Wasko is a chorus and general music teacher at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, CT, as well as the Membership Chair for the American Choral Director’s Association Connecticut state board. Christopher received his Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction, as well as Bachelor’s degrees (summa cum laude) in both Music and Education from the University of Connecticut, as part of the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s program in music education. Christopher achieved the university’s highest possible honors as an undergraduate, earning a University Scholarship in Music and an Honors Scholarship in Education. Christopher was previously the assistant conductor for the Vernon Chorale, a position he held for three years, and has been a student conductor and/or section leader for numerous other ensembles, including Vallis Musicae in Hartford and the UConn Men’s Choir. Christopher has studied choral music under the tutelage of Ehren Brown, Peter Bagley, Jamie Spillane, Craig Hella Johnson, William Weinert, Cheung Chau, and Michele Holt.
Vanessa May-lok Lee - Collaborative PianistAs an artist who “clearly has musicality and confidence in abundance” [Showcase Magazine] Canadian pianist Vanessa May-lok Lee is much sought after as a collaborative pianist. Having made her Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) debut in June 2014, Ms. Lee has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Jörgen van Rijen (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), and Jeffrey Beecher (Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) among others.
Ms. Lee enjoys a diverse career working with both instrumentalists and vocalists. Among her many collaborations, she works closely with conductors Kent Tritle and Dr. Ronnie Oliver at the Manhattan School of Music's Choral Department. Ms. Lee currently serves as a Faculty Accompanist at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and is on the piano faculty at Third Street Music School.
Ms. Lee graduated with a Bachelor’s in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto where she studied with Marietta Orlov, and a Master’s in Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London, England with Michael Young. In May 2014, Ms. Lee completed pre-doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music with John Forconi through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
For more information, please visit her website at www.vanessamayloklee.com
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