Cienniwa Named Chorus Master

News from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Paul Cienniwa has been named NBSO Chorus Master for the 2012-13 season. He will be working extensively with local choral groups in preparation for the NBSO's upcoming "Handel's Messiah" concert which will be performed at St. Anthony's Church on November 25 at 3:00pm. In addition to his Chorus Master duties, Cienniwa recently performed to rave reviews as harpsichord soloist on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 at the NBSO's "A Concert of Concertos" at Wickenden Chapel.

This year, the NBSO's 4th annual performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah will also feature Schubert's majestic Magnificat. The NBSO Chorus is made up of over 125 members from area choirs, including Mastersingers by the Sea (David MacKenzie, director), Sine Nomine choral ensemble (Paul Cienniwa, director), the Greater New Bedford Choral Society (Gerald Dyck, director), the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus (Beth Armstrong, director), the South Coast Community Chorus (Frank Wilhelm, director), the Sippican Choral Society (Brian Roderick, director), and the Spirit of St. Anthony Choir (David Touchette, director).

A resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, Cienniwa leads an active musical life in southeastern Massachusetts and the Boston/Providence regions as a conductor and soloist. He is director of Sine Nomine choral ensemble and choral director at Framingham State University. As organist and conductor, he is music director at First Church in Boston, where he leads the fully professional First Church Choir and can be heard weekly on WERS (88.9 FM) Boston. As a harpsichordist, Cienniwa has a burgeoning career as a soloist, recording artist, and ensemble player. He performs extensively and has been cited by the Huffington Post for his "inner sense of creative flow, fueled by an abundance of musical imagination and desire."

Cienniwa started his undergraduate studies as a pianist in the studio of Michael Ruiz at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and completed his bachelor's degree at DePaul University. In 2003, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. He been awarded Belgian American Educational Foundation and Fulbright grants, and his musicological articles and reviews have appeared in American and European journals, including Early Music, Ad Parnassum and Early Music America. He has taught at the Yale University School of Music, Salve Regina University, and Mount Ida College. He continues to teach at UMass-Dartmouth and Framingham State University.

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