We are the chorus for everyone!
A non-sectarian community chorus located at 28th St. and 9th Ave. in Manhattan
Jack Eppler, Founder and Director
Jack Eppler approached the vestry of Church of the Holy Apostles in 1994 with a proposal to start a chorus to which everyone in the community would be invited without having to audition. The chorus has grown from a handful of people to more than seventy-five singers and continues its original mission to restore singing to the day-to-day lives of ordinary people. The chorus has commissioned numerous new music over the years, and presents two standing room only concerts each year.
As a professional chorister, Eppler has sung under the batons of Leopold Stokowski, Zubin Mehta, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerard Schwarz, Roger Norrington, and Kurt Masur, as well as with the New York City Opera. He was bass soloist at the acclaimed Bach cantata series at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan. Other oratorio experience includes the the Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Taghkanic Chorale under Johannes Somary and the Brahms Deutsches Requiem with the San José State University Chorus under Charlene Archibècque. Operatic roles include Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte with the Young Artists Opera, The Old Maid and the Thief with the Bay Chamber Opera, and Trouble in Tahiti with the Mannes Opera Theatre. He was also soloist with the Birmingham (Alabama) symphony for a Porgy and Bess concert.
Eppler's meticulous attention to text has earned him praise as a singer who can be understood. Numerous composers have written for him. His innovative recital repertory stretches from the twelfth through the twentieth centuries, with a special emphasis on contemporary American music. Eppler has toured Israel and Japan with Dolmen Music by avant garde composer Meredith Monk, and performed in the premieres of performance pieces by composer Tan Dun and choreographer Jerry Pearson.
He has an active voice studio in Greenwich Village, and he is delighted to teach singing to acting majors at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
J. David Williams, Accompanist
J. David Williams was born in the small west Tennessee town of Paris. He was exposed to music from the very beginning, owing to the fact that his mother, Peggy, is a church musician, choir director, and singer. He studied piano with Larue Lowe, then Rae Shanklea student of of Allison Nelsonand later with Nelson herself, who had been part of the world renowned two piano team Nelson & Neal. Williams was fascinated by the thick, sonorous orchestral sound of the organ in his church. He began self-study of the organ in junior high school, due to a lack of organ teachers in the area. Later, he took lessons with Maxine Clark, and then Ondra Farmer, who he succeeded as organist at First Christian Church in Paris at age 15.
Williams received his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance at the University of Cincinnati Williams College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with David Mulbury and Roberta Gary. Subsequently, he relocated to New York to begin the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School, where he studied organ and improvisation with Gerre Hancock. He went on to the Manhattan School of Music for a Doctor of Musical Arts in organ, where he studied performance with John Walker and improvisation with McNeil Robinson.
Williams has a keen interest in improvisation. He was a finalist in the St. Albans International Improvisation Competition in 1987, and a semi-finalist in the 1998 National Improvisation Competition of the American Guild of Organists. He has made recordings with the Boys Choir of Harlem, the U.S. Air Force, Pro Organo records and Sony/EMI.
Early in his career, Williams was Parish Musician at Christ-St. John Lutheran Church in West New York, New Jersey and Associate Organist at The Riverside Church. Currently, in addition to accompanying the Holy Apostles Community Chorus (which he has since its founding), he is Director of Music and Organist at The Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Organist at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan.