Jack Eppler, Founder and Director
Jack Eppler asked the Church of the Holy Apostles in 1994 to host a chorus open to anyone in the community without having to audition. The chorus has grown from a handful of people to nearly 100 singers and continues its original mission to restore singing to the day-to-day lives of ordinary people. The chorus has commissioned numerous new compositions over the years, and presents two standing room-only concerts each year.
As a professional chorister, Eppler sang 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. 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, all in New York City. He was soloist with the Birmingham (Alabama) symphony in 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. He toured Israel and Japan in Dolmen Music by composer Meredith Monk, and sang the premieres of performance pieces by composer Tan Dun and choreographer Jerry Pearson.
He teaches voice at his Greenwich Village Studio, and is delighted to teach singing to acting majors at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Evan Alparone, Accompanist
Evan Alparone is a music director, accompanist, teacher, and San Francisco Bay Area native currently living in New York City. After graduating from UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theater program, Evan began studying choral conducting at San Francisco State University, and from 2007–2010 directed the choral program at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California. From a few music classes he grew the program to a touring and competing choir of over 150 students. After serving as music director at the Open Door United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California for seven years he continued this work at Valhalla United Methodist Church in Westchester County, New York. As a music director Evan has worked on several off-Broadway shows, including The Little Dancer at Theater 71, Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth at the Theatre at St. Clements, and Annie Warbucks at the Signature Theater. Additionally he serves as a staff accompanist for NYU’s New Studio on Broadway and an artistic associate for Amas Musical Theater.