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Madrigalia Personnel



Glenda Brayman - Pittsford
Jackie Castiglia - Victor
Karen Hospers - Penfield
Rena Monti - Penfield
Heather Watras - Fairport
Dawn Yehl - Canandaigua


Katherine Dupra - Fairport
Mary Mowers - Rochester
Brenda Nitsch - Penfield
Christina Schmidt - Rochester
Darlene Simmons - Brighton


Justin Doyle - Palmyra
Michael Gehl - Rochester
Daniel McInerney - Irondequoit
Donald Reaves - Pittsford
Jeff Tabor - Gates


Joe Borrelli - Rochester
Miles Ludek - Greece
Joe Finetti - Rochester
Jim Jefferis - Fairport
Craig Knight - Rochester





Rena Monti

Rena 3How Long have you been with Madrigalia? 

Two and a half years.

What attracted you to choral music?

There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing my passion for singing and allowing my voice to meld with those around me in luscious harmones that wrap me up like a warm blanket. Madrigalia is a blessing to me because of its members. Each is very special, an excellent musician, and a lot of fun!

Is there one person who made a difference in your musical career?

As a child, my mother always believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams. Presently, my husband, Mark, motivates and encourages me.

What are you passionate about?

My family, my work as a music educator and voice teacher, yoga, and going to the gym with my dear friend, Brenda.

What is your favorite piece you have performed with Madrigalia?

"Sure on this Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen. It reminds me of my dear mother, Camille, who recently passed away.

What are your three favorite pieces of music?

Music is such a powerful force! There are certain pieces that when listened to, touch me in such a deep and profound way. It's as if every possible emotion is present at the same moment; as if my heart cannot possibly contain them, and I feel as if I might burst! Rachmaninoff does that for me, especially his Second Piano Concerto in c minor and his haunting Vocalise (which is wonderful to sing, by the way). Currently, my favorite song on my iPod is "The Power of the Heart" by Peter Gabriel. My youngest daughter, Emily, keeps my apprecitation of music youthful.

What advice would you give to a young musician?

The most important thing a young musician needs to figure out is to find a way to practice effectively and critically. This will allow them to make their musical dreams come true.