LEE WRIGHT, originally from San Juan Capistrano, California, came to Rochester in 1997 to attend the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ performance with David Higgs. He earned the Bachelor of Music with high distinction as well as the Sacred Music Diploma in 2003. He recently completed the Master of Music in choral conducting at Ithaca College where he studied with Lawrence Doebler. He is fascinated with the history of the African-American Spiritual, and plans to pursue doctoral work in conducting with a focus on this powerful music of slavery. His primary conducting mentors have included William Weinert, Kenneth Kiesler, Lawrence Doebler, Jeffery Meyer, and Brian DeMaris. Lee currently serves as Director of Music Ministry at Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, where he oversees a dynamic ministry for children and adults including the Downtown Arts Link series. He also maintains a private piano and organ studio and enjoys coordinating collaborative community music events. Before joining Madrigalia, Lee served as Artistic Director for the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus and was a charter member of the Christ Church Schola Cantorum. In 2008, Lee won first place in the National Association of Negro Musicians organ scholarship competition. When not waving his arms, he keeps his fingers busy as a collaborative pianist and avid knitter. To contact Lee via email, click here.
Daniel McInerney, Business and Administrative Manager
DANIEL MCINERNEY received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. He sings, and is an occasional soloist, with Rochester-area choruses Madrigalia, the Rochester Oratorio Society (ROS) and Voices. Solo appearances have also included concerts with the Irondequoit Chorale, as well as with several area church choirs. Since 1996, he has served as Madrigalia’s Administrator and also works part-time for UPS. Dan serves on the boards of directors for the Finger Lakes Choral Festival and the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium.
Joe Borrelli, Librarian
Bob Caruso, Concert Manager
Roger Wilhelm, Music Director Emeritus
Over his tenure as Music Director, Roger Wilhelm led Madrigalia through a significant period of growth. From 1989-2008, he not only expanded the repertoire of the ensemble, but also greatly increased its reputation within the community. His genius at programming was evident from the beginning, and the name Madrigalia became synonymous with unique, sometimes unusual, concerts of the utmost quality. Wilhelm led the ensemble through the production of five commercial recordings, several performances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and an appearance at the 2004 Eastern Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Wilhelm studied at Northwestern and Stanford Universities and served on the faculties of Kendall College, the University of North Dakota, and the University of Rochester's College of Arts and Sciences and Eastman School of Music. His publications include editions of early seventeenth-century music and the first performing edition of Mozart's Regina Coeli, K. 108. He served as Chorus Master for Opera Theatre of Rochester and Opera Under the Stars, Music Director of the Rochester Oratorio Society and Director of the Sanctuary Choir at Asbury First United Methodist Church.
He was named Music Director Emeritus in 2009.