Cary Ratcliff, Artistic Director
Artistic Director Cary Ratcliff is now in his fifth season with Madrigalia. Under his direction, the chorus has released two CD recordings: For Better, For Worse: Music About Marriage, and On This Day Earth Shall Ring. The chorus also contributed to the recording of Ratcliff’s large-scale opera Eleni. Known as a composer of choral, orchestral, chamber music, art song, and opera, Ratcliff also is keyboardist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Recordings include a Harmonia Mundi 2015 release of his oratorio Ode To Common Things on poems of Pablo Neruda, by Conspirare under Craig Hella Johnson, which was nominated for Best Choral Performance for the 2016 Grammys; and Kathryn Lewek sings Cary Ratcliff on Albany Records. His compositions can be explored at www.Ratcliffmusic.com.
Daniel McInerney, Business 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 Finger Lakes Choral Festival, the Irondequoit Chorale, the Fingerlakes 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.
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.