Cary Ratcliff, Artistic Director
Rochester composer CARY RATCLIFF composes in choral, orchestral, chamber music, art song and operatic genres. His numerous choral works range from the oratorio Ode to Common Things (on poems of Pablo Neruda), to the unorthodox Requiem: Eric Wolterstorff in memoriam, to works for children's choruses. Other works include his operas Eleni and Ellis Island, Moon Tiger Songs, Cello Sonata, and his prize-winning Viola Concerto. He has also composed orchestral soundtracks for the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. He is keyboardist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and is Music Director & Composer-in-Residence at Bethany Presbyterian Church. He holds a doctorate in Composition from Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Joseph Schwantner and Christopher Rouse, and also accompanied in the voice studio of Jan DeGaetani. He has subsequently taught choral arranging and orchestration courses at Eastman, and conducted dozens of programs with the Musica Nova Ensemble and Graduate Chamber Orchestra.
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 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.
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.