Webinars hosted by Jeffrey Brillhart


Singing City is offering a series of in-depth interviews with choral conductors, composers, and other artists. After the interviews, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. To learn more about each webinar, follow the links below.


Attendance for our 2020-2021 season events will be online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no cost to participate, but you will need to R.S.V.P. and provide your e-mail address. Ahead of each event, you will receive an email from Singing City with information on how to login to Zoom, an online meeting platform where we will host our webinars. All Zoom events will begin 10 minutes before the program starting time. We hope you will join us!


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Sunday, February 7, 2021, 2 p.m.–Making Music in the LGBTQ Community

With David Conte, Miriam Davidson, and Joseph Buches

David Conte (b. 1955) is the composer of over one hundred and fifty works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, including 7 operas, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, band, and chamber music.  He has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Oakland,  Stockton, and Dayton Symphonies, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra; and from the American Guild of Organists. In 2007 he received the Raymond Brock commission from the American Choral Directors Association, one of the nation’s highest honors in choral music. His work is represented on many commercial CD recordings, including in 2015 Chamber Music of David Conte, on the Albany label;  in 2016 Choral Music of Conrad Susa and David Conte, on the Delos label; and in 2018 Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte on the Arsis label. He is Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Learn More.



In May 2005, Singing City performed David Conte's Elegy for Matthew at the Irvine Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The work was written in memory of Matthew Shepherd, an openly gay young college student in Wyoming who was brutally murdered in 1998.


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Miriam Davidson has been Artistic Director of ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir since 2012. She is proud of this thoughtful and passionate choir more than she can say. A multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist, singer-songwriter, author, recording artist as well as choral director, she joined synagogue choir rehearsals with mom and dad at age five. She attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Petrie School of Music. As a performer she has toured extensively throughout the US, garnered many awards from both the Folk and LGBTQ communities and has recorded and coproduced eight CDs, several of which have won national awards. She overcame her own performance angst by learning accordion and banjo and playing them both in public.


For the past eight summers, she has led a pick-up choir of seventy people at a Unitarian Universalist summer institute, who, after four short rehearsals, sing their hearts out to a standing ovation crowd. She has directed the Festival Choir at the National Women’s Music Festival, is Music Director at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, and Makhelat Micha’el Community Choir at Mishkan Shalom. She is married to Kim Singleton and together, they homestead in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Joseph J. Buches was appointed the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus in September 2004. Mr. Buches received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, West Chester PA, where he studied voice with Dr. Raymond Friday. At Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Mr. Buches  studied voice with Kim L. Renas, Jack Wilcocks and Jolene Jeffers, and  organ with Dr. Kent Hill.


He has done extensive graduate work in conducting at Mansfield  University under Dr. Peggy Dettwiler and at Westminster Choir College  under Dr. James Jordan. Mr. Buches has also done extensive study in the  field of Music Technology through the University of the Arts at  Villanova University. Mr. Buches has served as the Director of Choral Music at The  Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA from 1998-2014, and Chair of the  Music Department and Director of Choral Music from 2000-2014. In  addition, he has served as adjunct vocal music faculty member at Penn  State University, Delaware County Campus. Mr. Buches currently serves as  music director/organist at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion,  Philadelphia, and organist at Girard College, Philadelphia.

Header Photo: Water and Foam, Plate 8 from Portfolio Three: Yosemite Valley, 1960; detail. Ansel Adams, c. 1955

Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Purchased with the Katharine Levin Farrell Fund, 1963


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