Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, of Italian-Brazilian origin, Founder and Artistic Director, PAULO FAUSTINI has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America as a classical vocal artist in recitals, concerts, ensembles, operatic productions, churches and vocal, choral music workshops. As a member of The Westminster Choir he performed with world leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, National Symphony, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, and worked with conductors such as Bernstein, Abbado, Muti, Masur, Mehta. He was a contracted professional singer for The New York Choral Artists and performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and famous churches in the tri-state area. He was a singing participant of the Spoleto Festivals U.S.A. and Spoleto, Italy, for 13 summers, in many operatic productions of composer and director Gian Carlo Menotti. He has also performed with ensembles such as Fuma Sacra, Piffaro, as well as the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Berkshire Opera, The Philadelphia Singers at the Academy of Music and at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and has worked and performed with Joseph Jennings and CHANTICLEER at their Sonoma Choral Workshop in California, as well as Peter Phillips and members of The Tallis Scholars in Ávila, Spain. Recently he has appeared as tenor soloist in a performance of Monteverdi’s “Selva Morale e Spirituale” with Zenobia Musica under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, in Madrid. He has held positions of Choir Director and Music Director at the Unitarian Churches of Summit, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, as well as soloist and section leader at St. Martin in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.
PAULO FAUSTINI is founder and artistic director of UMBRIAN SERENADES, a unique choral and cultural summer program for both amateur and professional ensemble singers alike, based in Umbria, Italy, from 2006 through 2016, and presently in the Castilla & León region of Spain. His program has taken many singers to perform in many awe-inspiring Italian cathedrals, churches and museums, such as the Duomo and UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Salvatore in SPOLETO, the Basilica of St. Francis in ASSISI, the cathedral in ORVIETO, and other churches in both Umbria and Tuscany regions of Italy, as well as in the Castilla & León region of Spain.
PAULO has been inspiring singers and students of the vocal art for over 30 years. Many of his students have been accepted into major music schools in the United States such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Westminster Choir College. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In addition to his voice studio in Philadelphia, he has held positions of voice faculty and vocal artist in residence at the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Vocal Chamber Music Program in Lakeville, CT, Voice Instructor at Westminster Choir College, and Artist Faculty of Voice at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey, and at Haverford College. As a Brazilian Portuguese Diction Specialist he has coached talented singers at The Curtis Institute of Music, Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), Westminster Choir College, and at The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS). He has also taught vocal technique and conducting master classes at the Sacred Music Society of São Paulo, Brazil, and has been an invited judge at the Westminster Vocal Scholarship Competition at Westminster Choir College. He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with distinction and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Voice from Westminster Choir College, School of Music of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Guest Conductor, DAVID HAYES is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio/choral and operatic genres. His role as Music Director of NYCHORAL (New York Choral Society) complements his other roles as Music Director of the Mannes Orchestra and Staff Conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. The 2017-2018 season marks Mr. Hayes’ sixth season as NYCHORAL Music Director, and third season as guest conductor of UMBRIAN SERENADES.
DAVID has served on the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2001-2011. In May 2015, he completed twenty-three years as Music Director of the critically acclaimed professional vocal ensemble The Philadelphia Singers, which was the resident chorus of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2000-2011. He served as Interim Director of Orchestras for Temple University during the 2014-15 season. DAVID has also served as a cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic as well as for Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 1999 European Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Equally at home both orchestrally and vocally, DAVID is in demand as guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies across North America. Recent guest conducting engagements have included a production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore for Opera Memphis, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and the East Coast premiere performances of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as a new production of Massenet’s Manon for the Curtis Opera Theatre. In addition, DAVID also conducted the 90th Anniversary Gala performances of the Martha Graham Dance Company at New York City Center in April 2016. In summer of 2016, he guest conducted at Berkshire Choral International in Newport, RI and Umbrian Serenades in Spoleto, Italy, and in 2017 in Soria, Spain.
Past seasons have included concerts with such significant ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières (Canada), Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Temple University Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Curtis Opera Theatre, European Center for Opera and Vocal Art, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, The Washington Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral International and the Verbier Festival.
Trained as a violinist and violist, DAVID received his Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Hartford and a diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. DAVID served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America from 2000-2009 and re-joined the Chorus America Board of Directors in June 2016.
CHARLIE AUGER, Program Coordinator, is a Massachusetts native, fluent in Spanish and Italian, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Italy and Spain. While living in Milan, Italy, in the 1980s he co-founded and operated a language school and translation service. He later earned an M.A. in Spanish at Middlebury College Language Schools’ program in Madrid. Before taking early retirement in 2015, CHARLIE worked for 15 years as manager of an academic department at Brown University in Providence, RI. His administrative experience, dedicated detailed work behind the scenes, as well as his knowledge of Spanish language and culture, are key contributions to the program in Spain.