Our Team

Board of Directors

President
Vice President
Treasurer
Rec. Secretary
Corr. Secretary

Members

Mark Kantrowitz
Daniella Ashbahian
Nicholas Bell
Peggy Brizzolara
Cecilia Doris

Willis Bott
Dick Cantor
Joseph Christensen
Paul Donohoe
Linda Glasgal
Blake Kelly
Dejah Olsen
Marjorie Winters

Music Director
Managing Director

Dusty Francis
Jami Latham

Dusty Francis | Music Director

Dusty Francis

Conductor and bass-baritone Dusty Francis enjoys an active career as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator in the New York metropolitan area and across the country. He currently serves as Music Director of the Park Slope Singers and of the Ars Musica Chorale; Founding Artistic Director of the New Jersey State Children’s Chorus; and Associate Conductor of the New York City Master Chorale. Francis holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Edward Maclary and James Ross.

When not on the conducting podium, Francis can often be heard singing with some of the country’s finest professional choral ensembles, including the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra, the Atlanta-based Skylark Vocal Ensemble, and the Manhattan Chorale. He has sung under such visionary conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Christoph Eschenbach, Matthew Halls, Paul Goodwin, and Rinaldo Alessandrini in such revered venues as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Chartres Cathedral, and The National Theater of Korea.

In addition to his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland, Francis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, graduating summa cum laude. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. A native of Ohio, he currently resides in Manhattan.

Marjorie Vandervoort | Assistant Conductor

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Marjorie Vandervoort began her long association with Ars Musica in the early 1980s. She has served as soprano soloist and associate/assistant conductor under founder Joyce Keschner, Italo Marchini, Robert Long, Kelly Crandell and Dusty Francis. (Marchini dubbed her “Die Feldmarshallin” for her skill at getting the singers into concert formation.) She took part in all the concert trips to Europe, conducting and soloing in Belgium in 1983 and subsequently in other places. A high point was singing Gershwin’s “Summertime” at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, in 2003.

Vandervoort is now in her 23rd year as Music Director of the Ridgewood Choral, a women’s chorus established by Frank Kasschau in 1929. er conducting experience includes work as assistant conductor of the Rockland Camerata, guest conductor of Harmony Basket Chorus (a choir of Japanese women), and church choirs.

Marge grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, where she studied piano with Howard Kasschau and Florence Monell Marble. A resident of Closter for over 60 years, she and her late husband Robert raised three daughters; grandchildren and great-grandchildren complete the family. She has an art and custom-framing business, The Mirage Portfolio.

Travis Horton | Pianist

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Pianist Travis Horton made his performance debut at age fifteen with the Five Platters of international renown at the Dorton Arena to a crowd of over 7,500 people. Mr. Horton is currently faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and staff at the National Dance Institute, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Mr. Horton has performed internationally as a collaborator and solo pianist. He made his Carnegie hall debut in April of 2016, performing with choirs selected from across the country. He has been requested for several European tours with choir groups, performing in Spain, Italy, and Germany. At the Meadowmount Chamber Music Summer Program he performed and recorded the first Rachmaninoff Piano Trio with Mark Djokic and Victor Wu. His deepest passion, however, is classical song–melodie and lieder. He performs regularly in and around New York City and the East coast in traditional salon performances.
Mr. Horton, collaborating with four peers, started the B­sides original pop group. He performed over 400 shows with this group, going on several tours across America, playing the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles and CBGB’s in New York City, the SXSW indy music festival in Austin, Texas, and other shows, clubs and festivals all across the country. The B­sides recorded three full length albums and a handful of short albums, landing a record deal with the upstart label Trekky Records.
Travis Horton received his Master’s in Collaborative Piano from the New England Conservatory in 2011, studying with Dr. Cameron Stowe, and his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2008. He attended the Meadowmount Chamber Music Summer Program in the summer of 2004 and the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music for high school from 1999 to 2001, where he studied with acclaimed pianist Eric Larsen of the American Chamber Trio.He also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying classical music with Dr. Thomas Otten and jazz with Dr. Edmund Paolantonio.

CONTACT US

Email
info@arsmusica.org

Phone
(551) 226-9305

Mailing Address
Ars Musica
PO Box 525
Paramus, New Jersey 07653

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MANY THANKS

Discover Jersey Arts

Ars Musica’s concert season is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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