LARRY MARIETTA Esteemed Bay Area musician Larry Marietta is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco City Chorus. In addition to his work with SFCC Mr. Marietta is the Fulltime Music Program Director for the First Congregational Church of Berkeley and Resident Conductor of the California Chamber Symphony. He is also on the adjunct music faculty of Contra Costa Community College where he teaches Introduction to Opera.
In the Bay Area he maintains an active schedule as a voice teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. With degrees in conducting and organ and vocal performance, he has served on the voice and keyboard faculties of Carnegie Mellon and West Virginia Universities and Washington & Jefferson, Chatham and Waynesburg Colleges. His choral conducting studies include such distinguished teachers as Robert Fountain, Paul Salamunovich, Ann Jones, Margaret Hawkins, Robert Page and Alan Harler.
A San Francisco Classical Voice review applauded his "evocative and delicately balanced piano accompaniments" and he was lauded in print by the Pittsburgh Concert Society for his "sensitive accompaniments, effectively capturing the dramatic essence of each song". Larry has appeared as a featured accompanist for the Aspen Music Festival, Metropolitan Opera Young Artists, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Pops and numerous regional opera theaters and community choruses as both accompanist and conductor.
As an organist he has been a featured recitalist throughout the US and Canada and has performed frequently in England, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland.? Renowned conductors with whom he has performed include Kent Nagano, André Previn, Lorin Maazel, Marvin Hamlisch and Dave Brubeck. Under the baton of the composer, he was the featured soloist for the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Aaron Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra.
His choral conducting credits include the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (Pgh. Symphony), Pittsburgh?s Benedum Orchestra, the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, PA Junior/Senior High School County, District, Honors and Regional Choir Festivals and PA Music Educators Association State Conventions. Recent Bay Area conducting performances include the Verdi, Mozart, Fauré, Brahms and Duruflé Requiems, Handel's Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Paulus, Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and The Creation and Vaughan William's Dona Nobis Pacem.