The People

Douglas Anderson, Music Director


Douglas Anderson is a conductor, composer, educator,and producer who has been active in the New York music scene for over 40 years. He began his professional career as a jazz musician at the age of 12, and made his professional debut as a conductor in 1973, leading the Boston Ballet in Peter and the Wolf on Broadway. Since then he has conducted a variety of ensembles and over 75 world premieres. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and is currently on the faculty of CUNY/Borough of Manhattan, where he is a Professor of Music and was for 14 years Chairman of the Music and Art Department. He is continually in demand as a clinician/adjudicator and for master classes.

Douglas Anderson founded the American Chamber Opera Company in 1984 and conducts the Downtown Symphony in New York City. He is internationally known and a prolific composer, with a variety of works ranging from orchestral to opera to jazz. His opera Medea in Exile, to a libretto by Andrew Joffe, premiered in June 2000. He also wrote the original scores for The King of Jazz, a radio play featured on National Public Radio in October, 2001, and Joshua and David, a movie by Michael Spinelli. In 2009 he was a featured composer at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, where he spoke about his Chamber Symphony No. 3. He is often interviewed for various media,and his opinions on music as well as his own compositions, have been broadcast locally, nationally, and internationally. Douglas Anderson resides with his family in Noxon, New York.

David Johnson, Rehearsal Accompanist

David Johnson is a graduate of Lawrence University, Conservatory of Music, with a major in organ. He earned his M.M.A. from Yale University School of Music, majoring in organ performance with a minor in Harpsichord. David is currently director of music at Greenwich Reform Synagogue and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenwich, CT. He serves as staff accompanist for the Bedford Central School District. The Putnam Chorale is delighted to have David as rehearsal accompanist and he has been with us for many concert seasons over several years. He has written numerous choral works, several on commission from vocal groups in Greenwich. Mr. Johnson lives in Danbury, CT.

The Board of Directors

Nick Simonelli,President
Jay Ryan, Vice President
Jane Freeman, Secretary
Lonnie Powers, Treasurer
Alma Baridon
Joan Ehmann
Irene Muller
Mary Rogers
Jenny Zand

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The Members

The Putnam Chorale includes singers from every town in Putnam County, plus northern Westchester,southern Dutchess and Fairfield counties. All that is required to join this congenial group is a love of singing. There are no auditions. We would like to perform these works with as large a chorus as possible, so if you were ever considering joining now is the time! Tenors and basses are especially welcome! See Sing with Us  for more information on rehearsal locations and details.

The Putnam Chorale Ensemble

The Ensemble is a group of singers whose outreach is dedicated to bringing music to area nursing homes, hospitals, and community events. Anyone may join but there is some extra rehearsal time involved.On September 11, 2002, members of the Putnam Chorale met together and sang portions of Mozart’s Requiem to honor the victims of the September 11 attacks. They were participating in the “Rolling Requiem” performed by chorale groups across the world as their local time zone reached 8:46 a.m., the time of the attack. As that hour rolled across the country all the chorale groups began to sing Mozart’s Requiem, and in Carmel, members of the Putnam Chorale stood in the Veterans Hall singing, thinking of the families who suffered from such great loss, and bringing comfort through music.


Other Events and locations in the local community where the ensemble has performed are:

Old Southeast Church – Summer Sing, Vocal Arts Workshop and Summer Performance
Putnam Nursing Home – Spring/Holiday selections, old favorites
The Plaza at Clover Lake – Spring/Holiday selections, old favorites
Putnam Nursing & Rehabilitation Center – Spring/Holiday selections, old favorites
Putnam Hospital Center – seasonal music
Carmel Hamlet Civic Association – Christmas Tree Lighting
Carmel Hamlet Civic Association – Menorah Lighting
Village of Brewster – Christmas Caroling
Town of Patterson – Special town event
Lake Carmel – Earth Day Celebration
Mahopac Falls Fourth of July Celebration – patriotic selections
Putnam County Park Civil War Reenactment – Civil War music
Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent – Multicultural Millennium Celebration
Mahopac Library – classical music selections
September 11th Memorial – “Rolling Requiem”
Brewster Founder’s Day Celebration

If you know of other events in which you’d like to request our participation in, please contact us. Be sure to include:

A description and purpose of the event
Dates and time of the event
Host or sponsor of the event
Music preference for the occasion
Your name and phone number as a contact.

We will discuss your request with the Putnam Chorale Board Members and respond back to you promptly.

Thank You for considering us!