It’s so wonderful to feel a such a strong sense of community with NYCHORAL singers, whether they’ve been singing with us for 2 months, 2 years or 52 years

Patrick Owens, Executive Director

Patrick (“Pat”) Owens joined The New York Choral Society as its first full-time Executive Director in 2017. Since joining our chorus, Pat has strengthened our fundraising, marketing, finance, programming, volunteer engagement, and administrative activities. His lifelong passion for the transformative power of the arts and a commitment to organizational innovation and excellence are hallmarks of his leadership as he seeks to enhance the visibility and long-term sustainability of our chorus.

Over the course of his career, Pat has launched and managed capital markets, banking and business development divisions for large international banks, has advised on a variety of mergers and acquisitions in the financial services sectors, and has coordinated mergers of cross-border banking platforms. A devotee of eclectic genres of music and performance, with a particular love of classical music, he has developed a wide range of arts projects and commercial gallery programs. He has curated numerous exhibitions, produced numerous projects and has collaborated with a wide range of artists across a variety of media. As co-founder of The Lipton Owens Company, Pat focused on developing numerous curatorial projects and introduced emerging and mid-career artists to audiences throughout the U.S. He has also contributed to a number of artist monographs and exhibition catalogues. Pat holds a BA from Manhattan College and an MPA from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Harrison Hollingsworth, Assistant Conductor

Harrison Hollingsworth joined the New York Choral Society as Assistant Conductor in 2019. Harrison is a conductor of “polish, vigor, and energy” (NY Times), and serves as Music Director for Redeemer Downtown and as occasional guest conductor for the New York City Ballet. He was formerly the Music Director of the Columbia Bach Society and the Assistant Conductor and Conducting Fellow of the New York Youth Symphony.
Heralded a “bold, emergent, personality” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrison Hollingsworth is also widely regarded as one of the premier wind players of his generation. He is Principal Bassoon of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and is much in demand as a principal bassoonist, chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. Harrison has performed concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C, and others, and plays recitals everywhere from the Kennedy Center to La Mortella in Ischia, Italy. He has also played with the Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestras of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart, and the Chautauqua Symphony.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Harrison is a founding member of the musically eclectic Sixth Floor Trio, which tours across the country and has soloed with the Orchestras of Detroit and Louisville. He has also performed with Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Kingston, Olympic, Bay Chamber, Chesapeake, and Twickenham Music Festivals, among many others. As a pedagogue, Harrison has taught classes at the Manhattan School for Music, Mannes College, and the Chautauqua Music Festival, and he has adjudicated competitions and auditions at the Juilliard School.
Harrison also plays fiddle and writes original music with his Downtown Folk Band. Harrison received his Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music with a concentration in Bassoon Performance and a Master’s of Music from the Mannes School of music with a concentration in Orchestral Conducting.

Rachel Liss,  Production and Operations Manager

Rachel Liss is responsible for our in-person and digital production planning, preparation, and management; concert and event operations; and  rehearsal planning and logistics.  As Production and Operations Manager, Rachel coordinates our relationships with production partners, collaborators, and venues and support the planning and implementation of all of our concerts, productions, guest appearances, special events, and rehearsals.

Rachel’s  joins us with experience as an artist manager, ensemble manager, musicologist, and singer. Prior to joining NYCHORAL, Rachel worked as an artist manager at Park Avenue Artists, where she planned and produced events and performances for Joshua Bell, Larisa Martínez, and Time for Three. While there, she also served as Project Coordinator for Time for Three’s new album, Letters for the Future, which was released on Deutsche Grammophon this past June.

Before her time at Park Avenue Artists, at the  New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Rachel was responsible for general research and collections management and reorganization, including the Marilyn  Horne Collection of scores. She also conceptualized, created, and hosted a successful virtual book discussion and author talkback on The Magic of Beverly Sills by Nancy Guy.

Rachel is a graduate of Mannes School of Music with a Master of Music in Voice and Opera and completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a minor in Music History at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She began her musical training on the piano at age 6.  A native New Yorker, she performed with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and attended both LaGuardia High School for the Arts and Manhattan School of Music’s PreCollege program. While at LaGuardia High School, she made her operatic debut in the title role of Hélène in Jacques Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and sung as the soprano soloist in Francis Poulenc’s Stabat Mater. She also performed with Mannes Opera, reprising a role she had earlier performed with the Oberlin Opera Theatre — that of The Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Her most recent operatic role was with Chautauqua Institution, where she was seen as the Sandmann in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel.  While at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rachel served as personnel manager of both the Oberlin College Choir, and the Oberlin Musical Union.  As manager, Rachel was responsible for all logistics related to technical and dress rehearsals and ran all performances. She also served as one of Oberlin Conservatory’s Ensemble Librarians.

David Ralph, Accompanist (in memoriam)

The New York Choral Society mourns the loss of our accompanist and dear friend David Ralph.

David had appeared as piano and organ soloist in most of New York City’s major concert halls and has toured the United States and Canada as accompanist for professional vocal groups including the Robert DeCormier Singers and the Dusing Singers. He has accompanied such artists as soprano Eleanor Steber and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and was rehearsal accompanist for the Spirituals concert starring Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman at Carnegie Hall as well as for the Carnegie Hall Christmas Gala featuring Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Wynton Marsalis, and André Previn.

Mr. Ralph was also accompanist for the Oratorio Society of New York. He has recorded for numerous record labels including Arabesque, Newport Classic, Sine Qua Non, Book-of-the-Month, Musical Heritage, Greenhays, Albany, and Centaur in styles ranging from classical to folk, gospel, and pop. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

We remember him for his kindness, musicianship, and friendship.