Our Leadership

BCAS Leadership

Marcia A. Giambrone, Conductor/Music Director

Named one of Western New York’s Business First 2013 WOMEN OF INFLUENCE and more recently voted New York Theatre Guide 2016 PERSON OF THE YEAR, Marcia Giambrone proudly marked her 30th season with the Buffalo Choral Arts Society in the fall of 2016. During her tenure, this vibrant, non-profit organization has continued to grow in stature and audience appeal.

Ms. Giambrone began her conducting career as a high school choral director at West Seneca West Senior High School where she and her students developed an exemplary vocal/choral department. Besides classroom teaching, she directed numerous Broadway musicals and inaugurated the Sacred Music Mother’s Day concerts, a tradition which is still carried on today.

Her community choral conducting career started with her appointment to the Orchard Park Chorale in 1981 as Conductor/Music Director. In 1987, she was appointed to that position with the Buffalo Choral Arts Society.

Ms. Giambrone received both BFA (Music Education) and MFA (Aural Perception and Vocal Pedagogy) from UB, with additional studies at SUNY Fredonia, Westminster Choir College and Canisius College. However, her experiences as a singer under the baton of Robert Shaw at both Westminster Choir College Summer Workshops and at the Carnegie Hall Workshop for Singers and Conductors in NYC, were truly a highlight of her teaching and conducting training.

As a teacher, Ms. Giambrone was awarded Teacher of the Year from NYACDA, ECCMC/ECMEA, and the West Seneca Central Schools.

Since her retirement from public school teaching, Ms. Giambrone has taught at SUC at Fredonia and Houghton College. In addition to supervising Music Education student teachers during that time and leading various workshops for teachers and conductors, she has also conducted festival All-County and NYSSMA Area All-State choruses.

Among many other interests, family, friends and sports are most important, and she is an avid Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills fan.

John F. Mitton, Accompanist

Now in his 16th year as accompanist for the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, John Mitton continues to delight both audience and chorus with his unmatched musical abilities. John is currently on the music staff at West Seneca West Senior High School.

He performs extensively in Western New York as an accompanist and soloist. Additionally, he has accompanied many all-county and area all-state junior and senior high school choruses.

John performs in numerous recitals and was selected to be the pianist for the 100th Anniversary Chromatic Club Recital.

He served as the conductor of the Young World Singers for ten years. In June of 2016, he retired after serving for 21 years as the musical director for the Iroquois High School Musical. Recently, he has added to his credits performances with MusicalFare and Canisius College.


Board of Directors

President—Kevin Phalen, Doctor of Chiropractic

Vice President—Gail Leary, Retired music educator

Secretary—Christina Reece, Retirement Senior Administrator

Treasurer—Jill Herron, Project Manager

Members at Large:

Kim Guido, Retired Social Studies Educator

Shandra Holt, Advertising Creative Director

Jessie Kelsey, Talent Recruiter

Rick Lesniak, Retired Professor

Thomas Naber, Educator