Our beloved choral director, Mallorie Chernin & her cutie patootie daughter, Martie.

Mallorie Chernin is Director of Choral Music and Senior Lecturer at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she directs three choirs: The Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Glee Club, and coaches the Madrigal Singers, known collectively as the Amherst College Choral Society.  The activities of the Choral Society are many, including travel both in the United States and abroad, with recent tours to Costa Rica, Greece, Iceland, Estonia, and Ireland.  On campus the choirs perform for traditional College functions such as Family Weekend, Homecoming Weekend, and Commencement, and each group performs individual full-length concert programs.  Prior to becoming Director of Choral Activities at Amherst College in 1986, Ms. Chernin served on faculties at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Mallorie is active as a clinician, teacher of voice and conducting, and guest conductor, having recently conducted the Vermont All-State and Massachusetts South Eastern District Festival choruses, and the Female Vocal Ensemble of the New Hampshire Chamber Music Educators Association All State Chamber Music Festival. 

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mallorie Chernin completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College located in Princeton, New Jersey.  Mallorie did doctoral work (ABD) at Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.  She studied with Robert Fountain, Joseph Flummerfelt, Frauke Haasemann, Gerry Mack and Alexander Dashnaw, and performed with Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, James Levine, and Leonard Bernstein.  As a singer and member of the Westminster Choir she performed at the Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy.

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