Chorus Spotlight

Get to know members of the MasterVoices chorus

Spanning from enthusiastic high school students to seasoned singers with over 30 years of participation, our chorus is a testament to a collective dedication to the sheer joy of musical expression. As part of our commitment to sharing the stories behind the voices, we have undertaken an ongoing project to present spotlight interviews with our talented members. Every quarter, we take pride in featuring four spotlight interviews, offering an intimate glimpse into the lives and passions of these remarkable chorus members.


tOM hOM

Member since 1980
Tenor

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Tom joined the chorus in 1980 as a tenor, coinciding with the time that Robert Bass became conductor. He is a devoted husband, father of two, and grandfather of three.  After graduating from Stuyvesant H.S., Brooklyn College, and obtaining a degree in dentistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Hom was in solo practice in Chinatown, serving the community for 44 years. Among his patients were members of the chorus. In addition to singing, he has been an enthusiast of racquetball, golf, culinary adventures, and world traveling.

Singing Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio at Carnegie Hall was a standout experience for Tom, who got to meet the star himself.  McCartney not only attended all rehearsals but was also extremely open and accessible to the chorus. Other special memories include the performance of Elijah with Bryn Terfel, as well as singing with the chorus for Pavarotti Plus with Luciano Pavarotti, as part of the Richard Tucker Foundation concerts that were broadcast on PBS.

Tom states the combined experience of expanding the musical repertoire from singing the choral classics to opera, and now to staged Broadway theater productions with Ted is the reason for his continued presence with MasterVoices.  Where else can you find such immeasurable joy and meaning?


eMY zENER

Member since 2016
sOPRANO

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Emy, a licensed clinical social worker, is no stranger to the stage. She began ballet and modern dance training at the age of three, spent six summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, a place she still calls her “favorite physical place on earth,” and completed her high school years as a boarder at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Emy studied theatre and women’s studies at Wesleyan University and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at New York University.

For the past 20 years, Emy has incorporated her acting training and love for visual arts and movement into her work as a therapist in community mental health, working with women and LGBTQ communities. Emy recently opened her own private practice where she continues to work with high achieving individuals with a significant mental health and substance use history.

Seeking another creative outlet, Emy discovered MasterVoices in 2016 and said “I want to do that!”  Emy delights in the diverse mix of choral singing and musical theatre, and especially loved playing Fleta the Fairy in Iolanthe! Emy and her husband Max are the proud parents of Lucy, who will be attending Oberlin College in the fall.


jONATHAN bASS

Member Since 2023
bASS

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Jonathan is “very sad “ –  because his beloved Yankees did not perform up to their potential this past season. Otherwise, fresh from graduating from Skidmore College in 2022, he is very much enjoying his dream job: teaching fourth grade at his alma mater, The Collegiate School in Manhattan. Since his experience as a summer camp counselor as a teenager, Jonathan has embraced the role of educator and the significant influence teachers can have on their young students – and the gratification a teacher earns from the experience.  “I enjoy developing a relationship with the kids and watching them grow and change even in the span of just one school year.”

Singing with MasterVoices is part of Jonathan’s DNA. The son of  The Collegiate Chorale’s Music Director, the late  Robert Bass, and MasterVoices Board Co-Chair Juliana Chen, Jonathan grew up surrounded by music. Jonathan recalls hearing some of the great stars of opera and Broadway rehearse with his father in the family’s apartment. “Although I can read music and sing, I knew that I was not at the level to have a professional career in music ”, he relates; but he has had the opportunity to be in the audience for very many of The Collegiate Chorale/MasterVoices performances over the years and has attended both Verbier and Israel trips where his father conducted. Last year Jonathan joined the chorus for his first concert,  Iolanthe.  “The Collegiate Chorale/MasterVoices was my father’s legacy and I  am thrilled and proud to be a part of it.”

Jonathan’s favorite MasterVoices performance that he attended was the Lord of the Rings concert and he hopes to have a chance to participate in a like event in the future. The future also holds decisions about graduate work and moving into his own apartment with some friends.


Eileen Richter

member since 2015
aLTO

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Eileen has worked as a residential real estate broker in Brooklyn for the past 25 years, but before that, she had a successful career performing all over the world as a jazz and cabaret singer. These days her sound has taken a more classical turn since she was drawn to  MasterVoices for the production of Dido and Aeneas. She has also traveled to Verbier with the chorus. Eileen, and her husband Paul and daughter Hannah are also musicians. A longtime fan of Studio Ghibli’s films which she enjoyed when Hannah was growing up, the Hisiashi concert at Radio City Music Hall was a special experience,  but even more thrilling was singing alongside Hannah who also now sings with MasterVoices. When she is not singing, you can find Eileen in her kitchen creating special dishes from her harvest of vegetables from her garden in Brooklyn.

Eileen sums up her  MasterVoices experience as  “Joy & Satisfaction” derived from “hard work on-stage!”


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