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Danica A. Buckley
Artistic Director and Conductor

Danica A. Buckley has been artistic director and conductor of the Choral Art Society of the South Shore since 2005. Under her leadership, the chorus performed a sold-out performance of Mendelssohn's St. Paul in 2009, for the 200th birthday of Mendelssohn and the 50th anniversary of the Choral Art Society. Other performances have included a variety of programming from English part-songs, to Viennese choral chamber music, to songs about the environment, and to Mozart's Requiem, Christ Lag in Todesbanden (Bach), Magnificat (Bach), Mass in Time of War (Haydn) , Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), all with the Choral Art Society Orchestra.

She also directs the Simmons College Concert Choir and the Lesley University Choir.

In addition to leading myriad choral rehearsals and performances, she is an adjunct professor of English composition and literature at Wentworth Institute of Technology and music history and English at Simmons College. She also teaches English composition at Lesley University.

Ms. Buckley holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. William Cutter. In the summer program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, she studied conducting with Dr. Andrew Megill and vocal health science with Dr. Scott McCoy.

In 1987, while earning a Master of Arts in English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, she founded The Tompkins Chorale, comprised of fellow graduate students, her own undergraduate students, and professors. During this time, she also studied voice at Meredith College with Jacquelyn Culpepper and Catherine Charlton. At Brevard Music Center she studied opera with Arnold Voketaitis and Ross Magoulas. She was also a soprano soloist at Pullen Baptist Church, performing under the direction of and studying conducting with Michael Hawn.

She moved to Vermont in 1988 to conduct Brigadoon at her alma mater, Norwich University, from which she had earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1985. She remained in Vermont until 1995, conducting the Northeast Kingdom Chorus, the Mad River Chorale (which she founded), the Warren United Church Choir, and several musicals in the community and at Green Mountain Valley School, where she founded the chorus. She also performed as a soprano in several productions and workshops with the Vermont Opera Theater.

In 1995 she moved to Pennsylvania to teach at Mercersburg Academy where she taught English and was assistant conductor of the choir.

From 1996-2002, she taught English and music at Cape Cod Academy, founded the Osterville Community Chorus, and served as soprano soloist and assistant conductor at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. From 2005-2010, she was music director at First Parish in Brookline.

Ms. Buckley is a member of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Conductors Association, and the Conductors' Guild.



Sarah Tocco
Accompanist

Since her debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City as an accompanist, Ms. Sarah Tocco has been an active concert artist as a soloist, an accompanist and a chamber musician around the New England area.

Piano has always been Ms. Tocco's passion since the early training of piano at the age of 6. Her love of performing has lead to numerous competition awards and scholarships such as Southern California Bach Festival, Herb Albert music scholarship, Manchester Music festival, etc., even as a young lady.

She studied at Manhattan School of Music in New York with Ms. Constance Keene and Dr. Alexandr Feder where she earned both BM and MM in piano performance. Studying with Constance Keene has left great impact on Ms. Tocco's concert career as a contemporary of long lineage of true Romanticism of piano playing since Ms. Keene herself was a renowned prodigy of Josef Hoffmann. Ms. Tocco's piano playing has been characterized by many music lovers as "sensual", "sensitive", "passionate" and "wonderful and insightful interpretation of music".

Ms. Tocco's recent CD with the music of Chopin, Brahms and Schubert is gaining an enthusiastic response from music lovers through out the world.

Ms. Tocco has traveled extensively for many concert tours around the world as well as the New England area with numerous choral groups and chamber ensembles, especially with a choral group, "Sharing A New Song". During these concert tours, Ms. Tocco has performed on many prestige concert venues such as Manus Opera House in Brazil, Hai-Fung Opera House in Vietnam, International House of Music in Moscow, Russia and other concert halls in Italy and Jamaica both as a soloist and an accompanist.

Presently, Ms. Tocco is a faculty of Winchester Music School and maintaining an active private studio in Newton. She currently is a candidate of Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Boston University, studying with a world renowned pianist, Mr. Sharon Boaz.



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