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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.

Ellyses Kuan

A native of Hong Kong, Ellyses started taking piano lessons at age three. She received a full scholarship for her Masters Degree, studying Piano Performance with Barry Snyder at the Eastman School of Music, and was selected to represent Hong Kong at the International Kirishima Music Festival in Japan. Among her other major teachers and mentors were Dr. Siu-Wan Chair Fang, Paul Odette and WU Dao-Wai. She also performed in masterclasses by John Perry, Dang Thai Son and Malcolm Bilson.

Ellyses is enthusiastic about chamber music and collaborates with artists from all over the world. She performs as a soloist and is particularly passionate about Baroque and Classical performance practices, striving to bring authentic music interpretation to her audiences.

Aside from being an active performer, Ellyses is currently the music director of EKS Music School in Quincy, MA. She has taught piano master classes in Boston, New York, San Diego, Greensboro, Green Bay, Toronto, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She is also a founding member of Boston-based piano and cello duo, Duo Amie (www.duoamie.org). Ellyses spoke on the Boston GuitarFest Roundtable Panel on Entrepreneurship and Making a Career in Music Work, in 2014. Her music school was also featured in the Boston Globe the same year. She performed at Austria's Schloss Esterházy in the 2017 Classical Music Festival. Recently, she was elected President-Elect of the Massachusetts Music Teacher Association, and received a 2017 Steinway & Sons Top Music Teacher award.

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