Joseph D’Eugenio is currently in his 20th year as GMChorale’s Artistic Director and Conductor. Under his baton, GMChorale just celebrated its 40th anniversary season with concerts featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, G.F. Handel’s Messiah with New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford premiere of Sarah Meneely-Kyder’s epic oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944 with Hartford Chorale and Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Vocal Alchemy with GMChorale Chamber Singers.
For more than two decades as conductor and clinician, D’Eugenio has led choruses and orchestras in preparation and performances of the great choral masterworks with orchestra that span the centuries. In 2009, D’Eugenio was named Conductor of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. As guest conductor, D’Eugenio has led various workshops and festivals, including the CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) Summer Festival in 2015.
Under his leadership, GMChorale has commissioned and premiered the music of many noted contemporary composers including Gwyneth Walker, Eugenie Rocherolle, Peter Niedmann, Colin Britt, Ellen Gilson Voth, Lee McQuillan, and Henry Mollicone. The GMChorale’s most substantial commission, Letter from Italy, 1944, was first premiered to great acclaim in 2013. During its composition, D’Eugenio collaborated with both composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder, and librettist, Nancy Meneely, to create the oratorio’s book/storyline.
D’Eugenio has instructed choral groups at various schools, colleges, and universities, including Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. An accomplished pianist and organist, he has been Director of Music at First Congregational Church, Cheshire, Connecticut since 2003, where he oversees the church’s music program. An accompanist of the first rank and in demand by concert artists, D’Eugenio frequently accompanies song recitals and professional choral organizations, including CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and VOCE. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from The Hartt School and the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut, he maintains a private piano studio.