RCS has been singing fine choral music since 1964. Based in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, it is a volunteer chorus, independent of any religious or educational institution. Members are a congenial group of people ranging from young adults to senior citizens: students, working people and retirees, singles and couples from diverse ethnic backgrounds. RCS numbers about 60 members, who come not only from Riverdale but also from other parts of the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester County.
John Lettieri became the music director of RCS in 2008, after serving as our accompanist on piano, organ and harpsichord for eighteen years. Mimi S. Daitz retired from the position after serving for ten and one half years, and has been given the title of "Music Director Emerita," in recognition of her many contributions to the growth and development of the chorus.
On October 22nd BronxNet sent a crew to do a story on the Riverdale Choral Society
as we celebrate 50 years of bringing beautiful choral music to
Riverdale and beyond. You can see the video HERE.
The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Composers will be in attendance at all events, interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the ASCAP Foundation, the BMI Foundation, the Cheswatyr Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Composers Now Festival
Every February in the five boroughs of New York City
Since 1964, the Riverdale Choral Society has been bringing joy to the community through performances of high-quality choral music. Our welcoming, diverse group of men and women rehearses weekly under professional artistic direction, singing both traditional and adventuresome repertoire. Through live concerts and community outreach, the chorus enriches the cultural life of the greater Riverdale area.