David Rosenmeyer is in his twelfth season as Music Director of the Fairfield County Chorale, a 100-voice adult chorus based in Norwalk, Connecticut. David rehearses the Chorale and produces three concerts, accompanied by the Fairfield County Orchestra, every season: a holiday-themed concert in December, as well as concerts in March and May. Performances take place at the Norwalk Concert Hall.
Past performances of the Fairfield County Chorale under David Rosenmeyer’s direction include Bernstein: A Centennial Celebration, with performances of Chichester Psalms and Make our Garden Grow from Candide, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which was performed both in Norwalk as well as with the New Haven Symphony in New Haven, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Mass in C, and many more.
The planned repertoire for the 2020 December concert was a performance of Handel’s Messiah, a perennial favorite of the Chorale’s patrons. When it became evident that the COVID pandemic would not allow for a live performance, Maestro Rosenmeyer embarked on an ambitious choral adventure with his enthusiastic singers. Weekly rehearsals for the virtual concert, “FCC Presents, Gifts”, airing at 4:00pm on December 20th, 2020 began in September via Zoom.
David Rosenmeyer also serves as the Associate Conductor of the prestigious Oratorio Society of New York. He has conducted the Society at Carnegie Hall in performances of Britten’s Te Deum, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Stravinsky’s Mass. David was the chamber orchestra conductor for Britten’s War Requiem. He has also conducted the Society on tour in Hungary, Rome, and Japan.
In addition to directing and conducting, David Rosenmeyer is a composer. Recent productions include Maria de Buenos Aires with Bare Opera in which David was both the conductor and the pianist. He also composed Exercises on the presence of Odradek, a new opera commissioned by Bare Opera that premiered online. He has also conducted the American Modern Ensemble and recorded a virtual performance of Messiah, Part 1 with Teatro Grattacielo.
David made his debut with the Bellas Opera Company of Mexico City in 2009, leading a staged gala at the Cervantino Festival. From 2003-09, David served as Music Director of the Bach Society of Columbia University. Highlights of his tenure included the New York premiere of Camargo Guarnieri’s Missa Diligite, an evening of music by Robert Cuckson, several world premieres and a staged production of Dido and Eneas. In 2007, he was music director for the famed Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, which toured the U.S.A. In 2002, David was music director and pianist for the world premiere of The Sandman, an opera by Thomas Cabaniss, directed by David Herskovits in a production by Target Margin Theater.
David Rosenmeyer was raised in Argentina and Israel. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish, Hebrew, French, Portuguese, Italian and German. A Beatles fan from a young age, as a young teen he attended a concert with Maestro Zubin Mehta at the podium and knew at that moment that he, too, wanted to become a conductor. He studied choral conducting in Argentina at the J.J. Castro Conservatory of Music and orchestral conducting at the UCA in Buenos Aires.
David arrived in the United States with his wife, mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen, in 2001 to pursue his Master’s degree in conducting and music theory at the Mannes College of Music. He is a recipient of the Felix Salzer Award as well as a grant from the Joyce Dutka Foundation. The Rosenmeyers live in New York with their teenage son, Lev Rosenmeyer.