Lecturer in Music
David J. Recca is known for his commitment and passion for historically informed performances of music written before 1750. He is the recently appointed artistic director and conductor of Southern Connecticut Camerata, a Norwalk-based early music ensemble, and assistant director of the New Amsterdam Singers, a fixture in Manhattan’s choral scene, which has been championing new works by living composers for more than 40 seasons. He has also served as assistant conductor of Mercury Opera Rochester, principal assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata, and artistic director of Madrigalia Via, whose performances were hailed as “sinfully blissful” by the Wall Street Journal. Recca has prepared choirs for such conductors as Helmuth Rilling, David Hill, Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, Erwin Ortner, and Sir Gilbert Levine.
In May 2014, he completed the coursework and performing requirements for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from the Eastman School of Music and a Performers Certificate in vocal coaching and a Bachelor of Music in composition from Purchase College. He has studied conducting with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and William Weinert.