Michael Barrett, Music Director and Sarah Riskind, Assistant Conductor
Music Director Michael Barrett is active in the Boston area as a professional musician and teacher.
As a singer Mr. Barrett has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Huelgas Ensemble, Blue Heron, Vox Luminis, Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Netherlands Bach Society), L’Académie, Seven Times Salt, and Exsultemus. He can be heard on the harmonia mundi and Blue Heron record labels.
In Boston Mr. Barrett directs Convivium Musicum, a chamber choir for Renaissance music, and has served as guest director of Cantilena, a women's chorus in Arlington. He has taught courses in conducting, music history and theory at Boston University and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and has served as a sabbatical replacement choral director at Bridgewater State University. With his wife Anney he is co-owner of The Green Room, a multipurpose arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where he teaches voice, piano and music theory.
Mr. Barrett earned an AB in music from Harvard University, an MM in choir conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a First Phase Diploma in Baroque and Classical singing from the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 2015 he received his DMA in choral conducting from Boston University.
Assistant Conductor (2012 - 2015) Sarah Riskind is an active participant in the Boston musical scene as a choral conductor, composer, vocalist, and music educator. She holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Williams College, and is now pursuing her doctorate in Seattle.
As a choral conductor, Sarah has directed the University of Wisconsin-Madison Masters Singers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women’s Chorus, The Walden School Women’s Chorus, The Walden School Treble Singers, and the Williams College Elizabethans. She has also assistant-conducted Schola Nocturna, the Williams College Concert Choir, and the Bennington Children’s Chorus. Her primary mentors have been Beverly Taylor and Brad Wells. She directed the choral program at the First Parish Church of Berlin, MA and was the assistant conductor for Convivium Musicum from 2012 - 2015.
Sarah’s compositions have been performed by the Rivers Symphony Orchestra, the Williams College Symphonic Winds, the Williams College Elizabethans, the University of Wisconsin Masters Singers, The Walden School Women’s Chorus, the First Parish Church of Berlin Adult Choir, the St. Christopher Parish Liturgical Choir, and the Bennington Children’s Chorus.
Sarah recently directed and performed J. S. Bach’s Cantata 199 “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” as a soprano soloist with chamber musicians. She has also been a member of Convivium Musicum, Schola Nocturna, Spectrum Singers, Seraphim Singers, the University of Wisconsin Madrigal Singers and Concert Choir, the Williams College Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and The Walden School Chorus and Chamber Singers, and was the soprano section leader at the St. Christopher Catholic Parish in Verona, Wisconsin.
Sarah was the Middle and Upper School Music Teacher at the German International School of Boston and a Teaching Fellow with the Boston Children’s Chorus. For the past four summers, Sarah has been on the Faculty and Staff at The Walden School, a unique five-week summer camp in New Hampshire that develops composition and musicianship skills in students ages 9-18.