Jamie Kirsch is the Music Director of the Cambridge Community Chorus. He is also Director of Choral Activities at Tufts University, where he conducts the Tufts Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and teaches music theory.
From 2009 to 2011 he was Director of Children's Choruses at New England Conservatory, and from 2006 to 2008 he served on the faculty of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where he was Interim Director of Choral Activities (2007-2008).
Kirsch completed the Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University in May 2008. He also holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal teachers were Jan Harrington (Indiana), John Poole (Indiana), Marguerite Brooks (Yale), and Susan Klebanow (UNC).
A native of Merrick, NY, Kirsch lives in Medford with his wife, Dr. Diana Lemly, their daughter Amelia, and their wheaten terrier, Madigan.
Michael Pfitzer, tenor, is Director of Music at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA, where he directs the church’s adult and youth choirs and oversees a vibrant music program. He previously directed choirs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Tufts University, leading the Tufts Concert Choir in a 2008 performance of Fauré’s Requiem. Pfitzer has been an assistant conductor for the Cambridge Community Chorus and the Madison (WI) Symphony Chorus.
On stage, he has served as assistant conductor of the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in 2009, and performed in the ensembles of multiple operas. He has also conducted and music-directed numerous productions including Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (assistant) and Passion, and Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and Songs for a New World.
Pfitzer earned an Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and History from Tufts University. His conducting teachers include Beverly Taylor (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Andrew Clark (Harvard University), Dr. Clinton Smith (Minnesota Opera), Dr. William Weinert (Eastman Summer Institute), and Jeff and Brenda Vredenburg (Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam).