The Choral Society of the Hamptons has named David M. Brandenburg its executive director. He is a composer, co-founder of the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, and music director of the Sag Harbor Community Band.
Mr. Brandenburg will help produce the Society’s June 29 performance of Handel’s dramatic oratorio “Israel in Egypt” Part II (Exodus) and Bach’s cantata 79, “Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild.”
The concert, a collaboration with the Greenwich Village Singers and the South Fork Chamber Orchestra, will take place in the Parish Hall of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. It will be followed by a benefit dinner at The Palm restaurant with Mark Mangini, the Society’s music director and conductor, and soloists from the performance.
Interested singers can still arrange auditions by calling Brandenburg at 204-9402. More information is available at the society’s website, www.choralsocietyofthehamptons.org.
“David Brandenburg is an accomplished administrator who knows a wide variety of music and a respected member of the East End cultural community. His skills will contribute strongly to the progressively higher standards of performance we have achieved under Mr. Mangini,” said Daniel McKeever, the Choral Society’s president.
Brandenburg’s administrative experience began shortly after he graduated from Yale with a major in music and earned a master’s degree in music and music education from Columbia. He became program manager and director of information systems for Meet the Composer, a national organization based in New York City, and for 11 years was music director of the Yale Jazz Ensemble. In 1996, with the actor Josh Gladstone, he co-founded the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, of which he remains the artistic director.
In addition to bringing productions to the South Fork, Brandenburg has contributed to the community as M.C. of the Teeny Awards, a high school theater recognition program of the East End Arts Council. For three years, he was a panelist for the “capacity building initiative” of the East End Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts.