who graduated from Westminster College in 1967 and went on to wear many
hats in the music business, including actor, choral director, department chairman,
soloist, and teacher. He helped
co-found The Philadelphia Singers, who have since become the
chorus-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
In 1973, he played
the Ferryman in a production of Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River at the First United
Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also helped premiere the Charles
Ives songs “In the Alley” and “Marie” and they were
released on the Vox label in 1974. In 1975, he recorded Leonard
Bernstein’s “Dybbuk Suite No. 1”
and appeared on William Vollinger’s More Than Conquerors. He was the bass soloist in a performance
of George Frideric Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus on 9th December
1978 at North Junior High School, in tandem with The Great Neck Choral
Society. In 1979 and 1980, he
toured in productions of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Giuseppe Verdi’s
and with Eastern Opera Theatre.
He performed at
the MacLeish Symposium at Greenfield Community College in 1982 in a
rendering of Alice Parker’s “Songs for Eve”, in concert
with The Manhattan String Quartet.
In 1983, he sang on Ray Manzarek’s Anglicization/modernization
of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. He was the Production Manager for
the Martin Edmonds/Paul Halley/Dave Hunsaker
musical, The Wildman, in 1987. On 2nd 1989, he wed Helena
Comfort White, an actress and masseuse from The Big Apple.
He sang on the
soundtrack of the animated Walt Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, in 1991. In April 1993, he celebrated Palm
Sunday by conducting the choirs at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in a
program that included works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, and even King John IV of Portugal. Bruce served for over twenty years
at the cathedral, first as first assistant and eventually as director of
their liturgical drama and music.
In 1996, he
was appointed to the faculty of The Taft School of Music in Watertown,
Connecticut, where he became the chairman of the Arts and Music departments. It did not halt his recording
career. He went on to appear on
Leonard Bernstein’s Jubilee
Games and Judaica,
Pete Seeger’s self-titled Pete,
and Wondrous Love: Choral Works of Paul Halley.
In 1999, he performed on the Jason Schafer composition, “Enter
You”, on soundtrack of Trick.
In the new
millennium, he has appeared on a handful of CDs: Bernstein
Conducts Bernstein, What Child Is
and The Young Ives: Early Choral Music of Charles Ives. He participated in the Baroque
Concert Series at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Crousetown
in the summers of 2008 and 2009.
On 14th June 2009, he was a guest soloist at St. John’s
Anglican Church in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he sang Ralph Vaughan
Williams’ “The Call”. He went on a weekend tour of San
Francisco, California, with frequent collaborator Paul Halley and Taft’s
Collegium Musicum in
March 2010. Less than two weeks
later, he was on tour in Nova Scotia as a soloist in a presentation of J.S.
Bach’s St. John Passion, in
concert with the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, at The
Cathedral Church of All Saints and St. John’s Anglican Church.