The mission of the Falmouth Chorale is to share with our
audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music which has been created over the centuries.
Passionate Voices of the Upper Cape
John Verkuilen, a Boston-based conductor and singer, is pleased to join Falmouth Chorale as a guest conductor for the October and March concerts. John currently serves as Artistic Director of Sine Nomine, a select 24-voice ensemble in Fall River, MA and recently completed a year as Interim Artistic Director of Calliope, a collaborative chorus and orchestra in Boston. He earned a graduate degree in choral conducting from The Boston Conservatory and received a B.A. in International Studies, Economics, and Music from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. While at The Boston Conservatory, John spent significant time working with the opera and orchestra departments. Before coming to Boston, he was appointed Macalester's Assistant Choral Conductor, completed a music liturgy internship at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis, and performed two seasons as a member of the Minnesota Opera. John has served as Assistant Conductor of the Newburyport Choral Society and Berkshire Choral International and has been on staff for The Boston Conservatory's Vocal/Choral Intensive. Away from music, John enjoys a career in consulting and spends much of his free time outdoors or cheering for his favorite sports teams.
Krishan Oberoi is a composer and conduc- tor of Indian and French- Canadian descent. He was born in New York and attended Yale Uni-versity. His work has been featured in TIME magazine and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. As a conductor, he has prepared ensembles for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, and Tony award-winning composer Alan Menken. Oberoi’s ensembles have been praised for their “im- pressive warmth & verve” (Boston Globe), “startling depth” (Variety Magazine) and “clear diction, perfect pitch and clear purpose.” (San Diego Union-Tribune). He has served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for Boston’s Odyssey Opera, and has prepared choruses for the San Diego Symphony.
Oberoi has been hailed as a “visionary” (San Diego Story) for his role as Founder and Principal Guest Con- ductor of SACRA/PROFANA, an award-winning pro- fessional chorus based in San Diego. He is a frequent clinician for high school and middle school choruses in the New England area, and has initiated K-12 music programs in Southern California through SACRA/
PROFANA’s Education & Outreach programs. These efforts include a month-long after-school program at San Diego’s Monarch School, an institution devoted to students impacted by homelessness.
A noted champion of contemporary music, Oberoi has premiered and commissioned several works by emerging composers. In 2018, he received a grant from the Krenek Institute in Krems, Austria, for bi- coastal U.S. performances of 12-tone choral works by composer Ernst Krenek. He is the recent Founder of Analog Chorale, a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to recording new choral music by living composers.
Oberoi studied orchestral conducting with Bram- well Tovey at Boston University, and choral conduct- ing with Simon Carrington at Yale. In 2018 he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston Uni- versity. He currently lives with his wife Kirsten in Mas- sachusetts, where he is Professor of Voice and Direc- tor of the Collegiate Chorale at Stonehill College.
Nathan Reiff is an active conductor, educator, and vocalist, Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale Univer- sity, where he has also completed the coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Reiff’s work as a conductor has brought him before ensembles representing some of the broad diversity of the choral world, including the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the Yale Glee Club, the Yale Camerata, and the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers. Since 2017, Reiff has served as Resident Conductor of the Harvard Glee Club and Instructor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At the Conservatory, he teaches a survey sequence on choral repertoire and conducts Chorale and Choir, two ensembles of undergraduate vocal performance students. As a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale, Reiff’s scholarly projects focused on the intersection of polystylism and incrementalism in Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir. His primary teachers of conducting have included Jerry Blackstone, Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and David Hill.
Prior to his graduate studies, Reiff received a B.A.
in Music with distinction at Yale, where he performed as a member and Music Director of the Whiffenpoofs, the nation’s oldest all-male a cappella singing group. In addition to his work as a conductor, he taught music at the International School of Trieste in Trieste, Italy and assisted the violinist Midori with the administra- tion of non-profit organizations specializing in music education and community outreach.