Music Director, In Memoriam
Mark Mangini, 1952-2001, passed away peacefully at home in Astoria on September 5, 2021 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Below is his bio during his tenure as the beloved and respected Music Director of the Choral Society. On September 26, 2021, a special tribute concert will be held at 4pm at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church to honor Mark and his 20 years of music-making as our conductor.
Mark Mangini, Music Director of the Choral Society of the Hamptons, has been one of New York’s most active choral conductors for over thirty years. After considering careers in both journalism and the theatre, Mr. Mangini began the serious study of music while an undergraduate at Amherst College. Since then, his teachers have included Iva Dee Hiatt, Fiora Contino, and Helmut Rilling in conducting, and Jon Humphrey, John Bullock, and Mara Waldman in voice.
Mr. Mangini is on the faculty of Kingsborough Community College of CUNY, and has conducted choruses at Hunter College of CUNY and Rutgers University. His repertoire spans music from the pre-Bach eras with historical instruments through numerous commissions of contemporary works, in addition to the more standard choral repertoire. He has been the Director of Music at Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights and the conductor of the Bach vespers series at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City.
Mr. Mangini is also the Music Director of the Greenwich Village Singers. He has led several joint performances with the Greenwich Village Singers and the Choral Society of the Hamptons, most notably the 2007 Lincoln Center performance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic of Lukas Foss’ monumental secular cantata, The Prairie. Mr. Mangini has prepared choruses for the Bel Canto Opera and the Encompass New Opera Theatre, and has served as a choral clinician for young choristers. A singer himself, he has taught voice privately throughout his career. He is the grandson of the late Alfred A. Scheffer, the East Hampton architect whose work can be seen around the South Fork of Long Island.