What People Are Saying About
Thank you for all you do to make singing with Berkshire Lyric such a musical pleasure! Your conducting, good nature and good humor, as well as patience make it all the more special to be with you.
I have so much fun working with you. You possess the perfect mix of childlike enthusiasm, worldly sophistication, whimsy and edge.
Thanks for all of your work, hope, faith and care. You bring good things to life. It was an amazing, many layered experience.
Bravo, congratulations and thanks! It was so wonderful to see a large and appreciative audience and a joy to listen to the music.
Congratulations for the beautiful concert on June 4 at Tanglewood. This is the first time I have heard the chorus under your direction and I am greatly impressed! What an amazing gathering of singers- so well prepared-so enthusiastic!
Thank you for the wonderful performance yesterday. The Lyric Chorus was fabulous, the little ones dear, the soloists were outstanding. You inspire your musicians to give their best. Thank you for what you give to this community.
It was such a treat to join you for the choral music history workshops. All presented in such an interesting way and full of appreciation and love for the music. Your efforts to teach values, tradition and community through beautiful music is to be admired. I salute you for how you accomplish this. Bravo.
Jack Brown brings a wide range of musical experience to the entire Berkshire Lyric organization. He has conducted the Berkshire Lyric Chorus since 2007 in concerts ranging from Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Karl Jenkins’ Requiem. His recent journey with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus through the classical masters of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall were broadcast on WMHT-FM. Maintaining predecessor Bob Blafield’s tradition, he continues to do important year-round work with our own Blafield Children’s Chorus. He enjoys working closely with young singers and choruses, and continues to add fresh educational outreaches to Berkshire Lyric.
Well known to area audiences as a bass soloist in oratorios of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms, Jack has sung professionally in the wider region. He has been a frequent recitalist and has given premiere performances by a number of contemporary American composers. Jack is on the faculty at both the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Ct. and at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, where he teaches voice and directs the choral programs. During the summer months, he is the conductor of the B’Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires, a community chorus that explores Jewish choral music. Jack is also on the staff of the nationally known Austin Riggs Center in Stockbridge where he explores the healing power of music with the patient community.
A native of Philadelphia, Jack graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio. A long time New Yorker, he was an executive with G. Schirmer publishing and earned a master degree at New York University. While in NYC he studied voice privately with Richard Cross of the Juilliard School and choral conducting with Robert Baker of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Union Theological Seminary. Jack has two young adult daughters, both raised in the Berkshires, and lives in Stockbridge with his wife Cindy.
Anything of real value
happens in community, (the solitary agent is overrated)
does not usually happen quickly,
involves steady work and patience,
must have one foot in tradition,
must be nurtured with a bias towards steady positive forward action,
involves mastering some detailed complexity before you get to the brain float,
must be done with love (different than niceness, but crucially includes kindness)
All of the above must be specifically applied in the work of an artist,
but also could apply to general relationships, politics, marriage, sports,
economics, etc. That is why the arts, and specifically a chorus, can be a wonderful
template for the rest of an ordered society and a meaningful life.