Our Directors

Chrisanne Gates
has been directing choirs successfully for over 25 years.Chrisanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education and Organ Performance, a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Harpsichord and Early Music from Florida State University.In addition to The Lyric Chorale, she serves as Director of Music Ministries at St. Rita Catholic Church in Webster, NY, has a private teaching studio in piano and organ, and serves on the Professional Concerns Board for the Diocese of Rochester.
Nancy PriceNancy Price
holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College. She has taught high school choral music and served on the creative team for sacred music at Shawnee Press, Inc. As a lyricist, she has written over four hundred songs in collaboration with composer Don Besig. Nancy is a nationally known choral clinician and has recorded two successful solo CDs.

From the Directors

The impetus for the formation of a new community chorus in Rochester ten years ago was to assemble a mixed-voice ensemble of primarily amateur skilled singers who were interested in learning and performing challenging choral repertoire of many varied styles.

The Lyric Chorale became a reality, and has met all of my expectations over this past decade. I am honored to have been the founding director of a choral group of this caliber. Our choir has become equally comfortable performing classical, pop, and jazz music, and continues to gain more understanding of each of these styles. It has been a gratifying experience working with this fun-loving, enthusiastic group of talented singers who truly enjoy a challenge and share the desire to take choral artistry to the next level.

It is our constant goal to expand our repertoire, improve our performances, and become the best choral ensemble we can possibly be. I am excited to continue searching for new and interesting repertoire for both singers and audiences to enjoy.

We hope you will plan to attend one of our concerts. We’re confident that if you hear us once, you will become a “regular” at our concerts!