In his 5th season as Sippican Choral Society’s Music Director, Darry Dolezal is a versatile musician who has conducted choruses and orchestras, led clinics and workshops internationally, toured as a chamber musician and soloist, and served as a university professor and as a church music director. He has directed choirs at Old South Church in Boston, Newtonville Methodist Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church in Cambridge, and is currently the music director of First Church and Parish in Dedham. He was a frequent conductor and clinician of orchestras in the Midwest during his time as cello professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a concert cellist, Darry Dolezal has appeared in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Copacabana Palace and performed extensively with chamber ensembles such as the Artaria Quartet, the Esterhazy Quartet, and the Boston-based Thoreau Piano Trio. A dedicated proponent of contemporary musics he has premiered hundreds of new works, including many written for him, and created music festivals such as the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont. He performs with the Grammy-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has recorded for the Albany, Capstone, Centaur and CRI/New World labels.
An independent piano teacher in Mattapoisett, Michelle Gordon has accompanied the Sippican Choral Society since 2001. She is also accompanist for the Southcoast Children's Choir and the Musical Director of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. She is a past-President of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association and was MMTA "Teacher of the Year" for 2010.