The Buffalo Master Chorale Team
Jaman E. Dunn, the Artistic Director of the Buffalo Master Chorale. Mr. Dunn is also currently the Assistant Conductor, Community Engagement with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. A native of Chicago, IL, he attended The Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance under the study of Dr. C. Andrew Blosser. During his time at Ohio State, Mr. Dunn founded and conducted the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, which is the university’s only orchestra completely student run. Mr. Dunn also earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting, under the instruction of Maestro Bruce Hangen at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. While at the Boston Conservatory, he led the Conductor’s Orchestra in works of Strauss, Brahms, Walton, and Dvořák; and he assisted the Boston Conservatory Orchestra in works of Mahler, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. He also conducted the Boston Conservatory Orchestra in Copland’s Billy the Kid. In addition, he conducted self-promoted programs of Respighi, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and John Williams. Mr. Dunn also conducted the Berklee Boston Conservatory Recording Orchestra in compositions by rising composers in the fields of classical and film music. Upon graduating from The Boston Conservatory, Mr. Dunn successfully auditioned for his current position with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his orchestral activities, Mr. Dunn has also maintained a vocal career which began during his time in central Ohio. With a strong focus on oratorio and sacred music, Mr. Dunn has been Bass Soloist for performances of the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, Handel’s Messiah, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass, Schubert’s Mass in Eb; Jesus in Bach’s St. John Passion; and Baritone Soloist in Carmina Burana. He has also been a part of opera productions including Falstaff, The Barber of Seville, La Bohème, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
In a professional capacity, it is Mr. Dunn’s continued goal to raise awareness for African-American performers in classical music at all levels and in all mediums.
Matthew Marco — Buffalo Master Chorale Accompanist: Matthew Marco is active in Buffalo, NY as a conductor and collaborative pianist. He is the Accompanist for the Buffalo Master Chorale and Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, and has held Music Director, Assistant Conductor, and Guest Conductor positions with Nickel City Opera, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Hillman Opera Company, and Opera-Lytes. Mr. Marco has also performed with Amarillo Opera (TX), Civic Morning Musicals (Syracuse, NY), Opera Tampa (FL), the Savannah VOICE Festival (GA), and the National Choral Festival (Carnegie Hall, NY). Locally, he enjoys regular performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as engagements with the Buffalo Chamber Players, Friends of Vienna, and Western New York Chamber Orchestra. During the pandemic, he served as an audio/video recording engineer and editor for the Savannah VOICE Festival, the American Guild of Organists Buffalo Chapter, and Westminster Presbyterian Church • Buffalo, where he oversaw a complete recording of Handel’s Messiah.
Mr. Marco studied piano with Anne Kissel and Francois Germain, and conducting with Paul Ferington and Brian Doyle. He has conducted in masterclasses for Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Ann Howard Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Helmuth Rilling.