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 currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from SUNY Fredonia and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) in Piano Performance and Musical Studies. At Fredonia he accompanies the Hillman Opera, Chamber Orchestra, and student soloists. He is the accompanist for the newly formed Buffalo Master Chorale and has played for vocal and instrumental competitions throughout the Buffalo area, in addition to maintaining an active teaching schedule. He previously studied piano with Francois Germain and Norman Zogaib, has participated in masterclasses with Karen Schmid and Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi, and is currently studying with Anne Kissel.
Mr. Marco has studied conducting with Paul Ferington and Brian Doyle and has participated in conducting masterclasses with Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Ann Howard Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Helmuth Rilling. He conducted the Hosmer Singers and Crane Symphony Orchestra in a workshop and performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 147 for Maestro Rilling, conducted Michael Torke’s “Flint” at the Crane Saxophone conference, and has served as Music Director of the Clarkson University Orchestra.