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Martin Sędek

Founder & Director

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Described as "a formidable new composer" by the Worcester Telegram, Polish-American composer and conductor Martin Sędek was born in Germany and raised in Poland and the United States. He is an award-winning voice in the world of choral and orchestral music, educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston (BM), Montclair State University (MM), and Rutgers University (PhD). Martin has studied composition with Tarik O'Regan, Robert Aldridge, and Matthew Harris, with additional studies with Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, and Steven Sametz; conducting with David Callahan and Julius Williams, with additional studies with William Weinert and Craig Hella Johnson. Martin is Composer-in-Residence at Harmonium Choral Society & The Baldwin Festival Chorus of NYC and is currently the Music Director and Conductor of Choral Art Society of NJ and Associate Conductor for The Masterwork Chorus.  Martin was a member of the choral and theory faculties at Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music from 2011-2020, and is currently chair of the music department and Director of Choral Activities at Keio Academy of New York.  His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa and commissioned by professional ensembles around the US. Notable composition awards include the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composer Award (2015) and the Stephen Paulus Prize (2018).  He is a regular visiting lecturer in the collegiate composition studio throughout the US and his works are published by Ovation Music & Hal Leonard. His recordings are available on the Albany and Ovation Music Media labels. 

Emerald Sheay


Emerald is a divorce attorney by day and a classical soprano by night. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music (voice) from Rowan University and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law. Throughout her undergraduate career, she sang with the early music ensemble on campus as well as the concert choir, and performed the role of Filia in the oratorio Historia de Jepthe. During her senior year, she performed the traditional Latin mass with a quartet of singers at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Atlantic City. She has sung with the Choral Art Society of New Jersey, serves as a church soloist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is a continuing member of Vocala. 

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