Our Music Director and Staff
Phillip Cheah is the music director of the Central City Chorus, a member of the professional choir at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, and a staff accompanist at The Brearley School. Hailed by the New York Times for the “warm tone and carefully calibrated blend” elicited from his choirs, he has conducted New Music New York, Cerddorion, Amuse, the Amato Opera, and C4 Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, of which he was a founding member. His voice, praised for its “particularly potent contribution” (New York Times) and a “warm tone and stately presence” (paterre box) with a three-and-a-half octave vocal range that “defies the laws of nature” (Time Out New York), has made him in high demand as a singer and inspired song cycles written for him by Patrick Castillo, Jonathan David, and Frank J. Oteri. He has held teaching appointments at The Putney School, Cathedral High School, Barnard College, and Manhattan School of Music. He has also been the personal assistant to the composer/satirist Peter Schickele, and worked at Oxford University Press as Manager for Concert and Choral Promotion. He holds both B.S. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University where he studied piano, conducting, and opera coaching.
Brian Hamer, Assistant Conductor of the Central City Chorus since 2004, is a graduate of Concordia College, Ann Arbor (B.A. '91), Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (M.Div. '95), and The University of South Florida (M.Mus. '02). His publication honors include manuscripts on theology, culture, and the arts in peer-reviewed, academic journals such as Choral Journal, Cross Accent, Logia, The Bride of Christ, Concordia Pulpit Resources, Modern Reformation and Gottesdienst. Brian has served as a pre-concert lecturer for The Florida Orchestra and has participated in choral workshops and performances with Helmuth Rilling, Ann Howard Jones, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Robert Shaw. He is a contributing editor to Lutheran Service Book (Concordia 2006), From Bach to Britten: Reflections of a Conductor (Scarecrow 2007), and a regular columnist for www.WhatDoesThisMean.org and Around the Word journal. Brian is an ordained minister of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserves, and a recent graduate of Officer Training Command, Newport, Rhode Island (2013) and The Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina (2013).
Miles Fellenberg, Accompanist. Pianist Miles Fellenberg has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his intellectual and passionate performances. He has been an invited soloist, collaborative pianist, conductor, and educator throughout the United States and abroad. He is currently on the faculty at the Brooklyn Center for the Musical Arts and has directed the piano program at the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp in Virginia the past four years. He was a staff pianist at the Castleman Quartet Program and the New York Summer Music Festival. This past summer he was one of eight collaborative fellows at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. A major supporter of new music, Fellenberg was a member of the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble for three years and recently performed in this past season’s “Focus!” festival at The Juilliard School, which celebrated the life and music of John Cage. Fellenberg has studied at the Manhattan School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory, and is currently a Master of Music candidate at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett as a recipient of the David Garvey Scholarship