BM, West Virginia University
MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
Larry Marietta, conductor, is the Music Program Director for the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Artistic Director/Conductor of the San Francisco City Chorus and its chamber chorus, Vox Dilecti, Resident Conductor of the California Chamber Symphony and Accompanist/Coach for the Bay Area Professional Singers’ Forum. An active Bay Area accompanist, voice teacher, vocal coach and organ recitalist, he serves on the faculty of Contra Costa Community College where he teaches “Introduction to Opera.” With degrees in organ performance and conducting, he was Guest Artist Lecturer in German, Italian and English Diction, Operatic Repertoire, Introduction to Singing History and a faculty vocal coach and accompanist at Carnegie Mellon Conservatory for 12 years. He also served 8 years on the adjunct piano and organ faculties of West Virginia University and Waynesburg College, and for 14 years he was Choral Director and Professor of Voice for Washington and Jefferson College. Lauded in public reviews for his “sensitive and beautifully crafted accompaniments”, he has appeared as a featured piano accompanist for such distinguished singers as Renée Fleming, Arleen Auger and John Shirley-Quirk, plus the Aspen Music Festival, the Metropolitan Young Artists Program, the Pittsburgh [PA] Symphony and Ballet and numerous regional opera theater companies. His conducting credits in the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (all Symphony players), Pittsburgh’s Benedum Orchestra, Junior/Senior High School District and Honors Choir Festivals and many community sacred choral festivals and music theater productions. Twice he has been a guest speaker for the National Symposium of Laryngologists. His recent Bay Area conducting performances include the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart and Brahms, Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s The Creation and Mozart’s Mass in C minor. This fall he conducts the combined choral forces of four East Bay choirs in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem as part of the Fifth Anniversary Observance of the 9/11 disasters.