Richard Coffey, music director for 17 years of the Hartford Chorale, Hartford, Connecticut, will retire from his position at the end of the organization’s 2021–2022 season. His departure coincides with the chorale’s celebration of its 50th anniversary. The anniversary concert on May 20 will be his final conducting of the chorus as music director.
The Hartford Chorale is composed of some 140 auditioned, avocational singers who rehearse on a regular basis throughout a standard concert season. Appointed as music director in 2005, Coffey has prepared the chorale for large-scale concerts of the choral-symphonic literature. In addition, he has conducted the chorale and the Hartford Symphony in performances together. Coffey led the chorale through three international singing tours that included performances in China, France, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Coffey is currently organist and director of music for Union Church, Pocantico Hills, New York.
For information: hartfordchorale.org.