Jared Berry was recently appointed to the faculty of North Shore High School where he conducts the choirs and co-teaches IB Music. Prior to his appointment at NSHS, he was on the faculty as Director of Choirs at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, where he conducted six choirs, and taught music theory (introduction and advanced placement) and piano class. During his summers, Mr. Berry serves as the Assistant Director for Administration at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Choral Studies, a summer residential program housed at SUNY Fredonia, that brings together seventy high school students from across the state to further study vocal arts.
Outside of academia, he serves as Artistic Director & Conductor of the Babylon Chorale, a premiere eighty-five voice community choir presenting annual holiday, classical, and pops concerts. Additionally he is the Choir Manager and a singer in the Long Island based eVoco Voice Collective, a chamber choir of auditioned singers, conductors, and educators. He has appeared twice as a Music Director at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England: SavoyNet’s 2014 production of Thespis (second place), and Blue Hill Troupe’s 2015 production of Patience (first place).
Currently he is the Male Choirs Repertoire & Standards Chair and Webmaster for the New York chapter of ACDA, and the Honor Choir Chair for the 2016 Eastern Division Conference in Boston, MA. Mr. Berry holds degrees from the University of Georgia (M.M., Choral Conducting) and Hofstra University (B.S.Ed., Music Education). www.jaredberry.com
Russell Brand is a longtime member of The Babylon Chorale, having sung as a bass before becoming our accompanist. He plays both piano and organ. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Mr. Brand has a degree in church music and majored in organ. Currently, he is organist/choir director of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amityville, and assistant organist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Lindenhurst. He accompanies the Seaford High School chorus and lends his services to many area churches.
Mr. Brand teaches piano and organ privately, and accompanied the South Bay Chamber Singers during one of their Canadian tours. He is now the Accompanist for The Babylon Chorale Ensemble as well.
Kathleen Jahosky is a long time member of the Babylon Chorale and Conductor of the Babylon Chorale Ensemble. She was a former member of the Lindenhurst Middle School faculty where she taught general music classes and conducted the school choirs. Mrs. Jahosky also taught K-8th grade music and conducted the school chorus and musicale at Sts Cyril and Methodius School. She holds a degree from SUNY Fredonia (B.S.Ed., Music Education) and C.W. Post (M.S.Ed., Music Education).
Mrs. Jahosky has been the guest conductor for three Babylon Chorale concerts: “Not for Children Only”, “Holiday Joy”, featuring Bach Cantata No. 22 and the Brubeck “Gloria”, and “An Evening of Opera”. She is a frequent guest conductor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Bell Choir for church services and the choir and bells for Music Sunday and Holiday programs.