David J. Recca, Southern Connecticut Camerata's artistic director and conductor, is known for his commitment and passion for historically informed performances of music written before 1750. He is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of Music in the School of the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, where he directs the Purchase Chorus and Purchase Chamber Singers, and teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in music history, music theory and ear training. He is also the assistant director of the New Amsterdam Singers, a fixture in Manhattan’s choral scene which has been championing new works by living composers for over 40 seasons. He has also served as assistant conductor to Mercury Opera Rochester, principal assistant conductor to the Yale Camerata, and artistic director to Madrigalia Via, whose performances were hailed as “sinfully blissful” by the Wall Street Journal. He has prepared choirs for conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, David Hill, Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, Erwin Ortner, and Sir Gilbert Levine.
In May 2014, he completed the coursework and performing requirements for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and a Performer’s Certificate in Vocal Coaching and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Purchase College. He has studied conducting with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and William Weinert.