LARRY MARIETTA, conductor, is the Artistic Director of Bella Musica Chorus. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1996, he was the Music Program Director of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley until his retirement in 2013 and, since 1983, a member of the Life Long Learning music faculty of Contra Costa Community College, where he taught Introduction to Opera for 6 years. He continues to teach this class on a volunteer basis as part of the Community Outreach Ministry of Christ Lutheran Church in El Cerrito. He maintains an active schedule as a voice teacher, vocal coach, lecturer and a visiting organist/choir director at many Bay Area churches. He also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco City Chorus.
With degrees in Conducting and Organ and Vocal Performance, he has served on the voice and keyboard faculties of Carnegie Mellon (Guest Artist Lecturer) and West Virginia Universities (Piano/Organ; adjunct faculty-Preparatory Department), and Washington & Jefferson (Director of Choral Activities), and Chatham (Chapel Organist) Colleges. His choral conducting teachers include Ann Jones, Paul Salamunovich, Fiora Contino, Elmer Thomas, Margaret Hawkins, Robert Page, and Alan Harler.
A San Francisco Classical Voice review applauded his “evocative and delicately balanced piano accompaniments,” and he was lauded in print by the Pittsburgh Concert Society for his “sensitive accompaniments, effectively capturing the dramatic essence of each song.” Mr. Marietta has appeared as a featured piano accompanist for the Aspen Music Festival, Metropolitan Opera Young Artists, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, and Pittsburgh Opera Theater, and in recital has accompanied such distinguished singers as Renee Fleming, Arleen Auger, John Shirley-Quirk, John Alexander and John Reardon.
A featured organ recitalist throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in England, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, and France, he has performed as organist with renowned conductors, including Kent Nagano, André Previn, Lorin Maazel, Marvin Hamlisch, and Dave Brubeck. Under the baton of the composer, he was the featured soloist for the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra.
Choral conducting credits include the Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (Pittsburgh Symphony), Pittsburgh’s Benedum Orchestra, Junior/Senior High School County, District, Honors and Regional Choir Festivals, and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conventions.
Bay Area conducting performances include the Verdi, Mozart, Fauré, Brahms, and Duruflé Requiems; Händel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, Semele, and Samson; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Die erste Walpurgisnacht, and Paulus; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle; Poulenc’s Gloria; J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and numerous cantatas, Bruckner’s Mass #3 in F minor; Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda and Elgar’s The Music Makers.
Larry has long maintained an interest in musical theater, performing roles such as Elder Patrick (Mame), Freddie (My Fair Lady), Cornelius (Hello, Dolly!), Emile de Becque (South Pacific), Horace (The Amorous Flea) and Frank Butler (Annie Get Your Gun). Often a featured dancer, he received many positive reviews, e.g. “Larry Marietta danced the [Carousel] ballet flawlessly.” (The Pittsburgh Press)