People

Frank Albinder, Music Directorfrank

Frank Albinder came to Washington, DC in 1999 to become music director of the Washington Men’s Camerata. In 2000, he became Music Director of the Woodley Ensemble, a professional chamber choir also based in Washington. He has been the conductor of the Virginia Glee Club at the University of Virginia since 2003. Frank came to Washington from the internationally renowned male vocal ensemble Chanticleer, where he most recently served as the group’s Associate Conductor in addition to singing with the ensemble. During his 11-year tenure with Chanticleer, Frank performed in all 50 states and in 20 foreign countries. He appears on 21 of the ensemble’s recordings, including Wondrous Love, which was recorded under his direction, and the Grammy® Award-winning Colors of Love, for which he designed the concept. Other performance credits include the Boston Camerata, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Concord Ensemble. He holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and two M.M. degrees (Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance) from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Between 1984 and 1988, Frank was Director of Choral Activities at Davidson College in North Carolina. In addition to serving as president of Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, he served two terms as National Chair of Repertoire and Standards for Male Choruses for the American Choral Director’s Association. He is also a board member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and a steering committee member of ChoralNet.org, the Internet’s principal portal for information and resources relating to the choral field. He recently retired after twelve years as part of the professional music staff at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, the Church of the Presidents.

Joel Ayau, Associate ConductorJoel Ayau

Pianist, teacher, and coach Joel Ayau enjoys an astonishingly diverse musical career. A recent graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera, he has also worked on the music staff of companies including Opera Memphis, Ash Lawn Opera, the Castleton Festival, Toledo Opera, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center. He has played under the batons of luminaries such as George Manahan, James Gaffigan, Christopher Larkin, and Rafael Payarre.

As a pianist, Mr. Ayau has excelled in the fields of both instrumental and vocal accompanying. Described as “zesty” and “energetic” by the New York Times, he has performed instrumental recitals with luminaries including David Halen, Charles Neidich and members of the Vienna Philharmonic, National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and Michigan Opera Theatre Chamber Players. He has accompanied singers such as Andrea Bocelli, Frederica von Stade, and George Shirley, in venues including Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and National Concert Hall in Taipei. He has a passion for new music and has had the opportunity to work with Pierre Boulez, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Andre Previn, and Bright Sheng on their works.

Mr. Ayau holds the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in Collaborative Piano, having studied under renowned pedagogue Martin Katz. He earned a Masters in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School, and bachelors degrees from New York University in Computer Science and Piano Performance. He is currently a regular guest professor at several universities in Taiwan. From 2011 – 2014, he served as pianist for the United States Army Chorus, performing for foreign dignitaries and audiences around the country.

Administration of the WMC
  • Frank Albinder, Music Director
  • Cory Davis, Associate Conductor
  • Bob McKinless, Librarian Emeritus
  • Paul Seligman, Librarian
  • Richard Tappen, General Manager
Board of Directors
  • Brad Spencer, President
  • Ned D. Goldberg, Vice President
  • Charles O. Sethness, Treasurer
  • David M. Glass, Secretary
  • Frank Albinder, ex officio
  • Tim Cashin
  • Luis Ferran
  • Robert Harris
  • Patrick Revord
  • John Rogers
Advisory Board
  • Phyllis Bryn-Julson
  • Richard Dirksen
  • Tom Hall
  • Rosa Lamoreaux
  • John Liepold
  • Mark Ohnmacht
  • Samuel Audiway Peal
  • David Petrou
  • Malcolm Rowat
  • Norman Scribner
  • Donald Sutherland
Roster coming soon.