Alex Canovas / Artistic Director

Artistic Staff

Alex Canovas is a Brooklyn-based vocal artist and conductor committed to exploring and celebrating the human voice through the power of choral music.

An upstate New York native, Alex is a proud graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music, where he earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance. At Ithaca, Alex was fortunate enough to study voice with Brad Hougham, opera studies with Brian DeMaris, and choral studies with Lawrence Doebler and Janet Galván.

After graduating, Alex moved to what he considers his spiritual home; New York City. Upon arriving, he served as inaugural staff members at OPERA America’s National Opera Center. After leaving this position to pursue performance exclusively, Alex served as the Assistant Conductor of the Ridgewood, NJ-based Ars Musica.

Alex is currently the Associate Conductor of the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble, Choral Chameleon. Recent projects include performances at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. An ardent supporter of new music, Alex is also entering his fifth year as Singer-Faculty at Choral Chameleon’s annual Summer Institute, where he’s worked with visionary leaders such as Vince Peterson, Matt Oltman, Mark Shapiro, and Vance George.

This summer, Alex will be working as an Associate Conductor on the Mostly Mozart Festival’s mass choral production of John Luther Adams’ ‘In the Name of the Earth’, which will be held in Central Park in August.

A well-versed church musician, Alex is the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Alex also serves as the Operations Manager for the Empire City Men’s Chorus, where he supports numerous organizational functions and strategic initiatives.


Rachel DeVore Fogarty (Assistant Artistic Director) is a versatile pianist and composer. In addition to being the Assistant Artistic Director and accompanist for the YNYC Women’s Ensemble, she is an accompanist for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Rachel has accompanied masterclasses for Shirlee Emmons, Sharon Sweet, Cliff Jackson, Bob Kline, Michael Cassara, Jen Waldman, and Merri Sugarman and served as rehearsal pianist for the national tours of the musicals Elf and Anything Goes. Her choral works have been performed by ensembles in the U.S. and internationally, including St. Olaf’s College, Oklahoma State University, the University of Kentucky, and the 2013 ACDA National High School Women’s Honor Choir. She received both her M.M. in Composition and her B.M. in Piano from Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Artistic Advisory Board

Brady Allred, Artistic Director and Conductor, Salt Lake Choral Artists
Dominick DiOrio, Assistant Professor of Music (Choral Conducting), Indiana University; Composer
Craig Hella Johnson, Artistic Director, Conspirare & Company of Voices
Jerry McCoy, Artistic Director, Schola Cantorum of Texas; Director of Choral Studies, University of North Texas College of Music