Alex Canovas is a Brooklyn-based vocal artist and conductor committed to exploring and celebrating the human voice through the power of choral music.
He recently began his first season as Artistic Director with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, conducting both their Mixed and Women’s Ensembles. In August of 2018, he made his Lincoln Center debut, serving as a conductor in the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ In the Name of the Earth, which featured over 600 singers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
An upstate New York native, Alex was fortunate enough to take advantage of many rich and diverse opportunities – composition and voice studies, participating in choral activities, directing musicals, and leading a contemporary music group at church helped cement a desire to pursue a career in music.
Alex holds a B.M. from Ithaca College, where he studied voice with Brad Hougham, opera with Brian DeMaris, and choral studies with Lawrence Doebler and Janet Galván.
Upon graduating, Alex moved to his spiritual home; New York City, where he was one of the 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.
He is the Associate Conductor of the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon, led by his mentor, Vince Peterson, which recently held residencies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. An ardent supporter of new music, Alex serves as Singer-Faculty at Choral Chameleon’s annual Summer Institute, where he’s worked with visionary leaders such as Matt Oltman, Mark Shapiro, David Conte, and Vance George. Previous projects with Choral Chameleon have included a performance of Philip Glass’ Madrigal Opera and a collaboration with singer/songwriter Caroline Polachek.
A well-versed church musician, Alex is the Director of Music and Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Alex also previously worked as the Operations Manager and guest conductor for the Empire City Men’s Chorus, where he supported numerous organizational functions.
He maintains a private studio in Brooklyn, where he teaches voice, diction, and music theory. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and striving to brew the perfect cup of craft coffee.
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