Robert René Galván
René is the Conductor of the Bronx Concert Singers, Peace of Heart Choir, and Manhattan Sinfonia in New York City. Galván served as Professor of Conducting at the Long Island Conservatory of Music. He was also Music Director of Highbridge Voices Youth Chorus, Cantiamo Youth Chorus, associate conductor of the national Children’s Chorus and Professor of Conducting & Choral Studies at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music where he trained young conductors and directed the conservatory chorale. He was guest conductor of Florilegium Chamber Choir in Manhattan and Cappella Festiva in upstate New York. For four seasons he was conductor of the Springfield Symphony Chorus in Massachusetts. In Texas, Galván held positions as conductor of the Austin Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Austin Choral Union, and as director of both the University Chorus and the Longhorn Singers at the University of Texas where he was awarded the Texas Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition to conducting, René is a multi-instrumentalist and published poet. He is married to the playwright Holly Hepp-Galván and has a sixteen-year-old daughter, Gina.
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Laurie joined the Peace of Heart Choir in 2013. She has accumulated a number of careers over time -- lawyer, university prof, research consultant, mom -- but now enjoys making music, acting, writing bad poetry, and wandering around New York City when the spirit moves.
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Inspired by its mission, Gail joined POHC in 2013. She balances her singing, grant-writing, and co-chair miscellany for the Choir with a career in fundraising, a spouse, a son, and the occasional ultra-marathon. Gail enjoys the challenge of harmonizing as an Alto 2, which allows her to keep the dream of being a Motown backup singer alive.
Bass-Baritone Section Leader
Barry has been with the Peace of Heart choir since 1951, while Truman was in office. He is still waiting for the Choir to perform his favorite Music “3 B’s”: J.S. Bach, P.D.Q. Bach and Jerry Bock.
Tenor Section Leader
Wilfred has been a Choir member since 2005. He is frequently a soloist and is a songwriter as well. He also enjoys photography, computers, spending time with friends, and
doing things he’s never done before.
Alto Section Leader
Alto Section Leader Lenore Manzella has been with the choir since 2014. Lenore started out in theater-particularly in comedies and musicals. She moved into the field of Creative Arts/ Dance/Movement Therapy where she worked in Outpatient programs as a group leader. These days she thoroughly enjoys teaching Exercise, Meditation and Tai Chi to Seniors. Now and again she forays into Cabaret, performing in group shows.
Soprano Section Leader
Nancy has been with the POHC for 2 years. From 1983 to 2005, Nancy, professionally known as Nancy Monroe, sang jazz, and is a recording artist [2 cds] with MJA Records. At present, she thoroughly enjoys teaching music to elementary school children.