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Teaneck Community Chorus

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Steven L. Bell, Artistic Director

Beth Robin, Pianist

Artistic Director Steven L. Bell

Steven Bell

Steven L. Bell has been the Ar tistic Director of the Teaneck Community Chorus since 2000. He is the Director of Vocal Music at Teaneck High School and Instructional Leader of the Teaneck High School Department of Fine and Performing Arts. He conducts the Mixed Chorus, Concert Choir and the Madrigal Singers. He also teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory, and is the music director of the school’s annual musical. He has also taught Choral Methods at Montclair State University. Previously he taught music at Leonia Middle School, the Dwight School in Manhattan, and elementary and junior high schools in Teaneck. In his role as Musical Director, Mr. Bell has been nominated four times as Outstanding High School Musical Director by the Papermill Playhouse’s Rising Star Awards, and has won this distinction in 2004 for his production of Company at Fair Lawn High School.

Mr. Bell holds a Master Teacher Certification and Artist/Teacher Diploma from the CME Institute for Choral Music Education under Doreen Rao. He earned a Bachelors degree in Organ Performance and a Masters degree in Music Education at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. While an undergraduate at C-MU, he was selected to conduct at the annual Graduate Concerto Concert and also lead the school's Cameron Choir. Mr. Bell has also performed as Tenor Soloist at Temple Rodef Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church both in Pittsburgh, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Locally, Mr. Bell has sung with the Bel Canto Opera in New York and has served as musical director for many community and children's theater groups including OnStage, Inc. and the Bergen County Players. He is a Past-President of both organizations. His credits at the Bergen County Players include director of Curtains, The King and I, Urinetown, Lucky Stiff, Gypsy, Epic Proportions, Jerry's Girls, Don't Dress for Dinner and Baby, musical director for Sweeney Todd, The Most Happy Fella, Something's Afoot, and The 1940's Radio Hour, and star of The Full Monty, A Year With Frog and Toad, City of Angels, Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, They're Playing Our Song, The Pajama Game and Into the Woods. In 2007 he won a Perry Award as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Follies.

Mr. Bell is the Past-President for the North Jersey School Music Educators (NJMEA Region I) and a member of the New Jersey All-State Choral Procedures Committee. He is the former Repertoire and Standards Chairman for Community Choirs for the State of New Jersey American Choral Directors Association. He has conducted the All-State Junior High Festival Honors Choir, Bergen County High School Honors Choir, the Bergen County Middle School Chorus, and North Jersey Region I Junior High School Mixed Chorus, and served as accompanist for the Bergen County Middle School Chorus, North Jersey Region I Junior High School Treble Choir and the New Jersey All-State Mixed Chorus. He is listed in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Teachers.

Chorus Pianist Beth Robin

Beth Robin

Beth Robin joined the Chorus as pianist in 2009. She has been an active performing pianist in the New York area for the past two decades. For several years she was the principal accompanist for the Zamir Chorale of New York and the Shirah Chorus, and aside from her present work with the Teaneck Community Chorus, she also currently accompanies the Summit Chorale. She has been an active performer of chamber music, especially with the Hudson Piano Trio and Triptych (a flute, cello, and piano trio). As a chamber music pianist she has also toured Germany and performed in India. Her several professional recordings include performances with the Zamir Chorale, music of the 20th and 21st centuries with saxophonist Jim Noyes, recent compositions by Steve Cohen for soprano and piano, and a set of nineteenth-century Cuban and Puerto Rican danzas. She teaches privately and at the Thurnauer School of Music and also sings with the Riverside Choir at the Riverside Church in NY. She received her musical training at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music.