Richard Slade, tenor, conductor, and teacher, sang and recorded as a member of The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent a cappella vocal ensemble for 11 years and has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the New York Ensemble for Early Music, the New York City Opera, and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. In addition to singing Mr. Slade conducts the Sound Shore Chorale in New Rochelle and the choirs of the First Unitarian Society in Hasting-on-Hudson and Sutton Place Synagogue in New York City. He maintains a private voice studio, teaching at Yale University, in New York City, New Rochelle, and by Skype. Mr. Slade received his BA from Yale University and his MM from New England Conservatory. He was an apprentice with the Des Moines, Sarasota and Maine Opera companies. Mr. Slade is particularly proud to have had a joke used on Prairie Home Companion!
Diane Guernsey is a piano instructor and vocal coach/accompanist at Manhattanville College. She has performed in solo and ensemble concerts at Symphony Space ("Bloomsday") and Caramoor, at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, and at festivals in San Francisco, Paris and Nice. Locally, she performs with the Sound Shore Chorale and in the band Avalanche, co-founded with her husband Paul. The band is currently completing its debut album. Ms. Guernsey received her MM degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish. Her career also embraces other fields: A longtime senior editor/contributor at Town & Country, she is now executive editor of the online magazine Pulse – voices from the heart of medicine (www.pulsemagazine.org).