Music Director Emeritus

Martin Kessler, Music Director Emeritus

After his retirement at the end of the 2018 season, his fifteenth year, Martin Kessler became the Music Director Emeritus of the Choral Arts Society of Cleveland.

Martin Kessler served as Director of Music at University School’s Hunting Valley Campus until he retired in 2010 and had conducted eight productions for Lyric Opera of Cleveland and three for Cain Park. At the time he was also beginning his twenty-third season as Music Director and Conductor of the Suburban Symphony, which had previously collaborated with Choral Arts.

Increasingly elegant concerts have evolved under the direction of Martin Kessler. Large choral works have included the Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in C, the Faure Requiem, and major works by Stravinsky, Bernstein, Britten, Copeland, as well as Vivaldi, Monteverdi, and many others.

Marty finished his career as Music Director with a celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein.