Malcolm Halliday has conducted the Master Singers of Worcester since the fall of 1998, after a long association with the chorus as both accompanist and assistant conductor. Under his leadership the chorus has developed a reputation as one of the finest in central Massachusetts, renown for dynamic and innovative programming, including several area premieres of such works as the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts, and Ruth Watson Henderson’s Voices of Earth, commissioned works such as Gwyneth Walker’s New England Journey, and performances of more standard repertoire such as Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Malcolm has also worked extensively with children and youth, most recently as co-director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus, with which, until recently, he worked as pianist and artist-in-residence. As conductor he appears in the recent Albany Records recording The River of Love, an album devoted to Shaker music and settings of Shaker themes by contemporary composers. He recently completed a term on the board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as the Repertoire and Standards Chairman for Music and Worship.
“A key member of the local music scene, Halliday wears several musical hats, all with considerable expertise. As a conductor, he avoids both the trendy and the pedantic in favor of sense and sensibility.”
—Worcester Telegram & Gazette