Staff

ADAM EGGLESTON is Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Conductor of The Astoria Choir. He has extensive experience as a chorister, educator, and conductor. He has appeared as a conductor with the Astoria Symphony Orchestra, AMDA Chorale, and serves as an associate conductor for The Baldwin Festival Chorus of New York. As a chorister he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Opera Company, Spoleto Festival Chorus (Italy), Tucson Chamber Artists, and the Baldwin Festival Chorus of New York. Additionally, he has prepared children's choirs for performances with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Curtis Institute of Music's Opera Theatre. Over the past fifteen years, he has taught choral music to countless children in grades K-12. He is currently the Visual and Performing Arts Chair for the prestigious Buckley School where he presides over a glee club of 200 plus boys. Mr. Eggleston holds degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College and The University of Arizona. Email: aeggleston@astoriachoir.org

QUINN McCLURE has been teaching for seven years and is currently the choral director at Civic Leadership Academy, a public high school in Elmhurst, Queens. Quinn is a private voice and piano teacher, NYSSMA adjudicator, and the director of vocal music for the LIU Post Summer Youth Camps. She also sings with the eVoco Voice Collective directed by Dr. David Fryling. Quinn has performed at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tulley Halls with various choral ensembles. She received her B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University and her M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

EUGENIO VARGAS (Tenor) serves as Assistant Director for the Astoria Choir. His experience lies primarily in musical direction for theatre and vocal performance. He graduated from Northwestern University with a major in theatrical performance and a minor in conducting, and moved to New York to pursue a performance career. As a conductor, he has lead bands and orchestras in performances of The Wedding Singer, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Rocky Horror Show, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. As a singer, he has performed as a soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Chorus, various regional choirs, and luxury cruise liners sailing around the world. He has also performed in many musical theatre productions, including, most recently, a production of Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince, where he sang the role of Prince Karl Franz. More information about Eugenio, including a full resume and information about his private coaching sessions, is available at www.eugeniovargas.com.

CHRISTOPHER BRADSHAW serves as The Astoria Choir's accompanist. A native of Monticello, New York, he graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He then pursued his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Master of Music in piano performance, and completing the requirements for doctoral candidacy. He has performed at chamber music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Morges, Switzerland.

In September 2008, Christopher relocated to Manhattan, after teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area for nearly a decade. He is now on the faculties of the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and the Little Red School House, and accompanies the choirs at the Buckley School. His students, who range in age from 6 to adult, have received honors and awards for their playing. Equally at home with beginners as with advanced players, he is widely sought after for his patient, gentle approach to teaching. Mr. Bradshaw is currently accepting new students in the New York City area.