RCS has been singing fine choral music since 1964. Based in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, it is a volunteer chorus, independent of any religious or educational institution. Members are a congenial group of people ranging from young adults to senior citizens: students, working people and retirees, singles and couples from diverse ethnic backgrounds. RCS numbers about 60 members, who come not only from Riverdale but also from other parts of the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester County.
John Lettieri became the music director of RCS in 2008, after serving as our accompanist on piano, organ and harpsichord for eighteen years. Mimi S. Daitz retired from the position after serving for ten and one half years, and has been given the title of "Music Director Emerita," in recognition of her many contributions to the growth and development of the chorus.
Memories from our 50th Anniversary Concert.
Proclamations were presented by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and Councilman Andrew Cohen
(left to right: Jeffrey Dinowitz, Betty Lee, Myra Joyce, Andrew Cohen)
Left to right: Min Jung Kang, soprano, Mun-Tzung Wong, alto, John Lettieri, Chorus Director,
Nancy Wertsch, composer, and Maggie Schwed, poet and lyricist.
On October 22nd BronxNet sent a crew to do a story on the Riverdale Choral Society
as we celebrate 50 years of bringing beautiful choral music to
Riverdale and beyond. You can see the video HERE.
Since 1964, the Riverdale Choral Society has been bringing joy to the community through performances of high-quality choral music. Our welcoming, diverse group of men and women rehearses weekly under professional artistic direction, singing both traditional and adventuresome repertoire. Through live concerts and community outreach, the chorus enriches the cultural life of the greater Riverdale area.