Meet The Choir

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Music Director, Ben Arendsen

Ben Arendsen is an active conductor of choral music throughout the New York and Long Island area, currently in his first year as Music Director of the Forest Hills Choir. Ben serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Nassau Community College, where he also teaches music history and ear training. He is also a singer and conductor with C4: The Choral Composer Conductor Collective, a group committed to performing choral music written within the last 25 years. Past appointments include Associate Conductor of the Oratorio Society of Queens, Music Director with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras (Nassau Symphony Orchestra), interim Music Director of the Sound Symphony, and Music Director of the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island

Ben holds a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, where he studied with Maurice Peress. As a guitarist, Ben has performed throughout New York and New England, including the Carnegie Hall Premiere of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint with William Anderson in 2006.

Whatever my mood when I arrive, it is always better when I leave a Forest Hills Choir rehearsal.

— Tenor, Forest Hills Choir

I love Forest Hills Choir because of the wonderful community.

— Diane, Soprano, Forest Hills Choir

I am Forest Hills Choir because I am music, I am song, I am voice, and I am community.

— Grace, Soprano, Forest Hills Choir

To me the choir has not only been a fulfilling creative outlet, but also a place to meet inspiring like-minded people from my community!

— Kristin, Soprano, Forest Hills Choir

The Forest Hills Choir is a fun & casual, yet disciplined group to sing with. It's a joy to have such a high-quality ensemble so close to home.

— David, Baritone, Forest Hills Choir

It is a pleasure to sing beautiful music with a group of people who love to sing!

— Soprano, Forest Hills Choir

Singing with Forest Hills Choir always energizes me. The music is a joy to sing.

— Alto, Forest Hills Choir

I love being a part of Forest Hills Choir because it gives me a chance to be a part of the Forest Hills community.

— Alissa, Soprano, Forest Hills Choir

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