Meet The Choir

For any questions please contact theforesthillschoir@gmail.com

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.


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 Strohmeier, Soprano, The Forest Hills Choir


The Singers
Soprano
  • Ching Yi Au
  • Carmela Bobby
  • Stefanie Calderon
  • Helen Clement
  • Elizabeth Cofrancesco
  • Alissa Dien
  • Katina Gallo
  • Pam Rappaport
  • Jeanne Roberts-Turner
  • Misa Sawada
  • Anne Seeler
  • Kristin Strohmeier
  • Grace Yee
  • Jenny Zak Pattison
Tenor
  • Graham Bobby
  • Paul Gregg
  • Sunny Knable
  • Brian Percival
  • Gilbert Robinson
Alto
  • Bertha Bellinghausen
  • Sarah Flowers
  • Louise Foisy
  • Silvia Menendez
  • Caroline Morrow
  • Loretta Orentas
  • Suzanne Schick
  • Olivia Smith
  • Deb Stein
Bass
  • Karl Alvin
  • Keith Broughton
  • Bill Eisner
  • David Friedman
  • Alfredo Gomez
  • Al Romito
  • David Ezra Stein
Accompanist
  • Kristin Samadi
Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY. theforesthillschoir@gmail.com