BRIDGEPORT—Mary Bozzuti-Higgins of Wilton has been named director of the new Diocesan Youth Choir. The appointment was made by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, effective March 30, 2015.
The choir will draw students from grades 7-12 throughout the diocese.
“I’m delighted to announce that Mary Bozzuti-Higgins has accepted the position as inaugural director of our Diocesan Youth Choir. She brings 36 years of experience as a choral director, voice coach, musician and performer to this new post, along with a passion for teaching, a deep faith, and a commitment to music as a formative experience in the life of young people,” said Bishop Caggiano.
The bishop said in addition to being impressed with Bozzuti’s work as a music director and performer, he welcomes her organizational abilities, which will be called upon in the audition and rehearsal process necessary to build a youth choir for diocesan liturgies.
The choir made its official debut at the Synod 2014 Mass of Thanksgiving at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. C4Y was featured in their inaugural Arise and Shine Christmas Concert, at Norwalk Concert Hall in December, the choir sang in the Convivio Mass for the Teen Congress in March, in April they were heard at St. Luke’s singing their first Lift Every Voice Spring Concert and most recently provided music at the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities Mass.
Bozzuti, a soprano who has performed for professional opera companies, has extensive experience in choir direction and conducting large music ensembles for schools and civic groups. She is currently serving as choir director of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilton, a post she has held since 1992, and as music director of the Treblemakers, an all-women choral group sponsored by the Wilton Parks and Recreation.
In the past she has been interim choral director at Wilton High School, where she led the 250-voice concert choir, the 80-voice girls chorus and 24-voice Madrigal Singers. She has also been Associate Professor of Voice at Boston University (1993-96), Music Director of the Fairfield County Student Operetta Workshop, and music department Director of Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, IL from 1984-87.
Bozzuti made her professional opera debut with the St. Louis Opera in the world premiere of The Vanishing Bridegroom. She returned to St. Louis to sing in La Boheme and Eugene Onegin. She was also often seen on stage at Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass., where she was a favorite choice of conductor John Williams and was a featured soloist at many Christmas Pops concerts with the Boston Symphony and Boston Esplanade Orchestra.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., Class of 1984, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education, certified K-12 and was a student of Elizabeth Fischer Monastero. She was awarded a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance and an Opera Institute Certificate from Boston University.
Upon graduating from Boston University, she won the prestigious Esther B. Kahn Career Entry Award, and spent three summers as a Tanglewood Fellow in Voice. During that time she also taught voice and Latin, French and Italian to talented school students.
She and her husband, Jory Higgins, are the parents of three daughters. They are members of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilton.
(For more information on the Diocesan Youth Choir and upcoming auditions, contact C4Y@diobpt.org)