Summer Serenade 2013Peter P. Fuchs
Mr. Fuchs has been Musical Director-Conductor and/or Arranger for over 70 musicals on Broadway and throughout the US and Europe. He has worked with Robert Goulet, Van Johnson, Shari Lewis, Phil Silvers, Nancy Walker, Carol Lawrence, Alan Alda, Theodore Bikel, Godfrey Cambridge, Dorothy Dandridge and more. He has also arranged and conducted industrial shows for G.E., Ford-Lincoln Mercury, Royal Crown Cola, Chem-strand and Beachcraft Airlines. His biggest show was the multi-media Bicentennial production "Hurray USA", sponsored jointly by the Cities of Miami and Miami Beach with a cast of 600 performers. Mr. Fuchs was conductor of the South Florida Youth Symphony, the Miami Symphonic Society Orchestra, the Miami Ballet and has composed and arranged music for ballets, motion pictures and musical productions at Screen Gems (Columbia Pictures) and other venues. He has performed with his wife as part of the musical duo "Veronica and Peter" and does his own one-man show "Peter Fuchs in Concert". He is an active pianist, arranger-conductor in South Florida and heads his music-production and recording studio, Presto Recording. Currently he is the conductor of both the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra and the Coral Springs Symphonic Pops Orchestra.
Dr. Clark McAlister
Dr. Clark McAlister is Vice President and Editor in Chief of Edwin F. Kalmus and Company, Inc. and Masters Music Publications, as well as Artistic Director of Klavier Records. He has been Assistant Conductor and Music Administrator of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida (later known as the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra), Music Director and Conductor of Palm Beach Community College, and Instructor-in-Residence at the University of Montana at Missoula, and currently holds that position with Chamber Music of Palm Beach. He is an active composer and arranger; his compositions and arrangements are played by orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Europe and Japan and have been recorded by Telarc, Klavier, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Albany. The recipient of a fellowship in composition from the Florida Arts Council, Dr. McAlister received his Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Miami.
Christopher Cicconi has been conducting and teaching in the greater Phoenix and Miami areas for the past 12 years. While in Arizona, Mr. Cicconi earned a Master degree from Arizona State University in Music Education. While studying conducting with Gary Hill and William Reber, Mr. Cicconi was able to work with many of the college ensembles including directing a full-scale opera with the ASU Lyric Opera Theatre. Also, Mr. Cicconi enrolled as an Associate Conductor in the University of South Carolina “Conductors Institute” where he studied with Donald Portnoy. Mr. Cicconi has also been a guest conductor across the United States. He has conducted students as well as professional orchestras in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, New York, and South Carolina. In the summer of 2002 he held the post of Assistant Conductor at the Luzerne Music Festival where he studied with Andrew Kurtz, Charles Peltz, and Maurice Kaplow from the New York City Ballet Company. At Luzerne, Mr. Cicconi instructed and directed orchestra students of all ages from various parts of the country. With his national experience, Mr. Cicconi has also been invited to conduct internationally. He has led numerous concerts in the countries of Argentina and China. In the summer of 2006, he traveled to Romania to conduct a concert in the town of Satu-Mare. Currently residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Mr. Cicconi graduated with his doctorate in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami and currently serves as the Resident Conductor of the Broward Symphony, the Associate Conductor of the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and the New River Orchestra, the Music Director of the Walenstein Youth Symphony, and Director of Bands at the Pine Crest School.