Artistic Director – David Stasney
Hailing from the “City of Brotherly Love” Philadelphia and moving to Bradenton in 2004 with my partner of 23 years, Joseph Coccia, my musical career began very early as a Church Organist at the age of 10 and Choir Director at 15. Throughout my church music career I have served mostly Lutheran and Episcopalian Congregations. Locally at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church. Trinity MCC, Redeemer Lutheran, Gloria Dei Lutheran and currently at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. I was Dean of the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for 3 years. Although a church organist for decades, my first musical love is the voice!
I started singing in Junior High and High School Choruses & Concert Choir and The Spencer T. Videon Boys Choir during that same period. Following High School and a couple of years of voice lessons, I auditioned for and sang with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia for 12 years. This symphonic choir of 275 voices performed and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra regularly and performed at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall in NYC and The Kennedy Center in DC. Over the years I sang with several different choruses in Pennsylvania: The Baroque Cantata Society of Delaware County, The Swarthmore Chorale, The Philadelphia Chamber Chorus and, in Florida, Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus and Musica Sacra.
From 2004 until 2008, I sang with the Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus, the forerunner of Diversity. I am very excited to see and hear the wonderful musical group Diversity has bloomed into. This gifted group of singers are a director’s delight! I am honored to have been asked to be the “interim” Artistic Director.
I have great hopes of growing the chorus in numbers and look to program a rich array of music appealing to a broad audience. Here’s to making beautiful music together!
Accompanist – Bruce Ensinger
Bruce L. Ensinger received an AB in Music Education from West Liberty State College and an MM in Music History and Literature from Ohio University. He has done graduate work at West Virginia University, Westminster Choir College, Duquesne University, Princeton University and the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Ensinger worked as a music specialist in West Virginia for 41 years. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Wheeling Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet, West Liberty State College Choirs, participated in master classes at Ohio University and were chosen as an honor choir by WVMEA. While in WV, he was organist/director of music at the Sistersville Presbyterian Church and an adjunct professor of music at West Virginia Northern Community College. Bruce has served on the music committee for the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, the Executive Board of the WVACDA, the WV All-State Children’s Chorus Board and received the Ashland Oil Golden Apple Award for excellence in education.
He spent 5 weeks researching the music of Costa Rica on a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a week in Vienna, Austria studying conducting with members of the Vienna Boys’ Choir faculty.