JON ARTERTON began his musical journey as a choirboy at Washington DC’s National Cathedral. He holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and was twice a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
He also holds an MFA in Acting from Smith College, and has performed in hundreds of plays and musicals, including The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall on Broadway.
He was the founder and musical arranger of The Flirtations, the proudly gay a cappella singing group which performed in venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, and which was seen in the film Philadelphia and on HBO, Good Morning America and MTV.
In 2002 he founded The Outer Cape Chorale, a community chorus based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. By the time he left the Cape in 2015 the chorus had grown to 150 voices, and had performed such works as Requiems by Brahms, Mozart, Cherubini and Fauré, several Bach cantatas, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Haydn’s Creation and Mass in the Time of War, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man; as well as concerts of music by George Gershwin, Gilbert & Sullivan, Stephen Sondheim, the Beatles, folkies from the 60’s and more. Works Performed with the Outer Cape Chorale
He and his husband James Mack sing together frequently and have released a CD entitled “Legally Married… and the Sky Didn’t Fall!” http://www.JonAndJames.com.
In keeping with his philosophy that singing is good for one’s health and good for the world, Jon gives popular vocal workshops called “Singing with Courage.” www.SingingWithCourage.com
Pianist / Accompanist
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.