Bass Will Munster is a happily married father of five who you can usually find at one of his kids’ activities. His journey started in Pittsburgh in the 70s, and yes, he is a fan of the Steelers and Pirates! Will has degrees in physics from Thiel College, civil engineering from Case Western Reserve and an MBA from Wake Forest. After working as a financial controller in Cleveland and the Piedmont, he started his own company in 2017. AM Erectors is a great source of pride for him, and he is thrilled that it can sponsor groups like PCS!
Will began singing as a young child in church, but his first serious singing came at age fifteen when he performed Handel’s Messiah with the Woodland Hills Community Choir. He progressed to singing with the Jr Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and then the Mendelssohn Choir. While in high school, Will played tenor saxophone in the marching band and bassoon in the orchestra. During that same time, Will began playing organ at a local Lutheran Church. He then began taking private organ lessons, culminating in a public organ recital at a church in Pittsburgh. Along with singing for PCS, he also sings with the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus. He is also considering joining the Piedmont Opera Chorus in their upcoming fall production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.
Will originally sang with PCS in the late 90s under the direction of Jamie Albritten, and PCS’s performance of Schubert’s Mass in G in 2019 marked his return to the group. He also joined the board of PCS in 2019. When asked about the importance of community music Will said, “Whether we realize it or not, music is all around us. One might say there is a soundtrack to our lives. Seeing folks exposed to this for the first time is great! Pachelbel, Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and many others have written music that most folks today would instantly recognize. Helping them to realize this while broadening their musical tastes is the goal. PCS achieves this by programming a mix of approachable works beside more complex works and offers this at no charge to the audience!”.
Artistic Director Jayson Snipes
Jayson Snipes became Artistic Director of Piedmont Chamber Singers in 2015. He is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and received a B.M. in Music Education, and M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied organ, voice, and conducting. Jayson was conductor of The Moramus Chorale from 2008–2015, a non-auditioned mixed chorus that specializes in performing early music of the early American Moravian tradition and was the choral director at Lexington Middle School from 2012 until December 2016. Currently, he serves as Director of Traditional Music at Maple Springs United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem.
It is hard for Jayson to pick a favorite piece from the upcoming concert, but he said the following-“I think the piece that stood out to me the most was “Love: Then and Still,” because I think its story is something that anyone can relate to. While it talks about a specter stealing joy, we don’t know exactly what it is – the loss of a child? Parent? Another loved one? And, while for a short time you may be robbed of joy, wounds heal.” What is he most excited for in our upcoming season?
“PCS has made some exciting changes, starting last year with offering our concerts free of the charge of admission so more people can experience them, and this year with the change of our fundraising event. I am excited to see our audience, make connections, and for the excitement and momentum we have right now to continue!”