Artistic Director and Conductor
The Venice Chorale is excited to welcome Brent Douglas as the new Artistic Director effective July 1, 2023. He is an accomplished and passionate conductor with an extensive background in symphonic, operatic and choral genres. Beyond conducting, Douglas is a remarkable pianist, harpsichordist and organist. In addition to his performing career, he also taught choir, orchestra, piano and organ for nine years at Eckerd College. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Piano Performance and a Master of Conducting from the University of South Florida, where he studied under Dr. William Wiedrich and Dr. James Bass (UCLA). He will oversee all artistic aspects and activities of The Venice Chorale, including the Concert Choir and Youth Programs.
Youth Chorus Director
Alyssa Adamson joined The Venice Chorale in 2023 as its new Youth Chorus Director. Alyssa is currently an elementary music teacher at Pine View School for the Gifted. She has served as a music teacher for other local schools over the past eight years and is an experienced leader of Musicals, Modern Band and Social Emotional Learning. She has a Master’s in Music Therapy from Florida State University and Bachelor’s in Music-Voice Performance from Florida Southern College.
NATALIA VAN GENDEREN
Principal Choral Accompanist
Joining our Artistic Team for the 2023-24 concert season is Natalia Van Genderen. She is a graduate of the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory in Russia, specializing in Music Performance in Forte Piano and a secondary Major in Music Education. Natalia has 15 years of experience teaching music, held the position of Concert Master for the Yaroslavl Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Principal Accompanist for the Philharmonic’s Concert Chorale and solo singers, in addition to performing widely as a solo pianist. In 2021, Natalia moved to the United States, where she has successfully continued her professional career as a Concert Master, accompanist, piano instructor and performer. Inspiration, artistry, color, emotion, depth of interpretation and the highest level of virtuosity form the foundation of Natalia’s creative credo.