The Alleluia Chorus – A Boise Area Choir
Peter Covino, Jr. was the music director of this Boise area choir, the Alleluia Chorus and Idaho Choral Symphony (retired). Originally from New Jersey, he has performed in and or directed many operas, orchestras, and musicals both on the stage and in the orchestra. He played (retired) 1st trombone in the Treasure Valley Concert Band in Boise. He has played other instruments in various concerts and performances, from the timpani and trumpet to utilization of a synthesizer for multiple instrumentations in concerts, to the accordion in Broadway Musicals and Band and has sung with the Idaho Opera and played in and directed the Meridian Symphony.
Peter triple majored in composition, theory, and conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with academic core and language at Johns Hopkins University. He received his Masters at Brigham Young University and completed his Doctoral work on scholarship at the University of North Texas in composition and conducting.
Peter is a contest winner, and a published composer and arranger with over 800 published works. His first conducting mentor was Leonard Bernstein while his first brass instrument teacher was Al Weisman, first trumpeter of the New York Philharmonic. He also studied conducting under Norman Johnson of the Metropolitan Opera, and Anshel Brusilow of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony and The University of North Texas.
Peter composes music from his head directly into his music-publishing program on his computer. His compositions range from solo instruments to Broadway musicals (he has produced one of his 5 musicals on Broadway). He has written for television (currently for the history channel program) and has worked on movie scores. He has also written and produced for many other musical events, concerts, and programs including choral and symphonic idioms including band and orchestra. His arrangements are in all areas and he has done studio recordings. He has hundreds more arrangements and original compositions net yet published and is an active free lance composer and music editor.
Carla Mar holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Montana. She received her early vocal training from the long-time Metropolitan Opera baritone, Pablo Elvira and later at the Vienna State Music Conservatory where she was the private student of famed Greek soprano Elsa Kastela-Kreihsl. Carla has performed solo oratorio and opera engagements with numerous orchestras and opera companies including the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Conservatory Orchestra, Northwest Civic Orchestra, Boise Baroque Orchestra, Rimrock Opera, Opera Idaho, and Teatro Felice (New York, NY).
A versatile performer, Carla has taken on many lead roles in musical theater over the years including Luisa (The Fantastiks), Evita (Evita), Rose (The Secret Garden) and Polly (The Beggar’s Opera) to name a few. Outside of her duties as Chorus Master for the Alleluia Chorus, Carla enjoys singing in the choir along with its many other talented singers.