The Art Mob has been performing for 35 years in New York City, usually in downtown art galleries. The group presents a three-concert series in the city each May and each December, plus occasional benefit concerts.
The group’s members find the music for its concerts mainly in old song books. They favor music that is seldom sung today, including Victorian parlor songs, early 20th century radio gospel, shaped-note hymns, and popular music of the distant past, but they also mix in jazz, country, Tin Pan Alley, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, and even children’s ditties. Many of the are arranged for a cappella singing by Art Mob members.
Some Art Mob members have sung professionally, but the chorus itself exists not for profit, only for fun, and does not pay its singers. Its music director, Brent Frederick, was the music director for the national tour of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” which won the Broadway.com LA Award for best musical direction. He was the associate music director for the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and has worked on numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions and in other New York and regional music venues.
The Art Mob’s alto section includes Cheryl Morrison, who is a part-time resident of East Dover and a member of Friends of the Dover Free Library. Other members are sopranos Connie Beckley, Kirsten Skrinde, Nancy Moore Simpson, and Jayne Irvine; basses Dean Rainey, Martin Donach, Jared Stamm, and Aldo Ceresa; tenors Frank Donno and Dan Rosenbaum; and altos Gaynor Cote, Confidence Stimpson, Hannah Campbell, and Vicki Watson.