Music Director

Virginia Wieland Mast serves as the Music Director of the Cleveland Messiah Chorus

She Earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Eastman School of Music and an Master of Music with honors from CIM.  But a far greater preparation came from singing under the batons of such greats as Eric Leinsdorf, Maynard Klein, Robert Page,

George Szell and most profoundly, Robert Shaw.  Every Monday evening with Shaw and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus opened new understandings of not only amazing choral works but the development of techniques to best perform them.  I soaked it up like the proverbial sponge!  In 1993 I attended a 3 week Choral Seminar in France with Shaw and came home eager to begin The Forest City Singers, a 16 mixed voice choir. Charlie McDonald, was one of my tenor friends from COC who joined FCS. He also sang with The Messiah Chorus.  When that group’s Music  Director had to step down due to family responsibilities, Charlie recommended me to the Messiah Board.