Cathedral Music Personnel
Timothy Reno is Music Director and Choirmaster of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He is also Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College, where he conducts the Chamber Singers, teaches courses in music, and acts as music director for the theater program. His Clare Ensemble Singers serve the college as a professional level choir in residence. As a young child, playing “air organ” at church led to a rich musical background in piano, singing, clarinet and saxophone, jazz band, and a penchant for composition. Incorporating a wide variety of styles and techniques, Dr. Reno’s experiences reflect a broad enjoyment of music and collaboration at all levels. He has served as music director of Our Lady of the Fields parish in Millersville, MD, sung in the schola cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., and served as a guest organist at several area churches in the Albany area. You might also find him outside on a run, enjoying model trains, or baking breads and pastries. Reno holds the MM and DMA degrees in choral conducting from the University of Maryland, and the BM in music education and vocal performance from Ithaca College.
Ms. Anna Benninger
Anna Benninger is Co-Director of the “Troubadours” Training Choir and Rehearsal Assistant for the Treble Choir at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Additionally, she is a soprano in the Cathedral’s Adult Choir. In 2014, Ms. Benninger graduated from Schenectady County Community College with her associate’s degree in performing arts with a concentration in violin. She continued her studies at Siena College, where she graduated (Summa Cum Laude) with her bachelor’s degree in creative arts and minor in English in 2017. At Siena College, Ms. Benninger studied as a student conductor for the Siena College Chorus and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Timothy Reno and was awarded the Siena College Senior Award in Creative Arts. Anna has studied violin with Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Artistic Director of the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, for six years and organized a full-length violin recital, featuring both standard repertoire and pieces that are not often heard in concert, as her senior capstone project at Siena College. Currently, Ms. Benninger teaches private violin and viola lessons and is a member the Schenectady Étude Club and the first violin section of Burnt Hills’ Music Company Orchestra.
Ms. Joan Meyer
Joan Meyer is the Program Assistant for Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a position she has held since 2011. A longtime Cathedral parishioner, Joan also serves as a cantor, reader, and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. Joan is a Capital Region native and earned her BFA in Theatre from West Virginia University. She is active in local community theatre, does freelance voiceover work, and periodically sings the U.S. and Canadian national anthems and “God Bless America” at various area venues, including the Albany Times Union Center and Saratoga Race Track.