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 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.
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.
Joan Meyer has been the Music Administrator at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 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 Saratoga Race Track and for U.S. Naturalization ceremonies at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse.
Andrea Reno has more than 15 years of experience teaching music in settings as diverse as public and charter schools in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and catholic schools in the Diocese of Albany, NY. She earned a BM (magna cum laude) in music education from Temple University, has done graduate study in music education and human development from the University at Buffalo, and holds an advanced certificate in Music Learning Theory early childhood music from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning. Also fully certified in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, she currently teaches CGS at St. Pius X. Mrs. Reno was founding director of the cathedral’s “Troubadours” training choir, and currently leads Haydn Seek music classes and serves as a cantor.