HCC Artistic Staff

Independent, non-volunteer artistic directors are an essential
component of the character of the Hudson Community Choruses.   

Nathan D. Duvuvuei

Artistic Director
Hudson Community Choruses

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Nathan D. Duvuvuei, the 10th artistic director of the Hudson Community Chorus, brings a wealth of experience as soloist, chorus member and conductor. He received his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from The University of Akron and has performed with choral groups and as soloist at venues in the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary.  He currently sings with the Cleveland Chamber Choir. 

Duvuvuei served as Director of Choral Studies and the Music Department Chair of Ashland High School, Ashland, Ohio and taught at Miller South School, Akron's School for Creative and Performing Arts.  Since 2015,  he has been the  Fine Arts Learning Specialist for Akron Public Schools.  
 

He was named Artistic Director of the Hudson Community Chorus in August 2011.

Mario Buchanan

Assistant Artistic Director & Accompanist
Hudson Community Youth and Children's Choruses

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Mario Buchanan was named the Director of the Hudson Youth Choruses and Accompanist in the Spring of 2020. Mario is an active organist, conductor, and vocalist in the Northeast Ohio area.  As well as his positions with the Hudson Community Choruses , he serves as Director of Music and Organist at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. At Christ Church, Mario oversees the entire music program from choosing music for services, playing services, directing the adult choir, and directing the Young Choristers program.  Before his appointment at Christ Church,  Mario was the Gibbs Music Intern at Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton, where he assisted Dr. David J. Kienzle in their dynamic music program.  Mario is a graduate of the University of Akron where he was the last organ major to earn a Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance and studied primarily with Valerie Thorson and secondary with Nicole Keller.  In addition to studying organ in college, Mario studied voice and remained active in various choirs throughout the area.  Mario received the distinction of winning the 2014-2015 Concerto Competition at the University of Akron, the first organist to ever win the award. He performed Francois Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in G minor with the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim.  He has had additional organ instruction with Todd Wilson, Marie-Louis Langlais (widow of Jean Langlais), James David Christie, and Craig Cramer.  Mario is a Colleague (CAGO) of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and is a member of the Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA) and The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).  Mario also works part time at a music distributor in Cleveland, Cliff Hill Music, where he assists customers around the world in ordering sheet music.  He is also Dean of the Akron Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).