Tony Lechner ~ Executive Director
Founder and resident director at Hadley, Northampton, Brattleboro
Tony Lechner is the founder and creative director of Rock Voices, Inc. An award-winning director, composer, performer, and educator, Tony brings his passion for singing to all of the groups he works with. His specialty is vocal harmony, and he has a talent for making learning music easy and fun. Tony has a masters degree in jazz composition and arranging, and custom-arranges all of the music for the choir. As a middle and high school teacher, Lechner created 5-Alone, a high school jazz a cappella group that won numerous DownBeat, CASA & CARA awards and performed around the globe, including at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, IAJE Toronto, IAJE New York, IAJE Los Angeles, and Disney World.
Tony is also a freelance composer and sound designer, having scored many a project for Boston-based animation company Fablevision, and his original songs have gained international recognition (he’s even had one in a movie!). Tony is now dedicating his time and energy to providing people of all ages with more opportunities to sing.
Peter Siegel ~ Keene, NH
Vermont native Peter Siegel is a seasoned performer, songwriter, music educator, and published author. Siegel is most known locally with his bands The Gaslight Tinkers, Housetop, and The Beverwyck String Band. Siegel has performed at prestigious venues like Newport Folk Festival, Clearwater Revival, Falcon Ridge, and has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and Judy Collins, to name a few. As a music teacher (Keene Elementary) and song leader, Peter spends much of his time working with children in music, and he is looking forward to sharing his skills and love of song with Rock Voices!
Connie Galli ~ Auburn, MA
Connie Galli is recently retired after a successful 35 year career at Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, Massachusetts. One of the pioneers of the show choir genre in Central Massachusetts, Connie’s choirs have earned national recognition for their high standards of performance and trend-setting shows. She is looking forward to expanding her music career as director of the Auburn Rock Voices, adjunct instructor at Anna Maria College, and as a clinician and adjudicator on the national show choir circuit.
James Boratko ~ West Hartford, CT
Until his retirement from IT Management, music was always Jim’s second career. Even so, he managed to perform with Grammy Award-winning artists Paul Halley and Paul Winter at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He continues to sing throughout the area with the award winning choirs of Joyful Noise. Now he is a full time musician, serving as Organist and Music Director for the First Church of West Hartford, directing the Choral Club of Hartford, playing keyboards for the classic rock band, Still Kickin and the Big City Horns, and piano for the swing band Simply Swing, as well as several other groups.
Jim’s forte is to combine singing excellence with the joy of performance. He is fond of providing challenges to his groups that are just beyond their comfort zone, so that, after they have achieved them, they can grow in self confidence and ability. He strives to bring a visual element into his groups’ performance, so both they and the audience can experience the song beyond just singing and listening. Leading the West Hartford Rock Voices chorus is the perfect opportunity to combine his talents, experience, and passion.
Nate Altimari ~ Capital Region, NY
Nate Altimari has spent the past 20 years working in vocal music. As an arranger he has worked with high school, collegiate and professional groups all over the country, garnering many awards and features on “best-of” compilation albums. As a director he has founded and led many groups to international acclaim and brought unknown groups to the height of awareness in the a cappella community.
Nate is an award-winning vocalist as a member of his group Firedrill! which is based in Boston, MA. As a clinician, Nate has led workshops and masterclasses in vocal performance, stage performance, rehearsal techniques, ensemble singing, arranging and vocal percussion at festivals all over the country, including SoJam, VoCal Nation, N.E. Voices, Voices of the 603, Kettering, Ohio A Cappella Festival, Clarkston Michigan A Cappella Festival and others.
Nate currently works as a vocalist, Voice Actor and producer in Albany NY where he and his family have settled.