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Mystic River Chorale appoints Frank R. Zilinyi, as new Artistic Director for 38th Season (2021-2022)


JANUARY 28, 2021 - Mystic, Connecticut – The Mystic River Chorale, an independent, not-for-profit performing arts organization in its 37th season, announces the appointment of Frank R. Zilinyi as the Chorale's new Artistic Director, effective February, 2021. Zilinyi, the Chorale’s current Associate Artistic Director and Accompanist, will be the Chorale’s 6th conductor.  Frank Martignetti, Artistic Director for 13 seasons, since 2008, has stepped down.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chorale cancelled performances from May 2020 to January 2021, during which would have been the preferred public celebration and “send-off” timing with Frank Martignetti. The Chorale had programmed music to recognize Dr. Martignetti’s many accomplishments, including a favorite masterwork, Mozart’s Requiem.


On Sunday evening, February 7th, WCRI (Classical 95.9) will broadcast a Conducting Conversations episode hosted by Mike Maino, with guests Frank Martignetti, Frank R. Zilinyi, and Tim Rooney, the Chorale’s President.


Frank R. Zilinyi, a New York City native and graduate of both Oberlin Conservatory and University of Cincinnati, joined the Mystic River Chorale in 2016 as Accompanist. In 2019, Frank was promoted to the Associate Artistic Director position, in recognition of his exceptional skills in accompaniment, vocal training and conducting.  Mr. Zilinyi has held important church music positions throughout the United States, presenting programs of sacred and secular music that challenge and engage the listener.  He currently serves as Organist and Director of Music at St. Mary's Church in Milford, Connecticut, and teaches Music Theory at the University of Bridgeport.  


Dr. Martignetti will continue his leadership and arts excellence serving as Chair of the Music & Performing Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Frank was honored to be a national finalist for the 2015 American Prize in choral conducting for his work with the Chorale. Under his leadership, the Chorale has broadened its community outreach, collaborated with area high school choirs and other area ensembles, had singers make their Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall debuts, and presented new and neglected works, including grant-funded regional premieres.


Please plan to join us for Frank R. Zilinyi’s inaugural concert in January 2022. For further information, visit our website at

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