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Karl Schwarz, Accompanist
Karl was born at a very young age. After showing musical ability at the age of 6, he was forced into piano lessons by his parents. Twelve years of technique and classical and what does he play?....Rock and Roll! Starting in grammar school he studies trombone and played in band and orchestra straight through high school. He was also the band geek who accompanied the choirs in school on piano. Sometime during that period he acquired a copy of Chicago Transit Authority and was hooked.  

Since 1984,Karl has played "pit piano" for the Broadhollow Theater, various off Broadway productions and the Freeprot Community Chorale.  He also works as an accompanist for local chorales and singers performing at local venues.  He has his own entertainment company, Niteflight Productions, and plays keyboard with the band Uppercut, which he founded in 1989.  Kark also has the distinction of appearing on the "Today Show" with American Idol's Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Karl brings his precision playing ability and professionalism to all his musical endeavors.
About The Silver Chords
A History of The Silver Chords


The Suffolk County Senior Citizens Chorus was formed in the fall of 1980. It began as a small Smithtown ladies choral group, but then was expanded by Director Linda Monner to include men and women throughout Suffolk County. The Village of St. Johns graciously donated their recreation center for rehearsals. In April of 1981, the 33 member group presented its first concert, consisting of simple arrangements of songs that they enjoyed singing.

By 1984, the group had outgrown its rehearsal facilities. The Smithtown Town Board offered the Smithtown Senior Citizen’s Center for its rehearsals. 

In September of 1986, the group adopted the name “The Silver Chords.” In 1987, it received an invitation to perform at the official New York State Senior Citizens Day festivities in Albany. There they performed before hundreds of people and were greeted by Governor Mario Cuomo.  

 The Silver Chords became the proud recipients of the Gerald Farley Award in 1990. It was presented to them by the Suffolk County Senior Citizens Advisory board at their annual All About Aging Conference.
In 1992, the group was the opening act at “Rosemary Clooney’s White Christmas Party” concert at Westbury Music Fair. The Silver Chords performed on their own as well as with Ms. Clooney and Debbie Boone.  

The group received a citation in 1994 from the Town of Islip, recognizing the Silver Chords for 15 years of free concerts. It was presented to them by Islip Town Supervisor Pete McGowen.  

In 1995, Linda Monner stepped down as director. For the next 14 years, The Silver Chords would be led by Robert Wochinger who brought his own style, vitality and love of music to the group. In 2004, Bob and the group were featured in the Arts and Lifestyle section of the Times Beacon Record.

The Silver Chords honored Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio with a plaque during their December 2009 concert at Kings Park High School. Supervisor Vecchio has supported the Chords these past 28 years by providing the Smithtown Senior Center as a rehearsal site.

That same year, Bob Wochinger retired from his choral directorship. The third director would be Spyro Kalas. Spyro started commissioning works by local composers to be premiered by the Silver Chords. 

In 2014, Carl J Ferrara took over as conductor of the Silver Chords. As Guest Conductor, Carl has welcomed younger singers into the group as soloists. In 2016, our youngest full time members joined at the ages of 13 & 14. The Chorus was featured on "Spotlight On..." for Smithtown Public Access. In 2016, the group performed at the Beacon Theatre singing with the rock group Guster. 

​Also part of The Silver Chords is the Troubadours. For almost three decades, this group of about 20 chorus members has sung at libraries, nursing homes, museums, and Rotary Clubs. In 2009, they sang with 5th Grade Students at the Burr Intermediate School production of “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” 

The Silver Chords continue to be proud to present four free concerts each year. Currently they perform at Kings Park High School and Mary Immaculate Church. The Silver Chords continually look for new members and welcome singers of all ages.

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Carl J. Ferrara, Director
Carl is celebrating his 22nd year as a music educator, and is honored to have been asked back to conduct the Silver Chords. A graduate of the Crane School of Music, with a Master's Degree from SUNY Stony Brook, he is currently the choral director at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in Amityville. He is also the music director of Setauket United Methodist Church in East Setauket, and the most recent director of the Smithtown Community Chorus. 

Carl is very involved in the Long Island musical theatre scene, having directed performances at the Cultural Arts Playhouse, Broadhollow Theatre, and Synergy Ensemble Theatre. He also created and currently directs the Drama Club at E.W. Miles Middle School. 

As an active songwriter and composer, he has written the musicals Right Before Your Eyes and The Legend of St. Nicholas. The Silver Chords performed his choral work, four years ago. 

The Silver Chords is a multi-generational chorus.  We rehearse in Smithtown, New York.  We provide FREE CONCERTS in the Spring and Fall at various venues.  All are welcome to attend.