About the Men Singing Carols

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About The Men Singing Carols

Men Singing Carols was formed in 2013 by Greg Kefalas and Jen Arvay Kefalas, the husband-and-wife team behind New York Holiday Singers, Inc., along with associate producer Doug Cordes. New York Holiday Singers, Inc. previously launched the wildly successful New York Holiday Choristers in 2011 and invented a whole new genre of holiday entertainment, true vocal jazz meets acappella, with the premium & contemporary holiday a cappella entertainment ensemble The New York Holiday Singers, launched in 2009.

When Greg & Doug thought back to some of their favorite vocal ensembles over the years, and after talking to some of our friends & performers, we realized that we all missed singing in a fun, charming men's acappella chorus. And, after looking at the holiday vocal entertainment landscape in New York City, we realized that there was a place for a contemporary men's ensemble, especially since we could take advantage of efficiencies we'd pioneered in the industry with our other groups. And, we knew we wanted a group that could be fun while remaining sophisticated… no barbershop quartets, no porkpie hats, Victorian outfits, or other costumes, but rather a cool, charming, sleek style that was properly "New York."

So, we formed Men Singing Carols, and Greg got to work hand-crafting our sound, while he, Doug & our first Men crafted our look!

Our amazing and talented Men come from all walks of music & theater, and have all been with us for years. It takes that level of skill to perform in our trios. What do they all have in common? They're all tremendous performers, and just like Greg and Jen, they love the holidays.

Meet the Men Singing Carols

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Greg Kefalas Founder Creative & Musical Director / Bass

Meet Greg Kefalas, our fearless leader, Musical Director/Arranger and Bass. A Northeast Ohio native, Greg moved to NYC for love. Greg's reputation as an expert in holiday season traditions and history has led to interviews on television and radio, and was covered in CBS Sunday Morning's 2014 profile of our company… and has recently led him to be the self-styled "President of Christmas," and thanking the patience of NYHS, Inc.'s Executive Director and his wife, Jen Arvay.

When he's not running his strategy & digital consultancy Mattermind, or composing / arranging / performing with / designing / shooting pictures & video for the vocal groups he helps run, Greg is an avid songwriter & producer, technology buff, amateur chef, and has a love of both delicious coffee and deep winter — as well as cigars & pipes, fine whiskies of many sorts, and Tokien. Greg and his wife Jen have lived in their Astoria, NY apartment for 11 years, along with their two neurotic cats, and he hopes to sing for you and yours this holiday season.

Doug Cordes Founder Associate Producer / Tenor II

Meet Doug Cordes, Tenor II extraordinaire and Associate Producer. Doug comes to NYC by way of Alabama and Nashville. Other than his work as a freelance graphic designer, Doug loves being outside and swimming, is a live music, theater, and movie nut, and is often doodling away, tinkering with ideas. He loves tickling his niece & nephew via Facetime and playing the role of Doting Uncle.

Barry DeBois Founding MemberTenor I

Tenor I Barry DeBois loves the bittersweet melancholy of the holiday season. He can be found by a fire and listening to Bing, The Beach Boys, or Bublé whenever the windows are frosted. Barry fondly remembers singing in choirs and with bands in his native Ohio, and truly white Christmases. There, he helped create and co-hosted the annual Old Fashioned Canton Christmas benefit at the historic Canton Palace Theatre. Barry is fresh off the national tour of Once the Musical, and will be performing in Fort Collins, Colorado before his return to NYC for another New York Christmas and time with the Men Singing Carols. @barrydebois and http://www.barrydebois.com.

Bill Heigen 2 Year ClubAssistant Musical Director / Tenor I

Meet Bill Heigen, Tenor I. Award-winning composer, arranger, musical director, and choral singer (awarded Vocal Brasil CCBB 2012, Nona Mostra FIL, MCE Composer Competition 2015-2016). There's not much that Bill can't do, and after several years singing with our sibling group the New York Holiday Choristers, we were happy to have him join the Men Singing Carols!

Bill's compositions have been performed by ensembles across the US, France, Brazil, Portugal, and United Kingdom. He's performed in several vocal ensembles such as the award-winning Choral Chameleon, the award-winning C4, and many more. Since 2012, he's called New York City home, and in his first New York City Christmas the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" really touched his heart. "All the people, the snow, the atmosphere and this song really brought me the truly Christmas' spirit. Even far away from my family, I just started to feel at home once again". For more info, visit www.billheigen.com.

Brian Mummert Joined 2017Bass

Meet Brian Mummert, baritone/bass exemplar. Hailing from New England, Brian is freshly returned from a year as a graduate choral studies scholar at Cambridge, so he knows his way around a Christmas carol (though occasionally pronounces the lyrics very strangely). When he's not celebrating his favorite holiday with the Men or relaxing by the fire humming along to Ella's Christmas album, he's probably singing the role of a Roman deity in a Baroque opera or planning the next season of his American Prize-winning chamber ensemble, The New Consort. In his spare time, Brian enjoys reading long novels, knowing way too much about 90's pop at trivia night, propelling himself through/across various bodies of water, and losing respectability as a pianist. For more info, visit www.brianmummert.com.

Jeffrey Funaro Founding MemberSocial Media Assistant / Tenor II

Meet Jeffrey Funaro, Tenor II. Originally from a hamlet north of New York City, Jeff spends his days researching financial jargon and his evenings & weekends as an avid stage performer & singer. Jeff enjoys history, especially the WWI era, and his love of the New York City subway system manifests in his goal to swipe through every station in the city. He's 70% of the way there. Maybe he can swipe through a new station on his way to sing for you this holiday season as a part of Men Singing Carols and the New York Holiday Choristers? Visit his website at www.jeffreyfunaro.com.

Seth Bleecker Founding MemberBass

Meet Seth Bleecker, intrepid Bass. A native of Connecticut, Seth is a designer of award-winning educational games by day and a self-confessed "big ol' gaming nerd" by night, whether it's role-playing games, tabletop strategy games, board games, or all manner of video games. Not only that, but when Seth isn't working, gaming, or singing, he has an abiding interest in writing, and is both a black belt and a "pretty decent tap dancer" (also self-confessed). He looks forward to singing for you this holiday season. Tap dancing, however, is extra. Seth is also a multi-year alum of the New York Holiday Choristers.