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

Here are New York City's coolest, jazziest professional carolers. a picture for more.

Greg Kefalas Founder Musical, Creative & Technical 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, most recently launching the concept project Conspiracy of Violet. He's also a 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 12 years, along with their two neurotic cats, and he hopes to sing for you and yours this holiday season.

Jeffrey Funaro Founding Member / Seven Year Club Director, Sales & Marketing / Tenor II

Meet Jeffrey Funaro, Tenor II. Originally from a hamlet north of New York City, Jeff spends his days analyzing 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 95% 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 http://www.jeffreyfunaro.com.

Alex Parrish Two Year Club Tenor I

Meet Alex Parrish, Tenor I. He’s now approaching the ‘decade in NYC’ club and has never felt more at home. When not reciting Doctor Who speeches with his replica sonic screwdriver, Alex wears many hats as an actor, composer, music director, orchestrator, audiobook narrator, and voice teacher. He stores over 400 musical theater scores on his trusty iPad to always be ready for an impromptu Sondheim, R&H, or (even) Lloyd Webber sing-along. And if all fails, Alex probably would take his experience moving over 20 times and form his own moving/painting company. But for now, he’ll focus on spreading the joy of holiday music in his first year with Men Singing Carols.

Barry DeBois Founding Member / Seven Year Club Tenor I

Tenor I Barry DeBois loves the bittersweet melancholy of the holiday season. When the windows are frosted, he can be found listening to Bing, The Beach Boys, or Bublé. Barry fondly remembers singing in choirs and 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. He grew up singing holiday music with MSC founder, Greg Kefalas, and is glad to continue that tradition in the greatest city in the world. Barry was on the national tour of Once the Musical, has performed on cruise ships all over the world, has performed in playhouses all over the United States, and is ecstatic to be coming home for another New York Christmas with the Men Singing Carols. @barrydebois and http://www.barrydebois.com.

Nick Prior Two Year Club Tenor II

Nick Prior is a native of the Southwest hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. With degrees from UNM and Columbia University in Music and Music Education, he works to bring the joy of choral music to all ages working as a choir director, conductor, and clinician for groups all over the country. He lives in New York City as a freelance singer, conductor, composer/arranger, and would honestly be happy singing holiday music all year long, but so far, that market hasn’t taken off yet. He is glad he joined Men Singing Carols to at least get to do it during the “socially acceptable” months.

Patrick Martini Two Year Club Bass

Meet Patrick Martini, the Bass with tenor dreams. Originally from the Jersey shore, Patrick is far more likely to jam out to a Broadway cast album than to hang out with Snooki, but anything can happen. When not singing really low notes, he can be found trying to sing really high notes. Patrick is a very recent BFA graduate from NYU Tisch and has acted professionally on both stage and screen, but has a deeply rooted affection for choral and a cappella music and is beyond thrilled to spend this holiday season with Men Singing Carols. www.patrickmartininyc.com

Seth Bleecker Founding Member / Seven Year Club Bass

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.