What is your story as a singer? My first singing experience was the 5th grade talent show. I sang Killing Me Softly while accompanied by my sister on guitar via a cassette player! I have been hamming it up ever since.
Do you sing with other choirs? I have sung in my church choir for over 35 years and can’t imagine stopping!!!
Favorite onstage experience: At the age of 15 being asked to sing at someone’s wedding for the first time.
What are you listening to these days? Cu Dubh – Heavy metal bagpipers!
Do you sing with other choirs? Does my competitive karaoke team count? If so yes, I'm part of team Super-nerdy-quite-artistic-totally-precocious. We compete every Thursday at Ten Tigers Lounge in Petworth, DC
Favorite onstage experience: My mother was a professional opera singer (mezzo). So as a child I had bit parts in some her operas. My favorite was playing one of the gingerbread children in Humperdinck's Handel and Gretel (my mom played Gretel). As an adult however, my favorite onstage experience was singing in Orpheo et Euridice at Spoleto Opera House in Italy as part of the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium.
What is your story as a singer? I'm really grateful for the opportunities I had at Lutheran schools growing up, which allowed me to sing chorally much of my life. My own mom helped direct the first choirs I remember during my early elementary grades. Throughout middle school, I sang at St. Paul's Lutheran in downtown Ft. Wayne, IN, continuing on with their Adult Choir while attending Concordia Lutheran high school. At one point during senior year, I think I was in six different choirs, from in-school to church and community ensembles. I remember keeping all of my music stacked, neat and organized in their folders, in one corner of my bedroom. I sang under Dr. Christopher Cock at Valparaiso University throughout undergrad. He was an inspiring musician, and I learned so much from him. I even got to study abroad at a church music school in Germany, at which time I sang in a C. P. E. Bach concert with an ensemble in Berlin. Now I direct elementary and church choirs, but at the end of the day, I just want to sing.
Favorite onstage experience: We memorized J. S. Bach's Lobet den Herren motet by the conclusion of my freshman year of college. We had a tremendous group of singers and senior leaders who have gone on to do some amazing things chorally and vocally. I loved singing with them and feeling like we really owned that magnificent piece.
What are you listening to these days? Have you heard Craig Courtney's "God, Thou Art Love"? What a choral gem - I'd loop it all day!
What is your story as a singer? My grandmother had a beautiful voice. She raised 8 children and sang around the house until she died at 92. She had five daughters and each one with a lovely voice. My aunt, who is a nun, sings every day with all the other nuns in her convent. She also sings Elvis tunes. My other aunt (a nurse) sings with the Sweet Adelines. My mom used to sing everything, but had a special place in her heart for country music. As the only daughter, I also inherited this affinity for singing. I started studying voice “for real” when I was sixteen. After my mom died when I was 22, music saved me. My voice teacher had already become a second mom to me. My choir supported me and the music itself soothed me. I couldn’t live without music, but I doubt anyone associated with CCS who is reading this could either.
Favorite Onstage experience: Once, I played the Virgin Mary in a "Madrigala" at a big, old, stone church on Fifth Avenue. During the meal, which included a boar's head and flaming pudding(!), I sat next to a handsome trumpeter, dressed as a lord. He said his favorite carol was In the Bleak Midwinter and instantly it became mine as well.
What is your story as a singer? Coming from a family of singers, I’ve sung all my life and can’t imagine a day without making a joyful noise.
Favorite onstage experience? A favorite in-concert moment was in the Mozart’s Jubilate with CCS. It was a cloudy May afternoon, but just as the soprano sang the refrain “and there was light,” the Cathedral’s rose window came to life. All the people gathered for the performance were bathed in color and light and sound, and it was one of those moments where you are part of touching the eternal.
What are you listening to these days? A little of everything! There is great music all around us.
What is your story as a singer?I've always loved to sing. The first choir I sang with was the Northwest Girls Choir in Seattle, Washington; I was 10 years old. We moved every 2-3 years when I was growing up and music was my constant companion. It also provided me with an easy way to connect with other kids. I sang in musical theatre up through my high school years. As an adult I've sung with local musical theatre groups, various church choirs and with CCS.
Favorite onstage experience: I love the combination of music and theatre so my favorite experiences with CCS include singing Orff's Carmina Burana with the Washington Ballet and the Visionary Women/Voices of Light concert where Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc was projected as CCS sung Einhorn's Voices of Light.
What are you listening to these days? I have eclectic taste when it comes to music and listen to almost all types. Admittedly, with a 9-year old I spend a lot of time listening to Pop music. I love Indie Rock and Folk, Brazilian, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Classical (including early music), and Hip-Hop/Rap.
What is your story as a singer? I started singing at a young age in my church choir and performed in a few musicals as a child, including playing Greta in the Sound of Music. In high school I sang in multiple choirs, including varsity choir, chamber choir, and show choir. I was also selected to sing in the Nebraska All State Choir and participated in the Midwest European Honor Choir. This is my first time back in a choir since high school and I'm so glad to be in one again!
Do you sing with other choirs? Not currently, but I play music and sing with friends.
Favorite onstage experience: Performing opera pieces with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra with my high school choir. Also singing in beautiful cathedrals across Europe during a three week choir tour.
What are you listening to these days? A lot of pop, hip hop, and indie music, and anything I can sing along to.
Season joined: 1991-1992 (the 50th Anniversary Season)
Birthplace: New York City
What is your story as a singer? I have sung in choirs as long as I remember. I grew up in Rochester, NY, with Eastman School of Music downtown. I sang at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church ‘forever,’ with David Craighead at the organ and David Fetler as choir director. I sang in my college choir (Wellesley), and both sang in and directed the Madrigal Group there. With a degree in Church Music, I have played or sung in churches for years.
Favorite onstage experience: SO many – I have been fortunate. When I first joined the Cathedral Choral Society, we performed Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with Sherrill Milnes singing the title role. Also, it was exciting when we had Sam Waterston for Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” and when we performed “Carmina Burana” with the Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center.
What are you listening to these days?Anything and everything, from Saturday afternoon opera broadcasts to mixes my kids made for me, as they like to expand my musical universe (Jonathan Coulton and They Might Be Giants, anyone?)
What is your story as a singer? Our family always sang was I was growing up, so singing in school choirs was part of our student lives. Choral music has always been special to me. I accompanied our high school choir for 3 years, so I looked for opportunities to sing with choruses at Georgetown University, overseas as a foreign service officer, and here in DC when I returned from overseas posts. Performing choral classics in the stunning setting of the National Cathedral always moves me to -- grateful -- tears.
Favorite onstage experience: Singing with Dave Brubeck, one of my jazz superstar favorites!
What are you listening to these days? Since I have a new car with Sirius XM, I am listening to many different musical genres... jazz, classical, lots of Frank Sinatra (it's his 100th anniversary), Broadway musicals, Top Hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, and country. Great fun!!
Season Joined: 1983-1984 (auditioned with Paul callaway for his last concert)
Birthplace: Aurora, IL
What is your story as a singer? I sang in my church choir as a child, in high school, and at St. Olaf College. My husband Colin- who also joined CCS in 1983- and I have been fortunate to sing, in addition to our CCS concerts, with the Berkshire Choral Festival (now the Berkshire Choral Institute "BCI") in Vienna, Salzburg, Edinburg, and Portland, OR, as well as in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with Norman Scribner and the Choral Arts Society. Several years ago, we joined Cantori Domino, a small Santa Monica-based Bach choir, for its Central European tour. In 2015, we had the pleasure of singing John Rutter's final Carnegie hall concert and then joined the National Philharmonic Chorale for its New Year's tour of Germany later that year. We also continue to sing in our church choir at Bethesda Presbyterian church.
Favorite Onstage Experience: Probably the week of Carmina Burana performances with the Washington Ballet at the Kennedy Center. Other spectacular moments included singing the Verdi Requiem at the magnificent Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, singing the Marseilles and the 1812 Overture with all the exuberant French people waving huge flags at Wolf Trap on Bastille Day, the moving Lincoln Center performance of Russian works with Dmitri Hvorostovsky (with a huge contigent of Brighton Beach residents weeping as they sang along with the songs from the war years.)...Working with Denis Graves and Dave Brubeck were terrific experiences too. There are so many musical experiences; it's impossilbe to pick A favorite!
What are you listening to these days? Several weeks ago, we heard Leon Fleischer (one of my heroes) and his wife Katherine Jacobson (also a St. Olaf alum) perform Schubert's Fantasy in F Minor and Ravel's La Valse, two of my favorite piano works both for 4 hands. I can't stop listening to them.
What is your story as a singer? I can't ever remember a time when I wasn't in chorus in elementary school. I also loved it when we did song and dance programs. I vividly remember sitting in junior high, listening to the high school Madrigal group and saying to my friend that I would be in that group as soon as I was eligible. And I did make it! To this day, I have always been a sucker for a Madrigal group!
A favorite onstage experience? My very favorite CCS experience was singing the Carmina Burana at the Kennedy Center, wearing those weird sacks as monk robes and standing on that scary but cool scaffolding, watching the INCREDIBLE dancing that Septime Weber choreographed. It was awesome!
What are you listening to these days? I have two teenage daughters, so we listen to pop music!
Birthplace: I was born in Ft. Worth, TX, but grew up in Grand Forks, ND
What is your story as a singer? I Performed "My Heart Will Go On" as a third grader in an elementary school talent show. Then went on to perform in choirs, musicals, and recitals through high school. I finished one year as a vocal performance major at the University of Minnesota, but decided to pursue a career in preventive health instead!
Do you sing with other choirs? I was a member of American University's Chamber Chorus during graduate school.
What are you listening to these days? Always listening to indie rock, jazz, and folk music.
What is your story as a singer? I began singing in an elementary school choir and was always in a choir through my Senior year of college. I was always trying to out-sing and out-choir my two older, very talented siblings and by joining the CCS, I think I finally won! For now...
Favorite onstage experience? I toured Europe with the Utah Ambassadors of Music in 2005. We arrived in London the day of the terrorist attack on the London Underground. We had to leave right away and spend a few extra days in Paris instead. Somehow, someone pulled some strings and we were given the opportunity to sing Ave Maria in Notre Dame. It was beautiful and amazing and a feeling I will never forget.
What are you listening to these days?: Florence and the Machine, Haim, If/Then soundtrack
What is your story as a singer? I've been singing my entire life: from growing up singing in musicals in Canada, to an international peace choir performing for Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, to Michigan State (where I started as a Voice Performance major and immediately switched to Comparative Politics), to Georgetown where I studied international affairs and technology policy by day and sang with the Washington Chorus on Mondays from 7:30-10pm, to New York with the New York Choral Society, and finally back here in DC, with Cathedral Choral Society. There's no end in sight!
Favorite onstage experience: That's very difficult, as I've loved every onstage experience, but if I had to pick one it would probably be a non-choral more nontraditional time when I sang a selection of songs from the Phantom of the Opera and Wicked at my high school cabaret.
What are you listening to these days? I'm a huge music lover and my tastes have always been diverse, I'm always listening to a mix of indie, pop, rap, 60s and 70s rock, soca, alternative rock, and I'm a big fan of Russian composers, to name a few.
What is your story as a singer? I've loved all kinds of music from as far back as I can remember. My parents started me out with guitar lessons in 4th grade. In my adolescent years, my focus switched from guitar, to trumpet, piano, and clarinet. Piano is my instrument of choice. One of my lifetime goals is to eventually be able to play anything placed in front of me.
I did not become a singer until my last year in college. I was always afraid of the audition process. Somehow my friends convinced me to sign up. My life was never the same! Choir created such a wonderful, challenging, and friendly atmosphere that I became addicted to singing. After graduation, I looked for a place in the community to sing and found CASF in Frederick. When I needed more of a challenge, I joined the Acapella Showcase choir. I discovered CCS from a Frostburg alumni get together and fell in love with the challenging, yet beautiful music that was created under our exceptional music staff. All of the choral members have become my second family and I love every minute of it!
Favorite onstage experience: Singing the Messiah with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra with CASF under Elizabeth Schultz, and our Spring 2015 Opera concert!
What are you listening to these days? My music tastes really vary from Opera to death metal. Lately I have been listening to very heavy metal on XM Liquid Metal. Some of my fav. artists are: from various genres (lighter to harder): Renee Fleming, Enya, Greatful Dead, Pink Floyd, Pam Tillis, the Cure, Lana del Ray, Tori Amos, Nas, Bone Thungs and Harmony, Tristania, Metallica, Bring me the Horizon. Fav classical pieces are Rachmaninoff's piano concerto no. 2, Bach's Air for G string.
Background as a singer: Began singing in 5th grade, went to Amherst College (The Singing College).
Favorite Onstage Moment: The Brubeck To Hope! concert was amazing, as was the Carmina Burana with the Washington Ballet where we were on scaffolding dressed as monks--I was very pregnant and it was precarious--at least I was on the end with a handhold!
What is your story as a singer? I was that 2 year old who knew all the words to all the songs during the children's Christmas concert at my church. I put all those other kids to shame! Since I could sing, I've been in some type of choir. During my time at Gustavus Adolphus College, I studied voice and sang in the Gustavus Choir under director Greg Aune. After moving to DC and finishing grad school, I joined CCS.
Favorite Onstage Experience: Getting to sing the Kaddish, featuring the narration of Holocaust survivor, Samuel Pisar, under the direction of John Axelrod. I'll never forget Pisar's narration and how I felt during that concert.
What are you listening to these days? Most everything with the exception of super twangy country and heavy metal. Some of my favorites include: Coldplay, Imogen Heap, Santigold, Tracy Chapman, and all types of music from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
What is your story as a singer? I have sung all my life. From "Voces Discordes" & "Humditties" before college, to the Yale Glee Club, Yale's Proof of the Pudding and senior group Whim'n Rhythm, and now the Yale Alumni Chorus. I've also enjoyed joining choruses and choirs all over the world in my overseas stints. I've sung with the National University of Singapore Choir and the Singapore Singers. In my years back in Washington I sang with an acapella group, "Take Note", the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and with the St. Columba choir & singers under the baton of Judith Dodge.
Favorite onstage experience: The first concert in 1981 for the newly formed Whim'n Rhythm - a college senior group tradition still going strong after 34 years after a small band of gals formed the group.
What are you listening to these days? Donizetti's L'esire D'amore, and an eclectic mix of swing, 1980s rock, Lauridsen, Mozart, acapella, Bernstein, and others.
Season joined: 2002-2003 - just in time to sing the Verdi Requiem at Wolf Trap!
What is your story as a singer?: I've always loved to sing, since I was a little girl. I hum anything and everything - from commercials to Bach Unaccompanied Cello suites. If it's in my head it's going full blast - even if it's only in my head!
What is your story as a singer? My whole family is musical so I grew up surrounded by singing and lots of instrumental music. I started singing in the church choir as a little girl, and many choirs and years later was fortunate enough to sing with the Luther College Nordic Choir. For me, singing is my purest and most genuine form of worship--which is why I love it so much. It is such an important part of my faith life. I have experience as a soloist, but I much prefer singing with a choir. Coming together to create such beautiful music is such a wonderful gift, and I hope to be doing it for a long time!
Favorite onstage experience: Anytime I get to sing for my parents.
What are you listening to these days? Celine Dion's The Power of Love.....on repeat.
What is your story as a singer? I was encouraged by my parents to express myself through music-making from a very young age both instrumentally and vocally. My father is a music lover and former professional musician and my household was a musical one. I began vocal training in high school and was lucky enough to be invited to sing sacred repertoire with a highly regarded nearby college choir.
Once in college on my own, I sang with my school’s chorale, enjoyed a brief stint in musical theatre, and even did a bit of wedding singing. For many years after school I didn’t sing at all outside the shower and the occasional duet with my father. After a move to DC, I attended events at the Cathedral and fell in love with not only the place, but the music made there. Somehow, I finally mustered up the nerve to audition for the CCS, and here I am!
Favorite onstage experience: Performing the Bach B Minor Mass under Reilly Lewis’ direction was truly one of the most moving and fulfilling events of my musical life.
What are you listening to these days?: At the moment, Ockeghem’s Intermerata Dei Mater. I enjoy early music.
What is your story as a singer? I've been singing since I was really little but didn't start formal training until I joined a music high school junior year. In college I briefly joined the London Philharmonic choir but wasn't able to continue due to school demands. Instead I joined my school's music theater program and their choir, and I had the wonderful experience of performing at a few venues in London and singing with some cool international guest choirs.
Favorite onstage experience: Singing with the Confucius Institute of Beijing. The text was all in Mandarin!
What are you listening to these days? Currently listening to Zara Larsson and Tori Kelly on repeat.
What is your story as a singer? I also sing with the NOVA Community Chorus (Alexandria campus) under Dr. Mark Whitmire and with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington Clerestory Choir.
Favorite onstage experience: Singing Vierne's Messe Solennelle in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and singing the Britten War Requiem and Bach B Minor Mass at National Cathedral with CCS. I have also loved singing at Westminster Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, St. Peter's in Rome, St. Mark's in Venice, and the Duomo in Florence.
What are you listening to these days? Music in a line dancing class and cardio aerobics--the kind of music I have never listened to before.
What is your story as a singer? My introduction to the joys of choral singing began in 1958 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, with its graded five-choir system introduced in 1934 by Donald Kettering, author of "Steps Toward a Singing Church," later minister of music at East Liberty Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.
Beginning in the summer of 1962, I sang at National City Christian Church while a White House Intern. Later, I served as assistant to the Minister of Music and Summer organist-choirmaster. I joined the Cathedral Choral Society under its legendary founder Paul Callaway in the Fall of 1972, in large part as a place to escape the enormous stress of Watergate investigations.
Favorite onstage experience: Sitting below view on the steps into the Cathedral's Canterbury Pulpit as we sang Frank Martin's In Terra Pax, cuing Senator Robert Dole for his spoken interpolations between each movement as he introduced taped segments of the voices of World War II: Sir Winston Churchill, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt in honor of the dedication of the World War Two Memorial in 2004.
What are you listening to these days? Music by composers whose voices were killed or silenced by the Holocaust, particularly Walter Braunfels. Also, French composers Francis Poulenc. Lili Boulanger, Jehan Alain, and Pierre Villette.
What is your story as a singer? Other than church school choirs as a kid, I waited until my mid-20's to let it rip as a member of the Anchorage (Alaska) Concert Choir and the Anchorage Civic Opera.
Favorite onstage experience: Many great choral experiences with Dave Brubeck, Helmut Rilling, and Slava Rostropovich. In Anchorage I sang with the choir on A Prairie Home Companion. I really enjoyed the CCS concerts with the Baltimore Symphony.
What are you listening to these days? West African pop, classic Country and Western, bagpipes, Mongolian throat singers.
What is your story as a singer? Jr High Chorus with Mrs. Woodruff, Dominion Junior High, Columbus Ohio. Gave up the trumpet to focus on singing. Sang all through Jr and Sr High (chorus, men's glee, mixed ensemble) and college. Joined CCS right after graduation and have been with it ever since.
Favorite onstage experience? Missa Solemnis with Robert Shaw at the Kennedy Center. Transformative.
What are you listening to these days? Mostly groups like Maroon 5, Goo-Goo Dolls, and Dave Mathews. I love the jazz classics like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughn and enjoy the rock music of my youth (AC/DC, ZZ Top, Queen). Honestly, I rarely listen to classical music.
Favorite onstage experience: While with CCS, I was given the opportunity to sing at Constitution Hall under the direction of the Cathedral's own Artist in Residence, Stanley Thurston. The opportunity came on the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson's performance upon the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Having the chance to sing on stage with the coalesced talents of the Washington DC choral community, as well as several talented solo artists including the mighty Jessye Norman, was truly an inspirational experience. It demonstrated the power of music, not only to entertain and inspire, but to bring people together.
What is your story as a singer? My family have always been singers. Ranging from caroling door to door during the Christmas season, to putting on our own abridged family musicals. While I always participated, my willingness to be in the spot-light was somewhat limited until I moved with my family to Peru. There we attended an English speaking mass that many of the practicing members of the Embassy community went on Sunday mornings. One of the attendees was a girl more or less my age, who developed a fancy and attached herself to me. After several Sundays, I decided enough was enough and hoped she wouldn't follow me and join the choir. I was correct in my assumption and thus my transition from singing in the masses to singing to the masses began.
What are you listening to these days?: Since my college days, I have always found myself drawn towards a cappella music including that of Straight No Chaser, The King's Singers, and our local Alexandria Harmonizers.
What is your story as a singer? I got hooked on singing choral music and dropped orchestra for good my sophomore year in college when the chance came along for our chorus to sing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Previous choruses: Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, Choral Arts of Washington, and New York Choral Society.
Favorite onstage experience: Two of the most memorable performances for me have been the Bach B Minor CCS did a in 2012. And, many years earlier, the Rachmaninoff Vespers in the Cathedral under the baton of Rostropovich, the first time he was ever able to perform it with Solzhenitsyn and a relative of Rachmaninoff present. Also was the only choral performance my parents ever heard me in.
What are you listening to these days? I have a roster of classical stations I rotate among—WETA, WGBH, WKSU, and WIAA—and work with headphones on much of most days.
What is your story as a singer? I started singing in high school doing chorus and musical theater. Once at Boston College I joined the University Chorale and the Liturgy Arts Group and also had the opportunity to perform Pirates of Penzance. After graduating, I did my best to join choirs wherever I found myself, leading to singing with St. Mark's Church in Florence, Italy, Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral in Brussels, and the Fairfax Choral Society.
Favorite onstage experience: Winning the Vietnamese Student Association's karaoke night contest with Styx's Mr. Roboto.
What are you listening to these days? The Hamilton Mixtape
What is your story as a singer? My father was in the piano business and knew many concert artists, so I was brought up in music, being taken (dragged!) to the opera and symphony frequently. None of this “took” until I joined a symphony chorus in college, to my father’s great pleasure (finally!) With my children no longer at home, there has been time to participate in a truly great symphonic chorus in a wonderful performance venue.
A favorite onstage moment: When music overwhelms and you know you are part of something greater than the parts, both physically and spiritually.
What are you listening to these days? Soft rock and classical!
What is your story as a singer? Boringly predictable: churches, schools, community and select/auditioned choruses from pre-school on.
Favorite onstage experience: Performing Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” in the Cathedral as part of the “Visionary Women” concert. The chorus and orchestra were in the great choir behind the projection screen for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”. We were surrounded and immersed in the sound of the concert—cut off from the audience and any sense of the twenty first century. I experienced it as a haunting, deeply moving, other-worldly experience.
Story as a singer: I grew up singing a little in my church choir, and sang in a college chorus for a couple of years. In addition to singing with the CCS I sing with Carmina, a chamber choir specializing in Renaissance music. I also sang for ten years with the Washington Kantorei, which was dedicated primarily to singing German music from a wide range of periods.
Favorite onstage experience: One of the reasons for my joining the CCS was to sing Bach under Reilly's direction. In my first year we did the St. Matthew Passion, and that performance was quite poignant and will remain in my memory for a long time.
What are you listening to these days? I listen to local classical music stations a lot (WETA and WBJC) and have learned so much by doing so. I also have a large collection of vinyl and CD recordings. I love lots of genres, especially music for the piano, chamber music and songs of many types, in particular the French and German repertoires.
What is your story as a singer? My mother (piano teacher and choir director) signed me up for my first church choir in 3rd grade. I have been singing in choirs ever since, from church choirs to school choirs, to regional symphony choruses in Springfield (IL), Chicago, Boston, Miami, New Haven (CT), and now DC. I also love to sing jazz and rock and have sung with several groups and bands over the years (mostly in friends’ living rooms).
Favorite onstage experience: Singing the Verdi Requiem with Chicago’s Apollo Chorus in Orchestra Hall with my grandmother (a church organist and choir director) in the audience.
What are you listening to these days? My most visited Pandora stations: Bill Evans, Renaissance Music, Missy Elliot, Paundah Bhangra, and Bluegrass.
What is your story as a singer? I started singing in elementary school, and just haven’t stopped! I sang in my high school chorus and barbershop group, where we performed singing valentines for people on Valentine's Day. I just graduated from Swarthmore College where I sang in the college’s chorus and in Mixed Company, a student-run co-ed a capella group.
Favorite onstage experience: I once sang in Carnegie Hall as part of a chorus for the world premiere of a symphonic work by James Eakin, titled “Flowers Over the Graves of War”. It was my favorite moment of high school!
What are you listening to these days? A little bit of everything, but mostly whatever Spotify puts on my “Discover Weekly”
What is your story as a singer? Started in kindergarten and have been singing ever since!
Favorite onstage experience: Lots of favorites! One cool experience was during a performance at the cathedral in Kotor, Montenegro, which was built in the 12th century. We were singing Whitacre's Water Night. A huge deluge began at the beginning of the piece, and when we got to "and if you close your eyes," it suddenly stopped. Everything about it was so profound that several of us were moved to tears.
What are you listening to these days? The Greatest Showman soundtrack!
What is your story as a singer? I sang in choirs throughout high school and college, have performed in madrigal groups, and have spent a lot of time performing in musical theater over the years. I was a member of CCS before, from 2001-2002, and again in 2010. I work in international development and travel a lot, so I try to work singing in between busy travel years.
Do you sing with other choirs? No, but I perform in a competitive karaoke league. My team has made it regularly to the city-wide finals!
Favorite onstage experience: Singing Enya's Orinoco Flow in those city-wide finals in front of 300 people with my whole team dressed as sea creatures while we built a boat on stage.
What are you listening to these days? Always listening to Belle and Sebastian, Morrissey, Motown, Brazilian music, and Broadway divas.