dylan armstrong, bass
Dylan Armstrong has sung in choirs all of his life (admittedly, some of the early years are a bit fuzzy). Dylan majored in opera and oboe at the Hartt School of Music and has performed throughout New England in opera, oratorio and music theater. Dylan has also been a professional church musician for over 30 years and as such, conceived, wrote and, performed a concert as Charles Ives, celebrating his music in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of his marriage to Harmony Twichell. Dylan was King Kaspar for 20 years at the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Asylum Hill Congregational Church. He has also worked as an IT professional for 20 years and is at Hartford HealthCare. Dylan is a proud member of the Voce bass section (he's been a proud member of the tenor section, too). "Voce allows me to come together with my friends, who are all terrific musicians, and create beauty and harmony; something that is always in short supply." Dylan is always thrilled to be able to sing with his lovely and talented wife, Sarah Armstrong.
Sarah armstrong, alto, voce administrator
Sarah Armstrong has spent her entire adult life as a musician, educator, and director. After earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on Choral Studies from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, Sarah moved to Chicago where she began her career as a professional opera singer. Starting as a member of the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, she moved on to spend several years as a soloist. After a decade of performing full-time, Sarah returned to the classroom, teaching and directing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, Deerfield Academy, and now at Canterbury School where she is the Head of Theater Department, Director of Choral Studies, and Liturgical Music Director. Sarah was named a Shining Star in Teaching Excellence in 2011 and was awarded the Harold Grinspoon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. Sarah’s most recent award is as a 2018 recipient of the Rod Clarke Endowment to Support Advanced Faculty Degrees and is pursuing a Masters in Theater Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Singing in Voce brings Sarah back to her first love - making music with her friends and serving harmony, and one another, the best way we know how.
adam atkins, tenor
Adam Atkins has had the pleasure of teaching music at The Gilbert School in Winsted, CT for the past 22 years. This allows him the opportunity to teach Vocal Music, Music Theory, and General music to students in grades 7-12. His favorite free time activity is spending time with his wonderful wife, Jennifer, and their 3 beautiful children. When not with them, you might find Adam singing with Voce or CONCORA, playing golf or tennis, or just trying to find time to play video games. “I explain to students every day that in order to perform music well, you must be able to hear it in your head first. I love singing with Voce, since this choir is the embodiment of the choir sound that I have heard in my head for the past 25 years!!”
Liz Bologna, soprano
Liz Bologna is a professional singer and soloist in the Greater Hartford area, singing with Voce, Voices of Concinnity, and Schola Cantorum at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, as well as at other churches in and around Greater Hartford. She earned her B.A. in English from UCONN and M.A. in English Literature from Boston College. 2017-2019 Liz served as Conducting Fellow with the Vernon Chorale. In 2017, Liz was appointed the Executive Director of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She continues to build on the great work WCFH has done for women’s representation in music, and to grow the community WCFH has cultivated. Liz has had the distinct pleasure of singing with Voce since 2015. Being a member of Voce has given her the opportunity to work closely with a number of living composers, and to grow as a singer and overall musician. It is a joy for her to work with such dedicated and responsive musicians.
robert borden, bass
Robert is a music education undergraduate of Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, with a graduate degree in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a concentration in piano and voice. He went on to teach choral music in public schools before attending law school and pursuing a legal career. Robert is a partner at the firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, CT, and has served on several Boards of local arts organizations including Voce. Robert has sung under the direction of Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas, Eugene Ormandy and Brock McElheran, and has had many memorable performances under the direction of Richard Coffey, Larry Allen and Henley Denmead. In addition to singing with Voce under Mark Singleton’s leadership, Robert currently sings in CONCORA under the direction of Chris Shepard. “I love singing with Voce and being just one small part of a much bigger, collective and unified sound. Right from the very first rehearsal, I begin to feel a deep connection to the music and look forward to each subsequent rehearsal as Mark refines, shapes and polishes the performance. It’s been a very challenging, yet rewarding experience harmonizing with Voce.”
Sarah Bowe, soprano
Sarah Bowe is a soprano, conductor, and educator originally from the Boston area, and she is excited to be joining the musicians of Voce this season. Sarah enjoys a diverse range of repertoire, and has regular professional engagements with Festina, a Boston-born liturgical chamber choir, and Red Shift, a Baton Rouge ensemble specializing in virtuosic and narrative choral programs. She also sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has performed for two summers with Seraphic Fire at their Professional Choral Institute at Aspen Music Festival. Sarah recently served as Director of Choral Activities at Central Connecticut State University, and as interim choral faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She maintains an active and varied schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician. Sarah holds an M.M. and B.M. summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a D.M.A. candidate at Louisiana State University.
andrew brochu, tenor, education coordinator
Andrew Brochu has been a member of Voce since 2011 and has loved making music with this ensemble. Andrew sings tenor and is currently serving as the group's Education Coordinator. Aside from singing in Voce, Andrew has been the Choral Music Director at Avon High School in Avon, CT since 2007 and proudly sings with The Barnstormers Men's Chorus. He earned his B.S and M.S. degrees in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University. His most important roles are as a husband and father of two wonderful little girls. His greatest musical passion is using choral music as vehicle to build relationships among people from different ages, singing abilities, and walks of life.
ehren brown, tenor
Ehren is many things to different people: singer, conductor, teacher, husband, and dad. He has sung with Voce since the beginning and is both proud and humbled to be a part of such a talented group of singers. When he is not having adventures somewhere with his son and wife, Ehren teaches music at East Hampton High School and conducts the Vernon Chorale. Ehren sings with Voce because making music is an essential part of living -- like oxygen or food. Singing with Voce feeds his soul.
sarah Chassé, alto
Sarah Chassé, alto, has been a member of Voce for the past six seasons. As a K-5 vocal music teacher for the town of West Hartford, Voce provides Sarah an opportunity to perform high quality choral literature with amazing colleagues and bring those experiences back to the classroom. She been the conductor of the West Hartford Inter Elementary Choir for the past six years and enjoys bringing choral experiences to young children. Sarah lives in Vernon with her husband and works as a part time taxi driver to her two children. “I sing with Voce because as a member of this ensemble we create music that not only fills my soul, but the souls of all those who hear our song.”
Genevieve Clements, mezzo-soprano
Genevieve Clements, mezzo-soprano, is so excited to be joining Voce this season! She enjoys working as a voice and piano teacher both at Summit Studios in Manchester and at New Haven Academy of Performing Arts (NHAOPA) in East Haven and is also a member of the International Voice Teachers of Mix. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Music Director for NHAOPA’s cabarets and their Broadway Bound summer musical theatre camps. Genny also sings with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School. In her free time, she is an avid reader and loves to cook!
jonathan clune, bass
Jon studied music theory and composition at Yale College before moving to New York City where he founded a street quartet and sang in Cappella Nova, an acclaimed early music ensemble. A charter member of Voce, he loves the choir’s singular ability to make chords shimmer and to generate a rich palette of “Full Color Sound” (once a promotional slogan for Sony Tape!). When not rehearsing or performing, Jon is employed as an attorney at Yale University.
THOMAS F. COOKE, bass, principal, President
Tom started singing as a treble in the boys choir at Trinity Church On-the-Green in New Haven, CT when he was 7 years old, and he just hasn’t stopped singing! He joined the Woodland Scholars in 2005 and, convinced that Mark Singleton and the incredible singers who made up the Scholars needed to be heard by a wider audience, worked with Mark to rebrand the group as Voce in 2006. He currently serves as President of Voce’s Board of Directors. As a singer with Voce, Tom has watched as Voce audience members close their eyes to become part of the experience of harmony – a profound sharing which brings people from all walks of life into the same beautiful moment. Voce's ethereal sound is only possible because of the unity of commitment of its singers, and Tom is proud to be part of that. The world needs Voce. You've got to hear it to believe it!
Annelise Ellars, soprano
Annelise Ellars, harpist and soprano, is currently in her fifth year at the Hartt School of Music, majoring in music education with an emphasis in both instrumental and vocal studies. She is an active participant with prominent Hartford ensembles such as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of St. Joseph. She enjoys singing with Voce because rarely does one find a more perfect blend of musicianship and spirituality within an ensemble. The members of Voce are incredible musicians and singers, and it is a privilege to make music with them.
jennifer ferrand-kelly, soprano
Jennifer Ferrand-Kelly, soprano, has been a member of Voce since 2007. She is an experienced choral singer in Connecticut, having sung with professional ensembles CONCORA for over ten years, and Rhode Island’s Collegium Ancora for two seasons. She has appeared as a section leader and soloist with ensembles including the Hartford Chorale and the Greater Middletown Chorale. Recent solo performances include Messiah with the Worcester Chorus, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and CONCORA’s Bach Clavierfest. She can be heard on recordings including In Delightful Company: Choral Works by Charles Fussell with CONCORA, and Sure on the Shining Night and Music of the Spheres with Voce. In a 2017 review of her Messiah performance, The Worcester Telegram described her phrasing and tone as “gorgeously on target and utterly compelling,” and in 2013, The Hartford Courant described her singing as exemplifying “strong musical intelligence” and “excellent breath control. Jennifer completed a degree in vocal performance at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and now works as a clinical psychologist. She is deeply proud to be a member of the Voce team and to perform with a group whose values align with her own.
Gregory Flower, bass
Gregory Flower is a native of Keene, New Hampshire and resident of Cromwell, Connecticut. Flower’s “rich and powerful voice” (Cape Cod Times) has been heard by audiences across New England, where he has performed Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre, Oratorio and Choral Masterworks. Most recently Flower has had regional engagements singing solos in Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Messiah, Dvorak Te Deum and Elijah. Other favorite performances have included Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Lord Mounterrarrat in Iolanthe, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Tom Carter in The Hotel Casa Blanca, Jesus in The Seven Last Words of Christ, and several other Oratorio solo performances. In 2014 he was a national finalist in the Collegiate Division of the Classical Singer Competition. Greg is an active with several professional choirs including: Voce, Vocal Alchemy, Novi Cantori, and Schola Cantorum. He holds a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The University of Hartford, where he studied voice with Dr Robert Barefield. Since graduating he has balanced a life of performing regionally and teaching choral full time at Haddam Killingworth Middle School in Killingworth, CT, and recently left his teaching job for full time Graduate studies at the University of Connecticut with Dr. Constance Rock.
pamela frigo johnson, alto, principal, constant contact administrator
Pamela Frigo Johnson is originally from Wisconsin where her first singing experience was as a member of her family’s nine-voice choir singing sacred classical music for Catholic Masses. Pam received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music. She has been a featured soloist with the Hartford Symphony, the Manchester Symphony and Chorus, the Farmington Valley Symphony, the Middletown Chorale and the Battell Orchestra. She sings alto in the professional quartet of Mishkan Israel in Hamden. Pam is the Business Manager, Cantor, Section Leader, Associate Liturgy Director and Director of the Treble Clef Choir at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford. Singing with Voce keeps this “older” singer in the group young of heart, mind and spirit.
Jared Graveley, bass
Jared Graveley is a New York City based vocal artist, conductor, and arranger. While studying music at UConn, Jared spent his summers singing with and directing professional "all-star" a cappella group Hyannis Sound. After graduating, He found his way to New York where he now sings with professional ensembles such as Choral Chameleon and the Marble Choir; He also founded NYC-based vocal jazz quintet Highline in December 2017. Jared sings with Voce regularly - to him, the atmosphere of total collaboration and entrancing sound are what keeps him coming back. Jared is a proud member of the Voce family!
jessica gray, alto
Jessica Gray is originally from Minnesota and currently lives on the outskirts of Boston, MA with her husband David and their five children. She grew up in a musical family who sang together, and happily continues this tradition with her own children. Jessica has enjoyed singing with choral groups in Minnesota, Utah, California, Michigan, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. In 2018 she joined forces with community members to begin and grow Pepperell Community Arts, whose mission is to provide affordable, high quality programs in the fine and performing arts, and to be inclusive as they teach, inspire and give back to the community. She loves teaching music to children, and volunteers in various capacities in her community, in the schools, and at church. Jessica attended her first Voce concert in 2011 and fell in love with their signature sound. She has been singing with Voce since 2012, and thanks her wonderful family for their continuous support of her passion for music. “Singing with the members of Voce fills my heart and soul with joy! In addition to their incredible level of talent and dedication, these people are tremendous forces for good in this world. I love them all so much and am honored to sing with them in our mission to serve harmony.”
floyd higgins, tenor
Floyd Higgins has been active in the Hartford choir and organ scene since his Trinity College days in the early 80's and has served as organist or subbed at many churches in the region. As a singer he has appeared in musicals, one opera, and numerous choral programs with Gaudeamus, CONCORA, the Woodland Scholars and Voce. Currently, he and his wife Gretchen Collins (a Voce alto), are Directors of Music at Sacred Heart Parish in Suffield, with Floyd serving as the organist. Every Fall, Floyd is the director of music and organist for the High Holy Days at Temple Beth El in West Hartford. His day job is as Head Designer at Austin Organs, Inc. in Hartford. Also, Floyd is color-blind and is a tambourinaire (Google it). Floyd and Gretchen, proud parents of 20-year-old son David, met while singing together at Yale and his life has been all the better for it. Making music together with the many, many friends they have made over the years has been a source of great joy and satisfaction. Both of them are proud to have been with Voce and its predecessor group, the Woodland Scholars, since day one. They are grateful, too, for the intense and high level of music making which the members of Voce expect and produce.
Joshua Hummel, tenor
Joshua Hummel loves being creative and loves to inspire people to secure a brighter future by using the arts to help them enrich their lifestyles, environments, and attitudes. Josh owns an award-winning composition studio in Connecticut, and his music has been performed all over the world. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a MMus. in Composition and has studied with professors from the Hartt School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and Julliard. Composition awards include nine choral awards, the Frederick Fennell Prize and the Leonard Bernstein Award. Josh owns New Leaf Arts, is owned by his seven-year-old son, Sebi, managed by his lovely wife, Trista, and is utterly smitten by three-year-old daughter, Anya. “As a composer, I was initially attracted to Voce by its love of new music and intense commitment to exquisite quality. The first concert I attended featured the music of Morten Lauridsen, and I was blown away and thoroughly moved. And now years later, I have the esteemed privilege to sing with these world-class musicians under the direction of one of the best choral directors anywhere in the world.”
brian jones, bass
Brian has been singing with Voce since March of 2011, and has truly loved the journey. The amazing team dynamic and dedication of everyone in the group continues not only to challenge him as a musician, but also informs his teaching. Brian teaches choir at Canton Junior-Senior High School, and is very grateful that he has both teaching and performing in his life. When Brian is not singing or teaching, he is spending time with friends and family, enjoying food and wine, or working in the yard gardening and landscaping.
dana kephart, mezzo-soprano
Dana Kephart, mezzo-soprano, has been praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “beautifully fluid and expressive voice.” She is a graduate of both the Longy School of Music (M.M., Early Music) and the Hartt School (B.M., Voice and Music Education). Past solo appearances include performances with Eudaimonia, the Farmington Valley Chorale, the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Opera Theater, and the opera chorus of the Princeton Festival. She is on the choral rosters for Voce, CONCORA and the Schola Cantorum at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph. She is an active teacher of music and voice in the Hartford area. Dana is thrilled to be a part of Voce, not only because of its beautiful choral sound, but also because Voce is a family of superlatively dedicated musicians with a noble mission. The Voce community provides inspiration to rise to the highest of standards for each other, for audiences, and above all, for the music.
anna koogler, alto
Anna is so happy to be joining the Alto section for a second season! She graduated with honors from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School in December 2017, where she completed a double major in vocal performance and music education. During her time at Hartt she completed an internship with Primi Voci, an auditioned ensemble for high school-aged women directed by Mark Singleton. It was through her time working with this ensemble that she first heard Voce’s unique sound. More importantly, she got to experience the true sense of camaraderie among its members, and knew she had to find a way to sing with them in future seasons! In addition to singing with Voce, Anna is a voice and piano instructor at Summit Studios in Manchester. She sings with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, and cantors at various churches throughout the Hartford and Worcester, MA areas. She also teaches online ESL lessons to students in China. In the future Anna hopes to study speech and language pathology, focusing on rehabilitating singers who have experienced difficulties with or injuries to their voices.
Jennifer lamson, soprano, principal, choral librarian
Soprano Jennifer Lamson, is a proud founding member of Voce. She has appeared as soloist with Connecticut Chamber Singers, Farmington Chorale, and Eastern Symphony Chorus. Jennifer sings with Immanuel Congregational Church as a soloist and section leader and is a current member of CONCORA. Jennifer can be found on recordings such as The Voice of the Archangel with Archangel Voices, What Child Is This? with Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus, as well as Voce Live, Sure on this Shining Night, and Music of the Spheres and the upcoming CD Blessing: The Music of Paul Mealor with Voce. Jennifer loves to sing with Voce because of the shared love of creating a musical experience that can reach anyone in the audience as well as being able to make music with such artistic musicians. Jennifer received her B.S. in Music Education from Plymouth State University and her Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Connecticut. Jennifer is a music educator in Wallingford and resides in Portland with her husband and two daughters.
Jennifer McCann, soprano, media manager
Jennifer McCann, soprano, has been singing professionally for the past fifteen years, serving as a section leader, interim cantor, and solo artist for various religious and town organizations throughout New England. Jennifer has actively sung with Voce for seven years, and more recently, also serves as the ensemble’s Media Manager. She has also sung with the Greater Middletown Chorale, the Vernon Chorale, the Con Brio Choral Society, and the Silk City Barbershop Chorus, and has performed in a number of musicals with the Broad Brook Opera House Players. When not performing, she has enjoyed a busy “other” career in social media and healthcare technology for the past ten years. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Connecticut, and currently resides in West Hartford with her two favorite puppy dogs. An avid lover of dry, hot weather, Jennifer has been known to say, on more than one occasion, “the only reason I’m still in Connecticut is so that I can sing with Voce.”
herb menzel, bass
Herb Menzel, Jr studied Physics at Bridgewater State University. With over 50 years of choral experience, Herb has been a member of Concordia Youth Chorale, Novi Cantori, Arcadia Players, Springfield Symphony Chorus, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Festival Chorus of Westfield. Currently, he sings with the Immanuel Congregational Church Chancel Choir, Voce, the Greater Westfield Choral Association, and portrays the role of King Wenceslas at the Boars Head Festival, Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield. When he's not singing, he is an award winning quilter and a professional Santa. Herb sings with Voce because he enjoys the commitment to producing the Voce sound, the comradery and professionalism of its members, and the thrill of being part of a group dedicated to producing the highest quality of choral music.
meredith neumann, alto
Meredith Neumann is the Director of the award-winning Connecticut Children's Chorus and Choirmaster of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. She is also a founding member of the early music ensemble Voce CONCITATO, specializing in music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Meredith lives for conducting middle school singers; a first among equals, she is not-so-secretly a teenager at heart. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and she is a sought-after clinician and festival choir conductor. Her choirs are known for their innovative approach to performance and their intense passion for music-making. A Connecticut native, Meredith holds a master's degree in music education from The Hartt School. She earned the coveted assistantship with Dr. John Feierabend, and studied choral conducting with Dr. Edward Bolkovac. She is a proud member of Voce, where she finally gets to sit on the other side of the podium!
Alexander O’Neil, Tenor/Countertenor
Alex sings tenor and countertenor in Voce, and is currently finishing his degree in music at Central Connecticut State University, where he spent time as assistant director of both of the schools all male a cappella groups. Under the instruction of artists such as Countertenor Benjamin Rauch and Voce tenor section leader Jack Pott, Alex enjoys singing in a group that encourages flexible voices to achieve the signature Voce sound. Alex is a tenor section leader at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford and also works for Apple as a Technical Expert. After graduating Alex plans to audition for groups such as Chanticleer and pursue singing full time.
david pettyjohn, tenor
David ("PJ") Pettyjohn, Tenor and frequent contributor to tomfoolery and shenanigans, is a huge fan of irony, absurdity, Professional American Football, and classical choral music. (Just a regular guy being a dude). When not singing in Voce, or working at his Software Development job, he is probably thinking about his fantasy football teams or about the next time he gets to wander into the wilderness, perhaps getting lost or crossing paths with potentially dangerous wild animals. He enjoys singing with Voce primarily because of Voce's commitment to being the best they can be, corporately and individually. He shares a residence with a furry quadruped of the feline variety in the deciduous forests of Simsbury, CT. He is not the droid you are looking for.
Jack Anthony Pott, tenor, principal
“I was born. Specifically, very early on Easter Sunday morning! Even though my entrance to the world prevented my mother from singing with the church choir that morning, it must have been all those weeknight choir rehearsals in the months leading up to it in which I was “present” that made music quickly become an integral part of my life, and something that has continued to this day. Fast forward a few decades….I remember the first time I heard Voce. I thought to myself, “wow, I want to sing with these people!'“ When given the opportunity to join them in 2008, I jumped at the chance, and have loved every minute since. The sense of camaraderie and attention to ensemble are hallmarks of every rehearsal/concert sequence, and something I look forward to every time we get together. Outside of Voce, I am blessed to have the opportunity to make music professionally in many spheres as a director, singer, and voice teacher. But, my greatest joy in life is my family.”
stephen scarlato, accompanist
Stephen Scarlato is a collaborative pianist and organist based in central Connecticut. He received his bachelor's degree in organ performance from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT, where he studied under Larry Allen. While at The Hartt School, Stephen received the University of Hartford’s Regents Honors Award for academic excellence, won prizes in the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA, and graduated summa cum laude. In addition to a wide variety of freelance work, he currently serves as organist at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, CT and as a staff accompanist in The Hartt School's vocal studies division. He has had the privilege of working with Voce’s artistic director, Mark Singleton, in a variety of capacities since the fall of 2001, and especially enjoys playing for Voce due to the group’s high level of musicianship, exquisite and unique sound, and its focus on 21st century choral music.
megan sherry, soprano
Megan Sherry is a high school English teacher who has been singing with Voce since 2007. She graduated from CCSU with a degree in vocal performance and English. Megan has performed in many ensembles and concerts over the years, but Voce has always been her favorite group to sing with! “Being in Voce gives me a chance to create beautiful music with the most talented group of choral musicians I’ve ever met. It is truly a pleasure to come together and share our passion for music through our unique sound.”
ali singleton, soprano, Producer & marketing manager
Ali Singleton has been singing professionally for the past fifteen years, beginning while studying voice as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut. A founding member of Voce, Ali has also been a section leader at multiple churches in the Hartford area, currently serving at Immanuel Congregational Church. She has also performed with other professional choral ensembles including CONCORA and The Woodland Scholars. Outside of singing, Ali has worked in the financial services industry for eleven years. Ali loves to make music with Voce because of the beautiful artistry of the singers, the unity of the team, the care that each person has for each other and the exquisite sound that Voce brings to the world.
mark singleton, artistic director
Stephen Mark Singleton is a renowned conductor, composer, writer and guest speaker, whose unique career path has taken him all over the world. As a frequent guest conductor and clinician, Mark’s energetic and magnetic leadership has made him one of the most sought-after conductors in New England. In addition to founding Voce in 2006, Mark serves on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music Community Division as Director of Primi Voci from the Connecticut Children’s Chorus and serves as Director of Music at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, CT. Mark made his New York City debut with Voce and Paul Mealor, performing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in May, 2017. Prof. Mealor returned to Hartford in May, 2018 to co-produce Voce’s upcoming album, “Blessing: The Music of Paul Mealor.” In March of 2019, he was appointed as the Conductor-in-Residence at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
ANDREY STOLYAROV, bass
Andrey Stolyarov, baritone, is excited to be singing with Voce for his second season. Andrey is a Russian-born American composer, conductor, singer, and educator. As a composer, he has received national and international recognition for his works. Andrey is an adjunct professor of music theory at The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, Director of Music at West Avon Congregational Church in Avon, Connecticut, and co-director of The Hartford New Music Festival. He is an active professional singer, currently performing with Voce, CONCORA, and the Composers Choir. Andrey loves singing in Voce because of the ensemble’s dedication to excellence in new choral music. “With every piece we sing, the group dives deep into the score, communicating every subtle detail and nuance hidden on the pages. The ensemble lives and breathes in music - it is a joy to be a part of that experience.” Andrey is published under Darushkii Publishing and NoteNova Publishing. More information can be found at http://www.andreystolyarov.com, and you can find his music at https://youtube.com/darushkii.
Margaret Tyler, alto
Described as “superb… pinpoint subtle… powerful… sultry… dynamic… magnificent and rich… a voice perfumed with temptation,” mezzo-soprano Margaret Tyler has been featured internationally as a soloist with countless choirs and professional ensembles. One reason Margaret enjoys singing with top-level groups is the opportunity to perform and record with talented composers. Margaret worked with Morton Lauridsen on Voce’s release Sure On This Shining Night; subsequent recordings with Voce include Voce Live, Music of the Spheres, and an upcoming release of songs by Paul Mealor. With Archangel Voices, she is soloist on four albums of Byzantine chant. Icons Singing with Pax Chorum features the compositions of Kevin McGoff, OFM. Recordings with CONCORA include In Delightful Company; Choral Works by Charles Fussell. With Greater Middletown Chorale she recorded the debut of compositions by Grammy-nominated Sarah Meneely-Kyder from her autobiographical opera Letter From Italy, 1944; for the opera’s world premiere Margaret was chosen to portray Ms. Meneely-Kyder’s sister “Dorothea.” Margaret is featured in Karyl Evans’ documentary of the opera, narrated by Meryl Streep. For the premiere of his opera-oratorio Callisto, Christopher Montgomery selected Margaret to create the role of “The Goddess Diana.” Her other operatic roles encompass the traditional as well as the contemporary. Margaret is a lead singer at Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington, CT, vocal coach for several singing groups, and voice teacher through Calvary Music School. She hosts a weekly radio show on WCNI New London.
rachel watson, alto
Rachel is a recent graduate from the University of Hartford Hartt School, where she was a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education. She has been performing with choirs since she was young, and loves the sense of community and collaboration choral singing entitles. Rachel is currently a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, and has previously sung with the First Congregational Church of Willimantic, the Unitarian Society of Hartford, and the Vocal Ensemble for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp. Venues she has had the pleasure of singing at include the Bushnell, and New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. Rachel is very excited to join the Voce team and expand her choral repertoire.
Jermaine Woodard Jr, bass
Jermaine Woodard Jr, hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, devotes himself to a diversified professional singing career ranging from Opera, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Sacred/Liturgical, Contemporary-Inspirational, and Choral music. Business Analyst Consultant for DMV by day, Professional Singer by night. Jermaine is honored and privileged to be lucky enough to be joining the voices of Voce. One who fancies ‘the art of’ ensemble singing, this primal reason has kept him deeply involved in New England’s theatre, choral and concert scene since graduating from the University of Hartford’s The Hartt School in 2016. Choral-affiliates include the artistically-acclaimed CONCORA, the all-pro recording choir ensemble Composer’s Choir, Consonare CT’s Voices of Concinnity, Hartford's Cathedral of Saint Joseph’s all-professional Schola Cantorum, and formerly some others. He's currently Baritone section-leader & soloist at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, and section leader / board member with The Hartford Chorale. Former music director of the University of Saint Joseph’s Blue Jays in Spirit group, Woodard also cantors frequently at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center and Sacred Heart Church of Bloomfield. In his downtime, which isn't much, Jermaine loves a good solo-date to the movies - action, thriller, comedy, sci-fi, musical, animation, documentary, you name it, he loves it all!