The Choral Scholar Program at St. James Episcopal Church
In January of 2011, the Vestry and Clergy of St James approved the creation and funding of a choral scholar program as both a boost to our music program and an outreach program to the local collegiate community. We offer competitive stipends for choral scholars to serve as section leaders for our volunteer adult choir. The scholars are expected to sing all Sundays that school is in session as well as weekly Thursday evening rehearsals with the choir. It is very important that anyone applying for these positions be able to read music well enough to learn their parts outside of rehearsal and to come fully prepared to each rehearsal and service. As well as providing leadership in choral music, there is ample opportunity for solos and some choral conducting if desired.
We are always interested in hearing from new applicants. Contact Andrew Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-864-8066 for more information or to schedule an audition.
Current Choral Scholars and Bios:
Soprano: Hallie Grossman - Connecticut College '16
Hallie: "My name is Hallie Grossman, and I am from Brooklyn, New York. I am a freshman at Connecticut College, and I plan to study International Relations. I have been singing since I saw Hairspray on Broadway, when I was eight years old. I went to a performing arts high school, where I majored in vocal music. I used to sing musical theatre, but I am currently studying classical voice. I love being involved in music at home, at college, and in the New London community."
Altos: Genvieve Ashley-Spitale - University of Rhode Island '08 and Annie Mitchell - Connecticut College '13
Annie: Annie Mitchell is a senior at Connecticut College and hails from the mountains of southern Vermont. She is double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Economics. Annie's musical journey began at the tender age of six, when she started taking piano lessons. In addition to piano, Annie has played the clarinet and tenor saxophone in concert bands and jazz ensembles. Currently, she sings alto in the Connecticut College Chamber Choir. Her favorite pieces to play on the piano are Mozart's Turkish March and his Fantasia in D minor, and her favorite note to sing is either an A or an F.
Tenors: Kevin Irakoze - Connecticut College '16 and Ben Zacharia - Connecticut College '13
Kevin: "I was born and raised in Burundi, an East African country. While attending a minor seminary, I was part of our church choir for six years. After finishing High School, I moved to Swaziland where I studied Music for two years as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Currently, I am studying Voice with Jurate Svedaite-Waller and I am also part of the Connecticut College Chamber Choir. I plan to major in Music and take my skills back to my home country to pursue a career in vocal performance."
Ben: "I am a senior at Connecticut College majoring in music composition and minoring in computer science. I have sung in choir nonstop since the turn of the millenium. I plays piano and I am the musical director of the on-campus a capella group "The Williams Street Mix". I live in the suburbs of New York City and am an avid Radiohead fan."
Bass: Ryan Foley - Connecticut College '13
Ryan: Bass Ryan Foley is a senior Economics and Music double major at Connecticut College from Wolcott CT, has a wide breadth of musical experience: in high school, he won regional awards for his performance in musical theater, sang in the CMEA Regional & All-State choruses, and performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Kirby Shaw. Now, at Connecticut College, he studies voice with Jurate Svedaite-Waller, is a frequent soloist of the college's chamber choir, and has been a member and musical director of his all-male a cappella group, Co Co Beaux. Additionally, Ryan sings opera professionally with the Connecticut Lyric Opera: he made his professional debut at age nineteen as Sciarrone in Puccini's Tosca, and has also appeared in Otello (Montano), L'Heure Espagnole (Don Inigo Gomez), and The Magic Flute. Ryan will be performing Zuniga in their production of Carmen this fall. He's been with St. James since January of 2011 and is very excited for another year of beautiful music with the church choir!