McKenzie Anderson, alto
McKenzie Anderson, is a sophomore at the College of Charleston. She is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in vocal performance and is a student of David Templeton. McKenzie is also a member of the concert choir and madrigal singers. Recent performances include CofC Opera's production of Puccini's Suor Angelica, where she was featured in the role of La zia Principessa, and Summerville High School's production of Vivaldi's Gloria. Other opera roles include The Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. McKenzie has also been a consistent winner at NC and SC NATS. She took third place in 2015 at the regional level.
Mark Boozer, tenor
Mark Boozer, a native of South Carolina, has sung with choral groups at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and Winthrop University, as well as the York County Choral Society and Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. He currently sings with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He holds two degrees from Johnson & Wales University, and is the Bakery Manager at Earth Fare in West Ashley.
Jordan Boyd, Principal Bass
Jordan Boyd, baritone, is currently the Director of Choral Activities at the Berkeley Center for the Arts (Goose Creek High), and serves as the Associate Music Director for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His choirs have received superior ratings at state festivals and praise for their 'impressive musicianship'. As a choral artist, Boyd has appeared as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble under Craig Hella Johnson. He holds a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and Music Theory/Composition from the College of Charleston, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Jane Burton, soprano
Jane Burton is from Coralville, Iowa and completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Neuroscience at St. Olaf College. While at St. Olaf, she sang in the St. Olaf Choir, participating in many exciting choral opportunities including the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, domestic tours of the east and west coasts, and a month-long tour of Norway to celebrate the choir’s 100th anniversary. She also played viola in the Philharmonia Strings and played, sang, and directed several chamber and extracurricular groups. She recently graduated with her Doctor of Audiology from Vanderbilt University after completing her final year of clinical training at MUSC. While in Nashville, she sang with the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir and Portara Ensemble. She has enjoyed her first season singing with the Taylor Festival Choir and as well as the opportunity to perform with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She will be returning to Vanderbilt in Fall 2017 to begin working towards a PhD in auditory neuroscience.
Art Bumgardner, bass
Art Bumgardner earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2003 after thirty-seven years of teaching voice, opera, and musical theater. He was a member of the voice faculty at the College of Charleston from 2006-2015 and appeared frequently as baritone soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Taylor Festival Choir, the choirs of Grace Episcopal, St. Michael’s, First Scots Presbyterian, St. Matthews Lutheran, and James Island Presbyterian. He recently moved to Helena, Montana where he sings in the Helena Symphonic Chorale and maintains a private voice studio.
Maurice Burgess, tenor
Maurice Burgess received his undergraduate training at Western Carolina University with a double concentration in both vocal and instrumental music education followed by a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College. He is currently Choral Director at Chapin Middle School after having served as Director of Vocal Activities at Broome High School and voice teacher with the Lawson Academy of the Arts. He is a faculty member for the Bands of America Drum Major Institute. Maurice is an active performer appearing in leading tenor roles, oratorio and concert recitals.
Thomas Gerber, bass
Originally from Austin, MN, bass-baritone Thomas Gerber is the current Director of Music at Bishop England High School and has had a variety of experiences both as a choral and operatic singer, most recently singing with VAE in Cincinnati, OH under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. He also is a past member and section leader of the internationally acclaimed Luther College Nordic Choir. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from Luther College in Decorah, IA and also holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Bill Gesin, tenor
William Gesin recently moved to Charleston from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct online music instructor for Community College of Allegheny County and is a freelance accompanist for performances ranging from school and university concerts to musical theater auditions, classes, and productions. Most recently he was the music department accompanist and a private piano instructor at California University of Pennsylvania and the assistant organist at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Together with Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh's renowned baroque ensemble and Calvary's Ensemble-in-Residence, Calvary performed several large works each year, including Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Durufle's Requiem, and Bach's St. John Passion. In addition to having taught middle school and high school choir, he has also sung with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, known for its innovative programming, and was the accompanist and assistant director of The Three Rivers Choral Society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of PA and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. While at IUP he was the winner of the annual concerto competition and was a featured soloist with the IUP Orchestra in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. At IUP he was a member of the inaugural class of the Robert E. Cook Honors College, and while at Duquesne he was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.
Katie Hardwick, soprano
Katie Hardwick recently moved to Charleston and is a native of Nashville, TN where she received her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Belmont University. In her time at Belmont she performed with several ensembles, on flute and as a soprano, as well as interned with the University Women's Choir. She is currently the Choral Director and Orchestra Director at Cane Bay Middle School in Summerville, SC where she leads four choirs and three orchestras as well as teaches general music. She is eager to sing her first season with the Taylor Festival Choir as well as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Tatiana Hoover, soprano
Tatiana Hoover is a recent vocal performance graduate of the College of Charleston. This is her first season with the Taylor Festival Choir. In the spring of 2015, she appeared as Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. Tatiana performed as a soloist under Edward Higginbottom and Joseph Flummerfelt and has appeared in many performances through College of Charleston, Piccolo Spoleto,Spoleto Festival USA, and churches during her time at the Charleston. She is a section leader at Grace Episcopal Church.
Andrew Jamison, bass
Andrew Jamison of Wichita Falls, TX, is an alumnus of Midwestern State and Texas Tech Universities. He recently performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Breve. Other notable performances include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Andrew's experience in the Musical Theater world include the title roles in Sweeney Todd and Jekyll & Hyde. Andrew currently sings with the Sound of Charleston and is a staff singer for The Church of the Holy Communion.
Grace Kahl, soprano
Grace Kahl, soprano, is a New York City native who is currently pursuing an Artist's Diploma degree in Opera at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A performer of opera and musical theater, she has been seen as Sofia (Il Signor Bruschino), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Despina (Così fan tutte), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Philia (A Funny Thing Happened...), and Fiona (Brigadoon). Grace has also been engaged as a soloist with the Akron Symphony (Carmina Burana), Dayton Ballet (Dracula: Bloodlines), and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Faure Requiem). This summer she will join the Apprentice Artist program at Des Moines Metro Opera where she will be singing the role of Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music.
Lee Lingle, bass
Lee Lingle is celebrating his 15th year with the Taylor Festival Choir. To date, Mr. Lingle has sung in every Taylor Festival Choir season since the group's inception in 2001. He has also sung with the College of Charleston Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He serves as section leader and soloist for Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston. Mr. Lingle works in the Special Education department of James Island Elementary School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston.
Chelsea Loew, alto
Chelsea Loew is currently pursuing her MA in Composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She received her BA in Composition from the College of Charleston in 2014. She has been commissioned by the College of Charleston Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the Cane Bay Cobra Chorale. Her works have been performed in venues including Hatch Recital Hall, Sottile Theatre, Grace Episcopal, Simons Recital Hall, and the Lightsey Chapel. She has sung with numerous choirs including Eastman Chorale, the College of Charleston Concert Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Church of the Holy Communion Choir, and the Taylor Festival Choir.
Susan McAdoo, alto
Susan McAdoo is a solo and collaborative pianist, teacher, vocal coach, and choir director. Performance credits include concerts throughout the East Coast, as well as in France, Switzerland, South Korea, China, England, and Spain. Formerly on the piano faculty at Campbell University and UNC-Chapel Hill, she is now the pianist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Choral engagements include the Westminster Choir, Duke Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum, and the CSO Choru. She is the director of a church choir in McClellanville and of Music Café, a monthly soirée for adult amateur musicians.. She holds performance degrees from Westminster Choir College and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Kori Miller, Principal Soprano
Kori Miller received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from College of Charleston's School of the Arts, where she studied voice with Art Bumgardner and Robert Taylor. Ms Miller was frequently featured by the College of Charleston Opera, Concert Choir, Piccolo Spoleto Young Artist Series, Monday Night Concert Series, and Charleston's Pro Musica. During her time at College of Charleston, Ms. Miller received the Marguerite Elfe Erckman Vocal Award, Sue Simons Wallace Award for Excellence in Music, and Outstanding Student Award. She made her debut as a soloist with Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Gaillard Center in 2009. Since then she has continued to be featured as a soloist with the CSO in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Serenade to Music, the Faure Requiem, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass.
Operatic performances include Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, and Lola in Moore’s Gallantry. Ms. Miller currently studies voice with Faith Sherman and serves as principal soprano in the internationally acclaimed Taylor Festival Choir where she has also been the featured soloist on two compact disc releases with Delos Records (available on iTunes). She also teaches voice/piano at Black Tie Music Academy and is a soprano section leader at The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, SC.
Clayton Moser, bass
Clayton Moser was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, growing up in a rich choral music environment. He is actively involved with multiple choirs on both coasts including Cappella SF, the San Francisco Symphony, Gaude, and the Taylor Festival Choir. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music drew him to California to study Composition with Dan Becker for his Masters in Composition. Clayton believes music has a great restorative power for the human psyche. He is an active Sound healer, utilizing his certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies in his Compositional Healing endeavors with clients.
Mary Moser, alto
Mary Moser has lived in the Charleston area since 1984. She completed her BA in Music and Theatre performance at the College of Charleston. As a student at the College of Charleston, she was a featured soloist in the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. Mary currently sings and is a soloist with the Chamber and Gallery Choirs at St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Living in Charleston has given Ms. Moser the opportunity to sing during the Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Festival where she was the soloist in the performance of Mozart’s Requiem. She has sung with the Taylor Festival Chorus for many years and has served as a board member of the Taylor Music Group. Ms. Moser works at the College of Charleston Honors College where she enjoys interacting with students from her alma mater. Although both of her children are grown, Mary enjoys the opportunities she has to sing with them.
Bates O'Neal , bass
Bates O’Neal, tenor, is a rising junior at the College of Charleston from Nashville, Tennessee. He is a double major in vocal performance and Jewish studies, and he studies voice with David Templeton. Bates performs with the Concert Choir, the Madrigal Singers, and the CofC Opera program. This is his second performance with the Taylor Festival Choir. After college, he plans to become a rabbi.
Mary Ott, soprano
Mary Ott is a rising junior at the College of Charleston, majoring in Vocal Performance and studying under Dr. Robert Taylor. She is a member of both the College of Charleston Concert Choir and the Madrigal Singers, as well as having performed a handful of roles with the College's Opera program. Mary is also active in the theatre community at the College, having performed in their productions of "Assassins" and "The Secret Garden". She is from Summerville, SC, where she lives with her family and her four cats. This is her second concert with the Taylor Festival Choir.
Josh Overby, tenor
Josh Overby is a student at the College of Charleston currently earning is Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Josh studies with Dr. Robert Taylor and is a member of both the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. Mr. Overby was a highly decorated high school musician, achieving All-State, All-County, and All-Region honors in choir, orchestra and band. He intends to pursue a career in choral music.
Andrea Rose Rousseaux, soprano
Andrea Rose Rousseaux studied at the Peabody Conservatory and the Universities of East Carolina and South Carolina, earning the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. She holds an International Executive MBA from the International School of Management in Paris, France. Winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the Concours de Geneve, she has sung numerous recitals and oratorios and 25 opera roles throughout the USA and Europe, including the Philadelphia Opera, Brussels’ Theatre de la Monnaie, and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. With extensive teaching experience, Andrea now teaches singing in NYC and Charleston.
William Royall, tenor
William Royall received his Bachelor's degree in Choral Music Education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While pursuing his degree, he studied voice with Jerry Helton and John Fowler, and performed roles such as Marco in Gianni Schicchi and El Dancaire in Carmen. After graduating, Will became a member of the Opera Carolina Theater Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently, Will works as store manager for Royall Ace Hardware in Mt. Pleasant and enjoys singing with the Charleston Men's Chorus, Opera Charleston, and a variety of solo engagements. He is in his fourth year with the Taylor Festival Choir.
Paul Runyon, tenor
Paul Runyon is an alumnus of the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Music History. While at the College of Charleston he was a member of the Madrigal Singers, CofC Opera and CofC Concert Choir. After missing last season with the Taylor Festival Choir he is excited to be back for his 5th season. He can be heard on TFC’s Sing We Now of Christmas and their upcoming MacMillan/McGlynn release. Paul now lives in Nashville, TN where he has just finished his third record with his band The Explorers Club.
Kayleen Sanchez, soprano
Kayleen Sánchez is an imaginative, inspiring, and deeply communicative artist and teacher, equally effective whether performing opera, singing art song, or teaching historically-informed performance practice and healthy vocal technique. Kayleen appears as soprano soloist on multiple recordings with the St. Charles Singers and has performed with the Newberry Consort and Haymarket Opera. She has premiered works at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, and has been broadcast on SDPB, WMFT, WXXI, WWFM, and Arizona PBS. Kayleen is releasing three albums this year featuring the music of George Morey and Paul Sanchez. She performs with Dr. Laudon Schuett inBEDLAM.
Andrea Scheulen, soprano
Andrea Scheulen has performed with the Taylor Festival Choir since 2008. She serves on the Taylor Music Group Board of Directors, is a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and is on staff at Second Presbyterian Church. After earning her B.M.ed from Miami Unviersity (OH) in 2006, she taught middle school choir for four years. Andrea is now working on her M.A.T at the College of Charleston, where she performs with the Concert Choir and studies voice and conducting with Dr. Taylor.
Faith Sherman, alto
Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “luminous mezzo-soprano” and praised by Opera News for her “rich mezzo,” Faith Sherman has enjoyed success on both operatic and concert stages. She recently played Catherine in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Toulouse and Monte Carlo Opera Houses, and Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Other roles include Rossweisse in Die Walküre and Beatrice in Beatrice and Benedict at Houston Grand Opera, Smeaton in Anna Bolena with Welsh National Opera, the Pilgrim in L'Amour de loin with English National Opera, Concepción in L’heure espagnole at Oper Frankfurt, and the mezzo-soprano lead in Ricky Ian Gordon’s world premiere Rappahannock County at Virginia Opera. Faith’s portrayal of Erminella in Musto’s Volpone with Wolf Trap Opera earned her a GRAMMY nomination. Ms. Sherman won the Houston Grand Opera Competition in 2007, and was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition, the Neue Stimmen Competition, and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. She holds degrees from Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Juilliard School. Faith teaches voice lessons at Charleston Voice Studio.
Kiri Taylor, alto
Kiri Taylor is from Charleston, SC and the daughter of Robert and Mary Taylor. She is a vocal performance major with an astronomy minor at the college of Charleston. This is her fourth season with the Taylor Festival Choir. She also performs with Na Fidleiri, the sister organization of the Taylor Festival Choir. She enjoys reading, cooking, and singing with her colleagues at the college. She hopes to pursue a future in music education.
Justin Watkins, tenor
Justin Watkins, a native of Charleston, S.C. holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from The Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Charleston. As an active conductor, Watkins is a choral music assistant at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, FL where he assists with rehearsals and leads the choir in worship services. Watkins has appeared as Enrico Carouser in Edward Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos, a featured soloist with the choirs of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, College of Charleston Concert Choir, Florida State University Chamber Choir, and the Tallahassee Community Chorus.
Esther Williams, alto
Esther Rose Williams, mezzo-soprano, is an active soloist and recitalist throughout the Southeast. She is currently a staff singer at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and has been involved in several recording projects with TFC, most recently a featured soloist in TFC’s recording of McGlynn’sCeltic Mass (soon to be released).