Choral Scholar Program

Choral Scholar Program

      

Our Choral Scholars serve as cantors, soloists, and section leaders with our Sanctuary Choir at the 11 AM service on Sunday mornings. They are young professional singers who support our choral and congregational singing.

Teresa Ferrara, Soprano, is dedicated to music’s power to transcend social divides and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. She has performed as a solo vocalist at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage and in the Terrace Theater, and her chorus work has allowed her to perform often with the National Symphony Orchestra. She has earned many awards for her singing, including the Award for Excellence in the Arts from the National Society of Arts and Letters and The Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award. Recent local opera credits include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva), Così fan tutte (Despina), and Bastian and Bastiana (Bastiana), as well as Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Giannetta) and Massenet’s Chérubin (L’Ensoleillad). As a recent graduate of the Master of Music program at the Peabody Conservatory, she plans to continue to pursue musical endeavors that stretch the norms of classical music and seek to educate and serve the community. When she’s not singing, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Kris and their dog TJ.

Corinne Loertscher, Mezzo-Soprano, feels very honoured to be a new member of the CCUMC Sanctuary Choir. She is passionate about both choral and operatic music and considers performing onstage to be one of her greatest joys. Prior to moving to Maryland in 2009, she lived in South Africa, where she began her formal vocal training at fourteen. Since then, she has pursued a degree in the performing arts from both Montgomery Community College and the University of Maryland; she hopes to further her education in the coming years. When she isn’t performing, Corinne enjoys weight lifting, running, and drawing. Currently, she resides in Sykesville with her husband Tyler and two-year-old daughter Jacqueline.

Rudolph Brooks III, Tenor, is an alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he studied voice under esteemed teachers including Dr. Steven Allen, Mrs. Sylvia Twine, and Dr. Mary Jane Ayer. He is a senior at the University of the District of Columbia, where he is studying Information Technology, and works in IT full-time in Baltimore.

Logan Tarwater, Bass-Baritone, is a senior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is completing a Bachelor of Arts in music degree and sings with the Chamber Singers and PING vocal ensemble. Before coming to CCUMC, Logan served as the Choral Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church for three years. A trained classical guitarist, Logan also teaches guitar classes for children

If you would like to audition for the Choral Scholar program as a substitute, or to be notified in the event of a vacancy, please send your  résumé to the Director of Music.