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.

Karen Vincent lives in Kensington with her husband, two teenaged and two cats. They purchased their first home three years ago, and Karen has been avidly working on becoming the next Bob Villa while renovating their house. When she isn’t building things, Karen is active in DC regional theatre, performing at Ford’s Theatre, Adventure Theatre, NextStop Theatre among others, and has received numerous Helen Hayes nominations for her performances. Karen also sings with The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, The Melting Pot Big Band and The Craig Gildner Big Band. She is looking forward to meeting the congregation and making music with you!

James Carpenter, Tenor, is a local singer, actor, and teacher in the DC metro area. James has performed with the Kennedy Center’s National Broadway Chorus, the Annapolis Opera chorus, various roles with the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and was in the acting company of the Annapolis Shakespeare co. In addition to singing, James has also taught theatre for over 4 years and is currently pursuing a MA in Theatre Education at Catholic University. James is also an avid reader, writer, and photographer who develops his own film. James is excited to join CCUMC and make glorious music!

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.