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.
Daniel Neer, Tenor, enjoys a diverse career as a singing actor, librettist and educator, with performance credits that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Apollo, Guggenheim Museum, Chicago Art Institute, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall, and two productions on Broadway. Comfortable in repertoire ranging from baroque to avant-garde, Daniel has performed with such esteemed groups as Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, Gotham Chamber Opera, Trinity Wall Street and Mark Morris Dance Group, and has worked closely as both performer and writer on projects premiering at New York City Opera, American Opera Projects, Center for Contemporary Opera, American Repertory Theater, Experiments in Opera, and UrbanArias. Daniel studied at The Ohio State University, University of Michigan and the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. In addition to his private voice studio, he is on faculty at Mannes School of Music (Prep) at The New School in New York City. Daniel currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his spouse, the actor and director Ted Gorodetzky.
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.