Cynthia Rasmussen has studied with some of the most renowned voice teachers and coaches from Philadelphia and New York. Her vocal coach for many years was Martin Rich, assistant conductor at The Metropolitan Opera Company. Currently, Cynthia studies with Marianne Casiello, professor of voice at The Curtis Institute of Music. Under Madame Casiello, Cynthia studies the art of Bel Canto, an Italian singing technique made famous by such singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni and Anna Netrebko. She has sung with The Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company for the past five seasons singing roles from La Boheme, Carmen, Carousel and Phantom of the Opera to name a few. In October 2009, she appeared in a professional solo vocal recital in Dresher, PA. Cynthia has been singing professionally since the age of nineteen. She is a graduate of the School of Music and Performing Arts at Philadelphia Biblical University.
Kent Schauble - Tenor
Kent is a Philadelphia native with a vocal degree from Indiana University and is attending Graduate School at Eastern University to receive a PA Teaching Certificate in Music Education. Recent choral work includes: Wozzeck with Curtis, Turandot with Opera Company of Philadelphia, ACS, and solos with Upper Dublin Choirsters. Opera roles include Rodolfo with Atlantic Coast Opera and Canio with Natchez Opera. In 2006, Kent released the debut album of original songs, "Happy Birthday, Kyle". www.thelocaltourists.com. Working as a music teacher at two elementary schools in Philadelphia, and a private voice teacher, Kent currently resides in Montgomery County.
Tom Schoonmaker - Tenor / Baritone
Tom soloed with the Dartmouth Glee Club, led the college octet, and has sung with choruses in Pittsburgh, Detroit, and New York. In the Philadelphia area he has sung with the Choral Arts Society, the Mastersingers, and is currently the baritone soloist at the Unitarian Society of Germantown. Prior solo work includes Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Regina Coeli, Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas, Haydn's Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, the Navidad Nuestra of Ariel Ramirez, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Bach's Sleepers, Wake! He is a retired railroad executive and transportation consultant and an active guide at the Morris Arboretum. He maintains an active interest in horticulture, ceramics, painting, tennis and church work.
Lucinda (Cindy) Schwebel - Soprano/Alto
Cindy has been a member and soloist for the Mastersingers in Paoli for over thirty years, has sung as soprano soloist for several local churches, and has performed with the Toledo Symphony in Ohio. She made her debut in college as the alto soloist in Mozart's Requiem, and has been adding greatly to her repertoire ever since. On a lighter note, she has performed with various musical theater groups both in this area and in Ohio with roles in Kiss Me Kate, Brigadoon, Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Music Man, and Oklahoma. Cindy is a former teacher in the Upper Dublin School District, and is presently an estates and elder law paralegal in Norristown.
Joan Snyder - Mezzo-Soprano
Joan is a charter member of the Ambler Choral Society and has participated with other members in international choral festivals in Austria, England, and France. She has performed as contralto soloist many times, most recently in Mozart's Solemn Vespers and Brahm's New Liebeslieder Waltzes. Other solo work includes Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem, Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel, Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, and Bach's Uns ist ein Kind geboren. Joan also is a long-time soloist and choir member of Calvary United Methodist Church.
Keith Beale - Tenor
Keith Beale is a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in music education. Keith has had a varied career, teaching music in public schools, working for Verizon Communications, and, after retirement, serving as part-time administrator at the Church of the Open Door, where he was also choir director and worship leader. He is now director of finance at CLC Ministries International. Mr. Beale has performed many concerts with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, where he was a core singer. He has sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra, was interim director of the Abington Choral Club, and has sung in a few operas. He currently sings with Abington Choral Club and the Ambler Choral Society. He is also an accomplished organist and pianist.
Rose Ann K. Annand - Soprano
Rose Ann has performed competitively and in church and community choirs since the age of 7. Favorite solo works include Gounod’s “Jewel Song” from Faust, Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” aria from The Magic Flute, and Rossini’s “Una Voce Poco Fa” from The Barber of Seville. Currently, she cantors at Corpus Christi Church in Lansdale. Rose Ann has also had the pleasure of portraying the roles of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella in local theatre productions, and was honored to sing in the White House Christmas Tour in 2001.
Rose Ann K. Annand - Soprano
Roland Woehr - Accompanist
Roland Woehr serves as Chestnut Hill Academy's Music Department Chairman and teaches upper school choral music via CHA's Coordinate Program with Springside School. His Hilltones and Chamber Singers groups have collaborated with Frederica von Stade as part of Springside School's Illuminating Women series in 2005 and have gone on to win "first place" at Florida All Star Music Festivals. Roland co-directs the CHA Boychoir, Grade 8 Handbell Choir, teaches 7th Grade Music Theory, and is an upper school academic advisor. Roland was the second CHA educator to be honored with the E. Perot Walker Prize for Teaching Excellence in 1997. He holds a B. Mus. Ed. degree in Piano (summa cum laude) and a M. Mus. degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, having studied with George Sementovsky and Alan Harler. Roland serves as Choirmaster and Organist at The Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), as Music Director at Reform Congregation Beth Or, and as pianist for The Ambler Choral Society. As a composer, Roland's recent commissions include contributions to Psalms for Singing , choral and piano music for the documentary film Yachdav, and a piece for The Kardon Chorale honoring Christoph Eschenbach ("You Get Proud by Practicing"). Part of his Requiem Mass in B flat minor was performed by the All City High School Choir at Verizon Hall in 2007, and the complete mass was sung by the choirs of The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts this past May. Roland is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators' Association (MENC) and The Guild of Temple Musicians. He is a life-long Philadelphian, a member of the 235th Class of The Central High School of Philadelphia and an honorary member of the Chestnut Hill Academy Class of 2007.
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