James has done chorus in school from 4th grade to 12th grade. He was in all county chorus all 8 of those years, tri county once, junior all state 2 times, senior all state 2 times, and men's all state demonstration chorus 3 times. In 11th grade James was awarded junior vocalist of the year at his school, Calvert high. Last year, in his senior year he was awarded outstanding senior member, and overall outstanding musician. James performed both with a group and alone at the 2016 mid-Atlantic jazz festival, and last year, as part of a quintet, achieved straight 1's at the Maryland state solo and ensemble festival.
Janet is a native of St. Mary’s County and is very proud of her Southern Maryland lineage. She has been singing with St. Maries Musica since 2007 and enjoys it immensely. Janet started her musical career when she was 6 years old at The Bunny Bailey Studio of Dance. Soon after, she began piano and flute lessons. She was encouraged to continue studying and performing music throughout her elementary, middle and high school years where she had the privilege of performing in multiple competitions/honor bands and choruses. Janet studied music and education at Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University) and received her B.S. degree in elementary education with a minor in flute performance. Her greatest musical highlight was being able to perform with Shenandoah’s choir at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Janet currently works in the real estate field and enjoys life with her husband Scott, who is the sound guy, events manager and Chair of St. Maries Choral Arts. She is most proud of her adult daughter, Kristi who is currently working on her doctorate in Astrophysics.
Nicole Baller is a soloist, chorister, and music educator. Originally from coastal North Carolina, she studied voice at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She has taught elementary music and conducted adult and children's choirs. Moving frequently as a military wife, Nicole has been privileged to sing in choirs across the country and internationally. She also enjoys singing in various other capacities from musical theater to opera to praise bands. Nicole lives in California with her husband and five children.
Mike Berkin is a natural baritone who has been singing tenor two/bass one with St. Maries Musica for 6 years.He began his music career in high school in the early 1970s, singing with a large touring group called Sounds of America. Since then, he has sung with several church and community choirs in Maine, Florida, California, Italy, Japan, and Maryland. In his spare time, Mike likes to compose, sing and record original rock and pop compositions in a local two-man band. Mike is a retired Naval Aviation Maintenance Officer and is now the Branch Manager for Readiness Analysis working in the Logistics Competency of NAVAIR at NAS Patuxent River. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State and a MS in Material Logistics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Mike and his wife, Shirley, reside in Drayden, MD. They have four adult children.
Pateley is a recent graduate of Frostburg State University and is very excited to be a part of Musica! She teaches Chorus at Esperanza Middle School and has loved singing as long as she can remember. Music is an art that Pateley thinks brings out the best in people. It is something to be shared with all ages and treasured dearly. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music of course, and traveling.
Singing has been her avocation for a long time. Cheryl joined Musica in January, 2009. After moving to Southern Maryland in 2000, she sang with Charles County Consort and Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, and now sings with Two Rivers Harmony and the St. Andrews Church choir. She also sings with St. Maries Musica Minstrels, an ambassador ensemble consisting of 8 members from Musica. Singing has been the impetus for several trips to Europe. As a member of Larimer Chorale in Ft. Collins, CO, Ms Ceriale sang in Notre Dame, San Marco in Venice and the Duomo in Florence. In 2008, she journeyed to Prague, Salzburg and Vienna to participate in Advent Choral Festivals in each city. She performed the music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York in March of 2014, under the direction of Mr. Whitacre. Cheryl looks forward to continued adventures in singing with Musica.
Kelly Barnes Combs is the choral director at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Maryland, where she teaches five choirs and guitar class. She completed her degree in Vocal Performance from St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she was the musical director and arranger for The Nightingale A Cappella Choir, and sang with the Chamber Singers as they toured throughout Eastern Europe, Italy, France and Switzerland. She has appeared onstage multiple times at the River Concert Series, and performed at the Alba Music Festival in northern Italy. As an educator, her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and appeared as back-up singers for the rock group Foreigner. She lives in Valley Lee with her husband Jamison, daughter, Lena, son Julian, and their cats, where she enjoys the sunsets, bird-watching and playing bluegrass badly on the porch.
Amanda is currently a senior at Chopticon High School where she is part of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, Peace Pipers, and Infinity. With a passion for music, Amanda aims to major in Music Therapy when she goes off to college.
Nick has enjoyed performing music since 5th grade, playing in a variety of instrumental music ensembles until he started singing in college. After singing with St. Maries Singers Nick is excited to join Musica and have the opportunity to be a part of this talented group.
Laura is a recent graduate from Towson University, and she now teaches Special Education in Calvert County. She sang all throughout Elementary, Middle, and High School but had to take a break in college to focus on her classes and student teaching. Now that she is back, she is very excited to be a part of a chorus again and perform with such wonderful people and singers!
Jennifer is the general music, band, and choral teacher at Oakville Elementary School. She has participated in various choirs and vocal ensembles, both collegiate and professional. Jennifer was employed as a keyboardist and vocalist in a praise band in Salisbury, NC while attending Catawba College. During her time at Catawba, she had the opportunity to tour Europe with the Catawba Singers, perform at the Roosevelt Theater in Chicago in Paradise Lost under the direction of Eric Whitacre, and perform at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Paul E. Oakley. In the spring of 2011 she received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Sacred Music. Jennifer has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for 9 years. She joined Musica in the Fall of 2015 and has enjoyed singing with Musica immensely. She is the director of SMACappella and the interim director of St. Maries Singers. Jennifer looks forward to continuing to have fun and make beautiful music with this wonderful group
Charnice is a St. Mary's County native and an alumni from Chopticon High School. She went on to study Vocal Music Education at James Madison University. There she sang in the Treble Chamber Choir, JMU Chorale, and The Madison Singers, as well as singing in the premiere all female a cappella group, Note-oriety. During her collegiate years she also became a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Charnice is currently the choral director at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, MD. She is also the Music Director of The District, a semi-professional all female a cappella group based in Washington D.C. Charnice is extremely excited to be a part of this amazing ensemble and looks forward to making music with everyone.
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Anya Gray has a Bachelors in Music from Morgan State University. She was a member of the Morgan State University Choir as well as the Morgan Singers and has had the opportunity to travel internationally to countries such as Spain, Dubai, Cuba, and Germany to name a few.
Gabriel “Gabe” Gray is very excited to perform with St. Maries Musica for another season! A Charles County native and Maurice J. McDonough High School alum, this isn’t the first time Gabe has been under Mrs. TC O’Brien’s incredible direction. He had the pleasure of being of member of her prestigious Madrigal Lords & Ladies, Show Choir, & Concert Choir. Gabe & his best friends are also founding members of her fifth ensemble; a male a cappella group known as The Ramtations! Gabe also participated in five MHS Drama productions including West Side Story & Grease, and in numerous county, regional & state honor choirs.
Gabe attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV for his B.A. in Music Education. He was a member of the Chamber Choir, University Chorus, Choral Union, Opera Workshop, and he did a few projects with the MU Theatre. He is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Upon graduation, Gabe was also named Student Teacher of the Year for Related Arts. Today, he teaches General Music & Chorus at William A. Diggs Elementary in Waldorf and performs & directs whenever possible!
Nick has sung in various choirs throughout his life. In middle school he was the lead singer in the annual musical. Throughout high school, All-County chorus, a small chamber choir. He was a member of a local church's choir in high school which did choreographed pieces and performed as far away as New York City. After joining the Air Force, he has sung in various church and community choirs, including 3 years in Germany with the local German church choir. He currently cantors and sings at St John Vianney in Prince Frederick. Beside singing, he's been in a semi-professional musical at Ft Bragg Playhouse, acted and directed and done lighting and sound in several plays. He also plays several instruments when not playing with his 4 grandchildren.
James is returning to music after a brief hiatus avoiding the paparazzi by joining the U. S. Navy. He's enjoyed singing with various groups over the years including the Naval Aviation Choir and a six-man a cappella group called "The Bare Essentials."
Kellie has participated in choral groups, ensembles and musical productions from fourth grade through high school, culminating with selection to participate in tri-county and all-state choruses. She has been singing as a choir member and cantor at IHM parish for over 15 years. Kellie delights in the cultivation of virtue, teaching reading (yep, that geeky) and Thursday night family dinners with ukulele jams.
Celena Hansen is a recent graduate of Washington State University where she received degrees in both Anthropology and Vocal Performance. She has been singing all her life and found a love for choral arts as a child with the Indianapolis Children's Choir. Since then she has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of choral groups throughout the United States and South Korea. Celena is new to the area and in her spare time she enjoys practicing aerial arts, taking voice lessons and watching scary movies.
Stephen is a Charles County native and alumni from McDonough High School. Stephen is excited to be a part of Musica and under the direction of T.C. O'Brien once again. In high school Stephen was a member of Mrs. O'Brien's Madrigal Lords & Ladies, Show Choir, Ramtations, and Concert Choir. He then went on to study Music Education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he was a part of two traveling vocal ensembles. While attending IWU he had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and travel all throughout the U.S., London, and France performing with the IWU Chorale. After graduating college, Stephen went on to teach a year of elementary general music in Indianapolis Indiana before moving back to the Charles County area to teach choir at his alma mater McDonough High School.
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This is Chris’s first year in Musica, but not his first time under the direction of TC O’Brien. He has loved music and sang all his life. He is the Lead Singer and Guitarist of the Maryland-based band, Changing Scene.
Brian is currently 23, recently graduated from Towson University in late 2017 for information technology. He recently found out about this group and is looking forward to singing and performing with them!
He was educated at Indiana University, where he was a member of the world famous Singing Hoosiers, with whom he performed and toured extensively.He first joined Musica in 1975, moved to Memphis in 1996 and performed with The Wolf River Singers.He rejoined Musica after moving back to Southern Maryland in 2005.He has performed with the Light Opera Company of Southern Maryland with major roles in “Orpheus in the Underworld” and “The Magic Flute”.In the spring of 2014 he traveled to New York City to perform with Distinguished Concerts International New York under the direction of Eric Whitacre. Michael currently serves on the St. Mary’s County Arts Council.He lives in Lexington Park near his daughter, son-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren.
Phoebe Kammerer is currently a general music teacher at Chesapeake Public Charter School. Phoebe is a Pennsylvania native and attended West Chester University where she studied Music Education with a concentration in voice and a minor in Special Education. Phoebe sang in choirs under the direction of David P. Devenney, Ryan Kelly and Jane Wyss and studied voice with Emily Bullock. Phoebe has always enjoyed singing in choirs and is thrilled to a member of such a talented ensemble.
Samantha grew up in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania where she debuted her singing and acting career as the “donkey” in her church nativity play at the mere age of 7 years old. After her big break, she began singing regularly in church, and went on to perform with multiple select choirs through her middle and high school career. Samantha attended the Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Biology and sang with the African American Spiritual choir, The Essence of Joy, under the direction of Dr. Tony Leach. She went on to physician assistant school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she sang with a student-led a cappella group called The PCOM Pulmonics and graduated as Provost. Since then, she has moved to Mechanicsville Maryland to work as a physician assistant at Calvert Internal Medicine. Sam is thrilled to continue her musical journey with St. Maries Musica and she is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to sing with such fine musicians and people.
Beth began her career as a Professional Alto when her middle school chorus teacher realized that she could read music and has only rarely been allowed to sing the melody. This led her to the decision to become a choir director thus allowing herself to sing all of the parts – though sadly, not all at one time. Beth graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education and has taught in exotic locations such as Warrenton and Falls Church, Virginia as well as Sunnyvale, California before being invited to teach for Calvert County Public Schools. Since arriving in Southern Maryland, Beth has taught music at all levels in schools throughout the county. She recently made the decision to return to elementary school where the students treat her like the rock star she always wished she could be! In addition to having a private studio for piano, voice and theory, Beth serves as a Music Minister for Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Sue is from the UK and has sung in large choral societies, smaller groups and church choirs. She enjoys singing sacred and secular music.
Susan is a wife, mother of 5 girls and a grandmother to 4 beautiful children. Singing was her most favorite thing to do and she is glad to be back doing what she loves!
LeeAnn moved to Maryland from Colorado last year with her daughter who is stationed at Pax River Naval Air Station. She has been singing all her life, in church and in a variety of groups including high school Honor Choir, a southern rock band, and various community groups. She "retired" after 29 years of teaching, including teaching music to preschool/kindergarten children. For the last 3 years LeeAnn has been working as a nanny. One thing she is passionate about is handbells which she has played for 45 years. Her other passion is gardening
This is Tyler’s first year in Musica. He has been in chorus since sixth grade and has been in marching band for 3 years. He has started his second year in symphonic band. Musica will be an amazing learning opportunity for him.
Ashley grew up as the only non-athlete in a family of sports stars.She quickly discovered her place was in music and not on the field, and traded sports balls for sheet music.
In school and at home, Ashley was always involved in music, delighting (I’m sure delighting) her family with nightly concerts from the shower, and joining such ensembles as Leonardtown High School’s Ladyes Fayre, Salisbury University’s Chorale, Louisiana Tech’s Chamber Singers, and many more.She also took many years of private voice lessons and performed in several Summerstock productions.
When she’s not chasing her three wild boys around, Ashley spends her time among the maritime history artifacts at the Calvert Marine Museum.
Haley graduated from MCDonough High School in 2017. She is currently attending the College of Southern Maryland, majoring in music education. She has been singing since chlldhood, but she started taking it really seriously during her senior year in high school, when she was inspired by her choir teacher TC O'Brien. She plays a number of instruments and hopes to teach high school orchestra & band after she gets her degree. She joined Musica in the spring of 2019, and lives to sing!
Ed sang in Concert Choir McDonough High Shool 2002 , The Madrigals Lords and Ladies at McDonough High School from 2004-2006 (solo in Daniel, Daniel Servant of the Lord 2006) , All-County 2002, 2004 and Tri-County chorus in 2003.
Greg joined Musica in spring 2011. He started formally singing as a member of the Catholic Choir at the US Naval Academy, followed by time singing with the Naval Aviation Training Command Choir at NAS Pensacola, FL. He sang in various church choirs from Brunswick, ME to Rota, Spain. However when he met the love of his life, Susan, he started to sing in Episcopal Church choirs from Virginia Beach, VA, to Wilmington DE, to Mansfield, TX to their current home in California, MD. He is a member of the choir and bell choir at the Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park.
For thirteen years Greg has been a member of Southern Maryland Sound, the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He retired from the Navy in 1998 and after 18 years of working for several companies as a defense contractor supporting the Navy's aviation training requirements he 'retired retired' and now assists The Stachelczyk/Shemeta Team in supporting Southern Maryland real estate requirements. He is married to Susan - a former Musica singer - and they are proud of their two young adults who live in the Patuxent River area.
Kylie currently serves as the Choral director at Leonardtown High School. Under her direction, her choirs have received “Superior” ratings not only at the district level but also the state. Kylie also is an avid member of the Maryland Choral Education Association where she serves on the board and has been the Manager of the MD Junior All-State Chorus. When she’s not teaching, she can be found cheering for the Steelers, Capitals or Nationals.
Amy is currently a sophomore at Leonardtown High School, where she is a member of the chamber choir, Potomac Voices. She has participated in choir and also played the piano since elementary school, and has always held a passion for singing. She is very excited to be a part of Musica this year.