Singer Biographies

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Sopranos

Alexis Lundy is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she received her Master of Music degree in voice performance. She graduated cum laude with honors in music from Shorter College in Rome, GA, where she received bachelor degrees in voice performance and music education. Ms. Lundy has twice been named a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions. She currently serves as co-director of the Georgia District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. While teaching music at the Lower School of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, she is a staff singer at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church and a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus.


Alison Mann is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Program Coordinator for Music Education at Kennesaw State University. At KSU, she conducts the University Chorale and Women's Chorus, supervises student teachers, and teaches courses in Vocal Pedagogy, and Choral Methods. Mann received her Ph.D. in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, and her Masters of Music Education and Bachelors of Music Education from Florida State University. Alison is proud to be one of the founding members of Coro Vocati.


Erin McCollum is currently a graduate student in the Choral Conducting program at Georgia State University, under the direction of Dr. Deanna Joseph, where she sings with the GSU University Singers and co-directs the GSU Master Singers. Erin recently graduated from the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor’s Society, the Beta Tau chapter of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the Georgia Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. Erin has assisted in the direction of several choral ensembles in the Athens area including the Georgia Children’s Chorus, the Meridian Women’s Chorus, and adult choirs and children’s music at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Athens First United Methodist Church. She is currently the Director of Children's Music at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth. After her graduate studies, Erin hopes to pursue a career in choral conducting and children’s music.


Shannan O'Dowd is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and moved to Georgia in 2001. She is currently a senior at Kennesaw State University, majoring in Choral Music Education, where she studies voice with Jana Young. She has served as a staff singer at Roswell Presbyterian Church and worked in the music department at 12 Stone Church in Buford, Georgia. Shannan's professional affiliations include NAfME, and ACDA.


Megan Rikard, a native of Texas, directs the Middle School Chorus ensembles at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia. As the Chorus Director, she leads ensembles of sixth and seventh grade students and collaborates closely with both the Upper and Lower School directors. Ms. Otte also teaches private lessons in voice and piano to students in the Atlanta area. She is a graduate of Florida State University, where she received her Masters of Choral Music Education. She graduated magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University, where she earned her Bachelors of Music Education and was awarded the titles of University Scholar and Outstanding Senior. Ms. Otte has studied conducting and music education with Andre Thomas, Kevin Fenton, Alison Mann, and Judy Bowers. She is a staff singer at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Her professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda.


Anne-Marie Spalinger a founding member of Coro Vocati, has performed in Carnegie Hall as soloist in acclaimed performances of Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms under the direction of Robert Spano. She made her solo debut in Russia (St. Petersburg) in a performance of Corigliano's Fern Hill. Ms. Spalinger has performed solos with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in works by Bach, Pärt, and Mendelssohn and can be heard on the Grammy award-winning recording of Golijov's opera, Ainadamar. She has performed this role in Atlanta, Ojai (CA), Chicago, London, and Birmingham (England). Ms. Spalinger is engaged as soprano soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church and has most notably performed as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Poulenc’s Gloria. She is a long time member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus and also regularly sings with the Meridian Herald Chorale under the direction of Steven Darsey. Ms. Spalinger holds a Bachelors degree in Voice from Mercer University and a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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Altos

Michelle Austin received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Alabama, and her Bachelor of Music Education in Choral and General Music from Shorter College. She is currently the choral director and AP Music Theory Instructor at Alpharetta High School. Austin is also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Her professional affiliations include NAfME, ACDA, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Mu Phi Epsilon music honors fraternities.

Christina Casey is a lyric mezzo soprano from Kansas City, Missouri. Ms Casey currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where recently finished a Master of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Lori Bade. Most recently Ms. Casey portrayed the role of Prince Orlofsky in the comic operetta Die Fledermaus with the Missouri Symphony Society. With LSU Opera Ms. Casey portrayed the roles of Isabella in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan’s (The Mikado), The Beggar Woman in (Sweeney Todd), and Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict), Ms. Casey has been an apprentice artist at Opera in the Ozarks, where she portrayed the role of Angelina in La cenerentola, and Flora in La traviata. Other roles in her repertoire include Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Giasone, (Il Giasone), Daphnis, (Daphnis et Chloé). Ms. Casey is a recipient of a 2016 Encouragement Award with the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Ms. Casey is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and studied with Ann Harrell.

Mary Beth Kosowski, mezzo-soprano, has sung with numerous professional choirs and as a church staff singer in Atlanta, Miami, New York, and Houston. In addition to her vocal pursuits, she has worked in theatrical costuming and as wardrobe coordinator for companies in those same cities. Her solo concert repertoire includes Bach's Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, and St. John Passion, Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel's Messiah, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, and the Requiems of Duruflé, Mozart, and Willan. Kosowski holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Truman State University, and is presently Director of Marketing for Mercer University Press in Macon, Georgia.


Holly McCarren did graduate work in vocal performance at the University of Oregon, and undergraduate work at Clayton State University. She has appeared as soloist with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque, Skylark, Oregon Lyric Opera, Atlanta Lyric Theater, and the Carrollton Symphony. She is currently a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. McCarren has taught voice and piano at Clayton State College, The Lovett School, and the Georgia Academy of Music. She is currently a staff singer at Northside Drive United Methodist Church.


Katie Woolf, an Atlanta native, has sung with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University, and the Boston-based Cantata Singers. She holds a Bachelors degree from Furman University, a Masters degree from Boston University, and a DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Woolf is the Director of Vocal and Choral Music for the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School.

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Tenors

Justin Cornelius is a native of Augusta, GA. He studied voice at Valdosta State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, with an emphasis on Vocal Performance. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he sang with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Sine Nomine, a small chamber ensemble, and served as Music Director and Worship Leader at New Life Ministries. He currently sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and is tenor section leader at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.


Alex Masten is a tenor born and raised in Zionsville, Indiana. He attended the University of Mississippi for undergraduate and graduate programs for Accountancy with a minor in Music. He was a member of the Ole Miss Concert Singers, Chamber Ensemble and Men's Glee Club, singing under the direction of Dr. Donald Trott and Dr. Deborah Spurgeon. He had the opportunity to sing under the direction of Eric Whitacre for a short concert series in 2007. Alex currently manages a start-up vendor security risk management technology firm located in Atlanta, and is in his second season with Coro Vocati.

Jonathan Pilkington, tenor, is a native of LaGrange, GA whose recent solo engagements include Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Creation, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, and Orff's Carmina Burana. He sang the tenor solo in New York premiere of Mendelson's Humboldt Cantata and was the tenor soloist for Elliott Carter’s The Defense of Corinth with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. He was a guest soloist at the 2014 Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy. As a frequent recitalist, Pilkington’s most recent solo recital featured songs for tenor and guitar, including excerpts from Schubert’s Winterreise transcribed for guitar, in collaboration with Nicolas Deuson. Upcoming solo engagements include Verdi's Requiem in Anderson, SC, and Haydn's Creation at USC-AIken. He recently completed a tour of concerts featuring the songs of Samuel Barber, including a performance at Spivey Hall. Pilkington has performed many major choral works with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra Los Angeles Philharmonic and others, and has been guest lecturer in vocal pedagogy for University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, the Sautee Chorale, and St. Bartholomew's Church in Atlanta. With degrees from Shorter College(B.M.), Westminster choir College (M.M.), and the University of Georgia (D.MA.), As a committed voice teacher, he participated in the NATS Intern Program in 2009 and has completed Level I training in Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method, with plans to complete Levels II & III in 2017. Pilkington is assistant professor of music at Piedmont College and is a member of Coro Vocati, in addition to The Cecilia Ensemble based in Augusta.

Alan Roberts, from Latta, South Carolina, is a current graduate student in Choral Conducting at Georgia State University, studying under Dr. Deanna Joseph. At Georgia State, he sings in the GSU University Singers, and co-directs the GSU Masters Singers. Prior to Georgia State, Alan attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he received his Bachelors of Arts in Music degree, with a concentration in Vocal Performance. Throughout his college career, Alan has assisted with a variety of church and cathedral choirs, and has also been an active soloist. Upon graduation, Alan hopes to pursue a career as a choral conductor of high school and church choirs.


Wesley Stoner, Assistant Conductor of Coro Vocati, earned his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he studied with David Rayl, Jonathan Reed, and Sandra Snow. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Stoner is the Director of Choral Activities at Hillgrove High School, and a staff singer and soloist at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Additionally, he sings with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus.

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Basses

Jay Champion teaches chorus, general music, and electronic music composition at Lost Mountain Middle School in Kennesaw. He is sought after as a clinician, guest conductor, music technology instructor, composer, and arranger. In 2010, his Eighth Grade Chorus sang at the GMEA Conference in Savannah. He has performed and recorded with the LSU A Cappella Choir, the Moses Hogan Chorale, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. He is the Associate Director of Music at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta. A native of Edinburg, Texas, Mr. Champion received music degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia. 


Taylor Conley is currently a Choral Conducting Masters student at Georgia State University. He studies conducting under Dr. Deanna Joseph and was named the Robert Shaw Choral Scholar for 2015. Before moving to Atlanta, Taylor lived in his home state of Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tulsa. He has a great passion for choral singing and sacred music, and has experience with university, church, community, and men’s choirs. Taylor is a chorister and Assistant Choirmaster at All Saints’ Episcopal Church Choir in Midtown Atlanta. He also teaches piano and voice at North Fulton School of Music in Alpharetta, GA. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the American Choral Directors Association. Following his graduate studies at Georgia State, Taylor plans to teach and pursue a doctorate in order to achieve his goal of becoming a university professor. When he is not studying scores and conducting, he enjoys hiking and spending time in the great Georgian outdoors.


Justin Cornelius is a native of Augusta, GA. He studied at Valdosta State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. During his matriculation at Valdosta State University, he performed with the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, VSU Opera Workshop and Spotlighters Jazz Ensemble. Prior to moving to Atlanta, he sang with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Sine Nomine, a small chamber ensemble, and served as Music Director and Worship Leader at New Life Ministries. He currently sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, Cantamos, an a cappella ensemble, and is a staff singer at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.


Taylor Greer is a baritone originally from Hampton, GA. He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. There, he studied voice with Stephanie Pierce, conducting with Dan Bara and Mitos Andaya, and sang with the Men's Glee Club, Hodgson Singers, and the UGA Accidentals. Taylor currently serves as the Choral Director at Lanier High School.


Jason Maynard has been making music as a keyboardist, conductor, and singer in Atlanta’s music community since 2011.  A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, he made his first public conducting appearance at age 17, leading the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.  He earned degrees in piano and organ from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and Cleveland State University, and studied at the festivals of Chautauqua and Bowdoin, and in France, Germany, and Spain.  From 2003-2011, Mr. Maynard served as Director of Music and Organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA, where he founded the Covenant Concert Series.  He taught on the music faculty of Georgia Regents University, directed the Medical College of Georgia Chorus, and served on the board for the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society.  Mr. Maynard recently earned the artist certificate in choral conducting at Georgia State University.  He currently serves as Organist at Central Presbyterian Church, and was previously assistant organist at Peachtree Christian Church.  He sings baritone with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and with Coro Vocati.

John Newsome is a Baritone born and raised in Atlanta. He is a graduate of Campbell High School’s International Baccalaureate program, and was concertmaster of the school’s Chamber Orchestra, pianist for the Jazz Band, Tony in their production of West Side Story. He also studied piano performance at the Brevard Music Center in summer 2006. Newsome received his Bachelor’s Degree in Digital & Broadcast News from the University of Georgia, while working as an accompanist for the school of music's Opera Department. He also sang with UGA’s University Chorus, African-American Choral Ensemble, and Classic City Jazz. Upon graduation in 2011, he joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and has traveled twice with the group to Carnegie Hall. Newsome is a Domestic News Editor for CNN, and is an MBA student in his final year at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. He is also a freelance pianist in the Atlanta area.


Brandon Odom, bass-baritone, studied graduate voice at Southern Illinois University and did undergraduate work at Clayton State University. He is a member of the Atlanta Opera Chorus and regularly performs with Capitol City Opera. You can also catch him performing "improvised opera" with Dad's Garage Theatre Company. In addition, Brandon is both a member and bass soloist for Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.


Stephen Ozcomert, Bass-Baritone, performs regularly in Atlanta area concert halls.  Steve has sung as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions and under the batons of Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, Robert Shaw, Yoel Levi, Jere Flynt, Alexander Mickelthwaite, and Howard Shore and has served as soloist with the ASO Choruses on other occasions under Norman Mackenzie.  His ASO solo credits include two solo performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and he may be heard in a supporting role on Telarc Digital’s Atlanta Symphony recording of Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Steve currently serves as a staff soloist at the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church and frequently appears as soloist with many area concert and recital venues and his solo work has been featured on radio broadcasts. Steve has performed throughout the Southeast in a number of operas and operettas and has an extensive repertoire of more than twenty-five oratorios. Steve is a student of Elizabeth Colson. 

Erik Potteiger, Bass-Baritone, is a singer/percussionist/pianist from Reading, PA. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance. He has performed with choral and instrumental ensembles across 12 states, seven countries, and three continents. He was composer-in-residence for 1080C Productions in Columbia, SC, and has written pieces performed in venues in the US and England, some of which have been played on National Public Radio in the greater Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston regions. Potteiger is currently Director of Choirs and co-director of percussion at South Aiken High School in Aiken, South Carolina. He works as a staff singer at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as sings part time with The Cecilia Ensemble, a Renaissance ensemble based out of Augusta, Georgia. He continues to work as a freelance music educator, performer, and composer in the Aiken, Atlanta, Augusta, and Columbia area. His professional affiliations include The National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Music Educator's Association, American Choral Director's Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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