The Commonwealth Chorale of Virginia

"Cultural Jewel in the Heart of Virginia"



Exciting News!

Posted on November 16, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Anthony Kent,  a former Commonwealth Chorale member and Longwood student,  has recently been commissioned by the Staatsoper of Hamburg, Germany, to prepare an opera based on the works of English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).  This Honor comes on top of Tony's already distinguished career as a tenor soloist, conductor, and chorus master in Austria and Germany.  In recent years Tony has conducted and done all the vocal preparations for the Hamburg production of the "Lion King".  He holds a Master's Degree from the University of Hamburg.  We are fortunate to have him serving on the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Chorale.

The Chorale is pleased to recognize the talented members of the orchestra who will play for this year's performance of the Messiah.  Among them are several young people who will be playing with us for the first time.

Christian Diaz is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University currently studying Exercise Science to become a Physical Therapist.  He is a violinist performing with the VCU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

Alex Taing is a ninth grader who began studying violin at age ten with Mrs. Eun-Jin Carmen and viola a year later in school.  He currently studies with Mr. Andy Certner.  He has played both instruments with the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years, where he is now principal violinist.

Donovan Williams is a seventh grader at Collegiate School in Richmond.  He was introduced to the violin at an early age by his grandmother.  He began formal lessons in kindergarten, and continues to study with Mrs. Francoise Moquin of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.  He has played with the Short Pump Symphonettes and is now a first violinist with the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.  He also composes for a variety of instrument ensembles.

The orchestra members are:

First Violin: Kathy Rosenberg, (Concert Master); Jonathan Lingerfelt; Christian Diaz; Barbara Kelshaw.

Second Violin: Sarah Miranda;  Caleb Johnson;  Sandy Shelton;  Donovan Williams

Viola:  Brenda Johnson;  Alex Taing

Cello:  Suzanne Maerz;  Sheryl Smith

Bass:  Eric Hollandsworth

Trumpet:  Nat Boyd;  Eric Cousins

Piano:  Maxine Hollinger

Percussion:  David Chambliss

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