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Sarah Baldock - Music Director

Sarah Baldock took up the post of Organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral in April 2008. She was previously Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral where she accompanied the Choir in daily services, tours, broadcasts and recordings. She founded the Winchester Cathedral Girls’ Choir in 1998, and was its Director until 2008. During this period the choir toured SwedenItaly and Denmark, made a CD for the Griffin label entitled Immortal Fire, and gave concerts in the UK including two Christmas performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall. Several former Girl Choristers have won choral scholarships to Cambridge and other universities. 

During her time in Winchester she was accompanist to the Waynflete Singers and Organ Performance Tutor at Southampton University. She has been a faculty member of the CalgaryEdinburgh and Oundle Organ Courses, and involved in education projects at the Royal Festival Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. She is a Trustee Council member of the Royal College of Organists. Educated as a music scholar at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, and as Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge, she won prizes in the RCO diploma examinations and a bursary for postgraduate study with David Sanger and Thomas TrotterFinalist in the 1998 Calgary International, and prizewinner at the 2000 Odense and 2002 Dallas International Organ Competitions, Sarah Baldock enjoys an active career as an organ soloist in the UK and abroad. Performances have included concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and Hampshire Youth Orchestras and solo concerts in Europe, USA and Canada. In 1998 she released a CD on the Marcussen organ in Tonbridge School Chapel for Herald, and two other recording projects are underway. Sarah Baldock has directed choral workshops in the UK, USA, Norway and Sweden. She lives in Chichester Cathedral Close with her husband, David Hurley.

 

Ruth Cobb - Course Manager

Ruth Cobb is grateful for the many, many people who have given their time and talents to make the summer course for girls come to life.  Spending nine days with thirty-some outstanding girls is an annual highlight.  This is her eleventh year working at the Choir School as Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations; the best job in the world. Ruth was educated at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University.  She has directed choral music programs in Independent Schools and served as Director of Music and Organist in Episcopal Churches.  Her husband of 33 years is a patient man, their adopted lab/hound, Oberon, is goofy, and her garden needs weeding.  She and her husband have three grown children and last year, they joined the happy ranks of grandparents with the arrival of Charlotte Grace.


Deborah Beien - 
Director of Residential Life and Leadership Program

Deborah Beien has been working at the Girl Chorister Course since its beginning in 2005, when she brought some girls to the course from the Queen of Angels Children's Choir in Chicago. As a choir director, she knew the importance of enrichment experiences for young singers.  In all the years, the course has never let her down.  Amazing things happen here! Deborah has been a musician with the Archdiocese of Chicago for 25 years. She is currently a member of a women's trio, Backporch Swing, which provides entertainment for local events.  She is also on the Executive Committee of the local chapter of The National Federation of Music Clubs. The Beien's split their time between Chicago, IL and Michigan City, IN.  Deborah and Jim have four children and recently joined the happiest club in the world, The Grandparents Club.


Sonja 
du Toit Tengblad - Vocal Instructor

Sonja Tengblad enjoys her random life as a concert soloist, professional ensemble singer, and classroom teacher.  As a soloist, recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York Civic Orchestra, as well as performances of King Arthur as Cupid with the Handel and Haydn Society, and an appearance with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Oliver Knussen’s Symphony No. 2 for high soprano and orchestra. An active ensemble singer, Sonja sings with the five-time Grammy nominated ensemble Conspirare, out of Austin Texas; the Yale Choral Artists; the Oregon Bach Festival; and Boston groups Blue Heron, the Lorelei Ensemble, and the Handel and Haydn Society, for which she also holds the soprano position in their Vocal Outreach Quartet.  Sonja teaches 6th grade choir with Urban Voices (through which she was asked to give an MMEA presentation on teaching in the urban classroom) composition with Classroom Cantatas, and piloted an after-school performance program through the Handel and Haydn Society this year.  Prior to moving to Boston, she taught women’s choir full-time at Wayzata High School in Minnesota. Sonja lives with her husband and “dogter” and enjoys running and trying to become a better cook in her spare time.


Angharad Rebholz - Theory Teacher and Assistant Activity Director
Angharad Rebholz is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English literature. An enthusiastic performer of choral repertoire both sacred and secular, she has sung in volunteer and professional ensembles in New Haven and New York, including the Yale Camerata and Schola Cantorum. Under the baton of conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, David Hill, and Simon Carrington, she has also toured internationally to Japan, Singapore, and Italy. Currently based in New Haven, she is a staff singer at Christ Church and an enthusiastic resident of America’s greatest small city. Her other passions include cooking, literature of all forms, a fledgling relationship with running, and women’s rights. As an alumna of the girls’ course, she is excited to return to the choir school as a staff member, and is very much looking forward to meeting new students and seeing old friends!


Jen Euling - Nurse and Activity Director
Jennifer Euling is a Pediatric Nurse from RI working at Boston Children's Hospital. She had a son who attended St. Thomas. She enjoys singing alto in the choir at Grace Church Episcopal in Providence.


Melanie Russell - Vocal Instructor
New Orleans area native Melanie Russell made her NYC debut in August 2008 with Opera Omnia’s premiere production, The Coronation of Poppea, for which ClassicsToday.com stated: “[Her] creamy soprano and engaging stage presence impressed in the roles of Virtue and Damigella.” The Wall Street Journal also took note of her “steely sparkle” and “almost impossibly fast, clean runs” in Handel’s Messiah at Trinity Wall Street. Solo engagements in opera, musical theater, and concert repertoire have taken her from New Orleans (Die FledermausThe Buddy Holly Story, Mozart’s Requiem) to New York (Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers with Gotham Chamber Opera, Fauré’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall), and all over the world with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the BeachMs. Russell has performed and recorded with such renowned vocal ensembles as the Grammy-nominated choir of Trinity Wall Street, Yale Schola Cantorum, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, Meridionalis, and The Rolling Stones. Other notable performances include Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate(Charlotte Chamber Music), Tyondai Braxton’s Central Market  (Disney Hall), a one-on-a-part St. John Passion (J.S. Bach) with Spire, Golijov’s Tenebrae with Decoda, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces (Yale University). She looks forward to upcoming collaborations with composer Lisa Bielawa at The Stone, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra (Bach’s Mass in B-minor), and singer-songwriter Kate Bass at The Metropolitan Room. Ms. Russell is an alumna of Centenary College of Louisiana, Loyola University New Orleans, and Yale University School of Music/ Institute of Sacred Music.

 

 

 



The Reverend Charles F. Wallace,
Head Master, Saint Thomas Choir School
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11/23/2014
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