The Men of St Paul's Choir
Ari Nieh is active in the Boston Early Music scene as a baritone and countertenor. His recent engagements include concerts with Schola Cantorum of Boston, Long and Away, and Les Enfants Terribles. A baroque opera enthusiast, Mr. Nieh has performed the roles of Mercury (Cupid and Death), Guerrier (Les Arts Florissants), Chief Priest (Semele), Shepherd (Salir el Amor del Mundo), and Medoro (Orlando). Before moving to the east coast, he sang with several Bay Area ensembles including the Pacific Collegium, Volti, Artists' Vocal Ensemble, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He has featured as a soloist in performances of works by John Tavener, Gilbert and Sullivan, and P.D.Q. Bach. He received a Master's degree in Early Music from the Longy School of Music.
Colin Sullivan is a graduate of St. Paul's Choir School, where he studied singing for four years. He enjoys singing, and has been blessed with a rich baritone voice.
John Kenney began singing in 4th grade as a chorister in the Our Lady of Victory Boys Choir, State College, PA. He studied violin and piano for several years in grade school until voice became his first study. After singing in public school choir, John sang as a Choral Scholar through his college years to support the concert season, especially with summer theater works. He sang with four ensembles through college at Penn State including the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Hi-Lo’s and Glee Club, of whom he was president in his senior year. John’s work with the Hi-Lo's involved dinner and concert entertainment, culminating in a cocktail performance for the Pennsylvania Society at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. He graduated with a BA in Music History, 1991with a thesis titled "Techniques of Expression in Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers." John participated in several summer choral workshops with the Western Wind ensemble from New York, most noted for their soundtrack work on Phillip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi. Contacts made there and with participating early music faculty at UMass led to a teaching assistantship (1992) at the Amherst campus and a Masters in Musicology, 1997. His Masters thesis was titled "Texture and Structure in Adrian Willaert's Salmi Spezzati." During this time, John was assistant director forThe Madrigal Singers, and sang with the Chamber choir with whom he performed works including the renownedMissa Gaiawith Paul Winter at St. John the Divine, NYC. John also sang with The 5 College Collegium with Bob Eisenstein, the Viola da Gambist and teacher. After completing his coursework at UMass Amherst, John entered Library School at Simmons College in Boston. He resumed singing with the Emanuel College Chapel Choir for a short time and then discovered the Choir School after graduation, in 1997. He has sung with the Choir since 1997.
John participated in several summer choral workshops with the Western Wind ensemble from New York, most noted for their soundtrack work on Phillip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi. Contacts made there and with participating early music faculty at UMass led to a teaching assistantship (1992) at the Amherst campus and a Masters in Musicology, 1997. His Masters thesis was titled "Texture and Structure in Adrian Willaert's Salmi Spezzati." During this time, John was assistant director forThe Madrigal Singers, and sang with the Chamber choir with whom he performed works including the renownedMissa Gaiawith Paul Winter at St. John the Divine, NYC. John also sang with The 5 College Collegium with Bob Eisenstein, the Viola da Gambist and teacher. After completing his coursework at UMass Amherst, John entered Library School at Simmons College in Boston. He resumed singing with the Emanuel College Chapel Choir for a short time and then discovered the Choir School after graduation, in 1997. He has sung with the Choir since 1997.
Robert Cinnante is a post-graduate student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studies with renowned voice teacher Patricia Misslin. As an undergraduate, he performed full roles in Berkley'sA Dinner Engagementand Ravel'sL'Enfant et Les Sortileges, as well as scenes fromThe Magic Flute,Die Fledermaus, andL'Elisir d'Amore.
Prior to attending the New England Conservatory, Robert completed four years in the Julliard School's Pre-College Vocal Program, studying with Lorraine Nubar. He has appeared at numerous venues throughout the New York Metro area, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, First Presbyterian Church of Northport, and Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. Robert is a native of Holbrook, NY and a graduate of Sachem East High School. In 2007, he was a recipient of the NYSCAME All-County Scholarship.
Justin Moore has been praised for his naturally produced tenor and dynamic presence, both on the operatic stage and in recital. His interpretations of art song have been hailed as nuanced and evocative, and his operatic roles acclaimed for their comedic wit and strength of character.
Mr. Moore’s education began at Southeast Missouri State University where he earned degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education, with extensive studies in German. In the fall of 2010 he moved to Boston to study Vocal Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he recently graduated with his Master's degree. Currently, Mr. Moore is pursuing many exciting opportunities in the Greater Boston Area, such as his weekly post as tenor section leader and soloist at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Harvard
Square, and serving as a Choral Teaching Artist through the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices program. Additionally, he and his wife, soprano Sarah Orlovsky, plan to spend the next few years in Boston pursuing new and exciting teaching, outreach, and concert opportunities.
As a teacher, Mr. Moore focuses on helping aspiring singers find a greater sense of ease, confidence, and excitement in their singing. Using techniques grounded in a fundamental understanding of the human voice, students of all skill levels explore new possibilities in an inviting and encouraging atmosphere. Mr. Moore’s commit to the process of learning about each student’s individual needs reflects his spirit of enthusiasm and sincerity for the art of singing.
On stage, Mr. Moore has performed such leading roles as Martin in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land and Don Basilio in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. His first major role came as Eisenstein in Midwest Lyric Opera's production of Die Fledermaus, and many scenes have followed from the standard lyric tenor repertoire. In 2011, he created the role of Lawrence for composer Pasquale Tassone’s new opera, Seven Rabbits on a Pole. In concert,
Mr. Moore has sung the tenor solo in Jonathan Dove's Koethener Messe with the Southeast Symphony and has performed many solo and ensemble recitals throughout the Boston area. Mr. Moore was also a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (2010-2011 season), where he sang the Servus solo in Bach’s Johannespassion under the direction of Maestro Masaaki Suzuki. He has also served as assistant director of the Boston-based Sharing A New Song chorus, and has appeared in the Crittenden Opera Studio and Opera Showcase in Winchester, MA. Justin continues to study with his teacher and mentor, Ms. Carol Mastrodomenico.
Nathanial Peeters is a phd. student of Theology at Boston College. He has sung with numerous choral ensembles- miost recently with the Schola Cantorum at Notre Dame University.
Von is in his second year pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. He is a native of Pocatello, Idaho, where he also attended Idaho State University. In Idaho, he has been a soloist with the annual Messiah Sing-In and was a soloist with the Camerata Singers of Pocatello, Idaho. He has toured to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Peru with his college Chamber Choir, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music with Honors in 2009.Von worked as Music Director for the Opera House Theater Company in Philipsburg, MT in the 2008 season and was Music Director and Cremona Player for the Illustrious Virginia City Players of Virginia City, MT for their 2010 season. He sang with the choir of Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill during the 2010-2011 season.
David is a musician with a broad range of musical avenues. Having studied both voice and instruments, he enjoys a wide range of musical activities, his work in liturgical music being most dear to him. After completing his B.M. in Oboe Performance from the Hartt School in Connecticut, David has served as a pastoral musician in the Hartford area, notably as Cantor at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford. In addition to his service at the church, he has worked with youth in urban schools as a tutor and music teacher. During this time, David was recognized with two awards for creativity in his development of inter-disciplinary curricula for Hartford Public Schools, as well as developing a resource center for students.
David has worked with organizations such as the National Association of Pastoral Musicians on training Cantors and composing liturgical music, especially leading up to the revised translation of the Roman Missal. He was matriculated in a non-degree program at Hartford Seminary focusing on interfaith studies before coming to Boston. A graduate student at Boston University's School of Theology, he is a candidate for a Master of Theological Studies in Sacred Music. In the Boston area, he has done work with Church of the Redeemer, the Paulist Center, and First Baptist in Jamaica Plain. David is enthusiastic about working with the choristers and community at St. Paul's this year as he looks ahead to completing his master's program and moving into the realm of doctoral study.
Tom Burnett began singing when he was in the first grade in the St. Malachy's Church Choir in Burlington, Massachusetts. At St. Malachy's, he sung under Ryan Murphy, the current assistant director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When Tom was in the fifth grade, he began to attend the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School. At the Choir School, Tom sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park, sang the cantor part for the Passion of the Christ, sang for the Oxford and Cambridge Society at the Roxbury Latin School, and performed many major choral works including Mozart's Requiem, A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Duruflè's Requiem, and the Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
He sang solos in several of the Choir School's concerts, including a solo in the Britten Missa Brevis. Outside of the Boston Boy Choir, Tom has also sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and at several community singing events. Tom Burnett is currently a freshman at Bedford High School, where he participates in the School Choir and BucAppella, a student run a cappella group. He also participates in the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.