Cathedral Cantors

Lauren Clay

Lauren Clay, is a cantor and section leader at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA. She has performed as a soloist for the Richmond AGO and Williamsburg Choral Guild and is a member of several professional vocal ensembles, including the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and the Virginia Chorale of Norfolk, VA. Recent performances include: Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms led by JoAnn Falletta, and soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude.  In 2018 and 2019, Lauren was awarded a singing fellowship for the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT), as part of the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop under the direction of Simon Carrington. She also won 2nd Prize in the adult category at the 2017 Virginia NATS Competition. Specializing in Early Music, she studied voice with Nancy Zylstra and Penelope Jensen at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. Upcoming performances include: soprano soloist in J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor at the Cathedral in May 2022.

Evan Heiter

Evan Heiter serves as a cantor and as a tenor in the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Evan grew up in Hanover VA and cultivated a love for sacred music, choral singing, and music theater from a very young age. He graduated from VCU’s School of Music in 2020 and has been performing in and around Richmond since he was in high school as part of various choirs and stage productions. Evan is also an aspiring composer/songwriter, and he avidly listens to rock and folk records in his free time.