Lauren Clay Tompkins
Lauren Clay Tompkins, soprano, has been a cantor and section leader at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA since 2015. A Richmond native, Lauren is no stranger to area congregations, having held several similar positions at St. Benedict Catholic Church and St. Matthew Episcopal Church. Love of music has brought her beyond the doors of the church into the wider community as a soloist for concerts for the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and as a member of several professional ensembles, including the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA and the Virginia Chorale of Norfolk, VA.
In 2018, 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 2ndPrize 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. Lauren earned her BA in International Studies, with a minor in Italian, from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Adrianna L. Tam, D.M.A.
A native Texan and recent transplant, Dr. Adrianna L. Tam is excited to join the community at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart as a cantor and visiting soprano in the Schola Cantorum. Before moving to Richmond, she directed student and adult choirs at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at the Stadtpfarrkirche in Graz, Austria.
Alongside her duties at the cathedral, Dr. Tam is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Randolph-Macon College, where she directs the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches subjects ranging from music theory to K-pop.
Among her international engagements, she has served as assistant conductor at the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy (Germany), led by maestro Helmuth Rilling, and has been awarded choral fellowships with the Junge Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble (Germany) and Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland). A voracious interpreter of the most demanding repertoire, she has performed regularly with such premiere chamber ensembles as Vokalforum (Graz, Austria) and Audivi (Detroit, MI). In addition to her professional activities, she is the co-founder of Out of the Blue, a choral ensemble that offers workshop-performances in correctional facilities throughout southeast Michigan.
Adrianna holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Yale School of Music, the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (Graz, Austria), and the University of Michigan. She is a former fellow of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.