Cathedral Cantors

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.

Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson, bass-baritone, is a native Iowan currently residing in Richmond, VA. He received a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Music from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, both in vocal/operatic performance.

Since 2011, Ian has performed with reputable opera companies from Iowa to the east coast, including Kentucky Opera, Charlottesville Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Marble City Opera, Knoxville Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Outside of church in Richmond, he has enjoyed collaborating with the Richmond Symphony Chorus as a soloist, a Main Stage artist at Capitol Opera, and as a soloist for Richmond Concert Chorale. He is also a bass in the Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia, an up-and-coming octet specializing in living composers.

Ian also composes classical music, including a full recital of art songs he performed with pianist, Daniel Stipe, at Longwood University this past February 2018.  His other works include an abundance of choral music, more art songs, satirical songs, and a song set for soprano, piano, and string quintet. His choral work, “Te Lucis”—composed in loving memory of Peter Hopkins (music director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church)—was his first premier, performed by St. Stephen’s chamber choir, Sanctuary. In the Winter of 2018, he received his first commission, a collaboration with Richmond Women’s Chorus, words written by Richmond’s own beloved slam poet, Michelle Dodd. You can hear two of Ian’s latest choral commissions during the Piedmont Singers’ fall concert, Love and Madness.

Rondy Michael Lazaro, M.D.

Rondy Michael Lazaro, M.D., is a tenor with the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Schola Cantorum and the Richmond Symphony Chorus. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Stanford Chamber Chorale, Stanford University Singers, University of Virginia Chamber Singers, and the University of Virginia University Singers. Dr. Lazaro has studied voice with Gregory Wait, Norm DeVol, and Bridgid Eversole. He has sung in masterclasses for Christòpheren Nomura, John Bellemer, Rudolf Jansen, and Ragnar Bohlin. He is also an active violinist and conductor. Dr. Lazaro graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Music (concentration in Conducting) and a B.S. in Biology. He was the winner of the 2008 Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts from the Stanford University Department of Music. He earned his M.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lazaro is currently a fellow in Sports Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center.

Tara Davy

Tara Davy, soprano, is a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Vocal Performance with an emphasis on Opera performance. She has held cantoring and section leader positions in her hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, since 2015, including at the historic church Bruton Parish Episcopal and St Bede Catholic Church. She has been featured as a soloist by numerous organizations in the area, including the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus, Bruton Parish Church’s Candlelight Concert Series, Smithfield Sundays at Four, and William and Mary’s Opera Workshop. The spring of 2018, she also sang with the Virginia Chorale Young Singer’s Project. Tara studied voice with Dana Lynne Varga at Boston University Tanglewood Institute the summer of 2016 and studied with Christopher Mooney from 2014 to 2018. She is currently studying with Cynthia Donnell at VCU where she participates in the school’s by-audition choir and opera theater programs.

Louise Gallagher

Louise Gallagher is an alto in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish Choir and Schola Cantorum. Louise has sung in a number of choirs and small ensembles including School Choirs, Church Choirs and an all-women acapella ensemble, and The Music Group of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA., directed by Sean Deibler. After moving to Richmond from Philadelphia in 2011, Louise has been the alto in the Virelai Quartet and alto/soprano II member of the River Road Church Chancel Choir. She is a Cantor for weddings and funerals at Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond, VA., where she is also employed as the Music Administrator. Louise is an oil painter of realism and has trained under instructors such as contemporary artist, Quita Brodhead, and artist of realism, Marisa Magat. Louise holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Clinical Psychology.

Michael Kotrady

Michael Kotrady, baritone, has been a presence in Virginia’s classical music community for over three decades. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where he studied with the late James Erb. He has appeared as a soloist and chorister with numerous ensembles, including the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, eighth blackbird, and The Virginia Chorale. Michael served for many years in the choir of Richmond’s historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and is a staff singer for Congregation Beth Ahabah. His childhood musical studies were with violinist-conductor Jorge Gardos, himself a student of Zoltán Kodály. Michael currently studies voice with Dr. Jennifer Cable. He has been employed since 1997 by wine importer Kysela Père et Fils.