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.

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.