Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum

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.


Andrew Dulce

Andrew Dulce, baritone, is a cantor, section leader, and member of the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Before beginning his time here, he was a section leader and soloist at Immanuel Episcopal Old Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As a VCU student, he studied voice with Cynthia Donnell. Andrew was the director of the award-winning, co-ed acapella group, the Ramifications, leading them to several in and out of state competitions, including the ICCAs (International Championship of Collegiate Acapella).

He also served on the music leadership team for the Catholic Campus Ministry, encouraging the start of student-run Masses, and assisting in organizing the student choir. In 2018, Andrew graduated with honors in biochemistry and immediately left for Florida to participate in the Disney College Program Internship. While there, he performed as a skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise and learned to appreciate a good pun. Upon his return to Virginia to pursue other career interests, Andrew resumed his position at the Cathedral in 2019, and currently studies voice with Brian Nedvin.


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.


Teri Stipe

Teri is thrilled to join the Schola Cantorum this year. During graduate school, she sang with the Washington Chorus, including a performance with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee. After moving to Charlottesville, VA  in 2006, she found a teaching position in Charlottesville City public schools. Teri has sung with community ensembles around Charlottesville for over 10 years, including the Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn Opera), the Virginia Consort, and Plena Voce.

When not teaching or performing, she and her husband are raising two pretty awesome kids, Elliott and Virginia, in Crozet, VA.


Professional Choristers


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, seeks professional singers for permanent and substitute positions for all voice parts as well as cantor opportunities. (Semi-professional choir. The professional core will constitute an ensemble separate from the semi-professional whole.)

Substitute choristers must be available on Sunday mornings.

Choristers are engaged from September through June with Thursday night rehearsals, reoccurring Sunday Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., occasional diocesan events, other events as scheduled, and concert opportunities.

Competitive pay.

The cathedral’s music program welcomes those who wish to make music at a high level and are thoroughly trained in the vocal arts, having earned at least a Bachelor’s in Music/Voice, or equivalent experience/skills. Exceptional sight-singing ability, flexibility in sound, and mastery of differing musical styles are equally important as dedication, commitment, and leadership skills.

Auditions are in progress and will continue until positions are filled. The audition will include a rendering of an early music aria of the applicant’s choice, sight-singing of Gregorian chant (in modern notation), and sight-singing of a renaissance Mass.

Those interested may electronically send a CV, a statement of interest, and recordings/clips (if available) to:
Daniel B. Sañez, M. Mus.
Director of Music and Liturgy
Artistic Director, Music for a Cathedral Space Concert Series
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