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.


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.


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 active as a chorister and soloist for over three decades. As a child, he studied violin and sight-singing with Jorge Gardos, a student of Zoltán Kodály. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, where he studied with the late James Erb, and has sung with The Virginia Chorale since 2004 and served as a staff singer at Congregation Beth Ahabah since 1991. He has been employed since 1997 by wine importer Kysela Père et Fils. Mike is especially excited about performing Benjamin Britten’s Canticle IV The Journey of the Magi in December 2021; a final appearance with The Virginia Chorale in April 2022; and the Cathedral Schola Cantorum’s concert in May of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B-minor in May 2022.


Teri Stipe

Teri is thrilled to be a member of the Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. During graduate school at Shenandoah University, she sang with the Washington Chorus, including a performance at the Kennedy Center Honors. After completing her teaching, performance, and conducting degrees, she accepted a teaching position with Charlottesville City public schools, where she has continued to teach elementary music for 15 years. Teri has sung with community ensembles around Charlottesville for over a decade, 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 awesome children, 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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