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Kairos Members

Sopranos
   
Shanna Andrawis received her B.A. in History at the University of California, Irvine and her M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Since moving to the Hudson Valley in 2006, Ms. Andrawis has sung with Cappella Festiva, the Hudson Valley Bachfest, Kairos, and the Dutchess Anti-Slavery Singers, a group dedicated to the historical performance of abolitionist songs. She has performed as a soloist in such works as Dvořák's Mass in D Major, Bach's B-Minor Mass, and the Mozart and Fauré Requiems. Shanna teaches Global History, Economics, and Government at Poughkeepsie High School.
   

Fern Ashworth is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and has been actively involved in music making in Orange County for the past 30 years. Fern is employed at Educational Music Service, recently assisting its European office. She has been a member of the choir at Grace Episcopal Church Middletown since 2004 and currently studies voice with Eileen Mackintosh. She resides in Greenville with her family (Paul and Alyssa), eight cats and four fish. When not singing,  Fern enjoys reading, tap dancing, nature walks and cross country skiing.

   
  Amy Goldin  has been a core member of  Antioch Chamber Ensemble since 2002, a 12 voice chamber choir with which she has performed in numerous festivals here and abroad, including Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, the Musique en Morvan Festival and the Festival des Choeurs Laureats in France, Nautilus Music Festival in Nova Scotia, and the highly prestigious Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain, in which they were awarded first place honors. Amy has performed extensively with numerous ensembles and in various vocal styles throughout the greater metropolitan area, including Prana, Cantori New York, Greenwich Village Singers, American Women's Chorus, the Cygnus Ensemble, Opera Quotannis, Teatro Grattacielo, and New Jersey Verrismo Opera. She can be heard singing the role of Branghien in Frank Martin’s oratorio Le Vin Herbé, recorded by Newport Classics and released in 2000, on Antioch's CD,The Passing of the Year, released by MSR Classics in May, 2010, and on Antioch's new CD though love be a day released by Acis in September, 2013. She is also a yoga teacher and mother of 2 beautiful children.
Carol Lundergan holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.S. in Music Therapy from SUNY-New Paltz. She serves as Secretary and Publicity Director for Kairos, and she is also the creator and webmaster of the Kairos website.  She is President and CEO of CompuDat Systems, Inc., a software firm which designs custom software for labor unions. In her musical life Carol has been a soloist and member of the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, the SUNY-New Paltz Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and College-Community Chorale, the Bach Festival Choirs, the NYC Riverside Choral Society, Ulster Choral Society, Christ Church Choir, Cappella Festiva, and the UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie Fellowship Singers. She performs frequently on the Hudson Valley Society for Music's Potluck Concert Series and presented concerts at Mohonk Mountain House's Summer Music Festival for several years.
   
 

Amy Pender began her musical career as a pianist and earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  After teaching vocal and general music in the public schools for several years, she returned to full-time music study and earned a Master’s and Doctorate in voice from the University of Cincinnati’s esteemed College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to singing locally and in New York City, Amy served for more than a decade as Director of Arts in Education at the New York State Council on the Arts, where she worked to improve teaching and learning by integrating the arts across the curriculum. She is currently a Financial Advisor with First Affirmative Financial Network, where she specializes in environmentally and socially responsible investing and serving the financial planning needs of families of children with special needs. She lives in Hopewell Junction with her husband, Terry, and their two children, Katie and Matt.

   
Altos
   
Tricia Lewis Agar has performed extensively throughout the Hudson Valley as vocalist, soloist, cellist, and music director.  She is a founding member and past President of Kairos.  Tricia is also a member of the Kartuli Ensemble, a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of the music of the nation of Georgia, and she is a vocalist for The Big Band Sound.  Tricia has performed leading and supporting roles with GSMTC, County Players, Ninety Miles off Broadway, and New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre, including the title role in Hello, Dolly! and Mama Rose in Gypsy.  An accomplished cellist, Tricia plays in various chamber ensembles and pit orchestras in venues throughout the Hudson Valley. She has also performed with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra.  On the other end of the baton, Tricia has served as Music Director for County Players' productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Evita, and La Cage aux Folles.
   

Ann Foster began singing as a small child, and has proven almost impossible to stop. Her love for choral singing began in Oscar Thompson's junior choir in her home town of Natick, MA, and she has sung in choirs ever since. Ann studied voice and music education at the University of Lowell, MA, and conducting at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY; she has taught vocal music, music theory, general music and piano for thirty years. Ann now teaches private voice at her studio in Poughkeepsie, New York.

   
Pat Marquez serves as Kairos Treasurer (a thankless job, and she does it extremely well!).  Pat holds a degree in French from SUNY-Geneseo and owns her own bookkeeping business.  Pat is also a member of the SUNY-New Paltz College-Community Chorale and the Bachfest Choir in Poughkeepsie and has sung with Halcyon Singers, the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Orange Classic Choral Society.
   
Ingrid Narken is a native of the Hudson Valley area, having grown up in Poughkeepsie. She received a B.S. degree in music theory and composition from SUNY New Paltz, where she studied with Gundaris Poné, and a M.S. degree in music education from Western Connecticut State University. Ingrid has taught vocal music for the Washingtonville Central School District in Orange County New York since 1990. She has been musical director for several school musical productions, including “Annie,” Grease,” and “The Wizard of Oz.”. In addition to teaching, Ingrid has performed throughout the Hudson Valley with many area choral groups, including the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale, and has performed with the Opera Company of the Highlands productions of “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “I Pagliacci” and “Madame Butterfly” as chorus member. She directed the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale from 2009 to 2012.
   
Margaret Sipple's choral singing and vocal training began during her secondary school years and continued at Wellesley College where she studied with Eleanor Davis and sang in the Wellesley College Choir as well as the smaller Madrigal Group. During their first year of marriage in Australia, she and her husband Peter slid into the new rage for American folk music by becoming the duo of “Peter and Margaret,” making the rounds of coffee houses and winning a performance on television. During graduate school, they both sang with the Berkeley Chamber Singers, which they emulated later with chamber singing groups directed by Peter wherever they moved. Margaret has also sung with the Camerata and Pro Musica at Yale and in larger ensembles, most recently the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Since moving to the Hudson Valley, she has been singing with the Newburgh Symphonic Chorale and waiting patiently for an opening in the Kairos alto section. What a joy!
   
Kathryn Stewart is absolutely thrilled to be singing with Kairos and serves as its Vice President.  She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Carleton College and a M.A. in math education from Rutgers University.  Kathryn began her singing career at the age of 3 as a member of The Stewart Family Troubadours and has loved singing ever since.  She has sung with Seattle Pro Musica, the Canby Singers in NYC, the SUNY-New Paltz College Community Chorale, and at Lincoln Center in Bang On A Can’s performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports.  As a modern dancer, she has toured nationally and internationally with the Pat Graney Company, based in Seattle.  Currently, she dances and sings around the classroom as she teaches math at New Paltz High School.
   
Tenors
   
Scott Borden has been singing in various choral ensembles since he was about 5 years old.  Scott sang for 10 seasons in New York's Stonewall Chorale and for 10 seasons before that in The Larry Parsons Chorale.  He also worked for 20 years in Public Radio, most recently at WNYC in New York.  Scott is a member of the Order of the Holy Cross in West Park and serves as Prior, and is thrilled to be able to sing with Kairos as well.
   
Craig Fryer holds his B.S. degree in Music Ed. from West Chester University where he majored in French horn and voice.  He holds his M.Mus. degree in Composition from SUNY-Binghamton where he studied with Gundaris Pone.  He is director of bands and the jazz ensemble at Millbrook H.S. Craig was the recipient of a 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching from SUNY-New Paltz and is adjunct clinical professor at the college. His compositions have been performed by Cappella Festiva in Poughkeepsie, NY, the First Presbyterian Church of Poughkeepsie Chancel Choir, Basically Brass of Philadelphia, and members of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, among other groups.  He has been musical director for the Hudson Valley GSMTC and guest conductor several times for Cappella Festiva.  Craig is also a member of the American Composer's Forum.
   
Glenn Knickerbocker holds his B.Mus. in vocal performance from Rice University, where he studied with Frances Bible. He is a Software Engineer with IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie. Glenn is a frequent soloist in the Hudson Valley and appeared as Hamor in Handel's Jephtha, as Marco in The Gondoliers, as Strephon in Iolanthe, as Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, as Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music, as Pooh-Bah in The Mikado and as the Governor in GSMTC's production of Candide. Glenn is also Director of the Kartuli Ensemble, a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of the folk songs of the nation of Georgia.
   
Bob Lukomski is primarily an electro-acoustic composer and performer who has specialized in working with choreographers and gallery performances. In addition to teaching Electronic Music & Theory, Lukomski has also taught introduction to Moral Philosophy as well as numerous workshops in the NYC area related to dance, improvisation and electro-acoustic sound design. Bob has been awarded grants by Meet the Composer, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has been awarded composers residencies by the Pearlman Colony and the Field. He is also professional choral singer and soloist who has performed and/or toured with Grace Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Church, Trinity Wall Street (all NYC) . He is also active in NYC-based experimental music circles, working with composers Richard Kamerman, David Mecionis, Jeremy Slater, and the performance ensemble Frogwell. Bob has had his work performed by the Poné Ensemble for New Music, New Paltz, NY, Ensemble Decadanse, Lunel, France, and Clyde Forth Visual Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, among others.  He performs solo concerts and installations in NYC and the Hudson Valley regularly.
 

 

Baritones
   
Donald Boyer is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and moved east in 1982 to work for Educational Music Service, the main supplier of sheet music purchases to major orchestras, opera companies and choirs worldwide.  Choral and violin training in high school were followed by violin studies at Washington University and the St. Louis Conservatory.  Don played professionally at the Muny Opera and Memphis Symphony before leaving the Midwest.  He recently retired as Music Director of Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown where he directed the Adult Choir.  He has sung with the Classic Choral Society, Hudson Valley BachFest and the “King’s Stewards”, a madrigal group which he founded.
   
James Oppenheimer has been involved in sacred and secular choral music for about fifty years, as a singer and as a choral director, in the United States (including groups in Pittsburgh, PA, Monterey, CA and in Dutchess County, NY) and in Germany, including the Johannischer Chor of Berlin. Jim has also had extensive amateur experience in choral and instrumental aspects of early music. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife Christine in a home owned by four cats.
   
Michael Saunders is an avid singer who has performed, both as chorus member and soloist, with most of the choral groups of the mid-Hudson valley at one time or another over the last two decades. In addition to Kairos, Mike has sung with Cappella Festiva, the Halcyon Singers, the Kartuli Ensemble, the Orange County Classic Choral Society, the SUNY New Paltz College-Community Chorale, the Warwick Valley Chorale, the Bard Music Festival, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Hudson Valley Bach Festival,  and the Warwick Music Festival. He is also a veteran of ten light opera productions with G&SMTC. When he isn't singing, Mike is pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He recently became Music Director of Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown where he directs the Adult Choir.
   
Peter Sipple an Episcopal clergyman, headed three Church-related independent schools before "retiring" to parish ministry ten years ago. Singing and choral directing have exerted a strong avocational pull since college, where Peter sang in the Yale Glee Club and Whiffenpoofs. While in graduate school, he served as assistant director of the U.C. Berkeley undergraduate choral groups. In different parts of the U.S. he and his wife Margaret helped establish, and Peter directed, three "chamber-sized" choral groups with repertoire drawn from the Renaissance and 19th and 20th centuries. They have also sung in larger ensembles, most recently the Philadelphia Singers Chorale (which performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra). Peter plays the clarinet and has written small compositions for church choirs. He loves making music and is delighted to be doing so with Kairos. Peter currently serves as President of Kairos.
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