Ruth Cunningham, soprano

Ruth Cunningham is a founding member Anonymous 4 and a sound healing practitioner. She specializes in early music performance as well as improvisational sacred music from varied spiritual traditions in both liturgical and concert settings. She works with individuals and groups on using the voice and music as tools for healing.  With Anonymous 4, Ruth performed in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East and made thirteen recordings.  Ruth’s own CD releases are Light and Shadow: Chants, Prayers and Improvisations and Harpmodes: Journey for Voice and Harp. She has released two CDs of multi faith chants with colleague Ana Hernandez: Blessed by Light and  HARC: Inside Chants. She has also performed and recorded renaissance music with Pomerium.  For more information and sound samples go to www.ruthcunningham.com.

Marisa Curcio, soprano

Marisa Curcio and her fiancée, Megan, have recently relocated from Philadelphia, and she is elated to join the choirs of St. James! She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she studied both Music Education and Sacred Music. She teaches a private studio of thirty voice, piano, and strings students, and as a liturgical musician, frequently sings in churches throughout Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. She is an early music specialist, lover of polyphony, and all-around choir nerd. When she is not performing, Marisa enjoys cycling, composing music, playing with/bothering her cat, Regina Caeli, and eating peanut butter directly from the jar.

Suzanne Lane, soprano

Suzanne Lane is an actor and singer, newly arrived in New York from Washington DC.  In a varied career ranging from musical theater to straight plays to opera, the only constant is that the 5-foot-tall Ms. Lane frequently finds herself cast as the child.  Suzanne lives in Washington Heights with her husband and 2 adorable tabby cats.

MaKayla McDonald, soprano

MaKayla McDonald, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where she holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Voice Performance.  MaKayla sings with various opera companies throughout New York City & particularly enjoys collaborating to create new operas. Off stage, MaKayla is an adjunct professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College & has a small private voice studio. When she isn’t working, you can find MaKayla out exploring the city, searching for tacos, or reading on a blanket in Prospect Park!

Christine Papania, soprano

Christine loves singing in the Compostela Choir at St. James’ Church! As a singer and music educator, she has a passion for choral and early music and performs with various ensembles as a choral singer and soloist. Christine also composes and performs with her ensemble, Ariadne, and teaches voice through her private studio and various music organizations throughout the city. She is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently a student at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. When she isn’t singing, Christine enjoys hiking, Brooklyn farmers markets, adventures in the city, and picnics at Prospect Park!

Linda Tsatsanis, soprano

Hailed as “ravishing” (New York Times) and possessing “sheer vocal proficiency, a bright, flexible voice, big but controlled, shaded with plentiful color” (Boston Globe), Canadian soprano Linda Tsatsanis enjoys a career that spans the concert hall, opera stage, movies, and television. Her versatility has made for a distinguished career taking her across the United States, Canada and Europe. Ms. Tsatsanis has appeared as soloist with Tallis Scholars, Toronto Symphony, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Opera, among many others.  She has recorded extensively, and her debut solo album with Origin Classical, And I Remain: Three Love Stories, was described as a “seductive recital of the darker sides of 17th-century love” by Gramophone Magazine. http://www.lindatsatsanis.com.

Hannah Holmes, alto

Originally from Iowa, Hannah now sings professionally in the city, where she enjoys performing operetta, opera, musical theater, and choral music. She holds a BM from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MM from the Eastman School of Music. She currently resides in Inwood, where she can be found with her fiance Paul enjoying Fort Tryon Park, cooking vegetarian food, and shooing amorous pigeons from the windowsill.

Emily Ostrom, alto

Emily is a singer and oboist who has dedicated her life to music. She is currently undertaking a Master’s degree from the Juilliard school, studying Baroque oboe with a full scholarship in the Historical Performance department.  She has sung with a number of professional chamber choirs including the St. James Cathedral Cantorei and Women’s Schola (Seattle), Emerald Ensemble (Seattle), St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville (New York), Lacock Scholars (London), The 24 (York), and as a soloist with the Medieval Women’s Choir. She has performed on tour in New Zealand with Juilliard415, Paris with Les Arts Florissants, and San Francisco with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She is also passionate about educating the next generation, currently serving as the oboe fellow for Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program. Emily holds degrees in oboe performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and vocal performance from the University of York.

Anderson Daniel, countertenor

Anderson Daniel started singing with St. James back in 2015. He has also worked as a performer over the past 6 years in many different ways such as a dueling pianist aboard cruise ships and at theme parks, international tours with his a capella group and music directing various shows around the country. Outside of music Anderson loves watching sports and reading for hours in various neighborhood coffee shops.

Ben Thomas, countertenor

Ben Thomas, a native of Auburn, Alabama, now resides in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan and has been a parishioner at St. James Church since 2013 and has been singing in the Canterbury and Compostela Choirs for 8 years. When not at St. James, you can find him teaching private piano and voice lessons to his beloved students, belting out his favorite musical theater tunes, or trying to improve his Olympic weightlifting skills at his CrossFit gym. He is happily married to his husband of 3 years, Tyler Walker, and they have an adorable 11-year-old cocker spaniel, Parker. 

Edmund Brose, tenor

Edmund (Ned) is a student at NYU School of Law. He started singing Anglican music at St. James at the age of five, and continued at All Saints Worcester, eventually becoming Head Chorister. Highlights included solo appearances at the Three Choirs Festival and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in addition to solo recordings. At Columbia University he was a frequent soloist in the Bach Society. During his junior year at Oxford he was a tenor in the Exeter College Chapel Choir, with whom he recorded a Christmas album and BBC daily services, and led worship at Westminster Abbey. He is grateful to be back at St. James where his love of singing began.

Garrett Eucker, tenor

Born, raised, and currently living in northern New Jersey, Garrett knows the commute to Manhattan all too well. He most recently held the tenor position at St. Ignatius of Antioch and is elated to be joining the choir at St. James’ Church! His love for choral music first developed over the 8 years he sang as a boy soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he has enjoyed touring with The Rose Ensemble and frequent collaborations with friends and other early music ensembles and choirs.

Marquis Fuse, tenor

Marquis moved to New York from Boston to pursue a career in Opera, and works in healthcare. Marquis has performed extensively across the New England area, singing opera, chamber and oratorio repertoire. When he isn’t singing, Marquis enjoys baking, reading and going to the movies. Marquis has learned important life lessons since moving here, like not taking deep breaths on garbage day and how New York is the city where umbrellas come to die.

Dean Meyers, tenor

Dean was interested in music since early childhood, learning a variety of instruments from piano to clarinet to string bass (all of which he plays badly). His fascination with opera and composing began when he was about 12 years old, and has been involved with both ever since that age, singing from choirs as a boy soprano to performing lead roles on operatic stages in the US and Europe, and composing music for theater, advertising, multimedia projects, and worship, including works heard at St. James’. Having “done all of that” professionally, his current work isn’t based on music, so Dean is especially grateful to be able to be so actively engaged in the choirs and musical life of St. James’ Church.

Tyler Walker, tenor

Tyler came to St. James’ only a few months ago after moving to NYC with his partner, Ben, and his precious Cocker Spaniel, Parker. He learned to play piano and sing when he was 4 by sitting in his grandmother’s lap on Sundays in a little south Georgia church. Tyler loves church music and has been a church organist for the past 8 years.

Greg Frens, bass

With the exception of a short hiatus, Greg has been a proud member of the St. James Compostela Choir since 2005. In addition to opera and choral singing, he teaches voice and is a repertoire coach with The Actor’s Studio at Pace University. Greg has also worked extensively in the New York area as a Music Director, accompanist, guitarist, and pit musician. When he’s not singing or at the piano, he likes to travel and go to the theater.

Ray Bailey, bass

Ray Bailey grew up in rural southeastern Virginia, where he realized he loved playing the piano and singing by age 5. He’s worked in church music since age 15, and joined the Episcopal Church at Christ Church, New Haven while majoring in theatre at Yale, where he later worked as a music-director and vocal coach in the University’s School of Drama. Since moving to NYC in 2004, he has performed as far afield as New Orleans and Moscow, but finally found his church home at St. James’ in 2011, where the ever-increasing quality of music, liturgy, thought, preaching, and people who love the Lord continually inspires him.

Justin Beck, bass

Justin Beck has had a varied career as an opera singer, concert soloist, and choral scholar. Opera engagements include performances with Austin Lyric Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Opera Company of Middlebury, and Opera Manhattan. Concert highlights include performances with the Austin Symphony, National Chorale in Avery Fisher Hall, Bard Music Festival, American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Long Island Masterworks, and Gregg Smith Singers. Since 2014, Justin has been the bass soloist with Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium Quartet where he has annually performed in recital each summer as well as sacred masterworks. He lives in Washington Heights where he and his wife relish in the daily physical challenge of chasing around their 4 year old daughter.

Bruce Saylor, bass

Bruce Saylor is delighted to join the Compostela Choir and the parish of St. James’. A composer of opera, symphony, and chamber music, he loves writing church music. A cradle Episcopalian from Philadelphia, he’s been a New Yorker since the 1960s, is proud of his four accomplished daughters, and teaches at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and at the CUNY Graduate Center.