Growing up in rural southeastern Virginia, Ray Bailey always wanted to be a rock & roll singer, so he went to Yale, majored in theatre (directing), and became an Anglo-Catholic. He's bilingual and loves all things French, reads Latin, and enjoys fast cars, croquet, and the sea. When not pursuing music (he also plays keyboards, percussion, and horns; writes, conducts, and teaches), he likes to sleep and dream of New Orleans.
Megan is a coloratura soprano active in the opera scene. Her signature and favorite role is the Queen of the Night, which you can check out on her website at www.meganbrunning.com. Before moving to New York, Megan sang at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta for five years. The four things she loves most in life are animals, food, music, and colors! When she's not singing, Megan is most likely hunting for treasure at thrift stores or stuffing her face with vegan macarons. Or cupcakes. Or doughnuts. You get the idea.
Anderson Daniel, originally from Oklahoma, currently lives in Manhattan as a musician/actor. He has always had a fascination with many different types of music and continues to explore new areas when he can. He recently spent 2 years as a dueling pianist aboard cruise ships and is now learning more about barbershop music. Since moving to the city, Anderson has learned very important lessons such as to never board an empty subway car and that adding guac to a Chipotle burrito is ALWAYS worth it.
Marquis moved to New York a year and a half ago from Boston to pursue a career in Opera. He now works in healthcare . . . Cheers! 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.
I began singing in St. James’ choir in 1989 and joined the congregation in 1993. Singing the choir is the foundation upon which I have been able to build a more spiritual life. I greatly enjoy the satisfaction of bringing others to greater depths of understanding, and love the the spiritual high one feels after participating in a great liturgy. My daughter, Holly, now in college, was raised in the music program at St. James’, and my wife, Dorothy, is finally a full-time student at Union Theological Seminary after dreaming about it for the past 35 years. I also currently serve on the Vestry as the Junior Warden.
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 fiancé Paul enjoying Fort Tryon Park, cooking vegetarian food, and shooing amorous pigeons from the windowsill.
Stephanie grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and then moved to New York to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Voice at the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently an active performer, recitalist and curator in the tristate area, specializing in 20th and 21st century classical repertoire (www.StephanieLamprea.com). Stephanie is also an amateur swing dancer and the proud owner of a 75 gallon salt water aquarium.
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.
A Floridian by birth, Brittany suffers through NYC winters because of the magical musical possibilities the city has to offer. She sings and tours with the "girl band," Siren Baroque (all-female Baroque ensemble), and tends to sigh, faint, cry, and/or die in every opera role in which she is cast. In addition to music, Brittany is infatuated with neurology and bioscience. She is almost done with a second masters degree in speech pathology with a specialization in voice disorders.
Christine Papania, originally from New Jersey, currently lives in Brooklyn working as a soprano and composer/producer. Christine has a passion for choral and early music and loves singing at St. James' Church. Christine performs with various ensembles throughout the city and composes and performs classical/ambient electronic music with her ensemble, Ariadne. She is thrilled to be involved in New York’s diverse and inspiring music scene.
Born and raised in Pontiac, Illinois, John developed most of his musical foundation from singing four part harmonies with his family at his childhood church. As a member of a "brass only" extended family, he often subbed as a horn player in his family's brass quintet, "Holiday Brass". After studying voice and horn at Illinois State University, he moved to New York City where he received his master's degree in voice at Mannes College. He is currently pursuing a career in opera.
Angharad Rebholz spent several years singing Anglican choral music in New Haven before moving to New York. She loves bringing the liturgy to life through music and is thrilled to be joining the choir at St. James. During the week, she teaches middle school humanities at a school on the Upper West Side; during the summer, she teaches music theory and musicianship at the St. Thomas Choir School Girl Chorister Course. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking elaborate desserts, and running laboriously through Inwood Hill Park.
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.
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.