About Us: Singers


Founded in 2011, by Music Director Beth Johanning,Voyces, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has brought the pleasure of early music to the community of Staten Island. Starting with its inaugural concert Wassail! the holiday tradition continued, partnering with St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Staten Island each December since 2012 to produce Renaissance Lessons and Carols. December of 2014 culminated with O Great Mystery: Renaissance Reflections on 9 Lessons hosted by St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery.

In December of 2012, Voyces participated in a concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the devastated Staten Island community of Midland Beach.

The ensemble has collaborated with and hosted a number of musical organizations, local and regional. Notably, in June 2013, Voyces hosted Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus, the Christ Church Community Youth Choir, and the Baroque instrumental ensemble, American Virtuosi in a concert featuring Bach BWV 106 Actus Tragicus. The 2013-2014 season produced a new oratorio, Masada by H. Bialor, in collaboration with the Bernikow JCC. In addition to Voyces concerts of early music, in 2014 the group performed Carmen with the SI Philharmonic and co-sponsored a concert of Baroque instrumental music performed by Aeris in conjunction with the 5 Boroughs Music Festival. In April of 2015 and 2016 Voyces was the guest of Saint Mary the Virgin Church, Times Square for Evensong.

"Voyces, Staten Island's early music ensemble, triumphed" 
"It was amazing."
"Voyces can explore complex material that would fall well beyond the musicianship of other kinds of groups."

Michael J. Fressola--Staten Island Advance, June 4, 2014

Voyces "triumphed" in June 2013 with Cryes of London, a concert of 17th century English music, featuring excerpts from Purcell's Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary and the semiopera King Arthur. Since then the ensemble has treated Staten Island audiences to more masterpieces of Baroque opera: L'Orfeo (excerpts)by Claudio Monteverdi as part of The Underworld Project and a semi-staged Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, both with an orchestra of period specialists.

2016 highlights saw Voyces co-sponsor and collaborate with the superb vocal ensemble New York Polyphony as part of the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, and record an arrangement of Dvorak's "Goin' Home" by Staten Island composer Dr. Roger Wesby for New York Philharmonic's New World Initiative website.

Voyces rehearsal home is Christ Church New Brighton, Staten Island.

Voyces:

Gabriele Tricorico, soprano Leslie Thompson, alto Gerald Keucher, bass
Marguerite Coles, soprano Saidi Clementi, alto Dana Mooney, bass
Kristin Reiersen Parrish, soprano Carla Bond, alto Roy Danischewski, bass
Kerianna Krebushevski, soprano Mark Rossnagel, tenor Mitchel Berger, bass
Sylvia Maisonet, soprano Evan Alexieff, tenor Jonathan Guss, bass
Eleanor Sokoll, alto Mark Brown, tenor  
Celeste Lederer, alto Arthur DeSarno, tenor  

Mark Rossnagel, Voyces Assistant Music Director

Mark Rossnagel holds an undergraduate degree in organ performance from Binghamton University and a masters in piano performance from the University of Southern Maine. A native Staten Islander, he moved back in February of 2017 and took up the position of music director at Trinity Lutheran Church on St. Paul's Avenue, where he leads an extensive music program. In addition to his work at Trinity, Mark is active as a keyboard recitalist and choral singer. He has a special love for early music and enjoys working with Voyces as their occasional accompanist, tenor section member, and alto pinch-hitter.

Voyces is a Staten Island-based early music ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works. The ensemble's commitment to the community is one of education, exposure, and enjoyment of lesser known music.

Voyces is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Contact Us

  • Phone:
    (718) 873-6458
  • Email:
    info@voyces.org
  • Address:
    107 Ridgewood Place
    Staten Island, NY
    10301