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"Michael J. Fressola--Staten Island Advance, June 4, 2014
"It was amazing."
"Voyces can explore complex material that would fall well beyond the musicianship of other kinds of groups."
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.
|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.