The Village Church Chancel Choir

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." – Colossians 3:16

choirMusic has a tremendously transforming power and has thus always been an integral expression of God's glory as well as a response to his love. Singing with the Village Church Chancel Choir can challenge, inspire and help grow one's spirit as well as sharpen one's intelligence through a focused and thoughtful rehearsal each week. With music by composers from the 16th century to the present day gospel tunes the choir enthusiastically embraces a diverse and eclectic collection of repertoire and leads the congregation in worship weekly. Twice a year many members sing with the Village Community Chorale which performs two major choral/orchestral works.

The Chancel Choir is always interested in welcoming new members to the choir family. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. from September through the end of June. During the summer months, the choir rehearsal schedule requires less commitment, and summer is a wonderful time to come sit in with the choir and join the voices raised in song! Just come to the choir rehearsal room any Sunday during July or August at about 9:45 a.m. The choir family is always looking to welcome new members!

For more information, contact Director of Music Juan Carlos Acosta: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (858)756-2441

 


The Village Church Chancel Choir Section Leaders

Katie Walders - Soprano Section Leader

Katie WaldersKatie Walders, soprano, who projects “a clean, intense austerity appropriate to [the] music” (sandiegostory.com), began her professional career in Washington D.C., singing with some of the finest choirs and conductors in the city, including The Woodley Ensemble, Chantry, and the Master Chorale of Washington. Katie has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington National Cathedral, Copley Hall, Cadogan Hall (London), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and Smetana Hall (Prague). Since moving to San Diego, Katie has been sought after as a soloist and consort singer, regularly performing with the Bach Collegium San Diego and the San Diego Pro Arte Voices. Katie Walders is a member of the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival. Recent engagements include performing at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea, and at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, CA.

 

Elly Roseberry - Alto Section Leader

Elly RoseberryElly Roseberry is a professionally trained alto/mezzo soprano voice, originally from northern California. Having sung in church and community choirs, operas, and musical theatre productions since age 13, she received a Bachelor in Music, Vocal Performance from Grace College in Indiana. After completing her program, Elly moved back to California for warmer climate and chose San Diego as her new home. She recently received an additional degree for Masters in Music, Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. She currently resides in San Diego, where she sings with the local professional ensemble SACRA/PROFANA, teaches beginning piano and voice lessons, and runs her own business through the company LegalShield. Having had a previous section leader position during undergrad for Church of the Good Shepherd in Winona Lake, Indiana, Elly is grateful to be back in the Presbyterian family singing with Village Church. SOLI DEO GLORIA!

 

Yo Oh - Tenor Section Leader

Yo Oh

Korean-born tenor, Yo Oh, is currently completing the Bachelor of Music in Professional Studies: Entrepreneurship and Business at San Diego State University. Oh made his operatic role debut as Aeneas in the San Diego State University Opera Theater production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He performed in scenes with the roles of Rodolfo from Puccini’s La Bohème, Des Grieux from Massenet’s Manon, and Gabriel von Eisenstein from Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Oh has also performed in a Masterclass with Eduardo Chama. In 2015, Yo Oh placed 3rd in Category IX of the National Association of Teachers of Singing San Diego Chapter Student Auditions. Currently, Oh sings with several different choirs including SDSU’s Chamber Choir, San Diego Master Chorale, and Folklore. Yo was also the Project Coordinator for the first annual male choral festival, REAL MEN SING, for all local high schools and colleges in the San Diego Area to promote singing as a viable form of male expression.

 

Vincent Fung - Bass Section Leader

Vincent Fung

Bass-baritone Vincent Fung is bass section leader for the San Diego Master Chorale. He has appeared as Zuniga in Carmen, Claquesous in Les Misérables in Concert, Chief of Police in Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball, and Pooh-bah in The Hot Mikado. Vincent has performed as a soloist in Charpentier’s “Te Deum”, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s “Requiem”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Mozart’s “Missa brevis”, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Creation, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. He studied voice at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.  He has sung with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, City Oratorio (San Francisco), school chamber choirs, and in the church choirs of the Newman Center Catholic Community at UCSD and St. Thomas More Church (San Francisco). As Communications Coordinator for the Newman Center UCSD and Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, Vincent is blessed to further minister to God’s people in The Village Church’s Chancel Choir.

 

Nicholas Newton - Baritone & Choral Scholar

Nicholas Newton

A recent winner of the SD District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, baritone, Nicholas Newton is making waves in the opera world. Though he has enjoyed a versatile singing career in Gospel, Jazz, and Musical Theater, he is now pursuing a professional operatic career. Recent performances include Gershwin's "Catfish Row" (San Diego Winds), playing the Bishop in Les Misérables, the leading Baritone role in Menotti's "Amelia Goes to the Ball" and  Aeneas in Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" (SDSU). He will soon debut the role of Balthazar in "Amahl and the Night Visitors" (The Village Church Community Theater). He is also an active member in San Diego Opera's Opera Exposed! program and has been featured in outreach performances and masterclasses with San Diego Opera principal artists. Nicholas is a Senior at SDSU majoring in Music Performance and he plans to continue his studies and earn a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance.

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