For over half a century, our church has been blessed with the presence of vocal section leaders. These professional singers have allowed our music program to maintain an enviable level of performance excellence in the region. They also provide essential vocal leadership and support for our amazing choir, and throughout the year you get to hear them sing as soloists in worship as well as in concerts. Over the next four months, we will be highlighting the section leaders of each of the four voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), so that you can get to know them better.
Meet your Sanctuary Choir Bass Section Leaders
Brian Jones is in his second stint as bass section leader for AHCC. He first sang with the choir from 2008-2011, then rejoined in the fall of 2015. You may recognize him as the “Gold King” in the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival, a role which he has played for two years. Currently, he is the director of choirs at Canton Middle School and High School, where he teaches four choirs, two chamber ensembles, and AP Music Theory. Before that, he taught for four years at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, where he directed choirs including the select ensembles “KP Singers” and “Voce di Coeli,” an auditioned women’s choir at Hall High School. Brian sings in the Hartford-based professional ensemble, Voce, which just released their latest album, “Music of the Spheres.” He has served as music director for North Haven Congregational Church, assistant conductor of the New London Symphony Chorus, and vocal coach for choirs, a cappella groups, and private voice students around CT. Brian received his BA in Vocal Performance and CT Teaching Certificate from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. He has studied voice with Maxim Ivanov, Craig Hart, Joanne Scattergood, and Jack Pott, and studied conducting with Dr. Pam Perry, Dr. Peter Bagley, and Dr. Edward Bolkovac.
Jermaine Woodard, Jr., baritone, is in his first year as a section leader at AHCC, and enjoys a diversified singing career in opera, musical theatre, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, sacred, and inspirational classical/contemporary music. His choral affiliations include the artistically-acclaimed CONCORA, Novi Cantori, Wallingford Chorale, New Haven Chorale, and formerly the Cathedral of Saint Joseph’s Schola Cantorum. In addition to AHCC, he will be featured as baritone section-leader with Hartford Chorale in an electrifying new season of music. Extracurriculars include solo endeavors across the New England and tri-state area, music directing University of Saint Joseph’s BlueJay’s In Spirit (Voices of Praise) ensemble and cantoring at Church of the Holy Spirit (Newington), Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center (West Hartford/Farmington) and Sacred Heart Church (Bloomfield).