Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Winter Concert 2013

Tapestry will bring Christmas Music from Britain to the Mohawk Valley on Sunday afternoon, December 15th at 3 PM in Clinton, NY.
Directed by G. Roberts Kolb, D.M.A., Professor of Music, Hamilton College, Tapestry is living up to its name by presenting a beautiful selection spanning the centuries of British holiday music and carols.  Festive and reverent pieces by such composers as Ralph Vaughan-Williams, John Tavener, Holst, Britten, Byrd, Purcell, and many others will be performed in traditional apparel and costumes from the bucolic period of farmers, carolers, and pubs from a half-century ago.

The concert will be held in the St. James Episcopal Church at 9 Williams Street. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.

For further information, email tapestrysings25@gmail.com, or call 917-392-1047.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winter 2012 Concert

Tapestry invites you to enjoy A French Christmas at St. James Episcopal Church, 9 Williams Street, Clinton, New York, on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 3:00 PM. 

The featured work is Messe de Minuit pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Sections of the mass will be interspersed with pieces by other French composers including Jean Mouton, Francis Poulenc and François-Auguste Gevaert.

There are no advance ticket sales. Admission of $10.00 ($5.00 for students) will be collected at the door.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Concert Schedule

STORYTELLING through MUSIC on Sunday, June 10, 2012, 2:00pm, at The Village Storytelling Festival in Clinton, NY. The Storytelling Festival is held annually at Stone Presbyterian Church, South Park Row in Clinton. Director, G. Roberts Kolb, has selected two 17th century religious works, The Story of Jephthah by Ciacomo Carissimi and The Denial of St. Peter by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and L’Amfiparnaso, (a madrigalesque presentation of the Commedia dell’Arte) by 16th century composer Orazio Vecchi. 

Tickets are free.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Auditions have been completed and all choral parts for this season filled. If you wish to audition for a future season, please email: tapestrysings25@gmail.com

Candidates should have classical choral experience, good sight reading skills, and live in the central New York area.

Rehearsals are held each Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in Clinton, NY. Rehearsals and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. Tapestry usually does not meet during the month of August.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Kathleen Tooley Austin
An Albany, NY native, Kathy first appeared as a soloist at age five, singing “Me and My Teddy Bear” in a grade school program. She went on to earn a BS in Music Education with a major in piano from the College of St. Rose and has done graduate work at Syracuse and SUC at Potsdam. She was a member of the Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute, performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Kathy has worked with Players Theatre as musical director for both children’s theatre and major musical productions. She is an active member of the B Sharp Musical Club and has sung with the Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale. For over 35 years, Kathy has been the choir director at Clinton Methodist Church, has taught vocal music in New Hartford, and currently maintains a piano studio in Clinton.

Suzanne B. Bryere
Suzanne enjoys her job as a Civil Engineer, but her passion is singing. She began singing in school and church choirs and then moved on to various ensembles such as the Oneida Area Civic Chorale, Sweet Adeline's and the Mohawk Valley Chorale Society to name a few. She currently sings Alto and Second Soprano with the Grace Episcopal Church Choir, the Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society and most recently, Tapestry.

Brian Collett
After singing counter-tenor with various college choral societies in Cambridge, England, Brian switched continents and voice parts to mostly sing baritone with the chapel choir during his graduate work in Physics at Princeton. For three years in the DC area he sang tenor with and directed the NIH madrigal singers and sang with a small semi-professional group specialising in15th century polyphony. He has been a Physics professor at Hamilton College since 1986 where he has sung with the Oratorio Society and the College Hill Camerata. He has also sung minor and major roles in local musical productions and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

Katherine Collett
Katherine has sung in choirs and madrigal groups at Wellesley College, Cambridge University, Princeton University, and Gaithersburg, Maryland before coming to Clinton where she is the archivist at Hamilton College. Here, she has sung with the Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society, Camerata, in the chorus of Scrooge, Oliver, Evita, and several Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, and in St. James' Church Choir. She joined Tapestry in 1996 and sings alto and second soprano.

Ted Fondak
Ted, a baritone and wannabe Music major, is an alumnus of Vassar College, where he sang in the Mixed Choir, a group of sixty choristers, under the direction of Christine Howlett and the Madrigals Ensemble, a group of sixteen singers, under the direction of Drew Minter. Ted also studied voice at Vassar (and Hamilton College,) but really just loves being a chorister. Ted came to Clinton three years ago and has had the good fortune to find many opportunities to create music in the area: he currently sings in the Oratorio Society under the direction of Rob Kolb, has participated in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera directed by Rob, and performed in concerts in Old Forge and Washington, D.C. He is very thankful for the opportunity to sing in Tapestry.

Alan Frederick
Alan received his Bachelor of Music Degree from SUC at Potsdam, and his Master of Music Degree from Florida State University. In both colleges he performed with select choral groups, opera, and opera workshops. From 1981 to 1994 he served as Director of the Clinton Community Chorus. He currently plays trombone in the Utica College Band. A Tapestry member since 1994, he also sings with the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir, and rings in the handbell choir. Alan serves as Tapestry's Assistant Director.

Molly Glesmann *
A Boonville native, Molly graduated from Crane School, SUNY Potsdam where she participated in the 1980 Winter Olympic Chorus. Molly has sung with the Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute and, in Germany, with the Düsseldorf Chamber Ensemble. She presently teaches instrumental music in the Utica Parochial Schools and sings soprano with Tapestry.

Deborah J. Knuth Klenck
Debbie grew up in Queens, NY, and studied voice at Smith College with Dorothy Stahl. She has sung in ensembles of various sizes at both Yale and Oxford Universities. A member of the English Department at Colgate, she has also performed with the Earlville Opera House Summer Savoyards. Debbie sometimes persuades her husband, Thomas Klenck, to join Tapestry’s instrumental ensemble playing harpsichord, viol or recorder.

Lauralyn Kolb
Lauralyn Kolb holds degrees in music from Occidental College and Smith College, and has appeared throughout the United States as a recitalist, oratorio, and opera singer. She has been a Lecturer in Voice at Hamilton College since 1981, and also taught voice at Colgate University for nineteen years. Her love of ensemble singing began in the East Bakersfield High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Robert G. Hasty, and was further nurtured by singing with Howard Swan, Iva Dee Hiatt, and G. Roberts Kolb.

Dr. David Moore
A Baritone, Dr. Moore retired from Utica College in 2011 as Asa Gray Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Biology. He began his vocal study as an undergraduate in the Boston area with Robert Hale of the New York City Opera and Aletha Munro, resident at the New England Conservatory of Music, both of whom were also artists with the Goldovsky Opera Company. While completing his B. S. in Music, Dr. Moore sang with the Handel and Hayden Society in Boston under the direction of Thomas Dunn and performed with the Boston Philharmonia under Michael Tilson Thomas. Dr. Moore was a frequent soloist in a number of the Boston area churches including Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Woban, Waltham, Woburn, and Weymouth. After a two-year stint in the Army, Dr. Moore enrolled in Biology and Phycology graduate programs at Ohio State University, where he sang with the University Chorus and Touring Choir, both under the direction of Maurice Casey, and also with the Men’s Glee Club under Norman Stager. While teaching at Utica College. Dr. Moore was baritone soloist at First Presbyterian Church for 18 years, and has been active in many musical groups in central New York, and with retirement finally has more time to devote to music!

Onno Oerlemans
Onno was born in The Netherlands, moving to Canada when he was four, and began singing in his mother's very small-town choirs at seven. He has sung with the Hamilton Oratorio Society, the Ottawa Choral Society, the Victoria Choral Society, St George's Cathedral Choir (Kingston), and many others. Onno is a Professor of English at Hamilton College. When not singing or teaching, he enjoys cycling on the lovely roads around Clinton, or cross-country skiing.”’

E. Adger Williams
Adger has sung with the Caltech madrigal singers (without attending Caltech), and Holland Michigan's Consort of Voices. He has played the violin since the tender age of six, and recorders since slightly later. A graduate of Princeton and UCLA in such fascinating yet somehow useless fields as Chinese history and Slavic linguistics. Adger sings in Tapestry’s tenor section and occasionally masquerades as an alto.

** Founders
* Charter Members

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Musical Director: G. Roberts Kolb, Ph.D.

Tapestry is pleased to welcome G. Roberts Kolb as our Director of Music.

G. Roberts Kolb is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music at Hamilton College, where he is a past holder of the Christian A. Johnson “Excellence in
Teaching” Chair. A graduate of Occidental College, his postgraduate education includes a year of study at the School of Theology at Claremont, California, a master's degree in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton, and a doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Illinois. He is a contributing author to Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor (E. C. Schirmer) and Five Centuries of Choral Music (Pendragon Press).

Before coming to Hamilton College in 1981, Dr. Kolb taught at Smith College, where he conducted the Smith Choirs and Glee Club. Past musical director of both the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (Ithaca, N.Y.), he is director of music at the Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton, N.Y. Also active in the
musical theatre world, he has directed Gilbert and Sullivan productions for the
Earlville Opera House, served as musical director for the Hartford Players Youth
Theatre, and been musical director for several Summerstage productions at the
Rome Capitol Theatre. Onstage roles include Cervantes/Don Quixote (Man of La
Mancha), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), The Lord Chancellor (Iolanthe), The
Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz), Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Nicely-Nicely
Johnson (Guys and Dolls), and Captain Hook (Peter Pan).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to engage Tapestry

Polyphonic choral music is alive and well in Central New York!

Your church could plan a Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent for your congregation and community. Tapestry could enliven your organization's meeting or banquet with a madrigal program, presented by costumed singers. You might prefer a full concert, including motets and madrigals by the finest early music composers.

To schedule a Tapestry performance, please contact Alan Frederick, our Business Manager. He will negotiate a performance fee based on the program length and travel distance. After consulting the ensemble about their availability, he will contact you and discuss the details of the performance.

TAPESTRY – The All Centuries Singers
Alan Frederick, Business Manager
10497 Cosby Manor Road
Utica, NY 13502 USA

Phone 315.732.8483
E-mail: ALANNEM@roadrunner.com