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


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