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Your connection to Chorus Angelicus does not end at graduation. There are many great ways that you can stay connected to Joyful Noise and its choirs, no matter where you live.
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There are numerous ways for you to stay involved and connected – by attending events and concerts; by volunteering to help with concerts or fundraising; or just by being a resource within your area of expertise. Each year, committed alumni generously donate their time, talent and expertise to Joyful Noise. Alumni involvement on every level helps to ensure the success of the organization both now and for the future.
Chorister from 2004-2014
Micaela Bottari is a versatile young vocalist based in Brooklyn, NY. Micaela is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, and Lincoln Center with Westminster Symphonic Choir, as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art with Westminster Williamson Voices, and at NAfME with Kantorei, Westminster’s early music ensemble. Micaela appears on four Williamson Voices records, and as a soloist on the 2016 release Missa Carolae and Christmas Carols. Today, Micaela sings professionally in the Same Stream Choir and the Christ Church Chamber Ensemble. Micaela has also been singing with bands for eight years, touring and recording with blues/rock group Little Tower in 2015. Recently, Micaela founded the original band, Miss Milo, as the lead singer and artistic director.
Micaela’s love for music began with her childhood choir, Chorus Angelicus. In her ten years with the chorus she learned to read music, went on various tours, and began to appear as a soloist. In her professional career, this experience prompted Micaela to become the Development Assistant at Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC) in 2020. Prior to her time at BYC, Micaela worked as Assistant Editor for Oxford University Press’ Grove Music Online.
Chorister from 1997-2003
Jeff Boratko is a composer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Connecticut. As a child he was introduced to many aspects of the performing arts by his parents and was taught to sing and play piano by his father. At the age of 8 he became a member of the elite children's choir Chorus Angelicus, directed by Paul Halley. He enrolled as a music composition major at Central Connecticut State University, studying under Drs. Charles Menoche and Brian Kershner. He specialized in bassoon performance, also taught by Brian Kershner.
In addition to his “formal” training Jeff has been heavily influenced by The Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Ben Folds. He serves as the pianist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter for the award-winning rock trio Streetlight Shakers. His musical adventures have found him writing music for several theatrical productions, performing at the Big E, and playing gongs at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine for Paul Winter’s 24th annual Summer Solstice Celebration in 2019.
Jeff is honored to be a returning contributor to the Summer Solstice. Concerning the annual Summer Solstice celebration, Jeff says “In the midst of a chaotic world, Paul Winter creates a musical sanctuary of peace and solitude that honors the Earth and all of its inhabitants. As our planet awakens to its longest day, let us all bask in the sunlight and remember its warmth until the next Summer Solstice.”
Learn more about Jeff and his band Streetlight Shakers here: https://www.streetlightshakers.com/the-band
Chorister from 2009-2019
I go to Temple University, and am currently majoring in Social Work with a minor in Education. I work as a Coach for other Temple University students with disabilities. I hope to continue my life after college as a social worker in Philadelphia public schools. I began singing with Chorus Angelicus in 2009 and graduated from senior choir after being a Head Chorister in 2019. While I don't sing in college, music is still a passion of mine and a huge part of my life. Touring and performing a variety of genres and types of music expanded my world view and life experiences in numerous ways, and singing was my biggest way to relieving stress.
Chorister from 1998 to 2006
Connecticut Magazine calls soprano, Katie Weiser, “Golden Voiced.” Originally from Connecticut, Miss Weiser earned her postgraduate degree in opera studies from the University of Music in Graz, Austria, Master’s degree in vocal performance at the Setnor School of Music, and her B.A. in music from Smith College where she was the first vocalist to be awarded the Concentration in Performance. Miss Weiser began her classical music education at the age of seven when she joined the semi-professional children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus, and toured internationally under the direction of Paul Halley. As a solo vocal artist, Miss Weiser has been taking voice lessons since she was twelve years old, originally with Laura Mashburn. She has also been a frequent performer of musical theatre and has appeared in the main stage productions at TriArts Sharon Playhouse since 2000. She has also won two awards for “the best featured actress in a musical” from Seven Angels Theatre. In March of 2009, she was awarded the Burton O. Cowgill award from the New England Music Festival, for receiving the highest score in the festival adjudications all four years. She won first place twice in the NATS advanced high school division competitions. During her career at Smith College, she studied voice privately with Herb Burtis, was a member of the Glee Club, Chamber Singers, won the Smith College Concerto Competition as a sophomore, attended the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy, performed as Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and appeared as a guest soloist with the New York City Ballet. She was also one of six students selected to represent Smith College in the documentary, “Women of Promise.” While pursuing her Masters in New York, Miss Weiser was a guest soloist with Central New York’s Premier Wind Ensemble (“Central Winds”), she attended OperaWorks’ Winter Intensive Opera Program in Los Angeles, she won the University’s Aria and Concerto Competition singing Bellini’s “Oh Quante Volte,” she appeared as Lucy in Menotti’s opera, The Telephone, she performed at Lincoln Center with Chorus Angelicus under the direction of Eric Whitacre, and performed an opera improvisation concert at the National Opera Center in NYC. She also appeared as Cosette in Les Misérables at TriArts Sharon Playhouse before she pursued further operatic studies with Dorit Hanak at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she performed in multiple concerts as a soloist with full orchestra. Since completing her Masters in May of 2015, Miss Weiser returned to Austria to perform as a soloist with the orchestra, Musikkapelle Södingtal. She then attended the EPCASO program in Italy during the summer of 2015 for further operatic studies and performances. It was there that she met her mentor and coach, Vivica Genaux, mezzosoprano. While residing in Austria for a postgraduate opera program, Weiser spent a lot Katie Weiser, soprano (860) 921-7669 of her time in Italy where she coached with Vivica Genaux on a regular basis. In March of 2016, Weiser performed with Genaux and Marcos Madrigal, piano, in concert in Portogruaro, Italy. In June of 2016, Weiser performed with Genaux again in a Baroque Opera Concert with orchestra at Teatro Olimpico in Vincenza, Italy. Favorite Austrian credits include Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Rita in Donizetti’s Rita, Gilda in scenes from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and in multiple solo concerts with members of the Graz Opera Orchestra, and with composer Henrik Sande. Next, Weiser moved to Seville, Spain to study with opera conductor and coach, Carlos Aragon, and voice teacher, Esperanza Melguizo Gomez. Upon completion, Weiser returned to the United States to pursue both opera and musical theatre. Most recent credits include Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance” (Sharon Playhouse), “What I Did For Love” (Ivoryton Playhouse), “No Tune Like A Show Tune” (Music Mountain), and Luisa in “The Fantasticks” (Rhinebeck Theatre Society).
Chorister from 1996 to 2004
Andrew Thomson, composer and percussionist, was born in Norfolk, Connecticut and began his musical career with, among other organizations, Chorus Angelicus in 1996. After singing for eight years under its founder Paul Halley, Andrew continued his musical training as a percussionist through high school. In 2006, he auditioned and enlisted in the U.S. Marines and worked as the staff arranger at the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Following his enlistment, Andrew earned a degree in composition and percussion from Ithaca College in 2013. Andrew is the owner and head engineer of Pipeman Studios in Norfolk, CT, and is an endorsed artist for both Marimba One and Grover Pro Percussion.