BOARD & STAFF
This internationally acclaimed children’s choir has impressed audiences with the best of choral music, both sacred and secular, since its founding in 1991 by Grammy Award winning composer and keyboardist Paul Halley.
Board of Directors
Chair/Treasurer: Stephen Ivain
Vice Chair: Allison Holst-Grubbe
Chairperson Emeritus: Rebecca Bottari
Secretary: Heather Thomson
Behind the Voices
Dr. Gabriel Löfvall
GABRIEL LÖFVALL, Artistic Director, is a conductor, pianist and tenor who grew up listening to the sounds of the tango in his native Argentina. Born in the city of Mendoza, he graduated from the National University of Cuyo and sang with the Boys’ Choir there, as a youth, under Marcelo Coltro. He studied piano with Dora De Marinis.
Gabriel moved to the U.S. in 1997, where he attended the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, and received a Masters of Music in piano performance under Luiz de Moura Castro, and later, a Masters and Doctorate in Choral Conducting, under Dr. Edward Bolkovac. Gabriel has taken his music to many different corners of the world: Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, England, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, and the U.S. With flutist Gonzalo Cortes, he formed Duo del Sur, a chamber music ensemble mostly devoted to the research and dissemination of South American contemporary music. He co-directs the vocal ensemble Vallis Musicae, a community chorus that meets regularly for seasonal performances and international tours.
Gabriel was the assistant conductor for The Main Street Singers of New Britain. He currently serves as the Director of Music for St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in downtown Hartford, and recently obtained a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford with Dr. Edward Bolkovac.
Junior Choir Director, Director of Technology
ANDREW SKINNER grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of a church musician and a teacher. Andrew majored in music education at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he studied French horn as his primary instrument. He was admitted to the Boston Conservatory thereafter for a master’s degree in horn performance, but decided to pursue teaching rather than return as a student. He still teaches horn lessons privately, and plays whenever he can.
After college, Andrew taught middle school for five years in Chelsea, MA, growing a regionally successful choral program from the ground up before moving to Connecticut in 2017. Andrew now directs the choral program at Torrington Middle School in addition to roles as music director for musical theater productions in Torrington and neighboring communities.
Mr. Skinner is currently working toward the completion of a master’s degree in performance technology from Southern Utah University. He and his wife are new parents, and are expecting their second child in January 2021.
Interim Angels in Training Director
Susan is a native of Litchfield Connecticut. She is the eldest of six in a musical family whose parents sang constantly. She is a musical protégé with a deep love and appreciation of music. When she was two years old, she picked out pieces on the piano while seated in a highchair. She performed Mozart’s Sonata in C at six years old. She has performed in musicals throughout her life. She has been teaching private lessons in piano, flute, French horn, trumpet, and voice for over twenty years. Susan is an alum of Litchfield Montessori. She has been working with children in a classroom setting for the last 19 years. She currently runs the toddler program at Litchfield Montessori School as the Lead Guide. She is a true Montessorian: observant and adaptable with respect for each child’s own process. Susan is passionate about connecting with each child individually, to find out how they learn. She is then eager to provide them the opportunity to take what they are ready to from each lesson. Susan is very excited for the opportunity to work with the Chorus Angelicus Angels!
Bethany J. Lee
Bethany is currently running the Chorus Angelicus office from home. She manages the billing, payments, tuition, payroll, donations, advertising, website, phone calls and emails. She is also a homeschooling mother to a Junior Chorister who has come up through the ranks and is in her 7th year in the Chorus Angelicus Choir. She is perseverant, passionate about music and art, mother earth, her daughter, and her chickens. If you need something from the office, you will inevitably be in communication with Bethany. She is happy to help you and hopes her laughter will brighten your day.
Senior Choir Collaborative Pianist
Elizabeth recently retired from forty years of service in the public-school system and is pleased to be associated once again with Chorus Angelicus. She is the Minster of Music for the Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, having followed Gabriel's tenure there. She worked for many years with the late Ruth Lansche, in her private voice studio and at The Hotchkiss School. She is honored to be serving as accompanist, with Gabriel, for the senior choir. These young voices and their devotion to our choirs are an important beacon of hope and beauty in today's society.
Junior Choir Collaborative Pianist
Kyong-Han Kim has been teaching piano in her private studio and has taught at universities in Korea. Her students have won local, state and national level competitions, as well as performed at Carnegie Hall. She has served as an adjudicator for the National Guild Piano Audition since 2007 and has been invited to judge local and state competitions and auditions in Ohio, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She has performed in numerous concerts and music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Austria, Japan and Korea as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist including the Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, Banff Music Festival in Canada, Kiwanis Chamber Music Festival in Edmonton, Canada and Wien Klavier Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria. Mrs. Kim graduated from Seoul High School of Music & Art and holds BM from Ewha Womans University (Seoul, Korea) and MM from Musashino Music Academy (Tokyo, Japan). She also studied at University of Alberta for Professional Studies (Edmonton, Canada) and attended The Ohio State University for DMA for a year (Columbus, Ohio). Her most influential teachers include Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Alexander Satz (Moscow Conservatory) and Martin Canin (The Juilliard School). Currently, she is a member of MTNA, CSMTA and NGPT.