Board of Directors
Chairperson & Treasurer: Stephen Ivain
Co-Chairperson: Allison Holst-Grubbe
Chairperson Emeritus: Rebecca Bottari
Secretary: Tina Keegan
Kathy Weiser, Tour/Management Advisor
Jim VanAmburg, VanAmburg Design
Paul McLaughlin, Litchfield Bancorps
Andrew Thomson, Composer/Artist in Residence
Behind the Voices
Dr. Gabriel Löfvall, Artistic Director
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.
Andrew Skinner, Junior Choir Director
ANDREW SKINNER hails all the way from California, and currently resides in Bristol, CT.
In addition to his post at Chorus Angelicus, he also teaches chorus at Torrington Middle School, managing one of the largest student bodies in the state of Connecticut.
In addition to his passion and knowledge of early music from the Anglican and Episcopal traditions, he is well versed in contemporary and world music
Karen Sovak, Angels in Training Director
KAREN SOVAK is a native of Schenectady, New York, and comes from a family of musicians - instrumentalists, choral, band and orchestra conductors, and church organists. Karen majored in Music Education at SUNY Potsdam and pursued further musical studies with many choral and instrumental ensembles. Karen also indulged her love of the visual arts, with classes at SUNY Albany and then at the Corcoran Art School in Washington, D.C. where she also began her career teaching young children at the Rudolf Steiner School in Falls Church, VA.
Beginning in 1988, The Children's Discovery Center in Winsted, CT became the happy recipient of Karen's considerable creative, teaching, and organizational talents. As Head Teacher and Director, Karen expanded this arts and language-based program for pre-school children, winning National Accreditation for the school's innovative, experiential curriculum. Karen has been singing in Gaudeamus since the ensemble's founding in 1991 and worked with Paul Halley at his recording and music publishing company Pelagos, as General Manager from 1998- 2003. She was the Executive Director of Joyful Noise from 2003-2006.
Karen continues as Director of the Chorus Angelicus Angels in Training as well as the Berkshire Children's Chorus Junior Choir Director, helping very young people to explore and rejoice in their emerging musical potential.
Senior Choir: Elizabeth Allyn
Junior Choir: Kyong-Han Kim
Angels in Training: Beckie Wallace