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
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.
Andrew has been teaching choral music in the public schools for ten years, first 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 theater productions in Torrington and neighboring communities. Though choral music remains a passion, he always delights in any opportunity to get back to his roots and work with instrumental ensembles.
Mr. Skinner completed a master’s degree in performance technology from Southern Utah University in 2022. He and his wife are expecting their third child in November 2022.
Angels in Training Program Director
ALICE MATTESON, soprano, was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida. She is a life-long choral music enthusiast, having participated in her hometown’s own robust children’s choir, the Orlando Children’s Chorus, and matriculated through the Royal School of Church Music program. She graduated magna cum laude from The Hartt School in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, studying with the late Joanna Levy. During her time at Hartt, she performed with the Opera Studio, Chamber Choir, and was a featured soloist with the Hartt Baroque Collegium.
Alice serves as Principal Cantor at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, and sings with their all-professional ensemble, the Schola Cantorum. She also sings with CONCORA and was recently a soloist with Chorus Angelicus! She has been working with young voices since 2008 as a private voice teacher, maintaining her own private studio, and serving the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, and Summit Studios in Manchester, previously.
Married to pianist, David Garrido Cid, Alice also enjoys collaborating with him for solo programs, which they have presented at the Hill Stead Museum in Farmington, Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA, Kimball Farms in Lenox, MA, and frequently, the Musical Club of Hartford. They began growing their family in 2017, and now have three beautiful children, which they hope will also become part of the Chorus Angelicus family!
Bethany J. Lee
Bethany manages the Chorus Angelicus office. She manages the billing, payments, enrollment, tuition, payroll, donations, advertising, grant writing, website, phone calls and emails. She is also a homeschooling mother to a Senior Chorister who has come up through the ranks and is in her 10th 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.