Staff

Mr. Jonathan Laird

Camp Director • Chant Schola Director • Instructor

Jonathan Laird is the music director and organist at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He began his music career as a classically trained pianist who developed a high level of improvisational skill from an early age. Mr. Laird demonstrates a mastery of many styles and periods of keyboard and choral music from the medieval period to the present. He has nine years of experience as a choral conductor and demonstrates equal facility on the piano (26 years) and pipe organ (20 years).

As an accompanist Mr. Laird collaborates with vocalists including Irish tenor Anthony Kearns and instrumental soloists such as acclaimed Russian domra virtuoso Peter Omelchenko. Besides his work with soloists, Mr. Laird is an expert choral accompanist who has garnered the praise of some of the nation’s top choral conductors such as Craig Jessop and Andre Thomas. As a choral accompanist, he has performed in internationally televised concerts in Prague and Budapest. Other performance venues have included Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the embassies of Ireland and New Zealand, many appearances at the Kennedy Center and Hylton Performing Arts Center, and other venues throughout the United States.

Mr. Laird holds the Master of Music degree in Sacred Music with concentration in Organ Performance from The Catholic University of America. He studied organ with David Lang and Dr. Ed Moore and choral conducting with Dr. Leo Nestor.

Mrs. Kelly Kingett

Mixed Choir Camp Leader • Instructor

Kelly Kingett is the Music Director at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA, where she teaches all choral and instrumental ensembles, as well as AP Music Theory. Mrs. Kingett has 32 years of experience in music education and leadership, both as a music teacher in public and private schools and as a church music director. As an educator, she has experience teaching all levels of music from Pre-K through college across the United States.

Mrs. Kingett’s credits include directing the Cape May County All County Chorus and singing with the New York City Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she was featured as the alto soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Portland Chamber orchestra, and performed with the Spoleto Festivals of Two Worlds in Charleston, SC, and Spoleto, Italy. Her ensembles have performed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Mrs. Kingett’s students have been accepted to All County, All Diocesan, All District, All State and Honors ensembles in the state of Virginia since the year 2000.

Mrs. Kingett holds the Master of Arts degree in Theology from Catholic Distance University, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. She lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, with her husband and five children.

Ms. Katelyn Hannel

Treble Training Camp Leader • Instructor

Katelyn Hannel, a native of central New Jersey, holds a Bachelor of Music in General/Choral Music Education and a minor in Theology and Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2015. As a Catholic University student she studied piano, voice, and choral conducting, and was a frequent participant in liturgical music with campus ministry. She has sung with the Catholic University Chamber Choir at venues including the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, and, as an alumni guest, for Pope Francis at the Papal Mass in Washington, DC, in September 2015.

Ms. Hannel is a general music teacher at Glen Forest Elementary School in Falls Church, VA (Fairfax County Public Schools), where she teaches preschool through 5th grade and is experienced in teaching students with special needs and English language learners. She holds an extensive record of professional development and has completed Level I of teacher training in the Kodály method of music education at George Mason University. She holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She is currently the Treble Choir director at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and is active as a choral singer, cantor, and accompanist throughout the metropolitan area.

Miss Alyssa Bornschein

Instructor

Alyssa Bornschein holds a Bachelor of Music in General/Choral Music Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. At CUA, Ms.  Bornschein performed with the Chamber Choir and Take Note a cappella group.

Ms. Bornschein is currently the general music teacher at Kyle R. Wilson Elementary in Woodbridge, VA where she teaches preschool through 5th grade as well as directs the Singing Sea Lions Chorus. Ms. Bornschein has recently completed Level I Certification of the Orff Schulwerk approach to music education at George Mason University. In the Fredericksburg area, she has performed in various musical productions with the Riverside Dinner Theater, cantors at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and teaches with the Christian Youth Theater.

Ann Carolla

Assistant Instructor

Ann Carolla is a versatile soprano with experience singing medieval chant, Renaissance polyphony, and classical repertoire. She blossomed as a singer in her high school years while singing for the Holy Trinity Schola and the Manassas Chorale. Ann holds the bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from Ave Maria University.

Christina von Tersch

Assistant Instructor

Christina VonTersch follows in a long family tradition of music, especially church music. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Christina joined her church’s choir as soon as she was old enough. In addition, she has experience in show choirs, school choirs, and musicals, both in high school and in college. Christina graduated from St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School in 2015 and is currently studying at Ave Maria University.

Mary Wright

Assistant Instructor

Mary Wright is a recent graduate from Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in the Class of 2017. In addition to singing in advanced school and church ensembles, she has also been selected to sing in multiple honors choirs including Virginia’s District IX All District Mixed Choir (2016 and 2017) and the Virginia All State Treble Choir (2017). Mary has also played multiple musical theater roles, most notably Liesl Von Trapp in the Sound of Music and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. In the fall Mary will be attending George Mason University, pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance.

Joey Wright

Administrative Assistant

Joey Wright is a homeschooling mother of eight wonderful children, several of whom have extensive musical experience in church and school choirs. She herself is a chorister and cantor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Joey lives in Woodbridge with her husband Tom and their six youngest children.

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