Live performance of Christmas carols and holiday songs provides an unforgettable, emotionally rich experience. Our mission is to bring professional quality caroling performances to people all over the Mid-Atlantic region, especially to places where such experiences can be difficult to find. We want to touch the hearts and souls of as many people as possible, filling them all with the holiday spirit. It is also our mission to pay a fair wage to our talented, experienced vocal artists for their time, energy, education, and experience.
The Village Carolers™ was founded in 2012 by Westminster Choir alumni Michael and Suzanne Chadwick, who have each spent nearly 30 years singing professionally around the world in operas and oratorios.
Shortly after moving from Manhattan to Medford, New Jersey, a local candy shop owner asked Michael and Suzanne if they could use their singer networking resources to put together a caroling group to perform a few carols at her candy shop. Within days, after hearing the high quality level of the voices, multiple people requested us to sing for their event. At the end of that season the group officially became The Village Carolers and has been singing dozens of performances each year ever since.
We present a fun, experienced, and highly talented a cappella quartet (or octet or even a full choir!) for your town, business, or private Christmas party or holiday event. In our brief history, we have sung for hundreds of live or televised events throughout the mid-Atlantic region including Philadelphia, New York, Southern New Jersey, the New Jersey Shore, Central New Jersey, Northern New Jersey, northern Delaware, and southern Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania. Our singers are highly experienced and talented, with some of the top level training available throughout the world. You can read more about our individual members below by clicking on their names below.
“Words are simply inadequate to describe the beautiful experience of having the Village Carolers serenade family and friends. We have hired them several times for our Thanksgiving celebration and they have stunned us each time with a breathtaking performance. Our guests were mesmerized as they dazzled us with perfect harmonies singing our favorite carols. We give them our highest recommendation!” – Katharine K.
We have a limited roster this year due to the pandemic.
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Dana Kluczyk, soprano, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance at Wagner College with a Minor in Dance and has been performing since the age of 4. Dana is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and has performed in the 2007-2008 Broadway National Tour of Whistle Down the Wind as Brat/u/s. Dana is the winner of the Seth Rudetsky Series Sing-Off Competition 2020 and the Italian Opera Competition at Wagner College. In the summer of 2018, she studied Vocal Performance and Opera in Dresden, Germany with the Orfeo Vocal Arts Academy under the direction of Alan Dornak. It was here that Dana performed various opera pieces such as “Vanne, O Rosa Fortunata” at the famous Schloss Seifersdorf, Burg Stolpen, and Palais Brühl-Marcolini.
Dana proudly sang the National Anthem with The Village Carolers last year at Madison Square Garden for the NY Knicks. She completed the concept album, The Widow’s Watch, as Jesari, and can be seen in the music video for V-Day’s One Billion Rising anthem “Break the Chain” as a lead vocalist. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include: The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), Nine (Stephanie), Titanic (Caroline Neville), and The Most Happy Fella (u/s Rosabella). Dana studies Vocal Technique under Broadway’s Victoria Clark and Mary Setrakian and with Laura Menard. In addition to theatrical and musical performances, Dana can be heard on Audible as the Narrator of the Audiobook Inception, and as the Narrator of Discord’s online commercials. She has also been seen in various films, commercials, TV, and music video productions.
“Crystalline and agile” soprano Laura Kosar enjoys a diverse career as a singer and music teacher. As a concert soloist, she has performed in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, and the Masses and Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and Bernstein. Operatic highlights include Hansel und Gretel (Gretel), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Die Fledermaus (Adele), La Bohème (Musetta), and Adamo’s Little Women (Amy). This season Ms. Kosar can be seen with the Princeton Singers, Opera Delaware, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, and as a second year Encore Yong Artist with Ars Musica, where she will sing in Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), and as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Also a passionate educator, Ms. Kosar maintains a private voice and piano studio, directs the youth choir at St. James the Less, and teaches K-3 general music at the Riverbank Charter School of Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.
American soprano Brenna Markey has been gaining acclaim for her voice and dramatic interpretation, singing a richly varied repertoire in both opera and concert. Most recently, Brenna has appeared as a young artist in the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia as well as Fort Worth Opera’s Master class Series. Ms. Markey will appear in Sparrow Live’s classical concert series on October 3rd 2020.
Last summer, Ms. Markey gave a stunningly haunting performance as Mel, a character confronted with a decision about whether take her own life, in the premiere of Potentialite, a one act opera by Alize Rozsnyai and Roger A. Martinez. Ms. Markey enchanted the audience as she performed in the November 2019 Opera at Florham Bel canto program concert as well as the Opera at Florham Violetta DuPont 2018 Vocal Competition where she was a finalist and recipient of their encouragement award. In Philadelphia’s own Russian Opera Workshop Ms. Markey received high praise for her soaring high notes and expressive lyric vocal quality where she premiered Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka in the title role.
She has also appeared in roles such as Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and in 2015 premiered a contemporary opera titled Maren of Vardo: Satan’s Bride composed by Jeff Myers and libretto by Royce Vavrek where she sang the role of Karen. Ms. Markey has sung as a soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Joseph Haydn’s Missa in B “Harmoniemesse”, and Mozart’s Requiem.
A native of Bucks County Pennsylvania, Ms. Markey received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia where she was awarded the Professor Klara B. Meyers Tribute Scholarship. She is a pupil of the world renowned soprano Jennifer Rowley.
Soprano Maria Palombo holds a Master of Music degree and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduating with degrees in Music and Drama and a minor in Speech & Hearing Science. She has performed professionally with North Carolina Opera, New York City Opera, and she sings as an active member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. Her favorite roles include Monica (The Medium), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), the title role in Cendrillon and Mary in Highway #1 USA (William Grant Still). Maria currently serves as the soprano section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. She is the owner and voice teacher at “Finely Tuned Voice Lessons” in Ewing, NJ and she is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. For more information, please visit: www.mariapalombo.com
Suzanne Chadwick, Contralto, has sung with The Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi, Opera Festival of New Jersey, The Princeton Festival, The Little Opera Theater of New York, Berks Opera, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, Empire Opera, One World Symphony, The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Brooklyn, American Singers’ Opera Project, and the Austrian/American Mozart Academy. Ms. Chadwick has also worked extensively as a choral member throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and on such recordings as Pagliacci (Muti / Philadelphia Orchestra), Honneger’s Joan of Arc (Masur/New York Philharmonic) and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Macal/New Jersey Symphony). Additionally, she has served as a Staff Singer/Section Leader at St. Paul’s in Chestnut Hill, PA and Trinity Episcopal in Moorestown, NJ. Other credits: Florence (Yeston/Kopit Phantom), Rosemary Clooney’s White Christmas (Sands, Atlantic City), and originating the role of “Mrs. K” in the new musical, The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Along with her husband, Michael, Ms. Chadwick owns/manages The Village Carolers and can be heard on their recording, Sing We Now of Christmas. Favorite roles performed include Dame Quickly (Falstaff), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Marthe (Gounod’s Faust), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Dritte Dame (The Magic Flute), and Mary of Bethany (Passion).
Marissa Chalker, mezzo-soprano, is an active chorister and ensemble member with companies such as Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, The Philadelphia Singers, The Thirteen Chamber Choir, CoOperative Concert Opera, The Princeton Festival, Opera Cleveland, Opera Per Tutti, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Choir. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Voice Performance and a Master’s Degree from Westminster Choir College in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Marissa resides in Philadelphia with her husband, George Somerville, teaches private voice and piano lessons, and frequently sings in the Philadelphia/greater New Jersey area.
Samantha Ferrara is a singer, actor, dancer and teacher splitting her time between New York and New Jersey. A resident of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Ms. Ferrara can be frequently found on both the professional and community stage; recent credits include Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), The Secret Garden (Lily Craven), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse. She graduated in 2014 from Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she studied Music Education and Musical Theater. She is currently studying with Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez’s Actor Therapy program, and has previously studied at The Patrick Page Studio. In addition to her performing, Ms. Ferrara is Director of the Broadway & Beyond Musical Theater program at the Continuo Arts Foundation in Summit, New Jersey, as well as a member of Sonaré, a year-long Young Artists program sponsored by the Minuetto Music Festival. Ms. Ferrara made her 54 Below debut in September 2018, and will be performing in 4th Wall Theatre’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim in December 2018.
Tenor William Lim obtained his Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed for various opera companies including Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Garden State Opera, Opera Libera, Opera MODO, Poor Richard’s Opera, Center City Opera Theater, Opera New Jersey, and Opera in the Ozarks. He has portrayed a wide variety of operatic roles including Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gastone in La Traviata, Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring, and Guillot de Morfortaine in Manon. He has appeared as a concert soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Symphony in C Orchestra, the Singing City, and the Philadelphia Singers. Most recently, he premiered the role of Patrick Quinlan in Francesco Santelli’s historical opera, The Silk City.
Nicholas Petroski has a Bachelor in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Nicholas has performed in an ensemble setting and as a soloist at various venues over the country and the Netherlands, including Lincoln Center, University of Utrecht, and most recently at Minneapolis Convention Center. He has been invited as a guest soloist for organizations such as the Rutgers University Glee Club, and the Summit Chorale. Nicholas has had the opportunity to perform in a number of operas such as Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, and Puccini’s La Boheme with the Castleton Performing Arts Festival, and Eastern Opera of New Jersey. He is currently teaching music in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and is also the Music Director of the Garden State Chorale located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Tenor Cameron Smith has performed Tamino in The Magic Flute with Light Opera of New Jersey and Geneva Light Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with American Landmark Festivals, Don Jose in La Tragédie de Carmen with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Tony in West Side Story with Boheme Opera NJ, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera in the Heights, Stravinsky’s Renard at Tanglewood, Ermanno in Rossini’s L’Equivoco Stravagante with Bronx Opera, and Alfredo in La Traviata at Seagle Music Colony. With New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, he has been Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe, The Defendant in Trial By Jury, Captain Fitzbattleaxe in Utopia, Limited, and Leonard Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard. Other concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Saul, and Alexander’s Feast, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Haydn’s Creation, Carissimi’s Judicium Salomonis, Alice Parker’s An American Kedushah, Bach’s Magnificat. He holds an MM from Manhattan School of Music and a BFA from The State University of New York at Purchase.
Tenor George Ross Somerville is quickly establishing himself as a singer of great vocal variety and dramatic complexity. In Sarasota Opera’s Tosca, he “was an excellent and spidery Spoletta, his versatile tenor holding us like Velcro.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle / Nino Pantano) Originally from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, he has appeared with companies such as Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Philadelphia, The Princeton Festival, CoOperative Concert Opera, Opera Slavica, and the Metropolitan Opera.
In the 2016-2017 season, he made his solo debut with Opera Philadelphia as the Prince of Persia in the Renaud Doucet production of Turandot, conducted by Corrado Rovaris. He originated the role of The Runt in James Darrah’s production of Breaking the Waves, and he made his New York debut with The Prototype Festival, reprising his role in Breaking the Waves, conducted by Julian Wachner. He also sang The Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with David Spitko’s ensemble, The Choristers, and he created the role of Morbus in Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of The Wake World by David Hertzberg. He currently is working with composers to bring new and exciting characters to the stage.
Highlights of previous seasons include his debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, as well as Trin in La Fanculla del West, his company debut at Opera Saratoga as First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, a role debut as Laca in Opera Slavica’s production of Jenufa, and The Evangelist in the St. John Passion with The Thirteen Chamber Choir, conducted by Matthew Robertson.
As a professional chorister, he has appeared in the ensemble with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and The New York Philharmonic. An active church musician, he is a frequent cantor at many catholic churches in the Tri-state area, and he is the tenor section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton New Jersey.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Westminster Choir College, Mr. Somerville is a new member of the coaching faculty at The CoOPERAtive program, he is on the full chorus roster of Opera Philadelphia, and he is a member of the Extra Chorus with the Metropolitan Opera.
Co-Founder Michael Chadwick’s powerful bass has been featured in various operatic roles including Rocco in Fidelio, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Daniel Webster in The Mother of Us All, Colline in La bohème, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, the title character in Inessa Zaretsky’s The Man in the Long Black Coat, and Judge Thatcher in Tom Sawyer. Concert solo credits include Händel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, among many others.
Michael spent decades singing professionally in opera and oratorio choruses around the U.S. and abroad including the Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphonic Choir, the Opera Festival of New Jersey, the Spoleto Festival USA and Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Princeton Pro Musica, Fort Worth Opera, Princeton Opera, and many others. Additional credits include singing on the composer’s demo for the 2013 Disney feature film Frozen, performing the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Cléante in Le malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), Mendel in Falsettos, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ham in Two by Two, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Cox in Cox and Box, and Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. Michael attended Westminster Choir College, where he performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony.
Michael has been the stage director for dozens of operatic productions including Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Faust, Don Giovanni, L’Elisir d’Amore, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Don Pasquale, Le Villi, The Old Maid and the Thief, and Trouble in Tahiti. Outside of his vocal work Michael is a multiple award-winning photographer, and provides supertitles for opera companies all around the world.
Michael is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University with a focus on Music Theory. He is a music educator residing in southern New Jersey.
Ivan Conrad is a commanding actor with a powerfully cutting, yet artistically versatile voice. Of over 75 roles performed across a dozen European cities in Italy, Germany and Greece, and in more than 30 of the United States, highlights of Conrad’s career include the title-roles Der Fliegende Holländer and Gianni Schicchi both Figaro and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Amonasro in Aïda, Escamillo and Zuniga in Carmen, Marcello, Schaunard, and Colline in La bohème, Monterone, Marullo and Ceprano in Rigoletto; and Silvio in I Pagliacci. Conrad is currently preparing Scarpia in Tosca, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
So far this season, Conrad performed Figaro in Greve in Chianti, in Tuscany; returned to Long Island Opera Company to perform Schaunard, then to Opera at the Madison on Long Island to cover Marcello; as well as Amonasro in Aïda and Sprecher and 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Last season Conrad was seen as Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera in Connecticut and Rhode Island; performed Zuniga and covered Escamillo with Opera at the Madison on Long Island; performed Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof with Klezmer Company Orchestra in Miami; performed Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Joey in The Most Happy Fella at Quisisana in Maine; and was invited to perform operatic scenes at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.
In previous years, Conrad made his Carnegie Hall solo debut as the baritone soloist in Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories; was the baritone soloist in Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Ars Musica in New Jersey; performed major roles in 3 operas and 6 concerts in Syros, Greece with the Festival of the Aegean and Greek Opera Studio; and was a Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera and Natchez Festival of Music performing Frank in Show Boat, covering Escamillo in Carmen and Rolando in La Battaglia di Legnano. He also performed a concert of opera scenes at the National Opera Center in New York with Opera Breve.
Other previous engagements include the ensemble of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the New York Philharmonic; the soloist for Messiah and Beethoven Mass in C with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and as a guest artist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. An Albuquerque native based in Manhattan, Conrad earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of New Mexico, then a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where performed Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoore and the bass of the opera box quartet in The Ghosts of Versailles.
Erik Potteiger is a professional singer, percussionist, pianist, and composer currently based in Reading, PA. He received his Bachelors of Music in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina. Erik has performed vocally as a bass in ensembles and solo setting across a plethora of cities and states in the US, as well as eight countries across three continents. A few of the professional vocal ensembles Erik sings for include the 2018-2019 Voces8 Scholars Program Ensemble (London, England), The Cathedral Singers (Columbia, SC), The Cecilia Ensemble (Augusta, GA), Choral Arts Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), CORO Vocal Artists (Des Moines, IA), Coro Vocati (Atlanta, GA), CSoD (Wilmington, DE) and The Red Shift (Baton Rouge, LA).
An active church musician, Erik appears frequently as a cantor and staff singer in the Tri-state area. His prior church residencies include St. Thomas 5th Ave (New York, NY), Christ Church Cathedral (Dublin, Ireland), Durham Cathedral (Durham, England), and St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Dublin, Ireland).
Erik has also musically collaborated with many instrumental ensembles nationally, including Brandywine Brass, Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, Germantown Oratorio Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York, Quartetto Obrigado, and members of Tempesta di Mare. Away from his performing engagements, he enjoys video and audio editing, producing, recording, as well as creating virtual ensemble content and practice tracks.
We may substitute other talented singers depending on your event’s location when the need arises, or due to illness or scheduling conflicts. They are very experienced, having sung with opera and/or Broadway ensembles including such prestigious organizations as the Metropolitan Opera. Requests for particular singers may be made, but they are subject to distance and availability.