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Our recording Legacy, consists of an eclectic set of music including traditional, Christmas and patriotic songs. We recorded at four different Trenton sites: Sacred Heart Church, Ellarslie Museum, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and the William Trent House. Each of these acoustically rich venues provided us with a wonderful environment for inspired musical performances. This was combined with the incredible directing and conducting of Richard M. Loatman and the masterful recording of John Baker of Princeton.
Sample Audio from Legacy 2014
VINROY D. BROWN, JR. | Artistic Director and ConductorVinroy has credits in conducting, sacred music and music education. He is a member of the conducting, organ and sacred music faculty at Westminster Choir College, where he conducts the Westminster Jubilee Singers. A church musician, he is director of music & worship arts at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church. Maintaining an active conducting schedule, he is founder and artistic director of Elmwood Concert Singers and is artistic director and conductor of Capital Singers of Trenton. During the 2019-2020 season, he will conduct Margaret Bonds’ Ballad of the Brown King, spirituals and hymn arrangements in concerts across the tri-state with the Elmwood Concert Singers; with Capital Singers of Trenton, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Robert Ray Gospel Mass; and with the Westminster Jubilee Singers will commemorate their 25th anniversary with performances of Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, R. Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee and a world premiere. As clinician, he will also headline the Voices United Choir Festival for the New Jersey chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the Harlem Classical Music Festival in New York. Professor Brown holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization and the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., for which he is Eastern Region Director. He holds the Master of Arts in Practical Theology degree from Regent University, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Sacred Music and Music Education from Westminster Choir College.
ELLEN J. DONDERO | Associate Conductor (alto)Ellen is the Minister of Music at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Beach Haven, New Jersey where she is organist and choir director, and also plans and coordinates special events, such as Holy Innocents’ Spring Concert Series, and Annual Messiah Sing.A charter member of CST, Ellen first worked with founding Artistic Director Richard M. Loatman over thirty years ago while fulfilling student teaching requirements for a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College. Ellen is proud to continue working with CST as associate conductor.In addition to her Music Ministry at Holy Innocents’ and her work with CST, Ellen is the manager of two retail stores, How to Live and How to Live Bayside, on Long Beach Island, NJ.Ellen is married to John P. Dondero, and together they have three children, all performing musicians.
SPENSER R. GALLO | Collaborative Pianist (soprano)Spenser R. Gallo (Collaborative Pianist and Soprano) has been accompanying Capital Singers since 2014. She is a 2014 graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania where she earned a B.A. in Music with a piano concentration. In addition to her work with Capital Singers, Spenser can often be seen playing with the on-stage band at Bristol Riverside Theatre, and she frequently freelances all over New Jersey and beyond as a solo musician and collaborative artist. Hailing from Dover, Delaware, she has been a pianist since 1998 and an accompanist since 2004. While at Lebanon Valley, Spenser studied piano with the world-renowned Dr. Eric Fung. She sang with and accompanied the Concert Choir, as well as accompanying numerous vocalists, instrumentalists, and theatrical productions. She was also the principal accompanist for the Chancel Choir at nearby Palmyra First United Methodist Church from 2011-2014. Spenser was awarded the Lois Brong Miller Music Scholarship in 2010, the Knauss Memorial Award in Music for performance ability, musicianship, and character in 2011, the Pickwell Memorial Music Award for exceptional pianistic ability in 2013, and the Elizabeth May Meyer Award for musical performance ability and academic standing in 2012 and 2014.
DAVID J. ABERS | General Manager (bass)David is proud to serve Capital Singers in this capacity. He is a founding member of the chorus and has previously served as tenor section leader and head of the Production committee. David is also the Senior Director of Relationships for Bristol Riverside Theatre, a professional regional theater located in Bristol, PA. When not engaged in his two great passions (professional theater and singing), David spends time in the theatre department at George School in Newtown, PA.
by Undine Smith Moore. Text by Langston Hughes.
Performed by Capital Singers of Trenton, Westminster Jubilee Singers, and the Morristown High School Chorale
Carlos Eduardo DaCosta, Video Engineer.
by William Billings.
Video recorded live at Princeton Abbey, April 2017
Brian Dixon, Videographer.
Capital Singers of Trenton
Brian Dixon, Videographer.
A video from 2014 about the Capital Singers of Trenton and our group's rich history.
by Mark Hayes
Conducted by Richard M. Loatman.
Performed at the Masonic Temple, Barracks Street, Trenton, NJ. December 28, 2014.
Recorded and edited by Scott Miller of Exit 7A Creative Services. Additional footage from the 1st & 2nd Battles of Trenton re-enactments, by Scott Miller and Anthony Catanese, December 27, 2014.
Auld Lang Syne
Enjoys these slideshows of photos through the years, set to sounds of Capital Singers of Trenton.
10th Anniversary Slideshow
From the 10th Anniversary Gala
Remember, O Thou Man
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
Veni, Veni Emmanuel