Musical Direction

Jason Michael

SRCS Artistic Director

Kevin Perry

Director, SoundCHECK

 

Kathryn Hichborn

Accompanist

2019 SRCS
Board of Directors

Board Officers

Barb LeRoy - Chair

Beth Ann Cordova - Vice Chair

Peggy Gresham - Secretary

Cliff Cusick - Treasurer

Board Members 

Darrel Cooper

Betsy Labar

Dan Phillips

Meet Our Directors

Jason J. Michael

Artistic Director

Jason J. Michael is thrilled and proud to begin his new position with SRCS, having previously prepped the ensemble as a guest conductor for its appearance in Riverside Center’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jason’s career and educational background have been eclectic and diverse. He received his BA in Music Composition with emphases in choral conducting and arranging from Susquehanna University in 1993 and then went on to subsequent degrees in Theatre at Kutztown University (1996 BA), Villanova University (2005 MA), and Virginia Commonwealth University (2014 MFA). He has worked variously for the last twenty-five years as an actor, director, music director, composer, arranger, adjunct professor, and author. For the last eight years, he has served as Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, where he also conducts the Adult and Youth Choirs and Handbells. Locally, he has also music directed for Christian Youth Theatre of Fredericksburg and was a regular guest music director at the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts between 2011 and 2016. Other music directing highlights include eight national tours for American Family Theatre, a two-year stint as a guest Music Director for the prestigious Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA, and a one-year appointment as the Assistant Conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale. His carol arrangements have been featured on 95.9’s Hometown Holiday Spotlight for three consecutive years. He contributed songs to Warp Speed: A Sci-Fi Parody Musical, which ran in NYC in 2014. His spiritual, All Aboard: The Ballad of Harriet Tubman, is published by Theodore Presser Co., and his children’s books, Daddy Doesn’t Purr and Mommy Made a Beastie, as well as True Haiku for You and A Haiku a Day are on Amazon. Jason is married to his wife Nancy, and they have one son, John Adams.

Kevin Perry

SoundCHECK Director 

Kevin Perry has directed SoundCHECK for 4 years and has directed men's choruses for SRCS. He is an accomplished tenor soloist. Kevin has performed with regional opera companies and has been the tenor soloist in productions of The Messiah for the Fredericksburg Community Chorus and the Stafford Choral Society, The Creation by Haydn for the Stafford Choral Society, Mozart’s Requiem for Mary Washington College’s Fredericksburg Singers and the Mclean Symphony, and The Seven Last Words by Dubois.    He is a graduate from Mary Washington College, degreed in Music.  Kevin recently starred in the role of Sam Carmichael in the musical Mamma Mia! at the Riverside Dinner Theater.  Kevin is the Choir Director at St. Peter's Lutheran Church and is an attorney with White, Stevens, Perry LLC.   

Our Mission and History

Barbara Perry

SRCS Founding Director 

Barbara Perry was the founding director of the Stafford Regional Choral Society and continues to be a friend and supporter of SRCS. Barbara's leadership built SRCS from a loose group of seasonal singers into the leading arts organization in Stafford County. But more than that, we are a family - enriched and connected by the heart and humor of our director. Barbara led and instructed, laughed and cried with us, and built a foundation for unlimited growth for the future. The choral society and its mission were a huge part of her life as she led SRCS for nearly 20 years.  She directed the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Choir for 16 years.  Barbara is currently  Choral Director at Colonial Forge High School and is Minister of Music at Shiloh Baptist Church.  We wish her continued success.

The Stafford Regional Choral Society's roots go back to the mid-1990's when a group of singers got together informally led by various directors to prepare for an annual presentation of Handel's Messiah in December of each year.In 1998, Barbara Perry stepped forward to lead the group, which came together each year by word of mouth from various local church and community choirs. The 1999 performance saw an increase in the size, technical proficiency and community attendance at the concert. A group of singers from that group decided to form a more formal governance structure to ensure that the performances would continue and the Stafford Regional Choral Society was formed with Barbara Perry as the founding musical director. With more formal governance, and Barbara's dynamic leadership, the newly formed Choral Society immediately expanded to offer additional concerts throughout the year. Currently we produce a minimum of two free community productions and one fundraiser annually.

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