Music Staff

Dr. Carlton Monroe

Director of Music

CMheadshot2013Dr. Monroe is Director of Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio, where, in addition to leading an active music program for children and adults, he established and conducts the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, a professional ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform services, concerts and educational retreats centered on the music of J. S. Bach.

As a conductor and music educator he has taught at every level from elementary to college, including positions at Ursuline Academy and Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Miami University (OH), and Georgia College & State University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music He works with the Satellite program of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, and is Region V Chair of the Association of Anglican Musicians and Membership Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Choral Consortium. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Jennifer, contrabassoonist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and their children Jack and Catherine.


Jason Gunnell

Assistant Director of Music & Organist

JasonJason Gunnell is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A native of Idaho, Jason received his Bachelor of Musical Arts at Brigham Young University-Idaho, studying with Daniel Kerr, James Drake, and Darwin Wolford. He received his Master of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music from the University of Kansas, studying with James Higdon. While at BYU-Idaho, Jason taught courses in Music Theory and Organ Lessons and is currently teaching at CCM. Jason has performed in masterclasses with organists of renown such as Ken Cowan, Paul Jacobs, Fred Swann, Clay Christiansen, and Richard Elliott. Jason won the 2011 Strader Organ Competition held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jason has extensive experience as a church musician and organist. Before being appointed organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio, Jason was organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, and also served as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Jason also actively serves in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many music capacities and has served in the LDS church in music capacities for over 23 years. Jason has played in and performed in many venues throughout the United States and Hungary. Jason actively recitals in the famed Mormon Tabernacle and the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Guest Organist at Temple Square, playing on the world famous V/206 Aeolian Skinner Organ in the Mormon Tabernacle and the V/130 Schoenstein Organ in the Conference Center.

Jason currently lives in Cincinnati with his family. He is happily married to his wife, Kate. They are the parents of five young boys, Grant, Mitch, Brigham, William and Clarke.


Jonathan Cooper

Music Associate & Communications Coordinator

JonathanJonathan is a recent Master’s graduate in voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with acclaimed baritone, William McGraw.  Appearances at CCM include baritone soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, baritone soloist in Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and in “The Monteverdi Project” as both a vocal soloist and harpsichord continuist.  An early music specialist, Jonathan performs regularly as bass soloist with Collegium Cincinnati, The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland, OH) and Christ Church Cathedral Choir. His rendition of BWV 82 as part of the inaugural Cincinnati Bach Festival with CSO principal oboist, Dwight Parry, was acclaimed as demonstrating “a dark, caressing voice” with “just the right edge to it.”

One recent highlight included Der Tod (Death) in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, composed in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943), and performed as a part of the Cincinnati Chamber Opera’s “Theresienstadt Opera Project.” Jonathan has also performed in Charpentier’s Le Reniement de St. Pierre, Jesus in Arvo Pärt’s PASSIO, Jesus in Schutz’s St. John Passion, and soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland, OH). An experienced recitalist, Jonathan was a “highlight” of concert:nova’s “re:member” concert where he  performed songs of English composer George Butterworth. Jonathan is a graduate of the conservatory of music at Baldwin-Wallace University (Berea, OH).  There he performed Pausanias in Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Colline in La Bohème, Dr. Gibbs in Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and Mr. Gobineau in The Medium.

Jonathan currently serves as Communications Coordinator and Music Associate at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, where he also sings regularly on the Bach Vespers series and in the St. Thomas Parish Choir. From time to time, Jonathan can also can be found playing electric, acoustic and bass guitar when the opportunity arises!


Spencer Bartley

Program Assistant for Music Ministries

Bio coming soon!


Choral Scholars


Annalise Dzwonczyk

soprano

headshotSoprano Annalise Dzwonczyk was a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera in 2014 and 2015, where she was seen as Gossip #1 in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles* and covered the roles of Florestine (The Ghosts of Versailles) and Frasquita (Carmen.) She is a 2014 alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Vocal Academy. Annalise graduated with her Master’s Degree in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2016, where she also earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 2014. Some of her favorite roles at CCM included the title character in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea.) A frequent concert soloist, she has enjoyed singing locally with the Music for All Seasons Cincinnati series, CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati’s VAE: Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Musica Sacra. Annalise is originally from Avon Lake, Ohio and works for First Financial Bank in downtown Cincinnati.


Brianna Bragg

alto

Bio coming soon!


Sam Krausz

tenor

JHILLPHOTO-1189.jpgTenor Sam Krausz is currently a third year undergraduate vocal performance student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying under William McGraw. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Sam is an alumnus of the Opera Theater of Saint Louis Artists-in-Training program where he began his voice lessons, and he also notably placed as the silver medalist in the voice category of the 2014 YoungArts Festival in Miami, FL. While at CCM, Sam has performed as a soloist for all three of CCM’s choirs, and he made his orchestral solo debut with St. Thomas’ own Bach Ensemble. He is also preparing for his first operatic leading role as the title character of CCM’s 2017 production of Britten’s Albert Herring. Sam fully plans on continuing to graduate school for voice, though he is not sure where. Most importantly, Sam’s faith and his immense support from his family, his school, and the nurturing community of Saint Thomas continue to inform him along his musical path.


“Come As You Are” Musicians


Sarah Folsom

soprano

sarah-folsom-1Sarah Folsom is a professional singer and voice teacher in the Cincinnati area. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Sarah completed her Master’s degree in Voice at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati in 2015 and currently serves on the voice faculty at the Cincinnati Music Academy. Sarah has extensive performing experience in multiple genres, including operatic and musical theatre roles such as Beth (Little Woman), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music), Maria (West Side Story), and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). Sarah’s concert work as a soprano soloist encompasses performances of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Mass in C, and Handel’s beloved Messiah. Sarah has also performed in theatrical plays, most recently appearing in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival production of Reflections. The recipient of numerous awards in performance and music research, Sarah has received the Tallahassee Music Guild’s Harsanyi Award, Florida State University’s John P. Spratt Award, and four consecutive first place prizes at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. Sarah continues to establish herself as an active recitalist and professional musician, presenting solo programs across the country and performing regularly in professional ensembles throughout the Tri-State area.


Kyle Lamb

percussion

img_8099Kyle A. Lamb is an active percussion performer and educator based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, appreciated for his diverse skill sets in classical and non-classical musical styles alike.  A passionate music educator, Kyle regularly works with students of all ages and backgrounds in both private and classroom settings.  Currently, Kyle has a private studio of percussion students as well as working as assistant director of percussion for the Indian Hill High School Braves Marching Band.  During the summers, Kyle works with young artists at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan where he currently serves as Coordinator of Camp Life.  Kyle is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).