The Chancel Quartet serves as section leaders to the Chancel Choir, providing vocal leadership. They also help lead Taize worship the first Sundays of the month.
Laura Snyderman, Soprano
Laura Snyderman prides herself in performing a variety of styles, from Aperghis to J.S. Bach. Laura sang Gilda in an excerpt of Rigoletto with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem. She performed Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and La Chauve Souris/La Chouette in L’enfant et les Sortileges with IMAO NYC under the direction of Richard Barrett. She debuted Julia in the world premiere of Moshe Zorman’s opera, Albert, and Chloe in an “outstanding performance,” of Thomas Whitman’s revised chamber opera, Sukey in the Dark. Other credits include Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica with Bel Cantati Opera; Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Keith Chambers, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte under the direction of Benoit Renard with Manhattan Opera Studio. In concert, Laura performed Lieschen in three settings of The Coffee Cantata, including a previously unperformed J.S. Buchberger cantata. She was a featured artist with the UN International Day for Citizenship ceremony, Smithsonian Institute Fabergé Egg and Russian Romance Seminar, the Union Square Chamber Art Series, the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival, and Blank Space Baltimore. Recently, Laura’s performance of Alban Berg’s “Die Nachtigall,” was presented twice on Maryland PBS. A Master of Music graduate from the Peabody Conservatory, Laura recently completed her education as a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate in the studio of Elizabeth Futral. For more information visit: laurasnyderman.com.
Jeannette Mulherin, Alto
Jeannette has served as the Chancel choir’s alto section leader since 2001. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and a graduate degree in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations from Georgetown University. Jeannette is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Writing and Rhetoric program at George Mason University. She works as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. In her spare time, Jeannette writes for the Maryland Theatre Guide, handcrafts her own soap, and plays a mean Irish fiddle.
Evan Ayars, Tenor
Evan Ayars was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, but moved to Virginia not long after. He grew up in McLean and graduated from Langley High School in 2001. While at Langley, Evan was in the Madrigals all four years. He also was active in the Drama department and was nominated for a Cappie Award for his role as the Teen Angel in Grease in 2000. Evan graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University in 2005. Currently, Mr. Ayars is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education at George Mason University.
Evan has been teaching general music, chorus, and piano in Fairfax County Public Schools for 13 years. Evan is an avid performer; singing at weddings, performing in choral groups in the DC area.
John Clewett, Bass
John Clewett has sung with the Lewinsville Chancel Choir as a section leader since 2003, initially with the tenors and more recently with the basses. He has also been a paid section leader or chorister at Potomac United Methodist Church, the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, Opera Camerata of Washington, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Rock Creek Parish), and the Bethesda Jewish Congregation.
He has sung with The Choral Arts Society of Washington (choralarts.org), a 180-voice symphonic chorus, since 1986 (as a tenor, and tenor section leader for the last five seasons), and with the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, a 30-voice ensemble, since its inception in 2014 (some years as a tenor and some as a baritone). With Choral Arts he has performed at the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Italy, England, France, Russia, and China.
He has sung on 20 commercially released recordings, including CDs with the Choral Arts Society, the Choral Arts Chamber Singers, the Washington Men’s Camerata, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A graduate of Stanford University and UCLA Law School, he is now retired, and lives in Falls Church with his wife, Cindy Speas, who sings alto in the Choral Arts Society and in the Lewinsville Chancel Choir.