Music Program

Barbara Wilkinson

Music Director

Barbara Wilkinson is a classically trained pianist with over thirty years’ experience performing, teaching and coaching both in the USA and abroad. Raised in North Carolina, Barbara began her career at the age of 13 as accompanist for her school choir. Since then her career as performer, piano teacher, voice teacher, choir director, and coach/accompanist has taken her from North Carolina to Michigan, LA, Washington, DC, and Brussels, Belgium.

In addition to her job as Director of Music at the Community on the Hill church in DC, Barbara maintains a private music studio where she teaches piano and voice, and offers coaching and accompaniment for vocalists and instrumentalists. Her warm, nurturing pedagogical style, combined with her extensive experience working with people of all levels, ages and backgrounds, allows her students to reach their musical potential in a joyful, non-threatening way. She is never happier than when a student discovers his or her own power of music.

Education
BM in Piano Performance, 1979; University of North Carolina, Greensboro
MM in Piano Performance, 1982; University of Michigan

Barbara regularly attends piano and voice pedagogy workshops countrywide, in order to keep her teaching methods aligned with the most recent music education research.

Music Organizations
National Federation of Music Clubs
Music Teachers National Association
Washington Music Teachers Association
Friday Morning Music Club, Washington, DC

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Choir

The CommUnity on the Hill choir, directed by Barbara Wilkinson is open to anyone who would like to sing. The choir performs only on special occasions and holidays. If you are interesting in singing, contact Barbara Wilkinson.

We enjoy musicians both professional and students every Sunday.

Harlie Sponaugle has been described as the Steinway of sopranos, with a seamless, powerful voice that is warm and full on the top and resonant and clear on the bottom. From the expanse of the opera stage to the intimacy of a small black box theater, her performances paint compelling characters that speak straight to the heart.

Harlie brings passion and a deep commitment to every role, every recital, every song, every monologue. She is a strong proponent of both American music and theatre, and has premiered numerous songs and performed in readings and workshops of new stage works. She performed the Washington, DC premiere of John Kander’s “The Letter from Sullivan Ballou,” premiered songs by American composers Mark Adamo, Ernst Bacon, David Kane, Paul Nasto, and Scott Upright, and soloed in two new works by Paul Leavitt, the musical “Tom to Tenn” and his “Requiem Mass.” She also created the role of Emilia in the world premiere of “Fever Longing Still” by DC playwright Caleen Sinnett Jennings.

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Harlie Sponaugle

soprano

Abigail Palmer is a renound harpist, music therapist and teacher. Abigail performs regularly with her all-originals group called Abigail Palmer Group. She began playing celtic harp in 1999, has studied at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. In 2012, she recorded her first full length album of original music called Sow Hope, which features her on electric and acoustic harp, vocals, percussion, and piano. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and Certification Board For Music Therapists.

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Abigail Palmer

harp

Nancy Snider is more than just director of the music program in American University’s Department of Performing Arts; she’s more than just a teacher once honored as AU’s outstanding adjunct; and she’s more than just a talented cello player. Music Program Director Nancy Jo Snider, ‘cellist, educator, and administrator, is a full-time senior professorial lecturer in the Department of Performing Arts. A multi-faceted career is “de rigueur” for artists. Playing my ‘cello in everything from period instrument performances of French Baroque music at the Opera Royal in the Palace of Versailles, to avant-garde solo playing with a Czech theatre company in South Africa, is all part of a day’s work.

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Nancy Snider

cello

Jazz vocalist Sara Jones has been delighting audiences nationwide since she began singing professionally in 2001. Praised by critics for her trademark “lush vocals,” and her “velvet embrace” of the music, Sara beguiles and charms her listeners at every performance. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Masters of Music in Piano Accompanying from the University of Cincinnati College’s Conservatory of Music. “I always tell people that if they attend my shows, I swear that they’ll have a good time!” On evidence of the performances recorded on Daydream A Little, that is a sure bet.

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Sara Jones

jazz pianist

Ginny Tutton has performed as flutist and piccoloist with the Washington Idaho Symphony, the University of Idaho Faculty Chamber Ensemble, and the University of Idaho Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Ginny’s students have won many prizes including first place at state-wide solo competitions and top-level scores at honor bands. Ginny has a Masters Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Idaho, a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and an honorary Doctorate in Awesomeness from her students.  Ginny plans to start earning her actual doctorate very soon.

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Ginny Tutton

flute

David Lonkevich is a solo, chamber and orchestral flutist currently living in Washington, DC. He holds a B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Studied with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff, and Ransom Wilson. He is active as a clinician and teacher and is on the faculty of the George Washington University and the Washington Conservatory of Music. Performed with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; principal flute, National Theater Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera. Performs regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Recitals at Austrian Embassy, French Embassy as part of the “Embassy Series,” and Anderson House Museum.

David Lonkevich

flute

Rosanne Conway holds degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Colorado and as winner of the Petri Award for Foreign Study, attended the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre in Hannover, Germany and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In New York, she studied with Earl Wild at Juilliard. Ms. Conway has performed at the American Liszt Society Festival at the Kennedy Center and has appeared on many local and regional concert series as recitalist, chamber music player and accompanist. Ms. Conway and Santiago Rodgriguez have recorded Rachmaninoff’s four hand/two piano works for the Elan label. Currently on the faculty of the National Cathedral School, Ms. Conway also maintains a private studio.

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Rosanne Conway

piano

“A great voice singing great songs.” That is the simplest way to introduce you to LEA’s music. While she often draws comparisons to other female phenoms like Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell and Ani DiFranco, LEA’s sound seamlessly blends gospel, jazz, country and R&B into her own style – SoulFolk.

In the last decade, I’ve discovered that the teachings of Ernest Holmes resonates quite closely with my philosophy. The foundation of my understandings about life revolve around Unity of all things and the creative nature of humanity. It is a pleasure every time I am able to serve by singing with like-minded New Thought groups. It has also been my honor to share music in Unitarian, Unity, Ethical Culture, for Presbyterian congregations and Jewish temples. We all are One. The religion (or not) that we choose to follow is not important. “All We Need Is Love.”

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Lea Morris

folk singer and guitar

Andrew Kutt is head of Oneness-Family School, the Montessori-based, international peace academy he founded in 1988 in Bethesda, MD. He serves on the board of the International Montessori Council and is a founding member of the Montessori Peace Academy, which advises schools with a peace-centered curriculum. A poet, songwriter, and musician, Andrew’s latest children’s CD is entitled Earth Songs and the piece “Montessori Child” is dedicated to Maria Montessori’s mission. Andrew writes regularly about education, cultural trends, and human development.

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Andrew Kutt

folk singer, guitarist, educator

Molly Hodges Hollingsworth is a passionate and sought-after violinist, collaborator, and teacher. From experimental rock shows to the TEDxTalk stage, Hollingsworth has given solo and collaborative performances at many reknowned and diverse DC venues, including the Concert Hall, Recital Hall and Opera House of the Kennedy Center, the 9:30 Club, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Black Cat, Strathmore Music Center, the National Building Museum, and the National Museum for Women in The Arts, among many others. Hollingsworth is currently a member of the adjunct music faculty at Northwest Florida State College. She recieved her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the University of West Florida where she studied with Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy (2006-2011),  and her Master of Music in violin performance from the University of Maryland College Park with Dr. James Stern  (2011-2013). While at UMD, Molly studied violin pedagogy through the doctoral level with renowned pedagogue Dr. Gerald Fischbach.

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Molly Hollingsowrth

violin

For vocalist Karen Gray, every performance is an act of love: She loves the songs, she loves the collaboration with fine musicians, and she loves her audience. Karen’s vocal style is sensitive and smart. Each tune is delivered with right-on intonation and a true jazz sense of timing. Thanks to her affection for the songs and her affinity with the listeners, Karen is an audience favorite, and a popular lead singer for all size jazz and swing ensembles performing at public and private events.

A tip top vocalist — Washingtonian

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Karen Gray

jazz singer

Born in 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, David Kane has been a fixture on the US music scene since 1975 both as a pianist and composer. He is equally comfortable in Jazz and Classical settings. He has performed with notable Jazz Artists such as Woody Shaw, Steve Kujala, Dave Liebman and Dizzy Gillespie. He has also performed extensively with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the Twentieth Century Consort. He is active as a composer of both Classical Music and Film Music with hundreds of Film and TV scores to his name. Since 2006 he has been writing for Cadence Magazine. He currently lives in the DC area with his wife Cynthia and their two daughters, Celeste and Ariel.

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Dave Kane

piano

A sought after concert performer, Kristina Riegle has appeared as a featured soloist with a diverse array of companies and festivals, such as LaTiDo DC, Opera Providence, Cape Cod Opera, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Tapestry Opera, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, New England Light Opera, National Broadway Chorus, and Opera on Tap. She has also performed productions with The Kennedy Center, Opera Camerata of Washington, Capital Fringe Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Opera Boston.

Ms. Riegle holds a M.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and B.A. degrees in Music and Biology, as well as an Artist Certificate in Vocal Performance from the College of Charleston. She currently resides in the DC area where she is on Voice/Acting Faculty at Cardon Studios, a Standardized Patient and Medical Improv Instructor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and is a Co-Founder/Director of Opera on Tap DC Metro.

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Kristina Riegle

mezzo-soprano

Katherine Riddle is a Washington, DC based singer/actress. An Annapolis native and graduate of American University in Washington DC, Katherine has performed in concert halls and theaters throughout the DC area including: The Kennedy Center, National Portrait Gallery, Newseum, Shakespeare Theatre, Toby’s Dinner Theater, and Compass Rose Theater.

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Katherine Riddle

soprano

Kelly Smith Jones has performed in a wide variety of musical styles. She has performed with Wolf Trap Opera Company, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Washington Concert Opera, Summer Opera Theatre, and Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, and more recently has sung in concert at the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kelly has served as Vocal Instructor at The National Cathedral and The Madeira School and Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia. In addition to being an Adjunct Instructor at American University, she maintains a private studio and enjoys teaching vocal styles from Opera to Contemporary Commercial Music. Kelly completed her Master of Music degree at Manhattan School of Music, where she was featured as Phoebe in the World Premiere and Albany Records recording of The House of the Seven Gables.

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Kelly Smith Jones

soprano

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