Herndon Choir Alumni
We are proud of our alumni and want them to remain a part of Herndon Choir. We encourage alumni of both the Choir and Drama programs to stay in touch with fellow singers and share their experiences since graduation.
Class of 2009
Nathan sang in Madrigals, Vocal Jazz, and the Men's Choir, and was a founding member of the Bennett Street Boys. He performed in the Broadway Cabaret, Kiss Me, Kate, and The Sound of Music, and he was selected for District XII Chorus and All-Virginia Choir. He also performed in several productions by the Elden Street Players in Herndon.
Nathan is attending the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, where he is pursuing a liberal arts degree.
Contact Nathan at email@example.com
Class of 2008
Maddie sang in the Concert Choir and in Women's Chorale while at Herndon. She is currently attending Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She participates in a program at Lesley called Threshold, where she works two days a week and has class the other days. She has not yet declared a major.
Her message to her fellow and future alumni: "Follow your dreams and never
give up." You may e-mail Maddie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Photo by Sonya Frostad. Used with permission.)
Alex participated with the Columbia Collegiate Chorale of Maryland (Columbia Union College, MD) in their 2008 summer tour. As part of their three-week tour, they participated in the "Festival of the Aegean" on the island of Syros, Greece. Alex is pictured here visiting the Acropolis in Athens, wearing his Herndon Madrigals t-shirt. The chorale also visited and performed in Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania. (Photo submitted by Eliud Bonilla. Used with permission.)
Class of 2007
Nate Tao is a regionally recognized singer and performer, having been described as “displaying perfect vocal technique and tone” and possessing an “excellent singing voice” (Courtesy: Cappies of DC Area). A unique blend of different characteristics, Nate is a first-generation Asian-American born to deaf parents. He recently began his college career at Ithaca College to study classical voice. In addition to classical voice, Nate also holds a passion for pop and R&B music, inspired by artists like Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. This passion led Nate to become a part of Ithacappella, the all-male a cappella group at Ithaca College, and Hyannis Sound, the all-male a cappella group based in Cape Cod.
While his future plans have not yet taken shape, he remains optimistic and confident about his future successes in one of many possible fields.
(Photo by Melanie Miller-Cvilikas; used with her permission and Nate Tao's permission)
Class of 1996
Katrina (Katie) Shinay graduated from Herndon High School in 1996. While at Herndon she was a member of the Madrigals, Show Choir, Wind Ensemble, Vice President of Tri-M, and the recipient of the music department's outstanding senior award. After graduating from Herndon, she attended Northwestern University where she received her BM in Vocal Performance and Opera, and a certificate degree in music business. She was Vice President of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional women's music fraternity, and was a recipient of the Sword of Honor for outstanding service to the fraternity. While at NU she was recognized by the Society of American Musicians, and the Bel Canto Foundation. She is an active member of the Northwestern University Alumni Admissions Council and interviews prospective students mainly for admission to the music and theater schools.
After graduating from NU in 2000, Katie attended the Boston Conservatory where she received her MM in Musical Theater. While at the Conservatory she had the honor of performing with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. The Boston Herald said of her performance, "the set ended on a high note with Katrina Shinay's dynamic delivery of "Climb Every Mountain" which no doubt rattled the chandeliers." Immediately after graduation from BoCo, she joined the staff of the famed PALS Children's Chorus. She began as a teacher, director, and business manager, and was named the Executive Director in 2004. During her tenure with PALS, she worked with the kids on operas with the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tanglewood Opera Center, and dozens of concerts with various professional Boston music organizations, including the Boston Symphony.
Katie returned to her alma mater of The Boston Conservatory in 2005 to join the staff of the theater division, and was named Assistant Director of the division in 2008, a position she currently holds.
Katie is a proud member of Actor's Equity, and performs throughout the Boston area at various professional theaters including New Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Fiddlehead Theater, and Reagle Players where she appeared in Carousel starring the legendary Shirley Jones. She has also been seen in concert with Longwood Opera and New England Light Opera.
(Photo used with permission of Katie Shinay)
Class of 1985
KIM GARDNER CALLAHAN
Kim Gardner Callahan sang in the Freshman Choir, Concert Choir, and Madrigals, and performed in three musicals: "Alice In Wonderland" (1982), "The Fantasticks" (1984), and "The Boyfriend" (1985). Today she works from home as a bookkeeper for a family business. Contact Kim via e-mail: email@example.com
Class of 1979
Anette Hyloft Veldhuyzen sang in the Concert Choir and performed in several musicals, including "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Oklahoma." She currently teaches family law at Germanna Community College. Contact Anette via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org