Angela Tipps, Director

Soprano

Shannon Foster
Daphne Garey
McKenzie Garey
Beth Hanson
Rachel Lapinski
Amanda O’Connor
Karen Rogers

Alto

Janet Amend
Cayla Bryson
Sara Chang
Myrna Closser
McLauren Foster
Sara Getsay
Connie Marley
Deborah Torgersen-Paul
Julie Whittier

Tenor

Cory Cox
Gilbert Love
Derek Meler
Ken Nelson
William Taylor
Dale Tipps

Bass

Daniel Elder
Richard Gray
Gary King
Chandler Montgomery
Jerome Reed
Johnathan Vest


Soprano

Beth Hanson has sung with NCS since 2004. A native of middle Tennessee, she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. Singing was part of Beth’s life at an early age, from sitting on her father’s knee and singing along at church, then continuing through high school, college, and in her career with the Nashville Chamber Singers. Beth teaches general music and directs two choral groups at West Hills Elementary, an intermediate elementary school in Lewisburg, Tennessee, which is, incidentally, where she first joined the school chorus in fourth grade. Outside of music, Beth’s interests are playing with her boys, heirloom sewing, popcorn and hot chocolate, good movies, great books, and Pinterest projects.


Amelia Mader joined the choir in the spring of 2016. In 2014, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Music Media Production from Ball State University and recently moved to Franklin, TN for an internship at Studio 19. Her past choral/musical experience includes medieval chant and sacred harp music in high school; 3 tours with Angelus (small women’s ensemble from Mt. Vernon, IN); 4 years with Ball State’s Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus; Soprano section leader at College Avenue UMC in Muncie, IN; and a year with the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. She was also invited to sing at Carnegie Hall for the World Premiere performance of two-time Grammy Award-winning composer Christoper Tin’s “The Drop That Contained the Sea,” which she assisted in the post-production editing for the album. Amelia’s hopeful occupation is to be a music editor for film/television in the near future. Other interests include kittens, traveling the world (one visit to Australia was not enough), and composing for various genres in her free time.

 


Alto

Dr. Torgersen-Paul received her BS in Molecular Genetics in 1986 from the University of California at Davis, her Masters in Biology in 1988 from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 1995 from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to joining AstraZeneca in March 1999, she owned and operated a genetic testing company in Nashville, Tennessee, which provided nation-wide services for bone marrow transplant matching, forensic DNA crime scene analysis and parentage testing. Dr. Torgersen-Paul currently holds the position of Executive Medical Science Liaison in Oncology, functioning as the scientific resource to Oncology clinicians and researchers for all AstraZeneca & MedImmune Oncology compounds, across the development spectrum. Dr. Torgersen-Paul currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, is married and has 5 daughters.


Sara Fowler Getsay is an Alabama native and a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in English and a minor in vocal performance. Sara has enjoyed music her entire life, receiving several state-level awards for piano performance in her youth.  In college, Sara sang with the Birmingham-Southern Concert Choir and the jazz a capella group Hilltop Singers. She also enjoys theater and musical theater and has a particular fondness for Stephen Sondheim. Sara graduated from Cornell Law School where she sang with the Cornell Chamber Singers, and came to Nashville to pursue a career in healthcare law. She currently works at HCA, serves on the Board of the Nashville Repertory Theatre and is a member of Belle Meade United Methodist Church. She is married to Rick and has two sons, Hank and Charlie. Sara joined NCS in the fall of 2000.

 


Tenor

Cory Cox has been singing for over forty years, having sung in New York, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, studying voice with Marianina Setaro Jones of El Paso, Texas, and singing at the University of Texas at Austin under the baton of Craig Hella Johnson.  He has served as first chair of the Texas All State Choir as a Bass II performing the Brahms Requiem under the direction of Robert Shaw, is a Baritone, and commonly sings Tenor II in the Nashville choral music scene. Since moving to the Nashville area in 2006, he has sung with the Vanderbilt Community Chorus, Vanderbilt’s Collegium Vocale, Vox Humana, Portara Ensemble, and the Nashville Chamber Singers.  Formerly a member of Brentwood United Methodist Church, he joined West End United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir in 2010, where he still attends.  Additionally, he is honored to blend into the church choirs of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta’s Buckhead area, Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville, and St. George’s Episcopal in Belle Meade periodically, singing either Tenor II or Bass II.  He makes his home in Nashville’s Nippers Corner area, has three children, and works as a digital marketing and sales professional within the automotive and transportation industries.


Dale Tipps studied music at MTSU and Scarritt Graduate School, and holds a law degree from Vanderbilt University.  He currently works as a judge in the Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation.  He has been involved with choral music his whole life and cannot imagine where he would be without it.  At various times, it has taken him to college, introduced him to Europe, and paid the bills.  He met his wife while subbing for a friend in a church choir.  One of his earliest friends is in the Nashville Chamber Singers, and they have been singing together in various groups almost constantly for over forty years.  Choir is where he has met most of his friends, learned most of the important stuff, and retained most of his sanity.  Dale is happily married to Angela Tipps, which explains his tenure with the Nashville Chamber Singers since the fall of 1996.

 


Bass