Voices that make a difference
Established in 1976, The Thomas Circle Singers (TCS) is a welcoming and inclusive choral ensemble committed to enriching the musical life of the Washington, DC region through engaging and impactful performances, and partnerships with DC-based social service organizations.
TCS envisions a future where choral singing is a vibrant part of a just and equitable society.
Who Are We
Under James Kreger's direction, the chorus has been hailed by The Washington Post for it’s “glowing performance” and for being “on pitch, well focused, fluent and singing expressively.” Critics have also noted that “Artistic Director James Kreger has his 32-person ensemble singing weightlessly and with agility. Soft singing is much more difficult to sustain than loud, but pitch never wavered and long phrases emerged sounding fresh and easy.” In recognition for his work with TCS, Mr. Kreger was honored with WETA-FM’s Hometown Hero award.
He has directed choral programs in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. He has led workshops and conducted choir festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic region; guest conducting appearances have included the Metropolitan Chorus (Arlington, VA) and Germantown Oratorio Society (Philadelphia, PA). As an organ recitalist, he has been described in The Washington Post as possessing “ a sense of drama and rhythmic drive” and “a pleasant sense of delicacy.”
He holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Westminster Choir College. In May 2008, his achievements in and contributions to choral music were recognized by his alma mater through the presentation of an alumni merit award.
Erin Feng brings a wide range of musical expertise and administrative experience to her roles as executive director of both the Capital City Symphony and The Thomas Circle Singers. She is a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus and sings regularly with other regional companies. Prior to being appointed executive director, Erin was administrative director of The Thomas Circle Singers. She also worked as festival coordinator for the Boulanger Initiative, which commissions, promotes, and celebrates music composed by women and other gender-marginalized people. Previously, Erin served as an intern with the Choral Arts Society of Washington and in an interim capacity at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in voice from the University of Alberta and her master’s degree in opera from the University of Maryland. She also holds a certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts. A native of Canada, Erin now lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and son.
Dr. Elizabeth Dumas Schneider
Elizabeth Dumas Schneider has degrees from the Juilliard School of Music in piano performance, and the Catholic University of America in performance and pedagogy. A Florida native, she now teaches in the Washington, D. C. area and performs often as a soloist, accompanist, recitalist, orchestral cellist and in piano-violin duos with her husband Karl. She is an organist for the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel, coordinates strings for the Maryland Christian Youth Band and Orchestra, and is Music Director/Organist for Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spring.
Board of Directors
Andrew Beckwith, Chair
Sam Baltimore, Secretary, ADEI Committee Chair
Rachel Phillips, Treasurer
Adriana Babic, At Large
Susan Bruninga, At Large
Matthew Koch, Partner Engagement Committee Chair
Grant van Eaton, At Large
Matthew Virgile, Singer President, ex-officio