Voices that make a difference

Mission:

 

Established in 1976, The Thomas Circle Singers (TCS) is a welcoming and inclusive choral ensemble committed to enriching the musical life of the Washington, D.C. region through engaging and impactful performances, and partnerships with D.C.-based social service organizations.

 

Vision:

 

TCS envisions a future where choral singing is a vibrant part of a just and equitable society.

 

Values:

Community
TCS is a fellowship of singers, audience members, and beneficiary partners representing all walks of life in the D.C. region. We partner with local social service organizations by donating concert ticket proceeds and through collaborative engagements, both of which bring attention to causes and organizations delivering solutions in our city.

Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
TCS knows that voices can make a difference, and that we can make the greatest difference when we include all voices. We promote policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation. ​​In support of a full creative life for all, TCS values members of our community and strives to make its programs and materials accessible. 

Musical Artistry
TCS singers are skilled, experienced musicians. In collaboration with local instrumentalists, we deliver emotionally impactful performances that engage, surprise, and move our community.

New Music
Choral music has a rich history, as well as a rich contemporary life. TCS champions the music of living composers in our performances, including commissioning works, to ensure that the musical life of Washington, D.C. includes a vibrant, fresh choral presence.
 

Who Are We

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Miles Canaday

Artistic Director

Miles Canaday is Assistant Professor of Music at Whitman College, where he is the director of Choral Activities. Miles served as Visiting Director of Choirs at William & Mary, and was previously the Assistant Conductor for the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, and directed the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus in Geneva, NY. Before his work in western New York, he conducted collegiate, church and community ensembles across Colorado, including the Metropolitan State University of Denver Women's Chamber Choir, the Laudamus Chamber Chorale of Fort Collins, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Choirs in Aurora.

Miles began singing as a treble in the Choir of Men and Boys at Christ Church Greenwich, CT at age nine, and studied voice, solfeggio, piano and music theory with Joseph Leniado-Chira. He has since continued to sing in ensembles, including the Yale Schola Cantorum, St. Martin's Chamber Choir (Denver), the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and various Eastman choral groups.

Miles graduated with a B.A. in music with honors from Harvard College, where he studied conducting with Jameson Marvin and Federico Cortese and was President of the Harvard Glee Club. With a keen interest in early 20th century music, he completed a senior thesis focusing on the creation of cacophony using rhythmic and tonal patterns in Stravinsky's Petrushka. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Dr. William Weinert. Miles completed a doctoral research project on the unpublished choral works of Spanish Renaissance composer Sebastián de Vivanco, and was the recipient of the Walter Hagen Prize in Conducting. Miles received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, studying with Profs. Marguerite Brooks and Jeffrey Douma.

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Erin Feng

Executive Director

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.

Board of Directors

Rachel Phillips, Chair

Sam Baltimore, Secretary, ADEI Committee Chair

Monica Rao, Treasurer

Adriana Babic, At Large​​​

Susan Bruninga, At Large

Grant Van Eaton, At Large

Matthew Virgile, Singer President, ex-officio