Singers

Becky Lilly - As a child I studied piano and organ. I also sang all through school and in church. After highschool I left home for a career with the federal government. I still sang when given the opportunity. In 1980 I discovered the barbershop harmony of Sweet Adelines. This organization was a perfect fit for me as I love harmony. I have also received wonderful vocal training. Blue Ridge Singers is now offering me a chance to further enhance my vocal skills and broaden my musical knowledge. I love it all!

Carol Colacurcio - I graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana with a Bachelor or Science in Music. I have taught piano since then to all age groups. Since 1997, after receiving training and certification as a sound practitioner, I have specialized in using cross cultural music from the sound healer tradition as an alternative healing method. From this work, I have produced four CDs: Sound Accord, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Music for the Archetypes and Dreams of the Sun. I have sung in a variety of choral groups doing popular, classical to madrigals and am happy to be a part of the Blue Ridge Singers.

Emily Mason - Emily Mason has been singing with choirs for about 15 years and is excited to be singing with the Blue Ridge singers. She is also working towards doing some solo singing as well. She is self-employed as a harpist for the DC/Northern VA area and is currently working on buying a concert pedal harp. Emily hopes to remain self-employed as a harpist, and is looking forward to soon attending Lord Fairfax Community college for oil painting, biology and geometry.  

Eunice Myers - Eunice Myers lives in Stephens City with her husband, Dennis Myers. Her family includes two grown sons, Andrew and Seth, a daughter-in-law Megan and an infant granddaughter, Myiah. She teaches mathematics at Lord Fairfax Community College – Fauquier Campus. Eunice has been singing since she was very young. She started singing with her sisters in her local church. In junior high and high school, she sang in the school choirs. In college she sang in a number of different ensembles – Women’s Ensemble, Concert Choir and the Oratorio Society. In the 1980’s she sang with the Front Royal Oratorio Society. She is very happy to be a part of the Blue Ridge Singers

Heather Knapp - Studied Music since the age of six starting with piano and then switching to flute in my teen years. In the mid 80’s started singing lessons and joined the Finger lakes community choir as well as church ensembles. Enjoy singing in choir and playing flute for our church worship team. Married to my husband Peter for 7 years with 3 wonderful children and in my spare time I enjoy sewing, gardening, reading, and playing sports.

Jon Campbell - Jon began his musical career by playing trombone in the Ambridge (PA) High School band. At Asbury College (Wilmore, KY), he sang in the college glee club. More recently, he has sung with the Piedmont Singers (Middleburg, VA) and continues to sing in the choir of Grace Episcopal Church (Berryville, VA). When not singing, Jon works as a geographer at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA.

Kay Alban - Kay was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where she grew up singing and playing the piano and flute. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she sang in the Duquesne University Chamber Singers (where she met her husband!) while she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Since moving to Front Royal, she has been singing in the choirs at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and working as a pharmacist in the Wincester area. She is very happy to be a member of the Blue Ridge Singers! In addition to her love of music she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling, but above all, she loves to spend time with her wonderful husband Jeff and their beautiful son Matthew!

Leslie Fiddler - Leslie Fiddler has a music degree from the University of Victoria and an arts administration certificate from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta with which she provided arts management services for renowned British Columbia artist Paula Jardine, the Vancouver Children's Circus Society, Mascall Dance Company and the Vancouver New Music Society. Resident in Warren County since 2001, she enjoys singing at church and with the Blue Ridge Singers.

Melanie Baker - Melanie Baker is the associate director of the Institute of Catholic Culture, a non-profit providing adult faith formation and educational opportunities online and in the Northern Virginia area. She has also worked at Christendom College and for the Bush Administration. Originally from Texas, Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001 from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Melanie enjoys serving in several volunteer capacities at Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church and dancing with her soft shoe Irish dance troupe. She began playing piano at an early age, and has sung both as a soloist (her favorite location having been the Indian Treaty Room at the White House!) and with a variety of choirs, including the Bruce Nehring Consort, the Washington Women's Chorus, the Joyful Noise Gospel Choir, Washington and Lee University Chorus, and several a cappella groups

Mike Spory - Mike Spory has sung with the Front Royal Oratorio, the Rappahannock Chorus and the Front Royal Madrigals. He sang in the Front Royal Little Theater productions of Once Upon a Mattress as Sir Harry, and was in the chorus of Carousel. He also sang a duet with his wife in the Warren Memorial Hospital Follies. He is the Chief Probation Officer in District 25 in Leesburg, VA and is president of the Samuel's Public Library Board of Trustees.

Pam Andrews - Pamela McInturff Andrews. A native and life-long resident of Front Royal I developed a love of choral music from David Blauvelt, my chorus teacher from 8th to 12th grade. I have two adult children, DJ and Seth. DJ and his wife Sara have made me the proud grandmother of Joe and Jordan. Currently I am the enrichment teacher for Math and English at the Warren County Middle School - a job that I love and find very fulfilling.

Pat Spory - Pat Spory, Soprano, a native of Beaver Falls, PA, enjoyed singing in regional and state choral festivals in high school and toured with her college concert choir. She played Katie in the musical "Plain and Fancy." She studied voice with Judith Hughes at Westminster College in PA. She has sung in the Rappahannock Chorus, the Front Royal Madrigals, Winchester Musica Viva, and the Front Royal Oratorio Society since moving to VA in 1978. While with Front Royal Little Theater, she played Julie Jordan in "Carousel" and Lady Larken in "Once Upon a Mattress." A founding member of Blue Ridge Singers, she currently serves as the group’s president.

Richard Kurzenknabe - Richard Kurzenknabe, Bass II, is a founding member of Blue Ridge Singers and serves on its Board of Directors. He has been singing in various choral ensembles since attending Virginia Wesleyan College, where he was a member of the college chorus as well as its auditioned chamber choir. Following college graduation in 1979, he sang with the Front Royal Oratorio Society and was a founding member of Winchester Musica Viva. Richard has been married to his wife, Cathy, since 1983 and is the proud father of 8 children and the grandfather of one.

Robin Hibl - My name is Robin Marie Hibl. My Mom and Dad were madly in love and were married for 43 years, and I hail 4th out of 11 of children. My Mom would sing all around the house, and started singing Christmas Carols in July. Many of my siblings either sing or play musical intruments. I have 40 nieces and nephews. I joined the Saint John's Singers, directed by Dr. Alban in January 2011. I love learning about music, and am really enjoying the company of my compadres. I went to college at Lord Fairfax and took classes in computer graphics. I have been employed by Seton Home Study School since 1990, and I do graphics and layout design for them. I love quilting, and tae (tea). Oh, and there will be tae in Heaven- laudamus te, benedicimus te, adoramus te, glorificamus te."

Sue Arico - Susan Arico is a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 1974, she worked for the Republican Study Committee on Capitol Hill and the Heritage Foundation. Later she was hired by Paul Weyrich at the Free Congress Foundation, also in Washington, D. C. to be the editor of The Political Report, a weekly national newsletter focused on congressional elections. Susan and her husband, Dan, started Arico Systems, a computer services company, in 1984 and moved the company with them to Front Royal from the Annandale area in 2008. The Aricos have three children and four grandchildren, soon to be six. During her high school years, Susan served as assistant organist and choir accompanist for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baltimore, and studied there with Dr. Richard Wegner. She was the organ accompanist for the Baltimore Bach Society under the direction of Ann Flaccavento, performing at concerts in the Baltimore and Washington area. She later assisted at St. Ambrose Church in Annandale as choir accompanist and organist for the school.

Tim Lilburn - Tim Lilburn was born in British Columbia, where he learned to sing and went to school, not necessarily in that order. After a brush with the Junior Choir, he left town for good, met his wife Leslie and sang with the University of Victoria Chorus. A change of heart (about leaving town, not about his dear wife) led him to return home to sing for a season with the Rossland Light Opera Company. After a successful production of The Mikado, he and Leslie departed once more, eventually making their way to Front Royal where they lived with their two sons for nine years before joining the Blue Ridge Singers.