Colonial Singers

The Group

Norma Champion, alto, holds a degree in Music Education from Clarion State College, PA and has Level III certification through the Early Childhood Music And Movement Association.  Her experience includes teaching music in all levels of public school, especially junior and senior high choral.  She has been a private piano teacher for many years.  She currently is in her 19th year as teacher in the Early Childhood Music School of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church averaging 18 classes a week.  She also performs with the Williamsburg Community Chapel choir.

Todd Worsham, Baritone, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Music degree from Old Dominion University. Although his degrees were earned as an oboist, he studied voice at VCU and participated in the Commonwealth Singers. He has also sung with the Virginia Symphony Chorus and Williamsburg Bach Choir. As an active freelance oboist, Todd plays throughout Hampton Roads and and Richmond. He particularly enjoys performing with the Virginia Wind Symphony and the pit orchestra for Thomas Nelson Community College summer Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Other highlights include performing with Classical Revolution RVA, the Virginia Symphony and Opera on the James.

Ellen Fisher Petko is a native of Tidewater, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Along with her many performing credits in both opera and musical theater, she has performed with the Virginia Choral Society and the McCollough Chorale. Presently, Mrs. Petko has a vibrant voice studio, teaches private voice lessons at Thomas Nelson Community College,  and as well as performs as a guest soloist, conductor of church choirs and clinician. She resides in York County with her husband and two children. One of her favorite things in life is getting to perform with her Colonial Singers family!

Judy Vogan Boone, soprano, holds BS and MS degrees in education from Old Dominion University and a BA in Music from Virginia Wesleyan College, with an emphasis in organ. The product of a very musical family, playing piano and singing were central to her life from an early age. She taught for 25 years in the public schools. As a church musician, she held the position of organist and choir director at Freemason St. Baptist Church, in downtown Norfolk, as well as positions as a children’s choir director and soprano soloist . She was a private piano instructor in the studio of the late David Carr Glover. Judy has sung with the Vogan Chorale, Virginia Pro Musica, Virginia Symphony Chorus, Virginia Opera Chorus, Houston Symphony Chorus, the Berkshire Choral Institute, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers at Carnegie Hall. She is currently in her 11th year with the Colonial Singers, and is also a member of the Williamsburg Bach Choir. Judy and her husband, Joe, share life with two cocker spaniels.

Don Willhoite, tenor, is a native of Portsmouth, Va., now residing in Suffolk with his wife Renee. Don serves as choir director at historic Court Street Baptist Church in downtown Portsmouth, where he has been a member since childhood. He earned a B.S. in Education from Old Dominion University, where he sang with the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. A lover of musical theater, he has performed many roles in local theater productions. Don has also sung with The Vogan Chorale, Norfolk Pro Musica (where he was a charter member), Virginia Pro Musica, The McCullough Chorale, The Virginia Chorale and The Virginia Symphony Chorus. He has been fortunate to work with many wonderful conductors including Robert Page and Dale Warland. Don thoroughly enjoys singing with his colleagues in The Colonial Singers of Williamsburg, where he has been a member since 2000.

In Memoriam:

Ryan Fletcher, long time member and Baritone. He will be forever a part of this group and forever in our hearts.

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