Annisquam Village Church
Organist and Choirmaster, Kathleen Adams studied vocal literature and performance at the American Conservatory of Music. Her post-graduate work included studies in organ and conducting at Harvard University while she continued her vocal work at the University of Massachusetts and with master teachers. Specializing in early music at the beginning of her career, she performed renaissance repertoire with lutenist, David Rhodes, touring universities in the midwest and on the east coast. Her performances of song literature range from early liturgical works and chant to baroque, romantic, and modern repertoire. Her work with Gloucester composer, Stephen Scotti, she performed cabaret repertoire and Scotti’s settings of Cape Ann poets. In Japan and in Italy, she performed classical song repertoire accompanied on organ and harpsichord by her husband, Jeremy Adams. As,"Caterina la Canterina," she has appeared at Italian Fiestas throughout the region, singing Neapolitan repertoire and operatic arias with the Italian Colonial Band and the Italo American Band. She has appeared as soloist with the Cape Ann Symphony, the Cape Ann Community Band, North Shore Concert Band, Musica Sacra, and Gloucester Pro Musica. She has recorded for National Public Radio's "Living on Earth" and for a number of independent film projects.
She served as both cantor and organist at St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice in Boston’s North End for ten years. After moving to the North Shore, she was Music Director at First Church in Ipswich until her appointment at the Annisquam Village Church in 1984. In addition her post as Music Director (Organist and Choirmaster) she is Artistic Director of the concert series, drawing world-class musicians to play in the exceptional acoustics and on the exceptional instruments at the Village Church.
In her work with the American Guild of Organist, Kathleen was elected to the Executive Committee and served on the Performances Committee for the AGO National Convention in 2014, bringing some of the world's greatest performers and instruments together in Boston. She has served as Chairman of the Young Organists Initiative, designing experience and offering scholarships for young musicians. Through the Schola Cantorum at the Annisquam Village Church she has taught many children, introducing them to a wide range of music and providing opportunities for performance in both liturgical and secular venues. She maintains a private studio as well, teaching vice, piano, harpsichord, and organ. Six of her organ students have won scholarships to study the organ. Until recently, she managed the office at C.B. Fisk Organbuilders, where she edited the Pipeline and contributed to the public relations and business requirements of the firm. She is a member of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Sigma Alpha lot, the International Music Fraternity for Women.
The Adult Choir leads the congregation in hymns and liturgy from the Gallery at Sunday services from September to June. The choir rehearses Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 9 a.m. (before the 10:00 service). Comprising both experienced singers and others eager to learn and improve their musical skills, the choir has openings for all parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass (baritone). Several seasoned, excellent readers encourage newer singers and all are welcome to join this devoted and enthusiastic group. Audition is not necessary, but may be helpful in determining one’s voice part or best placement in the choir.
The church’s choir for children was established in 1984. The Schola takes an active part in the liturgy while learning a wide variety of music, sourced from chant, folk music, and formal compositions both antique and modern. Rehearsals are Monday's 4:30-5:30 p.m. Our Easter Tableau Vivant at Squam Rock was developed by the Schola Cantorum and creates a very special context for youthful imaginations and talents. The Schola also participates fully in the yearly Lessons & Carols service during Advent and the Pageant afterwards. The children enjoy the fellowship of three other Cape Ann youth choirs, performing together during the Advent season and at an annual spring concert. In 2010 they premiered Robert Bradshaw’s newly composed ‘Pie Jesu’ at the Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport. All children aged 7 and up can become part of this choir, learning and sharing in the life of the church while broadening their musical knowledge and enjoyment. Join a choir! Make a joyful noise! Learn to sing!