St. Mary’s welcomes its Choral Scholars this year. Funded by a generous grant from our diocese, this program is a reflection of the longstanding relationship between the University of Pennsylvania community and our choir. Our Choral Scholars participate in the choir for Sunday mass, help out with the Thursday night Campus Compline service, and perform in special concerts. Auditions are held every Spring and Fall.
Interested students should contact Chase Castle, St. Mary’s Organist/Choirmaster at music (at) stmarysatpenn (dot) org
Ethan Burck had graduated from Baldwin Wallace University and currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. Having recently performed the role of the Shepherd in Opera Philadelphia’s production of Oedipus Rex, his other credits include roles with the Sante Fe Opera (The Marriage of Figaro, The Lord of Cries, Eugene Onegin), where he also served as an Apprentice in 2021.
Kyle Chastulik is a first-year graduate student of Vocal Performance at Temple University originally hailing from
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Some of Kyle’s recent performance highlights include the opera/musical roles of Leporello
(Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), and Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), as well as performing as bass soloist
in Handel’s Messiah.
As an emerging artist, Kyle has participated in various opera training programs throughout the United States, including
the Druid City Opera Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Spotlight on Opera in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kyle has
amassed several prizes in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition at the district and regional level, as
well as being the vocal category winner of the 2021 Butler County Symphony Concerto Competition. Kyle is also a
proud recipient of the Joan Frey Boytim scholarship in Vocal Performance at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
The 2021-2022 season sees Kyle’s role debuts as Golaud in Impressions de Pelleas (Debussy/Constant) and the title role
in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, both with Temple University Opera Theater. Kyle is slated to complete his MM in
Vocal Performance from Temple in the Spring of 2023.
Tisé Ogunmesa was originally from Nigeria but moved to Houston years ago.
She is a junior studying Mathematical Biology on the Pre-Med track in the College of Arts and Sciences at the
University of Pennsylvania. Tise enjoys dancing to jazz and swing music, and listening to and playing hymns on
the keyboard. She also enjoys creative outlets such as photo and video editing.
Renée Olo is a Second Year Graduate Student in Musicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests lie
in the often-private musical culture of Early Modern women and the evolution of women’s roles in public musicmaking. More specifically, she is interested in the shifting attitudes towards female vocal performance and
professionalism in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Western Europe as influenced by the musical practices of
high-class courtesans as well as the cultural interchange between the royal courts of France and Ferrara.
Prior to arriving at Penn, Renée earned a Bachelor of Music degree in History and Theory with an additional focus
on Renaissance Studies from the University of Toronto in 2020 where she studied piano under Nancy Sicsic. In
addition to her studies, she served as an alto choral scholar in the Trinity College chapel choir for four years and
performed widely within the Toronto Early Music scene.
Elle Rothermich is a student of the University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School (2022.) A veteran Choral
Scholar of St. Mary’s, Elle has participated in the choir for Sunday mass, helped out with the Thursday night
Campus Compline service, and performed in special concerts both in-person and virtually.