Music Ministry

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Karen Caponiti was born in Washington DC and raised in Keyser, WV, at the Church of the Assumption Parish, which is over 130 years old.

She attended St. Francis School and sang in the adult church choir in the 5th grade. She began guitar studies at 13 and was quickly seen as a singer/guitarist in area music festivals and was a guitarist for the folk masses at church. She began piano studies later in High School, and was accepted into the applied music program on full scholarship and received a degree in piano from WVU. While a piano major, she was encouraged to pursue vocal training and graduated from the Mannes College of Music in NYC, where she was also a scholarship student, and received her degree in Voice and Opera.

Karen made her NY debut, while still an undergraduate, with the Mannes Camerata, in Leoncallo’s ‘Giasone’, with the NY Times siting her as best of cast for her exceptional singing and acting, and Opera News Magazine praising her ‘quicksilver vocalism’. She was also the soprano soloist for many major works including Hayden’s ‘Missa in Angustiis’, Bach Cantata 78, and Handel’s ‘Messiah’.

Karen was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study opera at the Robert Schumann Hochschüle in Düsseldorf, Germany, and lived and sang as an opera singer in Germany, Spain and Portugal. She was also a cantor and soloist in many RC Churches in Manhattan before coming to Brooklyn where she was the Music Director at Mary Queen of Heaven Church for 13 years.

Having been asked to do some musical theater, she was signed by an agency overnight, and is a member of Actor’s Equity. Some of her favorite credits include leading roles in ‘Master Class’ at the George Street Playhouse, ‘The Gift of the Magi’ at Passage Theater, and as a featured singer in ‘Babes In Toyland’ with the Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.

She is active in the Diocese; She currently serves on the Music Commission for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, is sometimes seen as a cantor for the Daily Mass on NET TV, and has recorded soundtrack music for Futures in Education for DeSales Media. She was a voice teacher for the Grammy nominated children’s choir ‘Highbridge Voices’, and her private students now work as cantors and musicians in our diocese and have been in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, the Brooklyn Diocesan Children’s Choir, and have performed as soloists in numerous venues for the Diocese.

St. Athanasius Children’s Choir

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St. Athanasius Adult Choir

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The “Italian”Choir

provides music at the 11:30a.m. Italian Mass in the Lower Church.  Drawing most of its hymns from La Famiglia Cristiana: Nella Casa del Padre, the choir leads music from the sanctuary, vested in choir robes.  Weekly rehearsals are held each Monday at 8p.m. in the Lower Church.  The “Italian” Choir provides Organ accompanied music for English-Italian bilingual Masses as well as major feasts of the parish, joining with the “English” and “Spanish” Choirs.

Director: Mr. Tony Vigilante

 

The “Spanish” Choir

leads music at the 10a.m. Spanish Mass, in the Lower Church.  Using Oregon Catholic Press’ Flor y Canto,  the choir sings from the sanctuary, vested in choir robes, to the beat of accoustic guitars, bass guitars, bongos, and keyboard.  Hymns are also provided on Worship Programs featuring the rich Latino heritage of regional Spanish hymns sung throughout Latin America and South America.