About Angelica
































































































Marie Caruso (Artistic Director) is a native New Yorker and lives in Hastings. She has a Doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and continues to do archival research on women composers from 18th-century Italy. Her article “Ten Fugues Shed Light on an Old Debate” is published in Il Saggiatore Musicale. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College. Marie has performed with many vocal groups, including Amor Artis, the Columbia University Chapel Choir, Collegium Musicum with director Russell Oberlin, the New Calliope Singers, and the New York University Collegium with director Alex Blachly. She is a founding member of Angelica.


Christina Bruno grew up in Rockland County, NY. A PhD candidate in Medieval History at Fordham University, she is also an avid singer. She has sung with the Skidmore Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the Rockland County Choral Society.  She is currently teaching courses on medieval history (and finishing her dissertation), while also serving as cantor at St. Catharine of Alexandria Church in Blauvelt, NY.

Claire Collins began her vocal career as a middle school student with the Cathedral Choristers of St John the Divine in New York City.  When her family moved to Croton, she joined the Westchester Girls' Choir and the Croton Chorale, frequently soloing with both groups. While obtaining her BA in music (2008) at Colby College, she toured Europe with the Colby College Chorale and soloed with Collegium Musicum, an early music ensemble.  In addition to singing with Angelica, she is currently a member of Charis, assistant director of the Croton Chorale, and conductor of the Bethel Bells at Asbury Methodist Church in Croton.  She is currently working towards a Master's Degree and giving private piano and voice lessons.

Colleen Kiel hails from Wisconsin and is from a musical family. She has performed many types of music, including folk, rock, musical comedy, operetta, and classical. Recently she has acquired a love for singing jazz.  She has performed with the American Heritage Ensemble, Skylight Comic Opera, Waterford Ensemble, Westchester Chorale, as well as with various folk, rock, and jazz musicians. Colleen currently works as an interior designer.

Anita Massengill grew up in New Orleans.  She studied piano and music theory at LSU and  Loyola University N.O. before moving to New York and studying at  Manhattan School of Music.  She has taught piano and now works at Metro Baptist Church in Manhattan where she directs the choir.  Anita lives in Queens with husband David and occasionally their college-aged son and older daughter.

Kathleen McClafferty worked as a biomedical engineer in Boston before moving to Manhattan to focus on music. She has performed in many genres, including classical, opera, musical theatre, jazz, folk, pop, and cabaret. Favorite musical theatre and operetta roles include Anne (A Little Night Music),Casilda (The Gondoliers), Rosa Bud (Mystery of Edwin Drood), and Gwendolyn (Ernest, NYC premiere). Kathleen was a soloist at Italy’s Orvieto Musica Chamber Music Festival, and she has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with Blue Hill Troupe and the Dessoff Choirs for the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She performed in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" at Radio City, and last fall she sang back-up for Ray Davies (of The Kinks) on tour. Kathleen has performed in cabaret at the Duplex in NYC, and she also performs with Chelsea Opera and the choral ensemble Khorikos.


Wilma Messenger teaches music in the Briarcliff Manor School District and sings regularly with Novella, Charis, Collegium Westchester and the Croton Chorale in addition to Angelica. Wilma also gives private voice lessons and directs children’s choirs and musical theatre productions. Wilma holds a degree in Music Education and Theology. She lives in Croton-on-Hudson with her husband, Troy.

Mary Peck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education from The Crane School of Music at Potsdam College.  She has performed with Carolina Voices’ Festival Singers and MainStage Choir, Opera Carolina, and Collegium Westchester.  She has spent many years as a worship leader in Carmel, NY and Pretoria, South Africa.  Mary is a Nationally Certified Reflexologist with a practice based in Cold Spring-on-Hudson and White Plains.  In addition, Mary teaches knitting and crochet to children and adults. 

Brenna O'Toole is an artist, calligrapher, and musician in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Her family introduced her to music at a young age, and she grew up learning classical piano, playing traditional Irish fiddle, and singing with various choirs, including the Cathedral Choir School of Greater Rochester. Brenna is currently a member of 1601: The Queen's Singers and the Croton Chorale, and she occasionally performs with Tullamore Celtic Band in Rochester, NY.

Johanna Maria Rose, a founding member of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Anonymous 4, has toured worldwide and made over twenty award-winning recordings of medieval to modern music for Harmonia Mundi USA and Sony Classical. Her contributions to the ensemble include translating medieval texts, researching pronunciation of early languages, and writing musical arrangements. She has also performed with ensembles such as Pomerium, the Folger Consort, and Early Music New York. The daughter of well-known narrator and voice over actor Norman Rose, Johanna narrated Anonymous 4's concert programs, was a classical music host on WNYC-FM radio, and has narrated semi-staged play readings. She was a consulting editor for Ted Libbey's NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music. Johanna specializes in coaching pronunciation and accent reduction for both native and non-native English speakers. She holds a B.Mus. in Voice from Manhattan School of Music and an M.F.A. in Historical Performance from Sarah Lawrence College.

Susan Saslow has performed with several vocal groups, including the New Calliope Singers and Charis. A retired tenant attorney, she currently works as a freelance writer and editor. Susan lives in Katonah, New York, with her husband and daughters, Kate and Lauren.

Carolyn Summers has many “professional” singing credits, including a Grammy-award winning performance at Carnegie Hall and several Mostly Mozart festival appearances, all of which occurred after she retired from professional singing and joined the all-volunteer Dessoff Choirs.  Carolyn is a landscape architect and ardent conservationist. She is the author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East. Carolyn lives in Hastings-on-Hudson with her husband and daughter. She is one of the founding members of Angelica.