Course Faculty & Staff
Michael McCarthy, Music Director
In the summer of 2003 Michael McCarthy was appointed Cathedral director of music, and oversees the Cathedral’s expanding music program, as well as serves as principal choirmaster.
McCarthy was the founder and director of the London Oratory School Schola. Founded in 1996, the Schola quickly became one of London’s premier boys’ concert choirs, performing regularly on the London concert platform and in the studio for both the recording and film industries. Michael directed the Schola in recordings for films including Sleepy Hollow, The Lord of the Rings cycle,and Harry Potter.
A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Michael has worked with numerous professional choirs including the Sixteen, the Gabrieli Consort, and the Monteverdi Choir. In January 2002 he became the choir manager for the Monteverdi Choir. His experience directing young choristers includes duties as lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Saint Alban’s Abbey in Hertfordshire. He also served as master of music at Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Ealing, prior to beginning the London Oratory School.
Barbara Hollinshead, Voice Instructor
A popular soloist in the Washington, DC area, the Washington Post described mezzo–soprano Barbara Hollinshead as singing with “an artful simplicity that illuminated the text and beguiled the ear.” Having studied with Max van Egmond in the Netherlands, she has since sung under the baton of Chrisopher Hogwood and Andrew Parrot, has appeared with many of the finest early music groups in eastern North America including Tafelmusik and Chatham Baroque, and is a regular guest artist with the Folger Consort, Opera Lafayette, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Washington Bach Consort. Ms. Hollinshead is a member of the NYC-based early music group ARTEK, and with the group has performed at festivals in California, Indiana, Mississippi, Austria, Germany and Scotland. She is also a member of an 8-voice ensemble in residence at the National Gallery of Art. On recordings you can find her featured in genres from Bach to Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. Ms. Hollinshead rounds out her musical contributions as an adjunct professor at American University and a cast member in the Washington Bach Consort’s much-celebrated program “Bach to School,” which brings Bach’s music to DC third graders. When she is not singing, you can find her sewing, listening to her sons sing evensong services and watching their ultimate frisbee matches.
Rev. Amy Slater, Chaplain
Rev. Amy Slater is the Senior Associate to the Rector at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virgina.
Chris Betts, Aaron Goen, Barbara Hollinshead, Gregory Hooker, Ben Keseley, Lisa Koehler, David Lang, Linda Stowe, and Brandon Straub