Director of Music
Marianne Vogel holds a Bachelor of Music in music theory from the University of Connecticut and studied organ with David Spicer for over ten years, eventually becoming his assistant at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, CT, where she was associate organist for four years. She is a Colleague with the American Guild of Organists, and has served congregational churches in Broad Brook, Hebron and Coventry, as well as the First United Methodist Church in Middletown, CT.
Marianne is also a violinist, and worked towards a graduate performance certificate on that instrument at the Hartt School of Music. She currently plays with the West End String Quartet, various orchestral groups in Connecticut, and is a performer and music coordinator for the Golden Scroll Soloists, a busy string ensemble that provides live musicians for events throughout New England.
Alto section leader
Very little makes Kelley Elizabeth Kelly, mezzo-soprano, happier than singing to the glory of God. A church singer since she could first hold a hymnal open, she believes music to be her truest form of prayer and is honored to serve as a section leader with Christ Church Cathedral. She has previously served as section leader in various area churches and currently also sings with the St. Patrick - St. Anthony Treble Clef Choir and with CONCORA. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Smith College, extensive choral experience, a very patient husband, and three exceedingly energetic children who tend to write in her scores when she’s not looking.
Tenor section leader
Kevin de Benedict is first discovered his love of sacred music at Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he received his degree in vocal performance. He participated in the select university choir and orchestra, touring throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. In addition to vocal studies, Kevin took lessons in piano, violin, organ, and harpsichord. The latter greatly influenced his vocal performance path to focus on repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. This led him to continue his studies at Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where he received his Master of Music in vocal historical performance. Under the Historical Performance Institute, Kevin received intense studies in performance practice of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, as well as courses in musicology and research. He participated in the revival of the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) of 2014 and 2015. BLEMF aimed at bringing a vast spectrum of early music to the community, with works ranging from 13th century Spanish and French music, to the Italian Renaissance, and even French operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Kevin resides in Hartford, where he continues research along with his love of performing sacred music.