About the Lake Ridge Chorale
The Lake Ridge Chorale was formed in 2010 with the goal to uplift Lake Ridge and the surrounding areas through our seasonal concerts, events and charity support. We are a mixed voice choir that celebrates the diverse, artistic expression of our members.
We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We receive support from partner organizations, and we provide assistance to carefully selected non-profit organizations in the local community, through donations collected at our concerts.
Vision and Mission
The mission of the Lake Ridge Chorale is to provide quality choral music of all genres to both singers of the Lake Ridge Chorale and the members of the audience.
In addition to creating exceptional concerts, we feel the responsibility to give back to our community through the sponsorship of selected local charities by donating concert revenue and non-perishable foods.
Terry hails from the Baltimore region, and attended school in Westminster, MD at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). She arrived in Northern Virginia in 1995 and and lived there until 2019. She currently resides in Annapolis, MD.
In 1998 she became the Music Director for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Woodbridge, a position she held for twelve years. She subsequently formed the Lake Ridge Chorale (formerly the Celebration Singers), an auditioned community chorus, in the summer of 2010.
Terry's music background includes solo work for the church. She also has sung with the Ron Freeman Chorale, and is currently a member of the Arlington Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Ingrid Lestrud. Terry has studied choral conducting under Rodney Eichenberger, and was mentored by her beloved friend, Pat Siviski. Additionally, she has sung under such notable choral conductors as John Rutter, David Willcocks, and Stan Engebretson. Terry is a member of the American Choral Director's Association.
Neil Alexander grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he learned to play the piano. As a teenager, he accompanied the children’s choirs in both his own church and at his middle and high school choirs. Midway through high school, his family moved to Hermiston, Oregon and became members of the First United Methodist Church. At age 15, Neil “inherited” the job of organist at this church, which officially launched his church organist career.
Upon graduating from high school in 1963, he enlisted in the United States Navy. A four-year tour of duty at the Pentagon brought Neil to this area, where he accompanied the chancel and youth choirs, ensembles, and soloists as organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Burke United Methodist Church, and First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City. He is a former accompanist with the Fairfax Choral Society and has been serving as organist of St. Paul United Methodist Church since August 2016. He resides with his wife, Mary, here in Woodbridge. Neil has two sons; Brian, who lives in Oslo, Norway, and Jason, who lives in our hearts.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors includes members of the Lake Ridge Chorale as well as non-singing community members who help support the mission of the organization. The Board is responsible for setting long term goals for the group, maintaining a strong financial foundation that sustains our core program of musical excellence, and ensuring the continued growth and and strength of the Lake Ridge Chorale.
Rose Ann Carlson