Who Are the Laurel City Singers?
Laurel City Singers is a community-based choir, conceived by Adam Atkins, Roger
Atkins, Joe Butkevicius, Debbie Storrs and Lynn Whittaker thirteen years ago. They
recognized a need to develop a choir that was dedicated to a wide variety of musical
We generally perform three concerts a year, a spring concert, a fall concert, and We are
proud to be the featured choir in The Boar's Head Festival, sponsored by First Church
Concerts in the past have welcomed guests such as Native American Flute-man, Joseph
Fire Crow, and the well known percussionist, John Marshall. Our Christmas Concerts
have also featured the Silver Belles and Beauxs.
Click this link to hear a sample of the choir.
Niska Banja was a selection from our International Folkfest Concert.
- To use our combined talents for the betterment of our community·
- To continue to perform great music from Mozart to Motown, before and
- To act as a vehicle for singers to explore their vocal abilities through performance
- If you can carry a tune, we’ll supply the bucket!!
Come and Join Us in 2013!
For more information please email our secretary, Denise Torson
Meet the Volunteer Staff ~
ADAM P. ATKINS, founding member and director of the Laurel City Singers, is a
Winsted native. He attended the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, where he received
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and a
Master of Music degree in Music Education. Upon completing college, he returned to
Winsted to accept a teaching position at The Gilbert School. He has taught at the
school for the past ten years where he teaches three different choruses and the music
theory program. In addition, he is the Music Department Coordinator. He has also been
music director for the Boar's Head Festival for eleven years.
Mr. Atkins has been seen in many performances throughout the area as a soloist,
director and singer. He has sung with various groups such as CONCORA, Gaudeamus,
Leading Tone (an eight member a cappella group), Waterbury Choral and the
Connecticut Yankee Choral, and is currently singing with Voce.
Mr. Atkins enjoys spending his free time working on his new house in Harwinton and
relaxing with his wife Jennifer, sons Nicholas & Christopher, and daughter Elizabeth and
their two cats.
CYNTHIA ESEPPI RINES has been entertaining audiences with her music for over 25
years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Piano Performance from St. Joseph
College, where she also studied voice, guitar and organ. She is currently the
accompanist for Laurel City Singers and The Gilbert School, and a member of the local
bluegrass gospel group, Mad River Crossing. and the Rivertones. She also plays at
various churches and coffeehouses. She enjoys many types of music, but especially
bluegrass gospel. Cynthia is a self-employed CPA and lives in West Hartland with her
DEBBIE STORRS has celebrated life through her love of music. Besides being a tin
whistle and hand-drumming enthusiast, she is a member/co-founder of Laurel City
Singers, directs the First Church Youth Music program. Mrs. Storrs was Administrator
and Bookkeeper for Joyful Noise, a choral organization which had oversight on the
activities of the well know children's choir, Chorus Angelicus, and Gaudeamus, the adult
chamber choir. For the past 12 years has served as Director of the Boar's Head
Festival, sponsored by First Church of Winsted. She enjoys music in many forms, and is
a member of the bluegrass gospel group, Mad River Crossing, and the Rivertones.
Debbie is currently Accounting Assistant at Northwest Community Bank, and resides in
Torrington with her husband Gary.
Denise has been with LCS since its inception 13 years ago. Besides LCS, she has been
singing in the choir at the Church of Christ for 19 years. Member of the Music Committee
at Church of Christ and is Treasurer of the Memorial Committee. Participated in the BH
for the last 13 years.
Denise is the Development Assistant at Susan B. Anthony Project in Torrington. Married
for 27 years.
Moderator: Cindy Rines
Secretary: Denise Torson
Treasurer: Debbie Storrs
Financial Secretary: Brian Tassinari
Artistic Director: Adam Atkins
Laurel City Singers were joined by percussionist
John Marshall and the Salisbury Hand Drummers in a
concert entitled "Goin' Tribal," on Sunday, November
18th at 2 PM at the First Church of Winsted, 95 N.
Main Street, in Winsted.
The group under the direction of Adam Atkins,
performed selections from "South African Trilogy," a
collection of songs of protest and praise. A Shona
Gloria "Mbiri Kuna Mwari" meaning Glory to God in
the Highest (definitely not to be confused with the
Handle version!). "Niska Banja", a popular folk song
throughout Yugoslavia, which translated loosely
means, Let us go the baths of Nis, where we shall
kiss kiss kiss! "Tres Cantos Nativos," a Brazilian
selection based on melodies sung by the Krao tribe,
native Brazilian Indians from the forests of
northwestern Brazil. "O Sifuni Mungu" meaning All
Creatures of our God and King. "Famine Song"
inspired by stories of Sudanese basket weavers. And
The Salisbury Hand Drummers played 2 selections
with a solo performance by John Marshall.
It was a fabulous afternoon of toe-tapping music...
Spring 2013 Concert will be a spiritual
experience...open to new members. Contact Denise
Fall 2013 will be a Hee/Haw-WLCS moment!