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 of Winsted.
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
- 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
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 husband Jeff.
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
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 more.
The Salisbury Hand Drummers played 2 selections with a solo
performance by John Marshall.
It was a fabulous afternoon of toe-tapping music...
Laurel City Singers celebrated American Composers in a
concert on Sunday, June 22 at 2PM at the First Church of
The group under the direction of Adam Atkins, preformed
selections from Billy Joel, James Taylor, Franck Ticheli, Eric
Whitacre and more. Violinist Annie Trepanier joined
accompanist Cynthia Rines as the choir preformed Five
Hebrew Love Songs, written by Whitacre. Eric became an
internet icon when he pioneered the idea of a 'Virtual Choir',
joining 185 voices on 284 tracks from 12 countries through
video splicing technology for "Lux Aurumque." In 2011 he
joined 2,052 recordings of 1,752 singers in 58 countries,
individually recorded and uploaded to YouTube to preform
his piece entitled "Sleep," which the choir also be preformed.