The Goal of Calvary Music School
To offer a first-rate musical education for all, nurturing individuals and the community through professional instruction and inspiring music as an outreach program of Calvary Church Episcopal.
CMS Board of Directors
Lois Cole, President
Lois Cole grew up in Minneapolis in a music-loving family where the only place singing was frowned upon was at the dinner table. She studied piano and organ for many years. While in college, she sang with the university chorus and the chamber choir. Since moving to Stonington, she has resumed her piano studies and is a member of the Calvary Church Choir. She believes strongly in the life-enhancing value and importance of music education for both children and adults. As a Board member, she supports the mission of CMS to provide excellence in tuition and increased access to financial aid, and to expanding the role of adult music education and performance opportunities.
Jim Taylor, Treasurer
Jim Taylor, his wife, Lori, and two daughters, Katie and Jamie, moved to Stonington 10 years ago from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. He has been an active member of Calvary Church having served on the Vestry for 3 years and participating on several committees and in community outreach programs. He is currently in his third year as the Music School Board President. Professionally, Jim has spent over 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of middle and senior level roles. When not working, he enjoys golf, boating, and spending time with his family.
Rick Bromley, Secretary
Rick Bromley is a lifelong resident of Stonington and a fourth generation member of Calvary Church. Rick and his wife Daryl have been married for 38 years and reside in Mystic. They have two grown sons, Christopher and Gregory. Rick has served on as a member of the Calvary Vestry, Building and Grounds Committee, and Rector Search Committee. He is currently serving his second term on the Vestry and is the Vestry Representative to CMS. Music has been a lifelong love for Rick that he expresses as a member of the Calvary Ringers. Rick has witnessed the beginnings of CMS and has watched it grow and flourish. Rick holds degrees in graphic design and advertising, and for the past 24 years, has enjoyed owning and operating The Holly Wreath Christmas Shop in Stonington.
Robert Guarino, Interim Artistic Director
Robert Guarino holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from URI and a Masters Degree in Voice Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He has been tenor soloist in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and has appeard with the Boston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and the Opera Orchestra of New York. Mr. Guarino has sung leading roles with many regional opera companies and was a first prize winner in both the Washington International Competition for Singers and the Liederkranz Awards. He was invited for three consecutive years to be on the Fulbright National Screening Committee. He is excited to be a new CMS Board member to help promote music education in the community and provide opportunities to a wide range of interested students.
Meg Raftis, Vestry Representative
Music has been an important part of Meg Raftis's life beginning with "rhythm band" in the 2nd grade. In the 5th and 6th grades she and her classmates sang at funerals at St. Mary Church in Plainfield, N.J. They sang the Latin Requiem Mass just as Durufle wrote it, with, yes, the "Dies Ire" included! But, Meg was in college when she fell passionately in love with classical music after a friend loaned her his collection of LPs. Her favorite composers are Mendelssohn and Haydn. Meg has sung with many choirs and is a member of the Calvary Church bell choir. Her choral instructors used to say that when you sing you pray twice. Meg likes to think that when you ring, you do too.
Harriet Statchen is the proud parent of two treble choristers at the Calvary Choir School, and an occasional singer herself. Her family has been associated with the parish for more than a decade, since her kids attended Calvary Nursery School. She works for Connecticut Public Radio in Hartford, as managing editor of the station's newsroom. Originally from Scotland, she has made Stonington her home since 2000. She is particularly interested in CMS's outreach efforts to the wider community, and is working on building a music lesson program at New London High School.