Blue Ridge Chorale – Meet our new President, new Music Director and new Accompanist
Meet Jodi Stone, new president of the Blue Ridge Chorale
A native of California, Jodi Stone moved to Culpeper in 2008, when her husband, Rob Stone, took a job with the Library of Congress. She now works at the State Theatre as accounting manager and executive assistant. As a couple, they have three grown sons and a daughter-in-law.
Growing up in a musical family, Jodi sang in choirs in junior high and high school, and she also sang at her church. Here in Virginia, she sang with the Warrenton Chorale for two seasons and joined the Blue Ridge Chorale last fall. For relaxation, she enjoys sewing, baking and spending time with her family and her dog, Mabel.
Meet Bob Burnett, new music director of the Blue Ridge Chorale
Born in New York City, Bob Burnett became interested in choral singing in school and at Yale, where he sang with the Russian Chorus and earned a degree in political science. He would like to have to pursued his musical career after college, but he instead took a series of jobs selling insurance, taking aerial photos and working for an advertising firm whose clients included the Washington Post.
Moving to Virginia in 1966, Bob and his wife Betsy built a house in Broad Run and spent the next 20 years running a landscape contracting business. After selling the company in the late 1980s, he was able to resume his interrupted musical career. He earned a masterâ??s degree in conducting at Shenandoah University and took classes at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
Now living in Jeffersonton, Bob has conducted music at the Culpeper Thanksgiving Music Festival, the Fauquier Theater, St. Paulâ??s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains and Culpeper Presbyterian Church. He is also a volunteer music teacher at Wakefield Country Day School and gives voice lessons to private pupils.
Bob and Betsy have two grown sons, one of whom is general manager of the Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton.
Bob sums up his passion with a quote from Ronald Reagan: â??Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.â?
Meet Jesse Ratcliffe, new accompanist with the Blue Ridge Chorale
A native of Hinton, a one-stoplight town in southern West Virginia, Jesse Ratcliffe is a graduate of Concord University, in Athens, W.Va., and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. Since the age of 12 he has served as a musician in several churches. He is currently music director at St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton and former director of the Staunton Choral Society.
Jesse has taught and served as carillonneur at Concord University and Hollins University, and this summer he begins his first season as carillonneur at the Luray Singing Tower. He has studied privately and in master classes with the noted musicians Stephen Cooksey, Roberta Gary, Walden Moore and Robin Austin.
For more information on the Blue Ridge Chorale see their website: www.brcsings.com