North Country Chorus

Meet the Artists

Linda Radtke, alto, is one of the original members of Counterpoint, and has participated in all 5 of their recording projects. She also sings in Robert DeCormier's vocal quartet, Ah!Capella, sponsored by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, which presents programs in public schools, introducing students to a variety of vocal styles.

A native of Seneca Falls, NY, and a graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, Radtke is a well-known soloist in Vermont, especially in sacred music and oratorio. She has appeared as a soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Mozart Festival, the Oriana Singers, and the Vermont Philharmonic. In theatre, favorite roles include the title role in Carmen, the Mother Abbess and Maria in separate productions of Sound of Music, Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, and Guinevere in Camelot. She has performed almost all of the alto roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and is a dedicated Savoyard.

The state of Vermont sponsored Radtke's historical research into Vermont songs, resulting in a state-wide tour of Two Hundred Years of Vermont Popular Music. She has presented all-Schumann and all-Ives recitals --and has a special affection for Rogers and Hart standards. Radtke produces and hosts a weekly program Vermont Notes on WCVT (101.7), Vermont's classical music station, which highlights musical events in the area. She recently retired after 30 years teaching in the public schools and lives in an old farmhouse in Middlesex with her husband, Bob Jervis.

Elia Nelson has been playing harp since 1987. She studied privately at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and in Dayton, Ohio for a total of 14 years. She earned a minor in music from Earlham College in 2001. Elia plays classical repertoire on the pedal harp and Celtic/folk music on a smaller lap harp.

Mary Holley served as organist at the Peacham Congregational Church since 1985 and holds the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Massachusetts and is active in the American Choral Directors Association. She is retired from teaching public school music in Lyndonville, VT.


Kathy Wonson Eddy, a native of Beverly, MA, received her degree in music from Middlebury College in 1973, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After earning her M. Div. at Yale Divinity School in 1976, she was ordained as a pastor in the United Church of Christ and began her work at Bethany Church in Randolph, VT, the church she continues to serve.

Occasional sabbaticals have allowed Kathy to continue her education in music composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She is a prolific writer and composer; she has completed more than 200 compositions for voices and instruments, which have been widely performed across the country and internationally. Kathy has been married for thirty years to Bob Eddy; they have two sons.

“I have known and admired Mary Rowe since coming to serve as a pastor in Vermont twenty-seven years ago... I feel SO FORTUNATE to have known Mary and to have been able to compose this piece in gratitude for her life. All during the writing of it, I felt her twinkly smile!”

Bronx native Arthur Zorn studied at the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music before moving to Vermont. After completing his degree in music education with honors at Lyndon State College, he became the director of choral music at Spaulding High School in Barre, a position he has held for 25 years. He is a frequent guest conductor at student music festivals throughout Vermont and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. Arthur serves as the Music Director at Bethany Congregational Church in Barre. He is a frequent vocal soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic and has performed with many other vocal ensembles. He has performed some of his original piano compositions live on Vermont Public Radio. Arthur lives in Montpelier with his wife and son.  

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