CHILDREN'S CHOIR OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA
Founder and Artistic Director
Brian Dean Sousa, B.M., M.M.
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Brian Dean Sousa has been working as the Organist and Choir Master of Saint Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church in Charlottesville, Virginia since October 2006. Additionally, he has been working at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville as their organist since October 2014. There, in April 2016 he took on the additional responsibilities of choir director.
He obtained his Bachelors Degree in Sacred Music and Organ from Westminster Choir College in 2006 and his Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from James Madison University in 2010. Organ teachers have included Raymond Whalon, Ken Cowan, and Diane Meredith Belcher. Conducting teachers have included James Jordan and Patrick Walders. He has sung under the baton of conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew McGill, James Jordan, Anton Armstrong, Jerry Blackstone, and Simon Carrington.
In addition to his local organ performances Mr. Sousa has also performed in Straelen, Germany; Lisboa, Portugal; and Fatima, Portugal. He is in demand not only as an organist and choirmaster but, also as a vocalist. In 2005 he sang tenor in the Festival Choir for the “Royal Christmas Tour”, which featured vocal soloists, Andrea Bocelli, Denyce Graves, and Robin Fullman; who were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. In 2009 he was asked to sing tenor in the choir that was featured in the Virginia performances of “Star Wars in Concert.
Mr. Sousa is looking forward to working with the children and youth from, in, and around Charlottesville and Crozet as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Children's Choir of Central Virginia.
Co-Founder & Assistant
A native of Gifu, Japan, Narumi Sousa has, since she can remember, been interested in music, more specifically, in singing. She began to sing with the Tajimi Choir at an early age and found that she has an incredible natural talent for music. While a member of the choir, she took the opportunity to tour with them and attend the World Choral Symposium, Asia Cantat, and many other festivals around the world. The Tajimi Choir directed by, Nobuaki Tanaka, the 2016 recent recipient of the Person of Cultural Merit award, also conducts the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus.
Narumi attended the Osaka University of Education for early childhood education from 2008 - 2012. After graduation she became an Aupair for a warm and loving family in Charlottesville. Soon thereafter, she joined the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Choir, where she met her husband, Brian.
A frequent performer, she most recently sang the alto arias "Bereite dich, Zion" (Prepare thyself, Zion), and "Schlafe, mein liebster, geniese der Ruh" (Sleep Thou, my Dearest, and rest Thee a while) from the "Weihnachts-Oratorium" (Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach with orchestra at St. Thomas Aquinas. She was a voice student of James Madison University professor, Carrie Stevens.