Altos of The Doorway Singers

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Ava Stevenson

Ava joined Doorway in 2017 as its youngest member to date! She has been singing ever since she could talk and enjoys performing around Hampton Roads. Her first singing gig was at the oceanfront with her older brother Jaron when she was just 14 years old. She is currently studying vocal performance at Old Dominion University. You may have seen her in Hairspray (Brenda) at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach or in her most recent role as Cinderella in Cinderella at Old Dominion University.

Leanna Caplan

Leanna was excited to join the Doorway Singers in fall of 2022 after returning home to the Hampton Roads area! She completed her B.A. at James Madison University and her M.A. in Music Therapy and Counseling at Drexel University. Leanna has been singing for the majority of her life, including 5 seasons with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She also enjoys dancing and has attended regional and national swing dancing conventions. She currently works as a licensed professional counselor and board-certified music therapist. She is also a certified yoga teacher.

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Beverly Taylor (General Manager)

Beverly is a founding member of The Doorway Singers. After receiving her B.A. and J.D. from the College of William and Mary in 1984, Beverly moved to Virginia Beach and has been practicing law and performing in the area ever since. She is also a founding member of the musical group Celtica and currently performs with them on vocals, keyboard, hammered dulcimer, and penny whistle. You may also have seen her solo acts at other local events such as the Neptune Festival, Harborfest, the Portsmouth Seawall Festival, and First Night Williamsburg.

Kat Sinclair Fenter (Secretary)

Kat joined Doorway Singers in 2020. She completed her B.S. in Biotechnology at James Madison University with a minor in Theater, and her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has always loved music and theater, most recently appearing as Nickie in Sweet Charity at LTN. Other performances include the premiere of Trophy Wife (Susan Shapiro) and Chess at Generic Theater, Guys and Dolls at both LTVB and PCT, and The Melody Lingers OnParade, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Jewish Family Theater in Richmond. She currently teaches Biology at CNU, TCC, and VWU. In her free time, she is the choir director at Beth Chaverim and a singer in Dimensional Riffs, a nerd rock band that performs at regional sci-fi conventions.

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Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan

Originally from Upstate, NY, Sarah and her family moved to Hampton Roads in 2015 and have fallen in love with beach life! Sarah holds a B.A. in Music Education from Susquehanna University, and an M.A. in Education from Elmira College. She has been teaching music in the public schools for over twenty years, maintains a private music studio, and regularly sings for churches in the area. Throughout her career she has performed in both vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as in multiple musicals. Her favorite roles include wife to Peter, and mom to adult sons, Chris and Eric.

Martia Barnett

Martia Barnett is a native of Newport News, Virginia. Attending Norfolk State University for undergrad, Martia was a part of the NSU Concert Choir and the Spartan Chorale where she served as the Alto Section Leader for two years. She participated in various musicals as a pit singer and vocal double and starred as Lorrell in Dreamgirls the Musical and Mariah Carey in the sold-out Whitney Houston Tribute.  Since obtaining her Bachelors and Masters degrees, Martia has settled into her role as a K-5 elementary music education teacher. She is looking forward to being a part of the Doorway Singers' legacy.

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