With more than 40 combined years of singing and theatrical experience on both a professional and community level, including more than 30 combined years of singing Christmas carols professionally in the Piedmont Triad NC area, the singers of Season's Best Carolers have the talent, the know-how, and the warmth to make your holiday event a special occasion.
We sing a cappella, meaning we bring nothing more than our voices, our festive costumes, our personal warmth, and a generous helping of holiday cheer. We can tailor our performance to your holiday entertaining needs. We can stroll during your company Christmas party in our Dickens-era Victorian costumes or perform an intimate concert of Christmas carols at your private cocktail party in traditional formalwear. We can accommodate your needs in almost any performance format or venue. Most importantly, we will do our very best to bring a smile to your face and the Spirit of Christmas to your hearts!
Meet the Carolers
Jason Barrios holds the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wingate University. Jason has appeared in several leading opera and operetta roles, with a most recent performance in July 2016 with the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy where he performed the role of Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other roles include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Pooh-Bah (The Mikado) as well as the title role in the musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Jason has a love for choral singing and currently performs with the Bel Canto Company. Currently, Jason is the K-8 music teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Greensboro, serves as the bass section leader at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, and teaches private voice lessons at Moore Music Company.
Mary Connolly has been a professional caroler since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Marywood University and completed graduate studies in Liturgical Music at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently the Director of Music for Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in High Point, NC and an elementary piano teacher for I.H.M School. As a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Mary has recently achieved her National Cantor Certification. Mary has performed in local community productions, her favorites being The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast. She hopes to continue singing the Alto part for every Christmas carol written for many more years.
Jessica has a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from UNCG. She was an ensemble member in UNCG's opera productions of Casey at the Bat, HMS Pinafore, and The Tenderland. Jessica was the Director and member of the UNCG Sapphires, an award winning female a cappella group, where she was a featured soloist and arranger. She recorded two albums with The Sapphires, Eve and Tempest. Jessica currently teaches choral music at Ragsdale High School and sings in the choir at St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Shawn is a graduate of the UNCG School of Music. She taught briefly in the public schools then served as church Director of Music for 10 years. She is also a certified early childhood music specialist with Musikgarten and a private vocal and piano instructor. She has been involved with musical theater since she saw her parents dancing in the aisles while performing Godspell when she was just a child. She went on to be in that same show with High Point Community Theatre many years later. Other roles and shows include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Aunt Nettie in Carousel, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Closer Than Ever, Theater in The Schools, A Christmas Carol with the NC Shakespeare Festival, Amadeus, and best of all…mother of 3 of the best ducklings ever, my kids!
Ash brings 17 years of performance experience to the group. He has been a member of a professional Christmas caroling group since 2000. He has performed starring and supporting roles with High Point Community Theater, Community Theater of Greensboro, and Stained Glass Playhouse. He has been a member of the West Market St. United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Worship Band, the Choral Society of Greensboro, and has performed in several productions with the Greensboro Opera Company.
Kim brings over 30 years of performance experience to the group. She has been a member of a professional Christmas caroling group since 1996. She has had both starring and supporting roles in musical theater productions with The Barn Dinner Theater, High Point Community Theater, Community Theater of Greensboro, L'Chaim Productions, and the American Hebrew Academy. She has had vocal training with the Greensboro Music Academy, UNCCH and UNCG music faculty. She has been a member of the West Market St. United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and Worship Band and the Choral Society of Greensboro traveling across Europe and Russia during the 1990s performing with that group. In October 2007 she toured North Carolina performing with CTG's production of "Jewish Broadway." She currently sings weekly with Westminster Presbyterian Worship Band, Lake Brandt Campus.
Originally from Detroit, Michael began performing with his guitar and voice at the age of 9. Before leaving for North Carolina, he was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band, Mister Thick. He dove into acting upon his arrival in Winston-Salem performing in West Side Civic Theater's The Wizard of Oz. Since then, he has played Spider in Jekyll and Hyde, Jud Fry in Oklahoma, Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Mark Cohen in Rent among others. He has also cantored at Holy Family Catholic Church and sang at a variety of local venues and weddings.
A native North Carolinian, Lee brings to Season's Best nearly 40 years of experience in vocal performance and musical theatre along with his love of the holidays and holiday music! Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre from Appalachian State University, Lee has performed with numerous companies in the Triad as well as venues across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Lee is a soloist and member of the Chancel Choir and Trinity Voices of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro and also a member of Bel Canto Company.
Sheri has enjoyed singing all her life. Her choral training began early when she was part of the Women’s Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Madrigal Choir and Show Choir at Herscher High School, recognized as the finest high school music department in the state of Illinois. She was part of the Women’s Choir and the Mixed Chorus at the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University. Sheri has been actively involved in musical theater both in the Triad area and in Raleigh. Some of her stage roles include Marian the Librarian in The Music Man, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Lily Craven in The Secret Garden, Cinderella in Into the Woods and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has also performed in numerous musical reviews and placed regionally in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.
Jill was a Vocal Studies and Music Education major at UNCG. After graduation, Jill worked in New York City for several years singing cabaret, performing in Off-Broadway musicals, and touring in various shows. After New York, Jill and her husband Rhett performed for several years as the folk rock duo Arlington Priest, touring the US in such renowned venues as Eddie's Attic and The Bluebird Cafe. Still performing whenever possible, Jill now has the "grown up" title of Corporate Events Manager for Cone Health in Greensboro, NC where she lives with Rhett, daughter Rachel, and two extremely precocious cats.
Rhett graduated from UNCG in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. Some of his favorite roles include Rodolfo in La Boheme, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Captain Walker in The Who’s Tommy, and Berger in Hair. For the last several years Rhett and his wife Jill (also part of Season’s Best) have performed as the folk rock duo Arlington Priest, touring the US at venues like Eddie’s Attic and the Bluebird Café. Currently, Rhett lives in Greensboro with Jill and his daughter Rachel.
Michael has been performing choral music since he was eleven years old. He has been working in professional theater for forty years, appearing in regional theaters throughout the eastern half of the country. He holds a BFA from UNCG and an Associate's degree in Graphics and Illustration. Michael has been cast in both leads and supporting roles in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, The Thing About Men, Hair, Godspell, and Cabaret. Michael has been working in the arts most of his adult life. He also works as an freelance illustrator, muralist, has created sculptures for Warner Brothers and Disney. He was one of the sculptor/painters for a national tour of an interactive exhibit of "The World of Dr. Seuss" for the Chicago Children's Museum.
Cathy has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from UNCG and SUNY-Potsdam, respectively. She has had both starring and supporting roles in Faust, The Magic Flute, and H.M.S. Pinafore. She has a background in recital performance and has also sung with the Choral Society of Greensboro as a soloist on a tour of England, Scotland and Wales. Locally, she has been a member and soloist with West Market Street United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir and Worship Band, Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Worship Band, as well as Section Leader and Interim Choir Director for Starmount Presbyterian Church. In the spring of 2008, she performed in CTG's production of Jewish Broadway. Cathy has been singing Christmas carols professionally since 1999.
Ray brings almost 40 years of music and theatrical performance experience to the group, including over 20 years of experience singing Christmas carols professionally. His regional theatrical credits include leading and supporting roles in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Same Time, Next Year, Guys and Dolls, Silence!: The Musical, and Showtune: A Jerry Herman Revue. In the past, he has been a member and soloist with West Market Street United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir and Worship Band, as well as Section Leader for the Starmount Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir. He also happens to be President of Season's Best Entertainment, LLC, the parent company of Season's Best Carolers.
A native of Greenville, SC, Pam is a graduate of Furman University, where is earned both a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Arts in Music. She has performed throughout the Southeast US as singer/dancer/actor. Her favorite roles include Tanya in Mamma Mia! (CPCC Summer Theatre), Velma in Chicago (Little Theatre of Winston Salem), Dorothy in 42nd Street (CTG and HPCT), and Sheila in A Chorus Line (GLT). She has also performed in industrial videos, theme parks, and outdoor dramas. Pam has been a choral director for many years and is a mezzo-soprano/alto soloist and choir member at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC. Having grown up as an auditioned member of Greenville, SC's Singing Christmas Tree, Pam's first musical love has always been Christmas music.
Dave has been singing his whole life. Being the son of a church musician, Dave has always had an interest in all things musical. He became involved with musical theatre at the age of 6 and has been singing and acting ever since. Since moving to the Triad, he has been actively involved in community theatre whenever he finds the opportunity. In college at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Dave sang for the University Arts Chorale, the premiere chorus of the school. He also recently traveled to Nashville to audition for NBC's The Sing-Off with the newly formed Gate City Influence, an all-male a cappella group that was born out of the UNCG Spartones.