Administration & Staff
Charles Wallace, Headmaster
“ Saint Thomas Choir School is unique in the United States. It is more than just a boarding school for boys: it is place where a child’s musical potential, academic skills and personal development are recognized and nurtured. Over the course of his studies, a boy learns the importance and value of contributing to a wider community – in the school, in New York City and beyond.
Our commitment to the welfare of each boy ensures that he receives a first-class education while living alongside his peers in a familial setting. Ultimately, this opportunity builds valuable life-skills, meaningful friendships, life-changing experiences and wonderful memories. I encourage parents with a son who loves to sing to visit us and see what Saint Thomas boys are achieving.”
Fr. Wallace earned degrees from the University of Toronto and King’s College, Dalhousie University. He has worked in parish and in education ministry in Canada and in the United Kingdom before being appointed to Saint Thomas in 2003. As Headmaster, Fr. Wallace has stressed the importance of the School as a community, coming together for a common purpose. All staff ensure that the boys, who have shown the musical promise required to thrive in this demanding setting, are supported and encouraged in all aspects of their lives.
Fr. Wallace spent a period of sabbatical leave in the Autumn of 2017 working in Anglican parishes in Morocco and in France. Although challenging choices, they were not surprising ones, since Fr. Wallace enjoys the opportunity to travel when he has free time.
Trinity College, University of Toronto, MDiv, Honours
University of King’s College, BA Honours
Miriam Allman, Houseparent
“ I enjoy creating a nurturing environment that promotes the choristers’ physical and emotional growth. It is a real pleasure getting to work with such a talented and motivated group of faculty and students.”
Miriam Allman joined the Choir School as a nurse and housemother in 2009. She received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee and is board certified as a pediatric and family nurse practitioner. Prior to moving to New York, she spent 8 years working at pediatric hospitals. She enjoys travelling and has sailed over 26,000 nautical miles visiting countries on four continents. Miriam resides at the school with her husband and their two children.
University of Tennessee, MSc Nursing
Tennessee Tech, BSc Nursing
Karen Wentling, Houseparent
“ I enjoy working at STCS because the environment is very supportive of both students and faculty. It feels like a family because we live together and share residential, athletic, and academic life with the boys. I see the boys and the faculty in so many different situations and roles which allows me to really know who they are! I also very much enjoy those quiet special moments when tucking the boys into bed.”
Karen spent her childhood years in Bergen County, NJ. After receiving her BS in Physical Therapy at Hunter College, she worked at Stamford Hospital before becoming a full-time mother to six children. Karen has moved up and down the east coast: she lived in Greenwich CT, followed by many happy years in Acton MA, before returning to NYC. Her youngest son was a chorister at the Choir School for five years.
Besides her role as Housemother at the Choir School, Karen maintains a small Physical Therapy practice. She is an avid tennis player, and enjoys attending a weekly Bible study.
Hunter College, BS Physical Therapy
Loraine Enlow, Admissions
“ Saint Thomas serves not only as a beacon of excellence for choir programs, but even more importantly as a living example of the life-changing power of sacred choral music. I sent several of my own former choristers here before I came to be on the staff, and I’m proud to continue to encourage others to consider Saint Thomas as a possibility for any boy they know who loves to sing.”
Loraine Enlow holds a double-degree with highest honors from the New England Conservatory of Music for viola performance and music theory. At the Conservatory she studied under Alan Fletcher and Marcus Thompson, and was a teaching assistant at the Conservatory for both keyboard harmony and music theory. While at the Conservatory she studied at Harvard University with David Lewin and at MIT with David Epstein.
Her graduate work was at the University of Chicago, where she was a Century Teaching Fellow in ethnomusicology, and also Visiting Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where her work in Coptic liturgy earned her presentations at conferences worldwide. She has also done post-graduate study in early childhood music education at both the Catholic University of America and the Hartt School of Music, and has served as a national adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She is Music Associate for Children & Youth at St. James’ Church, New York City, and a member of the Board of Trustees for VOICE Charter School.
University of Chicago, MA, Musicology
New England Conservatory of Music, BMus, Highest Honors, Viola Performance and Music Theory.
Sophia Bryant-Scott, Office Manager
“ There is a passion that can be found in all aspects of life at the Choir School that is unlike almost any academic community. We desperately want these boys to succeed in life and we want them to enjoy every opportunity, and so we dedicate a lot of ourselves to making sure they have the support and care that they need.”
Sophia Bryant-Scott grew up in the gulf islands of British Columbia, Canada. After attending New York University she came to the Choir School and joined the duty faculty after ten months as the Headmaster’s assistant. Outside of the school she an avid reader and a slowly-improving kickboxer.
New York University, BFA, Honors, Film and Television Production
Susan Hill, Alumni Relations
“ I enjoy working at the Choir School and seeing, each day, the energy and enthusiasm of the boys and faculty. I look forward to continuing to broaden alumni support and involvement in our very special school.”
Susan Hill holds a BA in history from Hollins College and attended The New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture. She has a long association with the Choir School, beginning with her sons’ attendance, Wick ’97 and Rowland ’98. Even after her sons graduated, Susan continued her involvement with the Choir School through fundraising events and the Alumni Association Board.
While living in New York, Mrs Hill worked at Bloomingdales before taking on an executive role at Joan & David, and later as a consultant prior to relocating to Concord, Massachusetts. Her volunteer work included the New York Junior League, and she has served on the boards of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and the Concord Museum Guild.
Hollins College , BA in History