Who We Are

     Conceptualized three years ago, Beatus Choral Ensemble has kept busy in their short career. Covering repertoire from Renaissance icons such as Josquin des Prez and William Byrd to living masters such as Javier Busto, the ensemble has striven to make a name for themselves amongst the growing sacred music community in the Midwest. Born out of a love for the liturgy of the Catholic Church and choral music, Beatus works to spread quality sacred music throughout  Catholic communities in the greater Ohio and Pennsylvania areas. 

     In their short tenure, the ensemble has had the privilege of providing music for a variety of liturgical and extra-liturgical functions at a wide range of venues. Highlights include an Extraordinary Form Requiem High Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville, Ohio; a concert in the ensemble's series "I Hear America Singing" at Emmanuel Catholic Church in Dayton, Ohio; and an Extraordinary Form High Mass at Christ the King Chapel at Franciscan University. In addition to concerts and Extraordinary Form Masses, the ensemble has provided music for special occasions such as weddings and anniversary masses.

     Looking forward, the ensemble will continue to make their presence in the sacred music community known via educational workshops, retreats, and through a variety online resources and tools.

     In their spare time, the members of Beatus have a wide variety of interests, from vintage and historic fashion to computer coding, but most often, you can find the singers together, just hanging out.

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Meet Beatus

Current Members

Associated Artists

Arianna Fouch

Arianna Fouch is a dramatic coloratura soprano from Anchorage, Alaska. Arianna is currently a senior nursing major and music minor at Franciscan University. Her previous credits include work with the Schola at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage and the Schola Cantorum Franciscana. 

Luke Ponce

Luke is a lyric bass-baritone from Abingdon, Virginia. Luke is a senior sacred music major at Franciscan University and currently serves as the organist and choir director at St. Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville, Ohio. His previous credits include the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and the Franciscan Univerisity Musical Theatre Troupe.

Matt Wagner

Matt is a leggerio tenor from Zanesville, Ohio. Matt is a senior sacred music major at Franciscan University. His previous credits include work with the Capital Univeristy Chapel Choir, the Schola Cantorum Franciscana and the Franciscan University Musical Theatre Troupe. Matt currently serves as the Artistic Director for Beatus. 

Mary Claire Tosques

Mary Claire Tosques is a coloratura mezzo soprano from Danbury, Connecticut. Mary Claire graduated with her bachelor's in sacred music major from Franciscan University in December of 2019. Her credits include work with the Bridgeport Diocesan Youth Choir, the Immaculate Conception Church Schola Cantorum and the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, and the Schola of Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh, PA.

Rose May

Rose May is a soubrette soprano hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Rose is a 2016 graduate of Franciscan University, where she earned her degree in sacred music with a concentration in organ. In addition to her work with Beatus, Rose currently serves as the organist and choir director for thriving parish in Albany, NY. She is the former organist and choir director for St. Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville, Ohio.

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