MISCHA BOUVIER

MISCHA BOUVIER 

Alabama-born baritone Mischa Bouvier continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality, remarkable communicative ability, and a “soothing, cavernous baritone that can soar to heights of lyric beauty.” Mischa’s recent performances have included collaborations with Orchestra of St. Luke’s,  Boston Pops, The Knights, Musica Sacra, American Bach Soloists, Princeton Glee Club, Mark Morris Dance Group, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, New York Festival of Song, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Folger Consort, Metropolis Ensemble, Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and Bach Collegium San Diego, and with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Alabama, Colorado, Columbus, New Mexico, Stamford and Northwest Arkansas. 

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JOLLE GREENLEAF

JOLLE GREENLEAF

 

Jolle Greenleaf, soprano, has been hailed as a “golden soprano” and called “a major force in the New York early music-scene” by The New York Times and she is one of the leading voices in the field. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Buxtehude, Handel, Purcell, and most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. This season’s highlights include two programs on Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima series, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Washington Bach Chorus, further exploration into medieval repertoire and a return to the beloved Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi. As artistic director of TENET, Jolle creates diverse programs, directs and sings in performances of repertoire spanning the middle ages to the present day.  “A Treasured staple in New York” (The New York times), TENET’s programming and performances has been lauded by as “adventurous and expressive” (The New York Times).

 

STEVEN HRYCELAK

STEVEN HRYCELAK

 

Steven Hrycelak, a bass from Rochester, NY, is equally at home performing early and very new music. He appears regularly with Blue Heron, Pegasus, NYS State Baroque, Publick Musick, Meridionalis, and the Yale Choral Artists, in addition to being a member of the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street. As for new music, he performs with Ekmeles, Toby Twining Music, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and the SEM Ensemble, among others. As an opera singer, he has performed with Bard Summerscape, Opera Omnia, Musica Nuova, and Union Avenue Opera. He studied at Yale University and Indiana University, and is also a vocal coach/accompanist.

 

TIM KEELER

TIM KEELER

 

Countertenor and conductor Tim Keeler is sought after as both a performer and an educator. He is a member of the Choir of the Trinity Wall Street and has performed with some of New York City's most celebrated vocal ensembles, including the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ekmeles, TENET, and New York Polyphony. He teaches music theory at the Special Music School in Manhattan, works as a vocal coach with the Young People's Chorus of New York City, and directs the choir at Juilliard's Summer Performing Arts program in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds degrees from Princeton, Cambridge, and the University of Michigan.

 

ANNA LENTI

ANNA LENTI

 

Anna Lenti is a freelance choral conductor and soprano, whose work embraces a variety of genres and styles. A native of Rochester, NY, Anna received her BM in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2011, and her MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in 2013. An avid lover of ensemble performance, Anna has appeared with numerous professional ensembles throughout the US, including the Holy Trinity Bach Choir (NYC), Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Ensemble VIII (Austin), and the Clarion Society (NYC). She is also the Artistic Director for a project-based choral ensemble called Ampersand, which she co-founded with soprano Madeline Apple Healey in 2014. In 2015, she was appointed the new Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York. In addition to her freelance work, Anna is a full-time music teacher at an all-girls high school in New Jersey.

KATE MARONEY

KATE MARONEY

 

Recognized for “vibrant and colorful” singing (The New York Times) mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney’s recent soloist appearances include the Carmel Bach Festival, LA Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, with Musica Sacra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Princeton Pro Musica, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Mark Morris Dance Group, Yale Choral Artists, American Opera Projects, Berkshire Bach Society, Brooklyn Art Song Society. Kate has worked closely with composers Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Hannah Lash, Dominick Argento, Christopher Cerrone, Daron Hagen, Matthew Welch, Paola Prestini, Ted Hearne, Lisa Bielawa, Jacob Cooper, and Scott Wheeler. She holds a D.M.A. from Eastman and degrees SUNY Purchase and Yale, teaches at Mannes, and resides in Brooklyn with musician-husband Red Wierenga. www.katemaroney.com

 

DAVID MCFERRIN

Praised by The New York Times for his “appealingly textured sound,” baritone David McFerrin has achieved critical acclaim in a wide variety of repertoire. On the opera stage this season he sings three roles with Boston Lyric Opera, including the Officer in Phillip Glass’ two-character drama In the Penal Colony. Upcoming concert engagements include the Handel and Haydn Society on their California tour and a Vermont Symphony debut. Past credits include Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops. Mr. McFerrin has sung in recital at the Caramoor, Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals. He has also performed in residency with the French ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, and is a member of the vocal group Blue Heron.

OWEN MCINTOSH

OWEN MCINTOSH

 

Acclaimed as a “lovely, tender high tenor” by the New York Times, Owen McIntosh has enjoyed a diverse career of chamber music and solo performance ranging from bluegrass to reggae, heavy metal to art song, and opera to oratorio. A native of remote Northern California, Mr. McIntosh has shared the stage with the country’s finest ensembles including Apollo’s Fire, Blue Heron, Boston Baroque, Carmel Bach Festival, Les Canards Chantants, New Vintage Baroque, Staunton Music Festival, TENET, Trident Ensemble, True Concord, San Diego Bach Collegium and the GRAMMY® nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Recent solo engagements include; Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Boston Baroque, Haydn's Chamber opera L'isola Disabitata with the American Classical Orchestra,  the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 with Apollo's Fire and Green Mountain Project, Bach's' St. Matthew passion with Grand Rapids Symphony, il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Opera Omnia and Boston Baroque, and evangelist in Bach's St. John passion with Tucson Chamber Artists.

JASON MCSTOOTS

JASON MCSTOOTS

 
 

Reviewers describe Jason McStoots as having an “alluring tenor voice” (ArtsFuse) and as “the consummate artist, wielding not just a sweet tone but also incredible technique and impeccable pronunciation.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) In 2015 he won a GRAMMY with the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) for the music of Charpentier. Solo appearances include Les plaisir de Versailles (Charpentier), Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse1610 Vespers (Monteverdi), Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart), Christmas OratorioSt. Mark Passion (Bach), Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Messiah (Handel) with groups such as Boston Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Pacific MusicWorks, San Juan Symphony, Bach Ensemble, Seattle Early Music Guild, Tragicomedia, Tanglewood Music Center, and Blue Heron. Recording credits include Lully's Pysché, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Charpentier’s Acteon with BEMF (CPO), Fischer Vespers (Toccata Classics), and Awakenings with Coro Allegro (Navona). 

DONALD MEINEKE

DONALD MEINEKE

 

Donald R. Meineke, serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, home of Bach Vespers. Before moving to New York, Donald studied choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, served as Director of Music at First English Lutheran, and was co-founder of Ensemble VIII. Donald held the post of Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church (Lutheran) in Worcester, Massachusetts for 6 years where he conducted the Choirs of Trinity Church and was founder and Artistic Director of Vox Triniti. He has served as assistant chorus master for Helmuth Rilling, preparing Mozart’s Mass in C minor in multiple cities throughout Venezuela and Bach’s B minor Mass and Passions in Germany and Italy. Donald also holds a degree in organ from Indiana University.

 

MELANIE RUSSELL

MELANIE RUSSELL

 

Melanie Russell has performed and recorded with premier ensembles in the U.S., including the Grammy-nominated choirs Trinity Wall Street and Seraphic Fire, and Grammy-winners Conspirare and The Rolling Stones. Solo engagements in opera, musical theater, and concert repertoire have taken her from her hometown of New Orleans to New York City, and all over the world with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach. Recent solo highlights include Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (Monmouth, NJ), Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 (Bach Collegium San Diego), new works with the Dogs of Desire (Albany Symphony), scenes from Lisa Bielawa's Vireo (The Stone NYC), and an abridged version of The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night/ Papagena) with ACO’s "Classical Music for Kids" outreach program (NYC). She is a graduate of Yale University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Centenary College of Louisiana.

 

MOLLY QUINN

MOLLY QUINN

 

Molly Quinn has captivated audiences with her “radiant” soprano, possessing an “arresting sweetness and simplicity” (The New York Times) in diverse repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to the Rolling Stones. In addition to her work with TENET, this season she goes on tour with The Bang on a Can All-Stars performing  Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer, makes debut appearances with The Helicon Society, The Catacoustic Consort and El Fuego Ensemble, and return appearances with Apollo's Fire, and at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue. Miss Quinn has been a soloist with many noted orchestras and ensembles including  The Knights NYC, The Clarion Music Society, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The Carmel Bach Festival, The Folger Consort, and Quicksilver. Quinn holds both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

 

AARON SHEEHAN

AARON SHEEHAN

 

Aaron Sheehan regularly performs in the United States, South America, and Europe. He sang the title role in Boston Early Music Festival’s Grammy Award winning recording of Charpentier’s opera La déscente d'Orphée aux enfers. On the concert stage, he enjoys a reputation as a first rate interpreter of the works of Bach, Handel and Mozart. He has performed at Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington National Cathedral, the Early Music Festivals of Boston (BEMF), San Francisco, Vancouver, Washington DC, Carmel, Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, and with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, North Carolina Symphony, New York Collegium, Charlotte Symphony and Pacific Music Works. His roles with BEMF include L’Amour and Apollon in Lully’s Psyché, Actéon in Charpentier’s Actéon, Orfeo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Liberto/Soldato in L’incoronazione di Poppea. He has also performed leading roles in operas by Cavalli, Handel, Weill, and Satie.

SUMMER THOMPSON

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SUMNER THOMPSON

Hailed as “the real thing” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and praised for his “elegant style” (Boston Globe), Sumner Thompson is one of the most sought-after young baritones singing today. His appearances on the operatic stage include the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Contemporary Opera Denmark in Copenhagen), Uberto in La Serva Padrona (Apollo’s Fire), the Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River (Britten-Pears School and Aldeburgh Festival, UK), Schaunard in La Bohème (Granite State Opera), and the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Commonwealth Opera). Mr. Thompson’s appearances in Chicago Opera Theatre’s productions of Britten’s Death in Venice and Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims were also highly praised. A favorite in top-tier early music circles, he has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival as the Satir in its recent production of Conradi’s Ariadne.

 

VIRGINIA WARNKEN KELSEY

VIRGINIA WARNKEN KELSEY

 

Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant,” “rich­toned alto” with “riveting presence,” Grammy© Award­ winning mezzo-­soprano Virginia Warnken is known for her heartfelt interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel and their contemporaries. In recent seasons Virginia has been seen on the main stages of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Hall, and has been featured as the alto soloist in Handel's Samson, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and most recently in Bach’s Matthäus Passion at both the Spoleto Festival and with Helmut Rilling at the Casals Festival. Also known for her exciting and unique performances of avant­-garde 20th and 21st-century works, she is a founding member of the groundbreaking Grammy©Award­-winning alternative­-classical vocal band Roomful of Teeth. In addition to performing, Ms. Warnken has taught privately and guest lectured at Yale, Princeton, Williams College, Wellesley, Vassar, and Dickinson College, among others.

 

JOHN TAYLOR WARD

JOHN TAYLOR WARD

 
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John Taylor Ward’s performances have been praised for their “Stylish abandon” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) and their “finely calibrated precision and heart-rending expressivity” (Washington Post). This season, he appears as a principal artist with Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, and the Boston Early Music Festival; William Christie and Les Arts Florissants; The Seattle Symphony; and the Englsh Baroque Soloists under Sir John Elliott Gardiner. Recent credits include the US premier of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus under the direction of Peter Sellars, Caronte in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the ensemble L’arpeggiata, and Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas with the Folger Consort at the Kennedy Center. Taylor is a graduate of the Eastman and Yale schools of music, and, as an arts leader, he is a founding core member of New York-based Cantata Profana and the Founding Associate Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN