COLIN BALZER

COLIN BALZER

 

An dedicated interpreter of Baroque repertoire, Canadian born tenor Colin Balzer has performed with organizations such as Early Music Vancouver, Tafelmusik, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Les Voix Baroque, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Les Musiciens du Louvre/Marc Minkowski, Collegium Vocale Gent/Philippe Herreweghe, Musikpodium Stuttgart/Frieder Bernius, Händel Festspiele Göttingen/Lawrence Cummings, Bach Collegium Japan/Masaki Suzuki, and the Boston Early Music Festival where he recently made his debut in the title role in Monteverdi's Ulisse. In addition to Baroque repertoire, Colin is an acclaimed recitalist and regularly performs with modern orchestras across North America and Europe. Colin currently lives in Germany with his lovely wife and two adorable children.

LISA BIELAWA

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LISA BIELAWA

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition. The New York Times describes her music as, “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically slightly tart.” Bielawa was appointed Artistic Director of the acclaimed San Francisco Girls Chorus in 2013 and is an artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. 

Bielawa’s latest work for performance in public places is Airfield Broadcasts, a work for hundreds of musicians that premiered on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin in May 2013 and Crissy Field in San Francisco in October 2013. She is currently at work on Vireo, a new opera created for episodic release via broadcast and online media. Her latest album, The Lay of the Love, was released in 2015.

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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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LUTHIEN BRACKETT

LUTHIEN BRACKETT

 

Born in California to parents who loved to read, Luthien Brackett was named after a character in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium.  Praised by the press for her “easy, appealing alto” and “silky tone among all registers,” she specializes in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  Luthien appears regularly with distinguished professional vocal ensembles including The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, TENET, The Clarion Society, and Seraphic Fire.  Recent solo appearances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival and Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  Among her numerous commercial recordings are two GRAMMY-nominated albums: Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia) and Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields(Cantaloupe).  She lives in Brooklyn with her incorrigible cats, Bella and Bartok.  

 

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).

 

AMY GOLDIN

AMY GOLDIN

 

Soprano Amy Goldin enjoys singing a diverse repertoire, ranging from early music to jazz to kirtan.  A core member of the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, with whom she has performed in numerous festivals here and abroad, Amy has also performed with many acclaimed ensembles in New York City and the greater Hudson Valley, including Voices of Ascension, Holy Trinity Bach Choir, The Clarion Society, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Chamber Choir, Sheep Island Ensemble, the Juneau Alliance, Kairos Consort, and Prana.  She currently resides in Woodstock, NY with her two children.

 

MADELINE HEALEY

MADELINE HEALEY

 

"Praised by the Washington Post for her “gorgeous singing,” “silken-voiced” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Madeline Apple Healey is a soloist and chamber musician specializing primarily in early and contemporary repertoire. Recent engagements include Bach's Mass in B Minor and Bernstein’s MASS with Choral Arts Society of Washington, Bach's Coffee Cantata with Apollo's Fire, and the U.S. premiere of Here All Night with Gare St. Lazare Ireland at The White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, as well as the roles of Olympia (Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Papagena (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte). This season she will appear with the American Classical Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Amor Artis, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The New Consort, The Choir of St. Luke-in-the-Fields, AMPERSAND, Academy of Sacred Drama, The Thirteen, and TENET. www.madelineapplehealey.com

 

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

 

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.

 

REGINALD MOBLEY

REGINALD MOBLEY

 

Countertenor Reginald Mobley fully intended to speak his art through watercolors and oil pastels until circumstance demanded that his own voice should speak for itself. Since reducing his visual color palette to the black and white of a score, he has endeavored to open a wider spectrum onstage.

Particularly noted for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” (Miami Herald), as well as “elaborate and inventive ornamentation” (South Florida Classical Review), the "Barn-burning, [...]phenomenal" (Knoxville Metro Pulse) Reggie is rapidly making a name for himself in Baroque, Classical, and modern repertoire. His natural and preferred habitat is within the works of Bach, Handel, Purcell, as well as other known Baroque mainstays. Not to be undone by a strict diet of the baroque, Reggie finds himself equally comfortable in other periods and genres. Not just in Medieval and Renaissance, but also a literacy in Jazz, Gospel, Musical Theatre, and Barbershop singing. 

www.reginaldmobley.com

 

REBECCA OEHLERS

REBECCA OEHLERS

 

Rebecca Oehlers is a sought-out artist and professional ensemble singer. She studied at Mannes College of Music and Temple University in voice and French horn performance. She is a member of the new music ensemble, The Crossing, and with them has been a soloist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra for the SONiC Festival, and with Quicksilver Baroque and the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Rebecca is one of twelve members of The Crossing who works as a choral scholar for the Big Sky Conservatory in Montana, where she collaborates with choral and composition fellows. Rebecca can also be heard on recordings with The Crossing, Piffaro, and Antioch Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, she has been on the voice faculty of Drexel University since 1997 and is a member of NATS.

 

TAMI PETTY

TAMI PETTY

 

Tami Petty is the 2014 Award Recipient of the Joy in Singing Prize. Highlights include Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time with Manchester Choral Society, Mozart Requiem with Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the symphonies of Fort Collins and St. Joseph, Poulenc’s Gloria with Symphony of North Arkansas, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Choral Society of Grace Church NY, and Brahms Requiem with New Hampshire Music Festival. Upcoming performances include Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors with Grace Church of NY and Caritas Concert Series at St. Ignatius Loyola, NY. She is the winner of awards from Richard Tucker Foundation, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Chautauqua Opera Guild, the Lotte Lenya Competition, and Merola Opera Program. www.TamiPetty.com

ANDREW PADGETT

ANDREW PADGETT

 

Praised for his "powerful baritone and impressive vocal range" (Boston Music Intelligencer), bass-baritone and hurdy-gurdyist Andrew Padgett is an accomplished interpreter of both baroque and medieval vocal and instrumental music. He has collaborated with early music luminaries such as Masaaki Suzuki, Nicholas McGegan, and Benjamin Bagby, and has been featured as a soloist in concert venues worldwide, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, NYC, and the Esplanade Concert Hall in his hometown, Singapore. 

Andrew holds a B.S. in physics and an M.M. in voice from U.C. Santa Barbara, and an M.M. in early music, oratorio, and chamber ensemble from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music. He is based in New York City, where he sings with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of Daniel Hyde.
 

LAURA PUDWELL

LAURA PUDWELL

 

Mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell’s reputation as a superb vocalist has been well-established as a result of her performances worldwide Her vast repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary works. Ms. Pudwell is equally at home on the opera, oratorio or recital stage, and has received international acclaim for her recordings. On the opera stage, Ms Pudwell has performed across Canada with such companies as Opera Atelier, the Calgary Opera, Vancouver Early Music and Festival Vancouver, as well as with the Houston Grand Opera and the Cleveland Opera. Laura Pudwell is a regular participant in many festivals, and appears regularly with the Toronto Consort, and is a frequent guest soloist with Tafelmusik, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Chamber Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence Choir, to name a few. 

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.