Live performance of Christmas carols and holiday songs provides an unforgettable, emotionally rich experience. Our mission is to bring professional quality caroling performances to people all over the Mid-Atlantic region, especially to places where such experiences can be difficult to find. We want to touch the hearts and souls of as many people as possible, filling them all with the holiday spirit. It is also our mission to pay a fair wage to our talented, experienced vocal artists for their time, energy, education, and experience.
The Village Carolers™ was founded in 2012 by Westminster Choir alumni Michael and Suzanne Chadwick, who have each spent nearly 30 years singing professionally around the world in operas and oratorios.
Shortly after moving from Manhattan to Medford, New Jersey, a local candy shop owner asked Michael and Suzanne if they could use their singer networking resources to put together a caroling group to perform a few carols at her candy shop. Within days, after hearing the high quality level of the voices, multiple people requested us to sing for their event. At the end of that season the group officially became The Village Carolers and has been singing dozens of performances each year ever since.
We present a fun, experienced, and highly talented a cappella quartet (or octet or even a full choir!) for your town, business, or private Christmas party or holiday event. In our brief history, we have sung for hundreds of live or televised events throughout the mid-Atlantic region including Philadelphia, New York, Southern New Jersey, the New Jersey Shore, Central New Jersey, Northern New Jersey, northern Delaware, and southern Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania. Our singers are highly experienced and talented, with some of the top level training available throughout the world. You can read more about our individual members below by clicking on their names below.
“Words are simply inadequate to describe the beautiful experience of having the Village Carolers serenade family and friends. We have hired them several times for our Thanksgiving celebration and they have stunned us each time with a breathtaking performance. Our guests were mesmerized as they dazzled us with perfect harmonies singing our favorite carols. We give them our highest recommendation!” – Katharine K.
(click on a name to see that singer’s bio)
Holly Gash, international soprano, has performed over twenty leading opera roles and has been the soprano soloist in several oratorios in the United States, Italy and Central America, including Guatemala City, San Jose, Costa Rica, San Salvador and Managua, Nicaragua. After graduating from Loyola University with degrees in Clarinet Performance and Music Therapy, she decided to pursue her enthusiasm for singing and completed her Masters’ Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Arkansas. Ms. Gash has apprenticed with the Austin Lyric Opera, Virginia Opera, Amarillo Opera and Knoxville Companies. Leading roles in her career have included Luisa Miller, Desdemona in Otello, Violetta in La Traviata, Leonora in La Forza del Destino Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi from Cosi Fan Tutte, the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Elle in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Nedda from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Liu in Turandot, Suor Angelica, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and Massenet’s Thais. Ms. Gash received many auspicious reviews for her New York Debut with Brooklyn’s Vertical Repertoire Opera Company’s title role in the Baroque opera Cavalli’s Calisto. Oratorio engagements have included Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem. Ms. Gash and her husband Tim Bryan are proud newcomers to Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Lyric-coloratura soprano Pamela Jones opened the 2019-2020 season with her debut with Arch Angel Productions as a soloist on Columbia University’s Sacred Music Concert Series, singing John Carter’s Cantata for Voice and Piano. She will sing Woglinde in Götterdämmerung with Trilogy: An Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in March, completing Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle. This is the first time the famous Ring cycle has been performed in its entirety in New Jersey. Last season she performed Waldvogel in Siegfried with Trilogy: An Opera Company and sang the role of Mrs. Hayes in Susannah by Carlisle Floyd with Lighthouse Opera Company.
Ms. Jones was a soloist in the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth by John Luther Adams at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and she sang in the world premiere performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Mile Long Opera on the Highline in New York City. Previously Ms. Jones was privileged to sing the role of Miss Rose in the New York premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz at New York City Opera. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Dundalk (Ireland) International Drama Festival for her portrayal of Sister Mary Amnesia in the musical Nunsense by Dan Goggin with the Victory Players, and she received glowing reviews for her portrayal of Euridyce in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld which she sang with Valley Light Opera.
The soprano has performed as Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Kölner Philharmonie and at the Staatsoper Hamburg. She also appeared as Annie in Porgy and Bess at the Charles Bronfman Hall in Tel Aviv, Israel and as the Strawberry Woman at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Kölner Philharmonie, in Haifa, Israel. She has performed Helmwige in Die Walküre and Freia in Das Rheingold with Trilogy: An Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In addition, with Trilogy: An Opera Company, she sang the title role in the world premiere of The Bird that Wants to Fly by Michael Raphael, the title role in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, and Sprit McNair in “4” by Trevor Weston, honoring the lives of the four girls killed at the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. With New York City Opera she also sang the roles of Suor Conversa in Suor Angelica and Lolette in La Rondine, both by Giacomo Puccini, Oasis in L’Etoile by Emmanuel Chabrier and Winnie Mandela in excerpts of No Easy Walk to Freedom by Chandler Carter in NYCO’s Contemporary American Opera Lab (VOX). In addition, she sang Pamina and the First Lady in The Magic Flute with the NYCO Education Division.
Ms. Jones performed in a live telecast from New York City Opera’s 2008 production of Madama Butterfly on “Live From Lincoln Center” which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Classical Music/Dance Programs. Pamela Jones was a soloist with the New York City Opera Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in Trois petites Liturgies de la Presence Divine by Olivier Messiaen, and she has also been a soloist at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, at Carnegie Hall, at the Spoleto Festival (USA) in Charleston, South Carolina, and with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She has won the National Opera Association Vocal Competition Legacy Award twice.
Dana Kluczyk, soprano, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance at Wagner College with a Minor in Dance and has been performing since the age of 4. Dana is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and has performed in the 2007-2008 Broadway National Tour of Whistle Down the Wind as Brat/u/s. Dana is the winner of the 2017 Italian Opera Competition at Wagner College. She also placed in 2016 and 2018 in this competition. In the summer of 2018, she studied Vocal Performance and Opera in Dresden, Germany with the Orfeo Vocal Arts Academy under the direction of Alan Dornak. It was here that Dana performed various opera pieces such as “Vanne, O Rosa Fortunata” at the famous Schloss Seifersdorf, Burg Stolpen, and Palais Brühl-Marcolini.
Dana proudly sang the National Anthem for the Somerset Patriots Minor League baseball team and Wagner College Womens’ basketball. She recently completed the concept album,
The Widow’s Watch, as Jesari, and can be seen in the music video for V-Day’s One Billion Rising anthem “Break the Chain” as a lead vocalist. Some of her favorite theatrical credits include: The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), Nine (Stephanie), Titanic (Caroline Neville), and The Most Happy Fella (u/s Rosabella). In addition to theatrical and musical performances, Dana can also be seen in the upcoming Amazon series The Hunt, the HBO series Succession, and the feature film Indignation. She is thrilled to make her debut with the Village Carolers this holiday season.
“Crystalline and agile” soprano Laura Kosar enjoys a diverse career as a singer and music teacher. As a concert soloist, she has performed in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, and the Masses and Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and Bernstein. Operatic highlights include Hansel und Gretel (Gretel), Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Die Fledermaus (Adele), La Bohème (Musetta), and Adamo’s Little Women (Amy). This season Ms. Kosar can be seen with the Princeton Singers, Opera Delaware, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, and as a second year Encore Yong Artist with Ars Musica, where she will sing in Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), and as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Also a passionate educator, Ms. Kosar maintains a private voice and piano studio, directs the youth choir at St. James the Less, and teaches K-3 general music at the Riverbank Charter School of Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College.
American coloratura soprano Brenna Markey is a recent finalist and encouragement award recipient in the Opera at Florham Violetta DuPont 2018 Vocal Competition. Ms. Markey made her operatic debut in 2015 as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and has since appeared as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi.
Ms. Markey will perform as soprano soloist and staff singer with Church of the Redeemer choir on their European tour starting in June of this year. Ms. Markey’s 2016-17 notable performances included Soprano soloist for Vox Amadeus’ Renaissance concert series; Soprano soloist in Vivaldi Gloria with the Lutheran Church of Our Savior; Soprano soloist in Joseph Haydn’s Missa in B “Harmoniemesse” and the role of Rusalka in the Philadelphia premiere of Alexander Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka under the direction of Ghenady Meirson.
Brenna is a pupil of the highly accomplished Benita Valente and has additionally studied at the Canto de las Americas Summer Workshop under the direction of Veronica Villarroel. A native of Bucks County Pennsylvania, Ms. Markey received her Bachelor degree in music from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, graduating with honors and receiving the Professor Klara B. Meyers Tribute Scholarship presented to Ms. Markey by the head of the vocal department, Dr. Christine Anderson.
Soprano Alex Meakem is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Voice Studies under the tutelage of Dr. Sharon Sweet.
While at Westminster, Alex performed with several prestigious ensembles, including Julliard 415, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She has been a soloist in several major works, such as Arvo Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanon, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms”, which she sang in Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other esteemed conductors she has worked with include Alan Gilbert, Andrew Manze, and Charles Dutoit.
Alex can be heard, both as a chorister and a soloist, on six albums recorded by both Westminster Kantorei, and the Westminster Williamson Voices. In January 2020, she will record another album with The Same Stream choir, conducted by James Jordan. As an active member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Alex is poised to perform Handel’s Messiah with Jane Glover this December. Earlier this year, she was added to the roster for Donald Nally’s emsemble, The Crossing.
She currently sings as a Choral Scholar with the Voices Chorale New Jersey, and works as a cantor and choir member at the Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield, NJ, and at the Episcopal Church of Princeton. In addition to performing, Alex works at Octopus Music School teaching voice and piano lessons.
Soprano Maria Palombo holds a Master of Music degree and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduating with degrees in Music and Drama and a minor in Speech & Hearing Science. She has performed professionally with North Carolina Opera, New York City Opera, and she sings as an active member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. Her favorite roles include Monica (The Medium), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), the title role in Cendrillon and Mary in Highway #1 USA (William Grant Still). Maria currently serves as the soprano section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. She is the owner and voice teacher at “Finely Tuned Voice Lessons” in Ewing, NJ and she is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. For more information, please visit: www.mariapalombo.com
Amanda Simms, soprano, enjoys singing a wide repertoire performing both contemporary and Baroque with ease and sophistication. A recent graduate at Montclair State University, she performed Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, and Asteria in Tamerlano. In May 2019 she finished her Master of Music degree from under the tutelage of Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet and Kelley Hijleh. She has been a featured soloist in Handel’s Messiah as well as Mozart’s Mass in C minor. She is an alumna of the Indemini Music Festival hosted by Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet.
Suzanne Chadwick, Contralto, has sung with The Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi, Opera Festival of New Jersey, The Princeton Festival, The Little Opera Theater of New York, Berks Opera, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, Empire Opera, One World Symphony, The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Brooklyn, American Singers’ Opera Project, and the Austrian/American Mozart Academy. Ms. Chadwick has also worked extensively as a choral member throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and on such recordings as Pagliacci (Muti / Philadelphia Orchestra), Honneger’s Joan of Arc (Masur/New York Philharmonic) and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Macal/New Jersey Symphony). Additionally, she has served as a Staff Singer/Section Leader at St. Paul’s in Chestnut Hill, PA and Trinity Episcopal in Moorestown, NJ. Other credits: Florence (Yeston/Kopit Phantom), Rosemary Clooney’s White Christmas (Sands, Atlantic City), and originating the role of “Mrs. K” in the new musical, The Real Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Along with her husband, Michael, Ms. Chadwick owns/manages The Village Carolers and can be heard on their recording, Sing We Now of Christmas. Favorite roles performed include Dame Quickly (Falstaff), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Marthe (Gounod’s Faust), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Dritte Dame (The Magic Flute), and Mary of Bethany (Passion).
Marissa Chalker, mezzo-soprano, is an active chorister and ensemble member with companies such as Opera Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, The Philadelphia Singers, The Thirteen Chamber Choir, CoOperative Concert Opera, The Princeton Festival, Opera Cleveland, Opera Per Tutti, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Choir. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Voice Performance and a Master’s Degree from Westminster Choir College in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Marissa resides in Philadelphia with her husband, George Somerville, teaches private voice and piano lessons, and frequently sings in the Philadelphia/greater New Jersey area. For more information and upcoming performances, visit www.marissamaechalker.com.
Maria Damore captivates audiences with her heartfelt vocal artistry and warm, radiant personality. Her rich palette of vocal colors and charismatic interpretations have given her a variety of interesting performance opportunities. Featured in the September 2019 Classical Singer magazine column, “Where I Last Got Paid to Sing,” Maria discusses singing the music of her heritage in the Greek folk music duo, “Stavros & Maria.” In 2018, Maria competed as a quarter finalist in the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA. She has produced and performed her own cabarets and concerts, including: Tango, Jazz, and Greek Pizzaz, The Music of Kurt Weill, A Sondheim Serenade, and Spiritual Jazz (uplifting jazz interpretations of beloved hymns performed with her Jazzy Gents ensemble), and has delighted in working at regional theatres such as Gretna Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Concert Opera of Philadelphia, Berks Opera Company, Reading Theatre Project, and The Yocum Institute for the Arts, most recently as both “Mother” and “Witch” in the opera Hansel and Gretel. Maria released her debut CD, Moonglow, in 2014 – an eclectic mix of jazz standards and Broadway songs as well as her recent single, “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan. Guest artist appearances include Reading Pops Orchestra, Berks Jazz Fest, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, New York Piano Society, PA Governor’s Awards, and Philadelphia Mayor’s Ball. Maria holds a BA from Immaculata College, MSA from West Chester University, graduate credit through the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University, and has attended numerous Vocal Pedagogy Programs, including Somatic Voicework: The Lovetri MethodTM and Westminster Choir College Summer Pedagogy Institute. Maria enjoys teaching voice to students in her home studio. Visit: www.mariadamore.com.
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Feigenbaum has appeared with opera companies and orchestras across the country in diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque opera to new music. This season she appears in concerts with various New York City groups, featuring the U.S. Premiere of Trilogia Textil by Gabriel Senases with pianist John Cuk. Ms. Feigenbaum has appeared with Indianapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Saratoga, dell’Arte Opera, Utopia Opera, Opera Southwest, and the Missouri Symphony, among others. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwestern University. Originally from Teaneck, NJ, she currently makes her home in Manhattan. For more information, visit http://www.stephaniefeigenbaum.com.
Samantha Ferrara is a singer, actor, dancer and teacher splitting her time between New York and New Jersey. A resident of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Ms. Ferrara can be frequently found on both the professional and community stage; recent credits include Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), The Secret Garden (Lily Craven), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse. She graduated in 2014 from Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she studied Music Education and Musical Theater. She is currently studying with Ryan Scott Oliver and Lindsay Mendez’s Actor Therapy program, and has previously studied at The Patrick Page Studio. In addition to her performing, Ms. Ferrara is Director of the Broadway & Beyond Musical Theater program at the Continuo Arts Foundation in Summit, New Jersey, as well as a member of Sonaré, a year-long Young Artists program sponsored by the Minuetto Music Festival. Ms. Ferrara made her 54 Below debut in September 2018, and will be performing in 4th Wall Theatre’s production of Sondheim on Sondheim in December 2018.
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Hoch is elated to come-a-wassailing with The Village Carolers this holiday season! Originally from Massachusetts and an alum of the Drake University Musical Theatre BFA program, Sarah has spent the last five years moving around the country for her love of music and theatre. After graduating, she spent a year as a company member of Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, where she took on roles in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Hedy), Annie (Grace), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Avenue Q (Bad Idea Bear/Swing), Xanadu (Erato), and Present Laughter (Joanna), among others. Based out of Chicago for the next four years, Sarah was a regular performer for the Chicago Cabaret Project, also with whom she was a Christmas caroler for three years at the Peninsula and Drake Hotels and corporate events. You may have seen her in her Dickensian wear on Monday Night Football in front of the famous Drake Hotel Christmas tree. Other favorite musical theatre roles from her travels include Charity in Sweet Charity (MadKap Productions); Vivienne in Legally Blonde (Midtown Arts Center); Casey in First Date (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, Rizzo in Grease, and Cindy Lou in Winter Wonderettes (Old Creamery Theatre); Louise in Gypsy, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Bella in Lost in Yonkers (Great Plains Theatre); and Millie in Why Do Fools Fall in Love (St. Vincent Summer Theatre). Sarah recently moved to New York and shortly after joined Actors Equity. She enjoys teaching young students how to belt healthily with her background in Jo Estill pedagogy, dabbling in guitar and piano, and developing new musicals with her husband, composer David Kornfeld. Check out her website at www.sarahdhoch.com for more information on upcoming projects!
Alexandra Kilcoyne is a mezzo-soprano originally from Houston, Texas. She graduated with a BME in Vocal Music Education from Texas Christian University and went on to earn an MM in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University. A seasoned choral and operatic performer, Miss Kilcoyne has recently returned from the Trentino Music Festival in Northern Italy after performing the roles of Dryade in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She is currently auditioning for several young artist programs around the country and is thrilled to begin her first season with The Village Carolers.
Elizabeth Wojtowicz, mezzo soprano, holds the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Baldwin Wallace University. Opera credits include Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina. Elizabeth has performed with Opera Theatre of Montclair and The Princeton Festival, and has participated in several opera programs such as OperaWorks, the Florence Voice Seminar, and Oberlin in Italy. She is currently an alto staff singer at All Saints’ Church in Princeton. Elizabeth is also the owner of Liz Andolina Photography which specializes in wedding photography and portraits, and is a team photographer for Michael Chadwick Photography.
Tenor Carl Ellinwood has performed as a soloist and chorister in the Washington DC area and Philadelphia. Professional ensembles include the Washington Master Chorale, Choralis, the Washington National Cathedral, and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, VA, where he served as the Children’s Choral Director. Carl was the Artistic Director of the St. Maries Children’s Chorus, the Children’s Branch for St. Maries Choral Arts. In Philadelphia, Carl has sung with Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Singers, and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Carl was also a Tenor Section Leader for the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge and for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, where Carl was the Tenor Soloist for Dale Adelmann’s Steal Away which was performed at the Washington National Cathedral.
Carl received his Bachelors of Arts in Music and Bachelors of Arts in Radio/TV/Film at Rowan University. While at Rowan Carl was a member of the Concert Choir which performed at venues in Rome, Vatican City, Sienna, Florence, and Venice. At Rowan he also played the First Priest and Armored Man in The Magic Flute and was part of the ensemble in Albert Herring. Carl graduated with a Masters of Music Education from Marywood University where he studied voice with Ellen Rutkowski. At Marywood, Carl was a member of Campus Choir, where he was a featured soloist in Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. He also was a soloist for Chamber Singers performing “Easter” and “The Call” from Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams. Carl was involved in the Marywood Opera Scenes Showcase performing various roles from Rigoletto, Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Candide, and Don Pasquale.
Carl has performed the roles of Spalanzani, Cochenille, and Frantz in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Carl has also performed with the Tim Keyes Consort featuring arrangements of Te Deum by Gibbons, Mozart, and Dvorak. Carl performed with the Philadelphia Singers in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Alexander Nevsky, Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem and Durufle’s Quatre Motets. In 2013, Carl joined the Opera Philadelphia chorus for Nabucco at the Academy of the Arts, and joined the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia as a core singer.
Carl is proud to be singing with the Village Carolers once again and looks forward to the upcoming season!
Tenor William Lim has performed for various companies including Opera Philadelphia, Opera MODO, Poor Richard’s Opera, Center City Opera Theater, Concert Operetta Theater, Opera in the Ozarks, and Opera New Jersey. As a professional chorister, he sings with the Philadelphia Singers, Vox Ama Deus, the Archdiocesan Choir of Philadelphia, St. Paul’s Episcopal Chestnut Hill Church Choir, and Singing City. His roles include Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Guillot de Morfortaine in Manon, and Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring. He created the roles of After de Monk and Beau Nash in Julian Livingston’s Napa de Monk, Queen of the Lost Waters, and Beau of Bath. He was a featured Young Artist in the 2009 season of Opera in the Ozarks, and there, he received the Outstanding Colleague award. He also served as Studio Artist in the 2011 Opera New Jersey Victoria Mastrobuono Emerging Artist Program. He was a featured performer in the 2010 American Musicological Society conference.
Nicholas Petroski has a Bachelor in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Nicholas has performed in an ensemble setting and as a soloist at various venues over the country and the Netherlands, including Lincoln Center, University of Utrecht, and most recently at Minneapolis Convention Center. He has been invited as a guest soloist for organizations such as the Rutgers University Glee Club, and the Summit Chorale. Nicholas has had the opportunity to perform in a number of operas such as Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, and Puccini’s La Boheme with the Castleton Performing Arts Festival, and Eastern Opera of New Jersey. He is currently teaching music in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and is also the Music Director of the Garden State Chorale located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Tenor Alex Sheets has been involved in stage, theatre, film, and television across the United States. Hailing from Staunton Virginia, Alex received his B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. After graduation, Alex moved to Pismo Beach where he worked at The Great American Melodrama predominately for the next four years. During his tenure at the Melodrama, Alex worked both on stage and behind the scenes. He co-wrote three Vaudevilles (A Starry, Starry Night, Pirates Take The Stage, and The Country Barn Dance Review) as well as composing/arranging numerous songs for other shows. After the Melodrama, Alex spent a summer working for RWS, training in stunts and stage combat, as well as playing guitar in The Kennyville Party Band. Alex was most recently seen on the road with the MAMMA MIA! Farewell Tour, as an ensemble member and understudy for the roles of Sam and Harry.
Tenor Cameron Smith has performed Tamino in The Magic Flute with Light Opera of New Jersey and Geneva Light Opera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale and Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with American Landmark Festivals, Don Jose in La Tragédie de Carmen with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Tony in West Side Story with Boheme Opera NJ, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera in the Heights, Stravinsky’s Renard at Tanglewood, Ermanno in Rossini’s L’Equivoco Stravagante with Bronx Opera, and Alfredo in La Traviata at Seagle Music Colony. With New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, he has been Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe, The Defendant in Trial By Jury, Captain Fitzbattleaxe in Utopia, Limited, and Leonard Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard. Other concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Saul, and Alexander’s Feast, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Haydn’s Creation, Carissimi’s Judicium Salomonis, Alice Parker’s An American Kedushah, Bach’s Magnificat. He holds an MM from Manhattan School of Music and a BFA from The State University of New York at Purchase.
Tenor George Ross Somerville is quickly establishing himself as a singer of great vocal variety and dramatic complexity. In Sarasota Opera’s Tosca, he “was an excellent and spidery Spoletta, his versatile tenor holding us like Velcro.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle / Nino Pantano) Originally from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, he has appeared with companies such as Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Philadelphia, The Princeton Festival, CoOperative Concert Opera, Opera Slavica, and the Metropolitan Opera.
In the 2016-2017 season, he made his solo debut with Opera Philadelphia as the Prince of Persia in the Renaud Doucet production of Turandot, conducted by Corrado Rovaris. He originated the role of The Runt in James Darrah’s production of Breaking the Waves, and he made his New York debut with The Prototype Festival, reprising his role in Breaking the Waves, conducted by Julian Wachner. He also sang The Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with David Spitko’s ensemble, The Choristers, and he created the role of Morbus in Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of The Wake World by David Hertzberg. He currently is working with composers to bring new and exciting characters to the stage.
Highlights of previous seasons include his debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, as well as Trin in La Fanculla del West, his company debut at Opera Saratoga as First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, a role debut as Laca in Opera Slavica’s production of Jenufa, and The Evangelist in the St. John Passion with The Thirteen Chamber Choir, conducted by Matthew Robertson.
As a professional chorister, he has appeared in the ensemble with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and The New York Philharmonic. An active church musician, he is a frequent cantor at many catholic churches in the Tri-state area, and he is the tenor section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton New Jersey.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Westminster Choir College, Mr. Somerville is a new member of the coaching faculty at The CoOPERAtive program, he is on the full chorus roster of Opera Philadelphia, and he is a member of the Extra Chorus with the Metropolitan Opera.
Tenor Orin Strunk is a 2015 graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he received his Master’s Degree in voice performance. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2013 from the same institution. Orin currently studies with Harold Evans. Past voice teachers include Laura Brooks Rice, Lindsey Christiansen, and Tamara Black. Mr. Strunk also studied with Lorraine Nubar while attending Juilliard’s Pre-College Voice Program.
Orin began 2019 as an inaugural young artist in Opera Delaware’s Young Artist Development Program, where he sang the roles of Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking and Counsel for the Plaitiff in Trial by Jury. Mr. Strunk has previously appeared with Opera Delaware in the role of Gherardo, in the co-production of Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost. Following Dead Man Walking and Trial by Jury, Mr. Strunk next traveled to Baltimore where he sang Goro in Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly.
Shreveport Opera’s Man of La Mancha will mark Orin’s return to the role of Sancho Panza, having first debuted the role in 2019 with Pensacola Opera, also under the direction of Dean Anthony.
Mr. Strunk has performed as a member of the Opera Philadelphia chorus, where he has participated in productions of Cold Mountain, Capriccio, L’elisir d’Amore, and Turandot. Orin was a 2015 and 2016 member of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, where he debuted the role of Dr. Fowler in the world premiere of J. Mark Scearce’s Falling Angel, under the direction of Dean Anthony.
Orin will next sing the role of Sir Hervey in Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of Anna Bolena. This will mark his 6th production with the company, having previously sung Little Bat in Susannah, Schmidt in Werther, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and Goro in Madama Butterfly.
Co-Founder Michael Chadwick’s powerful bass has been featured in various operatic roles including Rocco in Fidelio, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Daniel Webster in The Mother of Us All, Colline in La bohème, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, the title character in Inessa Zaretsky’s The Man in the Long Black Coat, and Judge Thatcher in Tom Sawyer. Concert solo credits include Händel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, among many others.
Michael spent decades singing professionally in opera and oratorio choruses around the U.S. and abroad including the Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphonic Choir, the Opera Festival of New Jersey, the Spoleto Festival USA and Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Princeton Pro Musica, Fort Worth Opera, Princeton Opera, and many others. Additional credits include singing on the composer’s demo for the 2013 Disney feature film Frozen, performing the roles of Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Cléante in Le malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), Mendel in Falsettos, Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ham in Two by Two, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Cox in Cox and Box, and Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show. Michael attended Westminster Choir College, where he performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony.
Michael has been the stage director for dozens of operatic productions including Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Faust, Don Giovanni, L’Elisir d’Amore, Gianni Schicchi, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Don Pasquale, Le Villi, The Old Maid and the Thief, and Trouble in Tahiti. Outside of his vocal work Michael is a multiple award-winning photographer, and provides supertitles for opera companies all around the world.
Ivan Conrad is a commanding actor with a powerfully cutting, yet artistically versatile voice. Of over 75 roles performed across a dozen European cities in Italy, Germany and Greece, and in more than 30 of the United States, highlights of Conrad’s career include the title-roles Der Fliegende Holländer and Gianni Schicchi both Figaro and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Amonasro in Aïda, Escamillo and Zuniga in Carmen, Marcello, Schaunard, and Colline in La bohème, Monterone, Marullo and Ceprano in Rigoletto; and Silvio in I Pagliacci. Conrad is currently preparing Scarpia in Tosca, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, and the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
So far this season, Conrad performed Figaro in Greve in Chianti, in Tuscany; returned to Long Island Opera Company to perform Schaunard, then to Opera at the Madison on Long Island to cover Marcello; as well as Amonasro in Aïda and Sprecher and 2nd Priest in Die Zauberflöte with Connecticut Lyric Opera. Last season Conrad was seen as Gianni Schicchi with Salt Marsh Opera in Connecticut and Rhode Island; performed Zuniga and covered Escamillo with Opera at the Madison on Long Island; performed Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof with Klezmer Company Orchestra in Miami; performed Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Joey in The Most Happy Fella at Quisisana in Maine; and was invited to perform operatic scenes at Carnegie Hall with New York Lyric Opera Theatre.
In previous years, Conrad made his Carnegie Hall solo debut as the baritone soloist in Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories; was the baritone soloist in Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with Ars Musica in New Jersey; performed major roles in 3 operas and 6 concerts in Syros, Greece with the Festival of the Aegean and Greek Opera Studio; and was a Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera and Natchez Festival of Music performing Frank in Show Boat, covering Escamillo in Carmen and Rolando in La Battaglia di Legnano. He also performed a concert of opera scenes at the National Opera Center in New York with Opera Breve.
Other previous engagements include the ensemble of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13 ‘Babi Yar’ and Bach’s B Minor Mass with the New York Philharmonic; the soloist for Messiah and Beethoven Mass in C with the New Mexico Philharmonic, and as a guest artist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. An Albuquerque native based in Manhattan, Conrad earned a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of New Mexico, then a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where performed Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoore and the bass of the opera box quartet in The Ghosts of Versailles.
Erik Potteiger is a professional singer, percussionist, pianist, and composer currently based in Reading, PA. He received his Bachelors of Music in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of South Carolina. Erik has performed vocally as a bass in ensembles and solo setting across a plethora of cities and states in the US, as well as eight countries across three continents. A few of the professional vocal ensembles Erik currently sings for include the 2018-2019 Voces8 Scholars Program Ensemble (London, England), The Cathedral Singers (Columbia, SC), The Cecilia Ensemble (Augusta, GA), Coro Vocati (Atlanta, GA), and The Red Shift (Baton Rouge, LA). He studied voice under Walter Cuttino and Jacob Will, as well as choral singing and directing under Joel Scraper, Alicia Walker, and Larry Wyatt.
John Weidemann embraces the challenges and satisfactions of vocal performance in retirement. Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, Princeton Theological Seminary and a subsequent career in Information Technology, sacred music continues to feature importantly in his musical biography. Besides performing in churches, he has sung the roles of Dr. Bartolo and the Mikado with the Delaware Valley Opera. He has appeared in Opera Breve, New York Opera Forum, Montclair Opera Theatre and Gas Lamp Players productions.
We may substitute other talented singers depending on your event’s location when the need arises, or due to illness or scheduling conflicts. They are very experienced, having sung with opera and/or Broadway ensembles including such prestigious organizations as the Metropolitan Opera. Requests for particular singers may be made, but they are subject to distance and availability.