The Village Carolers | 6 Nantucket Court | Medford, NJ 08055 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 609-975-9766
The Village Carolers was founded in 2012 by Michael and Suzanne Chadwick, who have each spent nearly 30 years as opera singers. Shortly after moving to Medford, NJ from Manhattan, 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. After hearing the high quality level of the voices, that very same year multiple people requested this new, unnamed group come and sing for their event. The next year they officially became “The Village Carolers” and have been singing dozens of performances each year ever since.
The Village Carolers presents a fun, experienced, and talented a cappella quartet for your Christmas party or holiday event. We have sung for dozens upon dozens of events throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including New York, Philadelphia, Southern NJ, the NJ Shore, Central NJ, Northern NJ, northern Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania. You can read more about our individual members below by clicking on their names.
“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.
Brenda Belohoubek‘s warm vocal quality and glistening coloratura has earned her various roles including Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Sophie (Werther), Frasquita (Carmen), La Novizia (Suor Angelica), and Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with Stony Hill Players, New York Opera Forum, Eastern Opera of New Jersey, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, and Opera NEO. In addition to the more traditional roles, Belohoubek also sings modern opera, having created the role of Lisa in Robert Butt’s The Cask of Amontillado with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey in its world premiere on March 26, 2014. She has also participated in several programs and festivals including the Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre, OperaFest New Jersey, OperaWorks, and Le Chiavi di Bel Canto with the Texas Music Festival. Miss Belohoubek currently studies under Braeden Harris.
Noted for her “splendid dramatic voice, beautiful legato phrasing, and engaging stage presence”, soprano Tamara Black recently sang her first performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hershey Symphony. Ms. Black made a Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and began her opera career on the stages of the Spoleto Festival USA and the Festival dei Due Mondi. She has performed roles such as Mimi in La Bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and the title roles in Massenet’s Thaïs, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. Black has appeared in a televised performance of the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Julliard Orchestra, and has been a featured guest artist with the Reading Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, Schuylkill Valley Symphony, Albright College Concert Series and the Byndenwood Recital Series. Ms. Black enjoys performing new works, and has premiered several roles in the jazz opera idiom, including Nina in The Bear Prince and Flounder in The Fisherman and His Wife with Yocum Institute, and Nancy in Da Ponte with Reading Theater Project. Ms. Black holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College and Temple University, and is on the faculty of Albright College.
With a voice noted for its purity and unique color, mezzo-soprano Annalise Dzwonczyk is enthusiastically forging her path in the world of classical music. As a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, she performed as Gossip #1 in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles; covered the roles of Florestine (The Ghosts of Versailles) and Frasquita (Carmen); and sang scenes from Zaïde, Orfeo ed Eurydice, Musto’s Volpone and Chabrier’s L’étoile in the Studio Spotlight series. She is an alumna of the 2014 Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Vocal Academy.
At CCM, her credits include L’enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges,) Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro,) Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia,) Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea,) and Pepik and Cricket (The Cunning Little Vixen.) A frequent concert soloist, she has won audience favor in repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary; from Vivaldi to Fauré to David Lang’s little match girl passion. Equally at home on the operetta stage, some favorite roles have included Maria (West Side Story), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore,) and Marian (The Music Man.)
Annalise holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received Honors and Magna Cum Laude recognition. In addition to beautiful music, opera provides the possibility of infinite learning–which is what keeps Annalise under its spell. She is always immersed in languages, literature, travel, philosophy, study of the human psyche, and anything and everything that comes in the form of a book or a podcast. She currently resides in Philadelphia, where she enjoys exploring the many running routes and fantastic foods, and is excited to join the chorus of Opera Philadelphia in 2018.
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.
Julie-Ann Green, soprano, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree as a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College). She has earned Artists Diplomas from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria, and has studied Italian Opera, Language, Art and Culture at the Florence Voice Seminar in Florence, Italy. Her vocal talents have attained her numerous honors including Encouragement Grant, Marian Anderson Award; Mozarteum Academy Scholarship; and National Winner, Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition.
Ms. Green made her New York solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 1992, and was presented in a solo recital at Weill Hall in 1997. Other major venues include cathedrals in London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Madrid, and the Mormon Tabernacle. Popular music performances have been with Barry Manilow, Michael Crawford and with Barbra Streisand. Ms. Green has sung with the Opera Company of Philadelphia since 2001, and has performed solo roles in Porgy and Bess (Strawberry Woman), and Il Trovatore (Inez) as well as their innovative production, the Hip H’Opera Project. Her debut with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center was in Richard Danielpour’s opera, Margaret Garner.
Concert performances of Porgy and Bess (Bess, Clara, Serena) and I Pagliacci (Nedda) have left audiences mesmerized. Ms. Green made her debut as Aida in the spring of 2008, and has recently sung with Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera in their productions of Porgy and Bess. Other recent performances include an appearance with the Allentown Symphony, her debut in the title role of Tosca, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and as soprano soloist for the Verdi Requiem with both the Lancaster Symphony and Vox Ama Deus Ensemble.
As an active teacher and clinician, Ms. Green is an annual presenter at the Burlington County TeenArts Festival, and has taught at the Friends School Mullica Hill, Christus Academy in Camden, and Settlement Music School’s Camden School of Musical Arts. Ms. Green is currently a vocal teacher at ChARTer~TECH High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point, New Jersey; and Music Director at First Baptist Church of Pitman, New Jersey.
Winner of the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Dundalk (Ireland) International Drama Festival for her portrayal of Sister Mary Amnesia in the musical, Nunsense, Pamela Jones enjoys bringing diverse and colorful characters to life. She had the opportunity to do this earlier this year when she debuted the roles of Freia in Das Rheingold with Trilogy: An Opera Company at NJPAC and Annie in Porgy and Bess at the Charles Bronfman Hall in Tel Aviv, Israel. She also sang the Strawberry Woman in Haifa, Israel, reprising a role she sang in 2016 at the Semperoper in Dresden and at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany. Last summer she also debuted Clara in Porgy and Bess in Cologne and went on to sing it at the Staatsoper Hamburg. She has been privileged to have performed in many premieres, including title role in the world premiere of The Bird that Wants to Fly with Trilogy: An Opera Company in 2015. Another premiere was the role of Miss Rose in the New York premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz at New York City Opera, and during the twelve years that she sang with the company she portrayed many roles in their Contemporary American Opera Lab (VOX), education division, and on the main stage. Miss Jones made her New York solo recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall. She has been a soloist at the Spoleto Festival USA 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Festival, with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Choir, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, CONCORA, the Arcadia Players, the Connecticut Opera Alliance, the Opera Company of Brooklyn, Commonwealth Opera, L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Berkshire Lyric Opera, Longar Ebony Orchestra, Sing Through Central, Opera Noire of New York, and the American Spiritual Ensemble. In 2011 Ms. Jones completed a recording of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra for New World Records, and when she sang the title role with Trilogy: An Opera Company, the company immediately re-engaged her to sing Spirit McNair in “4” by Trevor Weston. The lyric coloratura soprano is a frequent guest lecturer for Explore New York where she sings a program entitled “Arias in My Life”. Her faculty recitals of German Lieder were well received at the Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in 2014 and 2015 where she taught voice and managed the Music Discovery Partnership for the Thurnauer School of Music. Ms. Jones earned her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Soprano Brenna Markey has appeared as a soloist for Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr as well as many of the choral ensembles at Temple University. She made her debut as Pamina in Guilded Angel Opera Company’s production of Die Zauberflöte and since has appeared as Donna Anna in The Philadelphia Opera Performance Collective’s Don Giovanni. In February 2016 Ms. Markey appeared as a soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Other opera appearances include Lee Hoiby’s A Month in the Country and Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Temple University Opera Theater, Center City Opera Theater’s production of La Traviata. Additionally, Ms. Markey has appeared at The Academy of Music in Opera Philadelphia’s Don Giovanni, Concert Opera of Philadelphia’s Andrea Chénier, and numerous productions for community opera theaters. Some of Ms. Markey’s favorite roles performed include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Louise, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Markey will be performing as a soloist in Joseph Haydn’s Missa in B “Harmoniemesse” presented by Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. A native of Bucks County, Ms. Markey is currently pursuing a career as a full-time performer studying under the direction of Benita Valente. She received her Bachelor’s degree in music with honors from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. When not competing or in production, Ms. Markey is a Staff Singer at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr and teaches and resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rachel Mikol, soprano, is a Master’s student in Voice Performance at the Jacobs School of Music. She most recently performed as an apprentice artist at Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia, and this past school year she was seen as Dorabella in IU Opera Theater’s production of Cosi fan tutte, as a soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Joshi Handel Project, and as Elizabeth in the world premiere of The Forest of Dreams by Nic Chuaqui with New Voices Opera.
An advocate of contemporary music, Rachel frequently collaborates with IU composers, and regularly performs with NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and New Voices Opera, a student-run contemporary opera company. Other operatic credits include First Lay Sister and cover of Sister Genevieve (Suor Angelica), and the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel). She has been in scenes as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Andrews Sister (Transformations), Armida (Rinaldo), and Johanna (Sweeney Todd).
In 2014 Rachel was a young artist at the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany where she was a winner of their aria competition and was seen as Beth (Little Women) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). She was also a finalist in the 2014 Classical Singer Magazine Competition. A native of Buffalo, NY, Rachel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College and currently studies with Mary Ann Hart at IU.
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 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, with Opera 691 and with North Carolina Opera. Her favorite university credits include Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) and La clemenza di Tito (Servilia). She sang the role of Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the Amalfi Coast Summer Music Festival and at the National Opera Center with New York Lyric Opera. Maria’s NYU credits include the title role in Cendrillon and Monica in The Medium. Most recently, she sang Kiss Me Kate and Night Caps (The Penthouse Suite) with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as a member of their Young Artist Program. Maria currently serves as the soprano section leader at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ and sings as an active member of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, the official choir of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Soprano Julie Lauren Stevens is quickly distinguishing herself as a powerhouse performing artist in New York and around the world. Deemed “the next great American voice” by legends Dalton Baldwin and Marni Nixon, Ms. Stevens continues to receive praise and recognition for her versatile vocal prowess in everything from opera to contemporary musical theater. Miss Stevens’s performing credits span the world and include performances with the Tiroler Opern in Austria, Theatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Highlights of her operatic career include Alice (Falstaff), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mrs. Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Elizabeth (Tannhäuser). In addition to her extensive opera career, Julie has also performed leading roles Off-Broadway in the new musicals The Bride of Frankenstein and The Devil of Delancey Street in which she gained critical praise for her portrayal of five unique characters. If you are unable to make it to the theater or opera house, you can catch Ms. Stevens on the silver screen alongside Richard Gere and Steve Buscemi in Oppenheimer Strategies, expected to be released in January 2016.
Megan Supina’s unique voice and dynamic stage presence have earned her such roles as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Megan has sung with Opera Delaware, Poor Richard’s Opera, and UD Opera Theatre and has participated in programs such as OperaWorks, SongFest, and the Florence Voice Seminar. Megan attained her Bachelor of Music in Applied Voice and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware, where she appeared with the University of Delaware’s Opera Theatre and sang with the world-renowned UD Chorale.
Soprano Brynn Terry has performed the role of Marguerite in Faust with Concert Opera of Philadelphia, as soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Westchester Oratorio Society, and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Delaware Valley Opera Company. Ms. Terry has performed Konstanza in Die Entfurung aus dem Serail with Delaware Valley Opera Company, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Speed Dating Tonight with Poor Richards Opera, Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata with Center City Opera Theater and Gulf Coast Symphony, First Lady in The Magic Flute, Lucy in The Telephone and The Firefly in L’enfant et les sortilèges. As a Resident Artist with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh she performed the role of Anne Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and also covered the role of The Doll in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Ms. Terry has performed with local companies in Los Angeles including the role of Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Celestial Opera Company, and many choral works including The Planets and Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall under Maestro Esa Pekka Soloman. Ms. Terry currently studies with Eduardo Chama in Philadelphia and coaches with Joan Dorneman in NYC. She received her BM from Chapman University and her MM from Boston University.
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 November 2017 Classical Singer magazine column, “Where I Last Got Paid to Sing,” Maria discusses crossing genres in jazz opera children’s theatre, where she typically sings multiple styles in multiple roles. In 2018, Maria competed as a quarter-finalist in the prestigious 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. Maria released her debut CD, Moonglow, in 2014 – an eclectic mix of jazz standards and Broadway songs (www.mariadamore.com). Maria’s 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. She holds a BA from Immaculata College, MSA from West Chester University, and graduate credit through the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University. Using Somatic Voicework: The LoVetri MethodTM, Maria enjoys teaching vocal technique to students in her home studio.
Julia Fernandez, originally from Honolulu, HI received her formal vocal training at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. A finalist in the NATS competition and a Winner of the Austrian-American Society Mozarteum Scholarship Competition, Ms. Fernandez has performed chorally and as a soloist throughout Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia and North America. In the past decade, Ms. Fernandez has been a member of over 20 choirs and ensembles ranging the genres of folk to opera. Ms. Fernandez has performed as a soloist at the annual Interpretacion de la cancion Española in Granada, Spain; and at the Festival of the Aegean in Greece and in the USA. Recent performances include choral work with Opera Philadelphia, the Curtis institute, and the Metro Chamber Orchestra and solo engagements with the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra. A career musician, Ms. Fernandez is the Contracts and Licensing Manager at Subito Music Corporation and Rental Librarian at Schott New York for performance rights in North America, Latin America, parts of the Middle East and Asia. When not pouring over performance rights or singing, Ms. Fernandez enjoys small venue performances as a folk harpist.
Praised for her “agile and stylish” coloratura (Entertainment Hour) and “a voice that evokes thoughts of the great contraltos of bygone days” (Oberon Journal), Allison Gish is a mezzo-soprano based in New York with a special interest in historically-informed performance of Baroque music. She will debut as an Encore Young Artist with Ars Musica as well as with Bourbon Baroque this season. Ms. Gish recently sang the roles of Giuone and La Natura with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and Medoro in Handel’s Orlando with the Cantati Project. As a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest, she appeared as soloist in Bach Cantata 161 with conductor John Harbison. She has appeared as a soloist with Mannes Baroque in Handel’s Mi palpata il cor, Monteclair’s Pan et Syrinx, Vagaus in Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans (excerpts), and Piacere in Handels’ Il trinfo del Tempo (excerpts).
Ms. Gish is also an avid performer of contemporary music. While at Songfest, she performed John Musto’s Enough Rope with the composer at the piano. In a performance deemed “flawless” (Opera News), Ms. Gish sang the role of Green Pants & Co with “fresh shades of self-flagellating nuance” (Log Journal) in a critically-acclaimed new production of Robert Ashley’s 1999 opera DUST at Mannes under the direction of Bill Gustafson and Joan LaBarbara.
A seasoned chorister, Ms. Gish sings with the Brick Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir in Manhattan, and previously has sun with The New Amsterdam Singers, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble. She will join The Village Carolers this holiday season.
Ms. Gish is a recent graduate of the Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes College and completed her Bachelor of Music at Louisiana State University. In the interim between her music degrees, Ms. Gish completed a Masters in Communication Disorders at Louisiana State University, publishing her master’s thesis “Vocal Warm-Up Practices and Perceptions in Vocalists: A Pilot Survey” in Journal of Voice. She worked as a speech-language pathologist for several years before “getting the itch” and returning to singing full-time.
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 currently studying under Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet at Montclair State University. She is pursuing a master of music in vocal performance and earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education at Texas Christian University. She has attended the Taos Opera Institute and Music Academy International the past few summers. Her past roles include Presendia in Dark Sisters, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Madame de la Haltiere in Cendrillon, and Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia. Alexandra is currently a member of both University Singers and the Concert Chorale at Montclair State University. She is currently a music teacher at Cymboree Play & Music in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
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. Originally from Buffalo, she is an active performer and soloist throughout New York, New Jersey, and the Philadelphia area. Her most recent 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 has been featured as the alto soloist for major works including Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She is also an alto staff singer at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church – Whitemarsh in Ft. Washington, PA and is on the voice, piano, and acting faculty at Cornerstone Music Studios in Millstone Township, NJ. For more information, visit www.elizabethwojtowicz.com.
Jack Colver has been active with freelance choral singing for several years, first in Washington, D.C. and now in the greater New York City area. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in voice from the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a student of Gran Wilson. Jack sang in a number of semi-professional and fully professional ensembles in the greater D.C. area at venues including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, and others. In New York, Jack has sung with choirs at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue and Carnegie Hall. Jack has also conducted vocal and instrumental ensembles at the University of Maryland, and has served as organist for a small congregation outside Washington.
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.
Craig Sanphy, tenor, from Concord, New Hampshire, has seen his career blossom these past years. He has worked with numerous professional companies and organizations, including The Continuo Arts Foundation, MidAmerica Productions, MidAm International, Paper Mill Playhouse, Princeton Festival, Westminster Choir College Opera Theatre, and the Texas Music Festival. Mr. Sanphy made his international debut with the Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, in which he performed as soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy Op. 80.
Stage credits include Light in the Piazza (Giuseppe, Fabrizio U/S), Die Flederamus (Alfred), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Le Nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio), Susannah (Elder Hayes), The Gondoliers (Marco Palmieri), The Mikado (Nanki-Poo), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse. In addition to his prolific recital and solo repertoire, he is often seen on the concert stage as tenor soloist including performances of Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Haydn’s The Seasons, and The Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois, Hadyn, and Franck).
Mr. Sanphy holds a M.M. from Wichita State University and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College. During his time at WSU, he served as assistant to the dance department and the Kansas Dance Festival, as well as voice assistant. He studied under the tutelage of Dr. Pina Mozzani (WSU) and Dr. Eric Rieger and Professor Marvin Keenze (WCC).
Mr. Sanphy is a teacher of voice, dance, and musical theater at The Continuo Arts Conservatory of Music and serves as Artist-in-Residence throughout the season for The Continuo Arts NJ Civic Chorale and Sonare, which serves as choir in residence for MidAmerica Productions at Carnegie Hall. As an active church musician, he serves as tenor soloist and section leader for the Presbyterian Church in Westfield
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 started off 2018 by singing the role of Beadle Bamford in Baltimore Concert Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. Following that production, Orin debuted his first professional lead role as Sancho Panza in Pensacola Opera’s Man Of La Mancha. Most recently, Orin sang the role of Gherardo in Opera Delaware’s co-production of Gianni Schicchi and Buoso’s Ghost. Mr. Strunk has also 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.
Currently, Orin is one of the inaugural young artists in Opera Delaware’s new Young Artist Development Program. In 2019, Orin will sing the role of Father Grenville in Opera Delaware’s production of Dead Man Walking.
Brian Wong is a versatile vocal and instrumental performer whose talents span musical genres, including classical, jazz, pop/rock and musical theatre. He was most recently seen in the ensemble of Boheme Opera NJ’s Carmen. As a baritone soloist, in April he performed in the U.S. premiere of When Day is Done 当时光已逝 by composer Meiqiao Wang. With his former surf rock band, the TarantinosNYC, he recorded two albums, and performed at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rockwood Music Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, Nitehawk Cinema, Le Poisson Rouge, Lucille’s at B.B. King Blues Club, and the US Open.
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 has sung professionally in opera choruses around the U.S. and abroad. Other credits include singing on the composer’s demo for the 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 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 (cavalier baritone) is a commanding actor with a powerfully cutting, yet artistically versatile voice. Of over forty operatic roles performed internationally, highlights of Conrad’s career include both Figaro and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role of Der Fliegende Holländer, Zuniga and Escamillo in Carmen, and Silvio in I Pagliacci. This season Conrad made his Carnegie Hall solo debut, gave a three week concert tour of East Germany including Berlin and Bayreuth, sang three operatic roles in Syros, Greece, and was an artist at Sarasota Opera and Natchez Festival of Music. Other credits include New York Philharmonic; a guest artist at the Juilliard School; Chautauqua Opera; Internazionale Festival Della Cultura in Bergamo, Italy; the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Opera Southwest, Connecticut Lyric Opera, the New Mexico Philharmonic; Opera Moderne; and 2 former appearances with Long Island Opera in Rigoletto and La Traviata.
Norman Espinoza, a Bass from San Jose California, is delighted to be performing with The Village Carolers. Norman recently graduated from San Jose State University where he obtained his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. He also received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from is Alma Mater. Norman has performed with numerous opera companies in the Bay Area and has been recognized for his powerful low notes. Recent productions include Zuniga (Carmen), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Locovico (Otello), Seneca (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte).
Off-stage, Norman has a passion for teaching and is a substitute teacher in Wilmington, Delaware. He also teaches private voice/piano lessons with students of all ages and helps them prepare for upcoming recitals and competitions.
Matthew Fleisher, bass, is a recent honors graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance, earning his degree in Vocal Performance with a concentration in global human rights policy. Matthew studied privately with David Daniels, acclaimed countertenor.
During the summer of 2016, he attended Brevard Music Center. Under the music direction of Jerome Shannon, Mr. Fleisher performed the roles of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
2017 saw Mr. Fleisher continue his success, joining the Wolf Trap Opera’s Studio program performing and covering roles such as: the Jailer in Puccini’s Tosca, Luciano in Musto’s Bastianello, and the Servant in Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher – in which Mr. Fleisher recorded the production with Wolf Trap Opera. Other roles include: Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Snug in Brittan’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Max Kane in Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight. 2017 also saw Matthew perform in the Detroit Wind’s concert performance of David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing the Field, alongside celebrated collaborative pianist and conductor, Kathleen Kelly.
In the summer of 2018, Mr. Fleisher returned to Wolf Trap Opera covering the role of Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette as well as Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Mr. Fleisher’s passion for art song finds him regularly on the recital stage. Mr. Fleisher recently commissioned and premiered David Hanlon’s newest work The Stranger Who Resides Among You, which is currently on tour.
Paul Holmes, bass, is a professional choral singer based in New York. Currently, he sings with the Marble Collegiate Sanctuary Choir, the Salvatones, the Collegiate Chorale, and the Greenwich Village Chamber Singers, and participated this past summer in the Bard Music Festival. Since earning his BA in Music from Yale University in 2013, he has competed with electronic a cappella group a.squared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, sung with a quartet on Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out”, and recorded Misa De Teresa De Ávila 500 Años, commissioned by the Carmelites. For two summers, Paul was a Young Artist with Ohio Light Opera, singing in over 100 performances of 12 musical theatre and operetta productions.
Paul studies voice with Hugo Vera. When not singing, Paul is likely making artisan bread and pizza, sharing a cheese plate with his girlfriend, or enjoying Fort Tryon Park. He’d love it if you checked out his website, paulandrewholmes.com.
Born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, lyric bass Nate Mattingly is an emerging artist who is quickly gaining a reputation for his acute musicianship, powerful stage presence, and beautiful vocal production. While the bulk of his work is in opera, Nate is equally at home in a range of genres and styles, from early music, to music theater, chamber music, and concert work.
In particular with his background in composition, Nate is an outspoken advocate and performer of contemporary music and already has three world premieres to his name including; A Little More Perfect by Evan Mack (’15), creating the role of Judge Dodsworth in Matthew Peterson’s Voir Dire at Fort Worth Opera (’17), and the posthumous premiere of Roque Cordero’s Cantata para la Paz with the TCU Orchestra (’17). Along with performing in more canonical works such as Friedrich Bhear in Little Women at Opera in the Heights (’17) and French Soldier #1 in Silent Night at Fort Worth Opera (’14), Nate has also done extensive workshopping of unproduced works as a Festival Young Artist in the Fort Worth Opera Frontiers new music showcase. His workshopping experience includes; Man in Nothing in the Nothingness (Composer Daniel Zajicek and Librettist John Grimmett), Father in A Taste of Damnation (Avner Finberg/Edward Einhorn), Detective Smith in A Capacity for Evil (Evan Snyder), Phil in The Golden Gate (Conrad Cummings/Vikram Seth), David in A Song to Susan Smith (Zach Redler/Mark Campbell), and Dinzie in Sharon’s Grave (Richard Wargo/John B. Keanes).
In addition to contemporary music, Nate has also tackled much of the standard bass-baritone repertory at either regional-level companies or educational institutions. His regional work includes: The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance at Performance Santa Fe; Don Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and Colline in La Bohème at Opera on the James; Horatio in Hamlet and Messenger in La Traviata at Fort Worth Opera; and Timur (cover) in Turandot, Claggart (study cover) in Billy Budd, and Pistola (cover) in Falstaff at Des Moines Metro Opera. Some of his educational work includes: Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Marchese in La Traviata at Boston Conservatory; Javert in Les Misérables, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Snowboy in West Side Story, and Rev. Olin Blitch in Susannah at Seagle Music Colony; Lindorf and Dr. Miracle in Les contes d’Hoffman and Les Surintendant in Cendrillon at the University of North Texas; and Simone in Gianni Schicchi at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas.
Nate earned his BA in Music and MM in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas where he studied with Dr. Stephen Morscheck. He then spent a year at the Boston Conservatory as a Graduate Professional Diploma student studying with Rebecca Folsom, and then a year in the Artist Diploma program at Texas Christian University. Nate currently lives in Montclair, NJ where he studies with Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet.
Cody Müller, Bass, hails from the Nashville region and is quickly making a name for himself in the classical music world. His performances have taken him across much of the United States and Canada, and his credits include both major opera and concert works. Some of Müller’s highlights include Bass Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Magnificat, Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with Eastman Opera Theatre, and, most recently, Gus O’Neill in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening with Central City Opera. Müller is currently a freelance artist in the Philadelphia area performing professionally with various choral ensembles and chamber societies. Müller received his M.M. from the Eastman School of Music and his B.M. from Belmont University.
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.
Bass-Baritone Gary Scott Press is an active performer in the Greater New York City Area. He is a member of the Musica Viva of New York and the All Souls Church Choir, both based in Manhattan. Additional choral engagements have included appearances with the New York Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Choir of the Alvin Alley Dance Company, St. George’s Choral Society, and at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and the Hotchkiss Summer Portals. Mr. Press has performed in all the major performing venues in New York with distinguished conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, Lorin Maazel, Kent Tritle, James Bagwell and Amy Kaiser. Gary has recently been featured as soloist with The Dessoff Choirs and at The Performing Arts Institute in Northeastern PA. Mr. Press has had a lengthy and diverse life in music having earned performance degrees at the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music leading to a performing career as a professional tuba player spanning more than 20 years before shifting his specialization to voice. He is a student of the renowned tenor Robert White.
Austen Wilson, baritone, is a versatile singer and conductor. He has sung in large symphonic choruses, professional level chamber choirs, and opera choruses. Currently Mr. Wilson is a Core Member of the Mendelssohn Club. He sang in the chorus of the B Minor Mass by J.S. Bach in the Westminster Chamber Choir, an intensive 2-week professional choir under the baton of Dr. Joe Miller at Westminster Choir College. As a student at St. Olaf College, Mr. Wilson also sang in the St. Olaf Cantorei, as well as in the nationally renowned St. Olaf Christmas Festival. He has also been a featured soloist in churches in Colorado and New Jersey. In October 2012, he presented a solo voice recital in Haddonfield, New Jersey, which included the Coffee Cantata by J.S. Bach and music by Ravel, Finzi, and musical theatre selections. He is currently the Director of Music at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where he oversees a comprehensive music ministry and directs six ensembles. Mr. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in music education and a master’s degree from Colorado State University in choral conducting.
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.