Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil Artists
Rebecca Duren, soprano, has a Bachelor’s of Music in voice from The University of North Texas, a Master’s of Music in voice from The Peabody Conservatory, and an additional Master’s of Music in conducting from The University of South Florida. Highlights in her performing career include engagements in Sardinia, Italy performing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; numerous appearances with American Opera Theater, including the role of Jonathas in David et Jonathas, and as Galatea in Acis & Galatea. As a concert soloist, Ms. Duren has appeared with the Firebird Orchestra, The Grand Tour Orchestra in New York City, Barefoot Baroque, The Miami Bach Society, The Miami Symphony, Musica Nova, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. An avid recitalist, Ms. Duren has been featured on the American Composers Association Festival Concert Series at Symphony Space in New York City, premiering Lansing McLoskey’s song cycle, Sudden Music. Rebecca has performed as a professional choral singer with Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Tucson Chamber Artists, Spire, Kinnara, Skylark, Tennessee Chamber Choir, The Choral Pickup, and was a member of Seraphic Fire for 5 seasons.
Deborah Stephens is currently a senior Voice Performance major at the University of Georgia, on track to graduate December 2019. She has been a featured soloist in UGA productions of Haydn’s Creation and Vivaldi’s Magnificat while also enjoying solo and choral engagements with churches across Georgia. While working at Athens First United Methodist Church, Deborah performed solos in Finzi’s In Terra Pax and Bach’s Magnificat. Deborah has sung in various UGA choirs including Hodgson Singers, the Choral Project, and the opera choruses in Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni. In September 2017, Deborah founded and began to direct VERITAS Vocal Ensemble, a small group of 10 UGA students passionate about choral singing. VERITAS has performed on the UGA Student Spotlight Concert, many faculty and student recitals, and hosted a joint-ensemble benefit concert to support music education. Deborah recently participated in the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute as part of the Aspen Music Festival.
Based between New York and eastern Pennsylvania, soprano Fiona Gillespie is active as a chorister, soloist, and folk musician throughout the North East. Recently she has appeared with such ensembles as ACRONYM, The Academy of Sacred Drama, Skylark, Kinnara, Apollo’s Fire, Mountainside Baroque,The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Ensemble VIII, The Reading Symphony Orchestra, The Inwood Consort, and The Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. Fiona is a founding member of new NYC/PA-based group the Chivalrous Crickets, which explores the crossover between English, Celtic, and American folk music and early music, with whom she plays whistle and recorder, as well as lead vocals. Fiona teaches voice and opera at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
Elisabeth Swanson is a Boston-based lyric coloratura soprano, most recently appearing as a soloist in Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Quincy Choral Society. As a soloist and chorister, she has sung with Kinnara, Newburyport Choral Society, Atlanta Master Chorale, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boston Cecilia, The Cathedral of St. Philip Atlanta, the Mercer Singers, and the Middle Georgia Choral Society. Elisabeth has performed at both Durham and Salisbury Cathedral in England, Carnegie Hall, and St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Macon, Georgia, and has participated in masterclasses with Jonathan Johnson, Mary Dibbern, and Dawn Padula. Ms. Swanson is currently a staff singer with All Saints Episcopal, Brookline. She received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Mercer University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Soprano Crossley Hawn enjoys an engaging career in various styles of music in the DC area, and has served as soloist with ensembles including Cathedra (Pott My Song is Love Unknown), The City Choir of Washington (Charpentier Te Deum, Bartoldus Magnificat, Mozart Requiem, Schütz Uppsala Magnificat), Cathedral Choral Society (Einhorn Voices of Light with Eya Ensemble), The Reston Chorale (Handel Messiah), Maryland Choral Society (Winter Missa Gaia), Maryland Summer Chorus (Vivaldi Gloria in D), and Chatham Baroque. She looks forward to returning to sing solos with City Choir of Washington in 2020. Crossley was the winner of the 2018 Choralis Young Artist Competition, subsequently performing solos from Vaughan-William's Dona Nobis Pacem and Jongen's Messe en l'honneur du Sant-Sacrement in October. She is a member of Eya: Ensemble for Medieval Music, an award-winning female trio. Crossley has also appeared with ensembles including Cathedra, Clarion Choir, Folger Consort, Washington Bach Consort, The Thirteen, Chantry, Bridge, The District Eight, and the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants. This season, she also joins the rosters of Kinnara and True Concord.
Crossley has has performed the roles of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore, Drusilla in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Serpina in La Serva Padrona, for which she was honored in DC Metro Theater Arts: Best of 2016. Other highlights include singing David Lang's the little match girl passion with the composer in attendance, performing in chamber choirs for two Popes, singing arias by request for Sir Anthony Hopkins in Italy, serving as cantor at Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral, and singing Defiant Requiem in Budapest and at the Lincoln Center. She enjoys employment as a chorister and cantor with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and at the Washington National Cathedral. She is a current Artist Director of Bridge, a professional vocal chamber ensemble specializing in new works for voices and early music.
Clarisse Colao is a Utah based soprano who performs actively throughout the United States as a soloist and ensemble singer. She was recently awarded 2nd place in the NATS National Competition. She sings with the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, as well as ensembles such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Utah Chamber Artists, Kinnara, and Brevitas. Solo appearances include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and C Minor Mass, Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. Operatic roles include Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Morgana (Alcina), among others. Clarisse has toured Europe several times with various ensembles, and studied at the Cenro Studi Italiano in Urbania, Italy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and Master’s degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Atlanta based soprano, Tory McKenna is an artist passionate about moving people with music in a way that heals and restores. An innovative performer, she recorded her first album titled “Awakening: A Song Cycle of Lullabies” which is set to be released in the Fall of 2019. Ms. McKenna actively performs throughout the United States. Her honors as a soloist include being the featured soprano soloist in the St. Alban’s (Los Angeles) music concert series; among the works she performed are Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (Handel), and Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Ms. McKenna was invited to be the guest soprano soloist featured in the Concert for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Tricentennial in conjunction with the Mendelssohn Club of Albany (NY). Her professional choral work includes performing with the Los Angeles Opera Chorus, Kinnara, and Meridian Chorale. Tory recently moved from Los Angeles with her husband and two children to live in the Atlanta area where she is currently a staff soprano at The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta.
Wanda Yang Temko
Soprano Wanda Yang Temko is a respected singer, voice teacher, and arts advocate in the Atlanta area. Wanda holds a doctorate in voice performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana along with degrees from Georgia State University and Emory University. Sought after as a recitalist and soloist, she also maintains an active private voice studio and teaches at Oglethorpe University and Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. She also serves on the board of ATL Symphony Musicians Foundation and Kinnara Ensemble. Wanda and husband Ben are the proud parents of two delightful and exceptional teenage girls.
Elizabeth Johnson Knight
Elizabeth Johnson Knight, American mezzo soprano, is in demand as both a choral and solo artist, appearing recently with Ars Lyrica, Duke Vespers Ensemble, Sinfonia da Camera, Duke Bach Choir, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth regularly sings with professional choral ensembles, including the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Vox Humana, Kinnara, and the Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale. She has recorded for Gothic, Naxos, Pentatone, MSR Classics, and Affetto Records. Elizabeth has held positions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of Louisiana Monroe, Murray State University, and the University of North Texas. She is currently on the voice faculty at the University of Georgia. Elizabeth holds degrees in voice from the University of North Texas, Indiana University, and the University of Mississippi.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called mezzo-soprano Heather Witt “the kind of singer you hope to hear - talented, alert... a singer with a future.” Ms. Witt is known for her portrayal of a wide array of opera’s most notable mezzo-soprano characters, including: Gertrude in Romeo et Juliette, Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann (FIO, Brazil), Dryad in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Principessa in Suor Angelica, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Second Lady and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Elmire in Tartuffe, Mauya in Riders to the Sea, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Meg in Falstaff, Sally in Hand of Bridge, and Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, among many others. Most recently Heather Witt performed in the debut of a fully staged production of Hans Eisler's Hollywood Songbook (Songfest). The L.A. Times called her performance “uniformly impressive." She also performed as a guest artist for the University of Georgia’s production of Gianni Schicchi, performing the role of Zita. Some of her other notable roles are Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Phobia in La Pizza con Funghi, Madelena in a highlights production of Rigoletto with Northwinds Symphonic Band (Gainesville, GA), and the alto soloist for Handel's Messiah with the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (Anderson, SC). Heather Witt is also an esteemed oratorio and concert soloist. Ms. Witt completed her undergraduate studies in Music at Millikin University (Decatur, IL), and received a Masters in Voice from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA). She is currently an artist in residence adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University.
Kerry Ginger, mezzo soprano, is active nationally as a performer, teacher, and clinician. Currently on the voice faculty at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, she performs regularly with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival, and has sung with the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, Brevitas, sounding light, and Spire. As a solo artist, Dr. Ginger has appeared with Music in the Mountains, The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, Quintessence, Southwest Arts, and the St. John’s Bach Project, and she maintains a professional quartet based in Sewanee, Element. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and her Master of Music in Opera Performance at Arizona State University.
Kathryn Whitaker, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, completed her musical studies from Westminster Choir College. A versatile and accomplished musician, Kathryn enjoys an active freelance career in the tri-state region as both a vocalist and pianist. Recent oratorio soloist credits include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Franck’s Seven Last Words of Christ. An active liturgical musician, she is a professional cantor and choir section leader at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. In September of 2015, Kathryn was honored to serve as the cantor for the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden during Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the United States. She has appeared with ensembles such as The New Jersey Conservatory, The Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs, The Bucks County Ecumenical Choir, and Clarum Sonum. Other accolades include the “Rising Star Award” from the Continuo Arts Foundation in Summit, New Jersey, which awarded her the opportunity to attend The Milton Cross Young Artist program and perform works from Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflote, and Candide. She has been a proud member of Kinnara since 2010.
Emily Skilling, winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions South Carolina District, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Laura Brooks Rice. At Westminster, Ms. Skilling performed several leading roles including Dame Quickly in Falstaff and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica. Additionally, Emily has extensive choral experience, having performed with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, Kinnara, and the world-renowned Westminster Choir. In the past, she sang in the American Bach Soloists Academy, the CoOPERAtive Program, and the Princeton Festival. This year, Emily was a Tyler Young Artist at Opera on the James and performed several concert works around the United States including Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Duruflé’s Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. She recently reprised the role of Dame Quickly in Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance.
Amy Chastain received her Master of Music in voice Performance from Georgia State University, and her Bachelor of Music Education from Mercer University. She has performed in many professional choral ensembles including Kinnara, Coro Vocati, the Atlanta Master Chorale, the Atlanta Opera Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. Ms. Chastain has also performed opera roles in Italy and Brazil. She is currently a staff singer at St. Philip’s Cathedral. In addition to singing, she teaches English online to students in China, Taiwan, and Japan.
Keely Rhodes performs as a soloist and collaborative artist with a variety of notable ensembles. She has performed opera roles within the United States, Italy, Central America and South America. Dr. Rhodes is the new Coordinator of Vocal Studies - Assistant Professor of Music at USC Aiken. In past academic positions she has served as an assistant professor of music in vocal studies and as a director of choirs. Awards and special achievements include: being a Fulbright Scholar to Italy, winning The Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Classical Singer, releasing a solo Christmas album, and performing on two Grammy® Award winning albums. Keely holds a Doctorate of Music and Master of Music from The University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and has completed CCM pedagogical training at Shenandoah Conservatory.
Acclaimed for his “infectious passion”, Reid Masters (Assistant Conductor) is proud to join the faculty at Kennesaw State University as Assistant Director of Choral Activities. For the past 11 years, he was the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, which recently released a commercial album of Mozart’s Requiem with Affetto Records, distributed internationally by Naxos. Dr. Masters is also the Co-founder and Assistant Director of the professional chamber choir Kinnara, working alongside JD Burnett. He studied choral conducting with Joseph Flummerfelt, Andrew Megill, Joe Miller, and Patrick Gardner in addition to working with Helmuth Rilling. He is internationally active as a clinician, leading workshops and master classes for ensembles such as the Taichung Chamber Singers in Taiwan and the Highgrove Singers in the Bahamas. As a countertenor, Masters has made solo appearances around NJ and NY featuring repertoire such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Handel’s Messiah. He has performed with some of the Northeast’s finest baroque ensembles such as the Brandywine Baroque Band and The Sebastians. In choral settings, he has sung with some of the most prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic under the direction of conductors such as Maestros Lorin Maazel, Kurt Mazur, Alan Gilbert, Nicholas McGegan, and Jaap van Zweden. Dr. Masters was named a Rider scholar and graduated Summa cum Laude from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Sacred Music. Most recently, he was awarded a Mortensen Fellowship and earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from Mason Gross School of the Arts where he also directed the Rutgers University Choir and taught undergraduate conducting.
Mezzo-soprano Holly McCarren is a Georgia native. She performs regularly with Kinnara Ensemble, Coro Vocati, The Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus. She holds a BM in vocal performance from CCSU followed by pursuing a MM in voice from The University of Oregon. There she focused on early music performance practice and opera studies. Ms. McCarren has been a featured soloist with The Atlanta Symphony, New Trinity Baroque, The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Carrollton Symphony, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, and many more. Her most recent CD features her solo performance of Fern Hill with Coro Vocati. She is currently a soloist at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. She has two daughters and teaches voice and piano in Cobb county.
Ryan Koter , tenor, is a research physical therapist at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, where he primarily treats individuals with spinal cord injuries. He currently sings with Kinnara, Atlanta Master Chorale, and is a staff singer at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church. In Durham, NC he was a regular member of the Duke Vespers Ensemble and Duke Evensong Singers. Ryan received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University School of Medicine.
Matthew Van Dyke
Matthew Van Dyke, tenor, is the Director of Choral Activities at Cambridge High School in Milton, GA. At Cambridge, he directs four choirs, teaches AP Music Theory, and acts as Musical Director. Matthew also serves as the Assistant Director of the Johns Creek Chorale. As a professional choral artist, he has appeared regularly with the Cecilia Ensemble, Choral Pickup, Kinnara Ensemble, and Orpheus Men’s Ensemble. Matthew holds a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware.
Timothy J. Campbell is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota where he conducts the Concert Choir, Men's and Women's Chorus, and teaches courses in choral literature, applied voice, and sight-singing. Additionally, he is Founder and Artistic Director of Transept (www.transept.org), a vocal ensemble of elite professional consort singers and select local musicians based in Sioux Falls, SD.He previously served on the faculty of West Virginia University. He has also served as associate director for Men's Consort Houston and the CORO Vocal Artists, and as director of the St. Luke's Early Music Ensemble (TX). Campbell's conducting mentors include Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, Kathy Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, P. Bradley Logan, and Paul Brandvik.
As a singer (tenor), Campbell has performed with numerous professional ensembles around the country, including the Grammy® award-winning ensemble Conspirare, The Rose Ensemble, The Singers, VocalEssence, Tucson Chamber Artists, Houston Chamber Choir, Cantare Houston, and the South Dakota Chorale. Campbell holds degrees from Bemidji State University (B.S.), the University of Minnesota (M.M.), and the University of Arizona (D.M.A.).
Timothy A. Tolar
Timothy Tolar is a native of South Mississippi who has been living, singing, and teaching in Atlanta for two years. He received his Masters degree in classical voice at The University of Southern Mississippi. He teaches chorus and musical theater at River Trail Middle School in Johns Creek and is planning a wedding with his fiancée, Sophie. He also has two great dogs, Jameson and Tucker.
Tenor Brandon Baker is Choral Director at Discovery High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where he leads a program of six choirs. Previously he served in a similar position at Horn Lake Middle School and Horn Lake High School in DeSoto County in Mississippi. While there, he was a core member of the Mississippi River Chorale, and Ictus. Brandon is an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a member of the Southern Chorale, and were he earned the rare conferral of membership in the USM Student Hall of Fame. He is also a regular member of Orpheus Men’s Ensemble.
With singing described as “poignant...with sincerity and unforced beauty” (The London Times), “elegant” (Cape Cod Times), and “emotionally devastating” (Boston Music Intelligencer), Cory Klose is a sought-after soloist and ensemble singer in the United States. Highlights of Cory’s recent solo appearances include J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. As a professional choral artist, Cory has appeared with many noted ensembles in the United States including Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Bach Collegium San Diego, Skylark, Kinnara, The Crossing, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, True Concord, and The Thirteen. He can also be heard on many acclaimed choral recordings including Skylark’s 2019 GRAMMY® Award-nominated album “Seven Words from the Cross”. Cory resides in Atlanta, GA where he serves as the Executive Director of MINT, a nonprofit dedicated to making Atlanta a destination for the arts.
George Case is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he directs the choral ensembles and the graduate choral conducting program. George holds Doctoral and Masters degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in vocal performance from Boston University. George is also the music director for The Boston Cecilia, a 144-year old semi-professional chorus in Boston and the Newburyport Choral Society, an 85-year old choral society on the north shore. George is an award-winning educator of young musicians who frequently leads clinics and workshops for high school and collegiate singers, as well as professional development sessions for teachers around the country. As a soloist and professional chorister, George has performed and recorded with major ensembles across North America and Europe, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Handel & Haydn Society, Kinnara, and Skylark Vocal Ensemble.
Possessing a voice hailed by the Washington Post as “impressively commanding,” Kyle Tomlin is a tenor making a name for himself both on the opera stage and as a concert soloist. He has made appearances with companies across the country including Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, National Cathedral Choral Society, Handel Choir of Baltimore, and the Washington Bach Consort. Some of his notable roles include Rodolfo (La bohème), Tybalt (Roméo et Juliette), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), and the title role in Albert Herring. While he regularly performs the standard repertoire, Mr. Tomlin is no stranger to new music. As a Gate City Bank Young Artist with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, he covered roles in the world premieres of Buried Alive and Embedded, two operas commissioned by the American Lyric Theatre for the Poe Project. He also originated the role of John in the premiere of Rockland, an opera commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music Festival, where he was a Resident Opera Artist for three years. Mr. Tomlin sings with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and is a member of the United States Army Chorus.
A native of Highland Falls, NY, baritone Christopher Judd has been heard as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival USA, the Connecticut Chamber Choir, The Berkshire Opera Company, the Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Weston, the Solstice Ensemble, the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs, the Westminster Players, and in solo recitals at the Interchurch Center, Westminster Choir College, Indiana University, The Juilliard School, and the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington. A sought-after choral singer, Mr. Judd has performed on the rosters of the Westminster Choir, the choirs of Trinity Wall Street, Trinity Princeton, and, currently, with the choir of The Riverside Church. He holds a Pre-College Diploma from The Juilliard School, a Bachelor’s of Music from Westminster Choir College, a Master’s of Music from Indiana University, and completed two summers of study at the Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice with Dalton Baldwin.
Baritone Michael Dauterman is an Atlanta-based conductor, singer, and collaborative pianist. Michael has recently been appointed the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Emory University and will begin his duties in October 2018. He has previously served as Director of Choral Music at Riverwood International Charter School and The Westminster Schools and Director of Music at Grace UMC and Holy Trinity (Episcopal) in Atlanta. In addition to Kinnara, Michael has appeared with ensembles such as the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Skylark (Atlanta), the Cecilia Ensemble (Augusta) and the Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati). In November 2018, he will make his Spivey Hall solo debut in collaboration with the Masterworks Chorus in Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem. Michael received his undergraduate degree from the College-Conservatory of Music (Music Education) and his Masters in Sacred Music from Boston University.
Matthew D. Nielsen
Matthew D. Nielsen is an active conductor, composer, baritone, producer, and sound engineer. He has conducted performances in venues such as St. John’s Smith Square, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Norwich Cathedral, and St. Giles-in-the-Fields. Matthew is currently interim director of choral studies at San Diego State University. As a composer, he has received commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, The Combined Choirs and Philharmonic Orchestra at Brigham Young University, and others. Matthew’s music has been published with Edition Peters, Walton Music, Santa Barbara Music Press and featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he earned both a Bachelor of Music in Sound Recording Technology in 2010 and a Masters in Music in Choral Conducting in 2012 from Brigham Young University. In 2017, he completed a Doctorate of Music from the University of Southern California.
Paul Max Tipton
Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a dignified and beautiful singer, Paul Max Tipton, baritone, performs nationally to acclaim in repertoire ranging from Schütz and Monteverdi to Britten and Bolcom. He solos under such notable figures as Masaaki Suzuki, Matthias Pintscher, Nicholas McGegan, Leonard Slatkin, Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling and Martin Katz, and has performed with the Bach Collegium Japan, New York Philharmonic, Apollo's Fire, Seraphic Fire, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recent engagements include Britten’s War Requiem, Rameau’s La Lyre Enchantée, and a recording of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 which earned a 2012 Grammy nomination. His singing of the Bach Passionsare noted in particular for their strength and sensitivity. He studied at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Yale University, and is a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in Boston. www.paulmaxtipton.com
Caleb Hopkins is a second-year Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in conducting at the Eastman School of Music. There he teaches basic conducting, serves as the associate conductor of the Eastman Chorale and Eastman Rochester Chorus, and conducts annually in the Eastman Bach Cantata series. Hopkins also serves as an adjunct professor for Messiah College where he teaches applied conducting in the online Master of Music program. Previous academic posts include positions on the faculties of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Anderson University (SC). Additionally, Hopkins has worked as a clinician for several high schools and district honor choirs. Originally from South Carolina, he has also served in part and full time capacities as a church musician at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson and at the First Baptist churches of Greenville, SC and Athens, GA. Hopkins is excited to cultivate a career as conductor, teacher, and singer. He has appeared with professional choirs including Voices, Kinnara , Cecilia Ensemble, and the Herring Chamber Ensemble. His operatic credits include Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Masetto (Don Giovanni), and Jabez (The Devil and Daniel Webster). Recent stage performances as soloist include Bach’s St. John Passion, and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, and the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Additionally, he has sung behind Kathleen Battle and Andrea Bocelli. Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Furman University, magna cum laude, and Masters in Music, with distinction, from the University of Georgia.
Matthew Curran, Bass Praised for his smooth, rich sound and stylish power by The Baltimore Sun, he brings a blend of intelligent musicianship and strong dramatic instincts to a variety of roles. Having sung on the stages of the Zürich Opera, Seattle, Atlanta, Memphis, and many other regional opera houses, he is a major talent with a varied career as a soloist in opera and concert as well as choral singing. His operatic repertoire includes Filippo in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Ramfis in Aida, Timur in Turandot, Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma, Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Colline in La Bohème. Recent appearances include Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Opera Carolina, Opera Grand Rapids, and Toledo Opera, Orbazzano in Rossini’s Tancredi with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Southwest, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd with Baltimore Concert Opera, Simone in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Delaware, and Zuniga in Carmen with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice.
Also an advocate and lover of new and more modern works, he recently sang Spencer Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave with Little Opera Theater of New York, Basil Howard in Lowell Lieberman’s The Picture of Dorian Grey with Odyssey Opera, Thomas Betterton in the New York premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, and the role of Terry in the widely acclaimed Breaking The Waves by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek produced by Beth Morrison Projects in its New York Premiere at the Prototype Festival. With a voice well suited to the repertoire, he has sung the bass solos in many of the great works for the concert stage including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, the Mozart, Verdi, Brahms, and Faure Requiems, and many of the great Bach Oratorios. Fortunate enough to have sung with numerous high level choral ensembles, he has recorded repertoire spanning from William Byrd to Pärt, including the Grammy nominated Tyberg: Masses with South Dakota Chorale, and performed in venues ranging from Notre Dame and Washington National Cathedrals to The Mormon Tabernacle and Carnegie Hall.
Andrew Phillip Schmidt resides in Atlanta, GA where he is the Music Director of the New South Festival Singers. Andrew has conducted at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Festival, Princeton Festival, National Conductor’s Symposium, Rodney Eichenberger Conducting Workshop, and Montreal Choral Masterclass. Andrew held a University of Washington FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship for Estonian and Baltic/Western European Studies and was also the recipient of a U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia where he lived, studied, and researched choral music in Tallinn, Estonia, as well as sang and toured with Tallinna Kammerkoor. He has also sung with nationally renowned groups like Seattle Pro Musica, Kinnara, and The Esoterics, and worked as a soloist with choirs throughout the United States. Andrew holds a M. M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington in Seattle and a B.M.E. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Christopher Mallory's musicality, versatility and leadership have earned him the privilege of collaborating with a talented group of North American organizations and ensembles, a highlight of which was performing the basso profundo solo in Finnish of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Vigilia.
This Ottawa bass begins a busy 2019-20 season by performing Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil with Kinnara in Atlanta and the Choir of St. Andrew and St. Paul’s Church in Montréal. He reconnects with the JUNO-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir in October, this time for a tour to Yellowknife and Edmonton where they’ll promote a third CD, Seasons of Life and Landscape, and present the world premiere of the CCC's latest commission, Where Waters Meet by Carmen Braden. In November, Christopher joins Polycoro in Winnipeg for a Remembrance Day concert to feature Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir. He also looks forward to full programs with the Capital Chamber Choir (including David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir, a Canadian premiere of Timothy Takach’s Helios, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles) and a complete liturgical schedule with the Men and Boys’ Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa.
On the theatre stage, Christopher is consistently applauded for his portrayal of many roles, like Dr. Pangloss (Candide), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Pish-Tush (Mikado), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (Barbiere di Siviglia, Nozze di Figaro), Papageno and Sarastro (Zauberflöte). Later this year, Christopher is to take on the title role of a new opera by Andrew Ager, commissioned by the Caelis Academy Ensemble.