NMPAS Artist Bios
Franz Vote has been called one of the finest conductors of his generation. Named a “singer’s conductor” by reviewers, his rapport with musicians, both on stage and in the orchestra pit, elicits music-making of the highest level. Regarding his premiere of Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera, one reviewer noted, “… during the curtain call, a very unusual thing happened. Usually half or more of the musicians have left the orchestra pit by the time the conductor gets to take his curtain call, and he then has to stand there and extend his gratitude to an almost empty pit. Not this time. Last night most, if not all of the musicians stayed in their spots, and what’s more, they stood up and avidly applauded Franz Vote.”
Maestro Vote began his professional career in 1980 as a conductor at The Eastman School of Music and The Aspen Music Festival. In 1982 he was engaged at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where he conducted Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, Giulio Cesare, Xerxes, and L’Orfeo. His successes there led to productions of Gianni Schicchi and Hans Werner Henze’s Don Chisciotte de la Mancia in Aachen. From there, he went to the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich and the Theater des Westens in Berlin. Maestro Vote’s approach to conducting is informed by extensive experience in German opera houses and his 1989 engagement at the Bayreuth Festival as Assistant Conductor to Daniel Barenboim and James Levine.
In 1990 he was invited by James Levine to join the Metropolitan Opera, conducting performances of Elektra, Madama Bufferfly, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and the 1996 New Year’s Eve Gala. Placido Domingo invited him to lead Tokyo’s Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra for the Operalia Vocal Competition.
The Los Angeles native has collaborated with many of the world’s most prominent operatic artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Hildegard Behrens, Stephanie Blythe, Jane Eaglen, Renée Fleming, Galina Gorchakova, Ben Heppner, Jerry Hadley, James King, Susanne Mentzer, Richard Leach, Samuel Ramey, and Deborah Voigt, among many others.
Maestro Vote achieved international prominence and received high acclaim as Music Director of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Seattle Opera in 2001 with soprano Jane Eaglen. Called the “musical Wotan of the production…..a real master of Wagnerian style….a conductor who brings out the best in his players,’’ the New York Times noted that his performance was “beautiful, conceptually unified and musically strong…Mr. Vote brought vigor and textural clarity to the score.”
Recent seasons have included Opera Memphis’ Samson et Dalila with Barbara Dever and Otoniel Gonzaga, Aida and Salome for Orlando Opera, plus touring with that company to Toulon, France; Faust at Sarasota Opera, which Opera News called a “Faust, passionately, arrestingly conducted by Franz Vote, who was as interested in theatrical sweep as in nuances of tempo and phrasing.” His recent performances of Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Naples were called the company’s “best ever…every section was strong, tightly meshed and well-rehearsed. Vote’s direction created a seamless tapestry from [the orchestra] and the singers…”
Franz Vote currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is Music Director and Conductor of the New Mexico Bach Society and Vice-President of the New Mexico Performing Arts Society. He also guests conducts at various opera houses around the country.
Linda Marianiello, Flutist. Linda Marianiello enjoys an ongoing solo career that includes concerto appearances with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Orchester Concerto Armonico Oberammergau, the New American Chamber Orchestra, the Fairfield Chamber Orchestra, the Wyoming Symphony, the Mercury Ensemble, and the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra. She plays in recital at European festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Potsdam-Sanssouci, Oberammergau, Deya-Mallorca, Elba, and Graz. In addition to performing on many well-known concert series throughout the United States, she is a frequent guest at National Flute Association conventions. She also appears in live television broadcasts on ORB-Berlin, Spanish National Television, Austrian National Television, Bavarian Television, and numerous PBS television stations. Linda Marianiello is heard on many National Public Radio stations, most notably in live performance on WNYC-New York.
She is particularly interested in recording standard repertoire in new ways and has a passion for introducing quality repertoire that is less widely known. Her numerous chamber music recordings for the Bavarian Radio Studios in Munich, Germany emphasize nineteenth and twentieth-century works for flute with piano and strings. “Baroque Sampler” (Swineshead Productions, Berkeley, CA 2001) features French and German works for baroque flutes and harpsichord. The American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder commissioned the Marianiello-Reas Duo to record “Dialogues: American Music for Flute and Organ” (MSR Classics 2003). The success of the first CD led the Duo to release a second album, “Cantilena” (MSR Classics 2010). “Consolations” (MSR Classics 2008) features Romantic works by Franck, Widor, and Liszt. Recorded in the Europasaal in Bayreuth, “Consolations” showcases the more intimate sounds of a historic 1930 Verne Q. Powell flute and an 1872 Steingraeber Liszt grand piano.
Her desire to collaborate has led to the founding of many chamber music groups, among them The Con Brio Chamber Ensemble with colleagues from the Bavarian State Opera; The New England Trio with flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith and pianist-conductor Franz Vote; The Chicago Fine Arts Chamber Players with Stephen Balderston, former associate principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Cello at De Paul University, and pianist Aaron Krister Johnson, a multi-keyboardist, composer, and the artistic director of Midwest Microfest.
As a teacher, Linda Marianiello has served on the faculties of the City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Colorado State University, and the Summer Flute Institute at the Sherwood Conservatory of Columbia College in Chicago. She has performed and taught at numerous universities as a guest artist in residence including Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, De Paul, Rhodes College, Miami University of Ohio, SUNY-Fredonia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Brigham Young University, and the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. Thanks to new technologies, Marianiello now also teaches extensively via the Internet.
Linda Marianiello lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marianiello is president of the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, the umbrella organization that includes the Chapel Series at Immaculate Heart, Santa Fe Flute Immersion, and the New Mexico Bach Society. She is a Recording Studio Artist for Verne Q. Powell Flutes, which also sponsors her on tour and in recording. Her principal teachers are Bernard Goldberg, Walfrid Kujala, Thomas Nyfenger, Peter Thalheimer, and Andras Adorjan. Marianiello holds a B. A. from Yale University and an M. A. from the City University of New York-Brooklyn College.
Aaron Alter, Composer. A native of Chicago, Aaron Alter’s musical background was a product of the rich musical life that he found growing up in the Windy City. While in high school, Aaron played in a variety of Rock and Jazz bands, culminating in a regular engagement as the pianist with saxophonist Fred Anderson. Also while in high school, he studied piano with Bob Ravenscroft, Alan Swain, and Helen Engler.
Aaron received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied piano with Frances Larimer and Gui Mombaerts, and composition with Lynden DeYoung and David Noon. During that time, Aaron immersed himself in the European classical tradition as well as explored more modern European and American music.
He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Princeton University, where he studied with Milton Babbitt, James K. Randall, Peter Westergaard, and Paul Lansky. While at Princeton, he received a fellowship from the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival as well as a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts’ “Meet the Composer” program. His composition Rhapsody III for soprano voice and various instruments was performed at Tanglewood and in New York.
Recent compositions include:
My New Beginning Part I (Sonata) for piano solo (2012)
Solar Rays for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (My New Beginning Part II) (2014)
Homage to Josquin (My New Beginning Part III) for Two Flutes, Piano, Electric Bass and Drums (2013)
Homage to Josquin (My New Beginning Part III) Alternate version for Two Clarinets, Piano, Electric Bass and Drums (2014)
Fors Seulement Blues (My New Beginning Part IV) for double chorus and various instruments (in progress)
Elegy for Fred Anderson (in progress)
Baritone Carlos Archuleta, a native New Mexican, has had a varied and full singing career as an operatic baritone. His repertoire ranged from Rossini and Verdi to Adams and DeFalla. He has performed with notable companies such as The Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Orlando Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Utah Opera. Repertoire includes Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Le Nozze de Figaro, Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze de Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflote, and Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore. One of his signature roles was Escamillo inCarmen, which took him to London, performing in the Royal Albert Hall.
Other roles include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Nixon in Nixon in China, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme, Silvio in Pagliacci, Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas and Germont in La Traviata. As an oratorio soloist, Mr. Archuleta has performed the solos for J.S. Bach’s Cantata, “Ich habe genug” with the American Festival of Microtonal Music (NYC), and was the baritone soloist in Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 with Maestro Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra. Other appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat, most recently with Maestro Franz Vote and the New Mexico Performing Arts Society and the New Mexico Bach Chorale, with both Mr. Archuleta is a member, Orff’s Carmina Buranaand Faure, Verdi and Brahms Requiem. Mr. Archuleta has also recently completed a recital tour with Debra Layers and Christina Martos around the northern NM area featuring vocal music inspired by William Shakespeare.
Elizabeth Baker violinist, moved to Taos NM in 2017 following a 40-year orchestral career as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, and then 30 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She appeared as soloist three times during her tenure with the LAPhil, all premieres, and all receiving critical acclaim. She also performed chamber music with her colleagues from both orchestras, as well as with XTet and Bach’s Circle, LA-based chamber groups that appeared at Chamber Music Northwest, Sedona Music Festival, South Bay Chamber Music, and Bach Festivals in California and Oregon.
In addition to appearing on the Taos Chamber Music Group, Montage Society, and Santa Fe Pro Musica, Elizabeth Baker is on the faculty at the New Mexico School for the Arts. In October 2018, Elizabeth became the third Director of the Taos School of Music in its 56-year history and is an alumna from 1975 and 1976.
Joel Becktell cellist, has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North and Central America and Europe. He has been a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nichols Quartet, the Harrington String Quartet, and Moveable Feast. He has served as Principal Cellist of the Austin Symphony and Santa Fe Pro Musica, and is Assistant Principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony and a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. Joel appears on historic and modern cello as soloist and with ensembles throughout North America. He is a founding member of REVEL, The Analog Cello Company, Movable Sol, and the baroque ensemble BWV. Joel has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Austin Symphony, and the Santa Fe Symphony. His latest CD, Bach’s Solo Cello Suites, Volume I, was released in 2014.
Paul Bower, Baritone, works as a freelance singer, conductor, and teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has sung professionally with many organizations in New Mexico and around the country including the New Mexico Bach Chorale, Opera Southwest, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Santa Fe Symphony, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Musical Theatre Southwest, Albuquerque Little Theatre, and the opera companies of Santa Fe, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Amarillo, and El Paso. He has sung over thirty roles in opera and musical theater including Masetto, Marcello, Schaunard, Onegin, Marullo, Pistola, Mercutio, Figaro (Barber), Guglielmo, Silvio, Lancelot, and Javert. Equally adept in oratorio and cantata, he has performed the solos in two dozen works including several of the Bach cantatas and Haydn masses, Handel’sMessiah, and the requiems of Mozart, Faure, and Brahms. In the summers of 2012 and 2015, Paul performed recitals and taught master classes at Jilin University and Jilin College of the Arts in the People’s Republic of China. He has also sung in Germany and Austria. In addition to his singing engagements, he is the Executive Director of New Mexico Young Actors, Inc., a children’s theater company based in Albuquerque. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Paul has a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northern Kentucky University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He enjoys spending his free time with his two beautiful daughters and wife, Ling.
Travis Bregier, baritone, earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance at North Dakota State University, presenting three recitals and appearing in operas with roles including Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), The Learned Judge (Trial by Jury), and Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He is currently Assistant Choir Director at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe, a music mentor in the Santa Fe Public Schools through the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and teaches voice and piano at The Candyman: Strings & Things. He has appeared with Performance Santa Fe and Opera Southwest. Travis is a contract singer and a regularly featured soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus. In April 2018, he received the Astrid and Berent Groth Award at the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival held in Albuquerque. He has recently joined NMPAS as a singer in the New Mexico Bach Chorale.
Flutist Melissa Colgin Abeln, flute professor at the University of Texas – El Paso (1987-2018), was principal flutist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra until 2021. She held positions with the Sinfonica Orquesta UA de Guadalajara (Mexico) and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, with whom she was featured as a soloist for concerts and subsequent recordings. In Europe, she made recital appearances with the Atelier Series and Concerts Accueil Musical and the Cultural Program Series at the American Embassy in Paris, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp. (Radio Oslo), and the Haydn Festspiel (Einsenstadt, Austria). Orchestral tours include ten performances in Germany with the EPSO in 1996, and in 2000, a summer tour of five cities in Turkey with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has soloed with the EPSO on performances during her 26+ year tenure.
Under her supervision, the UTEP Flute Studio held a reputation of excellence in solo and ensemble performances. Via competitive audition, The Flautistas performed at NFA conventions in 2007 and 2014. Her former students have become professional flutists in orchestras, college professors, and music educators across the US and the Texas-Mexico Border region. Having relocated to Santa Fe in 2020, Melissa founded an adult flute choir, accrued a small cadre of flute students, and spends more time discovering New Mexico’s natural and cultural offerings.
Melissa Colgin-Abeln earned the BM degree at the University of Alabama, where she studied with Sheryl Cohen, as well as the MM and DMA at the University of Texas at Austin with Torkil Bye and Karl Kraber. Further private study occurred in Paris with Raymond Guiot as well as numerous master classes and coachings with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Alain Marion, Geoffrey Gilbert, Julius Baker, and Jeanne Baxstresser, among others.
Cammy Cook soprano, Albuquerque native Cammy Cook has established herself as a soprano in high demand. She makes regular appearances with Opera Southwest, where she has sung roles in Norma, I Pagliacci, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Gianni Schicchi, and various children’s productions. With the New Mexico Philharmonic Cammy Cook has been a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Zarzuelas! Rediscovered Romance. She has also worked with other regional ensembles, including Santa Fe Opera, Polyphony Voices of New Mexico, and Canticum Novum. In 2017 Cammy Cook was one of the top finalists in Phoenix Opera’s Voices of the Southwest competition, which is open to young singers from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada. She maintains an active private studio and teaches group voice at CNM. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds degrees in Voice Performance from both. Her teachers include Sam Shepperson, Marilyn Tyler, Margaret Lattimore, and Dr. Patti Peterson.
Tracy Doyle flutist, is Professor of Music at Adams State University where she teaches applied flute, chamber music, and courses in music education. Tracy has performed and given masterclasses throughout the United States, Australia, and Japan in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. A regular performer at the National Flute Association Convention, she most recently appeared as a winner of the 2016 Convention Performers Competition. As a member of the Doyle-Kane flute and percussion duo, with her husband James Doyle, she has been active in commissioning new works for flute and marimba and is currently working on a project dedicated to new works inspired by the beauty of the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Tracy currently serves as piccoloist with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado, and has performed with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, and the USAF Academy Band. Tracy earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in music education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Violinist and Conductor David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, has been praised by the Santa Fe New Mexican for his “fluid phrases; rich, focused tone; rhythmic precision; and spot-on intonation.” He is Artistic Director and co-founder of Chatter Sunday, Chatter 20-21, and Chatter Cabaret. He is Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony and Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic. He also teaches contemporary music at the University of New Mexico and is the associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic. His robust conducting career has included conducting the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and many performances of contemporary music with Chatter. David performs throughout the southwest as concert soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He made his New York debut in Merkin Hall in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of New Mexico. He has taken advanced string quartet studies at the University of Colorado with the Takacs Quartet and was awarded a fellowship to attend the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. David plays an 1829 J.B. Vuillaume violin.
Violist Kim Fredenburgh has held titled positions in orchestras across the country including two years as co-Principal in the New World Symphony and six years as Associate Principal in the Phoenix Symphony. She is currently Principal Viola in the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Principal Viola of the Santa Fe Symphony, and Assistant Principal of the New Mexico Philharmonic. She performs with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the New Mexico Performing Arts Society and in chamber music and solo recitals internationally. Recent performances have taken her to South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, and Puerto Rico. A native of New York, Ms. Fredenburgh attended SUNY Stonybrook and later earned a graduate degree from Arizona State University. Her primary teachers have been John Graham, Joyce Robbins and Dr. William Magers. She is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the University of New Mexico. She has recruited a large and diverse studio of violists representing many states and countries.
Dr. Gregory Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern New Mexico University and has been proclaimed one of today’s finest young singers. He is recognized for his excellent ear and cognizance of the intricacies of foreign languages to create moving performances of repertoire for the tenor voice. Gregory Gallagher’s voice combines a “beautiful instrument, which is facile, wide-ranged, and capable of good dynamic command, with fine musicianship and an appealing musicality. He uses his beautiful voice to display the deepest sensitivity and understanding of text as well as to demonstrate his superb musicianship.” [Robert Grayson, New York City Opera tenor and Louisiana State University Professor Emeritus]
Gregory Gallagher has appeared on the operatic stage in over 40 different productions worldwide, spanning 20 different roles including Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Beadle (Sweeney Todd), Mysliveček (Hlas lesa), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Fenton (Falstaff), Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), the Podesta (La finta giardiniera), and Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors). He has sung with numerous opera companies including Oberlin in Italy, BASOTI, LSU Opera, and Dayton Opera. Gregory Gallagher made his LSU Opera mainstage debut in the role of Peter Quint from Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, which he has reprised numerous times. His performance in the ghostly role merited such praise as, “a revelation: his voice soared as he savagely embodied this role. He was one of the most spine-chilling Quints I have ever seen… he commands the stage with a hefty saunter and evilness.” And he will make his professional regional operatic debut with Opera Southwest as Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata.
In addition to his operatic performances, Gregory Gallagher has performed at numerous events as a concert soloist, including the Requiem (W. A. Mozart), Elijah (F. Mendelssohn), Messiah (G. F. Handel), and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. In spring 2016, he performed the tenor solo in Herbert Howell’s Hymnus Paradisi with the Chattanooga Symphony under the direction of esteemed conductor David Hill, Director of the BBC Singers. In the fall of 2016, he performed a world premiere of Touching the Infinite Sky by the renowned American composer Gwyneth Walker. In 2017, Gregory Gallagher was awarded first place at the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival in Albuquerque and received the VA Wall Award. In 2018, he was awarded second place and received the Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico Award. In 2019, he was again awarded first place and received the Excellence Award. He is also a recent recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera.
As a professor at ENMU, Gregory Gallagher teaches a full voice studio, Language Diction for Singers, Stagecraft for Singers, and has been music director for recent productions of The Pirates of Penzance, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Night at the Opera, Titanic, and the upcoming double-bill of Dido and Aeneas and Le docteur miracle. Dr. Gallagher completed his Bachelor of Music at Cedarville University, his Master of Music at Louisiana State University, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Louisiana State University. He currently resides in Portales, New Mexico with his wife, Melody, and beagle, Strauss.
Dr. Andre Garcia-Nuthmann has been a tenor soloist in the New Mexico area for many years. In the summer of 2009, Andre sang the tenor solos in a performance of Joseph Haydn’s “ Die sieben letzten Worte” in Eisenstadt, Austria at the Haydn Saal in the Esterhazy Palace. This concert was part of the commemoration programs in remembrance of Haydn’s 200th death anniversary. In the summer of 2007, Andre and his choir “El Coro de la Tierra Alta” participated in the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria celebrating Joseph Haydn’s 275th Birthday. While there, Andre was the guest soloist and his choir was “Choir in Residence.”
Andre has often been featured as tenor soloist in Canticum Novum conducted by Kenneth Knight. In March of 2006, he sang the tenor solos in the Verdi Requiem with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra conducted by Oliver Present. Andre often has soloed with the Santa Fe Symphony including Haydn’s “Theresienmesse” and “Paukenmesse”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy”, Dave Brubeck’s “Fiesta de la Posada”, Bach’s “Magnificat”, “Mass in b minor”, and Handel’s “Messiah”. In 2001 he was invited by BachWorks, with Anthony Newman, director, to celebrate Bach’s birthday in Manhattan. Besides oratorio, Andre has been featured in several operatic roles including “Don Giovanni”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “The Prima Donna”, “The Bartered Bride”, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, “Bastien and Bastienne” and has performed for the Santa Fe Opera Outreach Program and One Hour Opera. The favorite role he sang was “Lenski” in UNM Opera studio’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” under the direction of Marilyn Tyler. His most recent role was that of the “Mad Woman” in Britten’s “Curlew River.” In summer 2002 Andre shared the stage with Kurt Ollmann in a musical homage to Leonard Bernstein. Currently, Andre is the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at New Mexico Highlands University. He holds a doctorate in vocal performance at Arizona State University and coaches voice with Regina Rickless.
Tjett Gerdom tenor, is originally from Iowa and has a degree in Music Education from Cornell College. Since moving to New Mexico four years ago, he has twice performed with Opera Alta’s “Opera on the Rocks” at the amphitheater in Bandelier National Monument. He has been a featured soloist with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, Santa Fe Music Works, Coro de Cámara, the Los Alamos Oratorio Society, the Los Alamos Choral Society, and, more recently, with the New Mexico Performing Arts Society. In addition to singing, Tjett has conducted performances with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and the Los Alamos Oratorio Society and is the principal trumpet with LASO and the Los Alamos Community Winds.
Sally Guenther cellist, help positions in several US orchestras, including with the Cincinnati, Fort Worth and Syracuse Symphonies (as principal cellist), and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She then became solo cellist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, a position she held for twenty years. Guenther was also active in Norway as a pedagogue teaching at the Grieg Academy of Music and was a founding member of the contemporary chamber ensemble, BIT 20, an internationally recognized group which records and travels extensively in Europe and Asia. Since moving full-time to New Mexico in 2006, Guenther devotes herself to chamber music, traveling widely in the Southwest area and participating in chamber music festivals in Santa Fe, Taos, Abiqiu, Los Alamos, and Breckenridge, Colorado. She is also devoted to teaching and has recently been appointed to the faculty of the new Santa Fe School for the Arts. In addition, she has played with the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Santa Fe Symphony, and New Mexico Bach Society orchestras.
Pianist Luke Gullickson is a rangy interpreter of music new and old, a virtuosic collaborator bridging disciplines, and an intrepid explorer of the unmapped spaces between styles and genres. He is Company Manager and a core performer with Albuquerque’s innovative Chatter ensemble, which presents 70+ concerts annually. As a member of the mercurial Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — New York Times) he has collaborated with Houston Grand Opera, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and performed in art spaces, jazz clubs, and barns across the country. Luke has recorded extensively as a singer-songwriter (“charmingly mysterious” — Bandcamp Daily), composer, and bandleader. Many of his releases have appeared on the shadowy imprint Two Labyrinths Records, commencing with 2014’s Open, which the Chicago Reader labeled a “minimalist gem.” Luke has degrees in composition (University of Texas-Austin) and piano (University of New Mexico), and was a TD Jazz Fellow at the Banff Centre. He has also held artist residencies at PLAYA, High Concept Laboratories, Brush Creek Arts, the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Joshua Tree National Park.
Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin consistently wins acclaim for her vibrant and musical playing of a wide-ranging repertoire and has performed in recital and with orchestras in the major musical capitals of Europe and the United States. As winner of the Artists international Piano Competition, Ms. Helin made her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall; she made her European debut in London’s Wigmore Hall. She has performed throughout Europe in venues such as the Musee Chagall in Nice, the Zunfthaus zur Meisen in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Paris and throughout Great Britain. Ms. Helin has played in such venues as New York’s 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, Town Hall, and Washington DC’s Corcoran Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Smithsonian Institution. She has played concerti with the Richmond, Greenwich, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mesa, Canton, Montgomery, Columbus (GA), Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Redwood Symphonies, and as a WESTAF touring artist, solo recitals in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Ms. Helin has been presented in recital on Vladimir Horowitz’ Steinway, the Gershwin commemorative piano, as well as on the pianos of Horowitz, Paderewski, and Cliburn. Locally, she has performed chamber music with such groups as Santa Fe New Music, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Opera, Chatter, the Taos Chamber Music Group, Taos Soundscapes, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, and Ballet ProMusica. She also serves as Music Director of the United Church of Santa Fe. She maintains a large private studio in Santa Fe and teaches the piano majors at the New Mexico School for the Arts; many of her students regularly win top prizes in competitions. Ms. Helin holds a B.M. from the University of Oregon; an M.A. from Stanford University; and a D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin where she studied with John Perry. Her recordings for New World and Musical Heritage have garnered critical acclaim and she was a featured artist in the PBS documentary, “Virgil Thomson at 90.”
Patricia Henning alto, has sung in various choirs in the US and the Netherlands, including the Wellesley College Choir, and Sangwijn. In Albuquerque, she has sung with Quodlibet, UNM’s Las Cantantes and Concert Choir, Polyphony, and Quintessence. She serves on the board of the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival. On the UNM faculty in the physics and astronomy department, she conducts astronomical research using radio telescopes to study the distribution and evolution of galaxies in the universe. She and her students and collaborators have discovered over 1000 galaxies behind the Milky Way. She teaches astronomy and the Musical Acoustics physics class at UNM. She is currently serving as the associate vice president for research.
Robert Ingliss is principal oboist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has performed in dozens of countries on five continents and has appeared on numerous recordings, playing Beethoven to Broadway, Gershwin to Carter, Hollywood soundtracks to avant-garde multimedia installations. Concertos he has debuted include works by Marc-André Dalbavie, Matthew Greebaum, and Charles Wuorinen. Earlier this month he presented premieres with Cygnus Ensemble of music by Andrew Waggoner and Steven Blumberg and performed Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid at Merkin Hall in New York City. Locally, he appears frequently with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Kehar Koslowsky mezzo-soprano, has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and choral artist with the Santa Fe Symphony, Zia Singers, New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble. Specializing in early music, her oratorio and solo work includes works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Britten. While living in Washington DC, she sang with the Cathedral Choral Society, Washington Bach Consort, Woodley Ensemble, and at St. Michael’s Cathedral and St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. A graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park, she has appeared with the Maryland Opera Studio, Janiec Opera Company, Saratoga Opera, and sung under the batons of Helmut Rilling, David Effron, Kenneth Slowik, and J. Reilly Lewis.
Carla Kountoupes is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has performed in Central America, Taiwan, Germany, and the United States with various chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the New Century Chamber Orchestra and the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra. She performs currently as a member of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Orchestra, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and the New Mexico Performing Arts Society Orchestra. Carla also frequently appears on the Chatter chamber music series in Albuquerque, with the UP Quartet. She enjoys recording and performing Latin, alt-rock, and jazz, as well as classical music. Also a dedicated music educator, Carla has taught children and adults for more than 20 years. She currently directs an orchestra program in the Santa Fe Public Schools.
Kayla Liechty is Vocal Coach and Collaborative Pianist at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), where she coaches voice students, teaches music courses and collaborates in recital with student, faculty, and guest artist recitals. Prior to coming to ENMU, she was a full-time pianist and coach at the University of Oklahoma (2002-2005) and Director of Collaborative Piano at Stetson University (1992-2002).
Kayla Liechty received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in piano from Stetson University and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Piano Pedagogy and a Master of Music Education from The Florida State University. Piano teachers who have made a difference in her life are Sharon Walker, Mary Lou Krosnick, Eugene Hudson, Michael Rickman, Karyl Louwenaar and Carolyn Bridger.
Widely experienced in both vocal and instrumental repertoire, Ms. Liechty has collaborated with many of the finest musicians of our time. Her work with operatic singers and stage directors includes master classes with Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Tito Capobianco, Fabrizio Melano, Jennifer Larmore, Martina Arroyo, Marquita Lister, Leona Mitchell and Maria Spacagna. Of the numerous instrumentalists she has collaborated with in recital, most notable are cellist Christopher Adkins, oboist Wayne Rapier, tubist John Griffiths, pianist Charles Wadsworth and trumpeter Fred Mills.. As a choral pianist, she has collaborated with choirs in Carnegie Hall (five performances), China, Newfoundland, Norway and throughout Europe, spending two full seasons as pianist/organist for the renowned Santa Fe Desert Chorale (organist for the 2003 Journeys of the Spirit CD). Ms. Liechty spent a decade as a vocal coach and accompanist for Sherrill Milnes’ summer opera workshop, VOICExperience!, and was National and Open-Call Auditions Pianist for Walt Disney World Entertainment for many years. She will accompany the 2022 NMMEA All-State Mixed Choir for her seventeenth year.
Ms. Liechty’s scholarly and artistic endeavors include Bach to Bix, a CD collaboration with tubist Ted Cox; The French Connection, a CD collaboration with hornist Eldon Matlick; an 80-accompaniment CD companion to Roberto Mancusi’s textbook, Voice for Non-Majors; and ENMU Choirs’ Fall 2016 CD release, What Sweeter Music. Academic presentations she has made include Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Annual Conference (2011), Rocky Mountain CMS Conference (2012), National NAfME Conference (2014), SWACDA Conference (2015) and National ACDA (2016). Her research in collaborative piano has been published in the professional journals of the Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Music Education and American Choral Directors Association. Ms. Liechty co-authored a chapter in the book, “The Nurturing of Talent, Skills and Abilities (Nova Science).” The publication which holds the most significance for her is the January 2004 Neurocase article, “Musical Skill in Dementia: A Violinist Presumed to Have Alzheimer’s Disease Learns to Play a New Song.”
Dr. Jessie Wenchieh Lo is a performing artist, recording artist, music educator, and music director. She is a classical pianist, organist, clarinetist and singer, who has performed in Austria, Belarus, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, San Marino, Taiwan, and in the United States. She is also prize winner in many International Competitions including First Prize and “Chopin Prize” at “3rd European Piano Competition Citta del Vasto” (Vasto, Italy); “Beethoven Prize” from “Wiener Beethoven Gesellschaft” for the best interpretation at the “Vienna International Pianists” music festival; “2nd International Vienna Piano Competition” (Nagoya, Japan), “6th Taipei International Chopin Piano Competition” (Taipei, Taiwan), and more. Dr. Lo earned her Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria; and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Boston University, where she had been Piano Teaching Assistant and also Collaborative Piano Teaching Assistant. She hosted piano masterclasses in Vienna, Austria; and gave piano masterclasses and performances at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Dr. Lo has held positions of Music Director, Organist and Pianist in churches in Vienna Austria; Boston Massachusetts; Tallahassee Florida, and San Francisco Bay Area, California. She looks forward to sharing her experience and expertise in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which she and her family now call home. For more information, please visit https://www.jessiewenchiehlo.com
Celebrated soprano, Cecilia Violetta López, has been named one of “Idaho’s Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century” by USA Today and has been named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. The singing actress is constantly praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range” (Washington Post).
She has received accolades for her signature role of Violetta in La traviata, which she has performed countless times throughout North America. Critic James Jorden exclaimed, “she is a Violetta fully- formed and, I think, ready for the great stages of the world.” She has now performed the role with Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Ash Lawn Opera, The Northern Lights Music Festival, Madison Opera, Pacific Symphony and Virginia Opera. Ms. López made her European début as Norina in Don Pasquale with Zomeropera in Belgium.
From her performance as Adina in The Elixir of Love with Virginia Opera, The Virginian- Pilot hailed, “Cecilia Violetta López is showing local audiences why Opera News named her one of its ’25 Rising Stars.’ In the lead role of Adina, she hit the highest notes with ringing clarity, performed the vocal runs with precision and grace and showed a particular charm and humanity in the softest passages and lowest ranges.” In her recent performance as Marguerite in Faust with Opera Omaha, the Omaha World-Herald claimed, “… López sang Marguerite’s seduction, madness and salvation with an other worldly wisdom and artistry.”
Despite the halting effects of COVID-19 in the opera industry, Ms. López’s 2020-2021 [season] has included both virtual and live recitals with Opera Idaho, Opera Las Vegas, Austin Opera, Opera Southwest, Chatter ABQ, and Madison Opera. She made her company debut with Pacific Symphony as Violetta in their 90 minute version of La traviata and will also be the featured soprano soloist in the world premier of Mi Camino, a virtual project with Opera Cultura. Cecilia will return to Opera Colorado as a soprano soloist in Canciones de Nuestras Tierras: a live, outdoor performance.
Alan Mar moved to New Mexico from Santa Barbara, California in 1995 after completing graduate studies in electrical engineering at the University of California and is currently a research scientist at Sandia National Laboratories. Alan began playing the violin in the fifth grade and was Concertmaster of the Pasadena Youth Symphony for two years before entering Occidental College to study Physics. After performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Occidental-CalTech Symphony, Alan took a prolonged hiatus from the violin to attend graduate school. Upon arriving in Albuquerque, Alan again took up the violin, studying with Leonard Felberg. Alan plays in numerous ensembles throughout New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, and the Las Cruces Symphony.
Lyric soprano Christina Martos has appeared with the Washington National Opera in the roles of Giannetta in L’elisir D’amore, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Barena in Jenufa. She was also featured in the role of Annina in the Central City Opera production of Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street directed by Catherine Malfitano. Concert engagements include appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami, the Marilyn Horne Foundation Festival at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven’s concerto for voice “Ah!, Perfido” with the Yale Philharmonic, and Beethoven’s 9th with the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Recent engagements include appearances with the New Mexico Performing Arts Society, the Chatter music series in Albuquerque, the world premiere of Ron Strauss’s Los Bufones at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Great Mass with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the Montage Music Society, the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, and the Taos Chamber Music Group. Recordings include “Songs of Shakespeare” with Carlos Archuleta and Debra Ayers; a Shakespeare-themed joint recital which was featured in Chamber Music America’s National Chamber Music Month. A graduate of Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University, Christina’s other operatic performances include the title role in Suor Angelica, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Carlysle Floyd’s Susannah, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffman, and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Christina moved to New Mexico in 2008 and currently resides in Los Alamos.
Esther Moses Bergh, Mezzo-Soprano, has recently returned to New Mexico from the Pacific Northwest, where she was part of the statewide outreach, chorus roster, and concert soloist with the Portland Opera for more than a decade. She recently completed assignment as a cover in the title role in Verdi’s Aida with Opera Southwest. Having performed as soloist in the Bach Magnificat last season, Esther returns to the New Mexico Performing Arts Society this season for more Bach, Mozart, and operatic interpretations. Esther has performed as soloist with the Oregon East Symphony in Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem. She has been featured with the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Kids’ Concert and Yuletide Pops with the Oregon Symphony, and Bach’s St. John Passion with Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland. Other performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Operatic roles include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Arsena in Gypsy Baron, Fatima in Abu Hassan, Laetitia in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, and Tullia in the American premiere of Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa at the Cincinnati Conservatory. She has been a featured soloist with the Albuquerque Philharmonic and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as well as soloist in the staged oratorio, Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, at the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy. Esther holds performance & music education degrees from the University of New Mexico and received her Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati. Esther enjoys raising her children, gardening, and learning beekeeping. She keeps a private vocal studio and teaches part-time in local schools.
Internationally, Javier has performed “Mozart Arias and Duets” in concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, sung a duet for the 25th Jubilee Anniversary of the Netherlands Opera’s residence in the Muziektheater, appeared as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, and joined the Rotterdam Opera Days as Colline in La Boheme. He portrayed the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Pluton in La descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, and Colline in La Boheme with Opera Studio Nederland. Javier also toured Mexico with the Chicago Arts Orchestra as the bass soloist in Al Combate by Ignacio Jerusalem in celebration of UNAM’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Javier Ortiz has performed a varied operatic repertoire with such companies as Opera North, Opera Southwest, The American Baroque Opera Company, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, New Rochelle Opera, and New Jersey Verismo Opera. And he regularly appears in concert across the US with numerous regional orchestras.
Recently, Javier performed a solo holiday concert with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, played Zachariah in a condensed Off-Broadway version of Verdi’s Nabucco. He appeared in the role of Anaeas in the filmed versions of The American Baroque Opera Company’s Dido and Anaeas, and as Alidoro in Opera Playground’s La Cenerentola.
Upcoming performances in 2021-2022 include the roles of Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata with Opera Southwest, German Solder/Ensemble in All is Calm with Opera North, Pelèe in Marais’ Alcyone with the American Baroque Opera Company, Petate Vendo/Guillermo Kahlo/Mr. Rockefeller/Edward G. Robinson in Frida with Opera Southwest, and concert performances with the New Mexico Performing Arts Society.
Jennifer Perez, Soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of New Mexico and is currently working toward her Master of Music (vocal performance concentration) under the instruction of Dr. Michael Hix. She has performed lead roles with several Santa Fe Opera Community Outreach programs, including children’s operas directed by John Bradley and workshops/presentations directed by SFO Lecturer, Oliver Prezant. Her operatic roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’sHansel & Gretel, Luigia in Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Viva la mamma!), Letitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Goldilocks in Robert Chauls’ The Trial of Goldilocks, and Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Additional scenes she has performed in include Offenbach’sThe Tales of Hoffmann as Giulietta and Mozart’s Così fan tutte as Fiordiligi. Her choral experience includes participation as a soprano soloist in the 2010 ACDA Denver conference, Mozart’s Requiem for the Festival Internazionale della Cultura Bergamo in Italy, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Oster-Oratorium, and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. Outside of the university, Ms. Perez enjoys participating in the musical community of Albuquerque as soprano section leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church, as a member of the Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and in Chatter ensembles. She is also an active member of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and New Mexico Bach Society, and is an occasional soloist for the New Mexico Philharmonic.
Valerie Potter flutist, has performed as principal flutist of the New Mexico Symphony since 1993 and has held the piccolo position with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 1994. She received her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University with a performer’s certificate. Ms. Potter also received a Master of Music from Yale University. She has performed with many orchestras across the country including the Cincinnati Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the Houston Symphony. She has been featured as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony, performing the CPE Bach Concerto in D minor and the Concerto for Flute and Harp by Mozart, and was a soloist in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto Number Four. She has been a member of the faculty of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of New Mexico. She is active as a private flute instructor in Albuquerque and frequently is featured as a solo performer and chamber musician in the area.
Rebecca Ray has music degrees from Ithaca College and the University of New Mexico. She is currently principal oboist with the San Juan Symphony and the Las Cruces Symphony, a tenured second chair oboe in the Santa Fe Symphony, and freelances on oboe and English horn with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Chatter, Opera Southwest, and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, among others. Rebecca also has a teaching and instrument repair studio, Desert Double Reeds.
Violist Gail Robertson has been an enthusiastic member of New Mexico’s music community since 2005, as a violinist and violist with Santa Fe Pro Musica’s modern and Baroque orchestras, Santa Fe Symphony, and The New Mexico Performing Arts Society, among others. Before moving to Santa Fe, she performed with the highly respected Pacific Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Wolf Trap Chamber Players, and many ballet companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. She enjoyed occasional nationwide tours as principal viola of the Mantovani Orchestra, and explored the Southern California club scene as half of a Flamenco Duet. Gail teaches violin and viola in her studio at the Santa Fe School for Strings.
Nathan Salazar, a native of Santa Fe, holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. He received his vocal and piano performance degrees from the University of Kansas, where he studied with Julia Broxholm and Jack Winerock. Nathan made his orchestral debut in 2004 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. His musical travels have taken him to England, Scotland, Italy, Russia, and all over the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music, where he worked with renowned mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Nathan has been featured in performances at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among other premier performance venues in the United States. He received a fellowship to Songfest in Los Angeles in 2013, where he studied with pianists Margo Garrett and Graham Johnson.
Nathan Salazar has collaborated with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, William Bolcom, Paul Schoenfield, and Libby Larsen. He recently took part in Songfest’s first commercial recording, which is now available. In January 2014, he was invited to be a part of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday celebration through the series, “The Song Continues,” at Carnegie Hall, where he worked with Ms. Horne, Martin Katz, and the legendary Christa Ludwig. Nathan performs and coaches with Coro de Camara, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Sangre de Cristo Chorale, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Opera.
Natasha Stojanovska, Macedonian pianist and composer, is currently completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Northwestern University. She received her Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University and Bachelor of Music from Lynn University. Natasha has performed solo and chamber music recitals in France, Portugal, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, South Korea, Haiti, and the United States. Her performances have been broadcast, among others, on WUSF Public Media, Macedonian Radio and Television, WFMT Chicago, WNIT Public Television, and KHFM. She recently represented the Bienen School of Music at the prestigious Gilmore Piano Festival. In January 2017 she was a composition and piano consultant for Renee Fleming and for jazz artist Patricia Barber’s Song Project. She was pianist for a performance by violinist Rachael Barton Pine at The Union Club of Chicago. She has recently relocated to Santa Fe, NM.
Camille Kowash Tierney, Soprano, has performed in opera and concert works throughout the United States. She has appeared with the Phoenix Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, DuPage Opera Theatre (IL), New York City Opera National Company, Opera Theater of Philadelphia, Uptown Opera (Spokane Opera, WA), Sarasota Opera, and Central City Opera. Her operatic roles include Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Ann Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Norina in Don Pasquale, the title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Monica in The Medium, and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She has appeared in concert and recital with Arizona Masterworks Chorale, AZ Musicfest, the Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony (FL), the Tanglewood Music Center, and Seaglass Performing Arts (ME) in such works as Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Handel’sMessiah, the Faure Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria and Haydn’s The Lord Nelson Mass. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Tierney has lived all over the United States. She currently makes her home in New Mexico, teaching voice in the Albuquerque area.
Tenor John Tiranno’s notable past performances include Handel’s Messiah (Santa Fe Symphony), Berlioz’s Requiem (La Jolla Symphony & Chorus), Mahler’s song cycle Das Lied von der Erde (Chatter), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices (Oratorio Society of New York), Saint-Saëns Requiem (Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra), creating the role of The Young Man in Gisle Kverndokk’s opera Upon this handful of earth (New York Opera Society & Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), Bach’s B minor Mass and the U.S. premiere of Juraj Filas’ Oratio Spei – Requiem (Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), and recitals at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Jedda, Saudi Arabia.
Kevin Vigneau, Oboist, has enjoyed an international career as orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist. He is Professor of Oboe at the University of New Mexico and Principal Oboe of the New Mexico Philharmonic. He also performs with the New Mexico Winds, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and New Mexico Performing Arts Society. He is a graduate of Boston University and also holds a DMA from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with oboist Ronald Roseman. From 1986-90 he was principal oboe of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (South Africa) and from 1993-96 he was principal oboe of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Portugal). He has also been a member of the Opera Company of Boston Orchestra under Sarah Caldwell and a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He has recorded for the EMI Classics, Centaur, and Summit labels and has performed with Music from Angel Fire, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and at conferences of the International Double Reed Society.
Deborah Wagner pianist, is native of Las Vegas, Nevada and completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University after having obtained degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Northwestern University. Since moving to Santa Fe in 2006, she has performed with Santa Fe New Music, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Placitas Artists Series, Coro de Camera, the Sangre de Christo Chorale, and New Mexico Performing Arts Society. Deborah has been on the faculties of New Mexico Highlands University and Santa Fe University of Art and Design, in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. She regularly works with singers and instrumentalists in the Santa Fe area and has toured with soloists and choirs throughout the country.
Michael Walker, French Hornist, is accomplished young performer and teacher and is passionate about collaborating with living composers and performing chamber music around the world. Michael currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of New Mexico, and hornist with the New Mexico Winds, Enchantment Brass Quintet, Fiati Five, and the Amity Trio. As a champion of new music, Michael has commissioned nearly fifteen pieces for horn. As a chamber musician, Michael has performed in Mexico, Italy, and will be performing with the Amity Trio in Belgium this coming summer. In 2017, the Enchantment Brass released their debut album celebrating the brass music of native New Mexican Composer John Cheetham. Prior to his appointment at UNM, Michael served as the second Horn in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and has performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, Utah Festival Opera, Bel Canto Institute, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Chatter Albuquerque, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, and as a featured soloist with Musica Nova at the Eastman School of Music. Michael currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his opera-singing wife, and daughter.
Tim Willson, Baritone, a native of Greeley, Colorado, has also lived in Cleveland and New York. He was seen at the Metropolitan Opera as the mad doll-maker Spalanzani in The Tales of Hoffman, conducted by Julius Rudel, and as Wagner in Mefistofele, conducted by Mark Elder. He also appeared as the Innkeeper in the “Live from the Met” production of Verdi’s Falstaff. On the Sony/Met recording of Il Trovatore, Tim sings the role of the Messenger. Understudy assignments at the Met included Goro in Madama Butterfly and Spoletta in Tosca. He appeared as Pang in Turandot with the Tulsa Opera, Triquet in Eugene Onegin with the Santa Fe Opera, Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Opera Grand Rapids, and Benoit in La Boheme with the Sacramento Opera. With Opera North Carolina he was Gastone in La Traviata and Robot from Arcturus in Starbird. At Amato Opera in New York, Tim sang the leading tenor roles in Lucia di Lammermoor, The Tales of Hoffman, Aida, Otello, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Madama Butterfly. Now a Santa Fe resident, Tim was a soloist in the Santa Fe Symphony’s performances of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and sang the role of Satan in the Santa Fe Pro Musica’s production of Gerald Fried’s Rock of Angels as well as Pontius Pilate in their performances of J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion. He is also a docent at Las Golondrinas Living History Spanish Colonial Museum, where he appears as a hide tanner and a buffalo hunter.
Elizabeth Young, Violinist, has performed at major New York venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, and The United Nations, as well as the National Gallery of Art and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, she has appeared on the BBC, CBS, and CNN, and she has performed concerts throughout the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Italy, and Oman. After over a decade working as a full-time musician in New York City, Elizabeth moved to Santa Fe, where she has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, Chatter Albuquerque, and Las Palomas Chamber Music Series. She continues to travel nationally for chamber music and solo performances as a violinist and pianist, and in 2018, she was the violin soloist with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra in their performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. A previous faculty member at the New Mexico School for the Arts and conductor for the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Elizabeth can be heard regularly at Vanessie’s, where she performs and improvises music of all styles and genres.
Founder of the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival, Mezzo-Soprano Jacqueline Zander-Wall is a lover of Art Song and has been honored to perform at the Hugo Wolf Gesellschaft in Stuttgart, the Goethe Institute in Boston and Moscow and the Mahler Verein in Hamburg. A proponent of new music, she has sung at Scala in Hamburg, and L’art pour l’art in Frankfurt along with numerous music festival performances including the Skaneateles Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, L’art pour L’art in Frankfurt, Music in the Mountains, BAM Monteverdi Festival and the Britten-Pears Festival. Opera credits include the Boston Lyric Opera, the Chicago Opera Theater, Hamburg Opera, Arizona Opera, Duluth Superior Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Opera Southwest, and Hamburg Konzertante Oper. She has been on the Voice Faculty of Phillips Exeter, Phillips Academy in Andover, the College of Santa Fe, and the University of New Mexico. A past president of the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is the Founder and Coordinator of the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival to aide students in singing in the state of New Mexico.