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 premier 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..."
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 in Carmen, 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 Burana and 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.
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's Messiah, 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.
Sarah Brauer, Mezzo Soprano, enjoys a rich and varied career of opera, oratorio, choral and recital performance. Sarah earned her Master of Music degree from Rice University after completing her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California, magna cum laude. Ever a champion of early music, she has performed with the Oregon Bach Festival, Houston Bach Society, New Mexico Bach Society, Aspen Music Festival, Astoria Music Festival and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. Recent operatic performances include Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Szymanowski's King Roger at Santa Fe Opera, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Santa Fe Symphony, Ramiro in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, Mélisande in scenes from Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande, Olga in Weill's Street Scene, and Eustazio in Handel's Rinaldo. Sarah also realized the role of Margaret Truman in the world premier performance of Primiani's Truman Project for OPERA America. Recent concert engagements include mezzo soprano soloist for the concert-drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín with the University of New Mexico, created and conducted by Murry Sidlin, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Magnificat with the New Mexico Philharmonic, Vivaldi's Gloria with the Santa Fe Symphony, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Conspirare, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Durufle's Requiem with members of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Bach's Mass in B Minor with Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 and Rachmaninoff's Vespers with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Sarah has recorded three discs with professional chamber choir, Conspirare, including the Grammy-winning Sacred Spirit of Russia with world-renowned classical label, Harmonia Mundi.
Bill Epstein began his piano studies at age 8 in New Jersey with Adeline Gershenson and Vittoreo Versé. As a teenager, he moved to Chicago, where he continued his studies with Rudolf Ganz at Chicago Musical College. His college degree is from Harvard University, where he majored in music and studied chamber music performance with Leon Kirchner. Returning to Chicago after college, he began work as a collaborative pianist. This included playing for the Chicago Children's Choir, the Esperanza School, and the University of Chicago's Gilbert and Sullivan Company. He also played many recitals with violinist Francois D'Albert. In 2002 Bill moved to Santa Fe and has since continued to work as a collaborative pianist. He has been the pianist for Canticum Novum and the Santa Fe Community College Chorus. Currently, he plays for the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus, the Men's Camerata, and the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble. In addition, he is the pianist for classes at the Santa Fe Waldorf School and for services at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church. For the past two summers, he has been the pianist for Santa Fe Flute Immersion, a week-long, in-depth masterclass for which Linda Marianiello is artistic director. Bill debuts with the New Mexico Bach Society for the 2014 Winter Solstice concerts.
Bart Feller is Principal Flute of the New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Bargemusic and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Feller has also performed and taught in Korea, New Zealand and Australia. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers included Julius Baker and John Krell; he has also worked extensively with Keith Underwood. Among the summer festivals he has participated in are the Marlboro Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, OK Mozart International Festival, Colorado College Chamber Music Festival, Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Feller is Professor of Flute at Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts, and teaches in the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School.
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.
Tenor Scott Fitzgibbon has been performing in New Mexico for the last 22 years. He studied voice with the late Carolyn Coulter and with Sam Shepperson at the University of New Mexico. He has performed on stage with many choruses including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. His most recent classical opportunities have been with Opera Southwest. Scott is glad to have another opportunity to return to his classical roots as a member of the New Mexico Bach Chorale. He would like to thank his family for their support throughout the years.
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. 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.
Sharee Gariety, Soprano, graduated with a BA in music from Brigham Young University. She is a piano and voice teacher, church choir director, and director/founder of Children's Music Theater Summer Camp, currently in its 9th year. When she has time, she loves to take part in Music Theater. Favorite roles include Anna (King and I), Martha (Secret Garden), Shelby (Steel Magnolias), and Lucy (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown). She has also sung the soprano solos in Handel's Messiah in both New Mexico and California, and has sung as a soloist and ensemble for Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest, and most recently, the New Mexico Bach Chorale.
Sammi Gilbert, NMPAS Intern, hails from a mix of Massachusetts and Colorado. She has a background in basic piano performance, and has trained classically in flute and clarinet studies, with influences from classical composers and musicians such as W. A. Mozart, Gustav Mahler, J.S. Bach, virtuoso flutist James Gallway, and mentors Dr. Michelle Stanley, Horace Alexander Young, and Melinda Russial. Find out more about Sammi and her work with NMPAS on our NMPAS blog.
Seth Hartwell, Tenor, has performed with such groups as VocalEssence, New Mexico Philharmonic, NMPAS, Quintessence, Polyphony, St. John's Bach Project, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the New Mexico Bach Chorale, and the Valparaiso University Chorale under the baton of world-renowned Bach scholar Helmuth Rilling. He has performed with Desert Chorale II, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest, and the Royal Norwegian Opera. Seth has a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor's degree in music education from Valparaiso University (Indiana). He maintains a private voice studio and is Music Director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque.
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."
Christine Keightley, Alto, began her musical career in Baltimore, MD, where she studied piano for many years. She and her husband moved to Santa Fe in 1982 where Chris sang with the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble and the Chorus of Santa Fe. They then moved to California for twenty years, where Chris sang with the Los Robles Master Chorale in Thousand Oaks and Cuesta Master Chorale in San Luis Obispo. They moved back to Santa Fe in 2006 where Chris sang with the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble, Canticum Novum, and the Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus. She is very happy to be a member of the New Mexico Bach Chorale.
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.
Susan Levitin is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with the Performer's Certificate in Flute. Her teachers were Joseph Mariano, Ralph Johnson and William Kincaid. As soloist with the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, she toured twenty-seven European countries, the Soviet Union, and the Near East. She was also a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago for twenty-seven years. A founding member of The Chicago Ensemble, she also appears regularly on live broadcasts of Chicago's Fine Arts Radio Station WFMT. Among her solo recital credits are several programs for the Dame Myra Hess series. Her two CDs with pianist Gerald Rizzer, La flute lumineuse and 20th Century Duos for Flute & Piano, feature works by French and American composers. For twenty-seven years, Susan Levitin has been an artist faculty member of The Sherwood Conservatory of Music of Columbia College. She has also taught on the faculties of The Eastman School of Music, the American Conservatory, Chicago State University, and Roosevelt University. Susan Levitin directs the Sherwood Summer Flute Institute, co-directs the Sherwood Summer Chamber Music Institute, and is a founder of The Festival of Flutes. She is a contributor to FLUTE TALK Magazine and has given workshops at National Flute Association conventions. The Chicago Flute Club invited her to speak at their Pedagogy Day. Many of Susan Levitin's students have won prizes at competitions. She has students in major symphony orchestra positions, many of whom have attended the foremost music conservatories in America. Susan Levitin is a Powell Recording Studio Artist.
Yasmeen Lookman, mezzo-soprano, received a Bachelor of Music degree with Vocal Performance emphasis at the University of New Mexico. She studied under the vocal coaching of Sam Shepperson and has performed many roles with the University of New Mexico Opera Theatre, most recently the role of Orlofsky in the spring 2015 performance of Strauss's Die Fledermaus. During summer 2014, she sang the role of Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte with the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo, Italy. In spring 2015 she sang in the chorus of Puccini's La Boheme with Opera Southwest. Yasmeen sang with many choirs while an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico and held several choral scholarships. She is a staff musician at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and also sings with the professional ensemble Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She is delighted to take part in her first season with the New Mexico Bach Chorale.
Christina Martos, Soprano. Originally from a military family, Christina Martos spent the majority of her time in Southern California and New Jersey before pursuing her higher education degrees. A graduate of Yale University, and Carnegie Mellon University, Christina is also a former member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera, where she was under the direction of Maestro Placido Domingo. Christina's concert performances include Beethoven's concerto for voice "Ah!, Perfido" with the Yale Philharmonic, Beethoven's 9th with the American Youth Symphony at Royce Hall in Los Angeles, and appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami, and at the 2004 Marilyn Horne Foundation Festival at Carnegie Hall. Christina performed for several seasons with Central City Opera in Colorado, including a production of Menotti's The Saint of Bleeker Street, as Annina. While with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, productions included Die Zauberflöte and Hansel and Gretel. With the Washington National Opera she sang the roles of Giannetta in L'elisir D'amore, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Barena in Jenufa. Other operatic performances include Suor Angelica, The Marriage of Figaro, Carlysle Floyd's Susannah, and Dialogues of the Carmelites. Christina moved to New Mexico in 2008 and currently resides in Los Alamos. Her most recent concert appearance was as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Santa Fe Community Orchestra.
Of her performance as Annina in Central City Opera's production of The Saint of Bleecker Street, the Denver Post said "With a forceful, gleaming soprano voice, Martos handles the role's many vocal demands as she ably conveys the character's fundamental goodness and innocence." Of the same production, Opera Magazine (a United Kingdom publication) stated "...Christina Martos gave an exquisite performance as Annina. Her voice was warm and expansive, and supple in weight and tone colour. She was always convincing as the innocent projecting the strength and peace of her convictions."
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 premier 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.
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's Hansel & 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's The 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.
John Rangel - guest artist for the 2014 Silent Auction and previous guest artist in recital in 2013 is a dynamic Composer and Jazz Pianist. He has been a professional musician for over twenty years. John grew up in a very musical family in New York City. He grew up listening to jazz and classical pianists; many of which were available to experience live in NYC. He loved the recordings of Stravinsky, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Maurice Ravel, Ray Charles, Erroll Garner, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock. He listened live to many classical pianist at various concert venues in NYC. He also heard live Mary Lou Williams, Kenny Baron, Oscar Peterson, Richie Beirach, Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Towner, and others. He decided to become a musician and studied in Rochester NY at the Eastman School. He eventually migrated back to NYC where he studied with John Corigliano, Stanley Cowell, Richie Beirach, Joanne Brackeen, Phil Markowitz, and Frank Martori.
John Rangel's versatility as a jazz pianist is most evident in his work with the following artists; Nat Adderly, Marcus Printup, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Sam Rivers, Ravi Coltrane, Pharaoh Saunders, Sonny Fortune, Zane Musa, Eric Person, Justin Ray, Ernie Watts, Sam Most, Azar Lawrence, Phil Ranelin, Scott Whitfield, George Bohannon, Al McKibbon, James Leary, Dr. Art Davis, Nedra Wheeler, Tony Dumas, Dwight Trible, Carmen Bradford, James Torme (son of Mel), Blay Amboley and His Afrikan Jazz Band, Tierney Sutton, Rosemary Clooney, Willie Jones III, Ndugu Chancellor, Sunship Theus, Sherman Ferguson, Ralph Penland, Smitty Smith, Joe La Barbera, Derf Reklaw, and Billy Higgins.
John now lives in Santa Fe New Mexico where he has recently relocated his music production studio. He a professor at Northern New Mexico College teaching piano and has started a program at Rio Grande School teaching music using Apple computers. He shared 2009 producer of the year credit from the New Mexico Music Awards last year with Luis Guerra. He has worked with many local musicians in the thriving New Mexico community of musicians.
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, as well as 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. He has worked 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' 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.
Soprano Camille Kowash Tierney 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 Unites States. She currently makes her home in New Mexico, teaching voice in the Albuquerque area.
Oboist Kevin Vigneau 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.
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.
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 of singing in the state of New Mexico.