Trevor Stephenson–harpsichordist, fortepianist, and pianist–is the artistic director and founder of the Madison Bach Musicians. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance of 18th-Century Music from Cornell University, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson. With his colleague, Norman Sheppard, he has made and refurbished a series of historical keyboard instruments ranging from Italian Renaissance harpsichords to Victorian pianos. He has released fifteen recordings on the Light & Shadow label and tours throughout the United States as performer and lecturer. Information and tour schedule at trevorstephenson.com.
Marc Vallon has been Associate Professor of bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music since 2004. He received his musical education at the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers were Maurice Allard and Jacques Merlet (composition). He began playing professionally at the age of 17 and has had the privilege of performing under legendary conductors such as Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, and Karl Böhm. His interests later led him to work with contemporary music groups culminating in the 1980s in a fascinating period of collaboration with Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 1982, Marc started playing the baroque bassoon. He was the principal bassoon of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra for twenty years, and principal bassoon of Philippe Herreweghe’s Orchestre des Champs Elysées for 12 years, and participated in concerts worldwide with ensembles like Tafelmusik, La Petite Bande, Les Musiciens du Louvre and Concerto Köln.
Kangwon Lee Kim, Madison Bach Musicians concertmaster, is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st-century using both baroque and modern violins. She has performed internationally giving solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Norway, and Czech Republic. Ms. Kim has recorded for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and CRI labels and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser. As a baroque violinist, Ms. Kim has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players , the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble , Brandywine Baroque , the Classical Symphony , Calisto in San Francisco, and the Baroque Band in Chicago. She has also appeared in faculty recitals at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin and has given guest recitals at Pomona College and the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim was assistant professor in violin and chamber music at Biola University in CA and has also taught at Ripon College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Lawrence University Conservatory. During the summer, she teaches at Credo summer chamber music festival at Oberlin College.
3Arts awardee and violinist Brandi Berry, whose “four-string acrobatics” and “indispensable skill” (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as “alert [and] outstanding” (Chicago Classical Review), has also been noted for her “riffs.. powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled out with irresistible glee” (Washington Post). She has appeared with numerous groups including Kings Noyse, Apollo’s Fire, Newberry Consort, Ars Lyrica, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Bach Society Houston, Madison Bach Musicians; and numerous series including the Library of Congress, Dame Myra Hess, Early Music Now, the Boston, Berkeley, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Madison Early Music Festivals, and others. Brandi serves on the faculty of DePaul University as co-director of Baroque Ensembles, and for the Madison Early Music Festival.
Violinist Nathan Giglierano has performed across Europe, Central and North America. Nathan graduated with his Bachelor’s in Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Marilyn McDonald, and recently earned his Master’s degree from UW-Madison under the tutelage of David Perry. Nathan also served as a teaching assistant in the Music Theory department at UW-Madison. In addition to playing and teaching music, Nathan loves photography and cooking with his wife, Gillian.
Lee Joiner serves as Associate Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Studies at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Prior to this appointment, Joiner was a member of the Blair String Quartet at Vanderbilt University. His interests include improvisation in various styles, repertoire for solo violin, and the development of the bow and violin from the earliest examples to the present. He is a member of the Violin Society of America where he enjoys dialog with contemporary makers. Last season he performed an all Schubert program with Steuart Pincombe at Wheaton College.
Violinist Mary Perkinson is an active artist, educator, and outreach specialist. She performs with the Madison Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, SEW, and MBM. She has taught at Leopold Elementary, WYSO, UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, Music Makers, and is artist-in-residence for Overture Center’s Arts Education Initiative. In 2009 she founded Sound Health, an award-winning program that enriches the UW Hospital environment through live music. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University, received a GPD from Boston Conservatory, and received an MM, K-12 Certification, and DMA from UW-Madison. Dr. Perkinson is the Program Manager for UW-Madison Arts Outreach.
Danny Seidenberg, violin, has enjoyed an eclectic career moving between classical, jazz and pop styles as a performer and composer, arranger, and educator. He is best known for his 12 years in the Turtle Island String Quartet. Danny made his solo debut at age 16 with the Pittsburgh Symphony. A Julliard graduate, Danny was a New York free-lance musician and later a full time studio musician in Los Angeles, playing on hundreds of scores. With early instruments he has worked with the Classical Bande, Musica Angelica, Portland Baroque and LA Baroque.
Originally from Madison, WI, Christine Hauptly Annin holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rice University. On modern violin, Christine has held positions with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and Madison Symphony. She has also performed with the Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Elgin Symphonies. As a baroque violinist, Christine has performed in numerous ensembles across the country, including the Catacoustic Consort, Ensemble Musical Offering, Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and others. Additionally, Christine is a music educator, teaching elementary classroom music as well as private violin and viola lessons in the greater Milwaukee area.
Olivia Cottrell is a native of Southern California where she attended the Biola University Conservatory of Music, studying violin under Elizabeth Larson. Since moving to Madison in 2013 she has enjoyed subbing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and learning about the world of dark chocolate through working at Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier. She is delighted to be performing with the Madison Bach Musicians for the first time.
Violist Marika Fischer Hoyt maintains a demanding concert schedule on both modern and baroque viola, performing regularly with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Ancora String Quartet, Madison Bach Musicians, Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Sinfonia Sacra of the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, and Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne. Marika also hosts the weekly Saturday Afternoon Classics radio show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Marika holds degrees from Smith College and from the Indiana University School of Music. Before moving to Madison in 1999, she played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles around the country, including the Richmond (VA), Charleston (WV), and Des Moines (IA) Symphonies.
Micah Behr recently received his DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied viola with Sally Chisholm. He has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artist program, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. In addition to playing with the Madison Symphony and the Madison Bach Musicians, he composes music for Geneva Campus church where he serves as the Artist-in-Residence.
Highlights of Steuart Pincombe’s 2014 concert season included being a featured soloist with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop (DE), radio and festival appearances with Ensemble Ausonia (BE), performing with Holland Baroque Society (NL) for King Willem Alexander of The Netherlands, appearing as soloist at the Amsterdam Cello Bienalle, and launching the first season of Oerknal! (a contemporary music collective which Steuart co-founded). His concert ‘Bach&Beer’ was selected by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Events of 2014’ (USA) and a concert in which he appeared as soloist with Rene Schiffer and Apollo’s Fire was numbered in London’s ‘5 Best Classical Music Moments of 2014’ according to The Telegraph (UK).
His 2015/16 seasons continue with major festival appearances as soloist with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, his Bach&Beer program at the Bach Academy Bruge 2016, and continued Oerknal collaborations in both The Netherlands and the US!
Martha Giese Vallon is a graduate of the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having grown up in Madison, WI, she took a circuitous route to Europe via Berkeley, CA where she was awarded a Hertz Fellowship (UC-Berkeley) for study abroad. She has performed in hundreds of concerts and participated in many recordings with the leading European baroque and classical orchestras including The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale and the Orchestre des Champs Elysées. Martha has performed throughout Europe, Israel, and Japan in various chamber music and orchestral settings and has taught in several notable early music courses. She plays an anonymous baroque cello made in the 18th century and a newly made viola da gamba by Francis Beaulieu of Montréal. Martha is a certified Musicanopy™ teacher (a preschool music program) which she has taught at the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the UW and continues to teach privately. She teaches cello in the summer at the UW-Madison Music Clinics.
Cellist Andrew Briggs has spent his life traveling: giving recitals in his native Colorado, Italy, and the United Kingdom; touring with orchestras in South America; and spending his childhood in Japan. Recent performances include recitals in Bergen, Netherlands and Narbonne, France; continuo playing with UW Madison’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro; performances in Paul Hall, NYC; with Axiom Contemporary Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall, NYC; and concerto appearances in Colorado. Completing his Masters Degree at The Juilliard School, he is currently a University Fellow and member of the Hunt Quartet at the University of Wisconsin as a DMA student of Uri Vardi.
Based out of Chicago, viola da gambist and cellist Anna Steinhoff is an active performer with ensembles across the midwest. She is the principal cellist of Chicago’s period instrument orchestra, Baroque Band, and performs with ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company and Second City Musick. She is also a founding member of Wayward Sisters, who won first prize in the 2011 Early Music America competition and released their debut album of music by Matthew Locke on the Naxos label in 2014. Anna holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Northwestern University where her principal teachers were Peter Rejto and Hans Jensen. She recently returned from the Netherlands, where she studied baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden.
Anton TenWolde (baroque cello) was born in the Netherlands, where he studied with Sylvain van Amerongen, cellist with the The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest). While earning his degree in Applied Physics at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Anton performed several times with Ton Koopman, and toured with the Netherlands Student Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Student Baroque Orchestra. In 1973 he moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked for 28 years as a Research Physicist at the Forest Products Laboratory. For many years he played principal cello with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has been interested in baroque music performance since the early 1970’s, and has played the baroque cello since 1989. He is a founding member and current president of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and regularly performs with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium in Indiana.
Bassist Ross Gilliland has played with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Con Vivo!, Oakwood Chamber Players, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Madison Bach Musicians, and with his touring ska band. Mr. Gilliland holds undergraduate degrees in music and physics, and the master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management. He worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and now serves on an advisory board for Seattle Public Utilities and as an analyst with Equal Opportunity Schools.
Marilyn Fung graduated from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Windsor Symphony, Nota Bene Baroque Players, and a frequent performer with many other orchestras and chamber groups in southwestern Ontario, Michigan and Indiana. She has participated in the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Grand River Baroque Festival, the Ann Arbor Academy of Early Music series and Boston Early Music Festival. She is a founding member of Michigan Baroque, performed with Scaramella, Burning River Baroque, New Comma Baroque, Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Generation Harmonique, the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, Milwaukee’s Ensemble Musical Offering, Spire Chamber Ensemble in Kansas City, Cardinal Consort of Viols, Talisker Players in Toronto and the Waterloo-based Greensleaves.
Lutenist and guitarist David Walker has performed extensively throughout the United States earning praise for his “surety of technique and expressive elegance,” (Columbus Dispatch) as well as his “tremendous dexterity and careful control” (Bloomington Herald Times). David has appeared with such ensembles as Boston Baroque, Chatham Baroque,Clarion Music Society, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and Tempesta di Mare, and is a member of the chamber ensemble Ostraka. He has performed in numerous baroque opera productions, including engagements with Glimmerglass Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Festival highlights include the Savannah Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and solo recitals for the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the University of Louisville Guitar Festival. Recording credits include Ostraka’s critically acclaimed debut, Division, and Boston Baroque’s 2015 Grammy-nominated recording of Claudio Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. David studied with Nigel North at Indiana University and privately with Patrick O’Brien.
Luke Conklin, baroque oboist, recently completed a Master’s degree studying with Gonzalo Ruiz at The Juilliard School. While there, he performed with Juilliard Baroque and Juilliard 415 including their tour of Italy with the Yale Collegium Musicum and Masaaki Suzuki. In addition to performances with Madison Bach Musicians, Luke has played with The American Bach Soloists, Concert Royal, The Clarion Society, Early Music New York, The American Classical Orchestra, and the San Francisco Bach Society. He is also a performer on Baroque and Irish flutes.
Linda Pereksta has performed with such period-instrument ensembles as the Spire Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Musical Offering, Belle Meade Baroque, Tallahassee Bach Parley, and Baroque Southeast. She serves on the National Flute Association’s Historical Flutes Committee, is Editor of TRAVERSO, and has written for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk. Twice a major prizewinner in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, her doctoral treatise, “Twentieth-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a winner of the NFA’s Graduate Research Competition. Linda teaches Flute and directs the Early Music Ensemble at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and plays Piccolo with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
Sung Lee is a versatile musician who plays oboe, traverso, and recorder with Bach Collegium – Fort Wayne, Bourbon Baroque, Baroque Band, and Callipygian Players among others. The principal oboist of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra (IBO), Sung can be heard on the IBO recordings, “All Hail the Sun King” (2014) and “The Versailles Revolution” (release due in 2015), directed by Barthold Kuijken. Sung co-directs the chamber music ensemble Generation Harmonique. He holds a graduate degree in historical oboe performance from Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute. Sung lives in Chicago and is the administrator of the Historical Performance Institute.
Bassoonist Sam Allen finished his undergraduate studies in Music Performance, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, at UW-Madison. He studied modern and baroque bassoon with Marc Vallon. Outside of the Music School, he has attended festivals such as the Madeline Island Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival. He also has played in the Musicum Colligium at UW-Madison.
Applauded for his “gleaming trumpet work” (Hyde Park Herald), Justin Bland specializes in early music, most notably difficult high-register music for Baroque trumpet. Dr. Bland has performed with numerous period instrument ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Copenhagen Soloists, Musica Angelica, Tempesta di Mare, and the Washington Bach Consort, among others. For the 2015-2016 season, in addition to engagements in the U.S. and Canada, Justin will be performing on Baroque trumpet with ensembles in Europe. “It [the Baroque trumpet] is more difficult to play than its modern counterpart, but it’s a fascinating and arresting sound. The trumpet part in the second [Brandenburg] concerto is famous for its fiendish difficulties, and Justin Bland played it with aplomb.” Edmonton Journal justinblandtrumpet.com
Percussionist Sean Kleve is a founding member and music director for Madison’s contemporary percussion ensemble, Clocks in Motion. Sean teaches piano and percussion at Music Con Brio, an elementary after-school music program on Madison’s East Side. In addition to Music Con Brio and Clocks in Motion, Sean maintains an active freelance performing career with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony, and many other Madison-based music ensembles. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sean completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Baldwin-Wallace College, his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sean was a recipient of the Paul Collins Fellowship, which is awarded to outstanding graduate performance majors and determined by a committee of performance faculty. Sean’s principal teachers include Anthony Di Sanza, Duncan Patton, Chris Lamb, Steve Schick, She-e Wu, and Josh Ryan.
Chelsea Morris, soprano, gave an “exquisite” (Opera News) NYC recital debut this past spring with New York Festival of Song, for which she was also praised for her “beautiful, lyric instrument” and “flawless legato.” This season, Ms. Morris debuts with Great Lakes Baroque and will return to Madison Opera and Haymarket Opera Company for two new roles: Beth in Little Women with Madison Opera and the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Haymarket Opera Comany. Other roles include Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Lisa/The Land of Smiles, Emily Webb/Our Town and Clorinda/La Cenerentola, among others. Ms. Morris was featured as a Finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center (2015), won First Place in the Madison Early Music Festival Handel Aria Competition (2014), The Schubert Club (2013) and National Opera Association (2011) competitions, and was a Finalist in the Jensen Foundation Competition in NYC (2014). The Michigan native holds degrees from DePaul University and Rice University, and she has recently released her first CD in collaboration with fortepianist Trevor Stephenson: Songs by Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert. chelseamorris.com
Canadian soprano Jana Miller has been praised for her “technical polish and refined musicality”. Recent seasons have seen important debuts, including a performance at Carnegie Hall (Handel’s Messiah), and engagements with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Fauré’s Requiem) and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio). Ms. Miller is an alumnus of the Carmel Bach Festival’s prestigious Adams Fellowship masterclass. In addition to her love for oratorio and baroque music, Jana is passionate about art song and lieder, having completed courses at the Franz Schubert Institut in Austria, and Songfest in Los Angeles. Jana Miller is an alumnus of McGill University, where she earned both her Bachelor and Master’s degrees. www.janamillersoprano.com
Margaret Fox, native of Nashville, TN earned her degrees in vocal performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Margaret has been a recurrent young artist in concert, particularly in Baroque and classical repertoire. She has attended the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco, the Vancouver Early Music Festival and recently she received the 3rd place award and Audience Favorite title at the 2015 Handel Aria Competition (Madison Early Music Festival). She has sung with numerous companies in the Midwest including Haymarket Opera, Opera for the Young, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, the Florentine Opera Chorus, and currently sings with the St. Charles Singers in Illinois.
Described as “vocally resplendent,” “powerful,” and possessing “impeccable coloratura” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Alisa Jordheim is praised for her compelling and vocally assured performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and recital. She is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program, Central City Opera Young Artist Program, Florentine Opera Studio, and the University of Cincinnati CCM. Recent role credits include Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at Caramoor in New York, Lulu Baines in Elmer Gantry with Florentine Opera, Marzelline in Fidelio with Madison Opera, Satirino in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, Nannetta in Falstaff with Emerald City Opera, and Micaëla in “Carmen in Concert” with the Columbus Symphony, among others. Upcoming engagements include the Soprano Soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Madison Symphony, Soprano Soloist in Torke’s Book of Proverbs with the Grant Park Music Festival, and Lola in the world premiere of Sister Carrie with Florentine Opera, among others.
Countertenor Andrew Rader has performed on three continents. He was the cover for the three countertenors in Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the LA Philharmonic. Other work includes St. John Passion, Come, Ye Sons of Art, Fire and Ice: Michelangelo the Writer, Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Chichester Psalms, Handel Dixit Dominus, and L’Amfiparnaso. Competition successes included Second Prize in the 2015 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition, Second Prize in the 2015 Handel Aria Competition of the Madison Early Music Festival, Third Prize in the 2011 Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award, and Third Prize 2014 Orpheus National Vocal Competition.
Countertenor, Joseph Schlesinger, completed his Masters of Music from DePaul University and received a Netherlands-America/Fulbright Fellowship to study Baroque Music at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. His Baroque repertoire includes J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, Weihnachst Oratorium, B-minor Mass, St.Matthew Passion, St. John Passion and major works by Telemann, Schütz, and Händel. Mr. Schlesinger performed on the stage with the Netherlands Opera Choir in Händel’s Samson and made his solo debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam in Francesco Cavalli’s Didone. His other Baroque operatic repertoire includes Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione de Poppea, L’Orfeo and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Contemporary oratorio and operatic credits include El Niño by John Adams, Micha Hamel’s Snow White, Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Phaeton by Lully. Mr. Schlesinger sang Händel’s Messiah with the Elgin Choral Union and Augustana College, his alma mater. In the 2012-2013 season Mr. Schlesinger will perform as a soloist with Music of the Baroque, Chicago in Handel’s Israel in Egypt and with Downers Grove Choral Society in Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum.
Native to West Des Moines, Iowa, Scott J. Brunscheen’s 2015/16 season included performances at Caramoor Bel Canto Festival singing L’Aumônier and understudying Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and covering Don Gaspar in Donizetti’s La Favorite. Scott sang Peter Quint & Prologue in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Chicago Fringe Opera, several performances of Handel’s The Messiah, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, and Bach’s Magnificat. Previous seasons have encompassed a variety of opera and concert work throughout the US and abroad spanning from Cavalli and Bach to Unsuk Chin and Philip Glass. He currently lives in Chicago.
Bass-baritone, Richard Ollarsaba, native of Tempe, Arizona, finishing up his third and final year as member of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, has been seen on such operatic stages as Opera Cleveland, Tulsa Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago and has performed with such ensembles as Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Kansas City Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ollarsaba has been hailed for showing “the poise and communicative power of a seasoned artist, with commanding, stentorian tone” (Chicago Classical Review)
Dann Coakwell, tenor, has performed as a soloist internationally under such conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Matthew Halls, and Craig Hella Johnson. Coakwell can be heard as a soloist on the Grammy-winning Conspirare: The Sacred Spirit of Russia, 2014, and Grammy nominated Conspirare: A Company of Voices, 2009. He has appeared as a soloist in Carnegie Hall, in Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, as well a with organizations such as Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart in Germany, Bach Collegium Japan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Oregon Bach Festival, and Conspirare. www.danncoakwell.com
Luke MacMillan graduated from Lawrence University in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Theatre Arts Minor. His background includes a wide range of performance art with a heavy emphasis on non-musical theatre. Last spring he opened in his first professional role as the baritone lead in a modernized adaptation of La Serva Padrona, titled Maid To Marry. Other roles in opera/operetta include Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Falke (Die Fledermaus), Coridon (The Fairy Queen), and The Postman (The Most Happy Fella). He currently studies with Pamela South in Portland, Oregon.
Davone Tines, deemed a “…charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by The New York Times, is building an international career commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance from early music—recently performing programs of Bach and Rameau in Alice Tully hall—to adventurous contemporary music including the U.S. premiere of Menachem Zur’s Cartoons and performances with the New York Festival of Song. Last season he performed in La Bohème at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman, in La Fanciulla del’ West in Spain, and as Lodovico in Otello, all under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Upcoming engagements include the premiere of Crossing: A New American Opera for the American Repertory Theater directed by Diane Paulus, and the premier of two chamber operas by Kaija Saariajo and directed by Peter Sellars.
Tenor William Otto from La Crosse, Wisconsin, is currently in his final semester of undergraduate studies at UW-Madison. William is a studio artist with Madison Opera; he sang Parpignol in La Bohème, and will cover Laurie in Little Women as well as sing Nathanaël in The Tales of Hoffmann. He undertook the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring as well as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at UW in the 2014-15 academic year and sang Flute and covered Lysander this past summer in Chicago Summer Opera’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. William is also a member of the Madison Choral Project.