Rachel Begley performs with ensembles across North America, and has been hailed for her virtuosic and sensitive playing on both recorders and historical bassoons. Recent performing and recording highlights include the Metropolitan Opera, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, Yale Schola Cantorum, Boston Early Music Festival, The Play of Daniel, Early Music New York, and more. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in recorder and early music from SUNY Stony Brook, and was a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute.
Margaret Carpenter Haigh
Praised as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina) with “a talent for character portrayal” (Chicago Classical Review), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh captivates audiences with her “flawless intonation” and “perfect vocalism” (CVNC). A member of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, she also appears as a soloist with symphonies around the United States and can be heard regularly with ensembles including Handel and Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, and Bach Akademie Charlotte. Margaret is in demand as a specialist interpreter of early music throughout North America and is co-founder of the North Carolina-based early music consort L’Académie du Roi Soleil.
Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano, enjoys a distinguished career performing repertoire from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Her international credits include appearances in the US, Europe, Australia and Japan. Renowned for chamber music, early music, and contemporary music, she has performed frequently with Sequentia, BEMF, the Newberry Consort, Dinosaur Annex, Boston Musica Viva, and Blue Heron Renaissance Choir. In thirty-five seasons with Emmanuel Music, she has performed almost all of Bach’s sacred cantatas. Her discography includes over forty titles. Dellal currently teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Frances Conover Fitch
Organist, harpsichordist and clavichordist Frances Conover Fitch is thrilled to be part of this Lienas project with an amazing group of singers of all ages. Aside from teaching and running a church music program and concert series, there is nothing she likes better than collaborating as a continuo player, particularly when the repertoire is from the early Baroque era. In the 1980’s, she co-founded the groundbreaking ensemble Concerto Castello. She has performed on four continents and made over a dozen recordings. She teaches at Tufts and Brandeis Universities and New England Conservatory of Music.
Lucía Mier y Terán Romero
Born and raised in Mexico City, she is a singer, interdisciplinary artist and Spanish professor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in singing from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Spanish teaching from UNAM. She performs in numerous formats such as physical theater, music and puppetry.
Mezzo-soprano Ashley has performed with numerous ensembles including Bach Collegium Japan, Theatre of Voices, New York State Baroque, Pegasus Early Music, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Music of the Baroque. Ashley also co-directs her own ensemble, Lyracle, dedicated to repertoire for voices and viols. Ashley graduated from the Voxtet Program at the Yale School of Music, where she had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned conductors including Nicholas McGegan and Masaaki Suzuki and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Ashley earned undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and Italian from the University of Michigan.
Debra Nagy has been called a “musical polymath” (San Francisco Classical Voice) for her accomplished performances as a singer and historical wind player. One of North America’s leading performers on the baroque oboe, Debra is principal oboe with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Apollo’s Fire, and many other ensembles. Debra is the founder of acclaimed chamber ensemble Les Délices and performs late-medieval music as a regular guest with Blue Heron and TENET. She has recorded over 30 CDs with repertoire ranging from 1300-1800 and has had live performances featured on radio in Canada, Europe, and across the U.S. Visit www.debranagy.com and www.lesdelices.org.
A native of Venezuela Salomé Sandoval holds a GPD in Early Music, voice and lute, from Longy School of Music; a MA from MTSU and a BM from IUDEM both in classical guitar. She has played in master classes, radio shows, theater, movie soundtracks and television. Salomé has sung and played early, Latin American, and contemporary music in various ensembles and choirs in Venezuela and the US. CD recordings and collaborations include: Camerata de Caracas, El Mundo, Newberry Consort and El Fuego, with repertoires from New World to Spanish Eighteenth Century sacred and stage music. www.elfuegofire.com
Katherine Shuldiner graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in viola da gamba performance under the tutelage of Catharina Meints. Katherine has become a fixture in the Chicago baroque music scene performing with ensembles such as BBE: Bach and Beethoven Experience, Bella Voce, and The Newberry Consort. Nationally, she has performed with Washington Bach Consort, La Follia Austin Baroque, as well as performing Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Passion with Bel Canto Chorus and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. When Ms. Shuldiner is not performing, she enjoys teaching the viola da gamba to children and adults alike. For more information, please visit kateshuldiner.com.
Mezzo-soprano Beverly Simmons is a singer and graphic designer. With a doctorate in Early Music Performance Practices from Stanford, she has enjoyed a varied career as choral conductor, university professor, radio broadcaster, concert presenter, artist representative, and arts administrator. Her association with the Newberry Consort is multi-faceted—she studied voice with Ellen Hargis, designs the Consort’s printed materials, and has sung in the NC Convent Ensemble since its founding. Simmons is the recipient of Early Music America’s 2018 Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Early Music. She is based in Pasadena and Washington, DC.
Candace Smith, from Los Angeles, was active in contemporary music before specializing in medieval music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland) under Andrea von Ramm. She has lived In Italy since 1978, studying and collaborating with the late singer Cathy Berberian, among others. In 1991 she founded the ensemble Cappella Artemisia, dedicated to the music of early Italian convents. In 1994 she earned a diploma in vocal pedagogy from the Rabine-Institut für funktionale Stimmpädagogik (Germany). She teaches voice at the Bernstein School of Musical Theatre in Bologna and the Accademia Teatrale Veneta in Venice.
Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg is best known for her dazzling vocal agility and her passionate and insightful interpretations. Her appearance on Chicago’s classical radio program, “Live from WFMT”, was selected as one of the 10 best performances in 2016. As a Baroque specialist and recitalist, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and in the United Arab Emirates. Stoppelenburg frequently teaches masterclasses in Baroque Vocal Performance, such as at Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music), University of Colorado, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and Illinois State University. www.josefienstoppelenburg.com
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