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Soprano Soloist - Rosa Lamoreaux

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has been hailed for her versatile musicianship and her radiant, engaging, and effortless singing. The Washington Post has described her singing as "one of Washington's greatest natural resources”. She has been critically acclaimed for her performances at the Bach festivals in Bethlehem, PA, Carmel, CA, and in Leipzig, Berlin, and Halle, Germany to commemorate the tricentennial of J.S. Bach's birth. She frequently sings the National Gallery Vocal Arts Quartet and Hesperus. Her performances on National Public Radio include recitals at the Kennedy Center, concerts with the Bethlehem Bach Festival and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and Spain in the New World with Hesperus. Her recordings include Bach's B-Minor Mass(BMV 232) on Dorian; Luminous Spirit (chants of Hildegard von Bingen), Messe Solennelle by Berlioz, Dancing Day, Four Centuries of Song, Gentle Annie, Spain in the New World, I Love Lucette and My Thing is My Own on Koch; Christmas with the Choral Arts Society and Masters in this Hall for Gothic, and the Best of the Fest from he Carmel Bach Festival. Her recent performances include oratorio and chamber music for the Rheingau Festival in Germany, Belvedere Schloss in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, the Cloisters, Chautaqua Music Festival, Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Holocaust Museum, the Bach festivals of Bethlehem and Carmel.

In addition to being an active performer, Ms. Lamoreaux enjoys teaching master class sessions and a few private students. For the past six summers she has taught master classes for the Carmel Bach Festival's Virginia Best Adams Vocal Program for promising young soloists, and has also taught master classes for Western Michigan University, La Sierra University, Sonoma Junior College, Southern Missionary University,and the Smithsonian Institution. This is her twenty-second concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2003)

Soprano Soloist - Elisabeth Braden

last year debuted with the Virginia Opera. Liz is a graduate of West Chester University, where she received a degree in Music Education with a concentration in piano and voice, and of Westminster Choir College of Rider University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting. This is her third concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 1987)

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Soprano Soloist - Leslie Fagan

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protégé of Lois Marshall and Ileana Cotrubas, has a career encompassing the full depth of opera and oratorio across North American and Europe. Her recent solo performance of Debussy and Stravinsky Orchestral Songs in Bordeaux, France was received with critical acclaim. Other highlights include Handel Messiah, Royal Albert Hall, London, Bach Die Weinachts Oratorium, Stuttgart, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Washington National Symphony, Mahler 2nd Symphony with the Calgary Philharmonic, and Orff Carmina Burana and Poulenc Gloria with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. On the opera stage, Ms. Fagan has performed the title role of Linda di Chamounix, Pamina in Mozart Die Zauberflote, Nanetta in Falstaff, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Musetta in La Boheme. In the fall of 2003, she released her debut solo recording “Le Miroir de Mon Amour,” music of Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Faure, and Debussy with Canadian pianist Brian Finley. This CD has received rave reviews.

Leslie’s exciting 2010-2011 season includes two engagements at Carnegie Hall performing Israel in Egypt and Poulenc’s Gloria. She will also be performing Judas Maccabaeus with both the Clarion Music Society in New York, and under the baton of Heinz Ferlisch at the Berkshire Choral Festival. Ms. Fagan will also be performing Mozart’s Grand Mass In C in both Kentucky and Toronto, Messiah in London, and two performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Hamilton and Thunder Bay. Leslie is also looking forward to solo recital collaborations with pianist Lorin Shalenko in London and Kitchener and as part of the recently formed group, Project Aria, Leslie collaborated with trumpeter Guy Few, soprano Donna Brown and pianist Stephanie Mara on a repertoire from Bach to Greer.

Past seasons have included a return engagement to Carnegie Hall performing Mozart’s Grand Mass in C as well as performances of Messiah in New York, London and Peterborough, an Evening of the Music of Mozart and His Letters and the premier of a one woman show entitled “Dressed in Love”. In the spring of 2009, Leslie premiered five Mendelssohn Lieder at Steinway Hall in New York with the Clarion Music Society and made her Lincoln Center debut singing Carmina Burana with Musica Sacra and the world premier of Alessandro Cadario’s Cantata for Revival. This is her fourth concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2011)

Soprano Soloist - Martha Fulton Brozski

Martha is one of the earliest members of the Master Singers of Westchester, joining in the second season. She has been the featured soloist at many concerts starting starting with the third season through last fall's Carter's Mary's Magnificat. Other solo performances include fall 1984, fall 1985 Vivaldi's Gloria, fall 1993 Rutter's Gloria, and fall 2011 Handel's Messiah excerpts. This is her thirty-something concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2013)

Soprano Soloist - Donna Marie Bransom Davis

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Made her formal professional debut with the Master Singers of Westchester, singing Handel's Messiah in 1994. A California native now living in Westchester County, Ms. Bransom sings everything from Broadway to baroque, whether playing the lead in a Greenwich, Connecticut production of Anything Goes or appearing regularly with the Master Singers of Westchester, the choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, or as guest soloist at area churches. When she is not performing or training with Les Robinson Hadsell, Ms. Davis creates quilts and porcelain dolls. - (Fall 1994)

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Soprano Soloist - Lynn Norris

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A solo performer in oratorio, opera, and ensemble. Her appearances include the Forest Bird in Siegfried in the Arizona Opera's Summer Ring Cycle Festival 1996 and 1998. Performances with the Bronx Opera Company include Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio, Adele in Die Fleidermaus, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Her performance and recordings of the role of the Niece in Mappined Life for the American Chamber Opera's debut of Beast and Superbeast won rave reviews in the New York Times. She has performed with the Flagstaff Symphony, Tucson Masterwork Chorale, Tucson Collegium Musicum and Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Winter Festival. - (Spring 1999)


Mezzo-Soprano Soloist - Hai-Ting Chinn

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performs in a wide range of styles and venues, from Purcell to Pierrot Lunaire, Cherubino to The King & I, J.S. Bach to P.D.Q. Bach. In the title role of the Wooster Group's production of Francesco Cavalli's La Didone, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, the Scotsman newspaper called her "glorious, poised, and poignant," and during the New York City production at St. Ann's Warehouse, Timeout New York said of her: "Chinn has it all: breathtaking beauty, poise, comic timing and a voice of pure gold." Hai-Ting is currently featured in Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's Einstein On The Beach, which premiered on January 20, 2012, and toured the world through March 2013.

Hai-Ting is known in New York City as an advocate of classical music in unusual and accessible settings. She starred in the Wooster Group's first opera, La Didone (music of Francesco Cavalli), an experimental retelling of the Dido and Aeneas story set in and against a Sci-Fi movie from the 1960s. She performed the roles of Medea in Cavalli's Giasone and Poppea in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea in a nightclub (Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan's West Village, productions by OperaOmnia) and Nicklausse/The Muse in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann at an active shipping dock on the Brooklyn waterfront (a production by Vertical Players Repertory in collaboration with the Brooklyn stevedores). She has also performed at more than 25 New York public schools with the New York City Opera's educational outreach program, and she has given classical recitals in New York rock and cabaret venues such as Tonic and Barbès.

Ms. Chinn grew up in Northern California and holds degrees from the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music. This is her first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2013)


Mezzo-Soprano Soloist - Patricia Green

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praised for her “warm creamy voice” with three-octave ease, has gained international renown for her versatility and musicianship. A busy concert career has taken her to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, L’Opera de Montreal, Glenn Gould Studio and the Kennedy Center with distinguished conductors such as Pierre Boulez, L. Slatkin, P. Eötvös, Z. Pesko, Sir D. Willcocks, R. de Leeuw and P. Rophé. Career highlights include performances with L’Orchestre de Radio-France, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, the spectacular opening of the Terrace Gardens in Haifa, Israel, a European and Canadian tour of Claude Vivier’s opera, Kopernikus and Pierre Boulez’s Improvisation I & II (Pli selon pli), under the baton of the composer. Recent engagements include Bach cantatas with the Washington Bach Consort, and world premieres in San Francisco, and Toronto.

Her performances have been broadcast internationally and are regularly heard nationally on the CBC. She has six recordings on Albany Records, Newport Classics, and Live Unity Productions, including JS Bach and CPE Bach 'Magnificat'(s) with the Washington Bach Consort (NC) and 'Käthe Kollwitz' by Tom Myron (AR 2001)

A fervent educator, she is currently the Coordinator of Voice Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She is from Saskatchewan, Canada. This is her ninth concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2011)

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Alto - Kate Maroney

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Mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney is recognized for her rich and expressive tone, clear articulation, and intelligent musicianship. After completing her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music in 2010, she transitioned to New York City, where she is developing a dynamic performance schedule in opera, early music, and oratorio, and is especially sought after to perform chamber music and new works by contemporary composers.

Kate is a regular member of the Holy Trinity Bach Vespers series, where she has frequently appeared as alto soloist during the 2009-2012 seasons for cantatas BWV 80, 106, 42, 33, 134, and the Magnificat (BWV 243), as well as Telemann’s Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, and G. F. Handel’s Brockes-Passion. In November, 2010, Kate premiered a reconstructed Bach wedding cantata, BWV 216, Der Pleisse und Neisse, in Great Barrington, MA, with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble under direction of acclaimed harpsichordist and scholar Kenneth Cooper. During the summer of 2011, Kate was thrilled to perform at the Oregon Bach Festival, under Helmuth Rilling, and she has also performed during the 2010-2011 season in various concerts under Kent Tritle with both Musica Sacra and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, under David Shuler at St. Luke in the Fields and as alto soloist with the Dalton Chorale, with James Wetzel at St. Agnes Church, with Amuse under Robert Isaacs, and with the New York Choral Artists and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, under Joseph Flummerfelt and Alan Gilbert. In the Spring 2010, Kate was a Semi-Finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Lyndon Woodside Soloist Competition and a Finalist in the Rochester Oratorio “Classical Idol” Competition. Other recent solo engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New York Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the West Willage Chorale, and Mozart’s Requiem for a special September 11 concert with the Fairfield County Chorale. In addition to her doctorate, Kate holds degrees in music performance from SUNY Purchase as well as the Yale School of Music . She resides in Brooklyn, New York. This is her first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2012)

Alto Soloist - Beverly Benso

Well-known as a uniquely gifted singer in her range, she appears frequently at the Kennedy Center, Washington Cathedral, the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress. Having made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1990, Ms. Benso is a frequent soloist in Bach Festivals throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed in concerts in Leipzig, East Berlin and Halle, Germany to commemorate the tricentennial of J.S. Bach's birth.

She has sung in a variety of festivals worldwide including Mahler, Spoleto, Salzburg and Rheingau Festivals. She has recorded for Koch Records and for National Public Radio. Ms. Benso has been a member of the Peabody conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. This is her thirteenth concert with Master Singers. (Spring 2003)

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Boy Soprano Soloist - Christian Wyatt

A twelve-year-old, seventh grade high-honors student at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk, he has sung with the Bedford Choristers, the Westchester Boys Choir, and the Westchester Conservatory of Music. In addition to music, he loves sports and plays soccer, basketball and football. - (Fall 1996)

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Tenor Soloist - Nils Brown

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Nils Brown is a distinguished solo performer in oratorio, opera, ensemble, and with symphony orchestras. Critics have noted his "brilliant projection" and "truly extraordinary legato". He began the 1999/2000 season as tenor soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis for the Elora Festival conducted by Noel Edison. In 1997, Mr. Brown made his debut with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, singing J.S. Bach's Magnificat and Cantata BWV 63, with the American Bach Soloists, and with the Four Nations Ensemble. He then toured Germany and the Czech Republic performing the Mozart Requiem, and performed in England at the Aldeburgh Festival. He began the 1999/2000 season as tenor soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis for the Elora Festival conducted by Noel Edison. His busy season includes a recording of Bach's Coffee Cantata with Tafelmusik, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the St. Lawrence Choir, concerts and a European tour with the Washington Bach Consort, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Chorus Niagara, Acis in Acis and Galatea in New York City, and Messiahs in Santa Fe, Jacksonville, Kingston, Ontario, and with the American Bach Soloists in California.

A native of Australia living in Ontario, Brown performs throughout Canada. His performances have been broadcast nationally on the CBC and in Europe. He has recorded for Naxos including Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus; Jubilate; Gloria. This is Nils Brown's second concert with Master Singers of Westchester. (Spring 1998)

Tenor Soloist - Joseph Gaines

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has performed both in opera and on the concert stage in the United States and Europe. He is a regularly featured soloist with the Washington Bach Consort (D.C.) and with several ensembles in Houston. A 2006 performance of Messiah with dancers was a collaboration between the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and Several Dancers Core. He was recognized as an outstanding Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera with the 2006 McGlone Award. Recent engagements in New York City include Madama Butterfly (Goro) with Regina Opera, I Pagliacci (Beppe) with Opera Company of Brooklyn, and tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Upcoming engagements include Bardolfo in Falstaff with Indianapolis Opera, tenor soloist in the Haydn Harmoniemesse with the Bronx Symphony, and the 2007 Young American Artists Program of Glimmerglass Opera, where he will perform Mercury in Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" and cover Glazier in Philip Glass' "Orphée." Presently based in New York City, Joseph is a native of Houston and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston, where he studied with tenor Joseph Evans. He also studied singing at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany under the auspices of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. This is Joseph Gaines' first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2007)

Tenor Soloist - John Kawa

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is an active performer in concert and opera throughout the New York Metropolitan area, both as a soloist and an ensemble member. He is Principal Tenor Soloist at Bach Vespers and was recently engaged by the American Classical Orchestra for a staging of their performance of Grétry’s Zémire et Azor. He has also sung with Alice Parker’s ensemble Melodious Accord in a production of her opera, The Ponder Heart, and further performances have involved singing with The Concert Choir of St. Barnabas (Greenwich, CT) in their performance of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast. His solo concert repertoire includes Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio, Stravinski’s Les Noces, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the numerous Bach cantatas and oratorios.

John has sung Idomeneo, Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Valére in Mechem’s Tartuffe, and others. As a student, he had the joy of working under Kirke Mechem directly in a staged workshop of his most recent opera, Pride and Prejudice. Now in his fifth year in New York, John frequently works with such groups as The Choir of Saint Ignatius Loyola, The Concert Chorale of New York, The New York Choral Artists, The New York Virtuoso Singers, Musica Sacra, The Saint Andrew Chorale, The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, and various others. Previously, he has performed at the Magnolia Baroque Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, the Illuminations! Summer Festival in Manteo, NC, and with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, in central Georgia. Mr. Kawa holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Mercer University in Macon, GA and a Master of Music in opera performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC where he was a recipient of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship. this is his first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2011)

Tenor Soloist - Michael Hume

is most known for his portrayal of the celebrant in Bernstein's Mass, a role he played more often than anyone else. HE recently appeared in a song rcital "Liszt and Friends" at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. This is his fourth concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 1987)

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Tenor Soloist - Theo Lebow

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He started his singing career as a boy soprano soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale; he was also appeared in the children’s chorus in operas such as Carmen and Tosca at the LA Opera. His crowning moments as a soprano included a solo appearance at the Hollywood Bowl singing in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (a piece he has performed numerous times) and Mass in 1998 under the baton of John Mauceri; the creation of the role of Lennie Foxcub in the premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Fantastic Mr. Fox with LA Opera in 1999; and singing to the supporting masses after Al Gore’s acceptance speech at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He also performed numerous times as the First Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

Since moving to New York to attend Mannes College of Music, Lebow has been extremely active, appearing as tenor soloist in the Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 95 with the Bach Society of Columbia University, directed by David Rosenmeyer. He also performed Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and many Bach works, including the Coffee Cantata and arias from the Johannes Passion, as a member of the Mannes Baroque Chamber Players, under the direction of Nancy Wilson. He also had the privilege to perform the premiere of Phaedra and Hippolytus, composed by Mannes’s own Christopher Park, in which he sang the leading male role. Since 2008 Theo has made debuts in both Weill Hall singing selections from the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, and in the Stern/Perlman auditorium at Carnegie Hall with the Mannes Orchestra as the tenor soloist in the Mendelssohn Lobgesang.

On the professional stage, Theo starred as Rodolfo in Act III of La Bohème with Little Opera Theater of New York. In addition to upcoming auditions with Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Chautaqua, Central City, Joy in Singing, and the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, Theo continues his studies toward a Masters in Music degree at Mannes College of Music, where he studies with Bonnie Hamilton. This is Theo Lebow's first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Fall 2010)

Tenor Soloist - Oliver Mercer

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Hailed by the New York Times as “excellent” and “particularly impressive”, Oliver Mercer is quickly gaining recognition as an exciting young voice in classical music. This summer he debuts with Opera Theater Company in Dublin, Ireland, in the title role of Monterverdi's Orfeo. In July he performs with Bampton Classical Opera in Grétry's L’amant Jaloux. In the spring, he performs a concert of Handel arias with Antony Newman in New York City, and a Saint John Passion in Poland with Trinity Baroque. In fall of 2011, he joined the English National Opera, covering the role of Castor in Rameau's Castor & Pollux. In July he marked his Glyndebourne Opera main stage debut in the new production of Handel's Rinaldo as the Herald, under the baton of Ottavio Dantone and directed by Robert Carsen. In August he played the title role of the Glyndebourne Jerwood Studio performance of La descente d'Orphée aux enfers by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Other 2011 highlights include a solo debut at Carnegie Hall in Handel's Israel in Egypt, a recording of Richard Strauss' Deutsche Motette under acclaimed New York conductor Kent Tritle, the role of evangelist in selected Christmas cantatas of J.S. Bach with Clarion Music Society and a recital of American Opera Arias at Lincoln Center with the American Modern Music Ensemble. Additionally, Mercer sang the role of Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte with the Savannah Philharmonic.This is Oliver Mercer's first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. We welcome him. (Spring 2012)

Tenor Soloist - Rufus Müller

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A distinguished performer for opera and oratorio throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and in North America, Rufus has worked with many leading conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, Richard Hickox, Nicholas McGegan, Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Herreweghe, Joshua Rifkin, Andrew Parrott, Nicholas Kraemer and Ivan Fischer. He has given recitals in the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Concert Hall in London as well as on BBC Radio, and in Munich, Tokyo, Barcelona, Madrid, Utrecht, Paris, Salzburg and New York.

Recordings include Bach’s St John Passion and Bach cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner for DG Archiv, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia with Roger Norrington (EMI), Dowland’s First Book of Airs with lutenist Christopher Wilson (ASV), Haydn’s O tuneful voice and songs by Benda with soprano Emma Kirkby and three recordings of 19th-century songs with Invocation, all for Hyperion, the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion on the United recording of the acclaimed dramatic production by Jonathan Miller, shown on BBC TV, Telemann’s Admiralitätsmusik (CPO), Telemann solo cantatas (Capriccio), and Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen with the New York Festival of Song (New World Records). This was his first concert with Master Singers. He appeared in the Master Singer's fall concert of 2011. - (Fall 2004)

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Tenor Soloist - Patrick Romano

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A distinguished solo performer in oratorio, early, and contemporary music, has appeared with many ensembles including the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Rifkin Bach Ensemble, AmorArtis, Tafelmusik, the Waverly Consort, and the Steve Reich Ensemble. He recently performed in the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion(BMV245) in New York City and at the Kennedy Center. He also performed in Bach's Mass in B Minor(BMV232) at the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Mr. Romano has been a guest soloist at many festivals, including Casals Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Berkshire Baroque Opera Festival. His recordings include Bach's St. John Passion on the Smithsonian Collection label and two records with the Waverly Consort on the CBS Masterworks label and Mozart's Requiem on the Vox Classics label. This is his nineteenth concert with Master Singers, having first performed with us in 1984. - (Spring 2003)

Tenor Soloist - Andrew Ranson

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A last minute substitution for an ailing Patrick Romano, he impressed with his ability to learn the difficult Dominus a dextris tuis duet of Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus in short order and blend beautifully with the Bass, Paul Rowe. As a singer of opera, he has appeared in roles as Guiseppe in La Traviata with Dicapo of New York City, Ernesto in Don Pasquale with the Boston Bel Canto, and Alessandro in Re Pastore by Mozart with the New York Chamber Opera. This is Andrew Ranson's first concert with Master Singers of Westchester and we welcome him. - (Fall 2001)

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Baritone Soloist - Alexander Hajek

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has a passion for music that started when he was accepted into the internationally renowned St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto where he toured extensively through North America, the Caribbean, and Europe and was recorded as a featured soloist. He furthered his vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory (Toronto) and subsequently sang with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Glenn Gould Ensemble, Opera in Concert, and the Ontario Youth Choir. Mr. Hajek has sung the roles of Conte Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sylvano (La Calisto), Dimitri Petrovska (The Music Shop), Gianni (Gianni Scchichi), Apollo (Semeles), Pierre Lafitte (Cabildo), Vicar (Albert Herring), Adonis (Venus and Adonis), and Schuanard (La Bohème). Recent concert performances include the Faure's Requiem, E. Ziesl's Ebraico Requiem, and the Brahms Requiem with the New York Youth Symphony. He recently completed his studies under Daniel Ferro earning the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard. In 2006 Alexander won First Place in the National Opera Association Opera Competition and also claimed First Place in The Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Vocal Competition. Earlier this month, Alex joined the Oratorio Society in the performance of the Stravinsky Mass at Carnegie Hall. This is Alexander Hajek's first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2007)

Bass Soloist - Kevin Deas

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Internationally recognised for his portrayal of the title role in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Bobby McFerrin conducting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed the role for the Saratoga Festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Montreal Symphony.

Mr. Deas recent appearances include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Detroit, Memphis, and Florida West Coast Symphonies; Mozart Requiem with Princeton Pro Musica, Messiah with Boston Baroque and Independence Choral Society; Elgar's Dream of Gerontius with the Chicago Symphony and Maestro Barenboim; Ellington's The Sacred Concerts with Colorado Symphony; Verdi's Requiem with Grand Rapids Symphony; Brahms‚ Requiem with Vermont Symphony; Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 9 with Utah Symphony; Mozart's Great Mass with the Boston Baroque; and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Washington Chorus, performed earlier with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other highlights include Mozart's Requiem with Atlanta Symphony; the Messiah and Mandolino's The Beneficent Dervish with Boston Baroque; Gershwin's Blue Monday with Colorado Symphony; Copland's Old American Songs with Oregon Festival of American Music; Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with Tulsa Philharmonic; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas with the Houston Symphony.

Ten years of collaboration with Dave Brubeck, singing his Gates of Justice was marked in the 95/96 season with a gala celebration in New York. In 1992 he debuted with the Chicago Symphony in a concert version of X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X by Anthony Davis, then to New York for performances and a recording.

Mr. Deas has recorded for several labels including Die Meistersinger with the Chicago Symphony, under the baton of the late Sir Georg Solti, and Varèse's Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble, under the baton of Ricardo Chailly, both on Decca/London. Other releases include Bach's B minor Mass and Handel's Acis & Galatea on Vox Classics; Dave Brubeck's To Hope! with the Cathedral Choral Society and the 1999 World Premiere Recording of Mozart's The Philosopher's Stone, both on the Telarc label. As far as I can tell, this is his fifth concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2012)

Bass Soloist - Paul Guttry

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Bass-baritone Paul Guttry enjoys a varied career combining opera, oratorio, and a specialization in early music. Mr. Guttry has concertized throughout the U.S. and internationally with Sequentia, the Boston Camerata, Chanticleer, and the Ensemble for Early Music. In Boston, he has appeared as soloist with Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Opera Project, Handel & Haydn, Chorus Pro Musica, Boston Early Music Festival, Cantata Singers, Boston Cecilia, Cambridge Bach Ensemble, and Collage New Music.

Paul is a founding member of Blue Heron, a Renaissance choir, which has recently appeared at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, at Washington's Dumbarton Oaks, and in New York at the Cloisters and in the prestigious "Music Before 1800" series. He appeared as Osmin in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio at the Connecticut Early Music Festival in June.

Paul can be heard on recordings of medieval music by Sequentia, Kurt Weill's Johnny Johnson and French airs de cour with the Boston Camerata, on several recordings of Renaissance polyphony with Blue Heron, and on Bach recordings by Emmanuel Music. This is his second concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Fall 1999)

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Bass Soloist - Raymond Diaz

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A Long Island native and currently agraduate student at SUNY, Mr. Diaz studies under Bonnie Hamilton and Jaques Trussel. His recent performance in the lead role of Don Giovanni at SUNY won rave reviews in "Opera News". Mr. Diaz is a member of New York Choral Artists and sings as a soloist throughout the tri-state area. This is his first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2002)

Bass Soloist - Robert Kennedy

Performed dozens of opera and oratorio roles with orchestras and choirs of Germany and the U.S., including the Boston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Oratorio Society of Washington, the Cathedral Choral Society, and the Washington Bach Consort. As a a member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus of Munich, Mr. Kennedy has worked under the batons of Rafael Kubelik and Sir Colin Davis. Recent appearances have included performances at the Rheingau Festival in Germany and as soloist with the Duke University Chorale, the United States Naval Academy Choirs, and opera performances at at the Fontana Festival of Art and Music in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mr. Kennedy has a Masters of Music from Yale University, where he studied under Phyllis Curtin. - (Fall 1994)

Bass Soloist - Paul Rowe

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Baritone Paul Rowe has maintained a wide ranging performing career throughout the United States for the past 20 years. He has performed with many of the leading American musical organizations including the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa at Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall, in New York, American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera and Kennedy Center, and Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He has appeared as well with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Alabama Symphony and Arkansas symphony orchestras, the Folger Consort, and the Ensemble for Early Music, among many other groups. As a member of the Waverly Consort, Mr. Rowe toured the United States, the Far East and South America and participated in the Consort’s regular series at Alice Tully Hall and the Cloisters in New York. In addition, he performed for two years as a member of the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, touring the U.S. and Yugoslavia and recording two discs: the Quartets of Haydn and Trios of Mozart, and a disc entitled Listen to the Mockingbird, featuring songs of Stephen Foster and other American music. Paul Rowe is currently Assistant Professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Music Director for the Madison Early Music Festival, taking place during the last two weeks of July. - (Fall 2001)

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Bass Soloist - Curtis Streetman

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Bass Curtis Streetman has earned praise for the power and beauty of his voice in repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to the music of Benjamin Britten and Conrad Susa. His opera credentials include the major bass roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Peri’s Euridice, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Die Zauberfloete, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Britten’s Billy Budd, as well as the bass leads in many Handel operas, in major houses.

In recent seasons, he has sung the role of Jesus, and the bass arias in Bach’s St. John Passion with The New York Collegium conducted by Andrew Parrott; appeared in Handel’s Ariodante with the Handel and Haydn Society, conducted by Christopher Hogwood; made his debut with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; and appeared at the Salzburg Festival in a premiere of Handel’s Radamisto under Maestro Martin Haselboeck.

Mr. Streetman has performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Carnegie Hall and Monteverdi’s Vespers at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He has recorded the latter work for Musical Heritage Society, as well as Castelnuovo-Tedesko’s Romanciero Gitano, on the New World Classics label, music of Charpentier on the Naxos label, and Clarembault Cantatas for Dorian. Highlights of the current season include the role of Colline in La Boheme, with the Pacific Opera Victoria, Canada; appearances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in a program of recently discovered bass arias of C.P.E. Bach, and his directorial debut with the New York Collegium, in a program of English restoration music, honoring the diarist Samuel Pepys. At the invitation of the Salzburg Festival, he will make his solo debut at Dortmund’s new Philharmonic Hall, Germany. He also returns to Carnegie Hall for Messiah performances with the Masterwork Chorus, and tours the United States with the instrumental Ensemble Rebel, performing music that influenced J.S.Bach.

Upcoming performances include debuts with the San Diego Symphony, Switzerland’s Solothurn Festival, Spain’s Salamanca Festival, as well as Montreal’s Les Violons du Roi, under the direction of Bernard Labadie, and return engagement with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra directed by Nicholas McGegan. Mr. Streetman returns to Europe to perform with the Salzburg Festival on tour, in performances of Handel’s Radamisto.

Mr. Streetman began his musical training at an early age at the Choir School of St. Thomas Church, in New York City, where he worked with the famed improvasiteur, Dr. Gerre Hancock. His career has brought him full circle, as he was recently appointed vocal instructor at the Choir School. This is Curtis Streetman's first concert with Master Singers of Westchester. - (Spring 2008)

Bass Soloist - Nathaniel Watson

He has earned critical acclaim as a versatile artist who performs in operatic roles, with symphony orchestras and with period instruments. He has made symphony appearances with the New York Philharmonic, under Sir Colin Davis and under Kurt Masur, and with the symphony orchestras of Houston, Minnesota, Montreal, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Boston. Mr. Watson, who has performed all the bass roles in the major Bach choral works, is a frequent guest of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and several Bach festivals in the U. S. He performs regularly with the Concert Royal, Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and other ensembles and for three years was a member of the Waverly Consort. Operatic roles include Agamemnon in Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide (L'Opera Francais de New York), Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Atelier, Toronto) and Sid in Britten's Albert Herring at the composer's own Aldeburg Festival. Mr. Watson can be heard on recordings of Barber's Dover Beach (Amplitude) and Handel's operas Sosarme (Newport Classics) and Ezio (Vox). Mr. Watson lives in Montreal, Canada. This is his eighth concert with Master Singers. - (Spring 1998)

Bass Soloist - Donald Wilkinson

Donald Wilkinson

Enjoying a distinguished career in concert, opera, oratorio, recital and contemporary music, he has appeared throughout the United States and Canada. He recently made his European debut performing the role of Dionysos in the World première of Theodore Antoniou's opera The Bachhae at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Recent seasons have included the New York and Boston premières of Viktor Ullmann's opera The Emperor of Atlantis and a U.S. tour of Bach's Missa Brevis in G Minor with Christopher Hogwood and the Handel & Hadyn Society. The New York Times praised him for "outstanding solo work". This past summer he was featured in Bach's Missa Brevis in G Minor and Bach's Peasant Cantata at the Carmel Bach Festival. He can be heard with Emmanuel Music on Koch International Classics and will be featured on two upcoming releases on Erato Disques; Kurt Weill's Johnny Johnson (in the title role) and Angels with the Boston Camerata (released April 5, 1997).

He has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburg, Jacksonville, Springfield, Portland (ME), and Vermont, the Bach festivals of Carmel and Philadelphia, Boston Baroque, Boston Cecilia, the Washington Bach Consort, and the Boston Camerata. On the opera stage, he has sung the roles of Marcello in La Bohème, Belcore in L'Elisir d'amore, Germont in La Traviata, Allazim in Zaide, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Konecny in the American première of Janácek's Fate. Since 1984, he has been a regular soloist in Emmanuel Music of Boston's famed Bach Cantata series and has participated in three recordings of Schütz motets for the Koch International Classics label. In 1990, he was awarded a fellowship at Tanglewood. - (Spring 1997)

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Concert Master - Ragga Petursdottir

Ragga Petursdottir

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Ani Kavafian and Oleg Krysa. Other teachers have included Almita and Roland Vamos, William Lincer, William Pleeth and Mela Tenenbaum. Ms. Petursdottir has performed solo and chamber music concerts in Iceland, USA, The Netherlands, China and South Korea. A former member of The Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Reykjavik String Quartet she is an active freelance and chamber musician as well as a dedicated teacher and is on the faculty of the Westchester Music Concervatory. This is her third year with Master Singers. - (Fall 2011)

Concert Master - Mela Tenenbaum

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Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Virtuosi since 1993, she appears regularly as soloist with the orchestra and in recital. During the summer months, she is a participant in the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

Before emigrating in 1990 from the Ukraine, Ms. Tenenbaum performed as resident soloist with the Kiev Chamber Orchestra and the Kiev State Philharmonic and was concertmaster of the Perpetuum Mobile. Equally at home with the violin, viola and, the rarely encountered, viola d'amore, Ms. Tenenbaum presented numerous concertos and other works dedicated to Russian and Ukrainian composers.

Her first major opportunity in the United States was an invitation to appear as a soloist in an all-Vivaldi concert with Philharmonia Virtuosi. The recording of that concert on ESS.A.Y. was acclaimed by major publications. She has subsequently undertaken a series of additional recordings for ESS.A.Y.. This is her fifteenth year with Master Singers. - (Spring 2007)


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Concert Master - Mela Tenenbaum

The Philharmonia Virtuosi accompany the Master Singers when Mela Tanenbaum is Concert Master. They were founded in 1974 by Richard Kapp, who conducted the orchestra until the time of his death in 2006. The lineup changes as needed, the parenthesis indicate a minimum numbers of concert seasons each musician performed.

Seasons: Spring 92, S93, 94, S95, S96, S97, S98, 99, S00, 01, S02, S03, S05, S06, S08
Violin I Violin II Viola Cello
Mela Tenenbaum (14)
Elizabeth Miller (4)
David Podles (2)
Katherine Hannauer (3)
Richard Rood (2)
Rick Dolan (2)
Victor Heifetz (2)
Nina Evtuhov (3)
Yuri Kharenko (3)
Alexandra Bukshpan (4)
Yuri Kharenko (01)
Aron Pichkadze (3)
Alexander Tenenbaum (13)
Denise Semenovich-Rood (13)
Richard Brice (4)
Sam Kephart (4)
Joel Rudin (3)
Vasily Batrachecko (2)
Olga Terlitsky (7)
Boris Deviatov (4)
Elina Lang (2)
Leslie Retzer (3) Annabelle Hoffman (2)
Rosalyn Clarke (2)
Tatyana Margulis (2)
Stan Orlovsky (3)
Justin Kagan (2)
Arthur Fiacco (3)

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Favorite Musicians

The following are many of the Master Singers' favorite musicians. Favorites because they accompanied at least two of our concerts . The Orchestral lineup changes as needed. the number in the parenthesis shows thenumber of concert seasons each performer performed.

Strings

Violin I Violin II Viola Cello/Bass
* Dorothy Happel (6)
* Eric Lewis (4)
* Mela Tenebaum (14)
* Ragga Petursdottir (3)
Robert Zubrycki (2)
Marla Rathbun (3)
David Clampitt (4)
Olga Gussow (3)
Claudia Hafer (2)
Katherine Dorn (6)
Austin Hartman (2)
* ConcertMasters
Helen Law (5)
Dorothy Lagrady (3)
Mary Ann Raph (2)
Richard Brooks (3)
Marta Totten (3)
Michele Zanky (5)
Jan Davis (2)
Carolyn Wenk-Goodman (2)
Larry Watson (2)
Susan Melnick (3)
Valerie Levy (3)
Beulah Cox (3)
Victor Lionti (2)
Victor Lionti (3)
Heidi Sasaki (2)
Alice Blanton (2)
Andrew Dabczynski (2)
Rosemary Glyde (3)
Kevin Davidson (3)
Susan Melnick (3)
George Whetstone (2)
Joel Rudin (4)
Richard Brice (3)
Thomas Rosenthal (3)
Arthur Dibble (2)
Anthony Sophos (9)
Stephen Katz (2)
Eric Sammuels (8)
Garo Yellin (3)
Joe Russo (3)
Carolyn Davis Fryer (2)
Marc Schmied (2)
Roger Wagner (10)
Emile Botti (2)
Anthony Falanga (2)
Walter Sudik (2)
Michael Jancz (3)

Percussion

Harp Timpani/Percussion Organ Rehearsal Accompanist
Victoria Drake (2)
Emily Mitchell (2)
Harv Bender (24 )
William Uttley (4)
Elaine Hansen (6)
Susan Zimmer (6)
Edward Brewer (11)
Lorenz Macher (6)
David Baranowski (2)
John Lettieri (2)
Cindy Spence (24)
David Baranowski (8)
David Graf (2)
Sue Anderson (6)

Woodwinds

Flute Oboe, ¹Oboe d'amore,
²Cor anglais, English horn
Bassoon Clarinet /
more Bassoon
Christine Smith (2)
Carol Jensen (16)
Alice Avouris (2)
Allison Griffiths (2)
Eric Stand (3)
Joseph Piscitelli (2)
¹Phyllis Lanini (20)
¹Jennifer Graham (12)
¹Alan Wood (9)
David Flachs (3)
Alicia Chapman (2)
James K. Wilson (2)
Virginia Brewer (2)
Lucinda Fisher (3)
Mary Olsson (2)
Joyce Kelley (4)
Tom Sefcovic (4)
Jeffrey Marchand (2)
Kim Laskowski (3)
Atsuko Sato (4)
Evan Spritzer (2)

Andrew Schwarz (5)
Michael Green (4)
Maureen Strenge (3)

Brass

Horn Trumpet Trombone
Dolores Beck (4)
Michael Rahov (3)
Tracy Turner (2)
Kaitlin Mahony (3)
Barbara Haver (2)
Patricia Hackbarth (2)
Susan Mattero-Russo(2)
Tom Freas (21)
Darryl Shaw (2)
Stephen Luck (3)
* Doug Meyers (12)

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Jerry Marshall (6)
Jack Hyatt (6)
Joseph Greco (3)
Jerry Marshall (3)
Scott McIntosh (2)
John Thomas (3)
Monique Buzzarte (2)
Johannes Pfannkuch (2)
Jonathan Sloan (2)
Robert Hale (2)
Arthur Triggs (2)

Double Bass - Roger Wagner

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Born in Honolulu Hawaii, Roger Wagner is active as both soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Homer Mensch and David Walter, and won the job as solo bassist with the Munich Chamber orchestra in 1985, a position he held for four years. Wagner toured extensively with the Soviet Émigré Orchestra and became principal bassist of the Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola and Philharmonia Virtuosi. He appears with chamber and symphony orchestras all over the tri-state region including The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Stanford Symphony, The North Eastern Philharmonic, and The Westchester Philharmonic to name a few. He has performed on recordings on both sides of the Atlantic, and has played on sound tracks for several major Hollywood motion pictures. This summer will be Wagner’s seventh season as guest artist at the Indian River Music Festival on Prince Edward Island, Canada. He plays an instrument made by Henry Lockey Hill of London in 1787. This is his eighteenth year with Master Singers. - (Spring 2012)

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Rehearsal Accompanist - Sue Anderson

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Sue’s career has been full and varied, ranging from Broadway productions to films to recordings. As a conductor and musical director, Ms. Anderson has worked with the Broadway and national touring companies of Pirates of Penzance, Me and My Girl, and Cats. She performed as the featured on-stage pianist in Broadway’s Jerry’s Girls. She has worked on the films “Clever Jack,” “Svengali,” and “The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley” in various capacities. This is her fifth year with Master Singers. - (Spring 2013)

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Rehearsal and Performance Accompanist - David Baranowski

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David received both his Bachelor and Masters of Music from SUNY Purchase where he studied piano under Paul Ostrovsky and and Steven Lubin, and organ with Robert Fertitta. He is currently Director of Music at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Danbury, CT as well as accompanist for the Westchester Choral Society. Bard David of Larchmont played with Blackmore's Night headed by Ritchie Blackmore from May 2003 through October 2007, appearing on CDs Ghost of a Rose, Village Lanterne, and Winter Carols, and DVDs Castles & Dreams and Paris Moon. This is his twelfth season with Master Singers.


Rehearsal Accompanist - Cindy Spence


Rehearsal Accompanist - Andrew Grainger Throup

Andrew Grainger Throup picture Pianist, Organist, Teacher, Andrew has a broad range of playing experience from performing in concerts and accompanying choirs, such as 'Mastersingers of Westchester', to playing at five star London hotels, wine bars, art galleries, weddings and parties. With a diverse repertoire covering classical through jazz and popular, his playing adds a distinct air of sophistication to any surroundings. - (Spring 2006)


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