Seraphic Fire is a nationally recognized ensemble of professional singers chosen for their exceptional talent. Seraphic Fire flies these renowned artists to South Florida for intensive rehearsals followed by engaging performance tours.
Megan Chartrand Soprano
feels equally at home singing early music, art song, chamber music, and choral repertoire. Her 2013-14 season will bring her première at the Lincoln Center, singing Dalilah in Handel’s Samson with the American Classical Orchestra, and back to her home province of Alberta as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis with Luminous Voices. This is Megan’s first season singing with Seraphic Fire. An avid chorister, she has sung numerous concerts with professional choirs throughout Canada and the United States including Pro Coro Canada, Scona Chamber Singers and the Yale Schola Cantorum. Highlights of previous seasons include Handel and Mozart arias with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Crudel Tiranno Amor with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Eve in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Bach’s B Minor Mass with Yale Schola Cantorum.
Lianne Coble Soprano
has been lauded by the New York Times as having a voice of “melting, devotional sweetness.” Lianne has been a soloist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Dallas Bach Society, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Concert Royal, New England Chamber Ensemble, Syracuse Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids Symphony, among many others. She has sung operatic roles with Apollo’s Fire, Opera Colorado, Syracuse Opera, Ashlawn Opera Festival, and the Berkshire Opera Festival. Lianne is also on the rosters of the Choir of St. John the Divine, Musica Sacra, the Clarion Music Society, and the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus. She has recorded on the MSR Classics & Centaur Labels.
Mela Dailey Soprano
has command of both her instrument and the stage: the 2005 National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Winner in Woman’s Voice, 2005 Metropolitan Opera District Winner and Mid-South Regional Finalist, 2006 International Opera Singer Competition Finalist, 2007 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition Career Encouragement Grant Winner, a Rosenblatt Award winner of the 2006 Connecticut Opera Guild Young Artist Competition, and 2007 GRAMMY® Award nominee. Mela (mee-la) has received recognition in a wide variety of musical genres including opera, oratorio, art song, musical theater, vocal jazz, gospel, country, and popular music.
Rebecca Duren Soprano
is a graduate of the University of North Texas, Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and the University of South Florida. Rebecca is currently upper and middle-school choral director at Darlington School, in Rome, GA. Professional affiliations include American Opera Theater, Seraphic Fire, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Opera America, Tucson Chamber Artists and Skylark.
Melissa Fogarty Soprano
decided to become a singer at the age of six when she discovered the recording “[Harry] Belafonte at Carnegie Hall.” Immersed in opera as well as a child, perhaps it’s no surprise that today Melissa enjoys a varied career singing all kinds of music, and is also a member of Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, and The Highliners, a jazz quintet.
Estelí Gomez Soprano
is quickly gaining recognition as a stylish interpreter of early and contemporary repertoires. She has been praised for her “clear, bright voice” (The New York Times) and “artistry that belies her young years” (Kansas City Metropolis). In 2011, Estelí was awarded first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznań, Poland, and returned in 2012 as soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah in the 10th International Festival of Boy Choirs. An avid performer of early and new music, Estelí can be heard on the JUNO-nominated recording Salsa Baroque with Montreal-based Ensemble Caprice, as well as the self-titled debut album of new music vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, for which composer Caroline Shaw was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Estelí received her bachelor of arts with honors in music from Yale College, and master of music from McGill University, studying with Sanford Sylvan. She currently travels and performs full-time. (esteligomez.com)
Jolle Greenleaf Soprano
has been hailed as “a golden soprano” by The New York Times, and is one of the leading voices in the field of early music. She is a much sought-after soloist in music by Bach, Buxtehude, Charpentier, Couperin, Handel, Purcell and, most notably, Claudio Monteverdi. She is frequently heard in baroque masterworks including J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, Christmas and Easter Oratorio, Magnificat, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Charpentier’s Magnificat and Mass for 8 Voices, Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Jephtha and Messiah, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen and with many ensembles and orchestras . As director of the renown virtuoso vocal ensemble TENET, Jolle creates diverse programs, directs and sings in performances of repertoire spanning the middle ages to the present day.
Sara Guttenberg Soprano
sings with professional choirs across the United States. Notable accomplishments include solos with the Oregon Bach Festival and a featured ensemble solo on the GRAMMY® -winning recording of Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Sara is on the voice and choral conducting faculty at Southern Utah University.
Elizabeth Hungerford Soprano
has been praised for her “clarion” sound (Washington Post) and a voice that is “refreshingly unforced and natural” (Göttinger Tagesblatt, Germany). Recent engagements include performances at the Göttingen Historical Music Series in Germany, at the Teatro Olimpico in Italy with the European Lute Orchestra, with the Catacoustic Consort at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival and with the award-winning Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music in Washington, DC. Upcoming performances include modern debuts of forgotten early works with Ballo Baroque in London including a newly discovered opera by Antonio Caldara. Elizabeth has been featured on fifteen recordings to date and has recently recorded a unique CD with noted viola da gambist Andrew Arceci, which is due for release in December 2013. (www.elizabethhungerford.com)
Gitanjali Mathur Soprano
is hailed as having “skyrocketing coloratura” (South Florida Classical Review), “fluid voice… impressive dexterity” (The Austin Chronicle.),”piercingly clear soprano” (Austin390.com) and being a “natural and convincing comedic actress” (Austin360.com). Gitanjali completed her higher studies in voice performance at Indiana University, Bloomington, along with minors in Mathematics and Computer science. She then moved to Austin, Texas where she is a full-time member of Conspirare, and is on several of their GRAMMY®-nominated recordings conducted by Craig Hella Johnson. Gitanjali is a part of the eclectic group Convergence and the early music groups Ensemble viii and Texas Early Music Project all based out of Austin. In May 2009 and 2010, she had the honor of being nominated in the Best Singer category for the Austin Critics’ Table Awards. She has performed in France, Italy, Germany, and Denmark as a soloist and a chorister. She sings and records regularly with Seraphic Fire’s and is featured on their GRAMMY®-nominated CD A Seraphic Fire Christmas. Most recently, Gitanjali has sung the role of Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, the role of Gabriel in The Creation by Haydn, Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, the role of the Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, made her solo Carnegie Hall debut with Helmuth Rilling in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in 2007 and sang in the Oregon Bach Festival and Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Gitanjali will be debuting with Bach Collegium San Diego and Tucson Chamber Artists this year. She is also excited to be singing the solos for Handel’s “Messiah” with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and to be performing a lead role in John Blow’s delightful baroque opera “Venus and Adonis” with the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble this season. Gitanjali teaches voice lessons privately at her home in Austin.
Stefanie Moore Soprano
is happy to be back singing with Seraphic Fire after a 2 year hiatus! She lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband, Todd, and two year old son, Tristan. Stefanie is an accomplished choral singer and early music soloist, having sung with Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and early music choirs Chantry, the Washington Bach Consort, and Bach Sinfonia. Recent recitals with lutenist John Armato and the Charm City Baroque Ensemble include the works of Monteverdi, Strozzi, Handel, and more. Stefanie also teaches choral technique workshops and has a private voice studio out of her home.
Kathryn Mueller Soprano
has been a soloist with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Arizona Opera. She has sung as an ensemble member with Seraphic Fire, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and Handel and Haydn Society. Kathryn has won awards from the Carmel Bach Festival’s Adams Fellowship, Oratorio Society of New York’s Solo Competition, and Early Music America’s Baroque Performance Competition. She holds degrees in music from Brown University and The University of Arizona, is on the voice faculty at East Carolina University, and happily lives in Raleigh. More information is at www.kathrynmueller.com.
Molly Quinn Soprano
has performed with many North American early music ensembles including Apollo’s Fire, TENET, The Folger Consort, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. In 2013, Molly was a vocal fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival. She currently resides in NYC, and is featured on recordings of TENET, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Seraphic Fire. She studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Margot Rood Soprano
has been hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by The New York Times and can be heard performing a wide range of repertoire. Recent stage credits include Emily Webb in Rorem’s Our Town with Monadnock Music as well as Ramiro in Cavalli’s Artemisia with Helios Early Opera. In addition to solo work, Margot performs regularly with top ensembles around the country including Seraphic Fire, Tucson Chamber Artists, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Handel and Haydn Society, Music at Marsh Chapel, Emmanuel Music and Lorelei Ensemble. Margot holds degrees from the University of Michigan and McGill University.
Meredith Ruduski Soprano
has graced international stages as well as in her home state of Texas. Meredith sings with a wide variety of ensembles, including Austin Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Texas Early Music Project, and she is frequently sought after as both a concert performer and a recording artist. Meredith received her master’s degree in music from the University of Houston and her bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Texas at Austin. (www.mruduski.moonfruit.com)
Brenna Wells Soprano
has sung and recorded with such acclaimed ensembles as the BEMF Orchestra, Blue Heron, Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Opera Boston, L’Académie, Seraphic Fire, and the Handel and Haydn Society. She has appeared in many festivals world-wide, including the London Handel Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, BBC Proms, and in both 2008 and 2009, she was selected to perform in the Early Music Seminars at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy. Highlights from recent seasons include her soloist debut at Symphony Hall under the direction of Harry Christophers as well as soloist debuts with Emmanuel Music, Boston Baroque, Ensemble VIII, and Boston Cecilia among others. The 2013-2014 Season includes solo appearances with the Handel and Haydn Society, Albuquerque Baroque Players, Yale Choral Artists, and a return to the Boston Early Music Festival’s tour of the Charpentier Opera Double Bill La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs to Victoria, British Columbia and New York.
Misty Bermudez mezzo-soprano
has captivated critics and audiences alike with her “ravishing” voice and her and “compelling” concert performances (Miami Herald, Palm Beach Arts Paper). Misty has sung with professional chamber ensembles around the country, including The Oregon Bach Festival, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Conspirare, and Yale Choral Artists, and as a soloist, she has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony, the Master Choral of South Florida, the Southwest Florida Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Back Bay Chorale in Boston, and Opera Naples. Misty is on the Voice Faculty of Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts, Miami’s prestigious visual and performing arts magnet, and she also maintains an active private voice studio. She makes her home in South Miami with her husband, guitartist and composer Alvaro Bermudez, and their two children.
Luthien Brackett Alto
has been praised by Opera News for her “seductive, easy alto.” Her recent solo engagements include performances with The Knights, Berkshire Bach Festival, Trinity Wall Street’s Bach at One series, the 4 x 4 Festival of Baroque Music, and Five Boroughs Music Festival. Regional opera credits include Handel’s Semele with Music in the Somerset Hills, Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera, and numerous productions with Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. She is a featured soloist on the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s acclaimed recording of the Complete Haydn Masses (Naxos), and its recent GRAMMY® -nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia). In great demand as an ensemble performer, she is a member of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and appears regularly with some of the country’s preeminent vocal groups, including The Antioch Chamber Ensemble, TENET, Vox, Voices of Ascension, Pomerium, and Clarion Music Society. Luthien is pleased to be making her début with Seraphic Fire this season.
Amanda Crider Alto
has sung with numerous opera companies across the US including the Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Omaha, Des Moines Metro Opera, Anchorage Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Eugene Opera. She has also appeared as a soloist with ensembles including Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, New World Symphony, Apollo’s Fire, Bach Festival Society of Florida, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Amanda has been a prize winner and finalist in many competitions, including the José Iturbi International Voice Competition, Jensen Foundation Voice Competition, Joy in Singing Debut Artist Competition, Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, Oratorio Society of New York Vocal Competition, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition, and is a recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
Lexa Ferrill Alto
has performed on the stages of Chautauqua Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Jacksonville Symphony, Opera Hub, and Tanglewood Music Center. On the concert stage, Lexa has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Lexa specializes in Lieder and American song and participated in the 2011 Wigmore Hall Song Competition. As an ensemble singer, her credits include Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, Berwick Chorus, and Conspirare.
Margaret Lias Mezzo Soprano
has been celebrated for her “warm,” “arresting,” and “rich-toned” singing. Since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with Handel and Haydn Society, Margaret has been a frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers. In 2015, Margaret received praise for her Lincoln Center solo debut singing Mozart’s Requiem. Select solo appearances in 2016 and 2017 include Princeton Pro Musica, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Arcadia Players, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Emmanuel Music. Margaret was a founding member of The Skylark Vocal Ensemble under Matthew Guard. She performs frequently with Seraphic Fire under Patrick Dupré Quigley, Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman, Voices of Ascension under Dennis Keene, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space under K. Scott Warren, Emmanuel Music under Ryan Turner, and Musica Sacra New York under Kent Tritle. This season, Margaret is thrilled to add New York City Opera Renaissance chorus to her roster of ensembles. www.margaretlias.com
Zerrin Agabigum Martin Alto
is the director of choral and vocal music at the Tower Hill School in Delaware, and the director of the Trouvères choir with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir in Philadelphia. Zerrin received her master of music in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and her bachelor’s of music degree in voice performance from the University of Michigan. Recent solo engagements have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Copland’s In the Beginning, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. As an ensemble singer, she has performed with the Westminster Choir, the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, Norfolk Music Festival Chamber Choir, The Crossing, and the JSB Ensemble of the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart.
Emily Marvosh Alto
is a regular ensemble singer and soloist in the Boston area, and a founding member of the Lorelei Ensemble, which promotes new music for women’s voices. Awards in 2013 include the American Prize (Art Song and Oratorio divisions), the Virginia Best Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival, and a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist grant for The Michigan Recital Project. Solo appearances in the 2013-2014 season include the Handel and Haydn Society, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Boston Cecilia and the Providence Singers. She holds degrees from Central Michigan University and Boston University. (www.emilymarvosh.com)
Angela Young Smucker Alto
has received critical acclaim for her “rich, secure mezzo-soprano” (Chicago Tribune) and “show-stopping” voice (The St. Paul Pioneer Press). Ms. Smucker continues to build a reputation for her “discerning interpretation” (SanDiego.com) of the works of J.S. Bach and is a recent Virginia Best Adams Master Class Fellow (Carmel Bach Festival). Highlights of the 2013-14 season include debut performances with Les Délices, New Comma Baroque, and Music of the Baroque, a world premiere of a new Robert Kyr composition paired with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under the baton of James Kallembach, and return appearances with the Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, Bach Collegium San Diego, Bella Voce, and Seraphic Fire. (www.mezzoangela.com)
Virginia Warnken Alto
is hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant,” “rich-toned alto” with a “riveting presence”. She is known throughout the American Early Music community for her heartfelt interpretations of the works of Bach and Handel. Virginia has been featured as a soloist with GRAMMY®-nominated ensembles Seraphic Fire and the Trinity Wall Street Choir, TENET, Carmel Bach Festival, Green Mountain Project, Clarion Music Society, Musica Sacra, Oratorio Society of New York, Yale Schola Cantorum, Juilliard 415, and Vox Vocal Ensemble, and has worked with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Nic McGegan, Kent Tritle, Patrick Dupré Quigley, Steven Fox, Stefan Parkman, Andrew Megill, Julian Wachner, and more. In the 2013-2014 season, Virginia will make her Lincoln Center solo debut as Micah in Handel’s Samson with the American Classical Orchestra, and will also join the highly distinguished roster of soloists of Philharmonia Baroque in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, both led by Nic McGegan. In recent seasons, she has appeared on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in Bach’s B minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s C minor Mass. Virginia is also an advocate of contemporary music, and has performed and premiered works by numerous prominent composers including Louis Andriessen, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich. She is a member of the widely acclaimed groundbreaking vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, described by WQXR (NYC’s leading classical music radio station) as being “the future of vocal music,” integrating western and non-western vocal techniques such as Tuvan throat singing, Inuit throat singing, yodeling, high Bulgarian belting, and Korean P’ansori, and collaborating with composers to forge a new repertoire for the voice using an expanded sound palette.
Eric Brenner Countertenor
has been called by The New York Times “astonishing,” “penetrating,” “untamed,” “remarkable,” and “gorgeous.” Eric’s current engagements include: Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Roanoke; The Poet in Virko Baley’s Holodomor (NYC & Kiev); Countertenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana & Bernstein’s The Lark at Avery Fisher Hall; Riccardo in Scarlatti’s Il Trionfo dell’Onore with Underworld Productions Opera; Giuliano (cover) in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo with Gotham Chamber Opera; Doodle in Stefan Weisman’s & David Cote’s Scarlet Ibis; Countertenor soloist in Hannah Lash’s Violations; D.A.V.E. in Kamala Sankaram’s Miranda; Soloist/ensemble with Toby Twining Music. (www.ericsbrenner.com)
Nathan Medley Countertenor
is rapidly becoming a leading countertenor of his generation, with recent debuts at Avery Fisher Hall, the Barbican, London; La Salle Pleyel, Paris; The Lucerne Festival; and Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In May 2012 he premiered John Adams new oratorio, The Gospel according to the other Mary under Gustavo Dudamel. He performs throughout the United States and Europe singing recital, oratorio and opera repertoire. Upcoming highlights include Handel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks, Ottone in Opera Omaha’s Agrippina, and tours with his baroque ensemble, Echoing Air. Opera credits include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dema in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Le Peinture in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants, Acteon in Charpentier’s Acteon, and Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. As Ottone, Medley won praise from Clevelend critics for an interpretation “sung with baroque perfection.” Nathan has worked with Markus Stenz, Gustavo Dudamel, Stephen Stubbs, Peter Sellars, Jonathon Field, and Webb Wiggins.
Reginald Mobley Countertenor
though equally at home in any style ranging from medieval to jazz, still finds the baroque period as the source of his rising popularity in North America. A “voice that simply has to be heard to be believed” (Knoxville Metro Pulse), Reggie joins his 8th season in Seraphic Fire to a calendar full of first appearances with several other top shelf organizations, including Charlotte Symphony, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Early Music Vancouver. You can read and hear much more at his site: www.reginaldmobley.com.
Matt Alber tenor
is a two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist and a full-time singer/songwriter based in San Francisco. His latest project is a live DVD with The Cello Street Quartet filmed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Fittingly titled Matt Alber: With Strings Attached it features documentary style music videos and interviews with the artists. To learn more about Matt and to watch videos from the cello project visit www.mattalber.com/cellos.
Steven Bradshaw tenor
a graduate of University of the Arts, has appeared as a soloist with some of the premier ensembles on the East Coast, including The Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Tempesta Di Mare, Piffaro, Bang on a Can, and Network for New Music. He is a founding member of The Crossing, an award-winning vocal ensemble fully dedicated to the performance of new compositions. In addition to performing with his quartet, The Laughing Bird, and composing music for his dark-experimental electronic outfit, w A S H I N G T O N p R O J E C T, he performs regularly with Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Buxtehude Consort, The Philadelphia Singers, and the choir of St. Mark’s Church in Center City, Philadelphia. Steven is also a dedicated visual artist and made his gallery debut at Kung Fu Necktie in 2011 and was featured at Arch Enemy Arts in Old City, Philadelphia in a two-artist show entitled “Chaos Reigns.” In 2014, Steven looks forward to his next art exhibition at GrindcoreHouse and will appear with the LA Philharmonic in April 2014 to perform Louiss Andriessen’s De Materie.
Derek Chester tenor
is widely sought after as an interpreter of baroque vocal music and has appeared with period and symphony orchestras across the world. Recent performances include Britten’s War Requiem with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Acis in Galatea with Ars Lyrica, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra. He holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, a doctorate from the University of North Texas, and is assistant professor of voice at the University of Northern Colorado. Derek has been performing with Seraphic Fire since 2005.
Brad Diamond tenor
is equally adept in the genres of opera, oratorio and song literature. Brad has presented over 400 solo vocal performances in works by Cavalli, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Rossini, Berlioz, Orff, Bartok, Janacek and Britten with symphony orchestras and opera companies across North America and Europe. He completed his bachelor of music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in 1991. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music between 1993 and 2004. Brad currently holds the position of assistant professor of Voice at the University of South Florida.
Brian Giebler tenor
studied at the University of Michigan, the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and as a young artist with Aspen Opera Theater. Brian recently performed Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Bardolfo in Falstaff and was last seen in regional productions of Les Misérables as Marius and The Light in the Piazza as Fabrizio. As a soloist, Brian recently sang Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 21, and Bach’s Magnificat. Currently based in New York City, Brian is a member of the Cathedral Choir at St. John the Divine and sings with Conspirare, Tucson Chamber Artists, Yale Choral Artists, Musica Sacra, Sounding Light, Abendchor, and Seattle Opera Chorus.
Bryon Grohman tenor
has received international recognition for his performances in opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire. Bryon made his Boston Symphony Orchestra solo debut in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild things Are and has been a featured performer with the Palm Beach Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Opera Boston, Opera Europa, Monte-Carlo, Longwood Opera, and the Indiana University Opera Theatre. Recent concert engagements include Haydn’s Creation with the Florida Orchestra, the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Seraphic Fire, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat with the New World Symphony, and Handel’s Messiah with the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Bryon holds a doctorate from Indiana University as well as bachelor and master’s degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He currently serves as associate professor and chair of the Voice department at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fl. Bryon is a native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
Patrick Muehleise tenor
is rapidly gaining attention in the US as a versatile performer in both operatic and concert repertoire. Currently based in Chicago, Patrick collaborates with companies throughout the country, such as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Haymarket Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Arts Orchestra, and the Tucson Chamber Artists. His recent engagements include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Coronation Mass, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s Messiah, Copland’s The Tender Land, and Britten’s Albert Herring. This season will include performances of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with Bella Voce Camerata, Wagner’s Parsifal with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Music of the Baroque.
Stefan Reed tenor
is thrilled to be back for his sixth year with Seraphic Fire. Stefan received his bachelor’s in music from George Mason University and his master’s of music from the New England Conservatory. Stefan is enjoying an active performance schedule as a promising young tenor in Boston. Recent solo engagements include Bach Magnificat, Bach Mass in B Minor, Handel Israel in Egypt and Purcell Indian Queen with the Handel and Haydn Society; Haydn Lord Nelson Mass at Harvard University; Mozart Requiem with the Back Bay Chorale; and Haydn Mass in the Time of War with Coro Allegro.
Steven Soph tenor
performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. 2013 marked his Cleveland Symphony solo debut under Ton Koopman in an all-Handel program in Severance Hall. Recent highlights include: Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Chicago Chorale, arias in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Voices of Ascension, NYC, as well as with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Young American Artist performances with the City Choir of Washington D.C. Steven performs with Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, Yale Choral Artists, Musica Sacra, Tuscon Chamber Artists, Cut Circle, Spire, and Sounding Light. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and Yale School of Music.
Robert Strebendt tenor
is a recent graduate from the Yale School of Music where he received a master’s degree in choral conducting. He previously studied at the Eastman School of Music where he received a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education, where he studied voice with Kathryn Cowdrick. Robert has performed with numerous ensembles in Rochester, NY and New Haven, CT, including the professional vocal ensembles Voicesunder the direction of William Weinert and the Yale Schola Cantorum under the primary direction of Simon Carrington and Masaaki Suzuki. In the spring, Robert will be making his debut as a chorister with the Yale Choral Artists under the direction of Jeffrey Douma.
James K. Bass, chorus master
James K. Bass Bass
is director of choral studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. James was selected by the master conductor of the Amsterdam Baroque Soloists, Ton Koopman, to be one of only 20 singers for a presentation of Cantatas by J.S. Bach in Carnegie Hall, and was an auditioned member of Robert Shaw’s workshop choir at Carnegie. He has prepared choirs for Sir Colin Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Jahja Ling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Robert Shaw among others. James received the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Miami–Florida, where he was a doctoral fellow.
Cameron Beauchamp Bass
is in demand throughout the country as a soloist and chamber musician. Now living in Austin, he regularly sings with Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, Boston’s Blue Heron, New York’s Roomful of Teeth, Atlanta’s New Trinity Baroque, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and is artistic director of the Austin-based Convergence Vocal Ensemble. Cameron has recorded on Harmonia Mundi, New Amsterdam Records, Pro Organo, GIA, Edition Lilac, Klavier and PBS. He has performed on four GRAMMY®-nominated albums and one downbeat award-winning album. Cameron received his musical training at the University of North Texas, where he studied voice and jazz trombone.
John Buffett Bass
has sung with the opera companies of Utah, Sarasota, Utah Festival Opera, The Boston Early Music Festival, the Ohio Light Opera and Eastman Opera Theater. On the concert stage he has performed with the symphonies of Utah, San Antonio, and Syracuse, the Rochester Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, Ars Lyrica and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Other career highlights include appearances at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center.
Charles Wesley Evans Bass
has been applauded by The New York Times for his “elegant and mellifluous tones” and as “the peak of the night’s solo work” by the Miami Herald. With a range of genres spanning from baroque to jazz and R&B, he has performed with The Trinity Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Clarion Choir, TENET Ensemble, Conspirare, Berkshire Baroque, Princeton Pro Musica, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Valley Philharmonic and the Dryden Ensemble. Charles earned his bachelor of music from Brewton-Parker College in Mt. Vernon, Ga., with further study at the Boston Conservatory and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
Kyle Ferrill Bass
is an active performer with a vast repertoire spanning from Monteverdi to modern music. He has appeared with some of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductors include Stefan Asbury, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Keith Lockhart, Gil Rose, Robert Spano, Kirk Trevor, and John Williams. Recent engagements include the Brahms Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with St. Olaf College Choir and Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, a commercial recording of Ruth Fazal’s Awakening with the Slovak National Orchestra in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a reprise of a successful Carnegie Hall commission, David Bruce’s Piosenki in London. Kyle is professor of voice at the University of Idaho.
Bradford Gleim Bass
performs opera, oratorio, song and choral music to critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. He has appeared with such festivals and ensembles as The Handel and Haydn Society, The Yale Choral Artists, Opera Boston, Emmanuel Music, The Hereford Three Choirs Festival, Boston Baroque, The Princeton Singers, Cut Circle, The Bermuda Festival, Boston Cecilia, Conspirare, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Borromeo String Quartet and the Mark Morris Dance Group. When not singing, Bradford devotes his life to teaching and is assistant professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music. (bradfordgleim.com)
Thomas McCargar Bass
has been called “gripping” by The New York Times, while establishing himself as one of New York City’s most sought-after collaborative vocalists. After launching his career with GRAMMY® Award-winning Chanticleer, he moved to NYC, where he began his current tenure as a member of the acclaimed Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Additional ensemble engagements include Seraphic Fire, Pomerium, Early Music New York, Musica Sacra, Voices of Ascension, VOX Vocal Ensemble, New York Virtuoso Singers, Meridionalis, and Manhattan Concert Chorale. Recent work includes chorus for Gotham Chamber Opera (Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione) and Mark Morris Dance Company (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas); Ann Hamilton’s The Event of a Thread; and conducting over 1,000 people on 12/21/12 in the singing of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Times Square, for Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace.
David McFerrin Bass
is achieving critical acclaim in a wide variety of repertoire. As Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with Seraphic Fire last season, the South Florida Classical Review lauded his “commanding stage presence and a voice of seductive vocal beauty.” His opera roles this season focus on contemporary works: Captain MacFarlane in Jack Beeson’s Lizzie Borden with Boston Lyric Opera (where he is a featured Emerging Artist); Noah in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde with Boston’s Trinity Church; and Will Hutchinson in the premiere of Dan Shore’s Anne Hutchinson for Intermezzo Opera. Upcoming concert engagements include his soloist debut with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach’s B Minor Mass, an all-Purcell program at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico with the early music ensemble TENET, and performances around the country with the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir. Past career highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel and the Israel Philharmonic; performances with Santa Fe, Seattle and Florida Grand Operas; and appearances with the Boston Pops.
Dan Moore Bass
earned his bachelor of music at Temple University where he studied voice with renowned baritones Dr. William Stone and bass-baritone Eric Owens. He is currently pursuing a master of music at Yale University where he is also a member of the Institute of Sacred Music’s voice program in early music, oratorio and chamber ensemble, studying under tenor James Taylor. Other than Seraphic Fire, Dan enjoys singing with such ensembles as St. Thomas 5th Ave Choir of Men and Boys, Yale Schola Cantorum, New Haven-based American Baroque Orchestra, and Spire Chamber Ensemble in Kansas City.
Joey Quigley Bass
is the managing director of Seraphic Fire, Miami’s twice GRAMMY®-nominated professional chamber ensemble. Joey has sung with Seraphic Fire for the past six seasons and has performed numerous operatic roles across the country, including his operatic debut as Sciarrone in Tosca with New Orleans Opera. Additionally, he has served as a master teacher for the Professional Choral Institute, Seraphic Fire’s professional training program for aspiring ensemble singers, has taught private voice lessons and professional consultations for the past five years, and has consulted with several fledgling performing arts ensembles across the country. Joey received his master’s degree in music from Rice University as a student of Dr. Stephen King.