PCI Program Director
Patrick Dupré Quigley, artistic director, has been proclaimed “extraordinary” (Gramophone), “authoritative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “inspirational” (Chicago Sun-Times), and displaying “transformative brilliance” (New York Lucid Culture), and has established himself as an exemplary conductor, creative programmer, and lauded arts entrepreneur whose skills as a musician transcend traditional genre boundaries. In 2012, Seraphic Fire was honored with a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Brahms’ Romantic masterpiece Ein Deutsches Requiem under Quigley’s direction. In 2016-2017, he appeared with San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony. Previous guest conducting engagements include appearances with New World Symphony, Mobile Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. Quigley received his Master of Music in conducting from Yale School of Music and his undergraduate degree in musicology from University of Notre Dame.
James K. Bass is Director of Choral Studies at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA and Director of Education at Seraphic Fire. He previously served on the faculties of Western Michigan University and University of South Florida, and holds a Doctoral degree from University of Miami, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from University of South Florida. Bass has appeared with professional choral ensembles including Seraphic Fire, Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Apollo Master Chorale, Vox Humanae, and Spire. He appears on CD recordings on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Albany, and Seraphic Fire Media labels. Solo orchestral engagements include appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Back Bay Chorale, and The Sebastians. In 2011 Bass co-founded Seraphic Fire’s Professional Choral Institute at University of South Florida. In its inaugural year of recording, Seraphic Fire and PCI received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Brahms’ Ein Deuthches Requiem. Bass has prepared choirs for Sir Colin Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Jahja Ling, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Giancarlo Guerrero, Michael Francis, Marcelo Lehninger, Stefan Sanderling, Evan Rogister, Danail Rachlev, Joshua Weilerstein, Markus Huber, Michael Francis, Patrick Quigley, and Robert Shaw among others.
Charles Evans, bass, has been applauded by The New York Times for his “elegant, mellifluous, and expressive baritone.” Evans began singing professionally as a chorister at The American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, where he toured nationally and internationally singing under the batons of notable conductors including John Williams, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Vladimir Spivakov, and Lorin Maazel. Evans maintains an active career as a concert soloist and professional choral singer, and has recently made his Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall debuts. His singing has been heard on a variety of broadcasts throughout the United States and recorded on a number of notable recording labels. Currently he serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice at University of South Florida. Evans holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Brewton-Parker College, with further study at Boston Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College.
Sara Guttenberg, soprano, is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber artist, charming critics and audiences with her “vocal finesse” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) and “soaring tones” (Miami Herald). Guttenberg is a member of Seraphic Fire and the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival. Known for her vocal versatility, she has performed and recorded music of multiple vocal genres. She is also a featured soloist on Naxos recordings of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, which earned four GRAMMY® awards. Guttenberg has sung under the batons of Nicholas McGegan, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Nelson, Leonard Slatkin, and Helmuth Rilling. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she spent seven years teaching at Southern Utah University, where she conducted multiple ensembles in addition to teaching choral music education classes and applied voice. Guttenberg holds Master’s degrees in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting from University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Scott Allen Jarrett, conductor and pianist, is the Director of Music at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, Music Director of the Back Bay Chorale, and the Artistic Director of the Bach Akademie of Charlotte (NC). Also in Boston, Jarrett is the Resident Conductor of the Handel + Haydn Society. Jarrett is recognized as one of our nation’s leading teachers and interpreters of the vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach. A long-time collaborator with the Oregon Bach Festival, Jarrett is Director of the Vocal Fellows Program, and in 2017, conducted the festival’s opening performances of the St. Matthew Passion – the only conductor other than Helmuth Rilling to have conducted that masterpiece at the Oregon Bach Festival since its founding. He returned to OBF in 2018 as the conductor of the Discovery Series, teaching two of Bach’s early Leipzig cantatas. In his various appointments, Jarrett conducts performances of Cantatas 179, 137, 95, 69a, 80, 140, 54, 182, 36, 147, several motets, the B Minor Mass, and both Matthew and John Passions in the 2017|2018 season. A regular collaborator with Seraphic Fire, Jarrett can be heard on Seraphic Fire’s albums Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, 1610..
Patrick Muehleise, tenor, is an acclaimed American tenor specializing in a wide variety of concert soloist repertoire and known for his “beautiful, evenly produced lyric tenor” and “pure tone.” Recent engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with Xian Zhang at the Aspen Music Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 under the baton of Jane Glover, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with both Elmhurst Symphony and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Bach Akademie Charlotte, Reich’s The Desert Music with New World Symphony, the role of Pan in the fully-staged period performance of Cavalli’s La Calisto with Haymarket Opera Company of Chicago; and continues this season performing Handel’s Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with True Concord of Tucson, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Back Bay Chorale of Boston and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In addition to his work as a concert soloist, Patrick is a regular member of Grammy-nominated and award winning ensembles such as Seraphic Fire, True Concord, Chicago Symphony Chorus, as well as Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and has taken the stage with Aspen Chamber Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and The Cleveland Orchestra.
Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, has been hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee). She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, and the runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition. Osowski’s passion for art song creation and collaboration is evident in her most recent premieres with Linda Tutas Haugen (Gjendine’s Lullaby), Paul Rudoi (Midnight Songs) and James Kallembach (Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams). As a recitalist, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, the International Workshop on the songs of Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway, and traveled to Tours, France to attend the Académie Francis Poulenc. Performances in the 2016-2017 Season included Dominick Argento’s A Few Words about Chekhov with chamber orchestra, alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion, and several recital engagements across the United States.
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