an absolutely fantastic concert! Awesome and elevating - as the
name promises, and inspiring, moving, and truly truly beautiful!!!
Great music, great sound, really interesting and lively commentary.
You elevated me from November dreariness into a magical place!"
could be no better way to spend a Friday night. I enjoyed it
What a great idea Eleva was. I'm happy to know of the effort
and so glad you bring a small part of it to DC every so often."
Meet The Players
Founder & General Manager
enjoys combining his musical background with his management experience.
He has served as general manager of the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra
and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra working with conductors Andrew
Litton and Fabio Mechetti. He has also worked with the Fairfax
Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra League. Since 1996,
he has owned an association management company providing event
planning and marketing consulting services to clients in the
U.S, Poland and the Philippines. Willie has served on the boards
of the Monteverdi Music School and the Vermont Arts Council.
In 2012, Willie was appointed to the Vermont Travel & Recreation
Council by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Willie performed as a freelance
musician in the Washington, DC area for over 15 years. He has
performed in the Georgetown Symphony, Capital City Symphony,
Prince William Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, the Veterans Administration
Medical Musical Group and Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. He is
a principal player in the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and the
Vermont Philharmonic. Willie studied violin at Oral Roberts University
in Tulsa, OK, and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington,
DC. Willie performs on the "Aunt Lulabelle" violin
handcrafted by Thurmond Knight of Glover, Vermont.
G. RICHARD AMES
G. Richard Ames
is an actor and activist from Burlington. He performs regularly
for QuarryWorks Theater in Adamant, Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier,
and at many other venues in northern and central Vermont. He
is an activist for civil rights, litter eradication, and for
peace. Rick is pleased to be at these concerts, both as emcee
and as an eager listener to Eleva's musical offerings.
MARY JANE AUSTIN
Mary Jane Austin earned her Bachelor's Degree at
the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Olga
Radosavljevich and Vivian Weilerstein. She then pursued graduate
studies in vocal coaching and accompanying, studying both art
song and opera at Duquesne University with Warren Jones and Claudia
Pinza. She has worked as an accompanist and coach for six summers
at the EPCASO opera program in Oderzo, Italy, with mezzo-soprano
Vivica Genaux, soprano Young Ok Shin, and baritones Richard Bernstein
and Michael Chioldi, among others, and returned there this past
July to work with Maestro Maurizio Arena. Closer to home, she
performs regularly with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble,
the Vermont Youth Orchestra choruses, and the Mad River Chorale.
She has played for several silent films at the Vergennes Opera
House. She was the music director/rehearsal pianist for Unadilla
Theater's Gilbert and Sullivan festival this past summer, and
recently was the rehearsal pianist for the Opera Company of Middlebury's
productions of Thais and Madame Butterfly. She currently teaches
at Johnson State College and is the organist at the Waterbury
Michael Close is
a composer, cellist, and teacher living in Worcester, VT. He
graduated from Bennington College
in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in music composition and a master
of arts in education. He teaches cello
and chamber music classes at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier.
He has been a composer-mentor with "Music-Comp" since
2004, a program which encourages and supports students in composing
and arranging music. He is also the music teacher at Moretown
Elementary School and Doty Memorial School. Michael plays cello
with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber groups around Vermont.
He has been the section leader of and has been a soloist with
the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He is a prolific composer and
some of his most recent works have been performed by the Montpelier
Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, The Vermont
Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club
of Detroit, and the Eleva Chamber Players. His new work, 'Joyful
Bells' will be premiered by the Vermont Choral Union in December
of this year and his song cycle, "Songs About Cheese"
will be performed by the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble
in January 2015.
John Dunlop has
been performing in the Northeast for over twenty five years as
Principal cellist with the Vermont Symphony, Burlington Chamber
Orchestra, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera North, Vermont
Mozart Festival, Vermont Virtuosi and the Green Mountain Opera
Festival. He has performed as soloist with both the VSO and BCO,
as well as many chamber music performances with notable area
musicians. John is also the cellist with the fledgling new music
ensemble TURN, which features many of the most interesting young
composers of our time. He studied under Richard Kapuscinski at
Oberlin Conservatory and Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco
Conservatory, and has played in master classes for Yo Yo Ma,
Jerry Grossman, Steve Doane and others. John has also composed
and recorded several award-wining film soundtracks for short
films, including a documentary on childhood hunger in Vermont,
where he called on his skills as a guitarist and bouzouki player
in addition to cello. He has played for Bernadette Peters, Lyle
Lovett and Phish. Besides his work at Dartmouth, John teaches
privately in Richmond, Vermont.
is a member of the Vermont Philharmonic and Montpelier Chamber
Orchestra Society. She served as concertmaster of the McLean
Orchestra in Virginia and played with the Washington Savoyards
and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra along with many other Washington,
DC music ensembles. She was a member of the Park Avenue Chamber
Symphony in New York City before moving to Vermont in 2006. In
addition to performing classical and chamber music, she was a
founding member of 24fps, a Washington-based rock band.
Inspired by her
mother, also a violinist, Sofia began studying violin at 4. She
loved playing in the VYO ('84-88) and her VYO string quartet,
competed nationally at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition,
Junior Division. College took her in other directions, and it
wasn't till 2000 that she joined the Vermont Symphony, then BCO
as a founding member, and many other groups across the state
including Dartmouth Handel Society, Dartmouth Symphony, Middlebury
Opera, Middlebury Bach Festival and others. She performs regularly
in Brandon, Stowe and Burlington with the Northern Third Piano
Quartet. Her latest ventures combine live music and live dance,
involving two of her dance mentors, past and current. She provides
the music. Threads and Threshholds with Hannah Dennison in East
Calais' historic Kent Museum, and across the state with Farm
to Ballet, performing the solo in Vivaldi's 4 seasons. Sofia
lives in Shelburne.
Born in Japan,
violinist Akiko Hosoi has had an international career from an
early age. While attending the Purcell School of Music in London
under the British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship, she
performed throughout the country, as well as toured throughout
Malta, Russia, Japan, and Finland, and as a third-prize winner
in the 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan,
she performed with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra.
She then moved to the USA and enrolled in the Cleveland Institute
of Music and then The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of
Ronald Copes, a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Her previous
teachers include Kazuki Sawa, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch
and David Cerone.
in New York City, Akiko enjoys an extensive performing freelance
career. Aside from being a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra
and Stamford Symphony Orchestra, she regularly performs chamber
music with musicians in NYC as well as solo recitals annually
in Tokyo. As an orchestral player, she has worked with many prestigious
conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, James Levine, Fabio Luisi
and Kurt Masur.
to inspire the younger generation, Akiko is in high demand as
a violin instructor. As well as teaching privately in New York
City, she has been an active member of Nesin Cultural Arts, where
she is a co-founder and violin/chamber music faculty of the Summer
Academy and Aspiring Young Musicians Program. For more information
please visit www.akikohosoi.com.
Owen Kevra-Lenz is a recent graduate of the State University
of New York - Purchase Conservatory. His career has featured
a variety of performing opportunities ranging from solo, to orchestral
to chamber music. He has played for some of the world's leading
musicians including Jamie Laredo, Joseph Silverstein and Lawrence
Dutton. Owen was a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra for
7 years where he was concertmaster during his senior year of
high school. Owen has also performed as a member of the Green
Mountain Opera Festival. In 2010 Owen was part of a Piano Trio
that performed the Mendelssohn C Minor trio for the renowned
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. At SUNY Purchase, he was an
active member of the Symphony Orchestra and chamber programs.
Owen's teachers have included Lynn Chang, Theodore Arm, Evelyn
Read and Mary Gibson. He currently studies with Laurie Smukler.
Lou Kosma is was
a long-time member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He teaches
privately and is an adjunct double bass instructor at New Jersey
City University. Past affiliations include principal bassist
for the American Ballet Theatre, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic,
and acting principal for the New Jersey Symphony. He was also
a member of the Chautauqua Symphony for 17 years. Lou continues
to play radio and television jingles and industrials. He received
his degree in music education with applied double bass from Temple
University. During the summers of 1967 and 1968, he was a fellowship
student at Tanglewood. Lou is Music Director of the Vermont Philharmonic,
the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the Junior
Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Essex County.
Concertmaster and Distinguished Professor of Violin
Violinist John Lindsey holds the State University of New York's
highest rank, the Distinguished Service Professorship, bestowed
upon him in 2009. Previously he was awarded the 1993 President's
Award and the 2003 SUNY Chancellor's Award, both for Excellence
in Teaching. In a teaching career that has spanned nearly 40
years, he has taught in the Dallas (TX) Public Schools, Baylor
University, The University of Kentucky, and the Crane School
of Music, where he has been teaching since 1981. Mr. Lindsey
is currently the Concertmaster of both the Orchestra of Northern
New York and the Eleva Chamber Players. He is the first violinist
of the Aurora String Quintet and is the violinist of the Potsdam
Piano Quartet and Baroque Ensemble.
In the summers,
Mr. Lindsey has been on the faculties of the Ameropa Festival
in Prague (CZ), The Woodstock Mozart Festival (VT), The Interlochen
Arts Adult Chamber Music Camp (MI), The Canna International Fesitival
in Italy, The Stage de Musique in Marcillat-en-Combraille, France,
The 2008 International Chamber Music Festival and Tour in Bulgaria,
The National music Camp at Interlochen, MI, The Thailand Chamber
Music Festival, and The 2014 Viaden Festival in Luxembourg.
In 2010, he presented
a five-day residency at the Shenyang Conservatory in China. Along
with his wife, Amornrat, Mr. Lindsey is co-owner of the only
Thai style Bed and Breakfast in all of North America, The Siam
Classic Inn and Spa.
is a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and plays with
the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. She earned her Bachelors
in Music from Indiana University. Her teachers include Paul Biss,
Peter Marsh and Larry Shapiro. Laura discovered Vermont after
college, when teaching summers at the Kinhaven Music School.
Before moving to Vermont in 1991, her professional career included
the Florida Orchestra (Tampa), the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland)
and the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile). Laura takes part in various
chamber recitals in the area. An avid fiddler in swedish and
celtic styles, she is a member of the band Symphony Reel, which
plays for children across the state through the VSO's Symphony
Kids program. Laura teaches violin at the Brown's River Middle
School and maintains a teaching studio in Richmond alongside
her life partner, cellist John Dunlop.
Mowry Pearson grew
up in the Boston area where he studied with Lucy Parker and George
Zazofsky. He received his degree from Oberlin Conservatory as
a student of Robert Soetens and Steven Staryk. Mr. Pearson's
active chamber music career has included extensive periods as
principal violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and the
Atlanta Chamber Players, with concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall,
Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection (Wash.,
DC), as well as tours to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
He has performed with many Boston area orchestras and ensembles
including Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Boston Musica Viva,
Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Mr. Pearson has been a soloist with the Concord Chorale and the
Nashua Chamber Orchestra, and given many solo recitals including
Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, and WGBH radio. In addition,
Mr. Pearson has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
in Carnegie Hall and major concert halls throughout Europe. Recordings
include the Deustche Grammaphon, Centaur, and Koch labels. Presently
he resides in Brattleboro and is a faculty member of the Brattleboro
Music Center where he coaches chamber music and conducts the
senior orchestra. His violin is by Bartomoleo Tassini, Venice
Pineda received her B. M. Magna Cum Laude in Music Education
at the St. Scholastica College in 1995, after receiving a B.S.
and MS in Marketing at De La Salle Univeristy in the Philippines.
She was a member of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and
was a violinist in the touring company production of Miss Saigon.
As a pianist, she was a piano soloist with the Pasaknungan Chamber
Orchestra and has served as accompanist for Broadway musicals
with the Philippine Artists International. Olga was also a member
of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble, Manila's premier chamber music
organization. Olga was also a faculty member at the Joy of Music
Program School in Worcester, Massachusetts.
received a B.M. in Violin performance at University of Santo
Thomas (UST), where he received a full scholarship granted by
The Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines and UST Conservatory.
He received a Graduate Performance Certificate in Violin performance
at Boston Conservatory of Music. Regie has served as Concertmaster
of Boston Conservatory Orchestra and the UST Conservatory Orchestra
and as principal violinist of the second violin section of the
Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Regie is a member of the Clarion
Chamber Ensemble, Manila's premier chamber music organization.
In addition to being a freelance musician, Regie teaches violin,
viola and chamber music at the Joy Of Music Program School in
Marla Rathbun performs
with her piano partner, Maria Rivera in the Rathbun/Rivera Duo
as well as various other small chamber ensembles, the Hudson
Valley Philharmonic, and freelances in the greater New York area.
For many years she was first violinist of the Taghkanic String
Quartet and principal second violinist with the Connecticut Grand
Opera Orchestra. Rathbun received her B.M.E. from Capital University
then worked as principal second violinist with the Savannah Symphony
and Savannah String Quartet and taught at Savannah State College.
While earning her M.M. in violin performance at Southern Illinois
University, she was assistant concertmaster of the St. Louis
Philharmonic Orchestra. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Quito,
Ecuador, she played in and directed a small chamber orchestra,
performed with a string quartet as first violinist, and was concertmaster
of Quito National Symphony. She is a former student of Raphael
Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. She has directed the Suzuki program
at Dutchess Community College and coordinated the music program
at Poughkeepsie Day School. Normally a Poughkeepsie resident,
in Brazil she and her husband can pursue their passion for trekking
to out-of-the way places seeking beautiful and interesting birds.
Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral
musician in Vermont.She performs with the groups ARIOSO, the
Northern Third Piano Quartet and in a viola-piano duo with the
pianist Alison Cerutti. In Northern New England Ms. Reid has
been featured on concert series as a soloist with the vocal group
Counterpoint and various concert series as a chamber musician
and soloist, including Cathedral Arts Burlington, Paine Mountain
Arts, Chamber Works at Dartmouth College, Norwich University
Concerts and the Barre Opera House. She has also performed live
on Vermont Public Radio in various performances, including the
Rebecca Clarke Sonata with Alison Cerutti in June 2015. Ms. Reid
is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, and is
a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. She has played
with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists,
Burlington Ensemble, Green Mountain Opera, Handel Society of
Dartmouth, Music-COMP, Vermont Virtuosi, TURNmusic and Capital
City Concerts. She has a passionate interest in contemporary
music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and
chamber works in Canada and the United States. A native of Hamilton,
Canada, Ms. Reid started violin at the age of seven and at ten
she switched to viola. She went on to study for her bachelor
and masters degrees in viola performance at Western University
in London Ontario, and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould
Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Paul Reynolds has
served as Principal Violist with the Sarasota Opera Company,
the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the New
World Symphony of Miami, with whom he also performed as soloist.
While in D.C, he played in the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy
Center Opera and served as associate professor of Music at George
Washington University. Over the years he has participated in
many festivals including Sun Valley, Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood
Music Center, Spoleto, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music
Festival in Japan, Santa Fe Opera and the National Repertory
Orchestra. Paul studied viola with Roberto Diaz, Robert Vernon
and Martha Katz. Donald McInnes and Michael Tree were also very
influential. He has had the privilege of performing with orchestras
in some of the world's great Concert Halls such as the Royal
Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, and Kitara Hall in Japan. As a
chamber musician he has been invited to play concerts at the
Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, Steamboat Springs, and in
Monte Carlo, Monaco. Paul is currently Principal Violist of the
Burlington Chamber Orchestra and the Green Mountain Opera Festival.
He also performs with the Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival,
Capital City Concerts, and has often been heard live on Vermont
Public Radio. He is a founding member of the Sky Meadow Chamber
Players, and is on the faculty of the Monteverdi Music School
and Middlebury College. He lives in Montpelier.
Dr. Shelly Tramposh
is an avid recitalist and chamber musician, and has performed
recitals in Europe, Central America, and throughout Northern
America to critical acclaim. She is also a member of both the
Perron Trio and the Potsdam String Trio. Before joining the faculty
of the Crane School of Music, Dr. Tramposh was a member of several
including the Colorado Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic,
and the Colorado Springs Symphony, where she was Associate Principal
viola. She is currently Principal violist of the Orchestra of
Northern New York and Associate Principal of the Eleva Chamber
Players. Her teachers include Martha Katz, Steven Tenenbom, and
Burton Kaplan. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of
Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Tramposh teaches a course titled The
Art of Practicing at the Crane School of Music, and has
conducted workshops on practicing, orchestral excerpt preparation,
Andrew Trombley, a graduate of The Juilliard School
and Manhattan School, has performed actively around New York
City and abroad. In addition to his position as Principal Bass
for the New Haven Symphony orchestra he is a member of the Stamford
Symphony Orchestra has performed with ensembles such as The New
York Philharmonic, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Metropolitan
Opera, and Mostly Mozart Orchestra. In addition Andrew is active
musician for film scores and can be heard on the sound tracks
for A Dogs Purpose, Hundred Foot Journey,
Noah, the Oscar nominated film "Extremely Loud
& Incredibly Close."
Active as a chamber musician, Andrew has collaborated with musicians
from the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, Weekend
of Chamber Music, and with the JP Jofre Hard Tango Band. Andrew
has also performed concertos with the Eleva Chamber Players and
The Chelsea Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous recitals and
benefit concerts for Nesin Cultural Arts where he collaborated
with the late American composer, Lee Hoiby to perform Three
Songs for Solo Double Bass and Piano
Andrew is co-founder
of The Aspiring Young Musicians program which offers private
lessons and performance opportunities to the students of Sullivan
County, 80% of the students receive financial assistance. He
is also on the co-founder and faculty member of the Nesin Summer
Music Academy. In the summer 2016 through a partnership with
Nesin Cultural Arts Andrew founded and accepted the role of Artistic
Director of the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra.
Scott Woolweaver graduated with distinction from
the University of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston
for graduate work with the violist Walter Trampler. He was a
founding member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, which
won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet and Chamber Music
Festa in Osaka, Japan, and with the Quartet, performed across
the United States and in Europe. He is violist of the award-winning
New England Piano Quartette, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society
and Boston Baroque, and spends his summers at the Rocky Ridge
Music Center and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado,
and the Adult Chamber Music Seminar at the Interlochen, Michigan
Arts Camp. Mr. Woolweaver formally joined the Ives Quartet in
1998 after performing with the other members for seven summers
as quartet-in-residence at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Telluride
Chamber Music Festival. A champion of 20th century music, he
has premiered numerous works for viola, many of which were written
for him. He is a faculty member of the All Newton Music School,
Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, and has
recorded for the Orion, Koch International, Teldec, Audiofon,
Albany Records, Decca and Northeastern labels. Scott is the conductor
of the popular Messiah sing-along in Woodstock, Vermont.
ARTISTS for 2017
John Welsh is Music
Director of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. His past
conducting engagements include Music Director positions with
the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra,
the Prince William Symphony, the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra
and other orchestras in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
Mr. Welsh has conducted the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the New
World Symphony in Miami, the Festival International Echtenach
Chamber Orchestra in Luxembourg, the Metropolitan Chamber Players
at Lincoln Center, the Arlington Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony,
the Baltimore Symphony and the Shenandoah Music Festival Orchestra.
He has also held residencies at Indian University. He regularly
conducts the San Miguel Philharmonic in Manila Philippines. Mr.
Welsh holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Miami University
in Ohio and a Masters in Conducting from Peabody Conservatory
in Baltimore. While serving as a Captain in the United States
Air Force, he was assigned to the United States Air Force Band
and Symphony and Military Airlift Command Band. His mentors include
Richard Lert, Leo Mueller, Leon Barzin, Leon Fleisher, Kiril
Kondrashin, Max Rudolph and Gustav Meier.
Featured July 13, 2017
Mariko Furukawa began her studies of the piano at the age of
five and graduated high school from the Toho Conservatory where
she studied with Yoriko Takahashi and Koji Shimoda. While studying
in Japan, Mariko won the First prize twice at Piano Teachers
National Association Competition(PTNA) in Japan both at the age
of twelve and sixteen, resulting in an invitation to perform
in Salt Lake City. In 1998 she was First Prize winner in the
All Japan Piano Competition. Since Mariko moved to the United
States in 2001, she has won numerous awards including the Grand
Prize at the annual Mannes Concerto Competition, resulting in
a performance with the Mannes Orchestra in Lincoln Center; Grand
Prix for excellence in piano performance at the summer festival
at American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) in 2003; Third
Prize at The Chopin Competition in Asia, which sent her as a
delegate to the International Chopin Competition 2005 in Poland.
Her most recent achievements are the First Prize at Dorothey
MacKenzie Competition (NY), and Third Prize at Porto International
Piano Competition (Portugal). She was also a finalist at the
Kosciusko Foundation Chopin Competition in New York in 2003.
In 2004 her performance of Chopin was broadcast on the Radio
as part of the Young Artist Showcase at WQXR. Mariko
is also an active chamber musician and she has collaborated with
such musicians as The Orion String Quartet, Charles Neidich,
Jasmine Choi and Anthony McGill. She was invited as an official
pianist to Aspen Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program,
Kita-Karuizawa Music Festival, and Clarinet Seminar in Korea.
She has performed at numerous major venues throughout New York
and Japan which include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, United
Nations, Steinway Salon, Yamaha Salon, Bechstein center, German
consulate and French Consulate. She has appeared in master classes
given by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Krainev, Richard Goode,
Cyprien Katsaris, Idil Bilet, Philippe Entremont, Dmitri Bashkirov,
Ewa Poblocka. Mariko obtained her Master's degree from The Juilliard
School and BM from Mannes College of Music where her major teachers
were Jacob Lateiner and Jerome Rose. She is currently a part-time
faculty at SUNY Purchase College.
Featured August 17, 2017
Lyric Bass Fred
Furnari began his vocal career as an adult under the tutelage
of mentor and vocal teacher Daniel Sullivan. He went on to pursue
an Artist Diploma at the Hartt School on a full scholarship.
Further apprenticeships included full scholarships at the Des
Moines Metro Opera's acclaimed Young Artist Program, and the
Opera Theatre Festival of Lucca, Italy.
has been called mellifluous and commanding and his singing musically
sensitive. His colorful vocal palette and strong presence have
allowed him to perform stentorian, heroic, and comedic roles
in the bass repertoire. Notable performances include Sparafucile
in Verdis Rigoletto with St. Petersburg Opera, Basilio
in Rossinis Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Fort Collins,
Commendatore in Mozarts Don Giovanni at Crested Butte Music
Festival, and Timur in Puccinis Turandot at Opera Company
concert soloist, Fred performed the role of Doctor Bartolo in
Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro in Boston Lyric Operas
popular Hatch Shell Series, Pater Profundis in Mahlers
8th Symphony and appeared as Bass soloist in Handels Messiah,
and Verdis Requiem .
Fred lives in
Boston, MA, and works with notable coaches and conductors James
Myers, Michelle Alaxander, Sondra Kelly and Laurent Philippe.
When he is not
singing, Fred is an avid bicyclist, gardener and cook.
JAMES MYERS, piano
Featured August 17, 2017
A native of Portland,
Oregon, keyboardist James J. Myers is in demand as vocal coach,
lecturer, composer and music educator. Sharing the stage with
leading artists of our age, he has collaborated with Christine
Brewer, Thomas Hampson, Kelly Kaduce, Robert McDuffie, Nadine
Sierra, Chris Thile, and Renée Fleming, and with composers
Tom Cipullo, Jake Heggie, and Philip Glass. He has assisted masterclasses
for a range of clinicians including Jane Eaglen, Sylvia McNair,
John Perry, Abby Simon, Wagnerian Linda Watson, and the late
violin virtuoso Zvi Zeitlin. Mr. Myers performances have been
enthusiastically received at renowned North American and European
venues, and hes had the distinct pleasure of working with
acclaimed conductors David Angus, Christopher Franklin, Alexander
Joel, Bernard Labadie, Peter Oundjian, and the late Marvin Hamlisch.
In 2008 he was featured on synthesizer with Opera Colorados
Naxos recording of Nixon in China, under Marin Alsop. He serves
the collaborative team at Boston Conservatory, and is Vocal Coach/Pianist
and Lecturer with Boston Lyric Opera where he has prepared Madama
Butterfly, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Zauberflöte,
Rigoletto, La Traviata, Katya Kabanova, In the Penal Colony,
and The Merry Widow. With Beacon Hill Seminars he has presented
lecture cycles on the Austrian contribution to musical culture,
and topics ranging from Architecture and Music, Brindisi, and
Matisse to Tonadilla and Zarzuela at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Directing a dynamic coaching studio, his students have secured
roles at Vienna State Opera, Glimmerglass, Central City, Santa
Fe, Merola, Bregenz, Sarasota and Idyllwild festivals, scholarships
to Juilliard, Indiana and Eastman, and two First Prizes Classical
Singer National Voice Competition, Artists Division. Recent
engagements have included National Association of Teachers of
Singing National Conference, clinician with Music Teachers National
Association, competition adjudicator in New England, Boulder
Music Institute Summer Opera Festival in Colorado, and the Berklee-BoCo
Opera Intensive Summer Festival with Placido Domingo in Valencia,
Spain. Mr Myers holds degrees with distinction from the Eastman
School of Music, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, Germany, where
he was awarded a Rotary Graduate Fellowship. He and his husband
Justin VandenBosch reside in Boston.