Opera Bites 2018 Bios

Creative Team

Dan Ryan: Conductor

Maestro Daniel P. Ryan is a prized multi hyphenate musician acclaimed for his creative interpretation, nuanced conducting, and adventurous spirit. Ryan is thrilled to be making his conducting debut with Boston Opera Collaborative after recently returning from the Czech Republic where he conducted the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra under the tutelage of world-renowned Russian conductor Alexander Plianichko. Other recent engagements include the workshop of White Snake Productions' PERMADEATH and work with Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, MetroWest Opera, In Good Company Theatre, Berkshire Choral International, MITG&SP, and The Boston Conservatory.  Ryan is the associate conductor for VOICES BOSTON where he assists in the preparation of young singers for collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and more. Additionally, Ryan currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Opera Scenes at Clark University, Conductor for the Boston City Singers, and faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Adrienne Boris: Stage Director

Adrienne Boris (Stage Director) joins Boston Opera Collaborative for her fourth annual Opera Bites. Recently she co-produced and directed the world premiere of DIVAS, a new play with opera music by Laura Neill with OperaHub where she was Artistic Associate for three years. Other recent projects include Or, by Liz Duffy Adams, with Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company/Simple Machine, nominated for three Elliot Norton Awards by the Boston Theatre Critics’ Association, La bohème with Long Island Lyric Opera, and Next to Normal with Arts After Hours. She has also directed with Opera North, Opera Providence, NEMPAC, New Repertory Theatre, and others, and has assisted extensively, including Off-Broadway on the world premiere of Ring Twice for Miranda by Alan Hruska at New York City Center Stage II. Adrienne has taught acting at Boston University and provides dramatic coaching for singers at all levels. MFA Directing, Boston University. www.adrienneboris.com  

Ingrid Oslund: Stage Director

Ingrid Oslund is a queer, feminist theater maker with the goal of creating bold, innovative experiences that excite and challenge audiences. As a playwright, director, choreographer and teaching artist in the Boston area, she has worked with many demographics making theater in unique settings, such as an abandoned City Sports and a corporate office mid-construction. Her previous work with Boston Opera Collaborative includes Assistant Director of Faust et Marguerite and Opera Bites: 2016, as well as choreographer of La Rondine.

Greg Smucker: Stage Director

Greg Smucker is a director and teacher of theater and opera. He studied with the late Wesley Balk, a noted pioneer in the field of singer-actor training. Greg was co-founder and artistic director of 15 HEAD, a critically acclaimed experimental theater company in Minneapolis and served as managing director of Theatre for Young America in Kansas City, a professional theater for children. Greg served for seven years on the faculty of the Opera Studies Department at New England Conservatory of Music and is currently a faculty member of the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  As a freelance director, Greg has directed productions and workshops for theaters and opera companies in Boston and the Twin Cities.

Patricia-Maria Weinmann: Stage Director

Patricia-Maria Weinmann has worked with many national opera companies and festivals including Utah Opera, Opera on the James, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, the American Opera Project, Opera Providence, and Mississippi Grand Opera.  She has collaborated on a number of premier performances including Daniel Pinkham’s The Cask of Amontillado, the staged orchestral premier of Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Wheeler’s Democracy as a work-in-progress for the American Opera Project in New York.  Recent directing engagements have included Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan tutte, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Cole!, Cenerentola, Carmina Burana, L’elisir d’amore, Sweeney Todd, Don Pasquale and Faust and Marguerite (BOC). Over the past 20 years, Weinmann served on the faculties of both Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music.  As a guest director and coach for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program and a faculty member of American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, she continues to train some of the most promising young singers in the United States and abroad. 

Katie Barr: Music Director

Katie Barr is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and teacher in the Boston area. Ms. Barr is a studio accompanist at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and pianist for Harvard Pro Musica and Opera on Tap. Upcoming this season, Katie will make her debuts with Boston Opera Collaborative and MassOpera. Recent opera credits include répétiteur for Manitoba Underground Opera’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, and Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Alcina, The Old Maid and the Thief, and La traviata with Boston Conservatory Opera. Recent collaborations include the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, NEMPAC Opera Project, Voices Boston, and The Brookline Consort. She has spent past summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Vancouver International Song Institute, and Ballibay Performing Arts Camp teaching voice and piano. Ms. Barr graduated from Duquesne University with her B.S. in Music Education, and completed her Master’s of Music in Collaborative Piano at The Boston Conservatory.

Jean Anderson Collier: Music Director

Jean Anderson Collier works often with the Boston Opera Collaborative as a music director, coach, and pianist.  She coaches opera, art song and diction at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and also teaches at New England Conservatory.  She is organist and choir director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate, and performs as a collaborative pianist in the United States and Europe.  She teaches in the summer at Boston Conservatory’s opera program in Valencia, Spain, and has also taught and concertized in Italy, Austria, and France.  Her projects with the Boston Opera Collaborative have included Werther, Our Town, Idomeneo, Mirror, and Opera Bites.

Chelsea Whitaker: Music Director

Chelsea Whitaker is a Boston-based collaborative pianist, enjoying a diverse career including art song, opera, musical theatre, and chamber work in North America and Europe. Her most recent work includes vocal coaching at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; a staff pianist position in the voice department at Boston University; teaching fellowships at New England Conservatory in the voice, piano, and opera departments; serving as the assistant music director and keyboardist for Show Boat at the Shubert theater; Liederabend concerts with New England Conservatory and the Boston Art Song Society; a salon-style performance collaborating with Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee; and a New York City debut performance at Merkin Hall in collaboration with Stephanie Blythe, Alan Louis Smith, and Stephen Carroll. Chelsea holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Southern California, and is currently completing her DMA degree in Collaborative Piano at New England Conservatory.

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Cast

Megan Bisceglia: Soprano

Soprano Megan Bisceglia sings with an impressive range and a tone that is both silvery and warm. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised her dramatic and comedic presence on stage, calling her portrayal of Paquette in Lowell House Opera's production of Candide "torchy." In spring 2018, Megan covered the role of La Fee for Cambridge Chamber Ensemble's production of Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot-Garcia. Other recent engagements include soprano soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, Parpignol in MetroWest Opera's regional premiere of La Femme Boheme, and solo concerts on the Block Island Summer Concert Series. Megan Bisceglia received her MM in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music with distinction in 2010 where she studied with Jayne West. She earned a BA in English with a minor in Music under the tutelage of Pamela Dellal at Brandeis University. Ms. Bisceglia continues to study with Jayne West. www.meganbisceglia.com

Jennifer Caraluzzi: Soprano

​Hailed by Opera Today as a "polished, soaring soprano," Jennifer Caraluzzi completed her masters in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory. A versatile vocalist and educator, Jennifer serves on the voice faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. She regularly performs with Boston Opera Collaborative and the Boston Chapter of Opera on Tap; role highlights include: Cunegonde in Candide, Stephanie in To Hell and Back, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Lucy in The Telephone, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Jennifer is also featured on the critically acclaimed recording of Seymor Barab’s children’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood on Centaur Records in the title role. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Music Business from Berklee College of Music and Southern New Hampshire University.

Junhan Choi: Baritone

Praised for his “splended baritone voice, rich and rounded”, baritone Junhan Choi is an active opera singer. In the 2017-2018 season, engagements included his role as Tideo in Medea in Corinto, as Roggiero in Tancredi rifatto with Teatro Nuovo, as Marcello in La Boheme, as Young man in Lucy with Boston Opera Collaborative, title role in Don Giovanni with North End Music and Performing Arts Center, as Melisso in Alcina with Opera del West, as Baron de Pictordu in Cendrillon with The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, and as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Harvard College Opera. In 2017, he was awarded extraordinary prizes at the 54th Viñas international voice competition in Barcelona. As a first prize recipient of Talents of the World International Voice Competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut for ‘Tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky’ concert as a baritone soloist. He also won first place in MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition.

Carley DeFranco: Soprano

Soprano Carley DeFranco has been commended for her “sunny”and “stunningly exquisite, silvery smooth voice”. Recent solo appearances include Alexander’s Feast with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Bach’s Missa Brevis in A Major and BWV 79 at her alma mater the American University, A Night at the Opera with the Providence Singers, the weekly Bach Cantata Series with Emmanuel Music, and Frauenliebe und Leben in an immersive staging with Boston Opera Collaborative. Recent opera experience includes the title role in Alcina (Opera del West), Susannah in Le nozze di Figaro (Greater Worcester Opera), Yvette in La Rondine: Remix (BOC) and three consecutive years of world premieres in BOC’s Opera Bites. Carley has been a soloist here and abroad with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, Arlington Philharmonic, BACH Orchestra (Yekaterinburg), Vladimir Symphony Orchestra and the Madrigirls (Glasgow).  She is the founder and director of the Side by Side Choir at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she also earned her MM (Vocal Performance). Carley is Emmanuel Music’s 2018-19 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow and BOC’s co-Concert and Outreach Coordinator

Ethan DePuy: Tenor

Praised for his “masterful acting” and “fine singing,” tenor Ethan DePuy brings his unique dramatic style to works ranging from the Baroque era to now. DePuy trained as a young artist at Chautauqua Opera, where he was a recipient of the Young Artist Encouragement Award. His list of credits includes Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Albert Herring, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Jaquino in Fidelio, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, the Snake in The Little Prince, and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof. His engagements have included work with Chautauqua Opera, Charlottesville Opera, Opera Sacra, Arizona State Lyric Opera Theater, Odyssey Opera, Brevard Music Center, and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. A native of Rochester, NY, Ethan earned degrees in voice and opera performance from SUNY Fredonia and Arizona State University.

Carina DiGianfilippo: Soprano

Soprano Carina DiGianfilippo, praised for her “playful” and “vibrant” voice, was most recently seen as a young artist with the iSing! International Young Artist Festival in China, performing in concerts at the Suzhou Arts and Culture Center, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Beijing National Theater. She has worked as a young artist with Opera Maine and the Natchez Festival of Music in Mississippi, where she performed as Queen Guinevere in Camelot. Miss DiGianfilippo is excited to return to BOC for a second season, having portrayed Musetta in Puccini’s La BoheÌme last season to great acclaim. This year, she will perform in Opera Bites, singing in a new work by composer Jonathan Bailey Holland entitled Bull Run. Other Boston credits include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Nempac Opera, a role she performed once before at the Estates Theatre in Prague under the direction of Sherrill Milnes. For more credits, please see www.carinadigianfilippo.com

Mitch Fitzdaniel: Baritone

Mitch FitzDaniel, baritone, is a Boston-based singer originally from the central coast of California. In May of 2017 he received his Master of Music from Boston University, where he was featured as the Baritone in the BU Opera Institute’s production of Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox and sang various ensemble and comprimario roles during the ’15-’16 and ’16-’17 seasons. Mr. FitzDaniel has performed with the Boston Opera Collaborative on several occasions, appearing in Dangerous Liaisons, Opera Bites, and as Schaunard in their recent La Boheme. Mr. FitzDaniel is also an enthusiastic advocate and interpreter of contemporary American art song, having sung for the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and as a featured performer for the Boston Art Song Society. Mr. FitzDaniel currently resides in Boston, where he continues his studies under James Demler.

Ann Fogler: Mezzo

Ann Fogler, mezzo-soprano, has performed with Opera Hub, Boston Art Song Society, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, OC Ars Vocalis Academy in Rome, Italy, and the Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy as a soloist. Recent roles include: Olga (Eugene Onegin), Mrs. Patrick DeRocher (Dead Man Walking), Ruth (Dark Sisters), and Bradamante (Alcina) with The Boston Conservatory. Ms. Fogler has also participated as a young artist in the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation program at Central City Opera for the past two summers, where she performed the role of Announcer (Gallantry), and was featured in scenes as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), the title role in La Cenerentola, and Dorabella (Così fan tutte).

 

Ms. Fogler earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Dickinson College (‘15) and her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee ('17) under the tutelage of Marilyn Bulli.

Celeste Godin: Soprano

Celeste Godin is pleased to return to Boston Opera Collaborative, having appeared last season as Mimi (La bohème).  She regularly performs locally with groups like Odyssey Opera and BYSO (chorus), Mass Opera (as Miss Havisham in Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, Kayla (cover) in the orchestral workshop of Taking Up Serpents, and Rodolfo in La Femme Bohème), Lowell House Opera (Echo, Ariadne auf Naxos), Promenade Opera Project (Annio, Clemenza di Tito), White Snake Productions (Ku cover, Gilgamesh), NEMPAC (Donna Anna, Don Giovanni), Opera Brittanica (Andeng, Noli Mi Tangere), and Barn Opera (Fiordiligi, Così fan tutti). This summer she participated in Teatro Nuovo's Resident Artist program, having covered the role of Creusa (Medea in Corinto), and next spring she will appear in concert as a soloist with the Commonwealth Chorale and the Pioneer Valley Symphony.  She recently graduated from New England Conservatory (MM, Vocal Pedagogy, GD, Vocal Performance).

Emily Harmon: Mezzo

Mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon has appeared with companies including Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Beth Morrison Projects, Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, and the Worcester Youth Symphony Orhestra. Some of her favorite past operatic roles include Amastre (Xerxes), the Marquise de Merteuil (The Dangerous Liaisons), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), the Old Lady (Candide), Cherubino and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Mercédès (Carmen), and Ruth (Dark Sisters). In concert, Emily has performed the alto solos in works including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Arvo Pärt's Stabat Mater. An avid performer of new music, Emily has frequently appeared as a featured soloist with the Time's Arrow New Music Ensemble and made her Jordan Hall debut singing the world premiere of Kati Agòcs' Hyacinth Curl with Hub New Music. She holds both an M.M. and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Alyssa Hensel: Soprano

Soprano, Alyssa Hensel is a second year member with the Boston Collaborative Opera. Her recent performances include: solo appearance with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms), Assistant B (Womb with a View), April #2 (Symposium),  Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Eliza (Dark Sisters) and Louisa Berry (A Letter to Vanguard, new commission).  Ms. Hensel attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M. ‘14, Voice) and The Boston Conservatory (M.M. ‘17, Voice). For more info and updates on Ms. Hensel’s performance schedule, please visit: www.alyssahensel.com

Stephanie Hollenberg: Soprano

This upcoming season Stephanie’s will perform the role of Holly in the new opera Rapture by David Wolfson with Boston Opera Collaborative.  This past season she made her Italy debut as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) at the Music Academy International Trentino Festival, where she also covered the role of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and appeared as an Esprit (Cendrillon).  Stephanie also performed the role of Tibrino in Cesti’s Orontea at the Haymarket Summer Opera Course. Previously, Stephanie has also appeared in Hansel & Gretel (Sandman), An Embarrassing Position (Eva), Dido & Aeneas (Dido), and Gianni Schicchi (Zita).  She has also made chorus appearances in Boston Opera Collaborative's productions of Our Town and Idomeneo, and Boston Camerata's The Night's Tale and Daniel: A Medieval Masterpiece Revisited.  She has sung under the direction David Gately, Anne Azéma, Greg Smucker, Zeffin Quinn Hollis, and with conductors Ryan Turner, Neil Goren, and Christopher Larkin.  Stephanie is a student of Carol Mastrodomenico and received her MM from Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Wes Hunter: Tenor

Tenor Wes Hunter, praised for his "drama, heart, and shining tone,” regularly performs both standard and new repertoire. He most recently sang the title character in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Lowell House Opera), Oronte in Handel’s Alcina (Opera del West), Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women (MetroWest Opera), Michael the Archangel in the workshop of Julian Wachner's Rev 23 (Beth Morrison Projects), and premiered as Eugene in Leo Hurley’s The Body Politic (Juventas New Music Ensemble). Other credits include Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Nika Magadoff in The Consul, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Hunter has also performed as a soloist in concert repertoire across the east coast including Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Handel's Messiah, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, and Schubert's Mass in G. Mr. Hunter received degrees from The Boston Conservatory and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rebecca Krouner: Mezzo

Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Krouner is thrilled to join her second season at BOC. The Boston Glove praised her performance last season as Hannah After in As One, writing that she “unleashed a torrent of expression, exulting in wordless curlicues of sound in joyful moments, and snarling and weeping during the violent scene.” Rebecca was a resident artist at Opera San Jose and holds an MM from Manhattan School of Music and a BA from Brown University. Roles performed include Carmen, Komponist, Azucena and Orlofsky. She's performed locally with Odyssey Opera, MetroWest Opera, Lowell House Opera, Panopera, the Boston Civic Symphony, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Grand Harmonie, and the Paul Madore Chorale.

Andrew Miller: Baritone

American Baritone, Andrew Miller, is known for his "warm, robust baritone" and "fine comic sensibilities". Andrew made his BOC debut as Vicomte de Valmont in The Dangerous Liaisons. Previous credits include: Escamillo with Opera Theater Cape Cod; Fiorello with Boston Midsummer Opera; Hannah before and Marcello with Boston Opera Collaborative; The Inquisitor with Odyssey Opera; Ogre and Dr. Rappaccini with OperaHub; Don Pizarro, Don Magnifico and Alcindoro/Benoit with NEMPAC Boston; The Steward, The Marquis, Antonio, Schaunard, and Papageno with The Boston Conservatory; The Marquis at Teatro Magnani in Fidenza, Italy; Beethoven 9 soloist with New Hampshire Philharmonic; Mozart and Brahms Requiem soloist; the title roles of Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, King Melchior and multiple engagements with the Janiec Opera Company and Fort Worth Opera. Andrew trained as a young artist at the Brevard Music Festival, and completed his B.M. at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Andrew is a native of Arlington, TX.

Fran Rogers: Tenor

Tenor Fran Rogers’ recent opera credits include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Art in Solitro’s Triangle (world premiere), Dos Senores in I Am Easily Assimilated from Bernstein’s Candide (concert performance with Frederica von Stade and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Danceny in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, and Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola. Fran recently made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut singing a collection of songs by Pavel Haas and Gideon Klein. He is a regular national anthem soloist for Boston sports teams including the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, having performed on multiple occasions for live audiences of up to 70,000 and international television audiences of up to fourteen million.

In addition to solo performances across the country and the globe, Fran is in his third season as a roster artist with the Boston Opera Collaborative. Fran has been critically acclaimed for his “luscious tenor voice that stole the show every time he opened his mouth”, "open, free, and effortless high notes", his "athleticism", and "raw strength and natural timbre".

For more information and details on upcoming performances, please visit franrogerstenor.com.

Tamara Ryan: Soprano

Soprano Tamara Ryan has been hailed by The Boston Globe as a "breathtakingly solid" soprano,” by the New England Theater Geek as "a performer of note," and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having "the comedic genius of Madeline Kahn" and a "captivatingly expressive strength.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer finds her "charming" and "fearless.” Tamara sang her first Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) alongside Sandra Piques Eddy, Keith Miller, and Morgan Smith under the stage direction of Keturah Stickann. Other recent engagements include performances with MetroWest Opera (Noémie), Longwood Opera (Musetta), OperaHub (Della/Malwina, Leonora, Titania/Hippolyta), the Crested Butte Music Festival (Bubikopf cover, Marcello Giordani Young Artist) the Harvard Early Music Society (First Witch), Opera Fayetteville (Controller, Kitty Hart, Amy March, The Rose, Sibyl Vane), Opera Brittenica (Governess), Lowell House Opera (Ofelia), Boston Opera Collaborative (Stephanie) and the Savannah Children's Choir. In 2016/17, she premiered the title role in Daniela DeMatos' Ondine and sang Madame de Tourvel in Conrad Susa's The Dangerous Liaisons. 

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Orchestra

David Angelo: Clarinet

David Angelo is a Boston-based clarinetist, interested in performing the music of our time.  In his effort to encourage the growth of new music, David has premiered over 70 pieces. Highlights of his performances include playing in Sound Icon and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, winning the Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance Competition in 2015, and attending the Toronto Creative Music Lab in 2017 and 2018.  In February of 2018, he premiered “Bass Cathedral,” a concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble by Sid Richardson.  David recently completed a Master’s Degree in Classical Contemporary Music Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, studying with Michael Norsworthy.

Katie Barr: Piano

Katie Barr is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and teacher in the Boston area. Ms. Barr is a studio accompanist at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and pianist for Harvard Pro Musica and Opera on Tap. Upcoming this season, Katie will make her debuts with Boston Opera Collaborative and MassOpera. Recent opera credits include répétiteur for Manitoba Underground Opera’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, and Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Alcina, The Old Maid and the Thief, and La traviata with Boston Conservatory Opera. Recent collaborations include the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, NEMPAC Opera Project, Voices Boston, and The Brookline Consort. She has spent past summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Vancouver International Song Institute, and Ballibay Performing Arts Camp teaching voice and piano. Ms. Barr graduated from Duquesne University with her B.S. in Music Education, and completed her Master’s of Music in Collaborative Piano at The Boston Conservatory.

Billy Jewell: Trumpet

Trumpeter Billy Jewell began his musical exploration with piano at age 5. He later redirected his focus to trumpet when he was 11 while continuing to study piano as well as guitar. Billy graduated cum laude from Belmont University in Nashville with degrees in Trumpet Performance and Classical Composition. He then earned his Master’s in Modern American Music at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. While at Longy was recognized as a Centennial Scholar and received the Patricia Sherman award. After graduation, Billy traveled the country performing with the swing ensemble Moonshine Rhythm Club, culminating in a recording with Duffy Jackson, former drummer of the Count Basie Orchestra. He is currently working as the manager of Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music.  Billy has studied under Dr. Bill Purcell, Dr. Mark Volker, Dr. Joel Treybig, Steve Emery, and Greg Hopkins.

Rebecca Miller: Viola

Rebecca Miller is a Boston-based violist, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While in the Milwaukee area, Rebecca studied viola with Lewis Rosove. She received her Bachelor of Music degree at the Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Rictor Noren. Rebecca has performed with varying ensembles throughout the greater Boston area, including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Indian Hill, New England Symphony, Cape Ann Symphony, Belmont Festival Orchestra, Apollo Ensemble, New England Philharmonic, Ambient Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, MetroWest Opera Company, and Commonwealth Lyric Opera. In addition to being a chamber and orchestral musician, Rebecca is committed to the educated performance of contemporary works, and dedicates much of her time to rehearsing and performing new works. She has performed for several contemporary ensembles, including the Chimera New Music Project, JANVS Project, The Fourth Wall, and Ambient Orchestra, as well as countless premieres of new works on the Composer Recital Series at The Boston Conservatory.