Tenor George Wilkerson, Jr. hails from Wilmington, Delaware and was born into a large family of jazz musicians. While singing has always been an important part of his life, he was initially trained as a percussionist. It was during his undergraduate studies that he began concentrating on voice performance. He has extensive experience in opera and musical theater; most notably, performing the roles of Beppe in I Pagliacci, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Professor Bhaer in Little Women: The Musical, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Jake in Side Show. In addition to being a performer, Mr. Wilkerson thoroughly enjoys his careers as a voice teacher, conductor, and director and has taught band, choir, applied voice, and drama for over ten years. He holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Master of Arts degree in Music (Voice) from Morgan State University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia under the tutelage of Dr. Byron Jones.
Mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler has been praised for her extreme versatility in both opera and chamber music. The Baltimore Sun has called her “a virtuoso of a high order” and “dramatic and visceral.” On the operatic stage, she has sung the roles of the Secretary in Menotti’s The Consul with Washington Opera, Charlotte in Werther, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Mercedes in Carmen, Indiana Elliott in The Mother of Us All, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, among others. Engler performed to great reviews when cast by Placido Domingo in the role of Lydia Dudley in Washington National Opera’s premier production of Democracy, An American Comedy by Scott Wheeler. She was also invited to perform in Augusta Read-Thomas’ opera Ligeia, commissioned and conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich, at the Recontres musicales d’Évian in Évian, France. She has been featured with several orchestras throughout North America performing works such as Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Engler is a member of the Morpheus Trio along with pianist Daniel Lau and hornist Larry Williams and Director of Vocal Studies at McDaniel College.
Catrin Rowenna Davies, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales. In addition, she holds an honors degree in history from McGill University, Montreal, and a master's degree in Women's Studies from Oxford University. Ms. Davies specializes in Welsh repertoire and three times has won the first prize at the North American Festival of Wales. She has also competed at the National Festival in Wales, winning the mezzo-soprano competition in 2012. With regards to opera, she has performed roles with Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Annapolis Opera, Live Arts Maryland, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Baltimore Concert Opera. Favorite roles include: Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the Fairy Queen in Iolanthe, Phoebe in Yeomen of the Guard, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Meg in Little Women, and Carmen in Carmen, which she performed in 2014 after coaching with renowned mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves. As an oratorio soloist, she has been seen with Annapolis Chorale, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of Lyric Opera Baltimore’s educational program. Ms. Davies is an avid recitalist, and is also in demand for straight theater, musical theater, and cabarets.
On both opera and concert stages, soprano Thea Tullman Moore has delighted audiences with her “crystalline voice and natural stage presence” (Wall Street Journal). She has sung roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Central City Opera, and has performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and The Actors Institute of New York. As part of the Monteverdi series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, she sang the role of La Musica in Orfeo and was praised by the Chicago Tribune for her “shining vocal grace.” Other roles include Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw. A lauded interpreter of art song, Thea has been heard in recital at the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze in Provence. A native of Chicago, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Thea is Associate Professor of Voice at Notre Dame of Maryland University and is the founder and executive director of Baltimore Musicales.
American baritone Jason Buckwalter is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire” (Baltimore City Paper). A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Jason now lives in Baltimore and performs throughout Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and The Figaro Project. Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Schaunard in La Bohème, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Marcello in La Bohème, and Brühlmann in Werther.
Mezzo-soprano Erica Convery is already recognized nationally as a major young talent, both in concerts and in operatic performances. Audiences recently heard Ms. Convery as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Berks Opera Workshop, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with Maryland Lyric Opera, Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos with The Singer's Theater of Washington and as Dorothee in Cendrillon with Bel Cantanti Opera. Other upcoming engagements include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Carroll Opera Theatre in August 2015 and Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and Regina Coeli with the Harford Choral Society. Ms. Convery resides in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Soprano Jessica Satava lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015) Ms. Satava has appeared as both Lauretta and Nella in Gianni Schicchi, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Inez in Il Trovatore, Voce dal Cielo in Don Carlo, Julie in Carousel, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Polly in The Threepenny Opera, and as Mimí and Micaëla in concert performances of La bohème and Carmen. She has appeared with orchestra as the soprano soloist in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Rutter’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion, Mass in B minor and Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1, and Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10. The 2017-18 season will include a return to the soprano solos in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem for both LiveArts MD and the Maryland Choral Society, Bach’s Mass in B minor, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with her husband Joseph Satava as piano soloist with The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.
Tenor Aaron Halevy began his study of opera in 2009 when he participated in the Laboratori di Ricerca e di Perfezionamento Musicale, in the Tuscan mountains of Italy, where he studied Bel Canto technique with renowned soprano, Antonella Banaudi. In spring of 2013 he left a career in politics to sing Pinkerton in his professional debut in Bel Cantanti's production of Madama Butterfly. This has been followed by the role of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus; Tanzenmeister/Scaramuccio in Singer's Theater of Washington's production of Ariadne Auf Naxos; Beppe in Maryland Lyric Opera's production of Pagliacci; as well as the roles of Aegisth/Junger Deiner in Manhattan Opera Studio's production of Elektra. In 2014 Aaron joined the Opera Singer's Initiative, based out of New York City, which has brought him concert performances at Lincoln Center and other venues in the greater Manhattan area. Aaron's 2015 roles include Don Ottavio with DC's In Series in their production of Don Giovanni; and Benedict in Sterling Opera's Béatrice et Bénédict.
Baritone Rob McGinness has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his impressive singing, supple phrasing and well-supported tone. Recent operatic roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a role lauded for his “bright baritone and winning jitteriness.” Other performances include Jules Goddard in A Wedding by William Bolcom and world premieres as Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and as Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree. Rob’s concert credits include the baritone solo in Durufle’s Requiem with both Oberlin College’s Musical Union and The Peabody Concert Orchestra and the bass soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, with Concert Artists of Baltimore, a performance praised by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for its “poetic warmth.” Rob has had the honor of working in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and John Musto. He has won awards and competitions including first place in the Sylvia Greene Vocal Competition, second place in the Piccola Opera Competition, the Ruth Cogan Memorial Scholarship and the Margot Bos Stambler Award. Currently based in Baltimore, Rob performs regularly with local ensembles, and has upcoming engagements this season as a featured soloist with Bel Cantanti Opera, Columbia ProCantare, Maryland Lyric Opera and Peabody Opera and Concert Orchestra.
American bass-baritone Jarrod Lee hails from Sylacauga, Alabama and presently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. Jarrod’s performances have received critical acclaim from the Washington Post and Opera Today. Jarrod is a 2016 competition finalist with both Annapolis Opera, Harlem Opera Theater and a fellowship recipient from the Aspen Music Festival and School where he performed the roles of Benoît and Alcindoro in Puccini’s La bohème, and Somarone in Béatrice et
Benedict by Berlioz. In past seasons, he performed the roles Paulus and Hlabeni in Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill and SNCC Man in Appomattox by Philip Glass with the Washington National Opera. In 2013 he participated in a masterclass given by Eric Owens in American Voices curated by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. In newer operas Jarrod has performed the role of Jaggers in Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham's Fire, the Man with the Cornet Case in Postcard from Morocco, and he created the role of Joe Louis in Frank Proto's Shadowboxer: An Opera Based on the Life of Joe Louis. As a featured soloist Jarrod had the honor of singing for President Barack Obama at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E Church in Washington, D.C.
Praised for “astounding technical vocal ability, solid song interpretation and stage presence,” soprano Annie Gill continues to gain recognition as a distinctive emerging artist. Particularly excelling in the repertoire of Mozart and Puccini, Ms. Gill has been commended for having “a glorious voice–opulent from top to bottom” and possessing an extensive variety of vocal colors. Most recently, Ms. Gill performed a recital of Czech and Slovak art songs and arias, “Písně Lásky a Naděje”–“Songs of Love and Hope”–in Baltimore. Earlier in 2016, Ms. Gill sang the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Camerata of Washington, and Serpina in The In Series’ production of La Serva Padrona, receiving enthusiastic reviews for handling “the rollercoaster range from high to low of Pergolesi’s score with aplomb.” During the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Gill added the roles of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio to her extensive list of operatic repertoire, and returned for her fourth production of Don Giovanni to perform the role of Donna Anna (Opera AACC). Past roles include the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, and Massenet’s Manon, La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Micaëla in Carmen, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Mimì and Musetta (La bohème), The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Pamina (The Magic Flute). In addition to her classical singing career, Ms. Gill is a voice-over artist and acts in commercials and television, notably appearing as the “Opera Singer” in the Season 2 Finale of House of Cards.
Mexican-American tenor Joshua Thomas Diaz is an up-and-coming talent from Texas praised for his lyrical, Italianate voice and sensitive musicality. Recently, Josh was seen in the roles of Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Mayor Upford in Britten’s Albert Herring, the Schoolmaster in Janáčeck’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Beppe in I pagliacci, and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Past roles include the Chevalier in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Caliban in Ariel’s Tempest, and Judge Danforth in The Crucible. Josh was also tenor soloist for The Defiant Requiem: Verdi in Terézin with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the Peabody/Hopkins Chorus. Josh received his Master of Music in Voice at Peabody Conservatory in 2013 where he continues his post-graduate studies in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett as a candidate of the Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera. Josh graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Music History and a Minor in Italian. With Opera ND, Josh played Francis Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bénédict in Berlioz’s Béatrice and Bénédict, the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro.
Praised for her "magnificent, expressive soprano sound" and "requisite emotion, physically as well as vocally" (ShowBizRadio), Keely Bosworth Borland is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic lyric coloratura soprano. Ms. Borland began her 2016/2017 with a company/role debut as Bella Giretti in Franz Lehar’s Paganini with Philadelphia Concert Operetta Theater and a return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera as a mainstage artist performing the role of First Lady in The Magic Flute. Highlights from the 2015/2016 season included Ms. Borland’s company and role debuts as Gretel/Hansel and Gretel with Opera Louisiane, Celia/Iolanthe with Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Flora/The Turn of the Screw (Hub Opera Ensemble). Other notable roles include Lucy/The Telephone (Loudoun Lyric Opera), Lady Marian Fitzwalter/Robin Hood (Victorian Lyric Opera Company), Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro (Carroll Opera Theater), Mrs. Jenks/The Tender Land (The In Series), as well as a performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with The Resurrection Series. As a 2014 Gate City Bank Young Artist at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, she covered the roles of Elena/Buried Alive by Jeff Myers and Victoria/Embedded by Patrick Soluri—two world premiere operas. Ms. Borland has recently been recognized by the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Grant Awards, Lois Alba Aria Competition, and Partners for the Arts Competition. She completed her M.M. at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and her B.M./B.A. from Lawrence University/Conservatory of Music. Upcoming: Rapunzel (Baker’s Wife cover)/Into the Woods (St. Petersburg Opera).
Andrew Etherington, tenor, originally hails from Overland Park, KS--a suburb of Kansas City. Andrew was very active in theatre and was introduced to singing via the multiple musicals performed at his high school. It was at this time that he was forced, against his will, to take voice lessons for the first time and would fall in love with the classical singing technique. Thanks, Mom! Andrew would go on to receive an undergraduate degree from Ole Miss, as well as a Master's degree from the Peabody Institute in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. He currently studies with Dr. Steven Rainbolt and coaches with Dr. Robert Muckenfuss. As a performer, Andrew is active in professional choruses in multiple productions in opera houses in Baltimore and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Andrew is actively pursuing his dream of being a professional opera singer and makes his home in Baltimore, MD. He enjoys tremendous support from his wife Elizabeth and his family in Kansas City.
Soprano Claire Galloway Weber is an avid linguist and proponent of presenting modern works alongside more standard opera and art song repertoire. Her 2015 – 2016 season includes Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, as well as soloing in Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” and premiering Frances Pollock's "God As She Makes This Earth" to a text by Vanessa Moody. Past operatic performances include Laura (Iolanta), Barbara Thames (Stinney, Frances Pollock World Premier), Fanny Price (Mansfield Park, Jonathan Dove U.S. Premier), Prince Charmant (Cendrillon), the Mother, Dragonfly, and Squirrel (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). Ms. Weber has also performed as a soloist in oratorio works by Pergolesi, Haydn, Rossini, and Handel with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Artists of Baltimore. In addition, she has performed many of the standard art song repertory alongside works such as Daron Hagen’s “Sappho Songs,” Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs,” and Matthew Triplett’s “I Promise to Be Good.” Ms. Weber recently received her Masters of Music at Peabody Conservatory studying with Steven Rainbolt. She received her Bachelors Degree from Bard College.
Soprano Kimberly Christie is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and sings regularly with well-known Baltimore companies such as Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera and Annapolis Chorale. This fall she sang the role of the Fairy Godmother in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Bel Cantanti Opera in D.C. and a recital of Henri Duparc’s songbook as part of the Baltimore German Lieder Weekend at An Die Musik.
Originally from London, Ontario, Canada, soprano Julie Hiscox holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson. Her operatic roles include Musetta in La Boheme, Belisa in Kam Morrill's contemporary opera Don Perlimplìn (Peabody Opera), Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Hebe in HMS Pinafore. Ms. Hiscox has also sung the classical theatre role of Maria in The Sound of Music and enjoys performing in cabarets and song recitals. Orchestral appearances include Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart’s Requiem and his Laudate Dominum from the sacred work Solemn Vespers. Ms. Hiscox is adjunct voice faculty at Anne Arundel Community College and at The Music School: The Bryn Mawr School for Girls. Ms. Hiscox is the recipient of the AACC Teaching Excellence Award and resides in Maryland with her husband, tenor Frédéric Rey.
At home on the opera, concert and recital stage, baritone Jason Widney has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic. His opera credits include Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème, Dancaïro in Bizet's Carmen, and Wagner in Gounod’s Faust with the Baltimore Concert Opera and Don Inigo in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole with the Baltimore Opera Company. As a concert soloist, Jason has sung with the Handel Choir of Baltimore in Vaughan William’s Mass in g minor and Handel's Messiah, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Uematsu’s Distant Worlds: The Music from Final Fantasy, and Anne Arundel Community College in Handel’s Chandos Anthem number 9. A specialist in art song repertoire, Jason has given recitals on the Village Music Series in 2006 and 2007, and was happy to return to his Alma Mater Lebanon Valley College in 2010 to give a recital including works by Brahms, Poulenc, and Britten. In 2013 he performed a program of Brahms, Ravel, and Butterworth at Washington and Lee University. Jason holds degrees from Lebanon Valley College and The Peabody Conservatory where he studied with the renowned John Shirley-Quirk. Jason serves on the faculties of Washington and Lee University and Anne Arundel Community College. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Lori and their son Avery.
Canadian tenor Frédéric Rey’s vocal and artistic diversity spans from opera and classical concert repertoire to musical theater and “pops.” His operatic performances include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Goffredo (Rinaldo), Captain Richard Warrington (Naughty Marietta), Ralph (HMS Pinafore) and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) among others. Orchestral performances include Messiah(Handel), Voices of Light (Einhorn), Mass in B Minor (Bach), Nelsonmesse and Paukenmesse (Haydn), and Requiem (Mozart). Musical theater and “pops” performances range from Symphonic Pops to Cabaret with a myriad of musical styles from productions such as Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Company, Show Boat, My Fair Lady and West Side Story to name a few. Mr. Rey is also a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus. Companies Mr. Rey has performed with include Washington National Opera, Sarasota Opera, Live Arts Maryland: The Annapolis Chorale, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Columbia Orchestra, Hopkins Symphony, Southern Delaware Choral Society, Washington Savoyards, Baltimore Concert Opera, Lake George Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera Vivente, Baltimore Opera and The Peabody Opera Theatre.
Colin Brady Johnson, bass-baritone, has performed with numerous opera houses and concert venues across the country, in Germany, and Italy. In the role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, he was described as “ebullient in voice and manner.” His Carnegie Hall debut was in 2008 as the Norman Carlberg Award winner in the Liederkranz Foundation Competition. Mr. Johnson also was an award winner in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition in 2006 and the Denver Lyric Opera Competition in 2005. His roles include Méphistophélès in Faust, Caspar in Der Freischütz, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro. He has performed with such opera companies as Opera Naples, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Colorado, Connecticut Opera and Sarasota Opera. Mr. Johnson also has performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. His other concert works include Baritone Soloist in Brahms’ Requiem, Elijah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bass Soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Johnson is also a devoted Lieder singer. He was honored to perform Schubert’s Winterreise in 2010 and Schumann’s Dichterliebe in 2013 with Dr. John Bowen. Mr. Johnson is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Shenandoah University and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Iowa.