Julian Bryson is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Curry College in Milton, MA and a founding member of Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective. He recently earned a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky, writing his dissertation on choral collectives. As a composer, his work has earned national awards including first place in the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Contest sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association and commissions from the Florida Vocal Association All-State Choirs, the University of Kentucky, First Baptist Church of Huntsville (AL), and the Huntsville Community Chorus. An avid fan of the theatre, Julian has conducted productions ranging from Carmen to Urinetown.
Mezzo-soprano Eileen Christiansen (Triad Member on leave Spring 2017) is a rising New England area soloist. She’s performed with Falmouth Chorale, Wellesley Choral Society, Polymnia Choral Society, The Boston Cecilia, Candlelight Chorale, MetroWest Choral Artists, and Salisbury Singers. Solo performances include Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Durufle Requiem, Adams’ Grand Pianola Music, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass. Opera roles include Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Jaffett in Britten's Noye's Fludde, and the Old Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. She studied Western Classical Voice at Wesleyan University.
Emma Daniels earned her Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude in Music from Tufts University, where she studied voice, composition, and conducting. While at Tufts, Emma sang with the Chamber Singers and Opera Ensemble, directed the Choral Singing and Musicianship class at Tufts Community Music Program, and founded and directed Tufts’ Eastern European Choir. For her senior honors thesis, she composed "An Interfaith Requiem” for a cappella chorus, a multi-movement work in six languages, for which she received the Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Achievement in Artistic or Scholarly Work. Emma now assistant-conducts three ensembles with the Boston Children’s Chorus.
Sarah Deveau is a conductor and singer originally from the Boston area. Currently Director of Music Ministry at UUAC in Sherborn, she has recently returned to Massachusetts from Denver, Colorado where she served as Music Director for First Unitarian Society of Denver and Artistic Director of the Arvada Chorale, and completed work toward a DMA in choral conducting. Sarah received her MM in choral conducting from Boston University and studied voice at Longy School of Music with Jayne West. Sarah is active as a singer and voice teacher and has participated in a variety of excellent choral groups, including the Voices of Light Chamber Choir, Colorado Conductors’ Chorus and Boston’s Coro Allegro. She lives in Malden with her wife, Rachael, and their two rambunctious young children, Willa and Luca.
Jeremy Samuel Faust was founding artistic director of the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming, 2011) and serves as board president for the groundbreaking vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth (2014 Grammy Award, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, commissioning ensemble of Partita, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, by ensemble member Caroline Shaw.) Jeremy’s composition mentors include David Kechley, Pablo Ortiz, and Jake Heggie. He has sung with Essential Voices (Judith Clurman), Canticum Novum Singers (Harold Rosenbaum), and with St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in New York City among others. He practices emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, teaches at Harvard Medical School, and writes frequently for Slate.
Lincoln Gray graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University with a BA in Music. At Tufts, Lincoln sang in the Chamber Singers and Opera Ensemble and starred in over a dozen musicals, including Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Urinetown (Bobby), and She Loves Me (Kodaly). He composes for musical theater, including the musicals, Holy Cow! The Moosical, and Pizza Delivery Boy: A Tale of Life, Love, Lust, and Crust. At Tufts, his work as a composer and performer earned him the Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Achievement in Artistic or Scholarly Work and the Charles F. Seymour Jr. Prize for excellence in musical theater.
Soprano Kristin Hagan has been acclaimed for her emotionally stunning, thoughtful performances and fearless commitment to the music. Classically trained, Ms. Hagan has pursued an interest in contemporary music and recently premiered Six Bedlam Songs After Anne Sexton by Michael Shaffer in Cambridge, MA. She has also studied and performed works by local Boston composers such as Vartan Aghababian, John Harbison, and Jordan Chase. Ms. Hagan performed George Crumb’s Madrigals Book II and Madrigals Book III with the CIM New Music Ensemble to high acclaim. Ms. Hagan recently graudated from the Longy School of Music with a Performance Degree in Vocal Performance.
Karl Henning studied composition with Charles Wuorinen, Louis Andriessen, Judith Shatin & Jack Gallagher. His music has been played and sung on three continents (North America, Europe and Australia), and a superannuated hippie in Yakima is rumored to have crafted a reusable coffee mug out of a copy of the Henning organ Toccata. Henning is also a clarinetist and choir director. Works recently completed include The Young Lady Holding a Phone in Her Teeth for double wind quintet, commissioned by Kammerwerke; Oxygen Footprint for flute, viola & harp, commissioned by Ensemble Aubade; and the first movement of his first symphony.
A pediatrician by day, Bob Henry has been active in choral singing in the Boston area for over two decades as a bass. He studied piano and organ with Sr. Joachim Holthaus, OSB, in Kansas, and piano locally with Rowland Sturges, and has a BA in music from Harvard College. He has sung with Cantata Singers, Boston Cecilia, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Coro Allegro, Intermezzo Opera, Night Song, and the choir of Holy Cross Cathedral. His current church appointment is at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Providence, RI.
Carol Marton is the director of Koleinu, Boston’s Jewish Community Chorus, 80 singers from the Greater Boston area. Carol also founded and directed Pandora’s Vox, a contemporary ensemble for women’s voices, and was also a recent guest conductor for Cantilena, A Women’s Chorale, in Arlington, MA. She is the long-time director of a synagogue choir in Sharon, MA, and has been on the faculty of Hebrew College, and in other Boston locations, teaching conducting, vocal technique, and voice and piano privately. As a singer and soloist, she has appeared with several local groups including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Church of the Advent Choir, and the John Oliver Chorale.
Sudie Marcuse, soprano, has been a soloist with the Choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston, Andover Choral Society, Newton Choral Society, Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, and Hampshire Choral Society, and has sung with Cantata Singers, Convivium Musicum, Novi Cantori, and numerous other choirs. A lifelong advocate of new music, she has performed with Juventas Ensemble, Springfield Women in Music, and the CUNY Composers’ Alliance, and has premiered solo works by Jennifer Griffith, Robert Edward Smith, and Charles Turner. Formerly adjunct voice faculty at Smith College, Deerfield Academy, and St. Paul’s School, she holds the DMA degree in Historical Performance from Boston University.
Janet Ross earned undergraduate degrees in piano and flute and a master's degree in piano performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has won both piano solo and concerto competitions, and performed in recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Janet currently sings with the Cantata Singers, Cappella Clausura, the Copley Singers, MetroWest Choral Artists, Triad, and the choirs of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill and Church of the Advent in Beacon Hill. Recently, she appeared as soloist for Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Musica Sacra and Mozart’s Vespers with Belmont Open Sings.
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Sindel-Keswick was recently seen as The Notary in Opera del West’s Don Pasquale. She has performed throughout the Boston area with companies such as Opera Brittenica, MetroWest Opera, The NEMPAC Opera Project, Lowell House Opera and Longwood Opera’s summer recital series. Elsewhere, she sang the roles of Nireno and La Badessa with the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater's Giulio Cesare and Suor Angelica, respectively. She performed Marcellina with the Tuscia Operafestival and covered Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia in St. John's, Newfoundland. Amanda holds degrees from the Longy School of Music and Boston College.
Thomas Stumpf is a well-known and versatile figure on the Boston musical scene. As a solo and collaborative pianist his performances have taken him to four continents, and he is featured on 8 CD's. As Artistic Director of Prism Opera he conducted and directed operas by Mozart, Britten, Holst and Vaughan-Williams. His compositions have been performed in Boston, New York City, Germany and Russia. He has been the Music Director at Follen Church in Lexington for 20 years, and his experiences there led to his first book, "A Sounding Mirror." As an educator, he has taught at New England Conservatory, UMassLowell, Boston University and presently at Tufts University.
Composer Charles Turner began composing while he was in high school. He studied composition with Richard Hervig, William Hibbard, Peter Tod Lewis, Donald Jenni, Robert Stern and Charles Fussell. Charles is a long-time member of Cantata Singers of Boston and Capella Alamire. His choral music has been performed by Tapestry, Church of the Advent Choir, Capella Alamire, Polhymnia Choral Society, and Musica Sacra. Charles’ opera Paper Or Plastic was premiered in June, 2013 as part of Boston's Outside the Box Festival. Charles performs on doublebass, voice, and shakuhachi as part of the composer group The 9th Ear.
Ashley Winning has performed in a number of choirs, operas, musicals, bands, living rooms, and showers. Her career as a composer peaked early, with the publication of a carol she wrote at age 7. While she has no formal experience conducting, she does talk with her hands (a lot). She loves to fill her head, heart, and home with music and musicians. When not making music, Ashley is Vice President of Research & Evaluation at EMPath – a Boston non-profit dedicated to helping families move out of poverty.