Soprano Ellen Allen (ellenallensoprano.com) is a versatile performer of oratorio, recital, chamber works, opera/operetta, and new music. She has performed with the MetroWest Choral Artists, Calliope, Calliope’s Ensemble-in-Residence program, MasterWorks Chorale, the Harvard Early Music Society, the MIT Women’s Chorale, and the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra. Ellen holds an MM in Voice from the Longy School of Music and a BM in Vocal Performance from Gordon College. She is also an active pedagogue with a full-time private teaching studio, and is the co-founder and music director of Rising Stars Productions, a theater education company for youth.
Julian Bryson (www.julianbryson.com) is Associate Professor of Music and Fine Arts at Curry College in Milton, MA. He holds a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky, writing his dissertation on choral collectives (including Triad). As a composer, his work has earned national awards including first place in the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Composition sponsored by ACDA and the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composer Competition. Recent commissions include the Florida Vocal Association All-State Choirs, the University of Kentucky, First Baptist Church of Huntsville (AL), and the Huntsville Community Chorus. His work is featured in the Project : Encore Catalog and is published by MusicSpoke and CadenzaOne.
Mezzo-soprano Eileen Christiansen is a freelance soloist, voice teacher, and the co-founder of Opera Theater of Cape Cod. 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, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass. Opera roles include Carmen in Bizet’s The Tragedy of Carmen, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, 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.
Elizabeth Embser, soprano, originally hails from Baltimore, Maryland and has recently graduated from Ithaca College with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. There, she studied with Carol McAmis, a voice pedagogue and Feldenkrais practitioner. Classically trained and interested in pedagogy, Elizabeth is now a voice teacher and freelance musician in the Boston area. While primarily focusing on jazz, she also sings in churches, weddings and other choral groups. This is her first season singing with Triad.
Karl Henning (henningmusick.blogspot.com/) 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 an informal gathering of tangelo wranglers have purportedly mapped the stars with the aid of the Henning Clarinet Sonata. Karl recently completed Unsteady State (Grand Lullaby) for soprano and “Pierrot-plus” ensemble, on a text by Leo Schulte; and a peculiar bit of performance art called Tooth Fairy. Current projects include a Shakespeare scene for two voices, three winds & fixed media, Heart So White; and the ongoing completion of White Nights, a full evening’s ballet after Dostoyevsky.
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.
Jorge Andres Ibáñez is a composer, pianist, conductor, and educator originally from La Paz, Bolivia. He studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in La Paz. Upon graduation he taught there for three years before moving to the United States. He holds degrees from Longy School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Carnegie Mellon University. His principal teachers have been Lukas Foss, Theodore Antoniou, Leonardo Balada, John McDonald, Malcolm Peyton, and Robert Kyr, composition; and Sally Pinkas, Gustavo Navarre, Alicia de Justiniano, piano. Mr. Ibáñez is the winner of several awards. In 2014 he recorded “In Memoriam”, a CD featuring music by Bolivian composers Antonio Ibáñez Rodriguez, and Gustavo Navarre Viscarra, and his own with Duo Ibáñez. Currently he is the Director of Choirs at Lynn English High School and teaches at Winchester Community Music School, in Massachusetts. He performs regularly throughout South America and New England as a member of Duo Ibáñez, a violin and piano ensemble, and Ritmos 3, a violin, piano, and percussion ensemble. He has been in the faculties of New World School for the Arts and Broward Community College in Florida. He lives in Boston with his wife and two children.
Sudie Marcuse, soprano, has been a frequent soloist with the Choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston, Andover Choral Society, Newton Choral Society, Arcadia Players, 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 teaches privately in Arlington, MA. She holds an MM in Voice from UMass and a DMA from Boston University.
Composer Pamela J. Marshall (spindrift.com) studied composition at the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music. She has written for the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus, International Horn Society, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Master Singers in Lexington, and others. In 2015, Ravello Records released "Through the Mist", a CD of her chamber music. In 2018 Alexandra Whitfield and the Lexington Symphony Chamber Players premiered “Sweet Princesses (Birmingham 1963)” as part of their Martin Luther King memorial project. Pamela plays horn in local orchestras, leads improv workshops, records chamber music and nature soundscapes, and does web design (prosperontheweb.com). She is a non-singing composer-member of Triad, handling website updates and concert recording.
Nathan Reich, tenor, is choir director at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Worcester. He has sung recently with St. John’s and First Unitarian Church in Worcester. He also looks forward to a second season of caroling with Big Smile Entertainment and a New Year’s Eve performance of Die Fledermaus with Worcester Schubertiade. Nathan received his BA in Vocal Performance from Providence College. He studies voice with Worcester tenor Stanley Wilson.
Marshall Richards, tenor, has become known as "The Boston Opera Guy" for his impromptu performances around the city. He has been featured as such in The Boston Globe, The Harvard Crimson, and twice on WCVB Channel 5: Chronicle. He is a two time graduate of Emmanuel Music's Bach Institute, and an alumnus of The Berlin Opera Academy and the Nahant Music Festival Apprenticeship Program directed by the late Don Wilkinson.
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Sindel-Keswick (amandasindelkeswick.com) was recently seen in Opera del West’s Candide, singing Vanderdendur and covering the Old Lady. In previous seasons, she covered the role of Ruggiero in Alcina, and sang the Notary in Don Pasquale with the same company. Around Boston, she has also performed with MetroWest Opera, The NEMPAC Opera Project, and Lowell House Opera. Roles elsewhere include Nireno and La Badessa in Giulio Cesare and Suor Angelica, respectively (BASOTI), Marcellina (Tuscia Operafestival), and covering Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera On the Avalon). Amanda holds degrees from the Longy School of Music and Boston College.
Madison Spahn, soprano, a native of Sarasota, FL, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and works as a staff singer at Old West Church in Boston. She has recently performed operatic roles including Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Emmie (Albert Herring) with the Miami Music Festival and Chicago Summer Opera, and this season will return to Sarasota to perform Misatango, with Key Chorale and the Sarasota Ballet, and Messiah, with the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. Madison received her BA in Music from Duke University.
Composer Charles Turner (www.hand2ear.net) 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 Cappella Alamire. His choral music has been performed by Tapestry, Church of the Advent Choir, Cappella Alamire, Polymnia Choral Society, and Musica Sacra. Charles’ opera Paper Or Plastic was premiered in June, 2013 as part of Boston's Outside the Box Festival. His piece Bartok Variants was premiered by the Gordon College Concert Band in February, 2018.
Julie Wu, Soprano, is a staff soloist at Payson Park Church in Belmont and has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston Cecilia, and the Lowell House Opera. She earned a BA in Literature from Harvard and studied voice at Indiana University in Bloomington. She then went to medical school and practiced internal medicine/primary care. Since 2004, she has been caring for her children and writing, publishing a critically acclaimed novel, The Third Son, in 2013. O: the Oprah Magazine said of The Third Son, "A boy growing up in Japanese-occupied Taiwan in the 1940s will do anything to escape his tormenting family and reconnect with his first love in this compelling work of fiction."