A native of Mississippi, Stephanie Gregory made her debut as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine with the Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. She has sung the role of Tosca with Opera Theater of Connecticut, and the title role in Suor Angelica with the Mississippi Opera. She sang her first Mimi in La Bohème with Opera Ischia, a role she reprised with Mississippi Opera, and was featured in the roles of Micaëla in Missouri and South Carolina, as Musetta with the Opera Theater of Connecticut, and Violetta in South Carolina and with the New Opera Festival di Roma, in Rome Italy.
In 2004, she completed a concert tour of South America with the Yale Alumni Chorus as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. She made her debut in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with the Orquesta Filarmônica de Buenos Aires. Other cities included were Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and La Plata, Argentina.
Other operatic roles for the 2001 ‘American Jenny Lind’ include Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Nannetta in Falstaff, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Ilia in Idomeneo and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Opera engagements in 2008 and 2009 included Violetta in La Traviata, as well as reprising the title role of Suor Angelica for Opera Theater of Connecticut.
Her solo work includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor, Samuel Adler’s Stars in the Dust, and Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass.
Her first recording, Stars In The Dust, music by Meira Warsheaur, was recorded by the Slovak Radio Orchestra in Bratislava and was released by Albany Records.
Ms. Gregory received a master of music degree in opera performance as well as an artist’s diploma from Yale University. She also graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor of music education degree, specializing in piano and choral conducting.
Violinist Abraham Appleman was born in Yokohama, Japan. He began his studies on the violin and piano at the age of four, soon after his family moved to the Boston area. His continued studies there led to his debut, at age fifteen, performing Max Bruch’s G minor Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Since then, Mr. Appleman has had a multifaceted career, performing in Asia, Europe, and the Americas as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Voce Intimae and has served as concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida.
In New York, Mr. Appleman performs regularly in the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As one of the foremost violinists in the recording industry, he can be heard as a soloist on numerous CDs and motion picture soundtracks. During the summer season, Mr. Appleman is regularly invited to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Violist William Frampton has been praised by critics for his “beautifully executed” performances (The Arts Fuse) and “a glowing amber tone” (Boston Globe). Having made his New York debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, he has also appeared numerous times as soloist in Boston’s Jordan Hall in performances including Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy” with conductor Joseph Silverstein. An enthusiastic performer of new music, he has worked with composers such as Gyorgy Kurtag and Malcolm Peyton. 2013-14 season highlights include performances of Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht” with the Johannes Quartet, a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Sean Lee and the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, appearances as guest principal viola of the American Symphony Orchestra, and tours to Japan and Myanmar with a string quartet led by Midori Goto and presented by her foundation Music Sharing.
William’s festival appearances have included Verbier Festival Academy, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival Richmond Festival, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and is the Artistic Director of Music at Bunker Hill, a chamber music series in Southern New Jersey. He has collaborated with such artists as Paul Katz, Peter Wiley, Roberto Diaz, Andres Diaz, John Dalley, Daniel Phillips, James Dunham, and Roger Tapping. He holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and studied with Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Byrnina Socolofsky. He teaches viola and chamber music at Queens College, CUNY, and is currently pursuing a DMA at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
In his spare time, William swims, runs, cycles, and writes a blog on some of his other interests: coffee, food and travel.
Laura Winslow has been passionate about music since birth, and has a particular affinity for music of the Baroque era. She has performed as a soloist with the NJ Masterwork Chorus, Choral Art Society of NJ, Princeton Pro Musica and Harmonium Choral Society, with whom she recently toured Greece and Turkey.
Laura graduated with honors from Westminster Choir College, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Education. A Massachusetts native, she has taught piano and voice lessons in New Jersey for eight years and has worked with singers aged 5 through 85 in church, school and community settings. She currently teaches vocal and instrumental music in Marlboro, NJ.
Carl Erik Fisher obtained a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he won several state and regional singing competitions. He briefly sang in the Kim Cha Kyung Opera Company in Seoul, South Korea, before going to Columbia University to pursue medical training. He is now a psychiatrist at Columbia, where he studies ethical and legal issues related to neuroscience and mental health.
He sings regularly with NYC’s Occasional Opera Company (most recently Pizarro in Fidelio) and in occasional recitals (most recently Winterreise). He also recently appeared as a zombie in a reading of the new opera, Night of the Living Dead by Todd Goodman, with the Center for Contemporary Opera.
Hailed for her “beautiful vocal timbre” and versatility, (Classical Singer Magazine 2013 competition) Corrine Byrne has been singing all over the country on the opera and concert stage, singing cross-over repertoire and premiering new music.
She holds a masters from Manhattan School of Music and is currently a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. Her most recent opera roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) with Stony Brook Opera, and Ensemble/Almira (cover) in the North American stage premiere of Handel’s Almira with Boston Early Music Festival. Corrine is a founding member of Ensemble Musica Humana, an international ensemble which seeks to shed new light on music from volatile times in human history.
Corrine is also the soprano in award-winning jazz quintet West Side 5, and is the co-founder/co-artistic director of the Tempus Continuum Ensemble. Corrine made her NYC orchestral debut in January 2013 with One World Symphony singing the world premiere arrangement of the Strauss Ophelia Lieder. She is a volunteer with Musicians On Call, where she accompanies herself on guitar bringing live bedside music to patients in hospitals in New York City. She was a finalist for the 2012 Career Bridges Grant Awards, and a national online round winner in the 2013 Classical Singer Magazine Competition.
Richard Slade, tenor, conductor, and teacher, is a versatile artist, equally at home on concert and operatic stages.
He has sung Tamino in The Magic Flute across New York state, from the Smith Opera House in Geneva to a tour with the Long Island Philharmonic. He has been a regularly featured singer at the Caramoor Festival, with appearances in La Gazza Ladra, Lucrezia Borgia, and Il Pirata. He participated in the Samuel Barber festival at the Kaye Playhouse and was featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on WQXR.
He has performed in rare revivals of important works such as Donizetti’s Gianni di Parigi and Martin y Soler’s Una cosa rara at the Vineyard Opera, and in Opera Manhattan’s productions of Fauré’s Pénélope, Hahn’s Le Marchand de Venise, and Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the 150th anniversary performance of The Bohemian Girl at the Kaye Playhouse, he sang the role of Thaddeus. He made his Town Hall debut in Paisiello’s La Molinara, and his Bronx Opera debut as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. In the world of operetta he has performed in Iolanthe, Princess Ida, and Utopia, Limited with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and a duet cabaret show, Oh Love, True Love! or The Lass That Lov’d a Tenor, with his wife, soprano Cynthia Reynolds.
His concert appearances include the title role in Händel’s Judas Maccabeus, and the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and many of Bach’s cantatas. He was artist-in-residence with the Long Island Choral Society, singing as soloist on all of their concerts. For 11 years he toured and recorded as a member of The Western Wind, America’s pre-eminent a cappella vocal ensemble.
Mr. Slade is very much at home on the recital platform -—-not only does he sing a wide range of classical art songs, but he specializes in the parlor repertory of the Victorian era. In June of 2000 he saved the show at the Caramoor festival by learning and performing Schumann’s Spanisches Liebeslieder on three hours’ notice, substituting for an indisposed colleague.
In addition to singing Mr. Slade conducts the Sound Shore Chorale in New Rochelle and the choirs of the First Unitarian Society in Hasting-on-Hudson and Sutton Place Synagogue in New York City.
Mr Slade maintains a private voice studio, teaching in New York City, New Rochelle, and by Skype. He received his BA from Yale University and his MM from New England Conservatory. He was an apprentice with the Des Moines, Sarasota and Maine Opera companies and has toured the U.S. and Europe with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the New York Ensemble for Early Music, the New York City Opera, and the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.
Mr. Slade is particularly proud to have had a joke used on Prairie Home Companion!
Dana Boll (Choreographer) is thrilled to be collaborating with The Broadway Bach Ensemble to stage Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. She has choreographed for the Village Light Opera Group (The Merry Widow, Carousel, The Mikado, Oklahoma!), Opening Doors Theatre Company (Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public), and served as movement coach for Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Dreamers of the Day with Going to Tahiti Productions.
Her own work, Bella’s Dream, a play with dance, was produced in June 2013 in NYC at the Clemente Soto Velez Center. As an actor, she has appeared at LaMama and Theater for the New City with New Stage Theater Company (Oh,Those Beautiful Weimar Girls!, Mapping Möbius, Hypnotik, Jollification/Mortification).
She is grateful to Michael Tietz for providing yet another way to explore her never-ending interest in the relationship between movement and text.
Young American conductor Brandon Keith Brown is quickly garnering international attention. As the 3rd Prize Winner of the 2012 Sir Georg Solti Competition for Conductors, his final performance found him “…the stand-out audience favorite…”(Norman Lebrecht) leading the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance characterized in klassik.com as an “… exciting affair.” Selected by the Vienna Philharmonic as winner of 2011 Ansbacher Fellowship, he was in residence at The Salzburg Festival, and conducted Vienna Philharmonic members in the opera camps for youth. In February, he made his New York debut with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestras conducted in concert include the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, members of the Vienna Philharmonic, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Chamber Orchestra, the Macon Sinfonia, the Astoria Symphony and the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Other conducted orchestras include the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Radio and Television Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Baltimore Symphony, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Brown conducted at The 2010 Castleton Festival in Virginia USA under the direction of Lorin Maazel and at the 2009 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, with David Zinman. Solely representing the United States, he competed in Zagreb Croatia at the 2011 Matacic International Competition for Young Conductors and second round of the 2012 Malko International Conducting Competition in Copenhagen.
Versatile in opera, Brown has been music director for Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Suor Angelica, assistant for Britten’s Albert Herring and studied Puccini’s Il Trittico with Lorin Maazel. Previously, he served as cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony, Assistant Conductor at the Peabody Institute, and assistant conductor/fellow of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.
Winner of the Peabody Career Grant, Mr. Brown holds a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Initially trained as a violinist, he is a pupil of Roland and Almita Vamos. Primary conducting mentors and teachers include David Zinman, Lorin Maazel and Gustav Meier.
Brandon Patrick George has appeared as a solo ﬂutist and chamber artist throughout France, Italy, North and South America. As a concerto soloist, recent appearances include the Mozart ﬂute concerti with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Institute. He has also transcribed and performed the violin concerti of Le Chevalier de Saint-George.
Brandon has performed as a recitalist at the Kennedy Center (DC), Cité de la Musique (Paris), Bargemusic (NYC), and has appeared at Carnegie Hall. As a chamber collaborator, Brandon has performed with the members of Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, Eighth Blackbird, the New York Philharmonic and the Jasper String Quartet. He has performed as guest flutist in the International Contemporary Ensemble and with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and can be heard on the orchestra’s recent recording of works by Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky. Known for the breadth and depth of his programming, Brandon has curated and hosted programs for WQXR, the classical music station of New York City, and WNYC.
Brandon entered the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Michel Debost, and later studied with Kathleen Chastain, earning the bachelor of music degree. A Bonnie Lake Flute Scholar at Oberlin, and recipient of the Dean’s Award, he studied abroad at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. He also holds the master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he was winner of the Concerto Competition.
He lives in New York City.