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Vocal Roster – December 17, 2016
Handel's Messiah – Adult Singers

 
SOPRANO
 
Edin Archuleta, soprano  
Edin Archuleta, soprano, was born and raised in Albuquerque. She is currently a student at the University of New Mexico pursuing a B.A. in music with an emphasis in vocal performance. Edin sings with the UNM Concert Choir in addition to serving as a section leader at the Cathedral of St. John and has performed solo works for various performances. Edin has performed in UNM's Opera Theater and looks forward to continuing to pursue her music career
 
Lauren Breden, soprano  
Lauren Breden, soprano, received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a Choral Scholar and the Chorister Teaching Assistant at the Cathedral of St. John under the direction of Dr. Maxine Thévenot. In the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to do residencies at both Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey with the Cathedral Choir. She has a strong interest in early and contemporary music and hopes to continue to pursue both in the future. This will be her fourth season with Polyphony.
 
Deborah Briggs, soprano  
Deborah Briggs holds Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Missouri in Piano Performance and Music Theory. She also earned a Master of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, specializing in Piano Accompanying. Notable teachers in her career have been Raymond Herbert, John Cheetham, and Rita Angel. A life-long singer, Debbie has performed with many excellent choral ensembles in Missouri and New Mexico, including the NMSO Chorus, and the St. John’s Cathedral Choir. She has served as Music Director for several Landmark Musicals productions, and Albuquerque Academy musicals. As an professional pianist, Debbie accompanies All State festivals, church services, soloists, chamber groups, and choirs. Debbie is currently Middle School Chorus Director and Accompanist at Albuquerque Academy, where she has enjoyed teaching for fifteen years.
 
Brianne Connor, soprano  
Brianne Conner holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from East Texas Baptist University, and most recently has completed a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy from UNM. Brianne is a founding member of Polyphony. In addition to Polyphony, Brianne sings with the choir at The Cathedral of St John. Her choral experiences have taken her to England, Italy, South Korea, and China, as well as throughout the United States to participate in festivals, services and performances. In her day job, Brianne is a director at Dungarvin New Mexico, a direct services agency for people with developmental disabilities.
 
Christina Haroldson, soprano  
Christina Haroldson was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona where she began her musical training with the Phoenix Girls Chorus at age nine. She was part of this choir for nine years, during which time she traveled and sang throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. After completing her BA in Music, Christina took part in the OperaWorks program in LA and the Schumann Liederfest in Germany. While working on her Master of Music in Voice Performance at ASU, she taught music theory and sight-singing for the Arizona Girlchoir Association and performed with Southwest Shakespeare Company in Mesa, Arizona. After completing her Masters Christina moved to New Mexico where she teaches from her private voice studio, performs solo work throughout the area, directs the Sandia Youth Choir (a newly begun choir for ages 10 and up), and assists her husband with the Sandia Youth Orchestra.
 
Jennifer Perez, soprano  
Jennifer Perez, soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of New Mexico and is currently working toward her Master of Music (Vocal performance concentration) under the instruction of Dr. Michael Hix. She has performed lead roles with several Santa Fe Opera Community Outreach programs, including children’s operas directed by John Bradley and workshops/presentations directed by SFO Lecturer, Oliver Prezant. Her operatic roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, Luigia in Donizetti’s Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Viva la mamma!), Letitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Additional scenes she has performed in include Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann as Giulietta and Mozart’s Così fan tutte as Fiordiligi. Her choral experience includes participation as a soprano soloist in the 2010 ACDA Denver conference, Mozart’s Requiem for the Festival Internazionale della Cultura Bergamo in Italy, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Fauré's Requiem, Bach’s Oster-Oratorium, and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. Outside of the university, Ms. Perez enjoys participating in the musical community of Albuquerque as soprano section leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church and as a member of the Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and Chatter ensembles. She is also an active member of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and New Mexico Bach Society.
 
ALTO
 
Trish Henning, alto  
Trish Henning has sung in various choirs in Albuquerque, including the a capella Renaissance group Quodlibet, UNM’s Las Cantantes and Concert Choir, and currently, with Quintessence. She studies voice with Jacqueline Zander-Wall, and serves on the board of the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival. On the UNM faculty in the physics and astronomy department, she conducts astronomical research using radio telescopes located on the US mainland and Puerto Rico, as well as Australia and The Netherlands, to study the distribution and evolution of galaxies in the universe. She and her students and collaborators have discovered over 1000 galaxies behind the Milky Way. She has taught a variety of astronomy courses, as well as UNM’s Musical Acoustics physics class. She is currently serving UNM as the interim associate vice president for research.
 
Alyssa Landahl, alto  
Alyssa Landahl has been a resident of New Mexico now for eleven years. In New Mexico she has sung with Polyphony (founding member), the Cathedral Choir of St. John, UNM Chorus, Las Cantantes, and Quintessence. In the Boston area where she lived prior to 2005, she sang with the Back Bay Chorale, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the Boston Pops Holiday Chorus, the University Lutheran Church choir, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. In her "free time" she has been a high school history teacher and the operations manager for the Back Bay Chorale, and currently serves on Polyphony's Board of Directors as Chair for Publicity and Ticketing and as Secretary. She and her husband, Andrew, are parents of a 9-year old son, William, and a 4-year old daughter, Sally.
 
Renee Motteler, alto  
Renée Motteler is a Grammy® Award winning member of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, who received the award for Best Small Ensemble in 2006 for the album Padilla: Sun of Justice. She moved to Albuquerque from Southern California and serves as the alto section leader at The Cathedral Church of St. John. Renée received her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach, in 2006. Renée has performed all over the world with jazz choirs and as a soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Ozone Jazz Festival, Neuchatel Jazz Festival, IAJE, Cuesta College Jazz Festival, and the Berkeley Jazz Festival, among others. In California, she was the cantor, alto section leader, and assistant conductor at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Long Beach for 15 years. Renée has taught elementary through college age students subjects including vocal jazz, beginning music, choir, band, orchestra, and private voice lessons. Renée has appeared in television commercials, on the radio, and has worked in the studio recording demo tapes for composers of classical, show tunes, jazz, and rock music, as well as recording jingles used commercially. Renée is a returning member of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
 
Mika Proctor, alto  
Mika Proctor is in her fifth year as the choral director at Lincoln Middle School in Rio Rancho, NM. This is her thirteenth year teaching music in Rio Rancho Public Schools after one year in Clovis, NM. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and her Masters from Wayland Baptist University. Mika received her Kodaly certification from the NM Kodaly Institute at the University of New Mexico. She is active not only as a teacher, but within the music community, having sung with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico and Quintessence. She has served as on the executive board for the New Mexico Music Educators Association as the General Music Vice President; and she is currently serving as the Choral Vice President for NMMEA District VI. Mika is married to Corey and they have three lovely daughters, Abigail (14), Mallory (11), and Reagan (5).
 
Kate Winchester, soprano  
Kate Winchester graduated from Westminster Choir College with an M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedgagogy where she studied with Metropolitan Opera alumna Sharon Sweet. While at Westminster, she was the soprano soloist for Symphonic Choir in the annually broadcast Readings and Carols concert and sang Echo in a scene from Ariadne auf Naxos, performed with orchestra. She has been a soprano soloist for several choirs in the area, most recently with the Sangre de Cristo chorale in Los Alamos. She is a Choral Scholar with the Cathedral Choir of St. John. This is her fourth season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She teaches voice privately.
 
TENOR
 
Jonathan Davidson, tenor  
Jonathan Davidson is a tenor hailing from Meridian, Idaho. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Music from Eastern Oregon University and is currently working on his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance at the University of New Mexico. Jonathan studies conducting with Bradley Ellingboe and voice with Leslie Umphrey. Jonathan is currently the graduate assistant for the UNM University Chorus as well as co-director of Chamber Singers and tenor for UNM's Concert Choir. Jonathan has served as music director for Elgin Opera House's presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as chorus master for UNM Opera's recent production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Jonathan has also been the tenor soloist for Elijah with Wallowa Valley Chorale, tenor and guest conductor for the Wallowa Lake Church Camp, and tenor soloist for The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn, with Las Placitas Presbyterian Church.
 
 
Originally from Northern California, Russell Fletcher has been a lifelong student of music, and has been performing since childhood. Much of his early experience with music was singing in church, but that expanded to include the exploration of many different instruments through school and church programs alike. Along with singing and acting, he enjoys playing the drums and percussion, the guitar and bass guitar, the piano, and the trumpet. In 2000, Russell met his amazing, lovely, rock-star wife, Amy, in Denver, and they married in 2002. After finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance (Voice) at California Lutheran University (2014), he and Amy relocated to Albuquerque, NM, and he is currently working on a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at UNM. He is honored and thrilled to be singing with Polyphony VNM, and looks forward to singing for you!
 
Eric Parker, tenor  
Eric Parker is a native of Albuquerque. He studied voice with Bradley Ellingboe at the University of New Mexico as an undergraduate before moving to the east coast where he completed his PhD in physical chemistry at Cornell University in August 1996. He returned to Albuquerque after graduate school and has been employed at Sandia National Laboratories since 1997. In addition to singing with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus for 10 years and its successor the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Eric is a member of the Choir at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, where he is both a section leader and soloist. He has also appeared with local choral groups including Cantat, Quintessence, and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. In keeping with his recent activities, Eric has performed with choral groups of varying sizes all over the United States and in Europe at venues such as Canterbury Cathedral in England, the Muisikverein in Vienna, and at Carnegie Hall in NYC. In the process he has performed under the baton of many talented conductors including Maxine Thévenot, Roger Melone, John Rutter, Sir David Willcocks (Music Director Emeritus of King’s College Choir Cambridge) and Rossen Milanov (then Associate Conductor and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Eric has appeared as a soloist with the NMSO and the NMSC as tenor soloist multiple times, singing works ranging from Mozart’s Requiem to Broadway favorites by Lerner and Lowe.
 
Todd Parker  
   
Todd Parker studied voice with Kay Fowler at the University of New Mexico. He has performed as soloist and in ensemble with the Genesee Baroque Players, Ensemble Sine Nomine, and with members of Tafelmusik, and has served as tenor soloist for a program of Mozart’s sacred music at the Mostly Mozart Festival in Alice Tully Hall. He sings currently with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, with Cantat, and with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
 
Doug Spurlin, tenor  
Doug Spurlin, tenor, has sung with Tucson Chamber Artists (Now True Concord Voices and Orchestra) and Kansas City Chorale, among other professional ensembles. He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He has been tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. He has served as primary cantor for St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson for the last several years, culminating in the Easter Vigil Exsultet . His operatic roles include Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre, Eisenstein in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and Rodolfo in Puccini's La Boheme, and he has sung extensive song literature including Schubert's Die Winterreise, Schumann's Dichterliebe, and Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel. He has performed such works as Brahms’ Zigeunerlieder with vocal chamber quartets.
 
BASS
 
Edmund Connolly, baritone  
British baritone Edmund Connolly  was brought up in Oxfordshire, England and studied at Cambridge University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. He currently holds the posts of Assistant Organist-Choir Director at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, and Upper School Chorus Director at the Albuquerque Academy. He also maintains a private voice studio, and is in demand as a repertoire coach and adjudicator. Much in demand as a soloist, Edmund has, over the past decade, appeared with numerous orchestras and opera companies in the UK and Europe. In the US he has performed as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. He is also one half of the duo Air & Hammers, with pianist and organist Maxine Thévenot, and they have appeared in recital across the US and in the UK.
 
Lars Fabricius-Olsen, baritone  
Lars Fabricius-Olsen is a student at UNM who enjoys choir singing, and banjo playing.
 
Ross Holmen, bass  
   
Ross Holmen, a native of Albuquerque, began his musical career playing French horn in the recording studios of Los Angeles. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California he took the Principal position with the Veracruz Symphony in Mexico, after which he joined the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 17 years. He retired from the Symphony in 1999, and continues to play on occasion. Mr. Holmen’s musical talents are now used singing with the Cathedral of St John Choir and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico.
 
Aaron Howe, bass  
Aaron Howe has been making music with people in New Mexico for the last 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern New Mexico University and his Master of Music from the University of New Mexico. He has served as Music Director for Heights 1st Church of the Nazarene and Community of Joy Lutheran Church. He also directed the choral program at St. Pius X High School. In addition, he has worked as music director for many community theaters, including Musical Theater Southwest, Albuquerque Little Theater, and Play Conservatory. Since 2010 Aaron has served as the Artistic Director of The New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus, arranging and conducting four concert series per year, along with many additional community performances. In 2013, Aaron co-founded The Rio Rancho Youth Chorus as its first Artistic Director. He is proud and honored to be a part of the wonderful arts community here in New Mexico.
 
Stephen Lewis, baritone  
West Texas native, baritone Stephen Lewis earned a Bachelor's degree in Music & Theology at Dallas Christian College and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University. In addition to an extensive choral background, Stephen has also appeared in a number of music theater roles, most recently portraying Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals. After four years in Lubbock, Stephen moved to the renaissance hill town of Asolo in northern Italy to pursue a Master of Business Administration. While abroad, he was pleased to perform in the Asolo Song Festival as a soloist and director of the festival choir. Upon completing his MBA, Stephen found his way to the gorgeous high desert climate of New Mexico. Currently residing in Albuquerque, Stephen is an associate at Premier Wealth Management Group. In addition to his duties there, he performs with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, the New Mexico Bach Chorale, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, and Canticum Novum. When he’s not singing or working, you can find Stephen up in the mountains skiing and has just picked up snowboarding.
 
Xavier Robinson, baritone  
Born and raised in New Mexico, Xavier Robinson has been in the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John for one year, after being a Cathedral Chorister for seven years. He appeared in the Santa Fe Opera’s 2012 production of Tosca (Chorus) and their 2013 production of Noye’s Fludde (Ham). He is currently enrolled at St. Pius X High School, and enjoys singing with their choir.