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Vocal Roster – March 24, 2017
Canto de las Estrellas (Song of the Stars)

 
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 the Soprano II Section Leader and the Chorister Teaching Assistant at the Cathedral of St. John under the direction of Dr. Maxine Thévenot. She has completed choral residencies at Winchester Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Washington National Cathedral, and will do an additional residency in Wells in 2018. In Albuquerque, she has performed in choral ensembles with Performance Santa Fe, The New Mexico Philharmonic and The Figueroa Project. She has also been involved in three of the Cathedral of St.John's recording projects, The Immortal Air, Mystic Meaning, and the most recent one, In Dulci Jubilo. Lauren has a strong interest in early and contemporary music and hopes to continue to pursue both in the future, alongside her many arts interests.
 
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, soperano  
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 enjoys teaching from her private voice studio, performing with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico (as well as other solo and choral work throughout the area), directing the Sandia Youth Choir, and assisting her husband with the Sandia Youth Orchestra.
 
Jennifer Perez, soprano  
Jennifer Perez, soprano, holds a Master of Music with a concentration in vocal performance from The University of New Mexico, where she received her vocal instruction from 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, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Goldilocks in Robert Chauls' The Trial of Goldilocks, and Adele in Strauss's Die Fledermaus. 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, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Oster-Oratorium and Magnificat, Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ,and MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross. Her awards include placing second in the 2009 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition and placing second in the 2015 Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival. Ms. Perez enjoys participating in the musical community of Albuquerque as soprano section leader at St. Paul Lutheran Church and as an active member of the choral ensembles Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Chatter, New Mexico Bach Society, and Dallas Choral Festival. She has participated as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and is an occasional soloist for the NM Philharmonic.
 
Meredith Wilder, alto  
Meredith Wilder received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a vocal concentration from the University of New Mexico. She has been a member of Albuquerque’s professional choir Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico since 2009 and recently began singing with Boulder, Colorado's Ars Nova Singers. She was a soprano section leader in Albuquerque's St. John's Cathedral Choir from 2011-2016. During that time, Wilder was writing, recording and touring with her folk-rock trio Wildewood. She has been a studio vocalist since 2007 and has recorded vocals on many Americana albums from the Southwest. Meredith has taught privately for over three years and continues to write, record and perform original music as a solo artist.
 
ALTO
 
Hannah Colton, mezzo-soprano  
Hannah Colton first fell in love with choral singing in a high school madrigal choir, dressed in renaissance garb. Since then, she’s been selected for the Iowa All-State Jazz Choir, founded and directed the Duke University Jazz Choir in college, strummed John Prine tunes with friends around campfires, and swooned to Palestrina and Victoria in the SONAM ensemble in Durham, North Carolina. She currently sings with St. John’s Cathedral Choir. Hannah is a public radio reporter who got her start covering salmon fisheries, brown bears and schools in rural Alaska. She now works as a freelance reporter and fill-in host at KUNM in Albuquerque and KSFR in Santa Fe.
 
Renee Motteler, alto  
Renée Motteler is celebrating her 10th season as a member of Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She received her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with a concentration in vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach. Renée received a Grammy® Award for Best Small Ensemble for singing with the Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella on the album Padilla: Sun of Justice. Renée has performed all over the world with jazz choirs and as a soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival, among others. In California, she was the cantor, alto section leader, and assistant conductor at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Long Beach. She was also a member of Zephyr: Voices Unbound. 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.
 
Laura Pancost, soprano  
Laura Pancoast holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Concordia College and a M.M. in Voice from the University of New Mexico. A three-year member of and soloist in The Concordia Choir, she has also been a soloist in Concordia College’s Oratorio performances of Carmina Burana and The St. Matthew Passion. Since moving to New Mexico, she has performed and soloed with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Quintessence, and the New Mexico Bach Society. During her academic career, Laura held two arts administration internships at Central City Opera and was the Assistant House Manager at Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico. Laura held the position as the Development and Marketing Associate for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and currently serves as the Development Coordinator for the Academy for the Love of Learning.
 
Mary Quinn  
Mary Quinn has spent a lifetime singing in choirs. In college she began to specialize in early music under the direction of Paul Hillier, with whom she also studied choral conducting. Since then she has sung extensively in both professional and semi-professional early music groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially those dedicated to the music of J. S. Bach. While receiving her PhD in Spanish literature at U.C. Berkeley, she translated numerous Spanish sixteenth- and seventeenth-century music texts for professional performance, including the seventeenth-century zarzuela, Salir el Amor del mundo. Her current book project centers on a comparison of the empire-wide celebrations (literary, theatrical, and musical) surrounding the birth of the Hapsburg prince, Felipe Próspero (1657), for which the first zarzuela was written. She is a member of the faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico.
 
Sara Weiler-Nickerson, mezzo-soprano  
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nickerson is a Santa Fe, NM, based artist active in oratorio, chamber music, choral work, and musical theatre. Sarah has performed as a soloist and chorister with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Kinnara Ensemble, and with Chatter of Albuquerque. Solos include Vivaldi’s Gloria, the role of the Sorceress in Dido and Aenaes and Beethoven’s Mass in C. In addition to her life as a singer, Sarah is also a Black-belt Nia instructor and teaches seven classes a week in Santa Fe.
 
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 section leader with the Cathedral Choir of St. John. This is her fourth season with Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She teaches voice privately.
 
TENOR
 
Seth Hartwell, tenor  
Seth Hartwell, tenor, has performed Baroque oratorio with such groups as VocalEssence, NMPAS, St. John's Bach Project, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and the Valparaiso University Chorale under the baton of world-renowned Bach scholar Helmuth Rilling. He has performed with Desert Chorale II, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Southwest, and the Royal Norwegian Opera. Seth has a master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor's degree in music education from Valparaiso University (Indiana). He maintains a private voice studio and is Music Director at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albuquerque.
 
Cory Klose, tenor  
Cory Klose is gaining recognition as a sought-after performer of both choral and solo repertoire. Cory appears on the rosters of many professional ensembles in the United States including Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, GRAMMY® Award-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Kinnara Ensemble, GRAMMY® Award-nominated The Crossing, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Apollo Master Chorale, The Thirteen, and is a member of the exciting new vocal chamber ensemble, Bricolage. He has also collaborated with Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble on the GRAMMY® Award-winning album, “Songs of Ascension.” Recent solo performance highlights include J.S. Bach’s Magnificat with Music in the Mountains in Colorado, Bach's Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 with St. John’s Bach Project in Albuquerque, and Handel's Messiah with Orchestra of the Hills in Washington, DC.
 
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.
 
Nathan Salazar, tenor  
Nathan Salazar holds a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan where he studied with Martin Katz. He received his vocal and piano performance degrees from the University of Kansas. He has performed in England, Scotland, Italy, Russia, as well as all over the United States. He performed in the International Festival of Spanish and Latin American Music with renowned mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Nathan has been featured at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City among other premier performance venues in the United States. He received a fellowship to Songfest in Los Angeles in 2013, where he studied with pianists Margo Garrett and Graham Johnson. He has worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, William Bolcom, Paul Schoenfield, and Libby Larsen. In 2014, he was invited to be part of Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall where he worked with Ms. Horne, Martin Katz, and the legendary Christa Ludwig. Nathan performs and coaches with Coro de Camara, Sangre de Cristo Chorale, New Mexico Performing Arts Society, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Santa Fe Opera.
 
BASS
 
Stephen Lewis, baritone  
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 performed 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 has performed with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, the New Mexico Bach Chorale, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, Canticum Novum, and Opera Southwest. When he’s not working or singing, you can find Stephen skiing one of the nearby resorts.
 
Lars Fabricius-Olsen, baritone  
Lars Fabricius-Olsen sings baritone in St. John's Cathedral Choir and sings/plays banjo in Silver String Band.
 
Xavier Robinson, baritone  
Born and raised in New Mexico, Xavier Robinson has been in the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John for two years, after being a Cathedral Chorister for six 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 as a senior at St. Pius X High School, and enjoys singing.