Ryan Snow has been singing his whole life, with family and friends and with school and community choirs. After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 2005 with degrees in Politics and Jazz Studies, Ryan spent the next ten years working as a professional trombonist, improviser, composer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. Following a series of Supreme Court rulings enshrining money as protected speech while allowing states to restrict access to the vote, Ryan felt called to serve and defend our democracy, and is currently in his third year studying at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Peter Barber is a 24 year-old bass from Charlottesville, Virginia, who is currently studying the music industry at James Madison University. With voice as his concentration, he has performed numerous operatic roles, such as; Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, The mikado in The Mikado, and Doctor Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. Peter is also currently a member of the Madison Singers, JMU’s most advanced choral ensemble. Outside of vocal performance, Peter loves to compose and produce all kinds of music, ranging from choral music to electronic music. With hopes to make a career as a professional singer, he is currently applying to several of the nation’s top vocal programs for graduate school, where he plans to continue his studies in the Fall semester of 2018.
Rosina Snow grew up singing opera and musical theatre as part of the Dicapo Opera Theatre in New York City and the Opera Workshop at LaGuardia High School. She has since sang in many choirs, including the Oberlin College Choir, Canticum Novum, the Selah Singers and New York Chamber Choirs. She has contributed lyrics to many compositions by her father, composer Jon Pohlmann, and participated in various other solo and ensemble projects.
John-Paul Donlon is an amateur musician. An Albemarle near-native, John-Paul believes firmly in the truth of the Roman Catholic Faith, in the beauty of Sacred Music, and in the value of a good breakfast. When he is not singing for the glory of God and the uplifting of the human spirit, John-Paul pursues research for injury prevention at the University of Virginia.
A native of Gifu, Japan, Narumi Sousa has, since she can remember, been interested in music, more specifically, in singing. She began to sing with the Tajimi Choir at an early age and found that she has an incredible natural talent for music. While a member of the choir, she took the opportunity to tour with them and attend the World Choral Symposium, Asia Cantat, and many other festivals around the world. The Tajimi Choir directed by, Nobuaki Tanaka, the 2016 recent recipient of the Person of Cultural Merit award, also conducts the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus. A frequent performer, she most recently sang the alto arias "Bereite dich, Zion" (Prepare thyself, Zion), and "Schlafe, mein liebster, geniese der Ruh" (Sleep Thou, my Dearest, and rest Thee a while) from the "Weihnachts-Oratorium" (Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach with orchestra at St. Thomas Aquinas. Until recently she was a voice student of James Madison University professor, Carrie Stevens.
John Harvey began singing in church choirs at age three and hasn't stopped since. Singing led him to the trombone and, in turn, started him on the path to a career in Music.
As a high school student, Mr. Harvey attended Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI where he studied trombone with Dr. Philip Jameson. He continued his studies with Dr. Jameson at The University of Georgia where he earned both a BMUS in Music Theory and Composition and an M.M. in Music Composition. He studied composition with Lewis Nielson, Roger Vogel, Leonard Ball, Egbert Ennulat, and William Davis. His activities included countless musical performances as both a trombonist and a vocalist in all genres and periods ranging from the Medieval to the Experimental Avant-Garde. While at The University of Georgia, Mr. Harvey received the Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award and two University-wide Graduate Assistantships.
After a brief hiatus from his studies, Mr. Harvey enrolled at the University of Notre Dame where he studied Music Theory and Composition with Ethan Haimo and Paul Johnson, Music Theory with Peter H. Smith (thesis advisor), and Musicology with Paula Higgins and Susan Youens. He graduated from Notre Dame with an M.A. in Music Theory in 2003.
Upon moving to Charlottesville, Mr. Harvey began singing at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church where he conducted the Gregorian Chant Schola from 2009-2012.
Mr. Harvey is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda. His instrumental, vocal, and electro-acoustic compositions have been performed across the Southeast. He currently resides in Charlottesville, VA where he works as a Sr. Web Developer and remains active as a vocalist and composer.
Therese La Fleur has not known a time in her life without the blessings of music. She began by taking piano lessons in grade school, but soon discovered a love for singing in both choral and solo settings. She has been actively involved in a multitude of choral ensembles for the past ten years. Throughout middle school and high school she sang in a variety of competitive and audition choirs including The Youth Chorale of The Virginia Consort of Charlottesville, VA. More recently she has performed in great works such as "Weihnachts-Oratorium" by J.S. Bach, Mozart's "Grand Mass in C Minor," as well as Duruflé's Requiem. She is currently a member of The Oratorio Society of Virginia and will be performing in "Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Celebration" by J.A.C. Redford in mid-December. In addition to her work chorally, she has had the wonderful opportunity to study voice under the direction of multiple professors at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. She is employed by the University of Virginia Health System as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
Carmen Badinelli grew up playing musical instruments but didn't really discover her voice until high school. She has her church choir director to thank for encouraging her to explore her rather unique range.Carmen learned that her alto voice could add layers and texture to music and started making up harmonies to every song she heard. Years later, she joined her mentor as a choir director at St. Mary's, where she lead the Life Teen band for 7 years. Upon moving to the Charlottesville area, she joined several of the music groups at St. Thomas Aquinas parish. She has explored a variety of musical styles, ranging from chant to contemporary to jazz. Named after her parent's favorite opera, she hopes to one day tackle that style as well. While singing is definitely a passion, Carmen's other creative outlet is figuring out how to optimize the supply chain for her company.
A multi-instrumentalist by choice and in heart, Dorian Brown came into singing through a sort of back door. Training in instrumental conducting, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and composition in LSU School of Music and UNC graduate music department prepared him well for all but the vocal part of his 28 year tenure as a church music director. Singing, though, under a gifted church music director (who later took the reins of the Choral Music Department in Notre Dame) and personal study of vocal technique he learned much to help develop the voices of those in his charge, and eventually to apply the principles to his own voice. After leaving the church position, he finally found time to pursue vocal opportunities – tenor in The Oratorio Society of Virginia, bass in Plena voce ensemble, guest chorister and occasionally a soloist in several local church music programs, and now a member of Charlottesville Camerata.
Alton Peters is a junior Vocal Music Education student who has been studying Voice at James Madison University as a Baritone under Kevin McMillan for the past two and a half years. He enjoys performing a wide variety of music spanning from traditional Arias and Art Songs to Broadway and Cabaret. Outside of school he often performs top 40 songs at various wineries. He has previously performed with the JMU University Men's Chorus and JMU Chorale. He is a current member of The Madison Singers, as well as a member and the Business Manager of the all-male, student led, chamber ensemble, Camerati.
Soprano Melissa McCann is working towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with Kevin McMillan. Melissa completed her Post-Graduate Artist Diploma in Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of acclaimed opera singer, Deborah Voigt. While in San Francisco, Melissa interned in the Education Department of San Francisco Opera and taught Kindergarten and first grade music with the San Francisco Conservatory in the Schools mentor-ship program.
Melissa earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. While there, she sang the national anthem for President Barack Obama. Melissa has performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA and Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to winning top prize as a Redlands Bowl Young Artist, Melissa has performed with Opera San Jose, Napa Valley Music Association, Solano Chamber Society, Opera on the Spot, and the San Francisco Youth Chamber Orchestra. Recent roles include Despina in Così fan tutte, Musetta in La Bohème, Polissena in Radamisto, and Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice.
Jeanette Creger’ s love of music culminated in graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music with a degree in Music Education with a concentration in piano and a minor in both cello and voice.
Her love for singing has always been her passion. She studied with the soprano soloist, Jennifer Piazza-Pick. performed The Mozart Coronation Mass with The Richmond Chorale in the Salzburg Dome in Salzburg, Austria and currently sings with The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale. They have performed many masterworks including The Mozart Requiem, The Faure Requiem, The Durufle’ Requiem, Rutter Gloria, Vivaldi Gloria, Dvorak Mass in D minor, and many other great works.
She was instrumental in the creation of the strings program in Hanover County Public Schools. The Liberty Middle and Patrick Henry High School Orchestras were often Grand Champion of both area festivals and national competitions. Jeanette conducted The Patrick Henry Chamber Orchestra on a tour of Italy.
As an orchestra conductor she conducted the Virginia Central Regional Orchestra, The Western Virginia Regional Orchestra, The Henrico All County Orchestra, The Spotsylvania All County Orchestra and The Chesterfield All County Orchestra. She has adjudicated many District Assessments and competitions.
She is a former member of The Shenandoah and VCU Orchestras where she studied with Frantisek Smetana at VCU on cello. She was also a member of the Richmond Philharmonic.
She currently performs with a professional dance band, PREMIERE and is involved in an original project composed by John C. Creger named FUNKY FINGER.
Brenna McFarland is a sophomore Vocal Performance major at James Madison University, studying under acclaimed baritone Kevin McMillan. She hails from the Northern Virginia/DMV area, where she found her passion for singing and pursued it all through high school. Despite her young age, Brenna has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and the Strathmore Center for the Arts and has won various national titles in competitions such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL), and the Hal Leonard Art Song Competition. With an interest in both musical theater and opera, Brenna has performed on the musical theater stage with featured guest artists such as Tony-awarding winning performers Kelli O’Hara and Patina Miller. She has worked with Broadway composers Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Schwartz through her involvement in high school pre-professional performing arts troupe Young Artists of America. She was recently seen in JMU’s production of Cosi fan tutte and sings in the St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ Ensemble as well as University Chorale.
Benjamin Gofton is currently enrolled at James Madison University as a sophomore Vocal Performance, and Music Industry Major. He performs regularly with the JMU Opera Theatre and the a capella sensation Exit 245. As a classical bass, he intends to pursue a career as an international opera performer following his masters and doctoral degrees. He is currently preparing for the role of Private Willis in JMU Opera’s production of Iolanthe by Gilbert&Sullivan.
Joanna Armstrong, soprano, is a native of Buena Vista, Virginia. She currently works as an adjunct voice professor at Southern Virginia University and is an apprentice artist with Opera Roanoke this season. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Southern Virginia University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. Previous roles include the title role in Handel's Theodora, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Nella and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Lily in The Secret Garden. As a concert soloist, she has performed in Handel's Messiah, Vaughan William's Serenade to Music, and Rob Gardner's Lamb of God.