2017 - 2018 Season


Carmina Burana
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8 PM
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD

Handel: Messiah
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD

A Christmas Noël
with the CPC Chamber Singers
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 3 PM
Christ Episcopal Church
Columbia, MD

Sing Into Spring
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4 pm
First Evangelical Lutheran Church Ellicott City, MD

Over There: Music of World War I
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8 PM
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD


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This season's guest artists:

Rob McGinness, Baritone

Lyric Baritone Rob McGinness is an enterprising musician, singing Mozart to Musto and creating works in collaboration with varied groups such as NASA and children's theaters. Currently based in the Baltimore area, Rob performs with ensembles and opera companies in the United States and Europe. Rob performs regularly with local ensembles Concert Artists of Baltimore, Baltimore Musicales, and Bel Cantanti Opera.

Rob is known for his authentic and moving performances in both operatic and recital repertoire. His operatic roles include Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a role lauded for his "bright baritone and winning jitteriness." Other recent performances include Le chat, and L'horloge comtoise in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, Jules Goddard in A Wedding by William Bolcom and Don Quijote in De Falla's puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro. Rob's concert credits include the baritone Solo in Durufle's Requiem with Oberlin College's Musical Union, and the bass solo in Schubert's Mass in G, with Concert Artists of Baltimore, a performance praised by the Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith for its "poetic warmth."

Rob is deeply invested in bringing new and engaging music to audiences, premiering both his own and other new works. A composer himself, he created and premiered Apollo, an 11-part multimedia song cycle based on the Apollo 11 mission, in collaboration with NASA. Apollo was premiered at IngenuityFest 2013 in Cleveland OH. He has written vocal, orchestral, theatrical and choral works, including Dick Tracy for Andy's Summer Playhouse in Wilton NH, and The Tragedians an orchestral work performed by the Windham Orchestra in Vermont.

Rob has had the honor of working in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and John Musto. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2013, winning several awards including the Ruth Cogan Memorial Scholarship and the Margot Bos Stambler Award. Rob currently studies with Stanley Cornett in Baltimore.

Rob's upcoming performances include the bass solo in Handel's Dixit Dominus with Concert artists of Baltimore, and Mizgir in Bel Cantanti's performance of Rimsky–Korsakov's Snow Maiden.

When he is not rehearsing or performing, Rob is an eclectic cook who also enjoys brewing his own beer and cider.

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Kimberly Christie, Soprano

Hailed by The Washington Post as a singer with “uninhibited movement and shining vocal abilities that stood out from the rest”, soprano, Kimberly Christie, is a dynamic and versatile singer, equally skilled in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theater. She most recently made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in their annual Messiah Sing-A-Long as part of their Millennium Series. The 2015 - 2016 season also saw Kimberly make her debut on the chorus roster of the Washington National Opera in their production of Bizet's Carmen. Upcoming performances for the 2016 - 2017 season include her debut with AACC Opera as Papagena in their January 2017 production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte as well as a return to the Baltimore Concert Opera stage to sing Countess Ceprano and the Page in Verdi's Rigoletto.

Most recent concert credits include soprano soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Annapolis Chorale), Poulenc Gloria (Central Maryland Chorale), Handel Messiah (St. James' Parish, Harrisburg Chorale, Woodbridge Singers, Frederick Singers & Orchestra & Central Maryland Chorale), Fauré Requiem (Harrisburg Chorale), and Dixit Dominus (Summit Chorale). Last season also included musical theater credits including Carrie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, Clara in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza, and Sharon in Finian's Rainbow, a role she learned & memorized in two days to cover for the original Sharon who fell ill; Irish accent and all!

Opera credits include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La Boheme), Lisa (La Sonnambula), La Feé (Cendrillon), Nadina (The Chocolate Soldier), Gianetta (L'Elisir d'amore), Clorinda (La Cenerentola) Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Ernestine (M. Choufleuri restera lui le), Serpina (La Serva Padrona) Mary Warren (The Crucible), and Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) . Kimberly was a Resident Artist for the 2012 - 2013 season with the Long Island Choral Society and sang soprano soloist for Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria and the Mozart Requiem. She had the great pleasure to return in 2014 to sing soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana. Other credits include JS Bach Magnificat , Christ lag in Todes Banden, Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, Bruckner Requiem, Rutter Mass for the Children as well as his Requiem, and the Hayden Theresienmesse.

Kimberly won first place in the 2012 Kennett Square Symphony Competition and in the 2013 Douglaston Tuesday Morning Music Club Competition. She holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University and is currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Sheis on the chorus roster of Washington National Opera as well as Lyric Opera Baltimore for whom she enjoys performing outreach shows for schools, retirement centers, senior centers, and other public venues in Baltimore city, county and other surrounding areas.

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David Dickey, Counter-Tenor

David Dickey, countertenor, performs around the country as a soloist, choral singer and orchestral musician. He frequently sings with St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity in New York City, as well as the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. A graduate of the University of Maryland in both voice and oboe performance, Dickey has sung the role of Harold Wood in Britten’s Albert Herring with the Maryland Opera Studio and recently appeared as alto soloist in Purcell’s Welcome to all the Pleasures with the University of Maryland Chamber Singers at the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s convention in Charleston, South Carolina. Dickey is also a highly sought after specialist as a historical woodwind player, and can be heard playing with baroque orchestras of the highest profile, including The Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque, and New York Baroque Inc. David Dickey holds a Master of Music from the Juilliard School in Historical Performance.

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Amy Van Roekel, Soprano

Praised by the Washington Post as a "lovely singer and accomplished actress" with "limpid tone and agile high notes," soprano Amy van Roekel has established herself as a vibrant and captivating performer on both the operatic and concert stage. Ms. van Roekel has received accolades for her performances on both the operatic and concert stage. Her operatic appearances include roles with Florida Grand Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Central City Opera and Chautauqua Opera. She also has a passion for new music and has worked extensively with American Opera Projects, based in Brooklyn, and is called on frequently by composers to premiere their new works. As a soloist she has performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She has also been a featured artist with the New York City Ballet, performing American standards under the baton of George Steel and his Gotham City Orchestra in St-Rémy, France.

She has been involved in several exciting premieres including Opera After Hours – a compilation of several short operas woven together by acclaimed director, Christopher Alden at New York City's cutting-edge Zipper Factory Theater; the world premiere of Oresteia, - a multi-media opera by Iannis Xenakis performed in ancient Greek at the Miller Theatre in New York City; and The Machine Awakes, composed by Stephen Andrew Taylor specifically for Ms. van Roekel with a commission by Sinfonia da Camera at the University of Illinois. The Machine Awakes was released on CD in the fall of 2009 on Albany Records. Amy has received many awards and honors that include being a 1st Place winner of the National Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition, a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a two-time award winner in the Washington International Competition for Singers. Also an accomplished pianist, Amy van Roekel holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland. Her website is: http://www.amyvanroekel.com.

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Leah Serr, Mezzo-Soprano

Leah Kaye Serr, is establishing herself as a singer and actress of "strength and lyrical beauty". Already forging a fine professional career, Ms. Serr has participated in young artist programs including Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Knoxville Opera and Central City Opera where she performed the role of Annina in La Traviata and covered the role of Dorothée in Cendrillon. In the Châteauville Foundation Residency Program for young artists she covered the role of Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Ms. Serr was an undergraduate student of Dr. Stanley Cornett at The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she performed the roles of Meg Page in Falstaff, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw and Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia where she was hailed as "lovely and vocally incisive as Lucretia, convincing as she lost her mind after the rape scene." In recent seasons, Ms. Serr sang Emma Jones in Street Scene, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, where she completed her Master's Degree under the vocal direction of renowned mezzo-soprano Lorraine DiSimone. Ms. Serr also performed the mainstage roles of Giovanna in Rigoletto and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance as a member of the Knoxville Opera Studio program during its 2009 and 2010 seasons.

In 2011, Ms. Serr was selected for 3rd place in The American Prize National Competition for Vocal Performance in the College and University Art Song Division. She sang the alto solo in Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Tampa Oratorio Singers. As an Apprentice Artist with the Sarasota Opera Company for the 2011 winter and fall seasons, she performed the role of Mercy Lewis in The Crucible and covered the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She also was the recipient of the prestigious Sarasota Opera Guild Award. Additionally, Ms. Serr sang the role of Giovanna in Sarasota Opera's 2012 fall production of Rigoletto. In January 2013, Ms. Serr participated in the Middle/East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera Competition and was chosen to advance to the Mid-South Region competition in Memphis, TN. Wrapping up the 2013 fall season with the Knoxville Opera Company, she performed the role of the Muse and Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, where she was acclaimed as bringing "a stylish persona and a powerful mezzo to the dual roles."

Ms. Serr was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Knoxville District, and competed in the Southeast Regionals competition in Memphis.

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Charles Reid, Tenor

Praised in Opernwelt for his "marvelous timbre, consistent throughout, well focused, excellently agile voice," Charles Reid is being recognized as one of his generation’s leading lyric tenors. He has sung on many of the most famous international stages, including nine seasons with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg, Spoleto USA, and Glimmerglass. Upcoming events include Mr. Reid’s debut with the Radio Symphonie Orchester Vienna, singing the Prince of Florence in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie under the baton of Maestro Bertrand de Billy, and Charles’ return to the MET roster where he is responsible for Pylade in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

Mr. Reid’s most recent performances include the roles of Alfredo, Duca di Mantua, Macduff, Nemorino, Cassio, Tamino, and Don Ottavio with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf), Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stadttheater Gießen, and Theather Wintherthur. Beyond the Germanic countries, Mr. Reid has been heard as Tito under the baton of Adam Fischer in Barcelona and Madrid. Additionally, he performed the little known Mozart opera, Ascanio in Alba, in Mexico City. For his Alfredo, renowned critic Gabor Halasz writes, "Charles Reid gave a vocal and musical performance of Alfredo without any limitations or boundaries, with a shimmering tenor voice, flawless technique, extraordinary feeling for style, and very clear intonation."

Equally at home on the concert stage, recent debuts include Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society singing Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of John Nelson, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Adding three new works to his repertoire, Charles Reid performed Mendelssohn’s Elias, Paulus, and ‘Lobgesang

Mr. Reid’s recent recordings include Haydn’s The Seasons with Amor Artis Baroque Orchestra and a DVD release of Katharina Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with the Bayreuther Festspiele. In addition, Charles can be heard on the Deutsche Grammaphon DVD of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba with the Salzburger Festspiele. Charles is also on Gothic Records singing the tenor solos in Alice Parker’s Melodious Accord with the Master Chorale of Washington.

Mr. Reid is the recipient of prestigious awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition, Connecticut Opera Competition, and the Marjorie Lawrence International Vocal Competition.

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Steven Eddy, Baritone

Praised for his “polished baritone and acting skills” and “sterling musical and physical work,” baritone Steven Eddy is a versatile young performer with a broad repertoire spanning opera, oratorio, and art song.

An accomplished concert performer and Baroque music specialist, Mr. Eddy has appeared both as a soloist and as a professional choral singer with Seraphic Fire, American Classical Orchestra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Choral Arts Philadelphia, American Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Concert Productions, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New York Virtuoso Singers, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Choralis Foundation, Columbia Pro Cantare, Ensemble VIII, Saginaw Choral Society and Kalamazoo Bach Festival. His wide range of oratorio and concert works include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and many cantatas, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

Equally adept on the opera stage, Mr. Eddy’s repertory include Raimbaud (Le comte Ory), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Charlie (Three Decembers), Sid (Albert Herring), Dancaïre (Carmen), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Schaunard (La bohème), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Ford (Falstaff), John Brooke (Little Women), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Dr. Pangloss/Voltaire (Candide). He has had the pleasure of performing with such companies and festivals as Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Birmingham, LoftOpera, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, American Lyric Theater, Center for Contemporary Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, and the Seagle Music Colony.

Mr. Eddy has also received great praise as an interpreter of art song. He made his New York recital début in October 2015 as a winner of the 2015 Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award. As a Marc & Eva Stern Fellow with SongFest at Colburn, he had the opportunity to collaborate on recitals and masterclasses with such luminaries as Graham Johnson, Rudolf Piernay, Jake Heggie, John Musto and Sanford Sylvan. Prior to this, he was a Vocal Arts Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center in 2012 and 2013, where he performed and collaborated with Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, and Håkan Hagegård. During his studies at the University of Michigan, he worked closely with celebrated collaborative pianist Martin Katz on a wide variety of art song and opera projects.

Winner of the 2015 Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award, Mr. Eddy also received prizes as a Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Oratorio Society of New York’s Lyndon Woodside competition, Joy in Singing’s Positively Poulenc! Competition, the Howard County Arts Council Rising Star, and the University of Michigan Friends of Opera competitions. He was also the recipient of the Earl V. Moore Award in Music from the University of Michigan and has been a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild and Connecticut Opera Guild competitions.

Mr. Eddy completed his Specialist of Music in Voice degree at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Stephen Lusmann. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Harrison.

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Jacqueline Pollauf, Harpist

Jacqueline Pollauf, solo harpist, has been praised for playing with "transcendent ability" (The Sybaritic Singer), and a "steady and most satisfying elegance" (The Toledo Blade). Jacqueline frequently creates her own arrangements, and audiences are intrigued and delighted by the variety of sounds and styles to be found in her sensitive playing.

Jacqueline has given solo performances throughout the mid-Atlantic region, including on Vivre Musicale's Se la Musique Series; at the Academy Art Museum of Easton, Maryland; and at the Windup Space in Baltimore. In 2014, Jacqueline was honored with an Individual Artist's Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Jacqueline made her solo debut at age sixteen with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra (Perrysburg, OH). Recording credits include Music from Three Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble of Glasgow, Scotland; Howard Hanson: Organ Concerto with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra; and a solo recording, Bouquet.

In the world of contemporary classical music, Jacqueline collaborated with saxophonist Noah Getz in the duo Pictures on Silence from 2009-2014. Together they released an album of avant-garde classical music, Voyage, featuring several of their more than twenty commissions. The duo performed at the 2011 World Harp Congress (Vancouver, Canada) and have been recognized with numerous awards and grants, including a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, and a Yellow Barn Artist Residency.

Jacqueline has explored a variety of styles of music, including an appearance on the Washington Women in Jazz Festival at Bohemian Caverns, performances with hip hop artists as part of the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, and free improv in the Out of Your Head Collective.

Jacqueline is on the faculties of American University, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Goucher College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp. Jacqueline holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory.

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