New York Philomusica

2008-2009 Participating Artists

Karen Bogardus, flute

Karen Bogardus holds a MA degree from Northwestern University. Her orchestral experience has taken her to Portugal and Mexico for extended periods. Locally she performs with the American Symphony Orchestra and on Broadway. Her recent chamber music activities include a stint with the Dorian Wind Quintet and performance of works by Harrison Birtwistle in the Carnegie Hall Making Music series.  
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Gerard Reuter, oboe

Gerard Reuter, a recipient of the prestigious Pro Musicis International Award, has enjoyed a distinguished solo career touring the United States, Europe, India and Africa. Much sought after as a guest at summer music festivals, including Caramoor, Marlboro, La Jolla, Round Top and the Chamber Music Festival of the Library of Congress in the United States, and the Flanders Festival, the Dartington Festival and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in Europe, he has also appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Jupiter Symphony and Philharmonia Virtuosi in New York, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Soviet Emigre Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member.

Also active as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and was a founding member of the ensemble, An die Musik. As a guest, he has performed with many ensembles, including the Colorado String Quartet, Composers String Quartet, DaVinci Quartet, Aspen Wind Quintet, American Chamber Players, New York Philomusica and I Fiamminghi in Belgium.

Mr. Reuter has been heard on major radio stations throughout this country and in Europe and has been recorded in concert for worldwide broadcast on The Voice of America. He has recorded for Sony, New World, Telarc, Columbia, BMG-Catalyst, Dorian, Summit and Musical Heritage Society.

Mr. Reuter studied at the Juilliard School with Lois Wann and at the Royal College of Music in London. He is on the faculties of New York University and Sarah Lawrence College.  
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Carolyn Pollack, oboe

Carolyn Pollak was Principal Oboist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1978 until her recent retirement. She was a frequent guest with New York Philomusica in the past. She has made solo appearances with the NJSO, Garden State Chamber Orchestra, the Seacliff Chamber Players, and the Arcady Music festival. In the metropolitan New York area she has played with Harmonie Ensemble, NorthEast Arts Ensemble, Artemesia, Musica Sacra, the American Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin and studied at Yale University with Robert Bloom, and earlier with Ray Still and Jerry Sirucek.  
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Peggy Wiltrout, oboe

Margaret Wiltrout was Principle Oboe in the Virginia and Shreveport, Louisiana Symphonies and English horn in the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before moving to New York to free-lance. Margaret has toured the U.S., Europe and the Far East with Broadway shows, symphony orchestras and opera companies including the North Carolina Opera, NY Gilbert and Sullivan players, A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music and Fiddler on the Roof She is Personnel Manager for the Staten Island Philharmonic, the Long Island Choral Society and the Richmond Chorale, is principal oboist of the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea and performs with the New Jersey Symphony and the Viva Voce Chamber ensemble and was a member of the Apollo Quintet. Margaret is on the faculties of Wagner College, the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance, and Hunter College.�  
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Joseph Rabbai, clarinet

Joseph Rabbai has been principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1980. Prior to that, he was principal clarinet of The Israel Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, and a member of The New York City Opera Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinet with The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, a position he has held since 1971. A graduate of Temple University and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Rabbai has been a teacher of clarinet and chamber music at a number of institutions including Queens College, Brooklyn College, The Graduate School of the City University of new York, The State University of New York at Purchase as well as at New Jersey City University. A highly respected New York recording artist, his records of works by Ned Rorem, Camille Saint-Sa�ns, and Olivier Messaien have met with much critical acclaim. An active participant in chamber music, Mr. Rabbai has performed extensively with the New York Philomusica and at The Caramoor Festival.  
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Katrina Russell, bassoon

Katrina Russell has established a career in the Early Music field in Britain, having studied in Canada and then with Dennis Godburn in Boston and New York. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music degree in performance from University of Victoria in Canada, Katrina performed for a year with Orchestral Training Programme Orchestra in Toronto. Acceptance into the respected Winter Cycle at the Banff Centre for the Arts as a resident artist gave her the opportunity to work intensively on the baroque bassoon and to work and perform with musicians such as harpsichordist John Gibbons and bassoonist Milan Turkovic. She was later awarded a Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance, which was granted with the prestigious �Distinction in Performance,� by The New England Conservatory.

Katrina has gained extensive experience on both modern and period instruments, with performances throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. While in the United States she was principal bassoon for the chamber groups The Talbot Ensemble and The Cambridge Bach Ensemble in Boston. Since moving to Britain in 1992 she has played and recorded with most of the period instrument ensembles including, The English Concert, The King�s Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and L�Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, as well as numerous smaller ensembles and chamber groups.  
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Andrew Clark, horn

Andrew Clark, principal horn player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, is known for his stylish performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire on the natural horn. His solo recordingshave been critically acclaimed, the Guardian saying of his EMI disc of chamber music for the horn by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms: �This invigorating disc brings together masterly performances of some of the most important horn works in thechamber repertory.� He is the first horn player to record the newly re-discovered Horn Concerto by Crusell and has recordedthe complete works for horn and piano by Carl Czerny (both for Hyperion), the Sonata da Caccia by Thomas Ades (EMI) andVivaldi�s Double Horn Concerto (Linn). After playing in the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 he was described in the Independentas �a staggering prodigy of the natural horn� and the Scotsman wrote: �On his natural horn he was hugely impressive,probably giving as fine a performance as will ever be possible outside the recording studio."

Of his Lincoln Center performance of Haydn and Handel in April of 2004, the New York Times' Allan Kozinn writes:

"As it turned out, the evening's most captivating performances were the lively accounts of Haydn's Symphony No. 83 and movements from Handel's "Water Music" the orchestra, led by Ton Koopman, played on its own. Most striking was the exposed horn writing in the Handel, played virtuosically and with flawless intonation by Andrew Clark and Francois Merand, using perilously difficult 18th-Century horns. Maybe the Juilliard School should bring them over for master classes."  
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Heidi Lucas, horn

Heidi Lucas joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi in the Fall of 2007. She holds a DMA from The University of Georgia In addition to extensive chamber music experience including residencies and tours throughout New England, England, Brazil, and as part of Brevard College�s Eric Ewazen Residency, Dr. Lucas is currently a member of the Southern Arts Brass Quintet and Category Five, the faculty ensembles of USM, that will soon embark on a tour of Brazil. Dr. Lucas was appointed principal horn of the Meridian Symphony and in 2008 she was appointed principal horn of the Gulf Coast Symphony. Dr. Lucas� performed with the Georgia Brass in the New York Philomusica concert series of 2007-08. Its performance was recorded on New York Philomusica Records Live. Dr. Lucas assists in promoting new works for horn. Dr. Gregory Brown�s Concertino for Horn was written for her in 2006 and premiered that year.  
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A. Robert Johnson, horn

Robert Johnson is the Founder and Artistic Director of New York Philomusica. After graduation from The Juilliard School in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree, he played one year in the National Symphony of Washington, DC, before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Seventh Army Symphony and Chamber Ensemble, based in Europe, for the duration of his duty in the army. Shortly before receiving his Honorable Discharge, he auditioned successfully for Leonard Bernstein, securing a position in the New York Philharmonic. During his seven-year tenure he was, for the last two-and-one-half years, Alternate Solo Horn. He founded New York Philomusica in 1971, following a succession of attempts that began with a hugely successful debut in the first Mozart Festival of 1966. His eventual success with the New York Philomusica has resulted in an ensemble renowned for finding the hidden beauties of the repertory and bringing them to life through recordings, national and international tours, and as a fixture on the New York musical scene through its subscription series. Mr. Johnson has performed extensively with the legendary jazz pianist, Sir Roland Hanna in the Hanna Trio, for flute, horn and ’cello, with Sir Roland as ’cellist and Frank Wess alternating on flute with Frank Perowsky. The trio made a tour of Japan in 1989. Sir Roland has been commissioned to write for the New York Philomusica and has performed with it in his own compositions and in the music of Mozart. In addition to playing the horn, Mr. Johnson’s other musical pursuits include composing and conducting. He owns de Neveu Publishing. Compositions and orchestrations by him include joint efforts with noted author and journalist, George Plimpton. Mr. Johnson performed in the longest running show in Broadway history, Cats from the opening to its close, a run of 18 years. He played in the orchestra of many shows running through the 1970's, including those by Stephen Sondheim and Sugar Babies, in which Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney starred. Throughout these many varied activities, New York Philomusica has remained Mr. Johnson’s central interest.  top of page

Christopher Oldfather, piano

Christopher Oldfather has devoted himself to the performance of twentieth-century music for more than thirty years. He has participated in innumerable world-premiere performances, in every possible combination of instruments, in cities all over America. He has been a member of Boston�s Collage New Music since 1979, New York City�s Parnassus since 1997, appears regularly in Chicago, and as a collaborator has joined singers and instrumentalists of all kinds in recitals throughout the United States. In 1986 he presented his recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, which immediately was closed for renovations. Since then he has pursued a career as a free-lance musician. This work has taken him as far afield as Moscow and Tokyo, and he has worked on every sort of keyboard ever made, including, of all things, the Chromelodeon. He is widely known for his expertise on the harpsichord, and is one of the leading interpreters of twentieth century works for that instrument. As soloist he has appeared with the MET Chamber Players, the San Francisco Symphony, and Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. His recording of Elliott Carter's violin-piano Duo with Robert Mann was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1990. Recently he has collaborated with the conductor Robert Craft, and can be heard on several of his recordings.  top of page

Frederica Wyman, piano

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Naoko Tanaka, violin

Naoko Tanaka was born in Tokyo and began her studies at the Toho School. Her career in the United States began at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy Delay and Felix Galimir and gave her debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as the winner of the Artists International Competition. She is a member of the Theater Chamber Players of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the St. Luke’s Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble she has led as a concertmaster in performance in Carnegie Hall, throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and on over 30 Deutsche Grammophon recordings. She has also performed in the Sitka, Caramoor, Ravinia, White Mountains, Saito-kinen (Japan), Aspen and Marlboro festivals. Ms. Tanaka is on the Assistant Faculty at The Juilliard School.  top of page

Yonah Zur, violin

An avid promoter of new music, Yonah Zur has given world premieres of works by Lukas Foss, Kaija Saariaho, Claudio Spies, and by his father, composer Menachem Zur, as well as many US premieres including works by Elliot Carter and Mrs. Saariaho. In addition, he regularly premieres works by promising young composers. His is a member of the String orchestra of New York City. Mr. Zur has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York, and has performed at the Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, and Marlboro music festivals, as well as the Cite de la Musique in Paris and throughout his native Israel. Having spent numerous summers as the Tanglewood Music Center, he was the recipient of the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize 2001, and in the following summer he was a member the New Fromm Players�a group created solely for the performance of new Music. Mr. Zur was a participant at the Academy of 20th Century Music of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris in 1999. Mr. Zur�s chamber Music collaborators have included Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Samuel Rhodes, Marcy Rosen, David Soyer, and Arnold Steinhardt. He has appeared as soloist with chamber orchestras in New York (Town Hall), Los Angeles (Wilshire Ebell Theatre), and Jerusalem (Jerusalem Music Center). His orchestral experience includes serving as concertmaster for the Julliard Symphony and Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the chamber orchestra of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, and he has played under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, David Robertson and Sandor Vegh. Mr. Zur received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in May 2001, having studied with Robert Mann. He received his Bachelor�s Degree in 1999 from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance having studied with Avi Abramovich, while served three years in the Israeli Army as a member of the unit for outstanding musicians. Mr. Zur devotes much of his time to education as an instructor at Opus 118�Harlem School of Music, as a coach for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and through numerous outreach programs. He also plays the viola, and pursues and interest in conducting. He was a regular recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation awards from 1995 through 2001. He was a recipient of the C.V. Starr Scholarship at The Juilliard School, and his summers at Tanglewood were made possible by the generosity of Lola and Ed Jaffe.  top of page

Ralph Allen, violin

Ralph Allen has a BA in Philosophy from Yale. His career as a musician has taken him to festivals in Israel, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Japan as well as his U.S. concerts. He performs with the Knights and the Orchestra of St. Luke's and has a robust teaching schedule.  
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Erik Carlson, violin

Erik Carlson devotes a significant portion of time and energy to contemporary music, as the founder of the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, which has premiered works by hundreds of composers from around the world, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Charles Wuorinen, Tom Johnson, and Georges Aperghis. He is an enthusiastic proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, performing with poets, dancers, actors, and to film. He is a member of the Momenta Quartet, the inter-arts ensemble VisionIntoArt, The Trinity Bach Players, Talea Ensemble, and the New Chamber Ballet. Also a composer and writer, his music and short plays show up often on others� programs.  
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Keats Dieffenbach, violin

Keats Dieffenbach a graduate from The Juilliard School with a MM, has been soloist with the North Carolina Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Ms. Dieffenbach is a founding member of Tetras Quartet, with whom she recently appeared at Carnegie Hall�s Steve Reich at 70 Series performing Reich�s Triple Quartet under the guidance of the composer. With Tetras she gave the world premiere of Donald Martino�s revised String Quartet No. 5 in a performance dedicated to the composer�s memory and completed the world-premiere recording of David Fulmer�s String Quartet No. 2 for Neuma Records. She is also a member of the Second Instrumental Unit and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble with whom she has premiered numerous works by both emerging and established composers.  
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Amie Weiss, violin

Amie Weiss is dedicated to eclectic associations. Recent projects have included touring with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, performances with singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens, Quartet T in Seoul, Korea; and a residency with the Allsar String Quartet at Manhattan's Museum of Biblical Art. As a member of The Knights chamber orchestra, she�ll open the Dresden Musikfestspeile and perform at the National Gallery in Dublin with soprano Dawn Upshaw.. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied violin with Milan Vitek and North Indian classical music with sitarist Hasu Patel. She currently studies baroque violin with Jorg-Michael Schwarz.  
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Junah Chung, viola

Junah Chung is an active chamber musician and soloist, received his M.M. degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Lillian Fuchs and William Lincer. Junah has been featured in solo performances at Carnegie's Weill Hall, Lincoln Center's Paul Hall, the Society for Ethical Culture, Meet the Composer, the National Museum of Iceland, Music in Chelsea, Festival of the Arts in South Nyack, and the Lotte Concert Hall in Yusong, Korea. He has performed at such festivals as the Bright Lights Music Festival in Iceland, the Rhode Island Summer Chamber Music Festival, Stonybrook Summer Festival, Elan International Festival, Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, Utah Chamber Music Festival, Ramapo Music Festival, and the Lake Winnepesaukee Chamber Music Festival. Junah has also been a member of the Reykjavik String Quartet. Last season, Mr. Chung gave the premiere of "Turner's Ghost" for viola and piano by Peter Robles. As an orchestral musician, Junah has held the post of Assistant Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Nieuw Sinfonietta of Amsterdam and the Jupiter Symphony.  top of page

Leslie Tomkins, viola

Leslie Tomkins is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Moab (Utah) Music Festival, now in its sixteenth season. She has often been a guest with New York Philomusica and is heard prominently on its record label. Her New York area associations include the American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra and the Stamford Symphony. Leslie is a member of the Musical Arts Ensemble and frequent guest with Music from Copland House ensemble. She earned a MM from the Mannes College of Music where she studied with Karen Tuttle.  
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Gerald Appleman, violoncello

A student of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Appleman was formerly principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony and joined the New York Philharmonic in 1966, ending up as Assistant Principal Cellist before retiring in 1998. He has performed with numerous chamber groups in the New York Area and participated in the Marlboro Festival, the Festival Casals and the New Jersey Chamber Music Society.  top of page

Gail Kruvand, contrabass

Gail Kruvand graduated from Indiana University where she studied with James Buswell and Anthony Newman. In New York she studied with Julius Levine. She has performed in the Marlboro Festival and on its tours and is a member of the New York City Center Opera Company. In addition, she plays frequently with the American Composers Orchestra and a number of other ensembles that specialize in performing new music. She played in the Hofer Symphoniker (Germany) and toured Europe with Africanus Instructus, a Music Theater Group-Lenox Arts Center production. Ms. Kruvand has recorded for CRI, Bridge Records and the Marlboro Recording Society.  top of page

Richard Sosinksy, contrabass

Richard Sosinsky holds a MM from The Juilliard School. He is a member of American Composers Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New York Grand Opera and Riverside Symphony. He also performs with the Albany Symphony, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera and Opera Orchestra of New York. In theater he appears in Martha Clarke�s �KAOS� playing double bass, mandocello, banjo, jaw harp and percussion.  
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Nicole Franklin, soprano

Nicole Franklin holds a BM degree from Baylor University and a MM degree, also in vocal performance, from Rice University where she studied with Dr. Joyce Farwell. She has performed Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief (New Jersey Concert Opera and in Dallas with The Helios Ensemble), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (both with The Living Opera), Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Pamina in Die Zauberfl�te, and Lightfoot in Cold Sassy Tree. Her solo work includes Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart's Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. In 2006, Ms. Franklin sang as the soprano soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in their Christmas celebration, Hope. She sings the role of Laetitia on the first professional recording of Menotti�s The Old Maid and the Thief with Lone Spring Arts in Dallas, Texas. The CD was released in December under the Albany label.  
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Soon Cho, mezzo soprano

Soon Cho has performed under the batons of Alan Gilbert, Kristjan J�rvi, Paavo J�rvi, Erich Kunzel, Julius Rudel, Mischa Santora, and David Zinman. Her opera credits include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Mao�s 2nd Secretary in Nixon in China, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Adalgisa in Norma, Mercedes in Carmen, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Mother Goose in The Rake�s Progress, La Pucelle in Belladonna, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Clemm in Dominick Argento�s The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe, L�Enfant in L�Enfant et les Sortil�ges, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Hermia in A Midsummer Night�s Dream, and Vera Boronel in The Consul. Her solo appearances include Berlioz�s Les Nuit D�Et�, Handel�s Messiah, Bach�s, St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Magnificat, Falla�s Three Cornered Hat, Mahler�s Symphony No. 2, Mozart�s Requiem, Rossini�s Pettite Messe Solennel, Saint Sa�ns�s Messe, and Vivaldi�s Gloria to list a few. Soon Cho is on the voice faculty at Baylor University.  
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Scott Murphree, tenor

Scott Murphree has enjoyed sustained success on the recital, concert and recital stages. His training was at the University of North Texas, Yale University and State University at Stony Brook. The National Federation of Music Clubs honored him with its Young Artist Award. He has performed in recital with Ned Rorem singing the composer�s songs, with Orpheus in Bach Cantatas and in opera with the Utah Opera and Opera Delaware, singing the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He performed Haydn�s Creation in the Sacred Music for a Sacred Space series. Other recent appearances were in Handel�s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York, the role of Nikola Tesla in Violet Fire at the National Theater, Belgrade and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has created leading roles in several world premieres, including Percy Bysse Shelley in Mary Shelley, Arviragus in Cymbeline, and in established repertory, the opera Paul Bunyan at Glimmerglass Opera, and Jonathan Miller�s staged version of Bach�s St. Matthew Passion at the Brooklyn of Music. He is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University.  
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Mischa Bouvier, baritone

Misha Bouvier most recently sang the role of Bill in Kurt Weill�s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Tanglewood, conducted by James Levine. He comes from Alabama, no banjo on his knee. Instead he earned degrees from Boston University and the University of Concinnati. He sings opera, oratorio and recital repertory and some pops, for example Jigger in Carousel with the Boston POPS. His engagements of late have taken him from Los Angeles (Songs from the Labyrinth with Sting and the Concord Ensemble), to Pittsburgh (Christmas Oratorio of Bach and Einhorn�s Voices of Light with Anonymous 4 in Dayton). He has been Bouncer and Dandy in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Le Medecin in Pelleas et Melilsande, the Officer in The Barber of Seville and Death in Holst�s The Planets.  
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