Singers performing in our upcoming February concert set
John Bosick, Bass
John was born in Big Spring, Texas, where his father was stationed as a pilot at Webb Air Force Base. After time in Arizona, New Mexico and Lakenheath, England, he spent the rest of his childhood in Black Forest, Colorado, after his father’s retirement from the Air Force. John moved to Boston to receive his education in vocal performance at New England Conservatory and opera studies at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former member of the Opera Company of Boston, he has worked as music director, organist, and soloist for several churches and synagogues in Boston, New York City and Denver. He has performed in productions at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and has also played keyboards in their orchestra. Currently, John is principal accompanist for Harmony: a Colorado chorale.
Brock Erickson, Tenor
Brock Erickson received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Kent State University (Ohio) and studied music composition at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. In addition to his choral singing he played flute and saxophone in numerous classical and jazz ensembles. Brock was a staff singer at Washington Park UMC, University Park UMC and St. Andrew’s Episcopal churches. He was a frequent performer with the early music ensemble Diverse Passions, and has sung with the Colorado Music Festival, The Playground Ensemble, and the Evans Choir. Brock began singing with St. Martin's Chamber Choir in 1996, served on its Board of Directors for eight years and was the choir's Executive Director from 2004 until 2010. He is currently a software support representative for Epicor Software.
Bryan Grosbach, Tenor
Bryan Grosbach is a Denver composer, publisher and vocalist. He received his B.Music in Composition degree in 2014 from Metropolitan State University of Denver, studying under Cherise Leiter. He specializes in writing for vocalists in both ensemble and solo settings, and his works have been widely performed throughout Colorado, including at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference. Bryan has been featured on “Composers Circle,” and continues to write for the Denver Pro Chorale, which champions his music. He has also had works performed in New Mexico, Florida and throughout Germany and Austria. Bryan currently performs with both the Denver Pro Chorale and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and has worked with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Loveland Opera Theatre, Central City Opera and the Lyric Opera Guild in various performances as both soloist and chorister. He placed in the top of his division in multiple regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, and has performed large opera roles such as Figaro in il Barber di Siviglia, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.
Cynthia Henning, Soprano
Cynthia Henning received her BM in Vocal Performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she was a member of the Lamont Chorale and Chamber Singers, was cast in principal roles in operas and musicals, and regularly returns to sing with The Evans Alumni Choir. She has sung in the choruses of the Colorado Bach Ensemble, Skinner Summer Choralfest, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Colorado Music Festival, and Central City Opera, and has been a staff singer and soloist in several church choirs in the Denver area, including St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral. Cindy is employed as a legal administrative assistant.
Daniel Hutchings, Tenor
Daniel Hutchings received his BM in Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A recent arrival in Colorado, Daniel has been a fixture of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for nearly a decade. He is a regular performer with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, and Magnificat, and has recently appeared as a soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and B-minor mass, Monteverdi's Vespers, and various works by Vivaldi, Charpentier and others. He has sung in many performances of the Bach cantatas, especially with the San Francisco Bach Choir. When not singing, he can often be found programming computers in the nearest cafe.
MB Krueger, Alto
MB Krueger grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and moved to Denver in 1997 when she and Tim married. She has sung with St. Martin's Chamber Choir ever since. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she has been teaching for the last 18 years. MB earned her B. Music Education from Michigan State University and her M. Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a staff singer at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, and has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Santa Fe Opera, Arts Nova Singers, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and others. MB is also active as a clinician and guest conductor for local and regional choral festivals, and is on the board of the Colorado chapter of American Choral Directors Association.
Matt LaCava, Bass
Matt LaCava has been singing since childhood, and has loved every minute of it. He has been a part of premier choral groups in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Colorado, and has toured as both a chorister and a soloist in the United States and all over Europe. Matt has been with St. Martin's since 2011, and is currently the Music Director and Pastor of Worship at Redeemer Bible Church in Brighton, where he lives with his wife, Kate, and their three sons.
Susan Langley, Alto
Susan Langley graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Washington University, and did graduate work at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has performed with the Opera Colorado Chorus, the Seattle Opera Chorus, and the early music ensemble Diverse Passions. She loves her job as an audio editor for a non-profit studio that records books for the blind and physically handicapped. Sue has sung with SMCC since the spring of 1997.
Micaëla Larsen Brown, Alto
Micaëla Larsen Brown grew up singing…in India and then Denver and Brighton, Colorado. She graduated from Univ. of Sioux Falls with degrees in Music and Speech & Theater, and then lived in France for two years. She subsequently sang several concerts in France. She has sung with the Colorado Chorale, served as staff singer at Central Presbyterian Church for 15 years, and as staff singer at St. John's Cathedral for 4 years. She is currently a staff singer at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Micaëla was an elementary music teacher for 25 years. She retired from full-time teaching to pursue several mini-careers: teaching voice lessons, designing & sewing drag apparel, singing, substitute teaching, and marketing her invention (a hat that can be worn with a bike helmet.) Micaëla also volunteers as a music therapist, singing for nursing home and hospice patients and singing for kids at Children's Hospital Colorado. Micaëla has received the Rotary Teacher of the Year award and Outstanding Alumni Award from Univ. of Sioux Falls. Micaëla and her husband, Jack raise rescue critters.
Katy Lushman, Soprano
Katy Lushman is an active conductor, clinician and singer in the Denver area. Katy is the Vocal Music Director at North High School, where she directs two choirs and teaches piano, guitar, and AP Music Theory classes. Her choirs have performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Katy has served as a clinician for children’s, school and adult choirs throughout her career. In partnership with the Colorado Children’s Chorale, Katy co-founded the Northside Music Project, a vocal music group for middle school students from Northwest Denver, and regularly collaborates with a broad range of Colorado musicians. Katy moved to Denver in 2013 after completing a M. Music degree in Choral Conducting with Dr. Joe Miller at Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ, during which time she sang with some of the finest orchestras in the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic (Rattle), London Philharmonia (Salonen), Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra (Dudamel), New York Philharmonic (Gilbert), and others. Prior to returning to graduate school, Katy taught in schools in Ohio, Switzerland and China. She completed a B. Music degree in Music Education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to singing with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, Katy performs regularly with the Anima Chamber Choir, Evans Choir and at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. When she is not in rehearsal, Katy loves to be in the mountains with her husband, Andy, and their dog, Sky.
Taylor Martin, Tenor
Taylor Martin is an active conductor and educator in the Greater Denver Area. Since earning his Master's of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in 2014, Taylor has been appointed Staff Conductor for the Colorado Symphony Chorus, and has also continued his work as a Choral Teaching Artist for the non-profit El Sistema Colorado. Taylor also joined the music staff at Montview Presbyterian as Associate Minister of Music for Youth and Children in 2014, and works as a clinician with area high school and elementary school choirs. Taylor is entering his fourth year with St. Martin's, after joining as the Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern in 2012. In 2013 Taylor spearheaded The ReSound Singers, an outreach program with St. Martin's that offers choral programs to Denver's populations affected by homelessness.
Chris Maunu, Bass
Christopher Maunu is originally from Frederick, South Dakota. He holds a M.M. in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a B.M in Vocal Music Education degree from Northern State University. Christopher has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, and currently performs with the Colorado Bach Ensemble. Mr. Maunu spends most of his time conducting. His choirs from Arvada West HS are well known throughout the state, including 6 performances at CMEA conferences (the top honor for high school choirs). Christopher is a former Chorusmaster for Loveland Opera Theatre, adjudicates choir festivals, and has served as guest clinician for area honor choirs. Mr. Maunu shares his life with his beautiful wife Aleisha and their pets, Paavo and Ligeti.
Joe Massman, Bass
Bass-baritone Joe Massman holds a Master's degree in Voice from the University of Northern Colorado. Among the roles Joe has performed, some favorites have included Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Bhaer in Little Women, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Smudge in Forever Plaid. Joe has appeared on the European stage playing Lodovico in Otello and Commissario in Madama Butterfly with Opera Classica Europa. He sang the title role in the world premiere of Jim Cockey’s Symphony No. 2: Parmly’s Dream with the Billings Symphony. In addition to Joe's musical endeavors, he brings his love of performing to his work as a trainer for post-secondary schools through the U.S. Department of Education.
Julia Stacer Melady, Soprano
Julia Stacer Melady was born in Missouri and attended college in Utah, where she earned her B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University. Julia has a Master's degree specializing in Integrating Technology in the Classroom, and teaches Spanish at Brighton High School. Julia is a member of Colorado Bach Ensemble, and has also sung with Colorado Chorale, Kantorei, and the choirs of St. Andrew's Episcopal and Holy Ghost Roman Catholic churches.
Devin Nordson, Tenor
Devin Nordson was born in Minneapolis and has been singing in choirs for most of his life. He received a BA in Sociology and Humanities from the University of MN, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i. He has sung with many excellent choirs, including the Plymouth Music Series under Phillip Brunelle, Musikanten under Kerry Krebill, the Hawai'i Vocal Arts Ensemble, and Boulder's Ars Nova Singers. He has been a singer for SMCC since 2001 and works at CU Boulder as an Academic Advisor. Laura and Devin had a son in April 2013, but Darius isn't quite ready to audition for the choir just yet.
Laura Nordson, Soprano
Originally from Lander, Wyoming, Laura Nordson moved to Colorado and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Performance from the University of Denver. Although she enjoys singing in operas and musicals, she found her true calling teaching Music Together, an early childhood music program that she has taught since 2006. Laura has been singing with SMCC since 2003. She met Devin at the first rehearsal, they married in 2006, and their duet became a trio in 2013 when their son Darius was born.
Kathryn Radakovich, Soprano
Kathryn Radakovich received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Music History at the University of Idaho. She then went on to earn her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from California State Fullerton in 2011. While there, she performed with many of Southern California's leading choral ensembles in venues including Disney Hall, Honda Center, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Staples Center and the Hollywood Bowl with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, John Williams, and others. Two years ago, Kathryn relocated to Denver where she now sings at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception as well as with Voices of Light Chamber Choir, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and several other freelance ensembles. She also maintains a busy schedule performing solo classical and jazz music with her duo partner, Amanda Riggers.
Westin Sorrel, Tenor
Westin Sorrel is currently the Director of Choral Music at Dakota Ridge High School. He earned his Bachelors of Music degree from the School of Music at Colorado State University where he studied Vocal Music Education following the Performance Enhancement Track. During his time at CSU, Westin sang with the CSU Chamber Choir, University Chorus, Men’s Chorus and the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center with which he held several lead roles. He also spent three years singing with the Fort Collins community group Laudamus Chamber Chorale. While at CSU, Westin was involved with the Collegiate National Association for Music Educators, the Student National Association for Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors' Association. In the summer of 2015, Westin had the honor of spending two weeks in Italy at the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop, where he worked with world-renowned conductor Simon Carrington. In addition to singing with St. Martin's Chamber Choir, Westin sings with Colorado Bach Ensemble and Anima Chamber Ensemble and is the assistant conductor of the Bethany Lutheran Chancel Choir.
Karissa Swanson, Alto
Karissa Swanson is delighted to sing with the Saint Martin's Chamber Choir for a sixth season. Karissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and a Master's in Education (Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction) from Walden University, and recently earned certification in Orff-Schulwerk at the San Francisco International Orff Course. Karissa has been teaching K-6 general music with an Orff emphasis for twelve years, and is currently teaching in Denver Public Schools. Karissa just started learning how to mountain bike and knit; she also enjoys making delicious vegetarian meals, reading, hiking, practicing yoga, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Tom Vanden Bosch, Bass
Tom Vanden Bosch was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but lived most of his life in the South. His educational and professional background include a BM in Church Music and Voice, Rhodes College; MDiv, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; MM in Choral Conducting, DU; School Counseling degree, UCD. Tom has served as music director and soloist for several churches in the Denver area in addition to serving as a choral director, music teacher and counselor in the Douglas County School District. He now enjoys retirement and making music with his wife, Janet (a composer), his two daughters, and their four boys. Through music Tom is mindful of his son Andrew, also a musician, who passed away in 2004. He has been singing with St. Martin's since 2000 and is grateful for the music, the camaraderie and the honor of performing with this fine ensemble.
Allison Westfahl, Soprano
Allison Westfahl Wagner received a BA in Music from Yale University and a MS in Physiology from California University. While at Yale, she sang with the Yale Camerata, the Yale Recital Chorus, and toured nationally with the a cappella group Something Extra. Since moving to Colorado in 2001, she has sung with Ars Nova Singers, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Colorado Music Festival, and the UNC Summer Music Festival. Off the musical stage, Allison writes books about exercise science, and is the Director of Personal Training at the Pura Vida Club in Cherry Creek. She lives in Denver with her husband Brian and their incorrigible dog Muppet.
Rick Wheeler, Tenor
Rick Wheeler attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He studied privately with Alan Held in New York and developed his understanding of renaissance choral music, then pursued his expertise in Gregorian Chant with Dr. Walter Bahn of Catholic University. He performed in New York for six years as a choir member and section leader with several professional choral groups including the Westminster Choir and the Kent Singers, and has sung under the direction of Simon Carrington, Riccardo Muti, Robert Shaw and Leonard Bernstein. In Spokane, Washington Rick was a founding member of the Spokane Baroque Singers and the founder and music director of the River City Chamber Singers. He was a member for two years of Male Ensemble Northwest in Washington State, and in Colorado sang with the Ars Nova Singers for 12 years. Rick is currently in his fourth season with St. Martin's Chamber Choir and recently performed as associate director of music for the inception ceremony of Archbishop Samuel Aquila. Rick is the Music Director of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Littleton and the Artistic Director of the Vittoria Ensemble. He considers his greatest achievement to be his marriage to his beautiful wife Anna and his seven wonderful children.
Donna Wickham, Alto
A St. Martin’s member since 1996, Donna Wickham holds a BM in vocal performance and an MM in conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. She is the head of the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music, and teaches music history courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online. Her diverse professional activities include work as a composer, arranger, vocalist, conductor, and keyboardist in genres that range from early music to rock, jazz and avant-garde. Donna’s performance credits include work with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, The Playground, Colorado Music Festival, Santa Fe New Music, and the Colorado Art Rock Society. Donna has released 3 CD's on her own Gizmo records label: Myth and Memory, a chamber jazz recording featuring her own compositions, and two classical CD's with her vocal quartet, Firesign. For more information on Donna’s professional activities, visit donnawickham.com.
Laura Williams, Alto
Laura Williams moved to Colorado from the Southeast 10 years ago begin her MM at CU Boulder. After graduating she went on to study Vocology with the National Center for Voice and Speech and now works as a Singing Voice Specialist. She is currently an Adjunct Voice Faculty at CU Denver and has recently also served on the Voice Faculty at UNC Greeley. Laura has enjoyed performing with the International Bachakademie in Stuttgart and Weimar, Germany under Helmut Rilling and has toured in Chile and Tunisia In Colorado, Laura frequently sings with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Anima Chamber ensemble, and has performed as a soloist with the Alpine Chorale, Cantabile, Rocky Mountain Chorale and with Boulder's Messiah-Sing-Along. She also has a West Highland Terrier with a big attitude named Harvey.