Singers performing in our upcoming December concert set
Christmas in England
A Tribute to Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)
Matthew Bentley, Tenor
Matthew Bentley grew up in a musical family playing the piano and the cello. He is a staff singer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and teaches Spanish at Kent Denver School, where he holds the Jane Horn Distinguished Teaching Chair. Matt graduated summa cum laude from BYU and holds a doctorate in Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia. He lives in the Baker neighborhood with his partner, Frank.
Ruth Brand, Soprano
A native of Colorado, Ruth Brand has sung with professional organizations along the Front Range since graduating from the University of Denver in 2010. Most recently she appeared with Denver Opera Collective as Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, as well as being a chorister with Saint John’s Cathedral and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Upcoming engagements include the role of Rainbow Crow in Boulder Opera’s production of The Firebringers. She also has stepped backstage to direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, as well as stage managing for Boulder Opera’s productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Handel’s Orlando. She currently works as the music director for Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Denver, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Joey Costanza, Tenor
Joey Costanza is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD), with a Bachelors in Music Education. Originally from Pueblo, Colorado, Joey has been singing since middle school. He has been a member of many MSUD choral ensembles as well as a member of the Denver Pro Chorale. Joey has also been a cast member of MSUD's production of Hair, and is always looking for more shows to do. He was the president of MSUD's chapter of the American Choral Directors Association for two years and has also been the assistant conductor of both the Chorale and Men's Choir at MSUD. Joey is thrilled to be a part of St. Martin’s and hopes to continue the relationship in the future.
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.
Sean Fox, Bass
Sean received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. After graduating he moved to New York City and quickly learned that he was too nice to live there. After retreating back to Ithaca for a few years (meanwhile earning his massage therapy certification) Sean decided to try another big city, but one where people are still friendly. St Martin's Chamber Choir was Sean's first audition after arriving in Denver August of 2012. He is very grateful to have the opportunity to make such beautiful music with such a talented group of people. When he is not performing, Sean can be found at his private massage studio at Hellenic Laser Spa in Lowry. And no, he does not sing to his clients during their sessions.
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.
Ashley Hoffman, Soprano
Ashley Hoffman has appeared locally with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Archdiocesan Chorale, Denver Early Music Consort, Ars Nova Singers, as a guest soloist for St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Vittoria Ensemble, and Colorado Chorale, and as a staff singer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Before moving to Denver, Ashley performed professionally in the Los Angeles area with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, LASchola, Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble, All Saints‘ Beverly Hills and St. James‘ in the City. Her recording credits include CDs, soundtracks and video games. During the day she works as a web designer and graphic artist, on projects such as the SMCC website, and spends time with her husband Barry and four-year-old daughter Lyra.
Dan Howard, Bass
Dan Howard grew up in rural North Dakota and Minnesota. He holds B. Science and M. Music degrees in vocal performance from North Dakota State University, a M. Arts degree in musicology from the U. of Iowa, and has completed doctoral coursework in musicology at the U. of Iowa. Mr. Howard has performed in the Opera Colorado Chorus, the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera Chorus, Voices of Concord, the Augustana Chancel Choir, the FM Chamber Choral, the Grand Forks Master Choral, the U. of Iowa Center for New Music, and the NDSU Baroque Festival Singers. Mr. Howard has taught class and studio voice at North Dakota State University and music history at the U. of Northern Iowa and the U. of Iowa. He has been a vocal coach at Arvada West High School and teaches private voice lessons in Highlands Ranch and Arvada. During the winter months, Mr. Howard is a youth alpine instructor at Keystone Ski and Ride School. He loves to spend any time that he can traveling, reading, singing, and cooking with his wife, Angela and daughter, Isabelle.
Kate LaCava, Alto
Kate received her B. Music in Vocal Performance from Bob Jones University in 2006, where she was an award-winning soloist and chorister in the University's premier choral groups. She then completed her M. Music in Vocal Performance at Converse College in 2010. Upon completing her graduate work, she was invited to become a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. She has won the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition twice and was awarded the Reid Brown Outstanding College Female Singer Award. Kate has studied voice privately since 1996 and has been singing since she was a child. As a teenager, she toured with her family and sang in multiple countries around the world where her passion for music and singing was cultivated. Kate and her husband, Matt, moved to Colorado in the spring of 2010, and she currently stays at home with her three sons and teaches in her private voice studio, Voce dalla Cava.
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.
Nicholas Lee, Bass
Nicholas Lee, a Nebraska native, serves as choral conductor for the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir in Brighton. Nick holds a B. Science degree in music education from Concordia University, Seward, NE, and a M. of Music Education degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He has enjoyed touring locally and internationally as both a chorister and conductor with graduate and undergraduate ensembles. Nick sang with St. Martin’s Festival Singers for performances of the Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem, and feels blessed to be joining the ensemble again for the Christmas season. His other recent performance highlights could not be more contrasting, including baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and both choral singer for Barry Manilow and choral conductor for The Rolling Stones’ 2015 tour stop in Kansas City.
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.
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.
Raymond Ortiz, Tenor
Raymond Ortiz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Benedictine College and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. He has been singing with St. Martin’s since 2007. He is also Director of Music at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Littleton. Prior to moving to Colorado, Raymond livedin Kansas City, where he sang with the internationally acclaimed Kansas City Chorale under the direction of Charles Bruffy. Raymond performed as a soloist with several groups including the Kansas City Symphony and the Liberty Symphony. Raymond also served as Director for Music and Liturgy for Our Lady of the Presentation Church and director and co-founder of the Lee’s Summit Chorale, which was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in June 2007. Raymond lives in Denver with his wife Holly and six children Molly, Abigail, Lucas, Margaret, Ruth and David.
Leslie Remmert Soich, Alto
Leslie Remmert Soich received a M. Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and was the third prize winner in the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria. She is active throughout the Front Range on both the opera and concert stages, including performances with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Boulder Philharmonic and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. Ms. Soich is also a sought-after vocal coach with an active private studio and a busy teaching schedule in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Jessica Sweet, Alto
Jessica Sweet first sang with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir as a singer intern while a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In addition to signing with St. Martin’s, she also performs with the Denver Pro Chorale, leads the Carmody Community Choir, and teaches middle school choir in Jefferson County. Jessica has experience throughout Colorado as a singer, accompanist, director and vocal coach. She lives in Lakewood with her father, son and two cats.
Laura Tribby, Alto
Laura Tribby hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she earned trumpet and voice performance degrees at Western Michigan University and lived in her father's violin shop. As a student at WMU, she participated in over a dozen music groups, sang lead roles in operas, premiered new works, placed in NATS competitions, and spent a summer in Austria at the American Institute of Musical Studies. She maintained a successful private studio of trumpet and voice students after graduating, and was the alto section leader for the Bach Festival Chorus of Kalamazoo and a Presbyterian church choir. She moved to Colorado in September 2014 after many years of daydreaming about the Rocky Mountains and the sunny bluebird sky that makes the Denver area so special. This is her third season with the St. Martin's Chamber Choir. Thrilled with the active choral scene, Laura has also performed with the Colorado Bach Ensemble, Colorado Opera Chorus, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Denver Pro Chorale, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Choir, Canto Deo, Wellshire Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and Celebration Singers, Denver Jingle Singers, Vittoria Ensemble, Opera On Tap, and the newly formed Anima Chamber Ensemble. She is a Colorado Honor Band instructor, as well, and enjoys working with younger students. Along with her deep passion of music (which includes an extremely vast array of genres), Laura loves riding her bike, hiking, taking pictures, scuba-diving, yoga, and feeling grateful - especially for colors, tomatoes, and friends.
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.
Catherine Williams, Alto
Catherine (Cat) Williams is thrilled to be a part of Saint Martin's Chamber Choir. Catherine also sings in the Denver Pro Chorale. She recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in piano from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. After marrying her own piano student Aaron, Catherine has been teaching private piano lessons for over five years! She also serves as the president of the Aurora Music Teacher's Association.