Singers performing in our May 2017 concert set
Sound the Trumpet!
Elise Bahr, Soprano
Elise Greenwood Bahr was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. She holds a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Utah. She has appeared in various Hartford Opera Theater productions and in numerous choral groups. She sang with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus in Birmingham and was a principal singer with the Bach Society of St. Louis in Missouri. Here in Colorado she enjoys singing with St Martin's Chamber Choir, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and various other community groups. A violinist, she has played in church, community, and professional ensembles in three different states. When not involved in musical activities, she enjoys running marathons and trying to keep up with her four wonderful children. Sometimes it feels like the same thing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nathan Payant, Bass
Nathan Payant is a passionate and dedicated conductor, educator and professional singer living in the Denver-metro area. After a successful ten years as the choir director at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, CO, he has taken a leave from teaching to pursue his DMA in Choral Conducting and Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a graduate assistant, he conducts the Collegiate Chorale and assists with undergraduate conducting classes. In addition to singing with St. Martin’s and his studies, Nathan sings professionally in various other ensembles including Evans Choir and Colorado Bach Ensemble, for which he also serves as the Chorus Personnel Manager. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of the professional choir, Anima Chamber Ensemble. Nathan holds a Master of Music Choral Conducting degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and a Bachelor’s Music Education degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. When he is not teaching or singing, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful family: his wife, Natalie, and three daughters, Faythe, Ava and Lilian.
Lorena Perry, Alto
Lorena Perry graduated from Brigham Young University where she studied art, music, dance, and family science and completed the university honors program with a thesis on historical architecture. Prior to moving to Denver, she recorded the original Eric Whitacre a cappella works with Dr. Ronald Staheli’s BYU Singers and performed lead roles in and choreographed for musical theatre. In Colorado, she sang in the Aspen Music Festival, soloed in four Messiah events, sang four seasons with Kantorei, and taught private lessons for 10 years. She teaches her four children alongside her students and organizes monthly outreach concerts for memory care patients. She recently created a youth summer chamber orchestra and choir program to enrich musical development for children during vacation months. She likes to travel with her husband, Scott, hike, write poetry, compose, and cultivate flowers.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Stone, Tenor
Brian Stone received his Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the University of Puget Sound in 2008 and his Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011. After four years teaching high school, most recently at Denver East High School, he has returned to CU to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting and literature. At CU, Brian co-directs the Collegiate Chorale and directs the vocal jazz ensembles. Brian began singing in St. Martin's Chamber Choir in the 2009-10 season. In that same season, Brian served as St. Martin's Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern. Brian has also performed with Anima Chamber Ensemble, and the Evans Choir. As a conductor, Brian serves as Music Director of Cantabile Singers, a community ensemble in Boulder, and at Choir Director at First Unitarian Society of Denver. When not teaching or singing, Brian can be found camping, skiing, fly-fishing and relaxing with his lovely wife, Emily, and lovable handful of a dog, Bear.
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, Soprano
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.
Mark Wagstrom, Bass
A relative newcomer to the Denver music scene, Mark is in his second season with SMCC. He is not a newcomer to professional singing however, having spent 18 years as a professional chorister in the New York City metro area. Among the ensembles with which Mark sang regularly are Voices of Ascension, directed by Dennis Keene; Musica Sacra, directed by Richard Westenburg; New York Virtuoso Singers, directed by Harold Rosenbaum; Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, directed by Kent Tritle, and the Gregg Smith Singers. Additionally, he has performed with such notable organizations as the New York Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, and the American Composer’s Orchestra and under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, Robert Spano, Leon Botstein, and Michael Tilson Thomas to name just a few. In addition to singing with SMCC, Mark is a staff singer with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. When not singing, Mark works as a Service Technician repairing and servicing ATMs and other financial services equipment. He lives in Denver with his wife, Lorien, and more than one cat.
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.