Singers performing in our upcoming concert set
Victoria Tenebrae Responsories
Claudia Folk Wright, Alto
Claudia Folk Wright is an experienced choral artist and lyric mezzo-soprano. A Westminster Choir College graduate, she has performed and recorded with choirs and orchestras across the country. She is a staff singer at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver and a former member of La Renaissance and Orleans Chamber Singers in New Orleans, LA. She has performed recently with the Denver Early Music Consort and is excited to be singing in her first season with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir.
Ana Spadoni, Soprano
Ana Spadoni is originally from Brazil, where she started her vocal studies with the renowned soprano Neyde Thomas. In 2007, she moved to New York City to further her education at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Bachelor's degree. Ana completed a Master's degree in Vocal Performance at University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where she is now pursuing a Performance Certificate in Choral Conducting under Dr. Catherine Sailer.
Ms. Spadoni’s recent stage roles include The Fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Colorado Ballet, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Adina in Don Pasquale, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, which was televised nationally in Brazil.
Although new to the conducting world, Ana has had exciting opportunities to further her studies, participating in a master class at the ACDA Colorado convention with Charles Bruffy. She is the new Mark Sheldon conducting intern with St. Martin's Chamber Choir, as well as Interim Choir Director at Calvary Church Denver. In January she will be resuming her positions as Conducting Fellow for the Colorado Repertory Singers and Choristers Director at University Park UMC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alan Polacek, Bass
Alan grew up in Colorado, singing, playing oboe, and taking piano lessons from age 9. He played piano in Jazz band and sang inchoirs through middle and high school, while also writing piano and choral music and arrangements for various school ensembles. He attended the University of Colorado as an Electrical and Computer Engineering major before admitting his true calling and enrolling in CU's composition program. He received his B.Music in Composition in 2007, performed and soloed with the University Choir, University Singers, and the sporadic Composition Ensemble during his time there. Alan currently works for Custom Solar in Boulder, installing solar panels, and spends his free time climbing, biking, and reading.
Kathleen Schmidt, Alto
Kathleen Schmidt is a lyric mezzo-soprano specializing in medieval chant, Renaissance polyphony, and Baroque opera and oratorio. She was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director for the Denver Early Music Consort, founded by former Saint Martin's chorister Marjorie Bunday. Kathleen has designed curricular programs of early music for grade-school education outreach at the request of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and has performed and led classroom presentations at several Denver-area public schools on the Symphony’s behalf. Kathleen has guest-conducted numerous choral ensembles for churches in the Denver area. She briefly served as interim choirmaster for the professional choir of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore. She began conducting as a student of Maestro Scott O’Neil, Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Kathleen has been performing early music on the concert stage since 2002, beginning her career singing and playing Renaissance and Baroque recorder, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion in the Collegium Musicum ensemble of the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She holds a Master of Music-Voice degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she specialized in early music study.
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.
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.
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.
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.