Singers performing in
Herbert Howells’ Requiem
Michael Johnson, Bass
Michael Johnson hails from Minnesota, where he first fell in love with the choral art. Pursuing honor choirs and music study from a young age, Johnson eventually made his way to Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he studied conducting with Dr. Tim Peter and Dr. Allen Hightower. Performing with the renowned Luther College Nordic Choir, he toured the British Isles, making his conducting debut with the ensemble at Christ Church in Oxford. After undergraduate study, Michael enjoyed conducting high school, middle school, and community choirs in the Minneapolis area, while also performing with The Singers under the direction of Dr. Matthew Culloton. He has returned to school and is thrilled to study at the University of Denver as choral teaching assistant to Dr. Catherine Sailer. Besides his studies, Michael enjoys various appointments conducting and singing for churches in the area. He is honored to serve as this year’s Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir.
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, and he is president of the St. Martin's Board of Directors.
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.
David Farwig, Bass
David Farwig has been hailed as a lyric baritone with a unique and beautiful sound, unsurpassed clarity, flexibility, and deep expressivity. Whether in oratorio or recital, he is at home bringing a full range of styles to the stage. As a professional solo and choral artist, he has performed with various companies throughout the U.S. and Europe including the US Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Carmel, Oregon and Victoria Bach Festivals, the Santa Fe Opera, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Choral Arts Seattle, the Santa Fe Symphony, Seraphic Fire, and Tucson Chamber Artists. Farwig was nominated for the Austin Critics Table Award for his solo work in Robert Kyr’s A Time for Life, and won the same award in 2011 and 2012 for his solo work in Kyr’s stirring cantata Songs of the Soul and the critically acclaimed chamber version of Samuel Barber’s The Lovers, recorded with Conspirare on the Harmonia Mundi record label. He recently earned his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and is now based in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches voice and is the Chancel Choir director at Park Hill United Methodist Church.
Bryan Grosbach, Bass
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.
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‘ Church, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Wagner, 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.
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.
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.