Singers performing in
A Winter’s Night: Christmas with British Composers
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.
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.
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, 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.
Leila Heil, Alto
Leila Heil was appointed in 2011 as Assistant Professor of Music at University of Colorado. Prior to this appointment, she served on the music education faculty at The Ohio State University and Colorado State University. Her professional experience includes twenty-one years of public school teaching at the secondary level. Leila holds a BM from Colorado State University, a MM in choral conducting from Arizona State University and a PhD in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.