Singers performing in
Voices and Winds
Anton Bruckner and Daniel Kellogg
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.
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.
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‘ 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.
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.
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.
Ann Marie Morgan, Alto
Praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “beguiling musicality,” Ann Marie Morgan is a frequent guest artist on viola da gamba, and has performed in the Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras. She has been a guest at numerous Bach Festivals including Oregon, Bethlehem, and Boulder, as well as internationally in Germany, the Czech Republic and Turkey. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra as viola da gamba soloist in Bach's St. John Passion and in the Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Colorado and Quad Cities Symphonies. A frequent collaborator with tenor Nicholas Phan, she appeared on viol in concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, at the CRR Auditorium in Istanbul, Turkey, and in a YouTube video (on cello piccolo and viol). This season she joins him in concerts with member of Apollo’s Fire. Also an accomplished baroque cellist, she is featured in flutist Joshua Smith’s recording of the Bach Flute sonatas and chamber sonata from the Musical Offering. Ms Morgan has served on the Early Music faculties of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. To see a list of recordings, watch YouTube videos and stay informed of upcoming events and news, please visit her website, stringperformer.com.
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.
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.
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.
Karissa Swanson, Alto
Karissa Swanson is delighted to sing with the Saint Martin's Chamber Choir for a sixth season. Karissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) and a Master's in Education (Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction) from Walden University, and recently earned certification in Orff-Schulwerk at the San Francisco International Orff Course. Karissa has been teaching K-6 general music with an Orff emphasis for twelve years, and is currently teaching in Denver Public Schools. Karissa just started learning how to mountain bike and knit; she also enjoys making delicious vegetarian meals, reading, hiking, practicing yoga, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
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.
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.
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.