Hometown: Portland, OR Current Residence: Durango, CO Awards & Distinctions: Current Assistant Professor of Voice at Fort Lewis College, Durango (CO). Upcoming Engagements: Engagements Photo: Nancy Hall, Still in Motion with True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Picture Company (AZ); Quadrivium Vocal Ensemble, (CO); Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Festival 2018. Past Career Highlights Seven seasons with True Concord Voices & Orchestra (AZ); Four seasons with the GRAMMY® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale (AZ) and current writer of the Chorale’s program notes, 2016-present; Scholarly presentations at conferences of the College Music Society, Colorado Music Educators’ Association, and West Central National Association of Teachers of Singing. Educational Background Doctor of Musical Arts (Voice), Arizona State University; Master of Music (Opera Performance), Arizona State University; Bachelor of Arts (Politics), Whitman College (WA). Passion Outside of Singing: “Cats, learning and striving to live in the moment.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “It is wonderful to spend time with the people of the Desert Chorale — from Josh to each individual singer to the staff — in the artistic haven that is Santa Fe. Each member of the Desert Chorale team is a luminary in his or her own right, but to be part of a relaxed atmosphere in which we’re able to focus completely on the artistic product is a musical, educational, and social experience I truly cherish!”
Diana Grabowski (6th Season) Hometown: Humble, TX Current Residence: Selinsgrove, PA Upcoming Engagements: Concert and recording of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Le Memorie Dolorose with TENET (NY); Premiere of Jeremy Gill’s Pensées on Photo: Jared Rey tour with Variant 6 to Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia. Past Career Highlights: Recording two albums, Udite Amanti and The Rebel Queen, with Baroque ensemble Armonia Celeste for Centaur Records; Performing the role of Dido in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Mountainside Baroque (MD). Educational Background: Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), University of North Texas. Passion Outside of Singing: “Gardening, cooking, and reading.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Bringing my family (husband Greg, two sons Ben and Sam) to Santa Fe with me for the 2017 Summer season!”
Kate Maroney (2nd Season) Hometown: Toms River, NJ Current Residence: Brooklyn, NY Awards & Distinctions: 2016 Virginia Best Adams Fellow, Carmel Bach Festival (CA); 2015 Vocal Fellow, Oregon Bach Festival (OR); 2013 William Blair Award, Oratorio Photo: Tatiana Daubek Society of New York Soloist Competition. Upcoming Engagements: Singing incidental music for a tour of Here All Night, an adaptation of Samuel Beckett plays with Gare St Lazare Ireland, throughout Ireland including Wexford Opera; World premiere of David Lang’s interactive adaptation of the little match girl passion (observed) performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY); Alto Soloist, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Le Memorie Dolorose with TENET and ACRONYM, recording and performance (NY). Past Career Highlights: World Tour, Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach (2012—2015); Alto Soloist, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232 with American Classical Orchestra, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (NY); LA Opera’s production of Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar, The Roy and Edna Disney/ CalArts Theater (REDCAT) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (CA). Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts, Eastman School of Music (NY); Master of Music, Yale University (CT); Bachelor of Music, Purchase College, State University of New York. Passion Outside of Singing: “Art, museums, travel, Ireland, poetry, food, hiking, exploring new places, cowboy boots (including a souvenir from last summer in Santa Fe!), crossword puzzles, dancing, spending lots of time with family and friends!” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Singing with folks at the homeless shelter with Brandon Boyd — what a profoundly moving experience, something that inspires me to seek more of this type of community engagement and service work in all areas of life!”
Sarah Nickerson (10th Season) Hometown: Fargo, ND Current Residence: Santa Fe, NM Upcoming Engagements: 2018-19 season with Kinnara Ensemble (NJ); 2018 Winter Festival with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Co-Choral Photo: Kate Russell Leader, Santa Fe Desert Chorale Interfaith Community Shelter Program. Past Career Highlights: Being part of Kinnara Ensemble’s (NJ) first commercial recording, Provenance; Alto Soloist in the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major, RV 589. Educational Background: Master of Business Administration, University of Cincinnati (OH).
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