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David Farwig James Bass (4th Season)

Hometown: Tampa, FL Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA Awards & Distinctions: Three-time GRAMMY® Award nominee; Featured Soloist on the Conspirare recording Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings; Associate Photo: Kerry Travilla Conductor, Seraphic Fire (FL); Named one of the “Top 10” most important men in Tampa Bay by Blu Magazine. Upcoming Engagements: Guest Conductor and Artistic Director Finalist with the Phoenix Chorale; Co-Founder and Artistic Conductor for the Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival (CO); Conductor of the Florida All-State Men’s Chorus. Past Career Highlights: Bass Soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, The New World Symphony (FL), and the Florida Orchestra; Chorus preparation for Sir David Wilcocks and Sir Colin Davis. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Miami (FL); Interlochen Arts Academy. Passion Outside of Singing: “Hockey!!!” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Hearing André Thomas read Bartholomew Arkoh Boamah Sarbah’s poem Awake Mother Africa each evening before our 2017 Justice program concerts.”

John Buffett

(5th Season)

Hometown: Hudson, OH Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA Upcoming Engagements: Appearances at the Aspen Music Festival with the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Grant Gershon; and with Seraphic Fire Photo: Lucia Gill Photography (FL) conducted by Patrick Dupré Quigley. Past Career Highlights: Faculty, California State University at Long Beach; Soloist, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232, Charlotte Bach Festival (NC), Scott Allen Jarrett, Conductor; Jesus, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245, Pacific Chorale (CA), Robert Istad, Conductor. Educational Background: Master of Music and Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music (NY). Passion Outside of Singing: “Cleveland sports.” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Fort Marcy basketball domination with the guys!”

(21st Season)

Hometown: Denver, CO Current Residence: Denver, CO Awards & Distinctions: Austin Critics Table Award, “Best Singer 2011 & 2012;” 2003 Virginia Best Adams Fellow, Carmel Bach Festival; Performing with Photo: Audrey Michelle Conspirare (TX) and True Concord Voices & Orchestra (AZ), heard on four GRAMMY® Award nominated and two GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings; Soloist on Conspirare’s 2006 Edison Award-winning Requiem recording. Upcoming Engagements: Program of Latin American Baroque at the Tucson Desert Song Festival (AZ); J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 with True Concord Voices & Orchestra (AZ). Past Career Highlights: Solo appearances throughout the US and Europe as a Member of the USAF Singing Sergeants; Choral and Solo Concert Artist with various performing ensembles including Conspirare (TX), Seraphic Fire (FL), Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Choral Arts Northwest (WA), True Concord Voices & Orchestra (AZ); Professional vocalist at Carmel (CA), Oregon and Victoria (BC) Bach Festivals. Educational Background: Doctor of Musical Arts (Conducting), University of Missouri Kansas City; Master of Music (Conducting), University of Denver Lamont School of Music (CO); Bachelor of Arts (Vocal Performance), Adams State University (CO). Passion Outside of Singing: “Traveling, food, SKIING!” Special Desert Chorale Memory: “In my first season, when I was just a pup, Larry Bandfield had every singer in my section sing a brutally hard passage one by one. Each singer failed miserably, except me, and Larry yelled out, ‘This boy can hardly read a lick of music and he just showed you how it’s done!’ He was right. I was so scared out of my wits, I memorized all my music!”

Enrico Lagasca performing during The Road Home CD Launch Concert at Cristo Rey Church, February 2018. Photo: Steven Ovitsky


Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2018 Summer Festival  
Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2018 Summer Festival