Guest Artists

chulochnikova.jpgPraised in the media for her 'dark plush romantic violin sound' (New York Concert Review) and 'thrilling technique and bravura' (San Francisco Classical Voice) violinist TATIANA CHULOCHNIKOVA (Art of Fugue, Bach and the Violin, B Minor Mass, Musical Offering) is pursuing an active career as a soloist and chamber musician with performances spanning throughout the United States. Tatiana frequently appears as a guest soloist and concertmaster with the Washington Bach Consort in Washington, DC; Period Instrument Orchestra of St. Peter’s Church and the Four Nations Ensemble in New York City as well as American Bach Soloists in San Francisco,CA. In 2015 Tatiana has been named the winner of the Jeffrey Thomas Award 2016 which is given annually to one musician of unusual promise and precocious achievement. As the winner, Ms. Chulochnikova performed series of concerts as a concerto soloist in American Bach Soloists' 2016 season playing E major violin concerto by J.S. Bach as well as her own historical reconstruction of the famous organ Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565). Tatiana's playing received highly enthusiastic reviews: it was described as 'finely articulated and assertive' with 'impressive brilliance'. Born in Ukraine, Chulochnikova began playing violin at the age of 7 and made her professional debut at 14 playing Bruch’s violin concerto with the Kharkiv Philharmonic. Around the same time, her own Trio for violin, flute, and cello was awarded Second Prize at the International Young Composers Competition in Kiev. Chulochnikova received her professional training at the Tchaikovsky College of Music and Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School. Tatiana gave solo and chamber music recitals in the U.S, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine and Russia. In the U.S. Tatiana performed in most major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center and Severance Hall. She also made her solo and chamber music debut at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2013. Tatiana’s recent solo and chamber music performances took place at such venues as the Clark Museum, Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; solo recitals in New York City, Washington, DC, Annapolis, MD and Minneapolis, MN. In the past Tatiana collaborated with such conductors as Masaaki Suzuki, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Herreweghe and Pierre Boulez; and ensembles such as Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. Tatiana Chulochnikova is the founder of The Rubinstein Music Society - the organization which strives to promote classical music masterpieces of the Romantic Era from North America and Europe and to uncover the largely ignored romantic repertoire from Ukraine and Russia. Bringing this valuable and rich repertoire to the attention of both music lovers and professionals, the RMS is committed to conducting research, organizing live performances, staging lectures and sponsoring recording projects.

cofield.jpgAMY COFIELD, soprano (Messiah), is a highly sought after performer and teacher. Praised by the New York Times for her “lovely, rich tone,” Ms. Co eld has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Highly regarded for her “technical facility,” her “beauty of interpretation” and an “arresting presence,” her operatic roles have included Violetta, a role that marked her debut at Houston Grand Opera where she covered Renee Fleming’s Traviata, Cleopatra, Micaela, and Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Roanoke, Elcia(cover) in Rossini’s Moses in Egypt at New York City Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Nevada Opera, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with Greensboro Light Opera (Eastern Music Festival), Violetta with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Mimi, with Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Cunegonde and Susannah with Fort Worth Opera, Musetta and Pamina with Knoxville Opera, Gilda, Norina and Violetta with Lyric Opera San Antonio, and Konstanze and Violetta with Teatro Lirico D’Europa. Amy’s busy concert schedule has included performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Brahms’ Requiem with the U.S. Naval Academy, Orff’s Carmi- na Burana with Virginia Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Einhorn’s Voices of Light, Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah with Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale, Ravel’s Sheherazade with Norfolk Chamber Consort, Mozart’s Requiem with Trinity Ecumenical Parish (VA), Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Hodie with Symphonicity (Va Beach Symphony), Mendels- sohn’s Elijah and St. Paul Oratorio, Haydn’s The Seasons, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and in works from Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, to Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem with Garden State Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In addition, Amy has appeared with Opera Camerata of Washington, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Chamber Music in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and with The Masterwork Chorus (NJ) in Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Recent engagements included the role of Violetta in Opera Roanoke’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata, and a world premiere in NY, performing the role of Belinda in the opera/oratorio, The Rape of the Lock (Alexander Pope), by NY composer Deborah Mason, a return to SNMAS for Mendelssohn’s Elijah and to Roanoke Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem at Washington and Lee University (VA) and a debut with Tulsa Symphony performing Brahms’ Requiem. Upcoming engagements include recitals in Maine and Virginia, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Roanoke (VA) and Haydn’s Creation with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Espinosa.pngSoprano LINDSAY ESPINOSA (Ein Feste Burg, Christmas Oratorio, B Minor Mass) has been praised for “[handling] difficult coloratura passages with the ease of a true professional, and all the high notes too.” (Opera Pronto). This emerging performer is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, where she earned a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. During her studies in Colorado, she was an apprentice artist with Opera Fort Collins and performed Adina, Young Heidi and Laurie in their abridged productions of Elixir of Love, Follies, and The Tender Land. She also competed in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild's voice competition where she was awarded an honorable mention. In 2016, she was advanced to the second round of the Classical Singer Competition in Boston. She also performed the role of Lily in Colonial Player's production of The Secret Garden. Ms. Espinosa traveled to Florida to participate in the Miami Music Festival, where she performed in their Broadway and Opera Aria Night performances as well as singing the role of Le Feu in its production of L'enfant et les sortilèges. After this festival, Ms. Espinosa traveled to Mezzano, Italy, where sang the role of Adele in the Music Academy International's production of Die Fledermaus. In winter 2017, Ms. Espinosa performed in the ensemble and covered the role of First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Opera AACC in Maryland. Immediately following this production, she revived her role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème for the annual Opera Night at the Osteria 510 in Front Royal, Virginia. Ms. Espinosa has also had the pleasure of singing in the Annapolis Chorale for their 2016-2017 season and was a featured performer in their performance of Oklahoma! as well as a soloist for their concert Music for a New World II. In addition to performing, Ms. Espinosa is also a voice and beginning-piano teacher. After receiving her Bachelo's Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, she taught for a year at Ohio’s Royalton Music Center. She also received her teaching certificate in working with children aged 0-5 from Music Together, an early childhood music education program. As a teacher, she offers in-home lessons on reading music, matching pitch, singing in foreign languages, and performance techniques to her students in the Annapolis area. 

murray.pngDAVID MURRAY’s (B Minor Mass) rich baritone voice, dramatic presence, and versatility as a performer has brought him acclaim from critics and audiences throughout the world. David began his professional operatic career in 1986 singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbieri di Sivilia with Boston Lyric Opera. He has since gone on to sing the title role of Figaro (in the same opera) more than 25 times in the US, Canada and Europe. Other notable and often performed roles include Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Eisenstein and Dr. Falke in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Equally at home on the concert stage, David has performed with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting, The Handel & Haydn Society, The Tokyo Philharmonic, The Telemann Orchestra of Japan, The New Japan Philharmonic, The Boston Academy of Music (Opera Boston), Theatre Lyrique d’Europe, Chorus proMusica, Boston Lyric Opera, Back Bay Chorale, as well as leading roles with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, and Connecticut Concert Opera. Recent engagements include Soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Bach’s B minor Mass with the Annapolis Chorale, as well as Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Gianni in Gianni Schicchi, Don Alfonzo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Baltimore Concert Opera, and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra at MIT. David has recorded for the Koch, New Albion, Titanic and CRI record labels.

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Kristin Pagent is a native of Wheaton Illinois, and got her degree in Opera Performance from Northwestern University. She joined the United States Navy Band in 2000, and sang in the Sea Chanters chorus for seventeen years. She has been on 15 National tours, and has sung in every state except Alaska. Kristin has sung with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Cincinnati Pops, The Boston Pops, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has sung for many Presidents,  Vice Presidents, and other high-ranking officials in DC. She sang in choruses for President Reagan, President Ford, and Neil Armstrong’s funerals.  She has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center Honors.  Her children say the “coolest” gig she’s ever done is singing the Anthem at the Superbowl where the Seahawks beat the Broncos. Kristin started singing with the Annapolis chorale in 201 4.  She particularly
enjoyed being a soloist for the Bach+ series last year, and is looking forward to this year’s season as well.

jregan.pngTenor JOSEPH REGAN (Messiah, B Minor Mass) is thrilled to return to Live Arts Maryland for the 2017-2018 seaons. As a highly sought after performer, Mr. Regan’s singing has taken him all over the Eastern Seaboard and parts of Europe. Mr. Regan is regularly engaged as a soloist with orchestras, in recital, and opera productions. Recent highlights from the opera stage include a turn as Azaël from Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue for Lyric Opera of Bal- timore, Don José in Opus Concert Theater’s production of Carmen, and an upcoming portrayal of Pinkerton from Madame Butterly with Loudon Lyric Opera. Dr. Regan is frequently engaged as a tenor soloist for var- ious oratorios. He is particularly well known for his singing of Bach and Handel with more than two dozen performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Passions and Cantatas to his credit. This season, Mr. Regan will again sing Bach’s great B Minor Mass as well as multiple performances of Messiah this holiday season. Mr. Regan also deeply enjoys singing art song, in particular French Mélodies. This intimate and personal form allows him to more deeply explore the connection between text, music, emotional intent, and its impact on the listener. Mr. Regan is a long time member of the eight person vocal ensemble The District Eight, with whom he has toured the East Coast and appeared on multiple recordings. He has also recently joined the vocal group Words and Music, whose popular and classical performances have been a favorite for those living in the D.C. and northern VA areas for years. Mr. Regan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Bowie State University where he teaches voice and assorted classes. He earned his BM and MM from the Peabody Institute of the John’s Hopkins University and his DMA from University of Maryland, College Park.

mregan.jpegMezzo-Soprano, MELANIE ZAYAS REGAN (B Minor Mass), is a well known teacher and singer based in Maryland. Ms. Regan earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. She maintains a robust studio and directs the Opera Workshop at Shepherd University. A number of her students have gone on the great success at nationally recognized graduate programs and can be found performing all along the East Coast. In addition, Ms. Regan maintains a full voice studio at Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland. There, she is stage director for the school’s annual Spring Musical, runs the Saint James Girl’s A Capella group, and provides assistance for a wide range of activities within the department. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Regan has been privileged to have an active performance presence in the area. Highly regarded as a soloist in recital and with orchestra, she has had particular success with the Oratorio repertoire. She has performed as the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Ros- sini Stabat Mater, the Mozart Mass in C, the Bach Magni cat, the Vivaldi Gloria, and Mozart’s Requiem among others. Ms. Regan has studied and sung with such prestigious teachers as Frederica Von Stade, Steven Rainbolt, Ruth Drucker, and John Shirley-Quirk.

satava.pngJESSICA SATAVA, soprano (B Minor Mass), "lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015) Ms. Satava has appeared as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La Bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Inez in Il Trovatore, Voce dal Cielo in Don Carlo, Julie in Carousel, Laurey in Oklahoma!, and as Mimí and Micaëla in concert performances of La bohème and Carmen. While at Peabody Conservatory, she per- formed the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Polly in The Threepenny Opera. Ms. Satava has appeared with orchestra as the soprano soloist in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Rutter’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Dvoƙák’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion, Mass in B minor and Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1, and Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10. As an interpreter of new music, she has been fortunate to premier many new song cycles and operas, and her long-running membership in the experimental opera troupe The Figaro Project. Upcoming, Ms. Satava can be heard on a new recording, Ask the Moon, to be released this year on Parma Records, a song cycle written for her by Garth Baxter featuring poems of Linda Pastan, entitled Skywriting. The 2017-18 season will include a return to the sopra- no solos in much-loved works including as Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem for both LiveArts MD and the Maryland Choral Society, and Bach’s Mass in B minor, in addition to her rst appearance as soloist in Bee- thoven’s rich work Choral Fantasy, sharing the stage with her husband Joseph Satava as piano soloist with The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. For dates and more information, please visit www.jessica- satava.com.

Bennett Umhau.jpegBennett Umhau is an energetic young baritone who “[handles] his vocal chores flawlessly.”  With his recent performances in opera, operetta, concert works and new music, Mr. Umhau has appeared with many organizations in the greater Washington D.C.  and Baltimore area.  Recent roles include "Jud" in Oklahoma!, sung with a "golden voice"; "Pandolfe" in Massenet's Cendrillon; “Mr. Goldbury” in Utopia Limited,  “Strephon” in Iolanthe, as well as a frequent soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Bennett maintains a voice studio in the Annapolis and Columbia area.

 

 

Ben3.jpgHailing from Rochester, New York, cellist BENJAMIN WENSEL (Musical Offering) earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, Ben served as assistant to renowned pedagogue Alan Harris. Equally important to his musical education were performances in seminars and master classes for members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Miami, and Ying quartets, chamber music studies with Peter Salaff and members of the Audubon and Cavani Quartets, and solo master classes with Clemens Michael Hagen, Steven Isserlis, David Soyer, and Michel Strauss. Ben has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and has been a member of The U.S. Army Orchestra, Strolling Strings, and String Quartet since 2003. Dedicated to the creation and promotion of new music, Ben performed the world premieres of more than twenty works written by established and emerging American composers as a member of the Tarab Cello Ensemble. He also participated in the ensemble’s residencies at Princeton University, Stetson University, and the University of South Florida. Prior to his military service, Ben taught chamber music and maintained a private studio at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, where he was also cellist of the Hochstein String Quartet. Fortunate to have many avenues to pursue chamber music in the artistically rich National Capital area, Ben performs with the Mellifera Quartet, LeDroit Chamber Players, and is the cellist of the Piano Trio-in-Residence of the National Gallery of Art. His cello was built in 1885 by the Neapolitan luthier Vincenzo Postiglione. Ben lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Christina, and their children, Juniper, Ellis, and Willa.