Vocal soloists for the CBASO and CBA Chorus performance of the Mozart Missa Brevis in D (K194) are all winners of The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts, David Katz, chief judge.
Rosalind Lee, soprano
|Rosalind Lee, soprano|
Recent appearances include Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Bach's cantata BWV 21, Ich hatte viel Bekummernis with the Bach Week Festival, guest soprano soloist with the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus in their Baroque for Christmas concert, and her debut with Haymarket Opera Company in concert performances of Stradella’s oratorio San Giovanni Battista both in Chicago and at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta.
Upcoming appearances include a return to the Handel Week Festival in Handel’s motet for soprano and strings, Haec est Regina Virginum, HWV 235 and as the soprano soloist for Will Todd’s jazz mass, Mass in Blue, at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Chicago.
On the opera stage, Ms. Lee has appeared in the baroque opera, La Purpura de la Rosa (Venus) with the Bloomington Early Music Festival, as the title role in Floyd’s Susannah, in Argento’s The Boor (Widow), and in Verdi’s La Traviata (Annina) at Music by the Lake. Ms. Lee is excited to be making her debut with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Mozart’s beautiful Missa Brevis in D.
Nicolette Nazarowski, mezzo-soprano
|Nicolette Nazarowski, mezzo-soprano|
Christian Ketter, tenor
|Christian Ketter, tenor|
A frequent recitalist, Mr. Ketter recently gave a solo-recital on behalf of the Wagner Society of America, as well as a guest-lecture and recital at Northwestern University of Louisiana. As the 2013 American Prize Chicago Oratorio Winner, his past solo performances include: DuBois’ Les sept paroles du Christ; Händel’s Messiah; Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël. Mr. Ketter was privileged to be musically coached and staged by Carlisle Floyd in a 2011 concert celebrating his operatic works in which he sang Will’s aria from Cold Sassy Tree. Other stage performances include: Northwest Indiana Symphony 2014 Orchestra's Holiday Gala; Che in Evita with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra; Cavaradossi in scenes from Tosca with the Calumet City Chamber Ensemble; Radamés in scenes from Verdi’s Aida with Music by the Lake; Willy Loman in Rizzer’s adaptation of Death of a Salesman; a televised-concert marking the Chicago-Premiere of Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights as Edgar Linton; Gaylord Ravenal in ShowBoat. At Ravinia in 2010, Mr. Ketter gave a benefit recital on behalf of the Misericordia Foundation. In addition to teaching voice & piano in the Chicagoland area, as a composer and arranger: he co-wrote a musical stage adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" book, music & lyrics with Paul W. Thompson, and is a featured orchestrator on Canadian-tenor, Riccardo Iannello’s 2015 recording. Mr. Ketter's debut classical recording “Beloved” is available online at iTunes & Amazon. He is also a CALI award-winning dean’s list student at The John Marshall Law School, on Law-Review, and a student-member of the Chicago Bar Association. For more information, go to www.christianketter.com
Stephen Lancaster, baritone
|Stephen Lancaster, baritone|
Recent concert credits include the Fauré & Duruflé Requiems at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, Carmina Burana with Lisbon Summer Fest, Warren Symphony, and Oakland Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. Fisher Music Center; Rachmaninoff’s The Bells and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Holland Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with Chorosynthesis in Seattle and with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Chicago, and Duruflé’s Requiem with Macalester College. He has performed multiple roles with Eugene Opera, Apotheosis Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, and Opera Notre Dame, and created the role of Jaques in As You Like It by Roger Steptoe.
A passionate recitalist, Lancaster has performed programs in Paris, Frankfurt, and Gstaad; at Musique dans le Grésivaudan, Festival Musique d’Uzerche, and the Atlantic Music Festival; and for the Brooklyn Art Song Society in New York. He has recorded an album of French art songs with pianist Martin Katz, Le Menu des Mélodies (Centaur Records), and his recital on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series was broadcast live by classical radio station WFMT. Born and raised in Canada, he holds degrees in vocal performance from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan and currently serves as Associate Professor of Practice and head of the graduate voice studio at the University of Notre Dame. www.stephenlancaster.net
John Vishneski, III, clarinet soloist
|John Vishneski, III, clarinet soloist|
Christopher Windle, chorus director candidate
|Christopher Windle, chorus director candidate|
Windle serves as the Assistant Choirmaster of the Church of the Atonement in Chicago, IL, where he conducts the Schola, Atonement Choir, and St. Ceclia Choir. Each week, these choirs sing a different choral mass setting, motets, and chant. Additionally, Windle is a Choral Fellow and the Summer Series Director with the Maryland State Boychoir. He has conducted the Tour and Concert Choirs in summer concerts during both national and international tours. He also programs the Summer Series, which includes the Compline Series and Summer Sings. Last summer, he conducted Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and this summer he will lead the Summer Sing Choir in Mozarts Requiem.
In previous seasons, Windle has conducted and prepared choirs for numerous and diverse organizations. These include Singing City in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Find Your Instrument! in Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Northfield Youth Choirs, Temple University, and Northwestern University's choral and opera departments. Windle served for two years as the Assistant Director of Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Here, he helped lead a music program of over 200 musicians. He conducted four choirs with singers of ages 10-80, a handbell choir, flute choir, and orchestra. Windle continues to sing professionally in choirs throughout the country.
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