Guest Artists

We welcome these guest artists and collaborators to our 2017 – 2018 season!

On Tour, Seattle: Seattle Pro Musica's Chroma

Seattle Pro Musica: Chroma

Chroma, the soprano/alto ensemble of Seattle Pro Musica, is a criti­cally acclaimed choral ensemble conducted by Karen P. Thomas. The ensembles of Seattle Pro Musica have appeared on NPR’s Saint Paul Sunday, are ranked by American Record Guide as “among America’s very best choirs,” and have garnered international praise for CDs and performances. An ensemble of great versatility, Chroma performs music from around the globe in dozens of languages, and has appeared at international festivals such as the World Festival of Women’s Sing­ing, Canada’s Festival Vancouver, the American Guild of Organists Conventions, and at ACDA national and regional conferences. The Seattle PI has praised the group’s crystalline textures and precise musicalityand provocative and evocativeprogramming. The Sun Break says: “It’s no accident that this choir is considered one of the best in the country.”

Seattle Pro Musica is a critically acclaimed choral organization whose mission is to enrich and inspire our audiences, singers, and community through the experience of choral artistry, and to increase access to and appreciation of choral music. Recipient of the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award, Seattle Pro Musica is ranked by American Record Guide as “among America’s very best choirs.” Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Karen P. Thomas, Seattle Pro Musica has received international acclaim for its CD recordings and live performances. Choir and Organ writes: “Seattle Pro Musica presents a cappella singing at its best.” Seattle Pro Musica has appeared by invitation for numerous international and national festivals, and has performed with Jane Eaglen, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Pacific MusicWorks, and Seattle Symphony. In 2014, members of Seattle Pro Musica appeared on the GRAMMY Award-winning album Winds of Samsara.

Karen P. Thomas, Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica, has conducted at international festivals in Europe and North America, and has received awards from the NEA, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP, among others. Named the Washington State “Outstanding Choral Director” for 2012, she has been lauded for her “charismatic…magnetic podium presence” and sweeping vision.” A prize-winning composer, her numerous commissions include works for the Grand Jubilee in Rome, the American Guild of Organists, and the Harvard Glee Club. Her compositions are regularly performed internationally by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and have been praised as “superb work of the utmost sensitivity and beauty.” She currently serves on the boards of Chorus America and the American Choral Director’s Association, and was a founding board member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium.

On Tour, Portland: In Mulieribus

In Mulieribus

Anna Song, Artistic Director and Conductor, co-founded In Mulieribus with former member and Executive Director, Tuesday Rupp back in 2004. She has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since moving to Oregon in 2001. After graduating with a B.A. in composition from UCLA, she went on to finish her Master’s of Music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and earned a doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has studied with Dennis Keene at the Keenefest Choral Institute and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival as a conducting fellow with Helmuth Rilling. Her past positions include Associate Director of Choral Activities at DePaul University in Chicago and Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir. Anna is currently Associate Professor of Music at Linfield College, where she serves as the Director of Choral Activities.

In Mulieribus (the Latin phrase meaning “amongst women”) is a female vocal ensemble dedicated to the promotion and enrichment of community through the art of music with a focus on works written primarily before 1750.

Founded in 2004 and formally incorporated into a non-profit corporation in 2007, In Mulieribus (IM) presents its own annual concert series in Portland, Oregon. The ensemble has also appeared as guest artist at the Portland Art Museum, the University of San Diego, the Gorge Music Festival, the Multnomah County Library, the Abbey Bach Festival and the Linfield Lively Arts Concert Series at Linfield College. Performances by IM have been broadcast on nationally syndicated radio shows such as Performance Today and Millennium of Music. IM has self-released four recordings to date, two of which have been featured as Critics’ Picks in The Oregonian newspaper. “Notre Dame de Grâce” presents conductus compositions from the late twelfth century, while “A December Feast” features music for the various feasts in December, including Christmas. “In Mulieribus: LIVE” and “LIVE II” are compilations of live recordings from concerts between 2004-2008 and 2009-2015.

In recent years, IM has reached beyond its focus on early music to highlight works by women composers and to support new music, commissioning new works by Ivan Moody, Richard Toensing, Kay Rhie, Andrea Reinkemeyer, John Vergin, Craig Kingsbury, and Robert Lockwood. The ensemble has been awarded grant funding from the Regional Arts and Cultural Council (2010, 2013, 2016), the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, and METlife Meet the Composer.

Haydn’s Creation: Harriet Fraser, soprano

Haydn’s Creation: Harriet Fraser, soprano

Harriet Fraser began to perform as a soloist while working as a family doctor in central London. Some years ago, she set medicine aside and turned to singing full-time. Now a resident of Los Angeles, California, Harriet is in demand as an oratorio and recital soloist, including recent performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, under conductor Grant Gershon. A performer with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, as chorister and soloist, Harriet has worked under conductors Grant Gershon, Esa Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel amongst many others. Harriet has performed regular solo recitals with the Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, has performed with the Millennium Consort Singers and at the UnSung Concert series, in her wish to promote the works of living local composers. She has a busy schedule with the European Concert Trio, comprising repertoire for soprano, clarinet and piano. They have performed all over Southern California since their formation in early 2015, and won the prestigious Beverly Hills International Competition. As a passionate interpreter of the oratorio repertoire, Harriet has performed all of the standard repertoire and many more contemporary works, all over the UK, in Los Angeles and Beijing, China.

Haydn’s Creation: Jon Lee Keenan, tenor

Haydn’s Creation: Jon Lee Keenan, tenor

Jon Lee Keenan is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. Influenced at a young age by his father, a classically trained jazz saxophonist, Jon cultivated an interest for performing a variety of musical styles. While a high school student at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, Jon found himself winning state vocal competitions, writing music and playing guitar with his 8-piece original ska band, and singing first tenor with the local collegiate vocal ensemble. After earning a triple degree in music at UNLV in Las Vegas, Jon moved out to Southern California to pursue a career in classical singing, studying Vocal Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music. Jon was first introduced to the Los Angeles classical music scene by the Los Angeles Master Chorale with whom he has been featured as a soloist in each season since joining on with the group in 2007. Recent highlights with LAMC include the role of Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and the narrator in Hugo Distler’s The Story of Christmas. Currently, Jon is in demand on opera stages and concert halls throughout California and the United States. Recent appearances with Southwest Chamber Music include collaborations on Britten’s A Birthday Hansel for tenor and harp, and A Sunbeam’s Architecture, an orchestral song cycle by E.E. Cummings and Elliot Carter at Red Cat.  Recent opera roles with the Pacific Opera Project include “Don Ottavio” in Don Giovanni and “Tanzmeister” in Ariadne auf Naxos. Over the past few seasons, Jon has helped create several new exciting characters through collaborations with The Industry LA including “Clyde Barrow” in Bonnie and Clyde (Andrew McIntosh), “Little Monk” in Brecht’s Galileo (Andy Akiho), Napoleon Bonaparte in Haydn’s Head (Nicholas Deyoe). This past June, Jon performed and recorded the role “Gniphos” in the LA Philharmonic’s co-production of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar with The Industry LA, slated for international release in 2018. 2017-18 season’s highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Handel’s Israel in Egypt; Orange County’s Pacific Chorale as the role of Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion; tenor soloist in Mozart’s rarely heard “Little Masonic” cantata Laut Verkünde unsre Freude conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; and the role of “Gunner” in the premiere of Orson Welles’ classic War of the Worlds turned into opera by Yuval Sharon, Anne Gosfield, and the LA Philharmonic.

Haydn’s Creation: David Stoneman, bass-baritone

Haydn’s Creation: David Stoneman, bass-baritone

David Stoneman is known for his work in both classic and modern opera. The California native has sung with opera companies from Santa Barbara to Boston in repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass and in roles from Figaro to Scarpia. After studying locally (OCC, Chapman and USC), he spent two decades in Boston and New York singing opera and oratorio. Locally, David has appeared over two dozen times in concerts with Pacific Symphony. His oratorio repertoire includes works as diverse as the requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, Stravinsky’s Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Under the baton of Eliza Rubenstein, he has sung the solos in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Though opera has been the main focus of his singing career, on the lighter side, David has enjoyed roles in Follies, South Pacific, Six Degrees of Separation, Forty-Second Street and Sweeney Todd. Recently released recordings featuring Mr. Stoneman include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a new musical by the late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. David is also a Registered Piano Technician.

Haydn’s Creation: Men in Blaque, Joseph Huszti, Artistic Director

Haydn’s Creation: Men in Blaque, Joseph Huszti, Artistic Director

Men in Blaque was formed in 1997 at the University of California – Irvine and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Following the lead of Chanticleer and the King’s Singers, Men in Blaque’s repertoire spans many genres and eras. The singers include computer specialists, dancers, and clergy, as well as students majoring in music, biology, physics, history, computer sciences, and business. The award-winning ensemble has competed at the World Choir Games in China, the Yeosu International Choral Competition in South Korea, and the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.

Artistic Director and Conductor Joseph Huszti is Professor Emeritus of Music in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UCI. During his tenure at UCI, his choirs completed 27 international concert tours including prize-winning performances in Wales, Hungary, Holland, and Slovakia. His choirs have performed in the UK, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, and Austria. Prior to coming to California, Huszti led the choral activities for Boston University’s School of the Arts and directed the Young Vocalists Program at the Tanglewood Festival.

iSing of a Maiden: Luanne Homzy, violin

iSing of a Maiden: Luanne Homzy, violin

Internationally acclaimed American/French-Canadian violinist Luanne Homzy is known for her technical facility, sensitive musicality, and expansive versatility. First Prize winner of the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg with the Saguaro Piano Trio, and of the Canadian Music Competition, she has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. As concertmaster for the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, she worked closely with Sir Neville Marriner, Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Kent Nagano, and John Williams.

Ms. Homzy has collaborated with renowned artists ranging from the Tokyo String Quartet to John Legend and Pink Martini. Equally at home in many genres, whether it be jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, gypsy or Eastern European folk music, Ms. Homzy performs world wide with crossover supergroup Trio Dinicu, hailed as “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Ms. Homzy works with musical activists from Street Symphony, a non-profit that delivers on-site concerts for greatly underserved members of the community. She also works as a studio musician and string producer. Recently, she wrote an orchestral arrangement to rapper Kid Cudi’s song “Kitchen”, which was featured on The Tonight Show.

Luanne Homzy is based in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett and Arnold Steinhardt at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, and later obtained her Master’s degree from the Hamburg Hochschule in Germany.