Barbara Allen Hill
Katie Boardman (soprano) a native of Madison, Wisconsin, is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance at Boston University, where she studies with Aaron Sheehan. She holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and French from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she sang under the direction of Jon Hurty. Her musical studies have fostered an abiding interest in choral and chamber music both early and new, and she regularly attends the Madison Early Music Festival, where in recent years she has been featured as a soloist with the festival choir. In addition to Genesis Chamber Singers, recent Boston appearances include BEMF Fringe, the Boston Cecilia, and Wellesley College Collegium Musicum, as well as Boston University’s Graduate Vocal Ensemble and Baroque Chamber Ensembles.
Barbara Allen Hill (soprano) is a soloist and ensemble member performing the music of the Middle Ages through the present era, in Boston and the eastern United States. As a soloist she has appeared with The Boston Cecilia, El Fuego Early Music Ensemble, Seven Times Salt, 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band, and Long and Away: A Consort of Viols. As an ensemble member, she currently performs with The Crossing (Philadelphia, PA), Meravelha Medieval Ensemble (Boston, MA), and is a founding member of Genesis Chamber Singers (Quincy, MA). She has previously appeared with Ensemble Musica Humana, Odyssey Opera, Convivium Musicum and the Boston Cecilia. She is the soprano soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn and sings with the choirs at Church of the Advent (Boston, MA) and St. Stephen’s Church (Providence, RI).
An enthusiastic supporter of new music, she especially enjoys the opportunity to premiere new works. Highlights include the world premieres of Kile Smith’s The Consolation of Apollo(with The Crossing, 2014), Adria Stolk’s The Promise of Spring (with Genesis Chamber Singers, 2015), Joel Puckett’s I Enter the Earth (with The Crossing, 2015), and Karl Henning's From the Pit of a Cave in the Cloud (2015).
In addition to performing, Barbara serves on the board of the Society for Historically Informed Performance (SoHIP) in Boston, and helps to produce their annual summer concert series. Barbara received her BA in vocal performance from the University of New Hampshire. She currently resides in Boston.
Caroline Olsen (mezzo-soprano) has appeared with professional ensembles all over New England, singing chamber, choral, and solo music. Since 2011, Caroline has been a section leader in the choirs of the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill. She has also appeared as a soloist and section leader in other churches around Boston, including Marsh Chapel and Arlington Street Church. Caroline has performed in critically-acclaimed concerts with Schola Cantorum of Boston, and is a founding member and administrator of Terpsichore Boston. This season, Caroline joins Cappella Clausura on several of the group’s concerts. Born and raised in California, Caroline got her start singing at church and in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, where she had the opportunity to perform on numerous occasions under conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Grant Gershon, Plácido Domingo, and Paul Salamunovich. During her time at Boston University, Caroline sang early music, chamber choral music, and symphonic works under the batons of Anne Howard Jones, David Hoose, and Scott Allen Jarrett. Among her solo singing and chamber music experience, Caroline has collaborated with composer Salvatore Sciarrino on his 12 Madrigali and premiered Thomas Weaver’s song cycle, In the Seven Woods. Caroline has an extensive repertoire of art song, and particularly loves the songs of Schumann, Hahn, and Ives. She has performed in mainstage operas and scenes programs in and out of Boston University. Caroline graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education.
Von M. Bringhurst
countertenor & alto
Caroline R. Olsen
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Von Bringhurst (alto) completed a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree in 2012 at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. He is a native of Pocatello, Idaho, where he also attended Idaho State University, graduating with honors in 2009. In Idaho, he was a soloist with the annual Messiah Sing-In and the Camerata Singers. He has toured to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Peru with his college Chamber Choir.
Von was Music Director for the Opera House Theater Company in Philipsburg, MT in the 2008 season and was Music Director and Cremona Player for the Illustrious Virginia City Players of Virginia City, MT for their 2010 season. He regularly sings with the choir of St. Paul’s Harvard Square in Cambridge. Von has performed with Metro Stage Company's production of Chicago, Harvard Early Music Society's Dido and Aeneas, the Video Game Orchestra, as part of the Iberica Early Music Festival, and been a Messiah soloist in performances in the Boston area. He is increasingly in demand as a soloist and ensemble member, often singing with Xerces Blue Ensemble.
Sean J. Watland (tenor) is pursuing a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Boston University. Alongside his coursework, he is the recipient of the Conducting Fellowship with Music at Marsh Chapel and serves as the Assistant Conductor for Boston Choral Ensemble. Outside of Boston University, Sean is an active musician within metropolitan Boston. Sean sings as a soloist and an ensemble member with a number of choral ensembles in metropolitan Boston including; Music at Marsh Chapel, Boston Choral Ensemble, Vox Futura, Voices 21C, and the Brookline Consort.
A Chicago native, Sean attended Valparaiso University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. At Valpo, Sean served as the student conductor for two choral ensembles, sang in four choral ensembles, and participated in three theatrical productions. Following his graduation, he accepted a teaching position at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago where he taught general music, directed two instrumental ensembles, four curricular choral ensembles, and an adult men’s chorus.
Elijah Hopkin (tenor) has been participating in small ensemble performing since the age of five, when he sang in a family barbershop quartet. He has since performed in a range of styles and genres including barbershop, contemporary a cappella, madrigals, motets, chant, and jazz. He calls Rexburg, Idaho his home and completed his Bachelors degree studying Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2011. In 2014 He completed a Masters degree in Early Music Vocal Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Under the tutelage of his teachers, Kristine Ciesinski and Laurie Monahan, he has developed a taste for a broad spectrum of classical music.
Ari Nieh (bass-baritone) enjoys a busy performance career in Boston and throughout the country. He began his musical journey in the choral world of San Francisco, where he sang as a countertenor in the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He came to Boston to study historical performance at Longy School of Music, where he soon discovered his bass-baritone voice.
Known for his musicianship and sensitivity, Ari is sought after as a chorister and soloist. He performs frequently with a variety of Boston choirs, and is a regular member of the Choir of the Church of the Advent. His recent stage credits include Devil in Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, Sir Roderic in Ruddigore, Bellone in Les Indes Galantes, and Theseus in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also collaborated with many Boston-area early music ensembles, including Musical Offering, Schola Cantorum, Meravelha, and Long and Away.
In March 2016, he sang the role of Jesus and bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Ensemble Musica Humana. Highlights of the upcoming season include engagements with GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Cantata Singers, Genesis Chamber Singers, and Miryam Baroque Ensemble. Ari studies voice with Pamela Dellal.
Anthony Burkes Garza (bass) is a native of the Houston, TX area, and has been a proud Bostonian resident for more than a decade. He graduated in 2010 from New England Conservatory with degrees in Vocal Performance (under baritone Michael Meraw, with whom he still studies) and Music History (under Dr. Helen Greenwald). Favorite operatic roles while at NEC included Bottom in Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Donna Agata in Donizetti's Viva la Mamma, and Doctor Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide. Since that time, Anthony has worked many an odd job while establishing himself within the Boston choral scene, including stints as an opera singing jester at the Medieval Manor and as the Desk Manager of high end hair salons. Today, he largely specializes in small ensemble performance, and can be seen during the 2016-17 season with such varied groups as Cappella Clausura, Labyrinth Singers, The Copley Singers, The Bridge Ensemble, and Renaissance Men, for whom he also serves as General Manager. In addition, he also lends his low notes to numerous sacred institutions in the Boston area. Outside of the music world, his interests are mostly limited to eating as many dessert items as possible and leaping into handstands at the slightest provocation.