PERFORMERS 2016 Summer & Winter Festivals


Photo: Lu Zang Photography

Photo: Lu Zang Photography

SOPHIE AMELKIN (1st Season) | 2016 Winter Festival

Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Current Residence: St. Paul, MN

Upcoming engagements: VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, 2016-2017 Concert Season; MPLS (imPulse), 2017 Concert Season.

Past career highlights: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Despina), Opera Wilmington; Virgil Thompson’s Four Saints in Three Acts (Saint Teresa of Avila) with VocalEssence and Black Label Movement.

Educational background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), University of Minnesota; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Passion outside of singing: Good food, yoga, and my wonderful Matthew and Lucy (the dog).



Photo: Kristina Sherk

AMY BROADBENT (2nd Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Rockville, MD
Current Residence: Washington, DC

Upcoming engagements: Enlisting in the U.S. Navy to become the newest member of the Navy’s professional chorus, the Sea Chanters.

Past career highlights: Spem in alium workshop and performance with Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars, Carnegie Hall (NYC); Soprano Vocal Fellowship at the Oregon Bach Festival 2016; Soloist for the world premiere of Robert Kyr’s Song of the Beloved for soprano, tenor, chorus and orchestra, Washington Master Chorale (DC).

Educational background: Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Music in Education, University of Maryland.

Passion outside of singing: Cooking and trying new foods.

Special Santa Fe Desert Chorale memory: One wonderful memory is singing the trio in Vladimir Martynov’s The Beatitudes from the balcony last summer in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. It is a simple, but exquisitely beautiful work, true to the text, and very moving. It was special to me because my dad was in the audience, too.



Photo: Cory Klose

CLARISSE COLAO (3rd Season) | 2016 Winter Festival

Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois
Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah

Upcoming engagements: Kinnara Ensemble, Brevitas, Utah Chamber Artists, Utah Opera Chorus.

Past career highlights: Guest Choral Artist at the White House; Performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the United Nations with the New York Philharmonic, the Kimmel Center with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and at the Spoleto Festival with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; Solo performances include the Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor; and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living.

Educational background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance and Pedagogy), Westminster Choir College (NJ); Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), University of Tennessee.

Passion outside of singing: Outdoor activities and healthy living.

Special Desert Chorale memory: I love the first rehearsal when we all come together for the first time. It’s like we instantly become family and there are so many smiles all around. It’s a magical time!

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Photo: Kyle Scripnick

ESTELÍ GOMEZ (7th Season) | 2016 Winter Festival

Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
Current Residence: Nomadic

Awards & Distinctions: GRAMMY® Award with Roomful of Teeth for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Performance; First prize winner in Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition (2011); JUNO® nomination with Ensemble Caprice.

Upcoming Engagements: Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Seattle Symphony; Teaching residencies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and University of Oregon, Eugene; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Bach Collegium San Diego (CA).

Past Career Highlights: Soloist debuts with New York Philharmonic and Kennedy Center (2015); Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan; Roomful of Teeth’s tour of Sweden and recent collaborations with eminent theater director Peter Sellars, Kaija Saariajo, International Cotemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Kanye West.

Educational Background: Master of Music, McGill University (Canada); Bachelor of Music with Honors (Music), Yale College (CT).

Passion Outside of Singing: Reading, writing short stories and poetry; Please visit with me post performance tell me what you’ve been reading lately!

Special Desert Chorale Memory: As an itinerant musician, I must admit that there are few things more comforting to me than familiarity. I love being back in Santa Fe among friendly faces in the ensemble and audience alike, returning to fantastic restaurants together and navigating my way through the beautiful streets, without a map!


Photo: Devon Cass

JULIE KEIM (10th Season) | 2016 Winter Festival

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
Current Residence: Washington, DC

Awards & Distinctions: GRAMMY® Award with Conspirare for Best Choral Performance, The Sacred Spirit of Russia.

Past Career Highlights: Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Victoria Bach Festival; Fauré’s Requiem, National Philharmonic Orchestra (UK); Messiah, Santa Fe Symphony (NM).

Educational Background: Artist Diploma (Opera Performance), Temple University PA); Master of Music (Vocal Performance), Southern Methodist University (TX); Bachelor of Arts (Voice), Trinity University (TX).

Passion Outside of Singing: Yoga, flying.

Special Desert Chorale Memory: I’ll never forget how thrilled I felt to be a soloist with the Chorale the summer we performed as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival!


Photo: Bo Huang

LINDSAY KESSELMAN (3rd Season) | 2016 Winter Festival

Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Current Residence: Winston Salem, NC

Awards & Distinctions: Ontario Arts Council Commissioning Grant (2016); Chamber Music America Commissioning Award (2015).

Upcoming Engagements: CD, Louis Andriessen’s opera Theater of the World with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nonesuch Records (2017 release); Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote, Montclair State University Peak Performances with contemporary performance ensemble HOWL; Concert tour of Hawaii with the Haven Trio (Soprano, Clarinet, Piano).

Past Career Highlights: Louis Andriessen’s Theater of the World, Dutch National Opera; Resident soprano, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; Performances of John Mackey’s Songs from the End of the World.

Educational Background: Master of Music (Voice), Rice University (TX); Bachelor of Music (Voice and Music Education), Michigan State University.

Passion Outside of Singing: Cooking, traveling, “mama-ing.”

Special Desert Chorale Memory: Making soul-feeding music last winter (2015) while experiencing the magic of Santa Fe at Christmas time.

Stephanie Moore

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STEFANIE MOORE (4th Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Current Residence: Santa Monica, CA

Upcoming engagements: Soloist, Mozart Requiem with Austin Symphony (TX); Bach Cantatas BWV 179 and 70 with Bach Collegium San Diego (CA); Television taping of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard with GRAMMY® Award-winning ensemble Conspirare.

Past career highlights: Soprano Soloist, Lili Boulanger’s Pie Jesu and Gabriel Fauré’s Pie Jesu with J. Reilly Lewis and the Cathedral Choral Society, National Cathedral (DC); World premiere of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare in Austin, (TX), at the ACDA regional convention in Pasadena (CA), Harmonia Mundi recording; Mary Magdalene in North American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s cantata La Maddalena, “Festival of the Madeleine,” Madaleine Cathedral, Salt Lake City (UT).

Educational background: Master of Music in Opera Performance, University of Kansas; Special Course in Voice, Trinity Conservatory of Music, London; Bachelor of Music in Voice, University of Kansas

Passion outside of singing: My son, Tristan (age 5).

Special Desert Choral Memory: Singing with the Desert Chorale in 2000 was my first professional job after I graduated with my masters degree. We sang some of the most difficult repertoire I’d ever sung, the musicians were all so incredible, and I fell completely in love with Santa Fe. I am still extremely proud of our CD’s we recorded (The Soul Speaks and Heavenly Peace), and I am still in love with Santa Fe.


Photo: Sarah DeNeui

SARAH MOYER (1st Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Bixby, OK
Current Residence: Boston, MA

Upcoming engagements: Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach (selections) with Seraphic Fire (FL); one on a part, Francis Poulenc’s cantata Figure Humaine with Skylark (MA).

Past career highlights: Soprano soloist, world premiere of Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving with Seraphic Fire and the Sebastians; Soprano Soloist in Lukas Foss’ The Prairie, with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Sang with the Rolling Stones on their 50 and Counting/Grr Live! tour.

Educational background: Master in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory; Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma State University.

Passion outside of singing: Spending time with friends, watching SciFi, working out/keeping fit, and sewing.

Special Santa Fe Desert Chorale Memory: I’m looking forward to all the memories to be made!

REBECCA MYERS (2nd Season) | 2015 Winter Festival

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Current Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Upcoming Engagements: Bach at 7 (soloist); Choral Arts Philadelphia; Seven Responses project, which features new works by seven composers in response to the Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, with The Crossing,

Quicksilver Baroque, and ICE

Past Career Highlights: Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer (soloist), The Crossing; Recital, Prometheus Chamber Ensemble; Marin Marais’ Sémélé (Title Role), American Bach soloists

Educational Background: M.M. (Vocal Performance), Temple University; B. M. (Music Education), Westminster Choir College

Passion Outside of Singing: Being active, running, yoga, hiking. Loving the outdoors.

Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Singing the Mouton Nesciens Mater with the Desert Chorale in the Cathedral each night and sharing the love of music with my colleagues and friends. ”

Emily Noël

EMILY NOËL (5th Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Frederick, MD
Current Residence: Warwick, RI

Upcoming engagements: The Second Shepherds’ Play, at Folger Shakespeare Theater, (DC); Measure for Measure and Dido and Aeneas at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, (DC;) The Play of Love with Folger Consort, (DC).

Past career highlights: The Merchant of Venice with Gabrieli Players, Wanamaker Theatre, London (UK); Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Ente Concerti Cittá di Iglesias; Nora in Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea with Amsterdam Grachtenfestival.

Educational background: Master of Music, Peabody Conservatory of Music; Bachelor of Music, University of Maryland, College Park.

Passion outside of singing: Teaching music theory and telling jokes.

Special Santa Fe Desert Chorale Memory: Camping in the Great Sand Dunes National Park with Harris, John, Shari, Max, and Steve.


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Photo: Cory Klose

KATHLENE RITCH (8th Season) | 2016 Winter Festival

Hometown: Kerrville, TX
Current Residence: Santa Fe, NM

Upcoming engagements: Filming a PBS special with Conspirare featuring “Considering Matthew Shepard” by Craig Hella Johnson, which will also be released as a CD this fall.

Past career highlights: Sweeney Todd with George Heard and Patti Lupone, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC; Hermione, Die ägyptische Helena with Deborah Voight and the American Symphony Orchestra; Soloist, PBS Special “Conspirare, a Company of Voices.”

Educational background: Bachelor of Music, University of Texas at Austin

Passion outside of singing: Cooking.

Favorite Desert Chorale Memory: ACDA in February was amazing, but the concert we sang here in Santa Fe before we headed north was even more special. Everyone was so excited for us and their encouragement stayed with is throughout the national convention. The accolades we received at ACDA were icing on the cake.


SIAN RICKETTS (1st Season) | 2015 Winter Festival

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Upcoming Engagements: Bach Collegium Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, IN); presented on Gotham Early Music Series in New York, NY (Alkemie Medieval Ensemble); presented by the Baltimore War Memorial in Baltimore, MD

(Alkemie Medieval Ensemble)

Past Career Highlights: Soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Generation Harmonique (Indiana); Apollo’s Fire Singers (Monteverdi Vespers National Tour 2010 and 2014)

Educational Background: D.M.A.(Concentrations in Baroque Oboe and Voice), Case Western Reserve University; M.M. (Oboe Performance), Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M. (Oboe Performance), Northwestern University

Passion Outside of Singing: Playing early wind instruments

Meredith Ruduski

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MEREDITH RUDUSKI: (6th Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Conroe, TX
Current Residence: Austin, TX

Upcoming engagements: Appearancs with Vox Humana, Dallas (TX); Operations Coordinator, “Pathways to Bach” concert, Texas Early Music Project

Past career highlights: Appearances with GRAMMY® nominated Seraphic Fire, Ars Lyrica, and the Texas Early Music Project. Debut as soprano soloist, Handel’s Messiah with Austin Symphony Orchestra; Soprano soloist, Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 45 with Chorus Austin; Co-produced, co-wrote, and stage-directed latest opera pastiches as Operations Coordinator at Texas Early Music Project.

Educational background: Master of Music, University of Houston; Bachelor of Music, University of Texas at Austin

Passion outside of singing: Husband, Stephen, and our lovely and talented pets, kitties Lance and Sol, and Jake, the coolest dog in the world.

Favorite Desert Chorale Memory: Annual hiking with the Choralers!

Gabrielle Tinto

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GABRIELLE TRESLER (6th Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Current Residence: Irvine, CA

Upcoming engagements: Soprano Soloist in Mark Hayes’ Spirit Suite I and Spirit Suite II; George Frideric Handel’s ’s Messiah with Bach Collegium San Diego (CA); Engaged for a full season of concerts with True Concord Voices & Orchestra (AZ).

Past career highlights: 2015 Lincoln Center debut as member of True Concord Voices & Orchestra; World premiere of Sheldon Curry’s Concerto Senora with True Concord Voices & Orchestra; Two GRAMMY®-nominated albums with Seraphic Fire.

Educational background: Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Miami; Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Northwestern University

Passion outside of singing: Avid moviegoer, book reader, audiobook listener, language lover, and writer of silly little ditties.

Special Santa Fe Desert Chorale Memory: I will always remember singing New Mexico Rain at the closing of our Santa Fe Centennial cameo concert. We clustered together around Andy Crane, the tenor soloist, and performed without a conductor. It was intensely beautiful to me, having such a heightened awareness of each other in that moment. To stay together without a director we really had to go outside ourselves, opening our ears and hearts wide to feel for those around us. Sometimes we supported Andy from the background, sometimes we swelled to the fore, but we always moved as one. The possibility for that kind of vulnerability, trust, and creative unity is one of the many reasons I love singing in this choir.

SHARI WILSON (4th Season) | 2016 Summer Festival

Hometown: Honey Brook, PA
Current Residence: Austin, TX

Upcoming engagements: Performances with The Crossing Choir (PA) at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival; Performances with GRAMMY® Award-winning Conspirare in Austin, (TX); Recording with Blue Heron (MA) in their 5-CD series of Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks.

Past career highlights:  Performances of Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with New York Baroque Incorporated (NYC), Pegasus Early Music in Rochester (NY), and Boston Early Music Festival; Soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Spire Chamber Ensemble (MO); Performances with Crossing Choir, Quicksilver Baroque and Claire Chase’s International Contemporary Ensemble (PA) with 7 composers fifteen-minute musical responses to Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri.

Educational background: Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting, Temple University, (PA); Piano and Voice Major, West Chester University, (PA); Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education

Passion outside of singing:  Traveling and meeting new people, hiking and exploring nature, dancing!, volunteering for NAMI and Austin Animal Shelter

Special Santa Fe Desert Chorale Memory: Singing in Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis for my first winter festival concert – watching the snow fall as we exit the church and greet audience members outside. The combination of snow, stars, luminaries, and the smell of piñon- truly magical!