PERFORMERS 2017 Winter Festival

SOPRANOS

Photo: Lu Zang Photography

SOPHIE AMELKIN (3rd Season) | 2017 Winter Festival

Hometown: Wilmington, NC

Current Residence: St. Paul, MN

Awards & Distinctions: 2017 St. Paul
Schubert Club Special Music Grant.

Upcoming Engagements: Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2017 Winter Festival Season; Concert season with VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

Past Career Highlights: Professional Fellowship, SongFest, Los Angeles (CA); Soprano soloist, world premiere of Paul John Rudoi’s oratorio Sermon on the Mount; Despina in Così fan tutte with Opera Wilmington; Saint Teresa of Avila in Four Saints in Three Acts with VocalEssence and the Metropolitan Symphony.

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

Passion Outside of Singing: “Any opportunity to travel to new places! Spending time with my wonderful husband Matthew and my sweet beagle, Lucy.”

Special Desert Chorale Memory: “My very first day of rehearsal of my very first season with the Desert Chorale. I will never forget the moment when we all opened our mouths and began to sing – it was a magical sensation to weave my voice into the fabric of such wonderful colleagues.”

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Photo: Bo Huang

LINDSAY KESSELMAN (4th Season) | 2017 Winter Festival

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Current Residence: Winston Salem, NC
Awards & Distinctions: 2016 Ontario Arts Council Commissioning Grant; 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.

Upcoming Engagements: Performing Mr. Tambourine Man by John Corigliano, Charlotte Symphony; CD Release of The Pieces That Fall to Earth by Christopher Cerrone; Premiere performance of Three Portraits by Kieren MacMillan with the Haven Trio.

Past Career Highlights: Seven seasons with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; World premiere of the Theatre of the Word by Louis Andriessen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (released on the Nonesuch label) and the Dutch National Opera; QUIXOTE with HOWL Ensemble, Montclair State University Peak Performances (NJ).

Educational Background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University; Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance and Music Education), Michigan State University.

Passion Outside Of Singing: Family, cooking, and travel.

Special Desert Chorale Memory: “The shining eyes of our supporters after our winter season concerts.”

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Photo: Natalie Moran

BETH PEREGRINE (Debut Season) | 2017 Winter Festival

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Awards & Distinctions: Richard and Johanna Baker College of the Arts Scholarship; CSULB Finalist in Opera in the Arts Competition, Australia.

Upcoming Engagements: Guest Artist Series, Recital of Suppressed Composers, Meredith College NC; Bach’s Motets with Los Angeles Master Chorale; Bernstein’s Mass, Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Past Career Highlights: Handel’s Messiah HWV 56 (Soloist) LA Master Chorale Chamber Orchestra, Walt Disney Concert Hall, CA; Disgrace Soundtrack (Soloist), Adelaide Symphony, Australia; Orlando Di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro, staged by Peter Sellars with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Educational Background: Bachelor of Music (Opera Performance), California State University, Long Beach, CA; Diploma in Screen and Theatre Performance, National
Theatre Australia.

Passion Outside of Singing: “Animals—be it my own,
taking care of others, or going out into the wild to try and
spot a Moose!”

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KATHRYN RADAKOVICH: (Debut Season) | 2017 Winter Festival

Hometown: Lewiston, ID

Current Residence: Aurora, CO

Awards & Distinctions: Handel’s Messiah HWV 56 with Colorado Chamber Players, St. John’s Cathedral, CO; Annie Booth’s Flowers of Evil, Dairy Arts Center, CO;
Bach’s Mass in B minor, BWV 232 with Colorado Bach Ensemble.

Past Career Highlights: Victoria Bach Festival; Bach’s
Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 (Soloist), Montana Early Music Festival; Zelenka’s Missa Votiva, (Soloist), Colorado Chorale.

Educational Background: Master of Music (Vocal Performance), California State University, Fullerton, CA; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) and Bachelor of Arts (Music Theory/Music History), University of Idaho.

Special Desert Chorale Memory: “SFDC came through Denver in February 2015 and performed a joint concert with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir (a group with which I sing). That was the first time that I’d heard them perform and I remember being blown away by their nuanced, beautiful sound, attention to detail, and the phenomenal focus they had watching Josh. I knew then that I wanted to be part of that wonderful group of singers and friends!”

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MEREDITH RUDUSKI (7th Season) | 2017 Winter Festival

Hometown: Conroe, TX

Current Residence: Austin, TX

Awards & Distinctions: Operations Coordinator with Texas Early Music Project; Music History Shorts (Creator)
for YouTube.

Upcoming Engagements: It’s About Time (Co-Producing and Performing), Texas Early Music Project; David Lang’s the little match girl passion with Seraphic Fire; Tour of Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale with Seraphic Fire.

Past Career Highlights: Role of Esther in Lidarti’s Esther, Chorus Austin; Handel’s Messiah HWV 56 (Soloist), Austin Symphony; Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Op 45 with Vox Humana.

Educational Background: Master of Music, University of Houston; Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), University of Texas at Austin.

Passion Outside of Singing: “Writing libretti! And stage directing, writing live staged shows, writing video shorts, painting, sketching, exercising, hiking as long as I get green chili cheeseburgers afterward as a reward, and listening to history podcasts.”

Special Desert Chorale Memory: “Singing with Helen Karloski in semi-darkness at Loretto Chapel when all the power went out before a concert of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. THE BEST!”

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ALISSA RUTH (Dubut Season) | 2017 Winter Festival

Hometown: Lexington, OH

Current Residence: Columbus, OH

Upcoming Engagements: Performances with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Performances with the Lancaster Chorale, (OH); Vocalist with Aire Born Recording Choir for Beckenhorst Press, Zionsville, (IN).

Past Career Highlights: Soloist for Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving; Soloist for Eric Whitacre’s Alleluia; Soloist for Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Lancaster Chorale, (OH).

Educational Background: Bachelor of Music (Education), Capital University, (OH).

Passion Outside of Singing: Running, cooking, and travel.

Special Desert Chorale Memory: “I look forward to creating wonderful memories with the Chorale.”

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