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The main ensemble of EMV is its women's group
with soprano Marybeth McCaffrey, founder and artistic director; soprano Deborah Farnham, and alto Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman.
Regularly joining the Sirens in performance are singer-instrumentalists Chapin Kaynor and Jeff Rehbach.
Many of our musician friends have joined us for EMV and Sirens' performances, and brief biographies appear below.
1Carols through the Millennium, 12/99-01/00
2 Music of Women through the Millennia, 04/00-09/00
3 Songs, Chants & Carols, 12/00-01/01
4 Prairie Home Companion "talent from towns under two thousand"
5 Spring concerts, 5/01
6 celestial Sirens: Darkness, Peace & Light, 12/01, 2/02, 5/02, 11/02, 7/03
7 Divine Inspiration, 12/02-1/03
8 O What Fortune! BEMF 6/13/03-6/14/03
9 Allegro Canto! 5/7/04 - 6/6/04
Appearing in "Allegro Canto!" are:
the celestial Sirens
Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman1,2,3,4,5,6 was singing before talking, and still prefers harmonizing above any other activity (yes, any!). Her choral skills were honed in high school music classes and at Hamilton College. Melissa currently sings in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint. She has recorded with Robert De Cormier for Lawson-Gould and Arabesque. Melissa is the choral teacher at Long Trail School in Dorset, and coaches the World Music Vocal Ensemble for the Shrewsbury Chamber Music Society. As part of a homeschooling network that includes daughters Jeni and Malindi in Middletown Springs, Melissa runs a children's chorus. She also coaches a local women's singing group. In between rehearsals, Melissa is co-executive director of SolarFest, a weekend-long performance arts festival run on solar energy.
Deborah Farnham1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 born to a musical family, learned the basics of voice and piano from her mother. Deborah was fortunate to sing with high school, church, and college music directors who loved their work and their students. She has sung in various groups and choruses while residing in Vermont, New York, the Virgin Islands, and Japan. The venues have ranged from concert halls to coffee houses to Shakey's Pizza in downtown Sapporo where she sang weekly gigs with a bluegrass band. When not singing with the celestial Sirens, or the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Deborah works as Operations Manager for the Marketing and Sales Department of Bio-Tek Instruments in Winooski. She and her husband, proud grandparents of two grandkids, live in the hills of South Starksboro with their two dogs.
Danielle Livellara6,7 performs frequently with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Select Chorus, Counterpoint & Friends, Mad River Chorale, Burlington Choral Society, and the South Burlington Community Chorus. She has performed solo works for the Mad River Chorale, the Burlington Choral Society and the Beth Thompson-Kaiser studio. Currently Danielle studies voice with Beth Thompson-Kaiser.
Marybeth McCaffrey,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 founder and artistic director of Early Music Vermonts, celestial Sirens, credits her maternal grandmother, Loretto Whalen, Robert DeCormier, and public school music educators with nurturing her passion for singing. She has studied with Ellen Hargis and presently studies with Drew Minter. She has participated in master classes with the Anonymous 4 and Julianne Baird. Currently a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, she has sung with numerous choral groups in Vermont and Massachusetts, since age 12. She has recorded with Mr. DeCormier for Lawson-Gould music publishers, Warner Brothers, Arabesque Records, and the Choral Excellence series. Marybeth has appeared as a soloist with various music festivals, including the Amherst Early Music Festival, in Heinrich Schütz's Musikalischen Exequien, under the direction of Joshua Rifkin. A licensed attorney and certified music therapist, she presently works as health care policy analyst. She and her husband, Mark Reese, make their home in Lincoln. Contact Marybeth McCaffrey. Where buy panasonic air conditioners?
Chapin Kaynor1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9 studied music at Kinhaven Music School, McGill University, and the University of Massachusetts. He played French Horn with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra from 1971 to 1992 and has sung with the VSO Chorus since its inception in 1993. He has performed on Recorders and French Horn with many Vermont-based ensembles including the Kings Hill Consort and the VSO Brass Trio. He also works as a Senior Programmer/Analyst for Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. Contact Chapin Kaynor.
Jeff Rehbach1,2,3,5,6,7,8 is director of the Middlebury College Chamber Singers and the Middlebury Community Chorus. He conducts the open reading of Handel's Messiah each year in Middlebury, and helps lead the annual Lessons and Carols Service at Middlebury College. Jeff has served as music director of the Middlebury Community Players, the Middlebury College Musical Players, the a cappella ensemble Trillium, and the Middlebury Congregational Church choir. He has performed with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Vermont Millennium Music Festival, Counterpoint and Friends, the Burlington Choral Society, and Amherst Early Music Festival. Jeff serves as Special Assistant to the Dean of Library and Information Services at Middlebury College, where he has been employed since 1981. Contact Jeff Rehbach.
colleagues who have joined us in performance
Francy H. Acosta8 of Ensemble Ad-Hoc is currently a doctoral candidate in Early Music Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University where she studies voice with soprano Ellen Hargis. Ms. Acosta has recorded Latin American and Spanish Baroque music and appeared at the Bloomington Early Music Festival as Amor in the Spanish opera La Púrpura de la Rosa. While in her native Colombia Ms. Acosta combined vocal performance with the composition and recording of music for children.
Jane Ambrose7 instrumentalist, is Director of the UVM Lane Series. She is a music historian and flutist specializing in performance practice. She was Professor of Music and Chair of the music department at UVM where she taught for 35 years. .
Phil Ambrose7 instrumentalist, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Vermont. He played harpsichord and winds as a founding member of the UVM Baroque Ensemble and sings with the Oriana Singers of Vermont..
Amy Bartram8 soprano, is based in NYC, where she frequently appears as a soloist. She sings with the Trinity Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street, and can be heard on the best-selling Naxos CD, Christmas at Trinity. With Trinity, she has been a soloist in works such as the Bach B-minor Mass and Mozart Requiem, and the choir's acclaimed presentation of Handel's Messiah with the period orchestra REBEL, broadcast live. With the VOX vocal ensemble, she has sung the music of the renaissance composer Robert Parsons as part of the Miller Theatre's Parsons Project, and works by Bach, Cage, and Feldman. A member of the New York Continuo Collective, last April she sang the role of Anima in their production of Cavalieri's Rappresentatione di Anima e DI Corpo, directed by Stephen Stubbs and Erin Headley. She often gives lute song recitals with lutenist Ekko Jennings, including a recent exploration of the Bottegari lute book. She is the founder and artistic director of Machicoti, a medieval ensemble.
Kirk-Evan Billet8 earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he received the commencement award for outstanding achievement in composition. He also holds degrees from the University of Miami and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a composer member of ASCAP and has been an annual award recipient since 1996. An experienced singer of early music, he led a Baltimore ensemble dedicated to the performance of Medieval works alongside premieres. Billet also pursues interests beyond Western music, having traveled to Burkina Faso to study the kora there in 1997. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Kate Buehler8 instrumentalist, comes to early music as a performer, scholar, luthier, and teacher. She plays early bowed strings, and as an instrument builder specializes in medieval stringed instruments. She holds degrees in Music Education, Violin Performance, and Musicology, and has studied with luthier Daniel Larson. Her current research interest is the British Museum Gittern, one of the oldest and best preserved extant medieval instruments.
Ilene Blackman6 has directed a dance school in Rutland for 25 years, has performed as an actress and dancer on Broadway, toured with Alvin Ailey and other national companies, and appeared in numerous featured films and network television productions. Ilene lives in a big, old house in Ira, Vermont and has a superb family, Farley and Courtney, Seth and Wendy.
Lynnette Combs5,8 native of Eastern Kentucky, has been organist at the First Universalist Church in Barre,Vermont since 1989. In 2001, she was chosen by the Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to be their Artist of the Year. She plays harpsichord with the Baroque ensemble Consort Courante.
Kelly Daige's9 love of music began in elementary school when instruments were handed out in third grade. Her instrumental life started out with a Trumpet but eventually the French Horn found her and the Trumpet was a thing of the past. She is currently a member of the Green Mountain Horn Club, the Green Mountain Brass Band, the Catamount Brass Quintet, and the Mountain Winds Woodwind Quintet. She has performed with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony Brass, and has been in the "pit" for productions of the Lamoille County Players, Lyric Theatre, Stowe Theatre Guild and Lost Nation Theatre. She is a member of the VSO Chorus and performs onstage in local theater productions. She is an employee of the United States Postal Service.
Lyn Elder9 is a specialist in Renaissance wind instruments, including shawm, sackbutt, recorder, crumhorn and flute. He also builds historical instruments including lutes, viols, early fiddles, hurdy-gurdies and crumhorns. For the past twenty-five years he has directed The Festival Consort of northern California, performing music of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries played on authentic period instruments. He attended Dartmouth College, where he studied math and played and sang music on the side. After serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, he was apprenticed to a German Master Violinmaker to learn the craft. He set up shop in California in the 1970's and joined the first of many historical performing ensembles. He received two NEA grants (1971 and 1977) to study instrument design in European museums and had his work exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution. His main ensemble, The Festival Consort, has concertized all over California, toured the western US three times and Alaska twice. It has played often on TV and radio and made several recordings. He has now relocated to Vermont and is building a workshop in the town of Bristol. outsourcing software development company
Ensemble Ad-Hoc8 founded in Bogotá, Colombia in 1989, specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music from Spain and Italy. The ensemble's basic conformation is solo voice accompanied by a lute or Baroque guitar. Occasionally, and according to the requirements of specific programs, other musicians join, hence Ad-Hoc. Performances in the U.S. include Bloomington Early Music Festival, 1999; Sixth Festival of Women Composers (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2000) and various concerts and educational recitals of early music and also of traditional music from Colombia and other Hispanic countries.
Rebecca Fasanello8 is a member of the Associate Chorus at New York City Opera where she appeared in Chabrier's L'Étoile as Koukouli and in Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi. She has been mezzo-soprano and alto soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria in Minneapolis and currently solos with New York's Cappella Oratoriana, performing in England (2001), and BEMF (2001, 2003). In Manhattan, she subs with the choirs of Corpus Christi, Saint Agnes, St. Mary the Virgin, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Central Synagogue. Rebecca programs music for a weekly mass at The Oratory Church of St. Boniface, Brooklyn, researching, translating and performing medieval music for solo and duet. She coaches with Lionheart's Larry Lipnik and has participated in workshops led by Sequentia, Anonymous 4 and The Clerks' Group. A member of AGMA, AEA, AFTRA, SAG Rebecca has acted in New York, Chicago, Baltimore and Boston. She holds a B.M. in Classical Voice from Boston University.
Ann Fitch5 has performed in Vermont since she arrived twenty years ago. Her favorite roles include: Lady Croom in "Arcadia", the Sorceress in "Dido and Aeneas", Geneva Lee Brown in "The 1940's Radio Hour", Casilda in "The Gondoliers", the waitress in "Death by Chocolate", and Girl in "The Emperor of Atlantis" which she toured with the Terezin Project and recorded on the Arabesque label. She has also recorded for Lawson-Gould, Warner Bros., and the Choral Excellence Series. Ann premiered the role of Edith last fall in "A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine" by composer Erik Nielsen and librettist David Budbill, where she hugely enjoyed being the uptight town busybody. With degrees in Choral Education and Applied Piano Pedagogy, Ann has an independent music studio in Montpelier, where she lives with her partner, Hutch, and her almost-17-year-old cat (the real ruler of the domicile). This is Ann's first opportunity to lure in audiences with the lovely celestial Sirens.
Marty French2,5 grew up in a family of singers. Her parents met when both joined a small choral group, and later, passed the love o f music on to their four children. By age 12 Marty began spending summers at Kinhaven Music Camp in Weston, Vermont, as a violin student. There she played chamber music and sang Bach cantatas, Palestrina, and madrigals. Currently Marty plays violin in a string quartet and sings with the VSO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, as well as the Chancel Choir of First Baptist Church in Burlington.
Roger Grow4 a graduate of the Yankton College Conservatory of Music, in Yankton, South Dakota, currently teaches choral music at Crossett Brook Middle School. Roger has sung in Carnegie Hall where he performed Shout with Joy with the New York Choral Society in a concert that featured Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as the tenor solo in Carmina Burana. He sings with Counterpoint, a nine-voice professional ensemble directed by Robert DeCormier, and AH! Cappella, a vocal quartet that performs in Vermont schools. He is a frequent soloist and member of the Vermont Symphony Chamber Chorus. Roger has recorded with Mr. DeCormier, including The Emperor of Atlantis, and The Jolly Beggars; and A Perfect Day, with the Fyre and Lightning Consort. Roger is also a composer (his Short Mass is published by Warner Bros.) and recently received the choral commission for the 75th Anniversary Vermont All-State Festival. He also conducts high school and junior high festival ensembles and community groups around Vermont. In addition, he plays electric bass with the Dan Bruce Jazztet. Roger lives in Plainfield with his wife, Marnie, and their three sons, Chellis, Emerson, and Lincoln. alldebrid voucher
Ed Hilbert1 and his wife, Emily, live in Bristol where they operate their business as piano tuners, restorers, and Kawai dealers. Ed has a BA in Music from Juniata College. While earning his M.Div. at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he directed the seminary choir and sang in the Pittsburg Bach Choir. In the recent past, Ed has directed the Bristol Ecumenical Choir, sung with Trillium, and performed with Musica Propria. He serves as an EMT on the Bristol rescue squad and is a minister and active member of the New Haven Congregational Church.
Barbara Kaden9, instrumentalist, studied recorder with Anton Winkler and viol with Alison Fowle. Barbara was a member of "Recorders Court" in Detroit, Michigan, and after moving to New England, joined "Consortium Reginae" in Providence, RI. Here in Vermont, Barbara has appeared as treble viol soloist in Heinrich Schutz's Christmas Oratorio with Thetford Chamber Singers, and also has performed with "Ensemble Soleil" and "Consort Courante."
Maeve Kim9, instrumentalist, has played early music for over thirty years. She has particularly enjoyed making music with people with whom she also shares other interests, including hiking, camping, sharing books, kayaking, cooking, talking and laughing. Maeve has been a member of Greenwood, Western Wynde, Stillwater, Meadowsweet, the Barber Farm Consort and, currently, Full Circle. She works as a special education consultant and leads birding walks around the state for the Green Mountain Club. Maeve lives in Jericho Center and has two daughters who live in Minnesota and Oregon.
Lyn Lauffer9, soprano, has sung with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Robert DeCormier since its founding in 1993. She also serves on the VSO Education Committee and is active in bringing professional musical ensembles into rural schools. Lyn is an elementary school librarian in northern Vermont.
Mark Madison2 baritone, has lived in Manchester for 27 years and has been singing all of his life. From choruses to glee clubs to church choirs singing has brought great joy and the blessings of many wonderful friends. Mark says that most of what he learned about music as a form of artistic expression began at First Congregational Church in Manchester Center. He is also grateful to Linda Hueckel, organist and choir director at FCC, for allowing him the opportunity to develop as a solo artist. He has studied with Dee Tigue, his first real voice teacher, and currently studies with Keith Kibler. He also sings with the Manchester Choral Society, the Bennington County Choral Society, and the VSO Chorus where he has learned much from directors Edwin Lawrence and Robert DeCormier. Mark gave his first solo vocal recital on May 21, 2000.
George Matthew, Jr. 2,3 educated at Colombia, Bridgeport, and Wesleyan Universities, has studied carillon with Arthur Bigelow and Frank Law, organ with Hugh Ross and Ernest White, and composition with David Barnett. A church organist since the age of 13, he served as organist and choirmaster of the Temple Sinai and for 23 years as director of Instrumental Music at Rogers School, both in Stamford. Until his retirement in 1998, he also was carillonneur of the First Presbyterian Church, organist and choirmaster of St. Andrew's Church (Anglican) and associate organist of St. Mauricius Church (Roman Catholic), all in Stamford, CT. He has composed and arranged about 100 pieces for carillon, including a number of ragtime piano works: his rather unusual European debut was an all-ragtime program in Ostende, Belgium. He has made 21 carillon concert tours of the USA and 8 of Europe, performing in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France and England, Ireland and Scotland.
Andrea Orlyk1 taught choral music for 32 years in public schools in Massena, N.Y., Rutland, Vermont, and Essex Junction, Vermont. She served in various positions for Vermont Music Educators Association; as president of Vermont American Choral Directors Association; Vermont all-state auditions chairperson and assistant director; fine arts chair at Essex High School; substitute organist; and now maintains a private piano studio. She earned her BS in Music Education from Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY, a M.Mus. in Musicology from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and has completed postgraduate work at UVM and Castleton College. She has two grown children, Heidi and David, currently resides in Colchester, with her husband Michael and dog Honey the Yorkie, and is actively involved in being newly retired!
Lynn Pilcher5,6 alto, received her first musical training at the piano seated on her Grandmother Gordon's knee in Door County, Wisconsin. At seven, she began piano lessons with Alice Ladieu of Rutland, and later, organist Mildred Holmer Kronfeld. She attended Adamant Music School at age 13. Elementary and high school music teacher, Reta Coughenour, provided excellent training in music theory, band, and chorus. Lynn's love of music influenced her choice for higher education, St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She currently sings with numerous groups including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Lynn credits all of her wonderful teachers and their love of music in shaping her musical landscape. Lynn also enjoys the outdoors: she's hiked the Long Trail, cycled the length of Vermont, participated in three Canadian Ski marathons, and worked as a canoe guide in Minnesota's Boundary Waters. Lynn lives in Pittsford and works as a mental health counselor at Rutland County Women's Network.
Mary Blouin Plumpton7 mezzo-soprano, has a love of music from her father, a pianist and music theorist who filled her childhood with the magic of Chopin and Brahms. Mary discovered her own voice at an early age and was nurtured in school and church choruses. She studied with Dr. Frederick Scheutze and has performed throughout New England, Florida, and the Netherlands. Happily employed as Education Director for Circus Smirkus, Mary resides in Burlington with her musician husband, Simon.
Jose Luis Posada8 of Ensemble Ad-Hoc began his professional career as a performer of traditional music touring extensively throughout his native country, Colombia. His interest in Early Music began in 1988 when he undertook studies of history and performance practice of this repertoire. Mr. Posada holds a Master's degree in Early Music Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied lute, theorbo and Baroque guitar with Scott Pauley.
Ann Regan5,8,9 soprano, makes her home on the eastern side of the Green Mountains, in Barre, with her husband, Ron and their two teenagers. A longtime member and frequent soloist with the Onion River Chorus, Ann from time to time performs with other Vermont ensembles. In the fall of 2000, she appeared as a member of the Vermont Millennium Music Festival (VMMF) Chamber Chorus, and in conjunction with the festival, also performed as a soloist in a program of Baroque Music. Ann is especially grateful for the opportunity the festival provided to sing with people from the western side of the Green Mountains (Early Music Vermont). Long time home-schooling mom, Ann has finally retired from that occupation and is enjoying a slower pace of living, gardening, reading, volunteering at the school, and especially working on "celestial" singing.
Robert Rohr3,6,7 baritone, sings with the VSO Chorus and Chamber Chorus, as well as the Burlington Choral Society and the UVM Choral Union. Rob's operatic debut occurred in the summer of 2000 singing the part of Thomas Bouche in Kurt Weill's "Down in the Valley" at the Pitten Classics 2000 music festival in Pitten, Austria. Rob also had the privilege of singing in the world premiere of Erik Nielsen's Judevine opera, "A Fleeting Animal" this past fall with the Vermont Opera Theater. During the day, Rob acts as a programmer/network administrator for the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont.
Judith Rosenbaum3 alto, studied music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and California State University, Los Angeles. She has sung with the San Francisco Opera, the Ventura and Los Angeles County Master Chorales, as well as the Early Music Ensemble of Indiana University. Judith moved to Vermont in 1994. She presently sings with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and its chamber chorus, the Burlington Choral Society, and Kolot B'Rinah, a small women's ensemble specializing in Jewish music. Judith is a licensed psychotherapist and trained mediator. She currently directs the Small Claims Mediation Project for Chittenden County Superior Court. Judith lives in Williston with her daughter, Hannah, who is also a musician.
Jose Schmidt2 bass, was born and raised in Argentina. He graduated as an electrical engineer and sang throughout college with the National Symphony Orchestra Chorus. In 1987, he moved to Canada with his wife Maria, where he sang with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Opera Lyra until 1991, when he became a father. After moving to Vermont in 1996, he started singing again, thanks to Maria's persuasion and their children's greater independence. He is thrilled to be singing with such wonderful groups as the VSO Chorus, Melisma, and EMV. Jose lives in Essex Junction with wife, Maria, children, Jeffrey and Stephanie, and Frisky, their golden retriever puppy.
Ron Thompson5 has played trumpet as a member National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C. and as freelance member of the Juilliard Orchestra. He has studied trumpet at the Julliard School and at Tanglewood. He has earned a M.A. in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Ron lives in Calais and works as a licensed psychologist and performance coach.
Greg Vitercik2 has been on the faculty at Middlebury College since 1986, teaching music history, theory, analysis, and performance. He spent two years in Paris studying theory and composition with Nadia Boulanger. He has a doctorate in critical musicology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Jody Wormhoudt1,7,8 is a scientist specializing in chemical physics and spectroscopy. Music occupies the rest of his time. He and his wife Michal Truelsen are cofounders of Hence Care! Early Music Ensemble, and he has sung with Norumbega Harmony, Wellesley College Madrigal Singers, Keene State Collegium Musicum, and other groups.
Peggy Wright9, instrumentalist, grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, in a musical family which sang five part graces as a matter of course at supper. She graduated with a double major of music theory and religion from The College of Wooster in Ohio, where she directed a madrigal group, and has sung in small ensembles most of her life, including a ten voice church choir at Harvard University while at Divinity School and the Boston Camerata. She studied viols with Judith Davidoff, Adrianne Hartzell and Tina Chancey (Hesperus) and also loves recorder, which she learned from her mother. Now she jams with friends and sings with the Middlebury Community Chorus and the Otter Creek Shape Note Singers. She is currently pastor at the New Haven Congregational Church in New Haven.
Rebecca Wright6 could not imagine her life without singing! She sings with the VSO and is a long time member of the Middlebury Congregational Church choir. She has sung in the past with the Grace Congregational Church choir in Rutland under the direction of Rip Jackson, the Middlebury Community Chorus and Middlebury Community Players. She has worked over 20 years for the US Forest Service as a Forestry Technician on the Green Mountain National Forest. A long time fan of EMV, she is happy to assist with the technical portion of this program and have a "front row seat"!
Very special thanks to Michal Truelsen, designer of the EMV symbol and illustrator for our promotional materials and program. Michal lives with her husband, Jody Wormhoudt, in Greenville, NH. You may contact her about her work at email@example.com.
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