JULIA SCOTT CAREY, pianist
Julia Scott Carey is the Minister of Music at the Central Square Congregational Church in Bridgewater, where she leads the adult and children’s choirs from the keyboard. She is one of the accompanists for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir. She also serves as the accompanist for the Metropolitan Chorale, the Dedham Choral Society, the Boston College University Chorale, and the Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus. Julia teaches musicianship at the Suzuki School in Newton. She is also a founder and core ensemble member of Juventas New Music Ensemble.
As a composer, her orchestral works have been performed by numerous orchestras, including the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops, and have been broadcast on national TV and radio in the U.S. and in Russia. She was the youngest composer ever published by the Theodore Presser Company. She was also chosen to arrange a folk song for Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang to play at Deval Patrick's inaugural ball.
Julia Scott Carey received a master’s degree in composition from the Harvard-New England Conservatory joint degree program, as well as a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Boston University.
MICHAEL GALVIN, bass-baritone
Admired for his “distinguished, disarming” tone (Rochester City News), bass Michael Galvin is establishing himself as a young bass of notable talent. Now residing in Boston, Michael’s diverse musical interests have him performing often as both a solo and ensemble singer.
In June 2019, Michael joined the Boston Early Music Festival as a Young Artist, where he performed the role of Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando. Also in 2019, Michael was seen as the Giant in John Davies’ Jack and the Beanstalk with Finger Lakes Opera. During his time at the Eastman School of Music, Michael was seen as Leporello in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Don Giovanni. Other EOT credits include Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Bass Voice in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
While completing his graduate studies, Michael performed with the Eastman Collegium Musicum in presentations of Fairy Queen, King Arthur, and L’Orfeo (Rossi), with the Eastman Bach Cantata Series (BWV 11, 26, 62), as well as with the Cornell Early Music Lab (Schütz, Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi). His collaboration with Cornell Early Music Lab also included singing Plutone in the North American premiere of Agazzari’s Eumelio in 2016.
2020 engagements cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic were set to celebrate Michael’s interests in art song and chamber music. Featured concerts included works of Bach with the Norwottuck Chamber Orchestra in Easthampton, MA as well as a recital at the Marilyn Horne Institute in Bradford, PA.
Michael was a finalist in the 2021 Opera Connecticut Opera Idol competition, where he received a dedicated Judge’s Encouragement Award. This Fall, Michael will join the roster of Moon River Opera, a singer-led organization dedicated to bringing accessible and updated operatic content across digital platforms.
Michael holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M., 2019) and Ithaca College (B.M., 2017) where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
KYUYOUNG LEE, tenor
Tenor Kyuyoung Lee, a native of South Korea, has performed numerous programs in his home country, most notably with the Korea Prime Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition district of Colorado in 2015 and the Saltwork Opera Competition in 2017.
Dr. Lee has sung leading roles with the Boston University Opera Institute including Alfredo in La Traviata, Mayor in Albert Herring, Sheldon in Later the Same Evening and Doofey in Sweets by Kate. He has sung with the Aspen Opera Theater Center covering Rodolfo in La Boheme and Luigi in A Wedding. While attending USC, he performed Tamino in The Magic Flute and Chaplain of the Monastery in Dialogues of the Carmelites with the USC Thorton Opera. Other operatic roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Manhattan School of Music, Lucarnio in Ariodante with Chautauqua Opera, and Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann at Music Academy of the West.
Dr. Lee earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Arts from Seoul National University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California studying under Professor Elizabeth Hynes, a Professional Studies Certificate in Vocal Arts from the Manhattan School of Music under Professor Marlena Kleinman Malas, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Boston University where he studied with Dr. Lynn Eustis. He received several notable scholarships, including the Seoul National University Alumni Development Fund Scholarship and the Music Merit Scholarship for Excellent Academic record at USC.
EVANGELIA LEONTIS, soprano
Evangelia Leontis, soprano, has extensive experience on the opera, concert and recital stages. She has been seen on the operatic stage in roles including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Frasquita in Carmen, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Lucy in The Telephone, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflӧte, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Le Feu in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. On the concert stage, Dr. Leontis has been the soprano soloist in works by Britten, Haydn, Fauré, Rossini, Bach, Bizet, Mozart, Grieg, and Handel with Greensboro Opera, the Greensboro Oratorio Society, the Newburyport Choral Society, Newton Choral Society, Clear Lakes Chorale, Fine Arts Chorale, Polymnia Choral Society, the UNCG Sinfonia, and the UTRGV Master Chorale and Orchestra.
An avid recitalist, Dr. Leontis has sung recitals in Rochester, NY, Greensboro, NC, Brownsville, TX, and Boston, as well as in her hometown of Bowling Green, OH. In recital she aims to program music by women composers. Dr. Leontis won the Bel Canto Award in the 2015 Orpheus Competition, was a finalist in the 2015 Kentucky Bach Choir Competition, a semi-finalist in the American Prize in Voice Professional Art Song Division Competition in 2015, and was a winner of the 2010 Greek University Women’s Club Music Competition.
Dr. Leontis holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from UNC Greensboro, a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Boston University, and a Bachelors of Music degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music. Her research interests lie in the work of women composers and in the ways yoga and meditation can enhance performance. Dr. Leontis currently serves on the voice faculty of Keene State College where she teaches voice and diction. She has previously served on the voice faculties of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Guilford College, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She also serves as Director of Development for Calliope’s Call, a New England-based ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of art song.
As a yogi, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia with YogaWorks and has presented Yoga for Singers Workshops at the Boston Conservatory, the Manchester Music Festival, the New Music School, the NEC Preparatory School, Greensboro College and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her blog entitled Inner Voice: the Intersection of Yoga and Singing explores topics relating to the ways yoga can help singers. More information can be found at evangelialeontis.com.
MEGAN ROTH, mezzo-soprano
Known for her “rich character portrayals” and “versatile voice,” mezzo-soprano Megan Roth enjoys a varied career performing opera, oratorio, art song, and chamber music, with repertoire spanning from early to contemporary music. Most recently, Megan “smoldered” in the role of Tisbe in La Cenerentola with Boston Midsummer Opera, receiving accolades as she “...vamped about with sufficient trashy glitter, bringing the angry coloratura across the footlights with comic menace.”
In June 2021, Megan performed in the company's first post-pandemic live performance as Despina in excerpts of Cosi fan tutte, along with other scenes and arias. Additional roles include Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Summer Garden Opera in Virgina and in Little Women with MassOpera, where she was praised for her “warm and sonically sumptuous Meg.” Other notable engagements include soloist in Copland’s In the Beginning with Vox Humana in Dallas, Texas, Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and Dixit Dominus with the Metropolitan Chorale.
As an active chamber musician, Megan performs with several renowned national ensembles including the GRAMMY® winning ensemble Conspirare out of Austin, Texas, GRAMMY® nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble and True Concord, and Yale Choral Artists.
Megan belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a portion of their concert fee to organizations they care about. She supports NYC Second Chance Rescue and The Bail Project through her performances. www.meganroth.com
EDWARD ROTHMEL, pianist
A frequent vocal coach to students, Dr. Rothmel strives to guide them in a proper approach and performance practice for their current repertoire while also developing their independent musicianship, fostering stylistically appropriate interpretation throughout their careers. Dr. Rothmel recently joined the faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he serves as coach and pianist to exceptional young singers from across the globe. He has also enjoyed a close affiliation with Eastman Opera Theatre as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, where he spent several seasons coaching undergraduate and graduate students on all aspects of role preparation, in addition to developing the chorus musically and conducting chorus rehearsals. At Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Rothmel served as rehearsal pianist and coach to Renée Fleming, collaborating with her in preparation for the premiere of a new work, Letters from Georgia, by Kevin Puts.
Previously, he has served on the faculty of Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy, where he collaborated with Jennifer Johnson Cano, Beatrice Benzi, and Benton Hess, while mentoring young singers and pianists in Italian vocal literature. Other appointments include Opera Scenes and Vocal Coach at Mo. Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, Assistant Conductor and Opera Scenes Coach for Florida State University’s Opera Department, and an ongoing private coaching studio in Rochester, NY. Dr. Rothmel’s students have gone on to many of the nation’s most prestigious programs such as the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera and the Merola Opera Program, and have won major awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions and Orpheus Vocal Competition.
As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Rothmel has appeared in recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with tenor Albert Lee, and as a guest at institutions such as Pennsylvania State University, Oklahoma City University, and Mississippi College. He has served as Masterclass and Guest Teacher at University of North Texas, Ithaca College, and elsewhere. His presentation “Enhancing Opera Scenes Through Use of Reduced Orchestration” was nominated for the 2018 Lecture Recital Prize at the Eastman School of Music.
Eddie serves as Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching at the University of Northern Colorado. He received his DMA in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, with a Minor in Vocal Coaching from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Dr. Jean Barr and was the recipient of the 2019 Jean Barr Award. He is also a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Music, where he earned both his BM and MM in Piano Performance. https://arts.unco.edu/music/faculty-staff/rothmel-edward.aspx
ANDREW STACK, baritone
Originally from Manhasset, NY, baritone Andrew Stack recently earned his Master’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Patricia Havranek. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Westminster Choir College as a student of Lindsey Christiansen. Most recently, Stack was seen as the Marquis de la Force and Dr. Javelinot in New England Conservatory’s digital film production of Dialogues of the Carmelites. Stack made his professional debut in 2017 in the Spoleto Festival USA production of Eugene Onegin as Zaretsky. While at Indiana University, Stack was seen in performances of Stephen Paulus’ The Three Hermits as the Bishop, as well as in IU Opera Theater’s production of La Traviata as Barone Douphol. Additional roles include Starveling (Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Private Willis (Iolanthe). He has performed scenes from Don Pasquale, Così fan tutte, and Albert Herring.
Andrew Stack is an avid Art Song and new music advocate, having collaborated with some of the foremost living composers in the United States, including Libby Larsen and Jake Heggie. He has performed the North American premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s symphonic work Uppbrott and has participated in masterclasses for Dr. Allen Lewis Smith and Thomas Hampson. Most recently, he has been featured in several of this past year’s Liederabend concerts as part of New England Conservatory’s new SongLab curriculum. Shortly before graduating Westminster, Andrew formed a close collaborative relationship with the late pianist Dalton Baldwin, which then continued at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria that summer. Stack is currently a second-year Graduate Diploma student at New England Conservatory, studying under the tutelage of Michael Meraw.
LAURA STRICKLING, soprano
Laura Strickling has been recognized by The New York Times for her “flexible voice, crystalline diction, and warm presence.” Celebrated for her work performing and promoting art song, with an emphasis on new additions to the canon, she curated The New Music Shelf Anthology of contemporary art songs for soprano and recently announced the 40@40 Project – a personal initiative to commission 40 new art songs in the year 2021. Featured in the May 2021 issue of Classical Singer Magazine, she premiered Juliana Hall’s unaccompanied monodrama, Sentiment, with Calliope’s Call in 2019, and now serves on their Advisory Board. Her “powerful and expressive voice across a large range, her variety of timbre and character,” (Classical Scene), make her a welcome guest soloist for a range of oratorio and concert works, from Handel to Britten and beyond. She has appeared with the Richmond Symphony, Ashville Symphony, Berkshire Choral International, Cathedral Choral Society, Chorosynthesis, Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Choralis, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Mexicoliederfest, and the Indianapolis Symphony. On the opera stage, Ms. Strickling created the role of Fanni Radnòti in the world premiere of Tom Cipullo’s opera The Parting with Music of Remembrance in Seattle and San Francisco in 2019, and will create the role of Dr. Slade in the world premiere of Everything for Dawn with Experiments in Opera in 2021. An alumna of the Berkshire Opera Company resident artist program, her performance of the Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel was praised by Opera News: "Laura Strickling offered the creamy, clear, younger-sister-of-Eva-Pogner instrument ideal for singing the role over full orchestration." She appeared as Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera Guild's touring outreach production of The Magic Flute. Ms. Strickling received widespread critical acclaim for her debut solo album of American art song, Confessions: “…a compellingly honest performer, whose rich, expressive soprano conveys vulnerability with a balance of shimmering tone and unaffected diction,” (Opera News Magazine). Her discography also includes The Parting by Tom Cipullo, Times Alone (James Matheson), The Vineyard Songs (Glen Roven), Edna St. Vincent Millay (Jake Heggie), and Of a Certain Age (Tom Cipullo). A Chicago native, Ms. Strickling currently makes her home in St. Thomas, U. S. Virgin Islands. www.laurastrickling.com
DANA VARGA, soprano
Dr. Dana Lynne Varga is the Founder and CEO of The Empowered Musician, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of MassOpera, and an accomplished classical singer, voice teacher and career coach. She is a fierce advocate for singers, devoted to progressive change in the classical vocal industry.
In addition to maintaining a full private voice studio for over 15 years, highlights of Dana’s teaching career have included seven years on the voice and opera faculty at the BU Tanglewood Institute, two years on the full-time voice faculty at UMass Amherst and two years on the voice faculty at the New England Conservatory Prep school. She is currently on the voice faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge MA.
Dana regularly performs a wide variety of repertoire on opera and concert stages. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Mid-America Productions. Dana’s 2019 appearance as Pallas Athene in Gluck’s rarely heard Paride ed Elena with Odyssey Opera garnered critical acclaim.
Other recent notable engagements include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with The Cantata Singers, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Wellesley Symphony and Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Coro Allegro. Favorite operatic roles performed include Musetta in La bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the title role in Alcina.
Dana won the Second Place American Prize for Art Song and Oratorio in 2019 and was the First Place Winner of the professional division of the national Classical Singer Competition in 2016. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University, the MM in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, and a BM in Vocal Performance from UMass Amherst. danavarga.com.
EDWARD VOGEL, baritone
Described by Opera News as “accomplished, stylistically informed,” and “sonorous,” baritone Edward Vogel possesses a diverse repertoire spanning over ten centuries. Recent solo performances have included Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra; Hanns Eisler’s Ernste Gesänge with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Bach cantatas under the batons of Masaaki Suzuki and John Harbison; and the world premiere of David Lang’s the writings with Paul Hiller’s Theatre of Voices at Carnegie Hall. In 2019 he made his international solo debut in Bach’s Mass in G Major at Snape Maltings, UK, under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe. In the 2021-2022 concert season, Edward looks forward to solo engagements with True Concord, the renowned Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York, and his solo debut with Grammy-winning baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire.
An avid recitalist, Edward finds passion in delivering sensitive, intimate performances of both art song and genres that go beyond the traditional classical canon. A two-time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, he has honed his craft by coaching with champions of art song including Dawn Upshaw, Roger Vignoles, and the late Sanford Sylvan. His musical interests have also led to engaging and diverse recitals of songs from medieval Iberia and the American sacred folk music tradition. More recently, Edward has made his recital debut with the Boston Art Song Society in a program of Mahler, and he looks forward to making his debut with Boston-based art song presenter Calliope’s Call in the spring of 2022.
Edward received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with tenor James Taylor. During his time at Yale, he appeared regularly as a soloist with the Yale Schola Cantorum and the Yale Voxtet, most notably in Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Il Primo Omicidio with Nicholas McGegan, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at Lincoln Center with David Hill. He was also a soloist on an album of Christmas music by Heinrich Schütz, which was released on the Hyperion label in 2019. Additionally, Edward holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. edwardvogelmusic.com.