Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist, collaborator, and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals in the Czech Republic, France, and the United States with members of the Talich Quartet and the New York City-based JACK Quartet. This year, Clare was the first place winner of the National Society of Arts & Letters Instrumental Competition and a prize-winner in the Indiana University Travel Grant Competition. She is co-founder of the clarinet and piano duo, CT:2, with Cincinnati-based clarinetist Andrea Vos-Rochefort, and of the Bloomington-based piano trio, Trio Fiore.
In 2013, Clare was a part of composer Christopher Cerrone’s Pulitzer-prize nominated opera production Invisible Cities. That same year, she was featured in a solo concert as part of the Fazioli Piano Series in Los Angeles, as well as in performances on Performance Today’s Young Artist in Residence Program. Clare Longendyke made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the IU Concert Orchestra and conductor Scott Sandmeier as the winner of the 2012 Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition.
Clare is especially recognized for her performances of new music. She spent two years performing with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and has been a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont since 2013. During the summer of 2015, she was a member of the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut. She has worked with and performed the music of acclaimed American composers such as Frederic Rzewski, Joseph Schwantner, Missy Mazzoli, and Joan Tower. In May 2015, Clare collaborated with Los Angeles saxophonist, Andrew Harrison, to record a CD of entirely new works for saxophone and piano. The album, entitled "In the City," will be released in the winter of 2016.
Clare Longendyke has degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts (BM magna cum laude, 2009), École Normale de Musique in Paris, France, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (MM, 2013, PD, 2015). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University with Karen Shaw, where she teaches as an Associate Instructor of Piano.
Evangelia Leontis, soprano, believes in the power the performance of art song has to move audiences and is thrilled to join the Calliope's Call team as Director of Development.
An avid recitalist, Dr. Leontis has presented recitals in Rochester, NY, Greensboro, NC, and Boston, as well as in her hometown of Bowling Green, OH. In recital she aims to program music by women composers and has worked with the American composer Sarah Hutchings on her music.
Dr. Leontis completed the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts at UNC Greensboro where she served as Vice President of the UNCG Student NATS organization. She holds 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 she chose to write her doctoral dissertation on a chamber work by American composer Jennifer Higdon.
She has been seen on the operatic stage as 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, and the UNCG Sinfonia.
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.
She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Bali, Indonesia with YogaWorks and has presented Yoga for Singers Workshops at the NEC Preparatory School, Greensboro College and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her blog entitled Inner Voice: the Intersection of Yoga and Singing explores the ways in which yoga can help singers become better performers and artists. More information can be found at evangelialeontis.com.