Musicians’ Bios – June 4, 2016 Concert

London-born Helena Baillie was hailed by The Strad magazine for her ‘’brilliance and poignance,’’ and by American Record Guide for her “gorgeous  singing tone”. She stands apart for a rare ease on both violin and viola and has enjoyed    a multifaceted career as a performer, artist fellow at Bard College, and violin faculty member at the Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. Spearheading an exciting new venture, she assumed the Co-Artistic Directorship of Classics on Hudson from 2014-2016, bringing internationally celebrated  artists and creative programming to new  and diverse  audiences. A prizewinner  in international competitions including Munich ARD, Banff and Tertis, she has collaborated in chamber music with Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, the Tokyo String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio. Her love of chamber music has taken her to the La Jolla Summerfest, Tucson Winter Chamber Festival, and the Kronberg Academy Festival in Frankfurt, among others. She brought a uniquely innovative approach to her fellowship at Bard College. Projects included Bach Among Us at Bard’s Fisher Center, which she produced and performed in collaboration with dancers of the Bill Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. In her continued commitment to outreach and education, she has traveled across the globe to engage new audiences under the auspices of Midori’s Music Sharing Foundation. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and plays a 2012 violin made by Collin Gallahue in association with the studio of Brooklyn-based luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz. Her viola is a 2009 Sam Zygmuntowicz.

Alexander Bonus is the Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, where he founded and directs the Bard Baroque Ensemble. His role at the college also extends to the teaching of music history, theory, and performance practice courses. As an active professional keyboard continuo and brass player, Alexander has performed with ensembles including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Folger Consort, Tragicomedia, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and the Newberry Consort. Dr. Bonus holds a PhD in Musicology from Case Western  Reserve University as well as MM and BM degrees from the Eastman School     of Music. His scholarship appears in Current Musicology, Oxford Handbooks Online, the new edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and     the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music.    In recent years he has presented lectures about musical time and performance practices at academic conferences across Europe and America. Dr. Bonus speaks as an invited lecturer at the Making Time in Music conference at the University of Oxford in September. This autumn, he makes his New York City conducting debut with OperaRox in their new production of Handel’s Alcina.

Versatile mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz enjoys success in the realms of opera, art song and oratorio. She’s been heard recently as a soloist for a staged version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Gulfshore Opera (FL), Bach’s Magnificat with Voices of Ascension (NYC), and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été with the Bard College Orchestra. Some of her performances for the past season have included the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd with Opera Roanoke, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Asheville Lyric Opera, the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Opera Roanoke, Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey Choral Society, Mozart’s Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and Voices of Ascension (NYC), Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody at the Bard Music Festival, and a return to the Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN) for Berio’s Folk Songs. Other recent highlights include the roles of Martha and Pantalis in a concert performance of Boito’s Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall, Elliot Carter’s “Voyage” with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra (TN), and Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center with Distinguished Concerts International New York.  In 2013   she was the winner of the female division in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition.

Lauded by Opera News for her “sparkling voice,” soprano Margaret Dudley is quickly garnering attention in both the operatic and concert arenas. Recently she joined Paul Taylor Dance Company and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in performances of Poulenc’s Gloria in Lincoln Center, Hudson Valley Singers for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Colorado Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Colorado Music Festival for Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in F Minor, and St. George’s Choral Society in Bach’s Requiem and Honegger’s Le Roi David. Last season, Ms. Dudley joined Bard Summerscape and the American Symphony Orchestra as Bertha in Carl Maria von Weber’s rarely performed Euryanthe and New York City Opera in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole. Other recent performances include Mascagni’s Iris, Dame Ethyl Smyth’s The Wreckers, and Taneyev’s Oresteia at Bard Summerscape, Michael Haydn’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollenelle and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with St. George’s Choral Society, Haydn’s Creation with New York Virtuoso Singers, Ligeti’s Requiem with the Collegiate Chorale and Schoenberg’s Kol Nidre with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent roles include Pamina and Queen of Night in Die Zauberflöte, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Norina in Don Pasquale. She is a recent graduate of the Masters of Music program at Mannes College and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Denver.

A dedicated chamber musician, violist Marka Gustavsson has performed internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Philippines, China, and Japan. She has been a guest artist Bard Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, and Banff. She has premiered and recorded solo and chamber music of composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun. From 1999 through 2014, she served as violist of the Colorado Quartet, an award-winning string quartet, which whom she performed and recorded traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Beethoven’s Complete Quartets for Parnassus, to Laura Kaminsky’s Transformations. As a teacher, she has given master classes at Yale, Eastman, Hartt, and Oberlin, and adjudicated competitions at Juilliard, Hartt, Yale, and Banff. She has taught for several summers at the Yellow Barn YAP in Putney, VT. A graduate of Indiana University, Mannes College, and CUNY, her formative teachers include Joseph Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Felix Galimir, and Daniel Phillips. She holds a faculty position at Bard College and Conservatory.

Paul Holmes, bass, is a professional choral singer based in New York. Currently, he sings with the Marble Collegiate Sanctuary Choir, the Salvatones, the Collegiate Chorale, and Ghostlight Chorus, and will participate this summer in the Bard Music Festival. Since earning a BA in Music from Yale University in 2013, he has competed with electronic a cappella group “a.squared” on NBC’s The Sing-Off, sung with a quartet on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, and recorded Misa De Teresa De Ávila 500 Años, commissioned by the Carmelites. For the past two summers, he was a Young Artist with Ohio Light Opera, singing in over 100 performances of 12 musical theatre and operetta productions. While at Yale, he performed in three Yale Baroque Opera Project productions, as well as undergraduate productions of Cosi fan Tutte (Don Alfonso) and The Mikado (Mikado). He sang with the choir of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, CT, the Episcopal Church at Yale, and the Duke’s Men of Yale.  He studies voice with Hugo Vera.

Baritone Daniel Hoy was born and raised Stroudsburg, PA.  He received his     BM in Music Education (summa cum laude) from James Madison University   and his MM in Vocal Performance from CCM at the University of Cincinnati. Including two seasons as a vocal fellow at Tanglewood, he has performed with the Indianapolis, Sarasota, Ash Lawn and Kentucky Operas, Opera North and Lyric  Opera Cleveland as Georg Nowack in She Loves Me. In recent seasons,    he appeared in San Diego Opera’s Wozzeck directed by Des McAnuff and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut singing The Mass of the Children under the baton of John RutterIn addition, he premiered the role of Mr. Cole in a reading of Séance on   a Wet Afternoon, composer Stephen Schwarz’s (Godspell, Pippin, Wicked) first opera, and sang the role of Robert Green in Der Vampyr with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed numerous times    in the opera productions at Bard SummerScape. As an auxiliary member of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, he has appeared in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, War and Peace, Peter Grimes, La Damnation de Faust, Parsifal, and Eugene Onegin, among other productions at Lincoln Center and on tour in Japan.

American tenor John Kawa is an active performer in concert and opera throughout the New York Metropolitan area, both as a soloist and an ensemble member. His recent engagements have included singing Pasek in The Cunning Little Vixen with the New York Philharmonic, Sander in Grétry’s Zémire et Azor with the American Classical Orchestra and DeYancey in Alice Parker’s The Ponder Heart. His solo concert repertoire includes Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio, Les Noces, Messiah, Elijah, Carmina Burana, and numerous Bach cantatas and oratorios. He was a member of the ensemble in the most recent multi-national tour of Phillip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach. John frequently works with such groups as The Choir of Saint Ignatius Loyola, The Concert Chorale of New York, The New York Choral Artists, Voices of Ascension, The New York Virtuoso Singers, Musica Sacra, The Saint Andrew Chorale, The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, and various others. He holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Mercer University in Macon, GA and a Master of Music in opera performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC where he was a recipient of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute Fellowship.

Ellen Taylor Sisson, soprano, has been praised by critics for her “warm, full tone” conveying “depths of meaning.” She has appeared as soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Marriner, conducting), American Classical Orchestra, Richmond (VA) Symphony, and in Connecticut, the Stamford, Ridgefield and Danbury Symphonies. She sings and records regularly with a number of professional choral ensembles, including Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra, the New York  Virtuoso Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale. Ellen is     a featured soloist on the Virtuoso Singers’ 25th Anniversary recording. She has also sung in choruses with many of the world’s leading orchestras and in operas by John Adams and Philip Glass. She toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestros Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti and has performed at the Salzburg, Verbier, Aldeburgh, Lincoln Center, Connecticut Early Music and Bard Music Festivals. She has sung for performances of the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the Jose Limon Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group. Other choral performances of interest include singing backup for Andrea Bocelli on The Late Show with David Letterman, on A Prairie Home Companion, with Dave Brubeck at Carnegie Hall, and in the premieres of Danny Elfman’s Serenada Schizophrana and Sir Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone, both at Carnegie Hall. She is a regular guest soloist with choral societies and churches in the New York metropolitan area. She also teaches voice privately and at the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan.

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, mezzo-soprano Irene Snyder made her New York City solo debut in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening in the comic role   of Rose Segal with Manhattan School of Music. Since then, she has performed Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti also with MSM. As a former Opera Theatre of St. Louis Gerdine Young Artist, she made her debut as a second Bridesmaid in The Marriage of Figaro. Past roles include Filotete in Handel’s Oreste, Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Olga in Eugene Onegin, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with the Chautauqua Institution. She covered the role of Veruca Salt in the premiere of Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket and the White Rabbit in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. She has sung in the Musical Festival of Lucca (Italy) as well as with The Mark Morris Dance Group, and performed and recorded with Marilyn Horne and her voice master classes. She made a recent appearance at Carnegie Hall under Leon Botstein performing Mozart’s unfinished Mass in    C Minor. This summer, along with the Bard Festival Chorale and The American Symphony Orchestra, she will perform in programs that will include Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Turandot, and the music of Palestrina, Monteverdi, and Verdi in the Bard Music Festival. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance from the Westminster Choir College and studied under Marlena Malas, and her Master’s in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Tenor Tommy Wazelle begins his second season as Pig in the Emmy-winning PBS Kids series Peg+Cat. He debuted at Lincoln Center as Philistine in Handel’s Samson with American Classical Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall as Ruger Aspeck in Strauss’ Feuersnot with American Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Tommy sang Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Bronx Opera. Other opera credits include Israeli Opera as Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Bard Summerscape as D’Elbeuf in Le Roi Malgré Lui, Tulsa Opera in Don Pasquale as Ernesto, Le Nozze di Figaro as Basilio and The Little Prince as The Lamplighter, Nevada Opera as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Opera in the Heights as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Union Avenue Opera as Camille in Die lustige Witwe, three Isreali premieres at the International Vocal Arts Institute as Martin in The Tender Land, Reverend Parris in The Crucible and the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, and with AOP as Paul in Paul’s Case. As a concert and oratorio soloist, he has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony, Israeli Camery Orchestra, Westfield Symphony, Haifa Symphony, and others in works such as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. A member of AEA, he has performed leading roles in productions such as The Who’s Tommy, SouthPacific, Ragtime, Phantom, Titanic, Assassins and Showboat. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Composition, and a Master’s in Voice. Originally from Northwest Arkansas, he lives with his wife and two children on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.