Spring Cantata Concert Soloists – Bios

Eliza Bagg, Soprano
Hai-Ting Chinn, Mezzo-soprano
Joseph Demarest, Tenor
Thomas McCargar, Baritone

Eliza Bagg, SopranoEliza Bagg Headshot cropped

In growing demand as an interpreter of contemporary and early music, Brooklyn-based soprano Eliza Bagg enjoys a varied career across a range of genres. A dedicated performer of living composers, she sings regularly as a guest artist with Grammy Award-winning contemporary vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and has been a featured soloist in premieres of works by Aharon Harlap and James Macmillan. In 2015, she will originate a role in a new opera by Judd Greenstein [untitled], and will join Missy Mazzoli’s ensemble Victoire to perform Mazzoli’s work Vespers for a New Dark Age. She will also work with John Zorn on a performance of his work The Holy Visions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This summer, she will perform and study as a fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Eliza graduated in 2012 with a BA in Music from Yale University, where she sang under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki with the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s elite chamber choir Schola Cantorum. While singing in the ensemble, she also worked with conductors Simon Carrington, David Hill, and Stefan Parkman, among others. As a student at Yale, she was the winner of the 2011 Friends of Music Competition, and the Wrexham Prize in Music.

She has sung featured roles in operas at the Bard Music Festival, the Yale Baroque Opera Project, and the Queens College Baroque Opera Workshop, and was a student at the 2014 American Bach Soloists Academy with Jeffrey Thomas at the San Francisco Conservatory. Eliza also performs regularly with The Choir of Trinity Wall Street under Julian Wachner, St. Bartholomew’s Choir, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and chamber ensemble Cantata Profana.

As both a vocalist and violinist, Eliza contributes to multiple indie music projects, including the classical crossover ensemble San Fermin and her own project, Pavo Pavo. She has toured nationally in support of indie band Kishi Bashi, and performed with these ensembles across the country in venues like the Bowery Ballroom (NYC), The Fillmore (San Francisco), and 9:30 Club (DC), along with recording an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

Hai-Ting Chinn, AltoHai Ting Chinn cropped

American mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn performs in a wide range of styles and venues, from Purcell to Pierrot Lunaire, Cherubino to The King & I, and J.S. Bach to P.D.Q. Bach. She was featured in the revival and tour of Phillip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, performed at venues around the world from 2011–2014, and is currently singing the role of Belle in Glass’s La Belle et la Bête, also on tour. She has performed with New York City Opera, the Wooster Group, OperaOmnia, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Waverly Consort.  She has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center in Philadelphia, the Edinburgh Festival, the Verbier Festival, and London’s West End. She has premiered new works by Du Yun, Conrad Cummings, Stefan Weisman, Yoav Gal, and Matt Schickele. She is also a Artist in Residence at HERE ArtsCcenter, where she is developing Science Fair, a staged solo show of science set to music.

Joseph Demarest, TenorJoseph Demarest - headshot

Joseph Demarest began his musical journey at the age of three, improvising harmonies on the piano while his grandmother played.  He began studying piano for a number of years.  At the age of 10, he discovered this talent extended to his singing voice and he began joining ensembles as a performer/musician.

In recent years, Joseph has been active in choral ensembles, educational outreach, liturgical music, concerts, recitals, opera and various other performances.  He has performed with the New York Virtuoso Singers, Princeton Singers, New York City Opera, Collegiate Chorale, Bard Music Festival, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Lyric Opera Studio Weimar (Germany), DiCapo Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Connecticut Opera, Intermezzo Festival, Brevard Music Center, Ocean City Pops, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and Simsbury Light Opera.

Joseph received a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT, as well as advanced degrees in opera from Boston University’s Opera Institute and Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts.  Further continuing his education, he entered the Music Education program at Brooklyn College where he received training in conducting, theory, as well as various instruments and instructing methods.  He has been teaching privately for 15 years, and currently maintains a roster of about 20 students. Mostly recently, Joseph has returned to his native Hicksville, NY and accepted a position as Organist/Music Director at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.

Thomas McCargar, BaritoneThomas McCargar headshot

Baritone Thomas McCargar has been called “gripping” by The New York Times and hailed as singing with “calm fluidity” by The Washington Post. He recently performed the role of the Evangelist in Ginastera’s Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Washington Chorus and NOVUS NY at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. He has been a featured soloist with the Masterworks Festival Chorus (Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass), Washington Chorus (music of Tarik O’Regan), Dessoff Choirs (Moravec’s Songs of Love and War), Drake University (Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn) and Trinity Wall Street’s Bach at One series. Other recent engagements include Gotham Chamber Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, the English Concert, Bang on a Can All Stars, the New York Philharmonic, Anne Hamilton’s The Event of a Thread and Peter Marino’s production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

After launching his career touring the world with Chanticleer, Thomas has now established himself as one of New York City’s most sought-after ensemble singers. He frequently performs with Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Teeth, Pomerium, Seraphic Fire, TENET, Green Mountain Project, Musica Sacra, VOX Vocal Ensemble, Voices of Ascension, New York Virtuoso Singers, Early Music New York, Meridionalis, Manhattan Chorale, and Sheep Island Ensemble, in addition to being an eight-year member of the critically acclaimed Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Other highlights include singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with the Rolling Stones, and leading over 1,000 people in Times Square in the singing of John Lennon’s “Imagine” for Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace.