The Spoleto Festival USA Chorus Concert marks the inaugural performance for this choir and here is what you should know:

Made up of more than 30 of the country’s most gifted choristers, this solo debut unites in the glorious, transformational power of song. Love, in all its iterations, underpins this emotional program at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, starting with an exploration of the music of Germany and Austria, Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms, and Josef Rheinberger, and finishing with poetic partsongs from such English heavyweights as Edward Elgar, Robert Lucas Pearsall, and Benjamin Britten.

 

A Little More on Spoleto Festival USA Chorus…

The Spoleto Festival USA Chorus is a new professional choir, led by Festival Director of Choral Activities Joe Miller, that builds upon the Festival’s longstanding tradition of exceptional choral music. The Festival Chorus consists of more than 50 vocal fellows with broad and versatile skillsets. Each season, vocal fellows perform major choral works; serve as the choir for Spoleto’s mainstage operas, with select singers covering both large and small roles; and take part in special projects or smaller ensemble works.

Joe Miller has served as Spoleto Festival USA’s Director of Choral Activities since 2007. Miller is also the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Symphonic Choir as well as the Professor of Conducting/Chair of Choral Studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, where he has served since 2020. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. Recent seasons have included performances with the Philharmoniker Berliner and Sir Simon Rattle; The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet- Séguin; and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel. From 2006 to 2020, he served as the Director of Choral Activities at Westminster Choir College.

 

Chorus Roster

Soprano
Hayley Abramowitz, Olney, Maryland
Michael Adams, Kinston, North Carolina
Justine Aronson, Bloomfield, Michigan
Chantal Braziel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Samantha Burke, Atlanta, Georgia
Karen Cook, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Samantha Frischling, Atlanta, Georgia
Crystal Glenn, Yonkers, New York
Lily Guerrero, Austin, Texas
Nina Guo, Pasadena, California
Samantha Hornback, Baltimore, Maryland
Luciana Piovan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sophia Santiago, West Friendship, Maryland
Emily Tiberi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Alto
Tanisha L. Anderson, New York, New York
LaDejia Bittle, High Point, North Carolina
Madison Bowling, Columbia, Maryland
Katie Brown, Wantage, New Jersey
Marissa Chalker, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reina Dickey, Maumee, Ohio
Savannah Gordon, Clifton Park, New York
Hannah Holmes, New York, New York
Heather Jones, Charleston, South Carolina
Kaswanna Kanyinda, Zebulon, North Carolina
Ariana Maubach, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kaitlyn Tierney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mala Weissberg, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tenor
James Allen, Savannah, Georgia
Aaron Cates, Charleston, South Carolina
Allison Deady, Rochester, New York
Sam Denler, Somers, New York
Johnnie Felder, Vance, South Carolina
Gabriel Hernandez, New York, New York
Joshua John, New York, New York
George Johnson III, Hampton, Virginia
Aaron McKone, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Gregory Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dobin Park, Seoul, South Korea
Lonnie Reed, Beaumont, Texas
Kevin Schneider, South Windsor, Connecticut
Tyler Tejada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Shane Thomas, Jr., DeLand, Florida

Bass
Claude Cassion, Cincinnati, Ohio
Matthew Dexter, McKinney, Texas
David Drettwan, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
James C. Harris, Manassas, Virginia
Sinhaeng Lee, Incheon, South Korea
Matthew Marinelli, San Antonio, Texas
Isiah Maxey, Orlando, Florida
Matthew Moquin-Lee, Prentiss, Mississippi
John Allen Nelson, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Daniel Rich, Baltimore, Maryland
James Siarris, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Andrew Stack, Manhasset, New York
Kirby Traylor, Houston, Texas
Parker Van Houten, Louisville, Kentucky

 

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Performance Details

Spoleto Festival USA Chorus will take the stage at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Friday, June 3 as well as Saturday, June 11. 

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