Erika Grace Anderson is currently a second year Master of Music candidate in Voice. A native of Springfield, VT, Erika completed her Bachelors of Music in Voice at Boston University, summa cum laude. At BU, Erika was active at the university, working in residence life, university admissions, and performing in the choruses and small roles for the BU Opera Institute’s Mainstage productions. Erika is passionate about the community she comes from, and often performs in recital to benefit local Veterans programs, school arts programming, and other community based projects. While at Peabody, she performed the role of Pamina in Peabody Opera’s outreach production of “Papageno!” and covered the roles of Sandmann and Taumann in their fall 2016 production of Hänsel und Gretel. This spring, she looks forward to performing the role of Nina in Peabody Opera’s production of Chérubin.
Hailed by the Washington Post for her “supple, haunting soprano,” Katelyn began her professional career with the late J. Reilly Lewis and his beloved Washington Bach Consort. Her interest in early music led her to the Oregon Bach Festival where she was the first soprano Vocal Fellow under Matthew Halls. She went on to back-to-back solo engagements with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for their Messiah and a stint at the American Bach Soloists Academy.
In the D.C. area, Katelyn has soloed with the City Choir of Washington, Washington Master Chorale, University of Maryland Summer Chorus and the Washington Bach Consort. She also sings with chamber ensembles such as Third Practice, Church Circle Singers, the choir at Christ Church Georgetown, and Three Notch’d Road. Following her undergraduate studies, Katelyn taught elementary general music in Montgomery County Public Schools and currently serves as the Assistant Artistic Director for the Six Degree Singers of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Katelyn is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Music from Peabody Conservatory in Ah Young Hong’s studio. While her studies will occupy some of her time, she will still appear with the Washington Bach Consort as the soprano soloist for the St. John Passion in 2018.
Soprano Mercy Calhoun is a senior voice major at the Peabody Conservatory. In the 2016-17 season, she attended the Wintergreen Performing Arts Vocal Intensive, performed the Soprano 2 solo in Mendelssohn’s Lobegsange, and appeared as a bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro with the Peabody Opera. She also performed the role of Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro at the Narni Arts Festival and the role of Giunone in Cavalli’s La Calisto with the Peabody Opera. In 2015, she performed the role of Dorinda from Orlando by Handel with the Peabody Opera.
Mercy has attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Brevard Music Center. She has also been a guest artist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and with the Appalachian Children’s Chorus during their Italy tour.
In addition to solo work, she has had a vast choral performing background with the Appalachian Children’s Chorus and Peabody Singers. She has previously studied with Mariel van-Dalsum and currently studies with Ah Young Hong. In the 2017-2018 season, Mercy will be singing with Now Here This and the Peabody Opera Theater.
Soprano Madeline Huss is a second-year master’s student at Peabody from Stillwater, Minnesota. She is a vocal performance and music theory pedagogy major and studies with Ah Hong. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in May of 2016 and studied with Peabody graduate Dr. Anne Jennifer Nash. She was a studio artist at SongFest in Los Angeles June 2015, she was a vocalist for New Music on the Point in Leicester, Vermont June 2016, and she was a studio artist at Little Patuxent Opera Institute (LPOI) in Columbia, Maryland in the summer of 2017. She has been a vocalist in six world premieres, including an opera scene, art song, and chamber ensembles. She was the soprano soloist in Peabody’s oratorio performance of Vaughan Williams’ “Dona nobis pacem” last winter. Her opera performances in the past year include the title role of Thomas Whitman’s “Sukey in the Dark” with Peabody Opera and Miss Titmouse in Edwin Penhorwood’s “Too Many Sopranos” with LPOI. She is looking forward to singing the cover role of Adina in the Peabody Opera production of Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore,” and scenes of Bernstein and Friends.
Claire Iverson is entering her second year in the undergraduate dual-degree program between Peabody and Johns Hopkins University, pursuing both a BM in Voice and a BA in International studies and French. She graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2016, where she studied voice with Janice Chandler Eteme and Robert Cantrell. There, she sang the soprano solo in Carmina Burana and performed in scenes as Lakmé (Lakmé) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). This past summer, she studied and performed in Aub, Germany as a member of the Neil Semer Vocal Institute, and sang the role of Cousin Hebe in Young Victorian Theatre Company’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore in Baltimore. In years past, Claire has attended the Brevard Summer Music Festival and studied with Joseph Evans. She looks forward to partaking in Peabody Opera’s production of Chérubin this spring.
Soprano Lisa Parente has been performing since age 8 and continues to flourish as a soloist. Parente began with a musical theater background, but was drawn to the classical singing in opera. She has been seen as Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Lisa has also participated in opera programs, like Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, OperaWorks, Si Parla Si Canta, and San Diego Opera’s Opera Exposed!
In addition, Lisa performs in other solo settings. She has been featured as the soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria, Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn and in Faure’s Requiem, all with the San Diego State University orchestra.
She has placed in many competitions, including First Place in the California Women’s Choral Competition, Second Place in the San Diego Choral Club Competition, Honorable Mention in the La Jolla Young Artist Competition, all in 2016.
She recently graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance, and is a current Vocal Performance Master’s student at Peabody Conservatory under Ah Young Hong. Upcoming performances include: the Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel and Susanna Cover in Le Nozze di Figaro, both with Peabody Conservatory Opera.
24 year-old Soprano Rachel Sandler has been praised for her ability to “bring life and character to a neglected role.” Sandler’s operatic roles include Zoe in Sukey in the Dark (Peabody Opera/Theatre Project), Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (Trackside Theatre), First and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte (NY Lyric Opera Summer Festival/James Madison University) and Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore (James Madison University), of which “Gilbert & Sullivan would have been very satisfied” with her interpretation. Maryland theatre guide has described her voice as “mesmerizing and smooth as silk.”
Sandler is currently studying with Soprano Ah Hong at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute (MM 2018 Vocal Performance/Pedagogy). She has received her BM from James Madison University in Vocal Performance, where she studied with Dorothy Maddison. While at JMU, she studied piano and accompanying with Gabriel Dobner.
Sandler has been chosen to collaborate with the Peabody Opera Department and Young Audiences for Learning on an opera outreach project called “Where in the World is Opera?” The project will target Elementary School students in Baltimore City, and hopes to provide children with a fun and comprehensive introduction to opera, integrating both music and geography. Sandler and Soprano Madeline Huss will co-write and perform the program during the 2017-2018 school year.
Festival credits include the Summer Music Festival at the Manhattan School of Music and the Little Patuxent Opera Institute, where Sandler performed the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. This summer, she will cover the role of Cendrillon in Cendrillon, and will sing the role of First Lady in an English version of The Magic Flute with the New York Lyric Opera’s Summer program. Sandler has taken on many roles in the world of musical theatre, including rehearsal pianist, conductor, music director and assistant music director. Credits include Sweet Charity, Spring Awakening, All Shook Up, Sweeney Todd (James Madison), Assassins, Cabaret (Stratford Players), Avenue Q (Red Branch), and Cry Baby (Statesmen Players). She frequently accompanies musical theatre auditions in the Baltimore area. Rachel has experience teaching classical, pop and musical theatre repertoire to both voice and piano to students of all ages. She runs a private home studio in Hanover, Maryland where she sees approximately 30 students per week. Rachel also runs an online studio in partnership with the California-based company “TakeLessons”. Her students live all over the country, from North Carolina to Alaska, and have auditioned for and performed with a variety of programs, including NBC’s “The Voice”, The Alaska Bluegrass Festival, and NASA’s music and drama ensemble.
Maria Servodidio, soprano from New Jersey, is pursuing her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Ah Young Hong. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University. Throughout her undergraduate career, she studied with Amy Jarman. Her past roles with Vanderbilt Opera Theatre include “Meg March” in Adamo’s Little Women, “Street Singer” in Bernstein’s Mass, and “Prince Orlofsky” in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
Maria will make her Peabody Opera debut in the outreach production of ANON by Errollyn Wallen in the Fall of 2017. She will continue to tour with her fellow cast mates and perform this production throughout the Spring of 2018 in the greater Baltimore and Washington D.C. area.
Soprano Kristi Spicer, originally from Northampton, Massachusetts, is a second year master’s student at Peabody Conservatory, studying Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Spicer most recently played the roles of Despina in Cosí fan tutte and Musetta in La Bohème as part of the Mediterranean Opera Studio and Festival in July 2017. She has participated in other summer programs such as the Alba Music Festival, Opera Works’ Emerging Artist Program, the Florence Voice Seminar, and Wesley Balk Opera/Musical-Theater Institute. Spicer holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, she performed in the chorus of Dana Wilson’s The Wolf by the Ears and participated in performances of baroque opera scenes such as L’Eternità in La Calisto. She spent her first year at Peabody performing the roles of Papagena and Second Lady from Papageno in Peabody’s outreach opera program. She will be performing Louise from Louise in an upcoming scenes production this fall.
Esther Yi-An Tien, mezzo-soprano, was born in March 1996 in Tainan City, Taiwan. At the age of 15, she started studying voice with Professor Hsu-Ling Wu. She graduated from junior high school with a Mayoral Award of Excellence of Arts given by the Tainan Government. Tien studied in one of the most prestigious Taiwanese high schools, National Tainan Girls’ Senior High School, where she received many awards, including the 3rd Prize of the 2014 National Taiwan Student Music Competition, 1st Prize of the 2011 Tainan City Student Music Competition, 1st Prize of the 2014 New York International Music Competition Taiwan Preliminary, and 1st Prize of the 2013 Japan Classical Music Competition Taiwan Preliminary. In 2015, Yi-An had her first solo recital at Ya-Yin Hall of NUTN. This past summer, she had her Taipei debut by holding a solo recital in the National Concert Hall of Taiwan in collaboration with NewArt Inc. Tien is one of the youngest singers to ever perform there alone. Esther Yi-An Tien continues her music studies with Professor Ah Young Hong, at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she is also a member of Peabody Singers.