Soprano Sophia Cinquemani is a first year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in voice at Peabody, as well as a degree in cognitive science at Johns Hopkins. She is very excited to be studying voice and hopes to pursue a career in opera. Ever since high school, she has been involved in many honors choirs and enjoys singing with others who are equally passionate! She is very happy at Peabody.
Cass Durgin is a first year undergraduate Vocal Studies and Music Education double major from the greater Philadelphia area. They are a Bass-Baritone in Steve Rainbolt’s studio. In high school, they were selected for the 2017 NAfME All-National Honor Choir, and they were the bass soloist in a performance of J. S. Bach’s Magnificat.
While pursuing her Bachelor of Music from Pacific Lutheran University, she studied with Marlette Buchanan, and performed the roles of Bradamante in Handel’s “Alcina”, Hippolyta in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Third Lady in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, and Stage Doorwoman in Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate”. She also participated in the university’s Opera Scenes program, appearing in scenes from “The Ballad of Baby Doe”, “Little Women”, and “Lucia di Lammermoor”. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Erika performed with Symphony Tacoma Voices where she participated in the chorus for Handel’s “Messiah” and Maestro Murry Sidlin’s production of the “Defiant Requiem”. In July 2017, Erika was invited back to Pacific Lutheran University to perform in their Summer Opera Workshop, as “La Principessa” in Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”. While pursuing her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Peabody Conservatory, Erika has performed in the fall and spring opera scenes concerts, covered the roles of Zosia and Wala in Jake Heggie’s “Out of Darkness: Two Remain”, and sang as a servant in the chorus for the spring production of Massenet’s “Cherubin.”
Marie Herrington is a first year undergraduate student in Voice studying under Dr. Steven Rainbolt. Marie has soloed with the Fisk Jubilee Singers, was a backup singer for Susan Boyle in 2014, sang at Duke University for a class studying Don Giovanni under the direction of staff from the North Carolina Symphony, soloed in Nico Muhly’s Bright Mass at Seiji Ozawa Hall, and has soloed with the Durham Symphony as a freshman in high school. Marie is an alumna of Youngarts, won the musical theatre NATS competition in 2012, national Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in 2013, Classical NATS 5 years in a row, and Classical NATS regionals in 2014. Marie has been in master classes with Jeanette Lovetri, Seth Rudetsky, Mikhailovsky Principals, Arlene Shrut, Valentin Lanzrein, Luis Ledesma, Enza Ferrari, and cast of the Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Marie studied at Oberlin In Italy where she performed the role of Tisbe in scenes from La Cenerentola by Rossini, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute where she performed the role of Susanna in scenes from le nozze di Figaro by Mozart. She also sang alongside the Broadway star of Matilda, Aviva Winick, in a performance of Matilda in 2015.
Thomas Rousseau Swain, tenor, is in his final year of his undergraduate studies at the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Guatemala, Thomas grew up in Denver, CO. where he began his musical training at the Denver School of the Arts. Thomas has had many wonderful opportunities to travel around the globe performing in operas and recitals. Throughout his journey as a student at Peabody Thomas has been a part of numerous productions. He performed as Le Doyen De Faculte in Cendrillon, by Massenet, Monastatos in Papageno, by W.A. Mozart, Il Soldato in L’Incorazionne di Poppea, by Monteverdi, and Candide in Bernstein and Friends. This season Thomas will be featured as Rinuccio in Puccini’s, Gianni Schicchi. Thomas also enjoys a robust extracurricular life as a Certified Personal Trainer, with a specific interest in training for musicians.
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