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The Drew Camerata is a 24-member, professional chamber choir in residence at Drew University. Camerata will rehearse and perform during the off-seasons of the academic year, primarily in the winter and summer months. Under the direction of Jason Bishop, Drew’s Director of Choral & Vocal Studies, Camerata’s membership represents a cross-section of Drew faculty, staff, and students with extensive singing experience, as well as professional musicians from the wider community. The Camerata will make its debut performance on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Dorothy Young Center for Arts at Drew.

Founding Members

SOPRANOS


Lindsay Bogaty

Lindsay Bogaty

As a member and alumna of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, soprano Lindsay Bogaty has performed in major U.S. music venues and in choral concerts and competitions in Spain, Germany, England, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, China and Japan. She has also performed as both a chorus member and featured soloist in over 50 world premieres, including a performance and CD recording of Michael Harrison’s Hijaz at the 92nd Street Y, 2011 Bang on a Can Marathon, and on the radio with WWFM. In addition, she was a soloist in Tarik O’Regan’s Taxi in the first SONiC Extended Play Marathon. Ms. Bogaty made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2012 and her Carnegie Hall debut last year as a soloist in “Dôme Épais” from Delibes’ Lakmé. Since 2010 Ms. Bogaty has been an events coordinator, vocal instructor, and mentor with YPC. She holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Emory University, where she sang with the Emory University Concert Choir, Mastersingers and University Chorus and was the president and musical director of The Gathering A Cappella.


Emily Crawford

Emily Crawford

is currently a senior at Drew University, and is expected to graduate with a BA in Music and a minor in Theater Arts. She is the President of the Drew Madrigal Singers, of which she has been a member since her first year. She is also an active member of the Drew University Chorale and formerly served as its Vice President, and sings in the Drew University Choral Union as well. Emily performed the role of Belinda in the Drew University Music Department’s spring 2013 production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and has participated in workshops with The Western Wind vocal ensemble. She is excited for the opportunity to sing as a founding member of the Drew Camerata.

Catherine Hudman

Catherine Hudman

Catherine Hudman’s passion for music started with piano lessons when she was ten years old. Shortly after, she started playing the clarinet; at the age of 12, Catherine first picked up a French horn and found a new love. By the time she entered high school, Catherine sought out many opportunities in music, including regional wind ensembles and orchestras, woodwind quintets at the Settlement School of Music, and Rowan University’s orchestra, and her high school’s wind ensemble and vocal ensemble. With most of Catherine’s experience in music being instrumental, joining a choir opened up a whole new world of music for her. She experienced masterworks such as Carmina Burana and the Mozart Requiem, and performed in great venues such as Lincoln Center. Presently, Catherine is a junior at Drew University majoring in Biology and minoring in Music. She plays the French horn in the Drew University Chamber Orchestra, sings in the Drew University Chorale and Choral Union, and is President of the Chorale.

Anne McKenna

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Anne McKenna’s diverse performing career began with her Chautauqua Opera debut as Papagena. In staged roles encompassing opera, operetta, and musical theatre and vocal repertoire ranging from the early baroque to the contemporary, she has been praised for her innate musicianship, instinctive theatrical sense, and keen interpretive abilities. Recent engagements include performances with The Princeton Festival and Theatre-By-The-Sea. She is a frequent oratorio soloist in the Tri-State area, specializing in Handel, Mozart, and Bach. She has appeared as soprano soloist with numerous regional orchestras, such as those of Jacksonville, FL, Stamford, CT, Brooklyn Philharmonic at B.A.M., the Charles Ives Center for the Arts, and Long Island Jewish Festival. As legendary composer/conductor David Amram’s vocal artist of choice, she has enjoyed many years of collaboration with him in orchestral and chamber performances of Mr. Amram’s own works for solo voice, in addition to classical and popular repertoire for audiences of all kinds, most recently at Lincoln Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the New York Shakespeare Festival. In performances with Maestro Amram of his incidental music for the theatre, she has appeared in repeat engagements with Jacques D’Amboise’s The National Dance Institute at venues throughout New York City, and on Broadway in holiday readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to benefit The Actor’s Fund. A native of California, she received her musical training at Smith College and in Germany.

Rachel Schachter 

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of Bethlehem, PA is set to graduate from Drew University in May 2014 with a BA in Music and Comparative Religion. While at Drew, Rachel has made herself at home in the Madrigal Singers, Chorale, Choral Union, co-ed a cappella group All of the Above, the Civic Scholars program, the Baldwin Honors program, Phi Beta Kappa, WoCo: A Feminist House, and behind the scenes in the Concert Hall as front of house manager, publicity manager, and sound booth assistant. She is also a proud member of both the Folk Project of New Jersey and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance. Last May, Rachel appeared as Dido in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, both her and Drew’s opera debut. After graduation, Rachel is considering attending graduate school for early music performance. She is also considering conquering the world while accompanying herself on her Martin guitar. The possibilities are (almost) endless.

Renée Volak

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has performed as a featured artist and leading soprano with opera companies and orchestras throughout the country. Her stage credits include Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Hanah Glawari in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Anne Truelove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Sophia in Edward German’s Tom Jones, and Fiorella in Offenbach’s The Brigands. She has performed leading roles with Birmingham Opera, the Ohio Light Opera, Cleveland Opera and the Indiana University Opera Theatre. In concert, she has been the featured soprano soloist in various orchestral works including Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Honegger’s Le Roi David, and the Schubert Mass in G Major. She has been a featured artist with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Kingsport Symphony, and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, she attended the Indiana University School of Music where she studied voice with Lynn Luciano and received her Master’s degree in vocal performance. While there, she performed many leading roles with the acclaimed Indiana University Opera Theatre and taught voice as an associate instructor and adjunct faculty member. Renée is University Director of Financial Assistance at Drew University where she is also a member of the Drew Choral Union. She is a resident of Madison, NJ, where she lives with her husband Charles Davidson, and her sons, Nicholas and Jack.

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Hannah DeGenova 

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graduated from Drew University in 2013 with a degree in History, with honors, as well as minors in European Studies and Sociology. While at Drew, Hannah participated in the Drew Chorale, the Drew University Madrigal singers, of which she was president for a year, and On a Different Note, Drew’s only all-female a cappella group of which she was music director for two years. Currently, Ms. DeGenova is pursuing her master’s degree in history at Rutgers Newark and will graduate in 2015.

Lauren Feinberg

Lauren Feinberg

discovered her passion for choral singing during her four years as a member of the Greenwich High School Chamber Singers. A lover of barbershop harmony, she was a member of the Golden Apple Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. During her time at junior college, Lauren helped to establish the music and theater program and also starred as Anita in their first ever musical production, West Side Story. While at Drew, Lauren has studied voice with Dr. Angelika Nair and the late Professor Garyth Nair. She is also the current musical director of Drew’s all-female a cappella group On a Different Note, and a member of both Chorale and Choral Union.


Ariana Jackson

Ariana Jackson

is a junior at Drew University majoring in Anthropology. She is a member of the Drew University Chorale and Choral Union, and performed the role of Witch in Drew University’s spring 2013 production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. At The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ, Ariana was a member of the Women’s Glee Club and president of the select women’s ensemble, the Balladeers. As a student of Manhattan School of Music’s precollege program, Ariana was a member of chorus and studied piano and cello. She is a former member of the Cornell University Chorus and resides in Mendham Township, New Jersey.


Natalie Marone

Natalie Marone

caught the choral singing bug at age 11 when she joined the New Jersey Children’s Choir, and has been singing in one choir or another ever since. She graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ in 2008. There she earned her B.S. in Applied Mathematics (while devoting her spare time to theater and choir, of course). Natalie currently lives in Springfield and teaches high school mathematics at the Morristown-Beard School. When not singing or mathing, Natalie can probably be found in the clutches of an ultra-geeky board game.


Leslie Sprout

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is Associate Professor of Music at Drew University. She is the author of The Musical Legacy of Wartime France (University of California Press, 2013), which was named a Notable Music Book of 2013 by The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Her research has been published in The Musical Quarterly, repercussions, and the Journal of Musicology. Leslie also sings in the Drew University Choral Union.

Ellen Zemlin

Ellen Zemlin

fell in love with choral music while growing up singing with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and now sings in the Drew University Chorale and Choral Union, as well as the choir at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. When not in rehearsal, she’s probably conducting research on Weimar German lesbian print culture for her Ph.D. from Drew’s History and Culture program.

TENORS

Rich Basler

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is a violist and is a graduate of Mansfield University with a B.M. in Music Performance. He has held permanent positions with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony. He has also performed as a freelance violinist and violist in NY, NJ, PA, and GA. Rich lives in West Orange with his partner (conductor Jason Bishop) and three cats. He is Director of Advancement Services for Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, NJ.

Steve Kass

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teaches Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew and is a member of the Drew Chorale. A Pomona College graduate, he earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, where he sang in the UW Choral Union under Robert Fountain. Before joining the Drew faculty in 1988, he held a research appointment at the University of Montréal, and he sang in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra chorus. Since 1996, Steve has been a member of New York City’s Dessoff Choirs. In addition to its own concerts, Dessoff’s recent guest appearances include Lorin Maazel’s final concerts with the New York Philharmonic; Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, live-to-projection at Radio City Music Hall; an East Coast tour with rock legend Ray Davies; concerts under conductors Iván Fischer, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Patrick Dupré Quigley; and a concert of music performed at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, given for her 2013 Jubilee year, at London’s Royal Festival Hall.


David Kellett

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made his operatic debut as Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with the Opera Shop at the Vineyard Theatre and has performed over 45 principal and secondary roles in opera and operetta. As composer/conductor David Amram’s tenor of choice, David has sung in the composer’s opera, Twelfth Night, and performed his songs in concert on numerous occasions. He appeared at Lincoln Center on a program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare Festival singing selections composed for productions directed by Papp during the first 11 years of its existence. Other new music endeavors include the world premieres of several works by Peter Westergaard: his operas Alice in Wonderland, The Tempest and Moby Dick and his cantata, To the Dark Lady. Radio audiences have heard him on WQXR’s “Listening Room,” and WNCN’s “WNCN Live” and recordings of his operatic performances have been broadcast on WKCR and WBAI in New York City. David appeared in Zoe Caldwell’s production of A Christmas Carol at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway featuring Christopher Plummer, Richard Kiley, Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Julie Harris, E.G. Marshall. Since 1995, David has taught private voice at Princeton University.


Jake Sachs

Jake Sachs

is a 22-year-old who’s been a choir boy for basically his whole life. He’s sung in school choirs whenever possible, including the Drew University Chorale (from Fall ’09 to Spring ’12). He was a member of the New Jersey Children’s Choir for three years (1998-2001), he joined the Drew University Choral Union in January 2013, and joined the Harmonium Choral Society in September 2013. In spring 2013, Jake performed the role of Sailor in Drew University’s production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is also the primary arranger for 36 Madison Avenue, Drew’s all-male a cappella group, and he was a member during his time at Drew. Jake is currently a student at SAE Institute (School of Audio Engineering), at their NYC location.

Jeffery Thyer

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is an active choral director, singer, administrator, and concert producer in New York City. He holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Ball State University and a church music degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the Director of Program Development for Distinguished Concerts International New York, a concert production company. In that role, he guides the programming team for the concert series and works closely with directors to organize performances of major choral/orchestral works, world premieres, and performances by ensembles of every type in venues like Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher at Lincoln Center, and Disney Hall in LA. Previously, he has been a church choir director, assistant conductor for community choruses, managing director for a large oratorio chorus, and a member of many choirs. He sings with Chameleonic and the New York Festival Singers. He worked previously at the headquarters of the American Choral Directors Association. A native of Indiana, Jeffery now makes his home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Beyond choral music, Jeffery is a freelance website designer/manager. He enjoys singing, conducting, public radio, classical music, cooking, web design, and water skiing.


Matthew Webb

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is the Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, NJ, where he serves as Organist and Choirmaster, directing all high school and adult vocal and instrumental ensembles. Prior to his work in Morristown, Matthew was on the faculty of Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Canterbury School. He has also served as the Director of Music at Presbyterian, Methodist, and Episcopal congregations, leading large choral music programs. A conductor and keyboardist, Matthew holds degrees in Music and Philosophy from Wake Forest University and graduate degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

BASSES

Charles Davidson

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has performed with critically acclaimed opera companies and orchestras throughout the country. His professional stage credits in leading roles include Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Kentucky Opera), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Minnesota Opera), the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring (Kentucky Opera), Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata (Birmingham Opera Theatre), Nanki-Poo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (Kentucky Opera), Herzog Guido von Urbino in Johann Strauss’ Eine Nacht in Venedig and Prinz Niki in Oscar Straus’ Ein Waltzertraum (Ohio Light Opera). In concert, he has performed as guest soloist in a variety of traditional works ranging from Mozart’s Missa Solemnis (Richmond Symphony) to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Arkansas Symphony Orchestra) to world premier works by microtonal composer John Eaton, including the title role in El Divino Narciso (Chicago Chamber Orchestra). Charles is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where he also served as an Associate Instructor of Voice. While there, highlights include performances in leading roles in several Indiana University Opera Theatre productions, selection as a featured artist in a cultural exchange program with the Moscow Conservatory of Music, and being awarded the Indiana University School of Music Adler prize for Continuing Vocal Studies. Beyond the music world, he serves as Vice President with TRAUB Consumer Food and Beverage, a global business development and strategy consulting firm based in London and New York. Charles is a resident of Madison, NJ, where he lives with his wife (the soprano Renée Volak), and his sons, Nicholas and Jack.

Ellis Hilton

Ellis Hilton

You’ll often see Concert Hall Manager Ellis Hilton in the control booth, but rarely performing here. With a particular affinity for Early Music, Ellis is also the director of Drew’s Madrigal Singers. He has sung in numerous local ensembles, including the Summit Chorale and Westfield Choral Arts Society and co-founded the a cappella quartet Anonymous Four. He joins the Western Wind Workshop in Ensemble Singing at Smith College in Massachusetts each summer and has recently taken groups of current and alumni Madrigal Singers along. Ellis holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation; degrees from The University of Virginia (BA), Northwestern University (MM), and Boston University (MBA); and a certificate from Harvard Business School (PMD).

Mark Miller

Mark Miller

believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes passionately in food and is the main chef at Chez MurMiller in Plainfield where he lives with his loving husband of twenty-three years and two great kids. In his spare time, Mark teaches at Drew and Yale, plays the organ at Christ Church Summit, and regularly travels the country imposing his music on unsuspecting churchfolk. He is humbled and honored to be invited to participate in the premier performance of the Drew Camerata and is praying that he doesn’t screw up his part.

John Muccigrosso

John Muccigrosso

is associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and half of the Classics Department at Drew. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY, currently living in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife and two teen-aged children. John studied voice and sang with the Amherst College Glee Club in earlier days. After a long hiatus from organized singing, he joined the Drew Choral Union last year and despite the presence of his more professional colleagues, is looking forward to the small-group experience of the Camerata.

Bruce Van Hoven

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is the choral director at the Morristown-Beard School, where he has been teaching for the past seven years. Before that he worked in public schools, teaching music from grades K-12. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rider University and a master’s from Montclair State University, where he studied voice with Jeffrey Gall, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Letters in Irish Studies at Drew. In addition to directing the Middle and Upper School choruses at Morristown-Beard, he also runs an extra-curricular a cappella group, Crimsingers. His students have been accepted into honor choirs at the county, region, and all-state level as well as a summer touring a cappella group, The Rock N Roll Chorus. Bruce lives in Boonton, NJ with his wonderful and supportive wife Anne Marie and their five children.


Jonathan Sanford 

Jonathan Sanford

Texas native Jonathan Sanford is a graduate student at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey enrolled in the Master of Arts and Letters program. He has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and specializes in the work of Virginia Woolf. Jonathan describes himself as a scholar, writer, bibliophile, feminist, LGBT activist, singer, and occasional actor. He lives in New Jersey with his long-suffering roommate, a grumpy cat, and an overly exuberant dog.