Stephen Morscheck

Stephen Morscheck, BassStephen Morscheck

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Stephen Morscheck is an alumnus of Wheaton College and is widely respected for the dignity he brings in both concert and operatic performances. “Stephen Morscheck’s Leporello was genuinely funny, as well as solidly sung. His catalogue aria was almost too effective, drawing applause before its conclusion,” says Opera News of his performance in Don Giovanni. Of Verdi’s Requiem, The Boston Herald said he, “projected…with just the right thrilling, in-your-ear Verdian punch…Morscheck’s bass seemed the perfect medium for some of heaven’s sterner pronouncements.” This season’s engagements include numerous classical masterworks including Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah with Camerata Chicago, Verdi’s Requiem with Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, St. Matthew Passion with Shreveport Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Known for his stunning interpretations of oratorio repertoire, Mr. Morsheck is highly sought after on concert and recital stages. Recent concert appearances include Verdi’s Requiem with the Knoxville Symphony Society; Dvořák’s Requiem with the UNC Summer Music Festival; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Music of the Baroque; Elijah with Opera Naples; Brahms’ Requiem with the Sheboygan Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Sheboygan Symphony and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Roanoke Symphony, Alabama Symphony, The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra; Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Bach Society of St. Lewis, Festival de Saint-Denis, Laudate Deum Chamber Choir in Switzerland, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and Soli Deo Gloria under John Nelson; two concerts with Duke University Chapel for their Bach Cantata Series; Bach’s B-minor Mass with Alabama Symphony Orchestra; St. John Passion at the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Chicago, Costa Rica Philharmonic, and Bach Society of St Louis; and Händel’s Messiah with Pacific Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Rochester Chamber Philharmonic, Dallas Bach Society, Duke University Chapel, and Orchestra Kentucky.

Recent opera engagements include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Glacier Symphony, Count Capulet in Roméo et Juliette at Opera Colorado, Dallas Opera, and Florida Grand Opera; Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Orlando Philharmonic, Opéra de Montréal, Kentucky Opera, and Atlanta Opera; Commendatore in Don Giovanni with South Dakota Symphony; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro at Lyric Opera Baltimore and Dallas Opera; and Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress at the Princeton Festival, where he previously performed Il Ré in Ariodante. Additional engagements include Palemon in Thaïs with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Colline in La bohème with Los Angeles, Dallas Opera and Opéra de Montréal; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera and Arizona Opera; Rocco in Fidelio at Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee; Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Orlando Opera, and Florentine Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Carolina; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Florentine Opera; Don Alphonso in Così fan tutte with Arizona Opera and Kentucky Opera; and Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles with Kentucky Opera. With the Spoleto Festival USA, appearances include Le Chiffonnier in Louise and John Adams in Amistad; and with the Santa Fe Opera, Publius in La clemenza di Tito.

Notable engagements from earlier in his illustrious concert career include several appearances with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris in repeat performances of both St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion; with the Music of the Baroque in Chicago he has performed Mozart’s Requiem, Simon in Judas Maccabeus, King Arthur, and the title role in Hercules; Händel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, and Duke Chapel Choir; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Berkshire Choral Festival; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the National Symphony Orchestra in Santo Domingo; Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Spoleto Festival; Verdi’s Requiem with the Anchorage Symphony and University of North Texas; Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Choral Society of Durham; Bach’s B-minor Mass with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica in San Jose; Mozart’s Requiem with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony; and soloist in the Atlanta Opera’s La Belle Soirée.

Mr. Morscheck graduated from Wheaton College and completed advanced degrees from the University of Michigan.  In 1995, he was awarded the “Richard Tucker Career Grant.” He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Texas, Denton.

Amelia Piscitelli Artist Profile

Amelia Piscitelli made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago in our October 2016 Sweetest Day Series and went on to perform the Vivaldi Four Seasons in October 2017. We are now recording the Four Seasons this summer for a new educational CD primarily for children which will include a performance of the complete work, the poetry Vivaldi wrote and numerous demonstrations of the sound effects he uses. As part of the recording project, we have two concerts to support the project on July 13 in Griffith and July 14 in Wayne.

The following video is Amelia’s debut with Camerata Chicago as part of the Sweetest Day Series:

Amelia has been smiling to classical music since infancy and formally began playing violin at the age of four. From 2009-2014, she studied violin with Debbie Edwards, then in late Summer 2014, she began studying with Drostan Hall, her current teacher. Having recently turned 17, she has just completed her junior year at Hammond Baptist High School, and greatly enjoys playing violin, teaching violin, and playing specials with her violin students at church. She relishes the chamber music opportunities afforded her at Sforzando String Camp for the last 7 summers and has been privileged to be a member of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2015.

Amelia is Concert Master of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra. She performed an entire recital of virtuoso classics on 98.7WFMT Introductions on December 3, 2016. She was accompanied by Cindy Trowbridge and performed:

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, HWV371, George Frideric Handel
– Movement 1 – Affettuoso
– Movement 2 – Allegro
Romanze Op. 26, Johan Svendsen
Praeludium and Allegro “in the Style of Pugnani”, Fritz Kreisler
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Fritz Kreisler
Melodie, Christoph Willibald Gluck
Scherzo tarantelle, Op.16, Henri Wieniawski

Annie Rosen

Annie Rosen – Soprano

2S-annierosen-0150x0180Annie Rosen, a mezzo-soprano of “bright promise” (Chicago Tribune), is a 2017 graduate of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble of the Lyric Opera of Chicago; her performance in the Ensemble’s 2017 showcase was recognized as “the evening’s tour-de-force” by the Chicago Tribune. Rosen began her first season at the Ryan Center jumping in as Mélisande/Pelléas et Melisande in rehearsal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; she then “knocked the ball out of the park” (Chicago Classical Review) in her Lyric Opera debut as Tisbe/La Cenerentola, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Later in the season, Rosen created the role of Edith Thibault in the world premiere of Bel Canto, which aired on PBS’s Great Performances series in January 2017. This past season, Rosen understudied Adalgisa/Norma and performed Ascagne/Les Troyens, Wellgunde/Das Rheingold, and Second Lady/Die Zauberflöte, all at the Lyric Opera. Upcoming engagements include recording Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the baton of Kent Nagano, her Wolf Trap Opera debut as Stepmother/The Juniper Tree, and a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. as Siébel/Faust.
In 2014-15, Rosen joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its anticipated production of Die Frau ohne Schatten. As an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, she covered the role of Ni Gui-Zhen in the U.S. premiere of Huang Ruo’s Mandarin-language opera Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and performed the role of Kitty Oppenheimer in a scene from John Adams’ Doctor Atomic. Other highlights of 2014-15 included residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Banff Music Centre, where Rosen worked with Heartbeat Opera to fully stage György Kurtág’s Kafka-Fragmente for voice and violin, culminating in performances in New York City that Opera News called “extraordinary…a fully-fleshed spectrum of emotion and experience” and The Wall Street Journal, “savage, moving, and – when appropriate – funny.” Also in 2014-15, Rosen returned to the New York Festival of Song, performing in its new music series and the NYFOS annual Spring gala.
Rosen was the 2012 winner of the Opera Foundation’s American Berlin Scholarship. In 2012-13, she performed twelve roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, including Zweite Dame/Die Zauberflöte, Mercédès/Carmen, and Sméraldine/L’amour des trois oranges. Rosen then made her Italian debut as Giannetta in a new production of L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Regio di Torino.

Rosen is also a passionate chamber musician and recitalist. She is a core member of Cantata Profana, a New York City-based chamber ensemble honored by Chamber Music America for its adventurous programming of contemporary repertoire. Works performed with the group include Berio’s Folk Songs, Ligeti’s Nouvelles aventures, Thomas Adès’ Life Story, and songs of Stravinsky and Webern. Rosen’s solo recital repertoire stretches from Monteverdi and Handel, through Schumann and Shostakovich, to world premieres of Hindi and Farsi songs by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail.

Rosen was a Semifinalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She holds additional awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Santa Fe Opera and Central City Opera, and the Connecticut Opera Guild. She is a recipient of the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant and the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts. A New Haven, CT native, Rosen earned degrees in musicology and performance from Yale University and Mannes College.

Gerard Sundberg

Gerard Sundberg – Bass / Baritone

5B-g-sundberg-lg[11]-400Performances for the 2016-17 season included Handel Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus; Finzi In Terra Pax with Northside United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA; Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the North Carolina Master Chorale, Raleigh, NC; Mendelssohn Elijah with Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee; BWV 9, 38, 79, 80, and 192 J.S. Bach cantatas with the Peoria Bach Festival, IL

This season (2017-18) will include Josh Bauder Tyndale: A Reformation Oratorio with Deo Cantamus, Minneapolis; Handel Messiah with the Chicago Master Chorale; Bach Magnificat with Camerata Chicago; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with Bethel University; and Mozart Regina coeli and Handel Messiah (part 1) with the Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus.

Dr. Sundberg is a graduate of Bethel College (St. Paul, MN), and holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL), where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. He recently relocated to the Twin City area, and is an adjunct voice professor at Bethel University.

Sun Chang

sunchang-2-0400x0267Sun Chang, 21, is a student of Alan Chow at Northwestern University. She is now in Chicago finishing her degree in piano performance after a year abroad at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying piano with Rustem Hayroudinoff and harpsichord with Carole Cerasi. She recently was featured on “Live from WFMT,” hosted by Kerry Frumkin, and gave a solo recital at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

This collaboration with Camerata Chicago is not the first- in September 2015, Sun was a soloist in the all-Gershwin concert featuring Sylvia Mcnair. She has also soloed with University of Puget Sound Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Utah Symphony and Northwestern’s Baroque Music Ensemble.

Her primary training is from Dr. Peter Mack with whom she sunchang-3-0300x0315studied since her move from South Korea to the States in 2003. While in Seattle, she was chosen as one of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s “Emerging Artists,” and won most of prominent competitions in the area, including the Simon Fiset, Northwest Chopin, Russian Chamber Music, Seattle International Piano Festival and Outstanding Young Artists competitions. In 2011, with her brother, she won the first prize at the MTNA National Senior Duet Competition.

Sun has a prolific collaborative career. In addition to playing harpsichord in the Baroque Music Ensemble, she frequently performs sonata repertoire, plays in chamber settings and premiers new music.

Sun is a Luminarts Fellow at the Union League Club of Chicago, and a recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women.

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