Timothy Bentch

Timothy Bentch – Tenor

4T-timothybentch-0150x0180Tenor Timothy Bentch was raised on a farm in Missouri. His first singing experiences took place in the local Mennonite church and practicing scales on the tractor and in the silo but eventually led him to a master’s degree at the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. For twelve years he lived in Hungary where critics referred to him as “a treasure in today’s Hungarian musical life”, naming him the most significant “Hungarian” lyric tenor of this generation. He has sung at all the leading venues in this country appearing before presidents and prime ministers with many television appearances and radio broadcasts. At the Hungarian State Opera he premiered new productions as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in The Abduction, Nencio in L’Infeldelta delusa by Haydn and the Evangelist in a semi-staged version of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion. Other roles with the Hungarian State Opera include Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, and Alfredo in La Traviata. His performed opera repertoire of over 40 roles also includes such roles as Mozart’s Mitridate, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Edguardo in Lucia, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Ismaele in Nabucco, Fenton in Falstaff, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, four roles in operas by Benjamin Britten, and numerous baroque operas – Jupiter in Semele, Nero in The Coronation of Poppea, Monteverdi’s Ulyssis, and Orfeo – a performance that marked the opening of the new theater in the Hungarian National Palace of the Arts in 2005. His performances have taken him to many other countries including the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Malta, Israel, Russia, the UK, and Germany.

In symphonic repertoire, he has performed the entire standard repertoire from renaissance and baroque to the large works of Mahler and Verdi. Highlights have included the Evangelists in the Bach Passions, the Dream of Geronius by Elgar, and Mahler’s 8th Symphony which he recorded for Naxos. This recording was lauded by critics winning the “Recording of the Month” by Sterophile Magazine. Bentch’s performance was described as “bright, confident, and heroic, and his “Blicket auf!” is stunning.” Another critic wrote, “Bentch’s top B-flats and Bs are as heroic as his sweet singing is sweet. His “Blicket auf,” a moment that can cause fear and trembling, is stirring in all the right ways.” A recent review in the BBC Music Magazine praised Timothy Bentch’s “heroic tenor” as one of the saving graces of a recent recording of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Warsaw Philharmonic. He has sung with the philharmonic orchestras of Lille, Strasbourg, Avignon, Saint Petersburg, Sofia, Warsaw, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Ars Nova Symphony in Chicago, and appears regularly with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. His most recent performance with the HNP of the Britten War Requiem was critically acclaimed and broadcast live on national radio. He has sung under the batons of Zoltán Kocsis, János Fürst, Ádám Fischer, Tamás Vásáry, János Kovács, John Nelson, Jean Claude Casadesus, Antoni Witt, György Vashegyi, and Valentin Radu.

Timothy is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Crescendo Summer Institute. He is active as a voice teacher and his former students sing in many of the leading opera houses of Europe. He also enjoys scriptwriting. His recent script was a quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicolls Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy Awards.

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.

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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Daniel Sommerville

Daniel Sommerville, ConductorConductor Daniel Sommerville is Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Conservatory of Music of Wheaton College, where he conducts the award-winning Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra (third place in The American Prize for college/university orchestra performance, 2012) and teaches conducting. Under his leadership, the orchestra has collaborated with such notable musicians as Sylvia McNair, Marvin Hamlisch, The Hubbard Street Dance Company II, Joel Grey, as well as many of the outstanding faculty performers of the Conservatory of Music. In addition, Dr. Sommerville has prepared the orchestra for the eminent conductor John Nelson on seven major choral-orchestral collaborations over the past twenty years. Other notable musicians with whom Dr. Sommerville has collaborated include Alexandre Da Costa, Christopher Frohn, Judith Ingolfsson, Ignaz Michieles, Albert Wang, Oliver Colbentson, Douglas Yeo, Denis Azabagic, Nicholas Roth, Gwynne Geyer, William Dresden, and Vakhtang Kodonashvili. He has served as conductor for the Alexander Toradze Piano Festival in South Bend, Indiana. Collaborations with notable jazz musicians include Frank Mantooth, Rob Parton, and Margaret Carlson.

As a teacher of conducting, Dr. Sommerville has been one of two master teachers at daniel-sommerville-3493-0300x0450one of the Conductors Guild National Workshops, at which the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra was the host orchestra. He has also served as one of two master teachers at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association held in Atlanta. In both instances, he coached promising young conductors from across the country, from undergraduate students to post-doctorate.

Daniel Sommerville holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University. In addition, he has studied conducting with such notable conductors as Sir Georg Solti and Herbert Blomstedt. Past conducting posts include the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (Indiana), the Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Illinois) and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. He has been guest conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia. He has had recent guest conducting appearances with the Fox Valley Orchestra and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and is an active clinician and guest conductor for high school honors orchestras.

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Jonathan Blumhofer

jonathan-blumhoferHailed as one of the “nation’s most promising composers” (American Composers Orchestra) and a writer of “highly atmospheric” (The Portland Press Herald) and “nimbly woven” (New Music Box) music, composer Jonathan Blumhofer was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1979. His first musical activities involved studying violin and piano, and he later took up the viola.

Jon’s compositions have received numerous awards and honors, including recognition from the American Composers Forum, the American Composers Orchestra, ASCAP, the Worcester (MA) Arts Council, the Longfellow International Composers Competition, Boston University, and the Boston Conservatory, among others. His compositions have been performed and recorded by a number of ensembles in the United States and Europe, including the Dreamsongs Project, the Worcester Chamber Music Society, the American Composers Orchestra, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Xanthos Ensemble, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and the Camerata Chicago.

As a writer and scholar, Jon’s research interests include American music (particularly the music of Leonard Bernstein and John Adams), 20th century music, and modern European history. Jon has taught at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, MA, online for the University of Phoenix, and at Gordon College in Wenham, MA.

Jon earned his doctorate from Boston University, his Master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, and his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. His principal teachers include Edwin Childs, Dalit Warshaw, Jan Swafford, Joshua Fineberg, Richard Cornell, and Samuel Headrick. Jon also studied with Allain Gaussin and Andre Bon at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, and with Ladislav Kubik at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague.

An avid fan of Chicago Cubs baseball, food, travel, and wine, Jon lives with his wife and two children in Worcester, MA where, in addition to his aforementioned activities, he writes about music for the Arts Fuse and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

In 2003 Jonathan was specially commissioned to write Variations on Thaxted for Camerata Chicago’s inaugural season. It is being performed at the Sweetest Day Series 2016 concerts.