Artistic Directors

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Crossley Hawn

Soprano

Praised for her "lovely limpid colors in good harmony with her musical intelligence," Crossley is a versatile singer of repertoire spanning Medieval to Contemporary works.

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Allan Laino

Baritone, Composer, Conductor

Allan is a multi-faceted musician active with professional, educational, church, and community ensembles.

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Jacob Perry Jr.

Tenor

Jacob is an avid chamber musician and soloist gaining attention for his “gorgeous and stylish” interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire.

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Gilbert Spencer

Founder, Bass/Baritone, Conductor

Gilbert is a conductor and singer, noted for his passion for and interpretation of new music.

2019-20 Artists

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Kyle Leigh Carney

Soprano

Soprano Kyle Leigh Carney is equally at home in the music of the Renaissance and Baroque as she is with contemporary repertoire. She has performed regularly with multiple church choirs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and previously served as a choral scholar with the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. She has appeared as a soloist with Choral Arts Philadelphia, Baltimore Baroque Band, Bridge, and Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. Kyle Leigh is a founding member of the voice/plucked-strings duo Sacred Monsters, with whom she looks forward to producing Handel's Alcina in conjunction with the Peabody Historical Performance department and director Timothy Nelson in May of 2020. She has portrayed the roles of Belinda/First Witch in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Second Fairy in Purcell's The Fairy Queen, and she premiered the roles of Kai in Thomas Whitman's The Royal Singer and Traveler in Timothy Witbeck's In The Penal Colony.

Her summer studies have included appearances at the Amherst Early Music Festival, Illinois Bach Academy, and Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, where she recently was featured as a soloist in Charpentier's Messe à 8 voix. Kyle Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and is currently pursuing an M.M. in Historical Performance - Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at The Peabody Conservatory.


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Raha Mirzadegan

Soprano

Persian-American soprano, Raha Mirzadegan is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York. Her repertoire spans the medieval chant of Hildegard von Bingen to premiering new works by living composers. She was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Music. During her time at the university she studied with Gran Wilson, and was a chorister/soloist with the award-winning Chamber Singers, lead by Dr. Edward Maclary. She has been a featured soloist and chorister for groups such as GRAMMY® award-winning baroque orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, lead by Jeannette Sorrell, and Clarion music society.

Raha is the founder and director of The Undercroft, a DC-based vocal ensemble dedicated to unearthing obscure works and premiering them for modern audiences. The group specializes in one-on-a-part renaissance polyphony.

On Sunday mornings, she can be heard singing with the choir at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes in Washington, D.C. with organist and choirmaster, Owen Burdick.


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Janna Critz

Mezzo-Soprano

Acclaimed for her refined singing (Schmopera) and “proved a wizard of Handel’s ornamentation” (DC Theater Scene), mezzo-soprano Janna Critz is a rising solo performing artist in the early music, chamber music, and opera arena.

Miss Critz appears regularly with groups like Tempesta di Mare, American Baroque Opera Co., Mountainside Baroque, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and The Thirteen. Recent performances include Handel’s Serse, Vivaldi’s Montezuma, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit, BWV 111. In 2015 Critz was awarded The Virginia Best Adams Fellowship by The Carmel Bach Festival, and was a joint recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Chamber Music with vocal ensemble, New Consort. Janna was also the first-place recipient of The 8th Biennial Bach Vocal Competition sponsored by The American Bach Society and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

Other solo debuts include Handel’s Messiah with Tempesta di Mare, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott with The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a modern oratorio, with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Some of her opera roles have included Ottavia from Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cornelia from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Zerlina from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Mallika from Delibes’s Lakmé.

Future performances include Handel’s Rinaldo with American Baroque Opera Co. and solo performances of sacred cantatas with Bach Festival Leipzig. Janna holds degrees in voice and early music from Furman University and The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Gabriela Estephanie Solis

Mezzo-Soprano

Gabriela Estephanie Solis, mezzo-soprano, is a San Francisco Bay Area native and enjoys a varied performing career on both the East and West Coasts. On the stage, she was most recently seen as a member of the Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Training Program in performances of Handel’s Orlando (role of Medoro). Other opera experience includes Handel’s Alcina (Bradamante), Cavalli’s La Calisto (Endimione), and scenes from Cavalli’s L’Erismena (Orineo) at the Amherst Early Music Festival.

As a passionate concert soloist, her repertoire includes Bach's B Minor Mass (American Bach Soloists Academy), Handel’s Messiah (Eureka Symphony), Copland’s In the Beginning (University of Notre Dame), Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (Sacred Music at Notre Dame), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Vivaldi’s Gloria (First Church Berkeley). She is also a regular soloist with the California Bach Society for works such as Monteverdi’s Vespers, Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil, and many various masses and cantatas by J.S Bach.

A committed ensemble musician, she has performed with the American Bach Soloists, Eya Ensemble, JSB Ensemble Stuttgart, the Weimar Bach Cantata Academy, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Chamber Choir, the Westminster Choir College Choral Festival, the Georgetown Epiphany Festival, and the Minnesota Chorale. Past accomplishments include winning the Bethlehem Bach Aria Competition and receiving first place in various divisions at NATS Indiana and San Francisco Bay Area chapter competitions.

Gabriela received her B.A. Music and English from Santa Clara University, magna cum laude, and was the recipient of the university’s Arrigo and Catherine Descalzi Prize for artistic growth and dedication. Additionally, Gabriela holds an M.A. in English Composition from San Francisco State University. She recently graduated from the Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame, where she co-wrote winning grants for the Institute of Liberal Arts and received the program’s vocal performance award.


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Ned Sieverts

Tenor

Ned Sieverts is a well-respected tenor in the Washington D.C. region. As a D.C. area native, Ned grew up as a treble chorister in the St. Paul’s K St. Choir for Men and Boys where he was Head Chorister. As a treble, Ned was the featured soloist for multiple performances of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ned is an alumnus of James Madison University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science. Since graduation, Ned has worked as a consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs, working on various aspects of their capital infrastructure and enterprise planning, and can be seen performing regularly with the 18th Street Singers.