Hollie Dunkley currently living in Norfolk County, Ontario, has been performing throughout Southern Ontario as a chorister and soloist since she began singing with Arcady in 1993. Specializing in Early Music performance, she has appeared as soprano and alto soloist with a number of ensembles including Arcady, the John Laing Singers, and The Oakville Ensemble, and was soprano section lead at St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Oakville for three years before returning to Hamilton in 2006 to sing as second soprano section lead at Centenary United Church, then alto section lead at Christ’s Church Cathedral. She studied and attended masterclass with Tom Shilling of Vocalway Studios, Hamilton. In addition to performing with Arcady and singing solo recitals at various venues, Hollie currently sings at Central Presbyterian Church in Brantford, St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford, and St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Ancaster. In 2009 she debuted the role of The Dragon in John Laing’s staged operetta Sir George and the Dragon in Hamilton. Recent early music performances include appearing as mezzo-soprano and soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, and the Fauré Requiem.Stage roles include Lady Thiang in The King and I, Fantine in Les Misérables, and The Third Woman in Ronald Beckett’s Ruth.
In addition to performing, Hollie is a published writer who has had several of her poems set to compositions by Arcady director and composer Ronald Beckett. She made her producing and directorial debut in October 2012 with Les Misérables in Concert in Waterford, Ontario.
Abigail Freeman recently completed a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance at Binghamton University, New York. Her engaging presence has lent itself well to such roles as Fanchette (Le mariage aux lanternes), Ilia (Idomeneo), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Lakmé. The young Canadian soprano has also delighted listeners with her expressive singing in the soprano oratorio roles of Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and J.S. Bach’s cantatas, Wachet, betet, betet, wachet and Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.
Laura McAlpine is a Winnipeg-born mezzo soprano who enthuses audiences with her musical interpretation and dramatic versatility with “mellifluous singing and flashes of wit” (Opera Canada) and an “impressive voice that jumps off the stage” (Paula Citron, Classical 96.3 FM). Laura’s repertoire spans from traditional opera and oratorio to recital programs and contemporary music. Most recently, Laura sang the roles of Mozart’s Sesto in Toronto under the baton of Sabatino Vacca, Dorabella in Weimar, Germany with conductor Erkki Korhonen and the same role with conductor Gordon Gerrard and stage director Michael Cavanagh and Puccini’s Suzuki in Wendy Nielsen’s St. Andrews by the Sea scenes program with Canadian Opera Company’s Yannick-Muriel Noah as Madama Butterfly, directed by Tom Diamond. New Canadian opera works include workshopping the role of Sarinder in John Mills-Cockell’s SAVITRI AND SAM with Factory Theatre, workshopping R. Murray Schafer’s opera THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE under the musical direction of David Fallis and premiering the role of Aunt Luce Gertrude in the workshop of Charles Wilson’s KAMOURASKA under the baton of Alex Pauk. Laura toured with Isaiah Bell’s new Canadian children’s opera THE LIVES OF LESSER THINGS twice in 2011 in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Oratorio engagements as Alto Soloist include Handel’s MESSIAH with Arcady and Alto Soloist in Bach cantatas 78, 132, 133. Laura’s recent concert work also includes singing the role of Bizet’s Carmen with Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. Additional roles include Prinz Orlofsky, Dryade, Siebel, Charlotte, Cherubino, Lola, 2nd Witch and Spirit, Mercedes, Madame Flora, Sesto, Vera Boronel. .
Kelly McLean is an accomplished choral mezzo-soprano, having sung with a long list of ensembles including the Boris Brott Festival Choir, the John Lang Singers, the Centenary Choral Society under Shawn Grenke, Arcady lead by Ronald Beckett, and has most recently completed an Ontario tour with the Canadian Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids. Kelly obtained her B.Mus from McMaster University where she studied classical voice and piano and focused on tonal theory and harmony. In addition to her proficiencies in several different instruments including piano, guitar, saxophone and percussion, she has a broad musical theatre and jazz background and is also an accomplished accompanist and actor. Ms. McLean is well known by her friends for her wildly eclectic taste in music, and believes strongly that both renaissance motets and speed metal bands can be equally enjoyed by the discerning musical ear. .
Jennifer Enns Modolo has been active as a soloist in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and sung with several groups throughout Southern Ontario. Recent roles include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat with the Elora Festival Singers, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Grand River Chorus, Tovey’s Requiem with Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, Mozart’s Vespers with Menno Singers, Bach’s Missa Brevis and Handel’s Messiah with Elora Festival Singers, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Requiem with Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In concert, she has appeared as guest soloist with the early music ensemble Greensleeves, premiered Michael Purves-Smith’s Woodland Portraits: in Oil, Words and Music with Leith Quartet, and has performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto with Waterloo Chamber Players. In 2003, Jennifer performed the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Orford Arts Centre in Quebec. In 2002, she made her debut with Ontario Opera Chorus in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Other opera roles include Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Weill’s Street Scene, and the premiere of Daryl Jamieson’s Mandragola. Jennifer has won Kiwanis music scholarships at both the local and provincial level and is a recent recipient of the NATS Most Promising Senior University Level Singer scholarship. In 2004, she was a finalist in the Annual Solo Competition with the Oratorio Society of New York.
Erin Grainger sang the title role of Rinaldo this year with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Operatic repertoire includes the roles of The Mother in The Consul, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Pisandro in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. She has developed a keen interest in new opera since creating roles in a trilogy of operas by Canadian composer Ronald Beckett, including the role of Naomi in Ruth, and recently sang the role of Longfellow in the première production of Julian Wachner’s Evangéline Revisited. Last season she debuted with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra singing Mozart’s Requiem. Recent oratorio performances have included Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël with L’orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, Handel Messiah, Utrecht Jubilate & Dixit Dominus, Haydn Paukenmesse, Liszt Via Crucis & Missa Choralis, and Vivaldi Gloria with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and the Arcady Baroque Ensemble. Erin has family roots in the Ottawa Valley and Port Dover, Ontario. She holds a graduate degree from McGill University and undergraduate degrees from the Universities of Western Ontario and Toronto. She is based in Montréal.
Marta Herman is making her mark as a young singer to watch. Her operatic roles include The Secretary in The Consul (Halifax Summer Opera), Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel (Opera NUOVA), and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte (Halifax Summer Opera); Opera Canada has written of her performances that “Marta Herman sang superbly” (F/W ’07) and she was “delightful as an obnoxious secretary who finally becomes human” (F/W ’08). In addition to her experience in opera, Marta is equally dedicated to her involvement to the performance of new music; in spring ‘08 she sang the role of Tessie in the premiere of The Lottery, a new Canadian opera by Anthony Aceti, with whom she is currently collaborating on a song cycle. She is part of several new music ensembles, Das Studium Postmoderner Musik, and the University of Western Ontario Contemporary Techniques Ensemble, under the direction of John Hess. Exploring the early music repertory, Marta has appeared as a soloist with the Bach Aria Group, directed by Kevin McMillan. Equally important is her involvement in recitals fundraising for various charities, including Breast Cancer Run for the Cure. Currently in her final year at the University of Western Ontario, she has also been accepted into several elite Canadian young artist summer programs (Opera Nuova, COAA). She is supported by the Canadian Polish Millennium Fund, the recipient of awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a prize winner in the Young Polish Musicians Competition. In spring 2009, Marta sang the role of Dame Doleful in the UWOpera production of Too Many Sopranos.
Jessica Lloyd is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music at the University of Texas at Austin as the recipient of the Garwood Centennial Scholarship in Art Song. She received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto and her Masters at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Miss Lloyd has performed with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the North York Symphony and has been a regular singer with Arcady since 1987. She can be seen on both the Bravo! and wtn television networks in a music video filmed in 1999 with Marble Media and Canadian composer John Weinzweig. She was awarded top honours at the first annual “Stars over Norfolk” music competition at Cranberry Creek Church in Lynedoch, Ontario and “Haldimand Idol” in a similar competition in Caledonia.
Alison Neale is a well-rounded, versatile performer. Having studied voice, piano, drama, various dance styles and aerial acrobatics, she has proven herself as a passionate and disciplined artist. Favoured performances include tributes to Duke Ellington, Muhammed Ali, a press release for the Toronto launch of Disney’s The Lion King with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, a short film (Cinnamon Hill) with HERetic productions for Bravo! FACT, a radio commercial for Motown Recording artist Erykah Badu, an impromptu performance at the royal military court in Brasov, Romania, and a starring role in the Treehouse television series 4 Square.
Nicole Stellino is a mezzo soprano, living in Burlington Ontario. She is an active performer in the GTA, versed in opera, concert and musical theatre repertoire. Nicole has performed several operatic roles, including the role of Hermia in the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent performances include an appearance as a featured soloist in “A Little Night Music”, a farewell concert for pianist Eran Rozenszajn, and the Merriam Music faculty concert. Nicole is an experienced vocal teacher, with a full and thriving studio.
Sonja van de Hoef graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Honours Church Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where she studied organ with Jan Overduin, voice with Patricia Pascoe and choral conducting with Noel Edison. Ms. van de Hoef served as the assistant director for the Laurier Chapel Choir and as Choir Master at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She is currently the Director of Worship and Children’s Ministries at Knox Presbyterian Church in Milton where she leads the adult and children’s choirs and is organist/pianist. Ms. van de Hoef is also the founder/director of the Adoramus Children’s Choir in Milton. She is currently studying voice with Glen Gardiner. While this energetic young musician claims that “choral conducting is my passion”, she has studied piano, voice and organ and has a private studio in Milton where she teaches voice, piano, theory and harmony.
Katie Walshaw holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University specializing in music theory and voice and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from the University of Western Ontario. She began singing at the age of five and was an active member of the Brant County Youth Singers (Brantford Children’s Chorus) for more than six years. As a singer, Katie is the soprano section lead at St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford. She has been an active performer and soloist with Arcady since 1999, frequently appearing as a soloist. Katie is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Brantford with her husband where they share a thriving voice, piano and theory studio.
Meagan Zantingh has recently completed her MMus at McGill University. Meagan’s opera production experience includes the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the role of Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and the role of Sylvane in Lehar’s The Merry Widow. She has also participated in three summer opera programs, developing her skills through acting and movement classes and opera scenes workshops. Over the past few years, she has organized and performed in annual benefit concerts, repeatedly singing to a sold out audience. Also in the Early Music field, Meagan is gaining experience as a soloist and as a chorister. She has her A.R.C.T. Performanc diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and her Honours Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario..