Choral Arts Society
Past Soloists
 
Jolle Greenleaf
 
JOLLE GREENLEAF, Soprano - has been hailed as “A Golden Soprano” by the New York Times. A graduate from the Mannes College of Music, she has received many awards including a one year fellowship to study at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands. She performs regularly as soloist and recent performances include J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Jephtha, Rameau’s grand motet In Convertendo, Purcell’s King Arthur, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Bach’s B Minor Mass and numerous cantatas. Ms. Greenleaf has performed with many ensembles including Apollo’s Fire, ARTEK, Bach Vespers, BachWorks, Bimbetta, Ex Umbris, Ensemble for Early Music, Folger Consort, Gotham City Orchestra, New York Collegium, NYS Baroque, Parthenia, Spiritus Collective, Trinity Consort, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. This season’s highlights include lute song recitals in the US and abroad, Bach Cantatas at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall under Ton Koopman, Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers with Apollo’s Fire, and Bach’s Easter Oratorio with St. Thomas Choir and Concert Royale under the direction of John Scott. Ms. Greenleaf is a member of the music staff at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue teaching private voice to the boys of the choir.

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Philip Anderson
 
PHILIP ANDERSON - Tenor, Hailed for his “voice of liquid warmth and easy stage presence” (The Journal, Albuquerque) tenor Philip Anderson has been a soloist with Mark Morris Dance Group, The New York Collegium, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. Much in demand among early music ensembles, he performs often with Artek, My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort, The Tiffany Consort, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. With New York’s Ensemble for Early Music he toured the United States in the title of The Play of Daniel. This season he debuts with The Waverly Consort in a program of Spanish renaissance songs. Recent engagements include a Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel’s Messiah with the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion at Swarthmore College, and the role of Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Mozart and Salieri in Richmond, VA. In Europe he has sung at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, at the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, and in Scarlatti’s first opera Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante in Palermo. On CD he can be heard singing British parlor songs on Jane’s Hand, The Jane Austen Songbooks with Julianne Baird, and on the 2006 Grammy nominated O Magnum Mysterium with the Tiffany Consort. When not singing Philip can be found in North Salem, NY where he grows vegetables and raises chickens.

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Richard Lippold
 
RICHARD LIPPOLD - Baritone, has been a featured soloist in operatic, sacred, and concert repertoire in, Paris, Athens, Köln, Brussels, Italy, and NYC, including Carnegie Hall. In January he was Joseph De Rocher with Frederica von Stade in Dead Man Walking with composer, Jake Heggie at the piano. In addition to much of the Lyric Baritone standard repertoire in regional opera houses, he has presented several premieres, including the West Coast premiere of Salvador Brotons’ Reverend Everyman, and the NY premiere of Summer by Stephen Paulus, for which he was praised by the NY Times. His concerts with various orchestras include Carmina Burana, J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata, St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Christmas Oratorio, the Requiem Masses of Brahms, Fauré and Duruflé, Dvorák’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Monteverdi’s Vespers and an NPR Broadcast of Arvo Pärt’s Passio conducted by Paul Hillier. He appears regularly as a soloist and ensemble singer at Trinity Church, Wall Street, St. Thomas, 5th Avenue, The NY Collegium with Andrew Parrott, and in several of the major Churches and Cathedrals in Manhattan. For the 2004 New York Early Music Celebration, he was Purcell’s Aeneas with The Trinity Choir and Rebel, and sang Hammerschmidt works with The Spiritus Collective. Upcoming engagements include Bach’s Cantata 106, and Easter Oratorio at St Thomas 5th Avenue, and Schaunard in La Bohème in St. Louis.

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Ruth Cunningham

 
RUTH CUNNINGHAM, Soprano, was a founding member of Anonymous 4, with whom she performed in concerts and festivals throughout the world. Ms. Cunningham received a B.Mus. in Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and is certified as a cross-cultural music-healing practitioner (CCMHP) by the Open Ear Center, Bainbridge Island, WA where she studied with Pat Moffitt Cook. Most recently as part of her sound healing work, she was among the musicians who offered their services at St. Paul's Chapel, which served as a refuge for the workers at Ground Zero in NYC.

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Kirsten Sollek
 
KIRSTEN SOLLEK, Mezzo-soprano/alto, made her Carnegie Hall debut in spring of 2004 in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. She has been heard as a soloist with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center; the Boston Early Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. Ms. Sollek has performed and recorded with Masaaki Suzuki's period ensemble Bach Collegium Japan. Of her performances with BCJ in Jerusalem, Israeli reviewers wrote: “. ..alto Kirsten Sollek's voice poured from her throat like silk. ..” She has also received praise from Goldberg Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and Andante Magazine for her interpretations of Bach and Handel. She performs regularly with such groups as the New York Collegium, the Spiritus Collective, Early Music New York, and Rebel and Vox. For the past several years, she has been heard as a soloist for WQXR’s live broadcast performances of Handel's Messiah and at Trinity Church Wall Street. Her discography includes recordings for the BIS, Hanssler, Ex Cathedra, New World Records, Cantaloupe and Opus Magica labels.

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David Vanderwal

 
DAVID VANDERWAL, Tenor, is in high demand for his clarion lyric vocal qualities and is a well known talent in Baroque and Early Music circles. Mr. Vanderwal has been featured with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Sacred Music for a Sacred Space. Mr. Vanderwal appeared with the New York Collegium under Andrew Parrott performing Bach’s St. John Passion, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. He also sang several performances under Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival. Mr. Vanderwal has been performing with the nationally renowned early music ensembles such as The Four Nations Ensemble, The Waverly Consort, The New York Ensemble for Early Music, and The Folger Consort. Mr. Vanderwal most recently performed Handel's Messiah with the Masterworks Chorale in Carnegie Hall, New York.

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Timothy Vernon

 
TIMOTHY VERNON was the Music Director of the Choral Arts Society from 1990 until 2005 when he passed away suddenly. He had conducted the Yale Philharmonic and had been Music Director of the Opera Program at the Music Conservatory at Purchase College. Mr. Vernon had earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Juilliard and Columbia University and had two graduate degrees in Musicology in Music Liturgy and in Orchestral Conducting from the Yale School of Music and SUNY at Buffalo. He toured worldwide as a pianist and conductor throughout the USA, Canada, Europe (Netherlands, Germany and England) and South America.

 
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