Alumni

Kelly BallouKelly Ballou, 2013 (soprano) performed Purcell’s Fairy Queen with the Columbus Dance Theatre; Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Cantata 51 with Bourbon Baroque and has performed with the vocal ensemble Ascend Voices in Cincinnati, OH.  She was part of the inaugural season of the Louisville Chamber Choir which was broadcast on regional radio stations.  Upcoming performances include Bourbon Baroque in a concert of Coffee Cantatas (Bach and Bernier), as well as Rameau’s Les Sauvages. Kelly will make her Carnegie Hall debut with Opera Lafayette in 2014.
Bretton BrownBretton Brown, 2013 (pianist) traveled to Paris in June 2013 for a residency under the auspices of the Rothschild Foundation and the Juilliard School. After a week of masterclasses with baritone José van Dam, he and four singers gave a private concert at the Musée Jacquemart-André alongside Juilliard’s Director of Vocal Arts, Brian Zeger. Click here for video.  He received the 2013 Henri Kohn Memorial Award from the Tanglewood Music Center. In October (2013) he accompanied Hyona Kim, 2013 winner of the Joy in Singing Competition, in her Merkin Hall recital debut as well as two singers in a masterclass with Joyce DiDonato, live-streamed from Juilliard and available on YouTube.  Upcoming performances include recitals with mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez and baritone Elliott Hines with the Rhinebeck (NY) Chamber Music Society and Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in her Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, MD.
Andrew FuchsAndrew Fuchs, 2013 (tenor) recently completed his DMA from Stony Brook University and is currently an applied Music Instructor at Suffolk County Community College.  Andrew was a 2nd year Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center during the summer of 2013 where he worked closely with Dawn Upshaw and Mark Morris.  Recent performances include Vespers (Rachmaninoff) with the Clarion Music Society in Quebec City and NYC; Saint Nicolas cantata (Britten) with the Saint Andrew Music Society; Messiah (Handel) chorus with Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall and a recital of American and British art song in Kansas City, MO.  Upcoming performances include 2nd round in the Joy In Singing competition; the Evangelist in St. Matthew Passion (Bach) with the Canticum Novum Singers; and Theodora (Handel) tour of U.S. and Europe with the Trinity Wall Street Choir conducted by Harry Bicket and The English Consort.
Bridget Hough-MeynencBridget Hough-Meyenenc, 2012 (pianist) completed her D.M.A. from the University of California-Santa Barbara, her dissertation entitled, “The Challenge of Orchestral Reductions: A Case Study of Writing a Reduction for Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto, K. 219″. During the summer of 2013 she attended SongFest in Los Angeles. www.bridget-hough.com
Grant KnoxGrant Knox, 2012 (tenor) has enjoyed important life changes since his time at the seminar. He took a new position in the fall of 2013 as Artist/Teacher of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre at Furman University and he and his wife Danielle welcomed their first child, Emilia Claire in October. Last summer, Grant made his debut with the Cincinnati Opera in Der Rosenkavalier and sang Mozart’s Requiem with the Peninsula Music Festival. Upcoming appearances include Don Ottavio with Asheville Lyric Opera, Haydn’s Lo Speziale with the Rochester Lyric Opera, a masterclass at the Eastman School of Music and a concert version of Aida with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano. He continues to sing as much new music as possible. He premiered a new song set for tenor and violin (seen in photo with violinist Tatiana Berman) by Nico Muhly for the Constella Festival of Music in Cincinnati. In 2014 he will perform William Bolcom’s Canciones de Lorca with the Furman Symphony Orchestra and premiere a new work for tenor and organ by Libby Larsen.
Laura Mercado-WrightLaura Mercado-Wright, 2013 (mezzo-soprano) has had a busy performing schedule since Fall Island that included Charles Wuorinen’s cantata, It Happens Like This with the Slee Sinfonietta in Buffalo, as part of a 75th birthday celebration of the composer plus performances with Vox Humana in Dallas, Convergence Ensemble, Texas Early Music Project, and Conspirare in Austin. In November, she was part of an alumni recital for the 30th anniversary celebration of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio (where she began her musical training at the age of eight) and a workshop of Lembit Beecher’s new one act opera, I Have No Stories to Tell. This new work along with Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (cover for the Memory 2 and Clorinda) will see performances in February 2014 with Gotham Chamber Opera. Laura performed for the first time with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in December, as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Upcoming performances include Offrandes by Varése with the Slee Sinfonietta (April); Copland’s In the Beginning with the San Antonio Chamber Choir (May); and the St. Matthew Passion with Conspirare at the Victoria Bach Festival (June).
Peter WalshPeter Walsh, 2013 (pianist) began working as a staff accompanist in the fall of 2013 at Cal State-Long Beach.  He recently performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles) with Rodney Gilfry and Dolora Zajick for a holiday philanthropy gala.  He is nearing completion of his DMA in piano performance at USC.
Jason WeisingerJason Weisinger, 2012 (tenor) has been busy since his time with the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. As a Master of Music candidate at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he has been involved in several opera productions and scenes programs. During the summer of 2013 he was a Stern Fellow at SongFest and also participated in the New Music on the Point program in Vermont. Art song and new music remain an important part of his musical pursuits. Among the composers who’s music he performed, Brandon Scott Rumsey was a favorite whom he has commissioned to compose a song cycle for his upcoming Master’s degree recital. Jason will be a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood during the 2014 summer season. www.jasonweisinger.com

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