Canadian pianist Martin Néron is recognized for his passion for both the art song repertoire and linguistics. Praised as "an attentive partner" (Opera News), he has recorded different collections of French, Greek, and English art songs on the One Soul label, in addition to a program of songs by Mikis Theodorakis on the Romanos label. His latest CD featured Mikis Theodorakis' Mauthausen Cantata with the Shanghai Quartet, clarinetist Igor Begelman, and mezzo-soprano Lina Orfanou. Martin has also recorded several concerts as a soloist and collaborative artist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). His scholarly works on English, French, and German lyric diction, as well as French mélodie, have been featured in Australian Voice and Journal of Singing. His first book, Francis Poulenc: Selected Song Texts, was published by Leyerle. Publications He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (DMA), Westminster Choir College and Université de Montréal. Martin recently joined the Board of Directors of Joy In Singing Art Song Institute, and he is grateful, on behalf of Joy in Singing, to Mr. Christopher Bradshaw and The Church of the Redeemer for welcoming, into their series, contestants from Joy In Singing Art Song Competition.
Soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper earned her Master's Degree in Music from Westminster Choir College in May 2017. Previous credits include the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Micaela in Carmen, and Violetta in La Traviata. Now on the artist roster for the 2017-2018 season of the Boston Opera Collaborative, Sarah will perform the role of Mimi in La Bohème with the Company in April. In January 2018, Sarah was awarded the American Prize in Vocal Performance. In 2016, Sarah was a first-place winner of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artists Competition and the Westminster Choir College Voice Scholarship competition.
Countertenor Corey-James Crawford carries out his love of recital, oratorio, and choral repertoire performing on many of the main concert stages of the Metropolitan area, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Mr. Crawford presently serves as a Gentleman of the Choir of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue under the direction of Daniel Hyde, and can be heard as a soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as well as Muhly's Bright Mass with Canons on the choir's American Voices album. Together with pianist Martin Néron, he has recorded two albums of English and American art songs, Loveliest of Trees and Dream Valley, which were released under the One Soul label.
Praised for her engaging stage presence and voice of "liquid tone", Soprano Sonya Headlam maintains an active performance schedule in opera, concert, and recital repertoire. Recent highlights include her Carnegie Hall debut with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and her regional opera house debut with Fargo-Morehead opera singing the role of Musetta in La Bohème. Ms. Headlam has twice performed on the Trinity Church Recital Series in Lower Manhattan, joining a rich history of renowned and emerging professional musicians. Born of Jamaican parentage, Sonya maintains close ties with the Caribbean where she has been active as a recitalist and soloist including a tour of Guadeloupe with members of the Cuban Philharmonic. Sonya holds performance degrees from Miami University of Ohio, and received additional training at Mannes College of Music in New York City. She is.pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Rutgers University. Recent performances include the First Fairy in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the State Theater in New Brunswick, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Rutgers Opera.
Soprano Andrea Salazar was born in Quito, Ecuador. She began her musical studies at the age of four at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In 2012, the conservatory awarded her the Franz Liszt First Prize for her development and talent. She earned her bachelor's degree in voice performance at Westminster Choir College under the guidance of the founder of the YogaVoice Technique, Mark Moliterno, this past December. In 2016, she was the alto soloist in the production of Haydn's Requiem in C Minor at the Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, New Jersey. She also sang in the Mahler Symphony no. 8, Mozart's C Minor Mass and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She participated also as part of the ensemble in Rachmaninoff's Vespers, conducted by Joe Miller, at the New York Philharmonic's Tchaikovsky and His World Festival. In December 2016, she was a soloist in the production of the Ravel Opera L'enfant et les Sortiléges, at Westminster Choir College, conducted by William Hobbs. In October of 2017, she sang in the production of Mozart's Mass in C Minor with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, at Carnegie Hall. In November of 2017, she participated as a member of the women of the Symphonic Choir performing Gustav Holst's The Planets with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Christian Macelaru. In January of 2017, she sang at the New York City Bar Association as part of the Friday Evening Chamber Music at the Association.