After growing up with the Gingerbread Players of St. Luke's Church, Olivia Smith went to LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she graduated with the senior award for Outstanding Vocalist. She then studied with Jonathan Retzlaff at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where she graduated with honors in Operatic Performance. At the VISI Songfire Program in Vancouver, Canada, Olivia played Emme in the original production of Seaworthy. She has performed in the Westchester Arts Festival, the AIMS Lieder Festival in Graz, Austria, and has been a Studio Artist in the Sherrill Milnes VOICExperience Festival in Savannah, Georgia. Prior roles include Casilda (The Gondoliers), Fiordiligi (Così Fan Tutte), and Bea (Three Decembers) while working with composer Jake Heggie during his residency at Blair. She has sung Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Drusilla (L'incoronazione di Poppea), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in opera scenes with the New York Lyric Opera at Carnegie Hall and The Symphony Space. Olivia's concert work has included the Lord Nelson Mass, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Ceremony of Carols, and a John Cage Tribute Concert with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. She has performed in Master Classes most notably with Roger Vignoles, Barbara Bonney, Gabriele Lechner, Sherrill Milnes, David Friedman, and Margo Garrett. Olivia is the soprano soloist at St. Lukes Episcopal Church and is coaching with Susan Caldwell. She is currently studying with Beth Roberts in the Masters of Music program at Mannes Conservatory in New York City.
A native of Monticello, New York, Christopher Bradshaw graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He then pursued his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Master of Music in piano performance, and completing the requirements for doctoral candidacy. He has performed at chamber music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Morges, Switzerland.
Christopher maintains a private studio as well as teaching piano for the Afterschool Programs at Little Red School House and Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. He accompanies and performs with the Astoria Symphonic Choir, and the glee clubs at the Buckley School. A member of the Bradshaw/Parker Piano Duo since 1992, he has performed a wide variety of four-hand and two-piano repertoire in the United States, Spain, Austria and Germany. In addition to solo and duo piano performance, he enjoys collaborating with vocalists on the art song repertoire, in part due to his interest in and study of the Spanish, French and Russian languages. He has served as Musical Director for the Brooklyn Theater Arts Project's productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Cabaret, at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village. He currently serves as artistic director for the Church of the Redeemer Concert Series in Astoria, Queens.