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Concert Season


November 18, 2018
"Contigo Peru"
The Vocalis Consort
Martin Néron, piano
Christopher Sierra, tenor

December 16, 2018
Jazz Concert
Luca Rosenfeld, bass
Jean John, drums

January 20, 2019
"Cantabile" - Chamber Music for Clarinet, Cello, Voice and Piano
Claudia Peñailillo Villegas, clarinet
Kate Dillingham, cello
Ginny Weant, soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

February 17, 2019
Hai-Ting Chen, mezzo-soprano
Martin Néron, piano

March 24, 2019
Women's History Month
Music of Women Composers
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

April 28, 2019
Canto Zenzero
Kathleen Monson, soprano
Ann Kelly, soprano
Ginny Weant, soprano

May 19, 2019
Piano and Poetry
Christopher Bradshaw, piano


September 15, 2013
Martin Söderberg, piano
Music of Spanish Composers

October 20, 2013
500 Years of Music
for Guitar
Peter Griggs, classical guitar

November 17, 2013
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Luis González, baritone
David Taubman, piano

January 19, 2014
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Luis González, baritone

February 16, 2014
Chamber Music Concert
Akiko Hosoi, violin
Laura Ha, violin
Alyssa Hardie Beckmann, viola
Midori Sadamatsu Witkowski, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Andrew Trombley, double bass
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

March 16, 2014
Filip Pogády, violin
Peter Fancovic, piano

May 18, 2014
Children's Program
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 19, 2014
Quartet for the End of Time
Chamber Music Recital
Catherine Lawlor, violin
Tony Park, clarinet
Elizabeth Kim, cello
Markus Kaitila, piano

November 16, 2014
The Studio of Nelson Ojeda Valdés
A Concert of Chamber Music

January 18, 2015
Rebecca Jordan, flute
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano

February 15, 2015
A Night at the Opera
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, tenor

March 22, 2015
Through Her Eyes:
A Celebration of Women in Music
Stefanie Izzo, soprano
Catherine Frank, piano

April 19, 2015
The Three B's
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

October 18, 2015
Lynette Carveth, soprano
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Spanish Music
for Voice and Piano

November 15, 2015
Chamber Music
Students of
Nelson Ojeda Valdés

December 13, 2015
Olivia Smith, soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Mozart, Brahms, Britten

January 17, 2016
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

February 21, 2016
Markus Kaitila, piano

April 24, 2016
Children's Opera Program:
Beauty and the Beast
by Vittorio Giannini
Anna Noggle, soprano
Victor Starsky, Tenor
Jessica Kimple, Mezzo-Soprano
Todd Wachsman, Baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, piano

May 15, 2016
Bones of Contention
Brass Ensemble
*Jeremy Kempton, tenor trombone
*Alex Somer, tenor trombone
Jacob Elkin, tenor trombone
*Nick Healy, bass trombone

*members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra

October 30, 2016
Nicoletta Julia Berry, soprano
Yurika Mihara, pianist

November 13, 2016
A Cappella Group:
The Rough Dozen

December 18, 2016
Peter Griggs, classical guitarist

January 15, 2017
Granados and Ginastera: Nationalism, Tradition and Vogue
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, pianist

February 19, 2017
Olivia Smith, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

March 19, 2017
Lady Music: A Celebration
of Women Composers
Stefanie Izzo & Amelia Lubrano,
Catherine Frank & Jessica Anderson,

April 23, 2017
David Glukh, trumpet
Liya Petrides, soprano/pianist

May 21, 2017
Pictures at an Exhibition
music of
Mussorgsky and Prokofiev
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

October 15, 2017
Granados Anniversary Concert
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Marisol Espada, cello
Brian Ford, violin
Caitlin Caruso-Dobbs, soprano

November 19, 2017
The Vocalis Consort:
Music of Francis Poulenc
Christopher Reames, tenor
Igor Correa, actor
Martin Néron, piano

January 21, 2018
The Astoria Music Project presents
The Feminine Classique
Stefanie Izzo, soprano

February 18, 2018
L'Invitation au voyage:
Songs of Debussy, Fauré,
Duparc and Chausson
Sarah Cooper, soprano
Corey-James Crawford, countertenor
Sonya Headlam, soprano
Andrea Salazar, soprano
Martin Néron, pianist

March 18, 2018
Art Songs and Arias
David Friedman, baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

April 15, 2018
A Century of Spanish Dance
Ensemble Suite Iberia
Paul Jared Newman, guitar
Deirdre Towers, dance and castanets
Brian Ford, violin
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, pianist

May 27, 2018
Bright is the Ring of Words:
Music and Poetry of Britain
David Waterland, baritone
Christopher Bradshaw, pianist

October 21, 2018
Claude Debussy In Memoriam:
A Centenary Anniversary
Nelson Ojeda Valdés, piano
Christopher Bradshaw, piano
Darwin Cosme Sánchez, flute
Kate Dillingham, cello

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Peruvian-American tenor Christopher Sierra is recognized for his artistic sensitivity and versatility in repertoire ranging from Handel, Mozart, and Donizetti to Popov, Morrison, and contemporary premieres. He has performed with Santa Fe Opera, Opera New Jersey, Spoleto Festival USA, Princeton Festival Opera, Long Island Opera, and New York Lyric Opera Theater, among many others.

On the concert stage, Dr. Sierra has performed works such as Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel, Britten's Les Illuminations, Bach's Weihnachts Oratorium, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Brahms's Liebeslieder Walzer, Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music, and Schubert's Mass in G. Recent engagements include performing as a featured soloist with The Harlem Chamber Players and the Palouse Choral Society. He is also an active recitalist and was invited to perform mélodies by Henri Duparc at the 2018 College Music Society Pacific Northwest Regional Conference.

As a recording artist, Dr. Sierra can be heard on The Flower of Beauty (2009) with the Westminster Choir, Landscape: Choral Music of Gerald Custer (2008) with Anam Cara, and Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 (2007) with the Grammy-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices. He has sung under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Leon Botstein, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, David Robertson, John Rutter, Emmanuel Villaume, and Franz Welser-Möst during his time as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, MidAmerica Productions, and NYC's MasterVoices.

A frequent guest clinician, Dr. Sierra has presented vocal master classes, choral workshops, public lectures, and scholarly performances at institutions such as Florida International University, Iceland University of the Arts, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, the Washington State University Choral Festival, and the Idaho Music Educators Association District II Elementary Music Festival. His voice students have placed in NATS competitions and have been accepted into notable training programs.

Dr. Sierra currently serves on the voice faculty at The College of New Jersey. He has taught applied voice at Columbia University, Monmouth University, Rutgers University, and Washington State University, as well as general music and choral ensembles at Hunter College Elementary School, 51st Avenue Academy, Yorkville East Middle School, and William Tennent High School. Dr. Sierra received a doctor of musical arts degree in voice performance from Rutgers University, a master of education degree in music education from Columbia University, a master of music degree in classical voice performance from Manhattan School of Music, and bachelor of music degrees in music education and voice performance from Westminster Choir College.

Canadian pianist Martin Néron is acclaimed for his performances of art song repertoire and research in linguistics. Praised as "an attentive partner" (Opera News), he has accompanied vocal recitals at Lincoln Center, CAMI Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the United Nations, the Metropolitan Room, the Onassis Center, and the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, among other venues. As a recording artist, Martin has released albums with the One Soul, Romanos, and Babinis labels. He has also recorded several concerts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Martin's research in English, French, and German lyric diction and French mélodie has been featured in Australian Voice and The Journal of Singing publications. His book, Francis Poulenc: Selected Song Texts, was distributed by Leyerle Publications in 2010. A frequent clinician, he has conducted masterclasses and lectures at the New Jersey N.A.T.S. chapter's Doris Lenz Festival, Ohio State University, Washington State University, The College of New Jersey, and the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia. His students have won several honorable distinctions, including first prize at the New Jersey N.A.T.S. chapter's Festival of Song. He also serves as vice president of the Joy in Singing Foundation. Martin holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (DMA.), Westminster Choir College (MM), and Université de Montréal (BM).
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