2019-2020 Guest Artists

 
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir   Founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin’s has delighted Colorado audiences for more than 20 years with its exhilarating sound, its exquisite blend, and its fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music.

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

Founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin’s has delighted Colorado audiences for more than 20 years with its exhilarating sound, its exquisite blend, and its fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music.

Jennifer Bird   (Soprano)   American soprano Jennifer Bird enjoys a busy and varied singing career in the U.S. and Europe, having built a reputation as a charismatic, intelligent and versatile performer of more than 50 roles in opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as much of the standard oratorio and concert literature. Jennifer has been a prizewinner in several international competitions, including First Prizes in the Sylvia Geszty Competition, Elisa Meyer Competition and the Robert Stolz Competition.  Read More

Jennifer Bird (Soprano)

American soprano Jennifer Bird enjoys a busy and varied singing career in the U.S. and Europe, having built a reputation as a charismatic, intelligent and versatile performer of more than 50 roles in opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as much of the standard oratorio and concert literature. Jennifer has been a prizewinner in several international competitions, including First Prizes in the Sylvia Geszty Competition, Elisa Meyer Competition and the Robert Stolz Competition. Read More

Jeffery Seppala (Baritone)   Jeffrey Seppala has established himself as a versatile musician with performances from early music to contemporary premieres. He has appeared with companies including Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Tri-Cities Opera, Delaware Valley Opera, A.J. Fletcher Opera, the Piccolo Festival in Friuli, Italy, Larimer Chorale, Voices West, and MahlerFest. Recent operatic roles and concert appearances include the title role of Verdi’s  Falstsaff , Don Magnifico in  La Cenerentola , and solos in Bach’s  Magnificat , Haydn’s  Creation , Rossini’s  Stabat Mater , Durufle’s  Requiem , and Mendelssohn’s  Elijah .

Jeffery Seppala (Baritone)

Jeffrey Seppala has established himself as a versatile musician with performances from early music to contemporary premieres. He has appeared with companies including Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Tri-Cities Opera, Delaware Valley Opera, A.J. Fletcher Opera, the Piccolo Festival in Friuli, Italy, Larimer Chorale, Voices West, and MahlerFest. Recent operatic roles and concert appearances include the title role of Verdi’s Falstsaff, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and solos in Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Durufle’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Derek Chester (Tenor)   Derek Chester, DMA, has quickly established himself as a preeminent interpreter of oratorio repertoire and a teacher of the vocal arts. Chester received his bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance of Oratorio, Early Music, Song, and Chamber Music on full scholarship from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music.  Read More

Derek Chester (Tenor)

Derek Chester, DMA, has quickly established himself as a preeminent interpreter of oratorio repertoire and a teacher of the vocal arts. Chester received his bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance of Oratorio, Early Music, Song, and Chamber Music on full scholarship from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Read More

Julie Simson (Mezzo)   Julie Simson has sung with opera companies throughout the United States including Houston Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, and Opera Colorado performing such roles as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She has also performed as soloist in major oratorio works with the Denver, Colorado Springs, Cedar Rapids, Omaha and Milwaukee Symphonies and in Colorado at the MahlerFest and Bach Festival.  Read More

Julie Simson (Mezzo)

Julie Simson has sung with opera companies throughout the United States including Houston Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, and Opera Colorado performing such roles as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She has also performed as soloist in major oratorio works with the Denver, Colorado Springs, Cedar Rapids, Omaha and Milwaukee Symphonies and in Colorado at the MahlerFest and Bach Festival. Read More