Soprano Sarah Bach is possessed with a voice of "sparkling tone", "very fine legato" and "excellent coloratura technique" and is said to "communicate beautifully and convincingly".
She has sung internationally and in the USA throughout Boston and areas of New England, New Mexico and Southern California.
In 2010, Miss Bach was featured as the Emerging Artist for Music at Eden's Edge performing cantata works of Handel and Vivaldi.
A 2008 NATSAA Regional Finalist of New England, Miss Bach was named a Stern Fellow for Songfest in Malibu, CA (2009) and scholarship recipient for the Theatre of Art Song program as part of the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver, BC (2010).
A champion of new song, her repertoire ranges from oratorio and opera to art song and chamber music.
Her love for art song is her passion. Miss Bach appeared with other NEC faculty at a Memorial Concert for composer Milton Babbitt in October winning her accolades for her performance.
"...the performance of Du by Sarah Bach ... was so well-executed that it generated a certain appeal on a separate plane than that of the structural organization - a phenomenon not uncommon to Babbitt's music." (Boston Musical Intelligencer)
She also participated in faculty artist recitals at Boston University and Greenwood Music Camp performing John Rodney Lister's works with the composer.
Her other upcoming performances include concerts with the Arabella Ensemble, a premiere of the "Photograph Cycle" and another work by composer Dr. Elisabeth Mehl Greene in 2012.
Miss Bach is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in Voice at The Longy School of Music.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Massachusetts.
She also received vocal and music education training from The Hartt School of Music and The Crane School of Music.
Miss Bach is a student of acclaimed mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato and her principal teachers have included Karyl Ryczek, Celina Moore and Ruthann Ryan Hellfach.
She has participated in master classes with Rosemarie Landry, Carol Webber, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Sondra Kelly, and composers John Musto and Lori Laitman.
Collaborative Pianist Emily Murphy is known for her sensitive playing and is a sought after pianist in the Boston area.
She holds a Masters degree in Musicology from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. In 2002,
Ms. Murphy was one of two recipients of the Artsbridge Scholarship for facilitating the creation and production of original operas in Salt Lake City public schools.
She continued her work educating children as Music Director for Studio East Children's Theater and Youth Theater Northwest in Seattle from 2004-2006.
She was awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of Washington and in 2008, Ms. Murphy was named a Stern Fellow to participate and perform in Songfest, an international program for pianists and singers held in Malibu, CA.
In June 2009, she received a scholarship to attend the Collaborative Piano Program as part of the Vancouver International Song Institute which included master classes and concerts throughout the Vancouver, BC area.
Ms. Murphy studies with Brian Moll, and has most recently participated in master classes with Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, John Harbison, Kenneth Griffiths, Paul Sperry, Karl Paulnack, Carol Webber and Rosemarie Landry.
She is on the piano faculty at the Yamaha Music School in Boston and has a growing private studio.
She continues to enjoy accompanying in the instrumental and vocal departments at the Longy School of Music and freelancing with singers and instrumentalists throughout the Boston area.
Flourishing young Mezzo-Soprano Grace Allendorf is known for her bright and shimmery tone, extensive range, and flexible coloratura. A consummate musician, she is dedicated to performing opera, oratorio, art song and new music.
She performed in the world premiere of Five Blake Lyrics by Dominick DiOrio with baritone Kyle Siddons.
Other recent engagements include Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” with the New England Classical Singers; Septemberfest at Longy School of Music; Mozart’s “Missa Brevis” with the Spectrum Singers and Emmanuel Music Chamber Orchestra; Noontime Recital Series at St. Paul's Cathedral; Recital Series at the Morrill Memorial Library; and the Victorian Christmas Series at the Fred Holland Day House.
Ms. Allendorf currently serves as a section leader and soloist for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills and is a member of the Arabella Ensemble.
Ms. Allendorf holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University.
She is a student of Jayne West and has participated in master classes with Martin Katz and Sheri Greenawald.
Soprano Rachael Chagat graduated with Distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge with both a Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Performance.
While at Longy she was a 2005 Honors Competition winner and a finalist in the 2007 Concert Competition.
Ms. Chagat earned her Bachelor’s degree at Capital University in Music Education and a certificate from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary.
A dedicated soprano soloist and collaborator in chamber music, Ms. Chagat performs solo and chamber music recitals in the Greater Boston area.
A music educator and trained choral conductor, Rachael serves on faculty for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Days in the Arts at Tanglewood program as well as their Winter Vacation program and is a Choral Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild Urban Voices.
Ms. Chagat is also on faculty at the Longy School of Music as the conductor of "Singing for Young Children".
Violinist Sarah Glenn is a member of the Education & Community Programs department at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In her role, she works to improve access to classical music with a focus on providing opportunities for underserved communities.
Ms. Glenn is both a music educator and freelance violinist.
She regularly performs with the Longwood Symphony, at Park Street Church, and in the greater Boston area.
She also teaches violin at the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Glenn holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from the Longy School of Music and a Bachelor of Music and Arts Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Her primary teachers have included Eric Rosenblith, Julian Ross, David Russell and Steve Majeske.
Organist, Brittany Haskell earned a Master’s degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she studied organ with Alan Morrison. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in both Organ Performance and Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, studying organ with Ray Cornils. Prior to her organ studies, she took piano lessons with Robert Noyes, of Durham, ME. Ms. Haskell is the the Music Director at the Church of the Messiah, located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where she directs the adult and handchime choirs, and plays the organ for services. She is also the Artistic Director for the Greater Falmouth Mostly All-Male Men’s Chorus. Previously, Ms. Haskell served as music director at Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley, NJ, and was the Graduate Assistant to the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College.
Ms. Haskell has performed various recitals in the northeast including her recent performance on the Kotzschmar Organ in Portland, ME. Past recital venues have included Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston, ME; South Freeport Church, in South Freeport, ME; First Congregational Church in West Newbury, Vermont; First Parish Church in Brunswick, ME; and West Parish Meetinghouse in West Barnstable, MA. She has also appeared in Princeton University Chapel’s noon-time concert series in Princeton, NJ. In 2007, she performed in a noontime concert at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, AB, as one of the organists selected from Mount Royal College’s International Summer School that year. Ms. Haskell has won various awards including the Joan Lippincott Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance (2007) at WCC, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Memorial Scholarship (2005 & 2006), and the organ award in The Maine Federation of Music Club’s Anne Gannett Scholarship Competition (2003).
Violinist, Guan-Ting Liao received her D.M.A. from University of Connecticut in May 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Theodore Arm and Dr. Eric Rice.
Liao is active as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber music player in repertoire ranging from Renaissance to living composers.
She has been invited and sponsored to concerts and festivals in New England, Taiwan, France, New Zealand, and Canada.
Liao studied with Eric Rosenblith at Longy School of Music where she was a Rosanne Kumins Scholarship recipient and received a Masters of Music degree, with a Distinguished Award in 2008.
She completed her Bachelors degree at the National Taipei University of Education under the supervision of Prof. I-Chun Hsieh in Taiwan and won the scholarship in Art Performance in 2006.
Liao is also part of the violin faculty at the Community School of the Arts at University of Connecticut where she teaches Suzuki and non-Suzuki methods in addition to directing string ensembles.
Violinist Sara Matayoshi earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician while making her solo debut with the Midwest Young Artist's Orchestra in 2002.
A former member of the Chicago Civic and Madison Symphony Orchestras, she presently performs with the Atlantic Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and Vermont Symphony.
Ms. Matayoshi's festival performances include Kent Blossom Music, Spoleto U.S.A., Internacionales de Musica de Guimareas, Meadowmount, Garth Newel Music, and Lyricafest.
Ms. Matayoshi has collaborated with artists such as Aaron Berofsky, the VOX 4 String Quartet, and Lyrica Chamber Players.
She is currently a member of the SKY piano trio.
In addition to performing, Ms. Matayoshi possesses a great love for teaching.
Previously a faculty member at Solo Classic Music in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, she currently works as a teaching assistant for Laura Bossert at the Longy School of Music and Wellesley College.
Ms. Matayoshi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and is currently a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma candidate at the Longy School of Music.
Her teachers include Vartan Manoogian, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Laura Bossert.
Violist Gabrielle Toscano; a native of Long Island, NY has made her mark on Boston's music scene since her arrival four years ago to study with Roger Tapping at the Longy School of Music.
After graduating with a Master's Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Viola Performance with Emphasis in String Pedagogy in May 2010, Gabrielle currently has a private violin and viola studio of 28 students and freelances in orchestral and chamber ensembles throughout the Boston area.
Since Gabrielle's undergraduate career at Stony Brook University, where she received her B.A in Viola Performance with honors Magna cum Laude, she has worked with many prominent musicians such as the Emerson String Quartet, Katherine Murdock, Roger Tapping, Dimitri Murrath, Eric Rosenblith, Karen Ritscher, the Pacifica Quartet, the Ying String Quartet, Christina Dahl, Colin Carr and Gil Kalish.
Due to Gabrielle's extensive performance experience, she is a dramatic and strong performer that can interpret any style from J.S Bach and Brahms up to Bartók and Penderecki in the 21st century.
In the past eight years, she has taught 30 private students violin, viola and beginner piano on a weekly basis at music stores, students' homes and at an after-school arts program on Long Island and in the Boston area.
Gabrielle has also performed numerous chamber, orchestral and solo concerts in Austria, Texas, the tri-state New York area, Long Island and the Boston metro area.
Gabrielle is now a substitute violist for Boston String Quartet, Cape Cod Symphony and a section violist for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Foxboro, MA.
Through the combination of performance and string pedagogy, Gabrielle is on a track to continually develop her performance and pedagogical skills, while expanding her future curriculum as a music educator and performer.
Mezzo-Soprano Michelle Vachon, a native of Tennessee, holds a B.M. from the University of Dayton in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology.
She received an M.M. in Voice Performance and a G.P.D. in Opera Performance with Distinction from Longy School of Music.
In 2008, Michelle participated in the Key West Symphony Young Artist Program.
She has portrayed the roles of Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Suzy in La Rondine, Sally in Die Fledermaus, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas.
Michelle has performed with Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Boston Russian Choir, The Irving Fine Society, and has performed on Longy's SeptemberFest Series as well as on The Old West Organ Society's Summer Series.
She has premiered and recorded works by many new music composers, including Eva Kendrick, Steven Serpa, and Michael J. Veloso.
Michelle is Director of Music and Cantor at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and has a private voice studio in Cambridge, MA.