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Gregory White, Conductor

Music director of the Advent Chorale in East Aurora, NY and harpsichordist with Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and member of the Buffalo based ensemble Camerata. Director of music at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church where he directs the sanctuary choir, serves as organist and administers  the Music and the Arts Concert Series.

   

Cristen Gregory, Soprano

Performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, broadcast on the BBC Radio Network; the Aldeburgh Festival in England; and the International Arts Festival in Bermuda. She has sung solo recitals in London, England, and throughout Canada. Cristen has sung with many orchestras including Chicago Symphony Hall, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Rochester Symphony, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony.

   

Faith M. Baer, Mezzo-Soprano

Joins the Advent Chorale for her seventh year as soloist. Graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Spanish and a minor in Music. As a undergraduate Ms. Baer studied with Mr. Brian Clickner, sang in the RWC Chamber Singers and was a member of both the Wind Ensemble and the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale.

   

Jeffrey J. Thompson, Tenor

is a native of western New York and completed his undergraduate studies at Houghton College.  An active recitalist and soloist, Mr. Thompson is known for his performances of oratorio and chamber music with a variety of ensembles, including the Houghton College Choir, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, East Aurora Advent Chorale, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, and Villa Maria Chorale.  Highlights of these performances have included the Bach Magnificat (broadcast live on NPR), Mozart Coronation Mass, Rossini Messe Solonnelle, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Lobgesang, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge, and Handel Messiah.  He has studied voice with Kelley Hijleh and Margaret Kuhl.  In addition to singing, Mr. Thompson is an accomplished organist and is currently the organist and director of music at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in East Aurora where he also volunteers in the youth ministry.  He has completed a recording of organ music featuring the pipe organs of East Aurora.

   

Daniel Ihasz, Lyric Baritone

Daniel Ihasz earned a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, along with the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Since 1992, he has been a member of the voice faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he is currently Full Professor and former Chair of the Voice Area. In 2013, he was awarded the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. An active performer he has performed with the Carolina Chamber Chorale, which debuted at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and completed a new recording of Menotti’s The Unicorn, Gorgon and Manticore (Albany Records). The Carolina Chamber Chorale returned to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and completed two additional recordings including a world premiere by Dan Locklair along with other works by Anthony Davis and Ronald Perrera. Recent highlights include Lee Hoiby’s The Last Letter Home with the composer at the piano, Mozart’s Requiem, The Abduction of Figaro with Peter Schickele and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Hansel & Gretel with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Messiah with the New York State Baroque, several performances of The Telephone, The Mahler Festival in Boulder, Co., The Jumping Frog of Calavaras County (Foss Festival) with the Buffalo Philharmonic and selections from Elijah and The Five Mystical Songs with the Rochester Oratorio Society. Other performances include concerts in Puerto Rico and in Venezuela at the International Canticum Festival as Artist in Residence, Strawberry Fields tour with Glimmerglass Opera, Fiesta de la Posada with Dave Brubeck, the North American premiere of Caedmon by Richard Shepherd with Opera Sacra, Glimmerglass Opera (including the world premiere Central Park taped for PBS - Great Performances) , ArtPark, Central City Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, Fredonia Chamber Players, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Genesee Baroque Players, Madison Opera and Madison Symphony. Mr. Ihasz has been the recipient of several awards, including the 1988-89 Metropolitan Opera Auditions (Milwaukee) and first place in the 1989 Society of American Musician's Competition (Chicago). “... The trumpet shall sound, Ihasz delivered the most expressive performance of the afternoon. ... an expression of transcendence and wonder that eluded most artists.” -- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

   

Joanne Hollenbeck, Accompanist

Received her BS degree with a major in voice at SUNY Fredonia, where she accompanied the Festival Chorus, Opera Theatre, numerous vocal and instrumental soloists, and was the organist and children's choir director for the Dunkirk Presbyterian Church. Her musical career included vocal music teaching in the East Aurora and Hamburg school systems, and organ studies under Frederick Burgomaster and David Bond. She has held positions at the Hamburg Christian Scientist Church, the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, and is currently keyboardist at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church. Ms. Hollenbeck has accompanied choruses and soloists in the Western New York area and at summer music conferences in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina. A former Emergency Medical Technician, each January she spends a week in Haiti doing medical mission work with Functional Literacy Ministry.

 

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