March 24 – St. Mark Passion by J.S.Bach


Johann Sebastian Bach’s 1744 St. Mark Passion, as reconstructed by Robert Koolstra (2017) will be performed by the Trinity Choir and Orchestra with soloists.

The concert is free. All are welcome. An offering will be received to benefit the Music at Trinity concert series.

Evangelist: Jeffrey Cutts, tenor
Jesus: Devon M. Russo, baritone
Judas and Pilate: Xander Teplansky, bass-baritone
Peter and Miles: Kirk Bobkowski, tenor
Pontifex and Centurion: Michael Gondek, baritone
Maid: Abby Haynes, soprano
Testis 1: Mauri Tetreault, mezzo-soprano
Testis 2: Eric Balboni, tenor
Elisabeth Gondek, soprano
Katherine Engel Meifert, mezzo-soprano

Violin 1: Sarah Atwood*, Subaiou Zhang, David Siegel
Violin 2: Anne Kornfeld*, Lynne Canavan
Viola: Susan Kirchhausen, Lu Yu
Cello: Caroline Reiner-Williams†
Double Bass: Jim Brehany†
Viola da gamba: Sarah Mead*, Andrew Arceci*
Flute: Amy Carroll*, Jay V. Kast-Tuttle*
Oboe: Joe Halko*, Miriam Jensen
Bassoon: Michael Westberry†
Harpsichord: Wesley Hall†
Organ: Sean Redrow†
Orchestra Contractor: Douglas G Weeks

 

* aria instrumental soloists

† continuo group

 

 

TRINITY CHOIR

Cantor Mark Mummert, Director

 

Sopranos

Anna Granquist, LeeAnn Hedberg, Jennifer O’Connor, Nancy Person, Paula Wyble

Altos

Loie Angelsten, Alice Eriksen, Nancy Fontneau, Nancy Hagberg, Roz Horn

Tenors

Kevin Erkkila, Lawrence Jaquith, Leonard Levin, Bruce Foss

Basses

Scott Baeder, Chuck Danielson, Dave Horn, James Mullett

 

PERFORMER BIOGRAPHIES

 

 

EVANGELIST

Jeffrey Cutts has appeared as a soloist and core singer in numerous professional choral ensembles, including Diamonds from the Dust, Vox Fidelis, Choral Arts of Philadelphia, The Thirteen Chamber Choir, and the Grammy award-winning Crossing Choir. He is a founding member of the Thirteen and an assistant conductor of the ensemble. Cutts received his Master of Music in Sacred Music and Conducting from Westminster Choir College and his Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts and Voice Performance from Vanderbilt University. He is currently the Interim Minister of Music at First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, MA.

 

JESUS

Celebrated for his “brilliant” and “booming” baritone, Devon Russo performs frequently as a soloist and ensemble member in Opera, Contemporary Music, and Early Music throughout the United States. Onstage, he has performed the roles of Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Oloferne (La Giuditta), Papageno (Die Zauberflоte), and the title roles in Gianni Schicchi, Signor Deluso, Le Carnaval Mascarade and Dido and Aeneas. With a particular love for Handel’s operas and oratorios, he has sung Tirenio (Il Pastor Fido), Argante (Rinaldo), Manoah (Samson), Farasmane (Radamisto), and the bass solo in Messiah. In concert, he has sung the baritone solos in Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Carmina Burana, Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium and the title role in Elijah. As an ensemble member he has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, the Schola Cantorum at St. Stephen’s (Providence, RI), Odyssey Opera, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Cantata Singers in Boston. Devon has taken part in the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queen’s College, the Amherst Early Music Festival Opera Project and Winter Workshop, and the Manhattan Opera Studio Summer Festival. He has been a vocal apprentice at the Nahant Music Festival and a Choral Scholar with the Oratorio Society of New York, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and Trinity Church (Newport, RI). He has performed with Opera in Williamsburg, Opera Providence, Salt Marsh Opera, the Blacksburg Master Chorale, the Masterworks Chorale, Harvard pro Musica, and the Nashua Choral Society. Devon has performed in many world class venues including Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, the Boston Opera House, St. John the Divine (NYC), Marsh Chapel (Boston), the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Tanglewood. Devon was a semifinalist for The American Prize in Voice Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award (Art Song and Oratorio) and in 2012 was the runner up for the NATS Artist Awards Competition. A passionate educator, he is currently a part of the voice faculty at South Shore Conservatory and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School. Devon earned his Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and Bachelors in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Rhode Island. Devon joined South Shore Conservatory in 2016.

 

JUDAS / PILATE

Xander Teplansky, bass-baritone, graduated in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance. Over his time at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he has had the opportunity to perform and workshop roles such as Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutti, the Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, as well as others. Besides opera, Xander has been a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus since 2014 and has performed in many master works from Mahler’s 2nd and Beethoven’s 9th to works such as Tosca and Aida. While in the chorus he has had the chance to work with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, Stéphane Denève, John Oliver, and others. Outside of the classical realm, Xander helped found, manage, and sing for his a cappella group The Hexachords. You can find his group featured on season two of PopTV’s reality show “Sing it On”. He made his debut in the Five College Opera as the antagonist John Regan in Eric Sawyer’s world premiere of The Scarlett Professor in 2017 as well as his debut with the Berkshire Opera, Diamonds from the Dust, and the Illuminati Performing arts ensembles.

 

PETER / MILES

Tenor Kirk Bobkowski is a Worcester local who recently did his graduate work at the University of Massachusett Amherst in Vocal Performance. He has performed and been a soloist with many local ensembles including The Worcester Chorus, Worcester State Chorale, Keene Chorale, Masterwork Chorus, Gardner Singers, Odyssey Opera of Boston, National Symphony Chorus of Mexico, and Cantus. His recent opera roles include Tamino (The Magic Flute), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance). In addition, Kirk cantors for various parishes in the Worcester diocese, and is on roster with CONCORA, Novi Cantori, and Diamonds from the Dust. He is currently the Chorus Director at Chocksett Middle School and leads an afternoon vocal studio at Wachusett High School.

 

PONTIFEX / CENTURION

Michael Gondek, Baritone, has performed a wide range of repertoire, ranging from opera to jazz. Last year, Michael was the baritone in the Evangelist Quartet for the Arvo Pärt Passio with Music at Trinity. In 2016, Michael performed a recital which featured the world premiere of an arrangement for voice and double-bass of the Ralph Vaughn Williams song cycle, Songs of Travel. Recent performances include Don Alfonso (Cosi Fan Tutti) Javert (Les Miserables), Howie (Rabbit Hole), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Foreman of the Jury (Trial by Jury), Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Czolgosz (Assassins), The King (The King and I), and Father (Children of Eden). He has performed in several music series events in Worcester including the Cathedral Music Series at St. Paul’s, and the Elm Park Music Series. He has helped organize and has performed in the concert to benefit the Carriage House at Children’s Friend for the past ten years, and has performed in a featured quartet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He has performed several times at Nick’s Bar including headlining multiple shows. He regularly sings with the Choir of All Saints Church (Worcester, MA). Outside of performing Michael keeps a full schedule. For his day job, Michael is a Principal Workforce Solutions Consultant at Kronos, Inc., an enterprise workforce management software company. In addition, Michael has been a silver medalist in multiple local fencing tournaments and fences regularly out of the Worcester Fencing Club. Finally, he is currently a doctoral candidate studying business and labor management.

 

MAID

Abby Haynes, Soprano, graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor of Music in voice performance. While at Gordon she sang with the Gordon College Choir and Chamber Singers, was student conductor of the College Choir, and studied voice with Elizabeth Printy and Gale Fuller. She also played violin in the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and participated in the chamber music program. She has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Lubbock Chorale, Lyricora, and was a section leader for the Park Street Church choir in Boston as well as occasionally playing in the Park Street orchestra. She was soloist with various recital choirs at Texas Tech University and for the Lubbock Chorale’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. She is currently a regular singer and cantor with the St. John’s Schola Cantorum at St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester, as well as Labyrinth Choir in Southborough. She has completed the long-term Suzuki violin pedagogy program at the Hartt School of Music, and has taught violin and voice privately for nearly fifteen years. She lives with her husband and is currently homeschooling their four daughters.

 

TESTIS 1

Mezzo-soprano Mauri Tetreault has sung a wide range of opera, musical theater and concert series throughout New England. Since receiving her Masters Degree from The Boston Conservatory, she has portrayed such roles as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Amneris in Aida, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, a comical Rabbit in the new opera The Rough Faced Girl Carmen in Carmen, and Giannetta in The Elixir of Love. Mauri has soloed with Opera Un-Met, Spectrum Singers, and the Heritage Chorale, and has performed in concert series with the Bel Canto Vocal Academy, New England Light Opera, Longwood Opera, the Paul Madore Chorale and the St. Andrews Performing Art Series. She has sung with Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, is a regular member of the Odyssey Opera ensemble and sings with Holy Cross under the direction of James Christie.

Mauri just finished three separate shows and a recording with Odyssey Opera, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitos and a recital. of selections 24 Italian Songs and Arias, and a recital of opera arias. Upcoming performances include Verdi’s opera Giovanna d’Arco with Odyssey Opera. When not performing, Mauri is teaching private voice lessons and is a current student of Dana Varga In her down time, Mauri enjoys spending time with friends and family, and working in her garden.

 

TESTIS 2

Tenor Eric Balboni is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School, having earned his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance (Opera) as well as an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy with a focus in Vocology. Eric earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Anna Maria College. Eric is a student of Jeremy Aye. Recent roles include Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with United Parish of Upton, Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Nozze di Figaro) with Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Festival, Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) with New York Lyric Opera, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with New York Lyric Opera, Alexis (The Sorcerer) with Ridgewood Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, and Colonel Fairfax (Yeomen of the Guard) with Westchester Gilbert and Sullivan. Concert engagements include Tenor Soloist (Messiah), Tenor Soloist (Schubert’s Mass in G), and Jonathan (Handel’s Saul). Eric is a member of the voice faculty at Anna Maria College, where he enjoys teaching music majors voice lessons.

 

ARIA VOCAL SOLOIST

Kathrine Engel Meifert is a church musician, music teacher, actress and show director in Central Massachusetts. She has been a featured concert soloist for the St. John’s Schola Cantorum. Assumption College Chapel, Labyrinth Choir, Greater Worcester Opera, All Saints Parish in Brookline, Hancock Church of Lexington, New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Belmont Open Sings, Raylnmor Opera, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Savoyard Light Opera Company, Longwood Opera, New England Light Opera, Musica Sacra, Sudbury UMC, and the Sudbury Savoyards. She is also known for her onstage roles as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Lady Sophy in Utopia Limited, Lady Blanche in Patience, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, Dame Carruthers in The Yeomen of the Guard, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Francesca in Nine, and the title role in Iolanthe. She has also acted as music director for several productions by the Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Concord Players, River’s Edge Arts Alliance, and the Sudbury Savoyards. She holds an MM in Music Education from the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and a BM in Music Studies and Music Education from the Crane School of Music. She currently teaches band and chorus, and runs afterschool music and drama clubs at Clinton High School.

 

ARIA VOCAL SOLOIST

Elisabeth Gondek, Soprano, is known in and around Worcester for her role as soprano soloist with groups including the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, the Salsibury Singers, the Consortium Combined Choirs, and All Saints Choirs for repertoire from Bach, Handel, Mozart, Fauré, Rutter, Gant, and Jenkins. She is Cantor for many Churches and is Assistant Children’s Choir Director at St. John’s Church. She has performed musical theater and operatic roles around the Worcester area including Amalia Balash (She Loves Me), Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Mother (Amahl and The Night Visitors) and The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro). She has been musical/vocal director for community theater and school productions of shows including Lucky Stiff, 42nd Street, Brigadoon, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Oliver!, and Les Miserables. When not performing, Elisabeth is a voice teacher for the choir at the All Saints Church and in her home studio in Holden. She is also faculty at Bancroft School as the Lower School Music Teacher and Choral Director for all three divisions.

 

CONTINUO GROUP

Caroline Reiner-Williams completed her undergraduate degree in cello performance at the age of 19. Prior to accepting a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the Longy School of Music, she toured the U.S., Canada, England, France, Russia, Spain, and Portugal as a member of several chamber ensembles, including the Boston Youth Symphony. At 21, she received her master’s degree in cello performance with an emphasis in cello pedagogy. Since then, Ms. Reiner-Williams has enjoyed a busy schedule as both performer and teacher. A faculty member at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester since 2009 and at Indian Hill Music in Littleton since 2012, she is also currently on the adjunct music faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Notre Dame Academy of Worcester, and the Shrewsbury, MA Public Schools. Past faculty positions include Brooks School in North Andover, Fay School in Southborough, and the Bancroft School of Worcester. Ms. Reiner-Williams is active throughout New England as a chamber and orchestral musician. She performs regularly with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, where she is contracted as Associate Principal cello since 2009. Also in 2009, stemming from her deep love of chamber music, Caroline founded the Nashaway Trio with husband and violinist Angel Hernandez, and pianist Roy Imperio. The trio gave its premiere performance on the Beveridge Webster Recital Series in Hanover, NH, and continues to perform together on a regular basis.

 

Sean Redrow, PhD is honored to be the Director of Music at St. John’s (Temple St., Worcester) the Church where he was baptized, having served as a guest organist before becoming the Director of Music in 1991, while a student at Holy Name High School. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where was honored to be the recipient of the full-tuition Liturgical Music and Organ Scholarship under the tutelage of James David Christie, organist of the Boston Symphony, and Professor of Organ at Holy Cross and Oberlin. He continued studies with Mr. Christie at Boston Conservatory, and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University where he received the Presidential Scholarship, also a full tuition merit award. While at BU, he taught the Class Organ students and was also on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory. He has played with the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall (Boston) and Tanglewood, and with the Boston Philharmonic at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall (NYC). He is a winner of the Boston Chapter, and New England Regional Competitions of the American Guild of Organists, and has been a featured performer at their regional and national conventions. He has served as Dean of the Worcester Chapter of the AGO. He has been very fortunate to have met, and performed for many of the most famous organists in the world, including international musical legend +Marie-Claire Alain (who is also his “grandteacher”), Olivier Latry, and Jean-Pierre Leguay (both of Notre Dame, Paris), Ludger Lohmann (Stutgart), +John Scott (St. Paul’s, London, and St. Thomas, New York), and +McNeil Robinson (New York), and others. His previous teachers have included Luke Richard, former Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Barclay Wood, formerly of The First Baptist Church in Worcester.

 

Wesley Hall is an organist and keyboardist based in New England. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, and holds an artist diploma and a master’s degree in historical performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied organ with James David Christie. Wesley is an active recitalist, having given solo concerts throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and he has appeared as a soloist or continuo player with early music ensembles around the United States. In 2016 he received the Diapason Magazine’s 20 Under 30 Award as an innovator in the organ and church music field, and he was recently awarded 2nd Prize in the Sursa American Organ Competition. Currently, he serves as the Minister of Music and the Arts at the First Baptist Church of Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

FEATURED INSTRUMENTALISTS

Violinist Sarah Atwood holds first violin positions in both the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Rhode Island Philharmonic. In addition to playing and touring with the Boston Pops, she actively performs with Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Cantata Singers, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Previous awards include First Place in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, and the Presser Award. A recent graduate of New England Conservatory, Sarah has performed in concert as part of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Monadnock Music, and Virginia Arts Festival. Sarah’s solo appearances have taken her to Carnegie Weill Hall and Jordan Hall. In past summers Sarah participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Yellow Barn Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.

 

Flutiest Amy Carroll received her BFA from Boston University where she studied under former Boston Symphony principle flutist, Doriot Dwyer. She currently teaches at Anna Maria College, Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Apple Tree Arts. Amy Carroll plays flute and piccolo with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and Claflin Hill Summer Winds. She manages and plays flute with The Trillium Trio. She also actively freelances as an orchestral and chamber musicican in the Worcester area.

 

Oboist Joe Halko has performed throughout the Northeast with various ensembles and is principal oboist with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Chorus Orchestra, and has performed with the Atlantic Symphony, Opera Boston, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Thayer Symphony, Lexington Symphony and the Plymouth Philharmonic. He has performed with numerous national tours including Andrea Bocelli, Celtic Women, Mannheim Steamroller, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, and Star Wars in Concert. Joseph is adjunct instructor of oboe at Worcester State College, Ana Maria College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He runs a handmade oboe reed business, Joeoboe.com, that sells reeds nationally.

 

Sarah Mead is known throughout the US as a performer and teacher of the viola da gamba, and has been a featured guest at festivals and workshops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and the UK. The 2007 winner of the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America, she is Professor of the Practice of Music at Brandeis University, and has taught 16th-c. theory and performance practice at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, as well as short courses on the subject at Oberlin College and the Juilliard School of Music. Her compositions and editions for viol consort are published by PRB. She served as Music Director for the Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America for seven years. She is a founding member and music director of Nota Bene viol consort.

 

Performer, composer/arranger, and scholar, Andrew Arceci has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In Europe, he has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (UK), Oxford Baroque (UK), and Collegium Musicum Den Haag (The Netherlands). In the United States, he has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Emmanuel Music (recently named a 2017-2018 Lorraine Hunt Lieberson fellow), Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Arcadia Players, Tempesta di Mare – Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, The Folger Consort, Washington Bach Consort, Washington National Cathedral, TENET, and Harmonious Blacksmith. Currently, he directs the Collegium Musicum at Wellesley College, as well as the Winchendon Music Festival. Recording credits include soundtrack work for the BBC (UK), and the labels Novum (UK), Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Germany), Bôłt Records/Monotype Records (Poland), Cedille Records (US), and Centaur Records (US).