click here for Messiah Event index page

2017 Presentation:

Photos and bios of our principals highlighting our 2017 performance will be shown below as their participation is confirmed.

              Our conductor                         Our organist:                     Rehearsal Accompanist:

            Maestro Jonathan Griffith                           Heidi J. Alley                                     Shelle Jennings 

Our conductor: This year we are fortunate again this year to have a well-known and acclaimed professional conductor Jonathan Griffith for the entire presentation. Rather than try and post his extensive resume Click here to read about him in an announcement of his winning the American Prize in Conducting for 2014.

Organist: Ms. Alley started piano lessons at the age of five under the tutelage of her mother, Margaret S. Brown. She added organ playing at age eight working with William Foxley. She studied piano with Dr. Paul Pollei and Robert Smith. She graduated from Brigham Young University in organ performance with Dr. Parley Belnap as her instructor. Other organ teachers include Dr. J.J. Keeler and Dr. Kenneth Udy. Heidi is a well-known performer and accompanist at local venues in Salt Lake City including the Assembly Hall, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, and Libby Gardner Hall. She was a featured recitalist at the combined Region 8 and Region 9 Convention of the American Guild of Organists. She also was the local artist in 2007 for the Eccles Organ Concert Series held at the Cathedral of the Madeline. She has served on the local board of the Salt Lake City Chapter American Guild of Organists and was Dean for the term of 2012-2014. She has served for many years as a faculty member of the Church Music Workshop at Brigham Young University. Currently she is a guest recitalist at the Conference Center and Tabernacle on Temple Square. She is the organist for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City. Heidi loves the outdoors and being active. She has completed two marathons, four Century bike rides, and several triathlons. She also enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, motorcycling, and hiking. She lives in Bountiful with her husband Lynn and is the mother of four children. She also boasts one son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and three fabulous grandchildren.

Rehearsal Accompanist: Ms. Jennings musical career spans 62 years. She has served as a collaborative pianist for vocal and instrumental artists, church choirs and community choruses in Michigan, Virginia and Utah and has served as director of church choirs and community choruses in these locales, including music director and long time accompanist for Park City Singers In 2016, after eleven years, Shelle retired as music director for The Park City Follies and continues as artistic director of The Park City Treble Makers, a sixteen voice women's a capella ensemble.

Our soloists:

--- --- ---

    Doris_Brunatti	                     Debra Lynn Cook                 Robert Breault               Lucas Goodricht

Their biographies will be included in the program when it is posted.

Doris Brunatti,Ms. Brunatti's upcoming appearances for the 2017-19 Seasons include performances of Handel's "Messiah", Menotti's "The Consul" singing the Mother role, Durafley "Requiem", "It's a Grand Night for Singing" event, and a Western States Concert Tour along with Fundraiser Concerts, Masterclasses and Professional Judging scheduled throughout the United States. Doris Brunatti, a native of Utah is well known for her performances of Oratorio, Concert and Opera. Brunatti sang her first symphonic solo under the baton of Maurice Abravanel and subsequently soloed with his successors. Ms. Brunatti recently returned from New York's Avery Fisher Hall where she resoundingly performed Handel's Messiah. The New York Times review stated, "Brunatti sang with conviction". Previous New York Concerts include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Mozart's Requiem & Vespers, Haydn's Theresian Mass & St. Nicolai Mass, in addition to being a soloist with the New York Festival of American Musical Theatre's Live on Broadway concerts in the same venue. Brunatti has also sung in a Lincoln Center Concert with Bryn Terfel. She will return to New York to record and perform works by Composer Royce Campbell Twitchell. Brunatti has performed numerous times in Carnegie Hall as well as throughout the United States and abroad. She's soloed with major Symphonies in St. Petersburg & Moscow- Russia, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv- Israel, Rome-Italy, Edmonton & Calgary- Canada, Venezuela, Phoenix-Arizona, and was voted "Best Concert" while singing Mahler's "3rd Symphony" under Maestro Keith Lockhart with the Utah Symphony. No stranger to diversity, Ms. Brunatti has performed roles in the Musical Theatre genre across the country, and is a sought after Recitalist. Additionally, as an actress she can also be seen in commercial work and film. Brunatti has judged the Metropolitan Opera Auditions along with many other Voice and Theatre Competitions.

Debra Cook, Artistic Director and Soprano, is a vocal performance coach, collaborative entrepreneur, conductor, and performing artist, is co-founder of Utah Conservatory and Park City Music (a full service music store), was an Associate Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah Actor Training Program, taught with the BYU Music Department, and served 13 seasons as conductor for Park City Singers. Winner of the National Opera Auditions, has performed nationally in opera, concert, musical theatre, and T.V. Some of her work includes being a Messiah soloist at Avery Fischer Hall, doing a collaborative performance at the Sundance Film Festival, singing with the Utah Szmphony, and performing several seasons in principal roles with the Utah Opera. She is currently on the creative team of Sleepy Hollow: The Musical ( Debra is grateful for her large family who share in the inspirational joy of the arts. She dedicates this year´s efforts to the memory of her husband, mentor, and forever sweetheart, Dr. Fredric W. Cook, who joyully sang in this Messiah beside her last year.

Lucas Goodrich, Tenor Lucas Goodrich is recognized for his "clear, vibrant tenor" and "committed and convincing character portrayals." Most recently he was seen with Opera Idaho for their production of Die Fledermaus and returns to the company this May to perform Schmidt in Massenet's Werther. During the 2015-2016 academic year he served on the faculty of Southern Utah University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice. While at SUU he collaborated with Los Angeles based electronic composer Jason Francesco Heath for the Satellite Salon Series, sang on multiple faculty concerts, and was the music director and conductor for the spring opera. Here in Utah Lucas has appeared with the Salt Lake Symphony, New American Philharmonic, University of Utah Lyric Opera, and the Utah Opera Chorus. He appeared twice with the Moab Music Festival, most recently debuting the role of Frenchie in Gerald Elias' William Grandstaff. Lucas is on the music staff at Holy Family Catholic Church, has served with the music at Park City Community Church, and is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator throughout the Rocky Mountain West. He resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Randi.

Robert Brandt, baritone, is an assistant professor of voice and teaches applied voice, German diction and Opera Workshop. He earned a Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from Indiana University, where he studied with Costanza Cuccaro, and earned both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University studying with J. Arden Hopkin and Clayne Robison. Dr. Brandt appears regularly on the operatic and concert stage in repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. In a review of his performance of Mandryka in Richard Strauss’s Arabella, Opera News said, “Robert Brandt had it all. Handsome, with an ebullient personality, Brandt has innate musical simplicity and honesty and delivered the German text with amazing clarity of diction.” Recent operatic credits include Germont in La Traviata, Marcello in La Boheme, Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Mandryka in Arabella and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Since moving to Delaware in 2007, he has been active locally and regionally as a concert soloist. Highlights include performances of the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Wilmington, Del., and Abington, Pa. On campus he soloed with the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s The Creation and Brahms’s German Requiem. Dr. Brandt has a love for classical art song and in particular for the German lied. In 2008 he participated in the 15th International Robert Schumann Competition in Schumann’s birth city of Zwickau, Germany.

Our program will be posted below; however, once available our program is best viewed as a PDF that will also be posted.