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2016 Presentation:

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Photos and bios of our principals highlighting our 2016 performance are also shown below.


              Our conductor:                        Our organist:                   See soloists lower on page:

                             
 Maestro Jonathan Griffith                              Heidi J. Alley 


Our conductor: This year we are fortunate 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.

Our 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.

Our soloists:

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    Doris_Brunatti	              Debra Lynn Cook               Robert Breault           	    Rob Brandt

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


Doris Brunatti, alto is 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 this year 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 is in a 11th season as conductor for Park City Singers. Winner of the National Opera Auditions, has performed nationally in opera, concert, musical theatre, and TV, including Avery Fischer Hall and Sundance Film Festival, Utah Symphony, and several seasons with Utah Opera. She is currently on the creative team of Sleepy Hollow: The Musical (www.sleepyhollowthemusical.com). Debra is grateful for her large family who share in the inspirational joy of the arts.

Robert Breault, Tenor, joys an international career that features an extraordinary breadth of repertoire. His warm, flexible voice and superb artistic sensibilities combine to make him a consummate singing actor. He has appeared on numerous recordings in a wide range of roles. As Opera News noted, "Besides a ductile tenor that allows him to negotiate a full dynamic span, from silvery head tone to ringing forte, even within a single phrase, Breault offers truly superb diction." Opera News also praised him for making "an excellent impression, his mellifluous tenor boasting clarity of both tone and diction; clearly reveling in high notes, he sang with notable dynamic variety." Opera Canada wrote in 2009, "Tenor Robert Breault made his EO (Edmonton Opera) debut with distinction as the Duke of Mantua. He looks the part of a man who can seduce women with more than just his power and wealth, and he has a lustrous voice." Robertís concert career highlights include over 200 performances with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Monte-Carlo, London Philharmonia Orchestra, National Symphony of Taiwan, Jerusalem Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, San Francisco Symphony, and the Utah Symphony, to name but a few.

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 Straussís Arabella, Opera News said, ďRobert 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.Ē 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 Mendelssohnís Elijah in Wilmington, Del., and Abington, Pa. On campus he soloed with the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra in Haydnís The Creation and Brahmsís 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 Schumannís birth city of Zwickau, Germany.