Dona Nobis Pacem Soloists

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Chris Dudley (countertenor), a native of Great Britain came to the US in 2001 after attaining a BA in Music from the University of East Anglia. A graduate of the Masters of Music, Performance & Pedagogy Program of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, Mr. Dudley has been in great demand as a soloist in the Washington area.   He obtained his early musical training as a choirboy in the Queen’s chapel at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Prior to coming to the US, Mr. Dudley was a Choral Scholar in the choir of Norwich Cathedral in England. Chris has been a soloist with numerous groups including the Washington Bach Consort, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Washington National Cathedral, the Washington Choral Arts Society, the Georgetown University Concert Choir, & the Chapel Hill Community Chorus, the Norfolk Chamber Consort, the New Dominion Chorale, the Brattleboro Concert Choir, the Fort Washington Community Chorus, the Deer Creek Chorale and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   His 2013-2014 solo engagements include the Vivaldi, Gloria with the Washington Bach Consort, the Purcell, Come Ye Sons of Art with the New Dominion Chorale, the Orff Carmina Burana, Swan Solo, with the Deer Creek Chorale, & Britten’s, Abraham & Isaac with the Norfolk Chamber Consort.   As a teacher, Mr. Dudley has taught and performed in the Helena Music Festival in Montana, and is a Professor & Music Lecturer at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.  He has a thriving private voice studio, currently with 12 students and is the Artistic Director of the Countertop Ensemble, a group of eight singers+ founded in 2005, who perform music of all genres.  When not singing, Mr. Dudley is a Life Member (10 years volunteer service) EMT and emergency-9-1-1 ambulance driver with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, has a full-time teaching studio and is a Realtor along with his Wife, at Long & Foster in VA, MD & DC.  For more information, please visit his websites: countertopquartet.org / dudleyalto.com / dudleyvocalstudio.com / dudleyrealtor.com.

David Merrill (tenor) – Mr. Merrill has a versatile and exciting voice.  Mr. Merrill received his Masters in Vocal Performance degree from Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester VA, under the direction of Dr. Byron Jones. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  During his Master degree studies at Shenandoah Conservatory Mr. Merrill worked on scenes from Puccini’s La Bohéme, Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles. In March 2009, Mr. Merrill was selected as a finalist in Shenandoah’s Student Soloist Competition.  Recent roles have been Sam in Street Scene, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Camille in The Merry Widow, Edwin in Trial By Jury, Alexis in The Sorcerer, and Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto.

During Mr. Merrill’s studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, he had the privilege of working with renowned pianist, John O’Conor, Maestro Julian Wachner, the director of the Washington Chorus, Maestro Robert Shafer, the director of The City Choir, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Maestra Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony and the composer, Nico Muhly.

Mr. Merrill is the tenor section leader for St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis Maryland.  http://www.dbmerrill.com/DBMerrill/Bio.html

Caitlin Vincent (soprano) – Praised as “stunning” and “captivating,” soprano Caitlin Vincent made her international debut in 2007 with Clérambault’s solo cantata “Amour piqué par une abeille” at Le Mois Molière in Versailles, France.  In May 2013, she premiered the role of Jacqueline Kennedy in Joshua Bornfield’s Kennedy opera, Camelot Requiem, and “flawlessly carried the lion’s share of the show, sending stratospheric notes into the air as if they were actual cries to heaven” (Baltimore Post-Examiner).

Other recent operatic roles include Zerlina in Who Killed Don Giovanni? with The Figaro Project, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with The Figaro Project, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls with Live Arts Maryland, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Opera AACC, Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Dunster House Opera, and Janey in the world-premiere of Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart with The Figaro Project.

Equally acclaimed for her interpretations of concert repertoire, Ms. Vincent has performed with the Annapolis Chorale, Maryland Choral Society, Central Maryland Chorale, Harford Choral Society, and Evergreen Philharmonic in such works as Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate,” Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Monterverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and Handel’s Messiah.  A classically-trained ballet dancer, Ms. Vincent holds degrees from Harvard University and the Peabody Conservatory.  http://www.caitlinvincent.com/biography.html

Nathan Wyatt (baritone) – Baritone Nathan Wyatt has been praised by The Baltimore Sun for his “sensitive and natural” voice, “finely etched phrasing,” and “standout” performances.  Recent opera roles include the Abbot in Britten’s Curlew River with the Tanglewood Music Center, Robert Kennedy in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Camelot Requiem with The Figaro Project, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Annapolis Opera, John Proctor in The Crucible and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Peabody Opera Theater, and the title role in Don Giovanni with The Figaro Project.  In September 2012, Mr. Wyatt premiered Jake Heggie’s “Epilogue: Under the Blessing of your Psyche Wings,” featured in the Opera America Songbook, at the opening ceremony of the National Opera Center in New York City.  In June 2012, he premiered William Bolcom’s “Gettysburg, July 1, 1863,” a new work for baritone and piano commissioned by SongFest with support from the Sorel Organization.  Acclaimed for his work in oratorio repertoire, Mr. Wyatt has performed as bass soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Rutter’s Mass of the Children, Haydn’s The Seasons, Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata 49, and Handel’s The Messiah with such groups as the Annapolis Chorale, Maryland Choral Society, Central Maryland Chorale, Capital Hill Chorale, and the Bach Concert Series.  In the fall of 2011, Mr. Wyatt made his Carnegie Hall debut under the direction of Marin Alsop as Speaker in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Wyatt was a Stern Fellow at SongFest in 2011 and 2012 and a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood in 2013.  Upcoming performances include bass soloist in Bach’s Cantata 208 with the Bach Concert Series, bass soloist in Faure’s Requiem with Annapolis Chorale.  www.nathanwyatt.com/about.html