2022-2023 GUEST ARTISTS AND COMPOSERS
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Tamara Dworetz is quickly establishing a reputation as a compelling and energetic musical force on the podium. In various capacities, she has led the Paris Mozart Orchestra, Boston Pops, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Moscow Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and Amarillo Symphony, and in the 2022-23 season she will make her debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mankato Symphony and Georgia Philharmonic.
Tamara was recently selected as 1 of 14 candidates from a worldwide pool in the 2022 La Maestra Conducting Competition and Academy for Women Conductors in Paris, France. She was the only US-born conductor selected for the competition, and earned a spot as one of 6 semi-finalists. She was also chosen for the 2-year Academy in which she will learn from world-class orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonie de Paris and National Orchestra of France. Tamara also won 2nd prize in the Boston Pops' Leonard Bernstein Conducting Competition, and has recently been selected as a Taki-Alsop Mentee.
Additionally, Tamara has covered for Bramwell Tovey and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the London Proms, and for 2 years was Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Butler Opera Center. Recently, Tamara was Cover Conductor for the Sarasota Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Atlanta Opera.
Tamara is an advocate for championing the voices of living composers, such as Reena Esmail, Carlos Simon, Adolphus Hailstork, Ingrid Stolzel, Jessie Montgomery, Missy Mazzoli, Arturo Marquez, Quinn Mason and Jocelyn Hagen. She also loves to design collaborative performances, and recently invited Rudras, an award-winning Indian Classical Dance Team, to perform a story-through-dance to Indian-American composer Reena Esmail's TaReKiTa. Tamara has been a recipient of the Bruno Walter Conducting Fellowship at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, studying with Cristian Măcelaru, conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestre in Cologne.
Tamara has worked extensively with Conservatory & Collegiate orchestras, and enjoys working with pre-professional students and passionate non-majors. This season, she will lead conducting residencies with the Boston University School of Music and SUNY Fredonia School of Music, conducting the orchestras and teaching masterclasses to graduate students. Tamara has also been a guest conductor for the Longy Conservatory Orchestra at Bard College, co-music director for The University of Texas University Orchestra, and Music Director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) Orchestra and Concert Choir.
A devoted music educator, Tamara’s own musical beginnings took place in the Atlanta public school system, and she participated in as many of Atlanta’s vast offerings of youth ensembles as could fit in her busy high school schedule (she was also on the soccer and basketball teams!). Tamara was inspired by her music teachers to pursue music education and conducting, and now as a professional conductor, she is passionate about leading young musicians in exciting musical experiences that pass-along the same inspiration she was given. In February 2023, she looks forward to guest-conducting the TMEA (Texas) All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, she served as Interim Conductor of the Austin Youth Orchestra, and worked with the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, Tamara taught public school as Director of Orchestras at Lakeside High School in Atlanta. This year, Tamara is thrilled to conduct the very same orchestra she took part in as a student, the Fulton County Honor Orchestra. In fact, they will feature music by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence, Carlos Simon, who attended Tri-Cities High School in Fulton County!
Tamara enjoys writing and speaking about her passion for music. Tamara wrote a paper on leadership entitled, The 21st Century Conductor-Musician Relationship in which she interviewed esteemed conductors and musicians, such as Marin Alsop. She has participated in interviews with media which you can view on her website.
Tamara and her husband, Stephen, live in Brookhaven, Georgia with their puppy and 2 guinea pigs. When she's not studying or working, she enjoys going to the dog park, re-discovering Atlanta as an adult, drinking her favorite craft & Belgian beers, traveling, and watching dark comedies.
The music of composer and pianist John Kuntz (b. 1996) ventures within timbral extremes, pursuing dissonant, emotive and expressive depths, theatrical magnetism, as well as electronic soundscapes. He is currently a freelance composer in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
His works have been performed at Western University, Berklee College of Music, the University of Memphis, and Luther College. He was a showcase composer as part of Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Varsity competition, where his chamber work As the Day Unfolds was premiered and broadcasted live. His piece Two Minds was commissioned as part of Luther College’s Reformation Cantata, a commemorative concert of the Lutheran Church’s 500th anniversary. In 2019, Kuntz was awarded a research grant to complete an original, one-act musical Matchgirl which was premiered by Luther College’s SPIN Theatre Company. More recently, Kuntz was commissioned to write Virago and Sonder, two song cycles based on original poetry by librettist and soprano Natalie Nelson.
While Kuntz is mainly known as a composer, he is an experienced pianist, accompanist, and chorister. Kuntz has performed major solo works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and more. He has performed at Luther College, University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, and Presbyterian Church of the Apostles. In addition, Kuntz has had vast choral experience, having sung in Luther College’s Norsemen and Cathedral choir, as bass section leader and accompanist for Collegiate Chorale, and as a hired section leader for Idlewild Choir in Memphis, Tennessee.
Kuntz is interested in music’s ability to heal and make an impact. He finds that the most rewarding aspect of being a musician is through seeing one renewed through either his composition or performance. Kuntz has volunteered and interned in music therapy at Fairview Hospice in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wellington Place in Decorah, Iowa.
Kuntz worked as a graduate assistant for the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, where he earned his Master’s in Music Composition studying music composition with Dr. Kamran Ince and electronic music with Dr. Scott Hines. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College, studying composition with Dr. Brooke Joyce and piano with John F. Strauss.
When not writing or performing music, Kuntz enjoys hikes, bike rides, and runs. He also works in Development as the Annual Fund Manager for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Described as a “striking interpreter” who gives a “committed and heartfelt performance” by Musical America and The New York Times, pianist Fanya Lin has captivated audiences worldwide with her charismatic and gripping performances. Her orchestral appearances include the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Grand Junction Symphony, and Aurora Symphony. Fanya’s performance of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was depicted as “mesmerizing performance, it appeared as though a tornado had touched down through her [Fanya Lin] body and lifted her, feathers fluttering, from the piano stool as she weighed into the keys” by Hastings Times and Festival Flyer.
An avid soloist, Fanya promotes classical music to the general public by creating innovative concert programs and engages her audience by presenting interactive performances. Her solo recitals have been featured in numerous prestigious concert series, including the Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise, Stecher and Horowitz Young Artist Series, and Eslite Emerging Artist Series. Moreover, in part of group efforts, Fanya has encouraged and assisted younger generations of music students to continue their education and peruse their dreams through fundraising events such as the Saint Island Fundraising Concert, Weber State University All Steinway School Designation, and the Sid & Mary Foulgers School of Music. Fanya also dedicates herself to new music by performing with contemporary music organizations such as Focus and Axiom.
As a chamber musician, Fanya has collaborated with world-class musicians including Noah Bendix-Balgley (concert master of Berlin Philharmonic), Romie de Guise-Langlois (clarinetist of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society), and Ta’u Pupu’a (tenor in major opera productions including Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera). Fanya’s festival concerts and masterclass series include Aspen, Music@Menlo, Rocky Mountain Audio Festival, Minnesota International Piano Camp, and Savannah Arts Academy.
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Fanya is a top prizewinner of Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Concours International de Piano France-Amériques, New York International Piano Competition, and Seattle International Piano Competition. Fanya earned her Doctoral Degree at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Distinguished McKnight Professor Lydia Artymiw; her Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School with Professor Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal; and her Bachelor’s Degree at Weber State University with Dr. Yu-Jane Yang. In Fall 2019, Dr. Fanya Lin joined the University of Arizona in Tucson as Assistant Professor of Music in Piano, where she teaches applied lessons in piano and coaches chamber music.
Pianist Clare Longendyke’s dazzling musicianship and colorful interpretations delight audiences wherever she performs. Critics have lauded her “artistic ferocity that captivated and astonished listeners,” (Waverly Newspapers), her “great virtuosity and delicacy,” and the “loving attention” she pays to the music she performs (Hyde Park Herald). Recognized as a firebrand in the classical music field for the expressive energy and originality she brings to new and traditional repertoire, the effervescent soloist and chamber musician aspires to foster interpersonal connections between people from diverse backgrounds to catalyze conversation and the exchange of unique perspectives through music performance.
Set apart by her inspiring touch and mesmerizing way of sharing music, Longendyke is a sought-after soloist, performing over 50 concerts a year in North America and Europe. Recent orchestral partners include the Federal Way Symphony Orchestra of Washington, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota, and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra.
Longendyke’s appeal has earned her performances as a featured soloist in notable concert series such as The University of Chicago Presents, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the Fazioli Piano Series in Los Angeles, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts’ SoundBites Series. She has also performed at renowned festivals, including the Alba Music Festival of Italy, the European American Musical Alliance of France, the New Music on the Point Festival, and the Mostly Modern Festival.
Longendyke blends a passion for music’s classical tradition with an infectious commitment to what she calls “the music of our time.” Her advocacy for innovative music and programming are evident through Music in Bloom, a new music festival she founded in 2019.
In the last decade, she has premiered over 150 new compositions and performed the music of today’s most exciting living composers—Joan Tower, Shawn Okpebholo, Mason Bates, Vivian Fung, Gabriela Lena Frank, Amy Williams, and others. Recent recordings include Homage to Nadia Boulanger: Works for Viola and Piano with Rose Wollman, and In the City, new works for Saxophone and Piano with Andrew Harrison. Her debut solo CD featuring works by Claude Debussy, Amy Williams, and Anthony R. Green is planned for release in early 2023.
Before earning master’s and doctoral degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Longendyke completed degrees at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and the École Normale de Musique in Paris. The ardent Francophile and French-speaking pianist received the Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Award in the Arts to study music in Paris as an undergraduate.
A dedicated educator, Longendyke is equally passionate about helping young creators develop their musical skills as she is preparing them to become ambassadors of classical and contemporary music in their communities. She has led workshops and masterclasses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the State University of New York at Fredonia, the University of Kansas, the University of Northern Iowa, and Wartburg College. Hailed as “a sparkling pianist” by the Hyde Park Herald, Longendyke is on track for a transcendent musical career.
Australian-born Susie Park, the Minnesota Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster, had already toured with the Orchestra before beginning her appointment in September 2015, performing concerts and participating in educational programs when the ensemble traveled to Cuba the previous May.
Park has concertized around the world, performing solos with such European orchestras as the Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille and the London-based Royal Philharmonic; American orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Memphis Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke’s; the major Australian symphony orchestras including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania, Canberra and Perth; Korea’s KBS Orchestra; and Orchestra Wellington in New Zealand. She has collaborated with conductors including Simon Rattle, Hans Vonk, Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi and Yehudi Menuhin, performing in venues ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Symphony Hall in Boston, the Ravinia Festival and Millenium Park in Chicago, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Smithsonian Institute, Vienna Musikverein Cologne Philharmonie, Düsseldorf Tonhalle and Danish Radio Concert Hall.
Park has received numerous awards. She won top honors at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the Wieniawski Competition in Poland and the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in France, which led to many performances and reengagements throughout the U.S. and Europe. She also won the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition, Ernest Llewellyn String Award and various additional awards.
Park is passionate about chamber music. She is a founding member of ECCO, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble comprising a diverse selection of talented chamber musicians, soloists and principal string players from American orchestras; their self-titled debut album of 2012, released on the eOne label, includes works from three centuries, by Geminiani, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.
In addition, Park was the violinist of the Eroica Trio from 2006 to 2012, with which she recorded the ensemble’s eighth CD, an all-American disc nominated for a Grammy, and toured internationally. She was also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, collaborating with Wu Han, Gary Hoffman and Ida Kavafian. For three consecutive summers she was in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival, and she has participated in numerous tours with Musicians from Marlboro. Additional musicians with whom she has performed chamber music include members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Emerson and Cleveland Quartets, and Kim Kashkashian, Pamela Frank, Jason Vieaux, Cho-Liang Lin and Jaime Laredo. Among her festival engagements have been performances at Music from Angel Fire, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, the Seattle, Caramoor, Skaneateles, Aspen, Ravinia, Portland and Bowdoin festivals in the U.S.; Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove in England; Bermuda Festival; the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Austria; and Keshet Eilon in Israel.
Park’s interest in music of all genres has also led to collaborations with artists such as jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, with whom she performed 41 consecutive shows at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.
A native of Sydney, Park picked up a violin at the age of three, made her solo debut at five and completed preparatory studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She went on to earn a bachelor of music degree at the Curtis Institute and an artist diploma at the New England Conservatory; her teachers have included Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Shi-Xiang (Peter) Zhang and Christopher Kimber. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of creative arts, including knitting and clothing design.
Praised for his "clarion tone" (Ludwig van Toronto) and "impressive vocal colour" (Opera Canada), Canadian-American baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg has been featured in a number of North American opera productions, including those with Vancouver Opera, Portland Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera, and Saskatoon Opera. He has been recognized for his performances of Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Marcello (La bohème), and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). He will be featured in several upcoming Canadian productions, including Dandini in La cenerentola (Brott Opera), Dancaïre in Carmen (Pacific Opera Victoria), and Ainadamar and Madama Butterfly (Opéra de Montréal).
Geoffrey has also performed with many other Canadian orchestras and ensembles. He was a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, performing both as Captain in a concert performance of Candide and as Danilo in selections from The Merry Widow. Additionally, he has sung as a soloist in several oratorio concerts, including the Vancouver Bach Choir’s performances of A Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams) and Requiem (Fauré), as well as Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Mahler) with l’Orchestre de l’Agora, Requiem (Duruflé) with St. Philips Choir, and Wenceslas (Chilcott) with Jubilate Vocal Ensemble. He was also the baritone soloist for the New Works Project for the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival, and has continued to workshop new operas with Calgary Opera and Opéra de Montréal.
Geoffrey has completed a number of artist residencies including l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program, the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program. He also has completed a number of revered training fellowships including Highlands Opera Studio and Music Academy of the West. He was the Stingray Rising Stars winner of the 2021 Concours Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, a District Winner of the 2020, 2019, and 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Platinum Prize Winner of the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competiton, and a prize winner in the 2016 Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition. He furthered his vocal training at a number of international development programs including European Music Academy in the Czech Republic and Accademia Europea Dell’Opera in Italy. Geoffrey completed his master’s degree under the tutelage of Peter Barcza at the University of British Columbia.
Heralded for her “clear vibrant tone” (Opera Canada) and her “good comedic acting…with [a] powerful, agile voice” (Burnaby Now), Tamar Simon is an Armenian-Canadian soprano based in Montréal, Canada. She was recently seen as Donna Elvira in Highlands Opera Studio’s 2021 production of The Leporello Diaries and in her solo recital Mélodies arméniennes et airs d’opéras with Société d’Art Vocal de Montréal. A frequent performer around British Columbia, Tamar was featured as the soprano soloist for the inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival’s New Works Project and has performed with Vancouver Opera in their outreach concerts series. She also appeared as Valencienne with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in their Look of Love concert, excepts she later performed again with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra in their concert of Viennese Delights. She sang with White Rock Concerts as Musetta in their production of La bohème and has been engaged with Burnaby Lyric Opera as Rosina in both their mainstage production of Il barbiere di Siviglia and as Adina in their concert production of L’elisir d’amore. She will be seen this summer performing as Clorinda in La cenerentola with Brott Opera as well as in The Museum of the Lost and Found, a new work composed by Olivia Shortt in collaboration with Loose Tea Music Theatre and Highlands Opera Studio.
Tamar has been seen international stages, including appearances as Zerlina in Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s production of Don Giovanni and as Calisto in Centre for Opera Studies’ production of La Calisto. Tamar continued her vocal and art song studies in Austria after receiving the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, which sponsored study at the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum under soprano Helen Donath and baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. She has also traveled to Pilzen, Czech Republic and Nürnberg, Germany performing excerpts from La Traviata, La Bohème, and Die Fledermaus. Additionally, she sang in Hong Kong and Beijing as part of the UBC Centennial Tour, performing excerpts from Don Pasquale and Les contes d’Hoffmann.
Tamar is a District Winner and an Encouragement Award Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She is a graduate of University of British Columbia’s Master of Music program in opera performance where she performed many leading roles, most notably the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro where she was described as “believable and engaging Susanna, passing from innocence to subtlety to assertion, always in control and always the unrecognized protagonist” (Opera Canada). She was also seen as Tytania in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ciboletta in Eine Nacht in Venedig, and The Foreign Woman in The Consul.
Niloofar Hadi Sohi is an Iranian musician who started her music career from the age of 8, and by the age of 12 she enrolled in music school. She plays the Viola and has studied with great teachers of Iranian and American backgrounds such as Korey Konkol, Setareh Beheshti and Taha Abedian. She pursued her Bachelor of Music Performance degree in Tehran University and distinguished as an Elite student in National Elite Foundation and won the first award of the University to continue her studies for a Masters in Performance Arts. Niloofar is now studying her second master’s degree of performance after being awarded a fellowship at the University of Minnesota.
As a musician, Niloofar has the experience of working with numerous orchestras like the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Iran National Orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra, Nilper Orchestra, and the Iran-Austria Orchestra for almost a combined decade. She has been enriched by playing in international projects such as Le Vie Dell’Amicizia Ravenna-Tehran with Riccardo Muti (Italy), Internava Ensembles (Europe and Iran), and FeminEast festivals’ concerts (Sweden). She is former violist of the Shahrzad Quartet and she has worked with great Iranian musicians such as Homayoun shajarian, Pournazeri Brothers and Houshyar Khayam.
Among those she is an award winner of National Youth Music Festival and Fajr festivals and has performed in many concerts among Asia, Europe and The United States.
She has worked as a Violin/Viola Teacher for more than 5 years in well-known music institutes with Suzuki method.
Curtis Streetman, bass, is part of a new generation of versatile artists that strives to perform a rich and excitingly varied repertoire. Streetman’s interpretive gifts have been presented in some of the world’s major concert halls and opera houses.
Streetman has sung the major bass roles in Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro), Die Zauberflötte (Sarastro), La Boheme (Colline), Don Giovanni (Leporello), Rigoletto (Sparafucile) as well as leads in Verdi, Handel and Rossini operas. Operatic performances include appearances at The Salzburg Festival, as well as opera houses in Vienna, Bilbau, Dortmund, Halle, Naples, and Victoria. Recent operatic debuts include performances in Geneva, Basel, and at The Theatre Champs-Elyseée in Paris.
Festival appearances include Tanglewood, Ravinia, The Hong Kong Arts Festival, The Boston Early Music Festival, The Halle Handel Festival, and The San Juan Arts Festival. Mr. Streetman was featured in a Canadian tour of Bach’s St. John Passion, with Les Violons du Roi, and was featured in a tour of the United States with the Rebel ensemble, in a program featuring German baroque music.
Other performances include appearances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and at Vienna’s Musikverein in performances of Handel’s Radamisto. He made his Kennedy Center debut with The National Symphony in performances of Handel’s Messiah, and performed Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethe’s Faust, with The Cleveland Orchestra. Streetman has also appeared with The San Diego Symphony, in performances of Mozart’s Requiem.
Recording credits include Monteverdi’s Vespers for Musical Heritage Society, Castelnuovo-Tedesko’s Romanciero Gitano for New World Classics, Charpentier Christmas Cantatas for Naxos, and Handel’s Riccardo Primo on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
Mr. Streetman performed the role of Christus in Sir Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed fully staged production of The Saint Matthew Passion, produced by The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and performed the title role of Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, with The American Symphony Orchestra.
The Edina Chorale, a nonprofit community choir comprised of mixed voices of all ages, performs three concerts per season featuring a broad repertoire of traditional, classical, contemporary, and pop choral music. Our members love the variety of music we sing - from Brahms to the Beatles!
Singers come to Edina Chorale from many area communities and at different times in their lives. Recent college graduates join us to continue choral singing they enjoyed in high school and college. Some singers find us mid-life, rediscovering or newly developing an interest in choral music. EC is proud of the “lifetime of choral singing” the group represents
Chorus Polaris is an eclectic Community Chamber Chorus of 50 professional and amateur singers. We sing an extraordinary range of music, from Renaissance motets to jazz to masterworks with orchestra. We work hard to get out from behind the music, singing with spirit, expression, and skill.
Every singer is vital to our success. Each one of us learns not just the notes, but the style of singing called for in each song in our repertoire. Our rehearsals are richly musical. It's an exhilarating challenge for our singers that makes our concerts phenomenal.