Nate Barnett (Conductor)
is a conductor, composer, and tenor from snowy Rochester, NY. He graduated last May from Yale University with a Bachelor’s in Music, where he received the Beekman Cannon Prize for his senior project in composition, A Peace Prayer. Nate is active as a soloist, ensemble performer, and teacher, and can be seen around New York playing any of these roles (and sometimes two at once). He is passionate about deepening the cultural appreciation for live, communal performance, and strives to put his creative efforts to that end.
Nate also also co-directs the early and new music festival which he founded, the Uncommon Music Festival. Contact him at email@example.com.
Colin Britt (Composer/Conductor)
originally from Maine, holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the Hartt School and a master's degree in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. His compositions have been performed by ensembles in Connecticut, including Voce, CONCORA, and the Yale Schola Cantorum, and by ensembles across the country and on four continents. Also active in musical theater, Mr. Britt has directed music for productions with the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival, the Summer Place Players, and Playhouse on Park in Connecticut. He has served as music director of Marquand Chapel at Yale, on the adjunct conducting faculty at Hartt, as the conductor of the Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, and as the assistant music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, and he currently serves as music director for Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is pursuing a DMA in Choral Conducting with Patrick Gardner at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he also teaches undergraduate conducting and directs the Rutgers University Choir. He and his wife, Victoria, live in Jersey City. colinbritt.com
is a singer and prolific illustrator of micro-moments on the A train. An alto for C4 since 2011, she holds degrees in piano performance from LSU-Baton Rouge (BM) and vocal performance from The Manhattan School of Music (MM). Melissa has been an active member of New York City's professional choral scene since she was a student. In October 2013, she made her debut as a music director, conducting and singing in the small choir for A (micro) history of world economics danced by Pascal Rambert in collaboration with PS122 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre. Most recently, she appeared in an octet of select women from Voices of Ascension for the release of Bora Yoon's new CD "Sunken Cathedral" at the Asia Society. In addition to her musical activities, Melissa is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley's Legal and Compliance Division, specializing in executive and director compensation.
Former Members / Leave of Absence
commissioned her first art song at 18, and hasn't looked back. Originally from Canada, she actively promotes the work of her Canadian colleagues in recital and recordings; recently, she won a New Music USA grant to premiere a work of Toronto composer David Passmore. She is equally enthusiastic about new music in her adopted country, and can be heard this season in New York, Baltimore, DC, and Miami, premiering art songs and operas by America's emerging composers, and chamber works written for her pierrot ensemble, Lunar Ensemble. In addition to her work with C4 this season, Danielle indulges her choral inclinations by sightreading Renaissance polyphony in New York's various churches. For more info on projects and to listen, visit www.daniellebuonaiuto.com.
has earned degrees in music education from Shepherd University and Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Kristopher sang as soloist and section leader with the St. James Choir in Leesburg, VA for five years and as a chorister with the City Choir of Washington under conductor Robert Shafer. He has also performed the roles of Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scene, Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kristopher moved to New York a year ago from West Virginia, and now works as an arts administrator for the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa where she was involved in the arts and theatrics starting at a young age. She is a national winner of the AuditionPlus Competition of 2013 and has held operatic roles as Cousin Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, Cinderella in Jacks are Wild, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, and Spirit in Cendrillion. She possesses a B.M. in Voice Performance from Iowa State University where she graduated cum laude with honors and a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Lorena Del Mar
born in Madrid (Spain), started her musical career at a very early age studying classical piano. In 2007 she moved to The Netherlands where she graduated cum laude with bachelors and masters degrees in jazz voice from The Royal Conservatorium of The Hague. During that time, she focussed on arranging from a vocal point of view using lyrics.
In 2015 she led her jazz quartet in the release of their debut CD My resistance is low. She has recorded with the New York based indie jazz ensemble "The Delegation" and with the Spanish folk pop band "Sammy Jankis" as the lead singer. In addition, she works with several different groups in diverse styles, such as the modern jazz duo "Entre-Deux" and in the singer/songwriter duo "Artemisz and Lorena." Lorena is a member of several choirs in New York, though C4 is certainly the most exciting one for her. www.lorenadelmar.com
was raised in New York City and currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC. He has been commissioned by the New York Treble Singers, Marble Collegiate Church, Carroll University, Central City Chorus, and the Thanks-Giving Foundation, among others. His current projects are commissions for the Manhattan Wind Ensemble and baritone Daniel Neer, both scheduled for premieres in Spring, 2014. His most recent works are Two Kingsongs for the Cheah Chan Duo and St. John’s Dance for alto saxophone and piano for David Wozniak. His choral music has also been performed by the Princeton Singers, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, and Cascadian Chorale, among others. Jonathan has served as Composer-in-Residence for The Greenwich Village Singers and Music Director for the chamber chorus, Howl! He serves on the judging panel for the Annual ASCAP/Deems Taylor Awards for best classical music writing. Jonathan’s music is published by Oxford University Press and See-A-Dot Music, and is also available through his website, www.jonathandavidmusic.com.
studied music and theater at Northwestern University. His cycle of performance-based chamber music drawing on Buddhist texts, written in collaboration with composer Philippe Treuille, has been performed throughout Chicago and New York. It's most recent iteration, Samaya, featured multimedia projection and dance and premiered at La Sala in Williamsburg. Outside of composition, Harry is also a performer, writer, producer, and director. His studies in Tibetan language and Buddhism have brought him to Himalayan India several times, where he has also worked on creative projects. He currently works at the Rubin Museum in the education department and the Rubin Foundation. He is interested in exploring the cross section between art, performance, ritual, and music, and is very grateful for his debut season singing with C4. firstname.lastname@example.org
graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011 with a degree in Music Therapy. In addition to her clinical work, she serves as administrative assistant to the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, whose renowned workshops in ensemble singing teach the power of choral music in building community. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and choral composer, Liz also sings with Choral Chameleon and the choir at the Church of the Heavenly Rest.
is a composer, arranger, musical director, singer, vocal coach and pianist. He has received national awards in Brazil for his vocal arrangements, and for his choral directing. He has composed some musical theaters shows, been the musical director of multiple vocal groups, and has performed in many other professional a cappella ensembles -- singing many musical styles -- from bossa nova and Brazilian popular music to Renaissance repertoire. He is also a voice teacher/vocal coach and has taught music theory courses at various conservatories and universities in Brazil.
Bill is now living in New York City and taking his Masters degree in Composition at Hunter College.
Marisa Karchin, soprano, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Mannes College The New School for Music. After growing up in a musical family, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, where she discovered her love for both choral singing and opera. As a member of the Yale Glee Club under Jeffrey Douma she performed solos in Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. On the stage, Marisa has sung the roles of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with the Opera Theater of Yale College, and the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, led by Venetian baroque scholar Ellen Rosand. This season at Mannes, Marisa looks forward to singing with the Mannes Sounds Festival and the Mannes Contemporary Ensemble.
Leslie Ann Lopez
has been singing since the age of 16. She began with her first lead role playing “Julie” in Carousel in high school. She then began studying opera and musical theater privately and earned her music education degrees from Iona College and SUNY Purchase. She has been a music educator for 20 years and has enjoyed teaching students how to sing and perform. She also performed in over 25 musicals throughout Westchester and the Bronx for 10 years. She became a church cantor at the age of 21 and has done most of her performing and solos in this venue and in various recitals throughout her career. She was a founding member of the NYC Master Chorale and is currently the cantor at the Church of St. Bernard in White Plains. She is honored to be making her debut with The C4 ensemble this season.
is an accomplished musician who has devoted the major portion of her career to the advancement of choral music. She holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University where she studied with Mary Davenport and coached with Alan Rodgers. In New York she studies with Maria Farnworth. She has sung with many notable choral groups including Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Russian Chamber Chorus and Cantori New York. In 1987, Elizabeth was invited to sing with the Oregon Repertory Singers representing the United States at the 26th Choral Singing Festival in Kärnten, Austria where the group won both the Folk and Classical Repertoire competitions. Elizabeth performed in many Robert Shaw Choral Workshops at Carnegie Hall and was a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. She has served as section leader at The Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) and been a member of the professional choir at St. Ignatius of Antioch (Episcopal). As a soloist, Elizabeth can be heard on two recordings: My Heart is Ready, music of Yuri Yukechev (Russian Chamber Chorus), and, as the Mother of Iseut, in Le vin herbé by Frank Martin (I Cantori di New York).
soprano, completed her master’s degree in voice performance and pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in 2011. While a student, she performed as Despina (Così), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Héro (Béatrice et Bénédicte), and Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers) in scene performances. Recently, she performed with Princeton-based Opera MODO as The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Monica (The Medium), and studied the role of Stewardess (Flight). She spent two summers with Opera Slavica, performing as Jano and Pastuchyňa in Janáček’s Jenufa and in scenes as Mařenka (Prodaná nevěsta), as well as Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Fostering her passion for her new music, she has spent the past three summers at New Music on the Point, premiering seven compositions, two with members of the acclaimed JACK Quartet. This past summer, she also traveled to Italy for the Cortona Sessions for New Music, where she worked further with young composers to premiere their chamber works. An avid recitalist, she regularly performs programs combining the classical canon with new pieces, often composed for her. She is also a dedicated voice teacher and works as a faculty member for Princeton Day School and the Mason Gross Extension Division (Rutgers).
an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, currently serves on the faculty of the music department of Scripps and Pomona Colleges, is the music director of the Orange County Symphony, choir director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside, and resident conductor of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles. From 2005 to 2010, he lived in New York, where, in addition to being an enthusiastic singing, conducting, and composing member of C4, he was director of Guildsingers, a professional early music ensemble specializing in 15th-century polyphony; choral director at The Brearley School; and assistant conductor of the New Amsterdam Singers. David received his B.Mus. summa cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Mylonas Scholar in the Humanities. He earned his M.M at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was director of the University Chorus and graduate conducting assistant for the University Opera. He received his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale University School of Music, where he was co-director of the University Chapel Choir and a member of the internationally-renowned Yale Schola Cantorum. www.davidrentz.com
first trained for the stage at LAMDA and subsequently received her musical training at Boston University and Manhattan School of Music. A sought-after mezzo-soprano, Suzanne has performed in solo and/or choral capacities at such venues as New York City Opera (NYCO), Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, the “Kitara” Concert Hall in Sapporo, Japan, and in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. She has sung with conductors Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovich, James Levine, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, George Manahan, Keith Lockhart, James Conlon, Sir Simon Rattle, Manfred Honeck, Gianandrea Noseda, and many others. As a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the John Oliver Chorale, C4, and The New York Virtuoso Singers (NYVS), she has also recorded for the Sony Classical, RCA Victor, Koch International Classics, Parma, Soundbrush Records, 4Tay, and MSR Classics labels.
In 2012, Suzanne appeared as soloist with NYVS, the Pro Arte Singers, the American Symphony, the Great Music series at St. Bart’s Church, and on tour with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, in Haifa, and at the Salzburg Festival. She also performed with the NYVS Sextet, the Collegiate Chorale, and the Pro Arte Singers. In 2013, she recorded 25 world-premiere choral compositions with NYVS (the 2-disc set “25 x25” on the Soundbrush label, released on October 8, 2013) and she sings on C4’s debut album, “C4 Volume 1: Uncaged” on the 4Tay label. With the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein, Suzanne made her Carnegie Hall solo debut as Frau Blunt in Marschner’s Der Vampyr in March, and returned to Bard SummerScape as a Fury in Taneyev’s Oresteia in July and August. She also returned to NYCO for Moses in Egypt and La Périchole at City Center in April and as a member of the Meat Rack Quartet in the American premiere of Anna Nicole at BAM in September. Upcoming projects include "Johannes Brahms - Backwards and Forwards" with NYVS at Merkin Hall in November 2013, and the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s The End of Tonight (composed for 3 women’s voices, 3 cellos, and piano) at The Greene Space in May 2014.
A native of the Philippines, Joy Tamayo started singing at the age of three. She completed her master's in vocal performance at the Crane School of Music and a bachelor's degree in music from the University of the Philippines.
As a concert soloist, Ms. Tamayo has performed works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Operatic credits include the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s DieZauberflöte, Goldentrill in Mozart’s The Impresario, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Amore in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Sisa in De Leon’s Noli MeTangere.
Currently, Ms. Tamayo is under the tutelage of Margaret Lattimore and Thomas Grubb. She has received vocal coaching from Carol Kimball, Chris Fecteau, and François Germain. Master classes include works with Martin Katz, Duain Wolfe and Arthur Espiritu.
Joy is a member of The Salvatones, Schola Dominicana at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena, and the Philippine American Choral Project. Upcoming performances include the role of Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro with the dell'arte Opera Ensemble and a concert featuring the works of Filipino composer Nicanor Abelardo at Merkin Concert Hall. This is Joy's first season with C4, The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective.
Lisa Whitson Burns
is a composer, dramatist and educator, originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. In addition to creating new work, Lisa is passionate about exploring music and theatre with youth in underserved communities internationally through the non-profit organization she founded, Far Corners Community Musical Theatre (www.farcornersmusicals.org).