Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 PM, Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 E 5550 S, South Ogden
Sunday, March 12 at 5:00 PM, Cathedral Church of St. Mark (Episcopal) 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
Admission is pay as able (suggested $15 general/$12 seniors/$10 students)
Utopia Early Music is proud to introduce a new vocal octet of some of the area's most elite choral musicians. The group premiers with First Light, an hour of transcendent beauty in observation of the Lenten season. The concert features lush music from the Spanish Renaissance to Colonial America and 20th Century France and beyond. Both heartfelt and meditative, this is music to sooth the soul and refresh the mind, presented in a beautiful and vibrant setting. The program includes works by Palestrina, Gesualdo, Purcell, Durufle, and more.
Emily Nelson, soprano • Chelsea Lindsay, soprano • Traci Jones, mezzo-soprano • Nate Pence, countertenor
Logan Bradford, tenor • Ian McDougal, tenor • Jordon LeBaron, baritone • Matt Robertson, bass
Logan Bradford, tenor
Logan Bradford, a tenor from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a crossover singer, having performed and won competitions in various styles of singing, from musical theater rock belt to renaissance choral polyphony. Judges and critics have praised Logan’s voice by saying that he has an “ideal primal sound” and a “lovely resonance.” His performances have been described as “moving,” wonderful,” and “charismatic,” adding that he has “a gift for drawing the audience into his story, causing [them] to believe every word.” Opera credits: Monostatos in "The Magic Flute," Nathaniel in "Tales of Hoffman" and "Don Giovanni" at BYU; "La Boheme" with Utah Lyric Opera; Vogelsang in “The Impresario”; and Nanki Poo in "The Mikado." Oratorio credits: John in “Lamb of God,” and the tenor soloist in Bach’s “Magnificat,” Handel’s “Messiah,” and John Rutter’s “Psalmfest.” Musical theater credits: Frankie in “Forever Plaid” at The Covey Center for the Arts; "All Shook Up" at HCTO; "A Tale of Two Cities" and "My Fair Lady" at HCTWV; Man 1 in "Songs for a New World" and Judas in "Godspell" at BYU; Jack in "Into the Woods" and Evelyn in "Anything Goes." He has appeared as Cleopas in "Savior of the World" at the LDS Conference Center and John Taylor in the LDS Church's Nauvoo Pageant. Logan's true musical passions lie in choral music, having sung with the BYU Singers, Deseret Chamber Singers, The Consortium Men’s Ensemble, Brevitas, Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Cantorum Chamber Choir, Utah Chamber Artists, and Utah Symphony Chorus. He feels incredible gratitude to his wife, Aubri, and daughters, Liesl and Lydia, for the support and patience they show him as he pursues his passions in music.
Traci graduated from Brigham Young University in April, 2014 in Elementary Music Education with an emphasis in voice. While at school, she was in several of the BYU choirs, including two years in Women's Chorus, two years in Concert Choir, and one year in BYU Singers. Traci has also performed with other local groups in the Utah Valley area, such as Cantorum Chamber Choir and Utah Valley Millennial Choir Organization. She currently sings with Lux Singers under the direction of Leland Spindler. Since graduating, Traci now teaches music full time at Wasatch Elementary School in Provo and serves as the school's Concert Choir director.
Jordon LeBaron, baritone
Jordon LeBaron, baritone: Jordon's choral credits include performing with Cantorum, Deseret Chamber Singers, the USU Chamber Choir, Craig Jessop Chamber Choir, and WSU Chamber Choir. His other performing credits include baritone soloist in Jesus is the Christ cantata and Handel's Messiah, with other leading roles in Il Barbiere di Silviglia, Cosi fan tutte, La boheme, Die Zauberflote, Gianni Schicchi, The Man of La Manch, Beauty and the Beast, The Fantasticks, and South Pacific. Jordon currently resides in Murray, UT with his beautiful wife, Angela, and their three crazy kids.
Chelsea completed her Master of Music in 2015 at BYU. In her time there, she was named Best Female Singer of the Year and was invited to perform three times for the national BYU Devotional Broadcast as a featured soloist. Her performing credits include a range of characters in opera, operetta and musical theater. He favorite credits include Sister Amnesia in Nunsense with the Scera Theater, Adina in L’Elisir D’Amore at BYU, Meg March in Little Women the Musical with Murray Arts in the Park, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. In the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions she was named the Utah District Winner in November 2013 and the Audience Favorite in 2013 and 2014. As a Young Artist she performed in Cancun, Mexico with Opera Maya in 2015. While there, she was selected as the featured soloist to premiere an original Mayan choral work, "K'atun," and performed the piece at the ruins of Chichén Itzá. Chelsea has performed, toured and soloed with multiple choral groups, including the University of Utah Singers, BYU Singers, Brevitas, Lux Singers and the Salt Lake Vocal Artists. She’s thrilled to join the Utopia Chamber Singers. She's so humbled and grateful to her educators and mentors. She's especially grateful to her loving family and friends that have been with her every step of the way. I love you to the moon and back.
Ian McDougal, tenor
Ian McDougal is a composer, arranger, and tenor who is best known for writing music for solo voice or choir. Ian graduated cum laude from the Snow College Horne School of Music in 2015, with a Bachelor’s in Commercial Music, and emphasis in Composition. While there, he studied voice under the nationally-renowned operatic tenor Brian Stucki. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in music technology from Southern Utah University. As a composer, Ian has been commissioned by the likes of the Salt Lake Singers, the Salt Lake Choral Artists, and the Snow College Horne School of Music. As a vocalist, Ian has toured with the Salt Lake Vocal Artists in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Macau, and has been featured as a soloist with them. He has also worked as a studio singer and sung on stage as backup for artists such as Josh Groban.
Emily Nelson, soprano
Emily Nelson's passion for music of all kinds has led her down diverse paths, from the ars subtilior to Milton Babbitt, Appalachian ballads, jazz, and the second Viennese school. In 2009, she co-founded Utopia Early Music, which has so far enjoyed seven concert seasons and increasing popular success. Emily's favorite use for her "clear, pure soprano" is in the portrayal of coloratura sidekicks and supernatural beings. For example, roles include The Fairy Godmother in Massenet's Cendrillon (Utah Lyric Opera), Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Oper im Park, St. Anton, Austria), the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte (Utah Lyric Opera), and a mysterious ice siren in Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica (Salt Lake Symphony). Emily recently sang with the Ohio Light Opera in The Mikado (Yum Yum), The Yeoman of the Guard (Elsie Maynard), Die Fledermaus (Adele), and as a braid-swinging Wagnerian soprano in Victor Herbert's Dream City and the Magic Knight (Elsa), which was released in 2015 by Albany Records. Emily holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah, where she completed her doctorate in vocal performance. She teaches World Music and Survey of Jazz for The University of Utah and recently joined the voice faculty at Westminster College.
Nate Pence, countertenor
Nate Pence, Countertenor, recently finished a year and a half of touring and singing chair-one Soprano with the three time Grammy Award winning choral ensemble Chanticleer. He received a full ride scholarship to Southern Virginia University, a private liberal arts college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where he studied voice with acclaimed soprano Christine Schadeberg and received his Bachelors degree in Music. He regularly performs as a soloist in such pieces as Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Vivaldi's Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and other popular concert works.
While performance has always been a thrill, his true love is teaching. Mr. Pence had the pleasure of being the director of the women's choir at Southern Virginia University from 2010 to 2012. During the 2013-2014 school year he served as the conductor of the Men’s Choir at the University of Florida. While there, he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in choral conducting under Dr. Willard Kesling, while simultaneously studying voice with Tony Award winner Dr. Elizabeth Graham. He is currently finishing his masters in Choral Conducting.
Matt Robertson, bass
A Salt Lake City native, Matt Robertson completed his undergraduate work at the University of Utah where he studied piano with Gladys Gladstone and double-bass with David Yavornitsky. He attended Wheelock College in Boston, MA, earning a Master of Science degree in Child Development, and later earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Univesity of Utah where he studied conducting with Dr. Barlow Bradford and voice with Dr. David Power. Utilizing his background in both child development and music, Matt is a full-time member of the music faculty at The Madeleine Choir School.
Additionally, Matt is currently a Section Leader with Utah Chamber Artists, a member of the Utah Symphony Chorus, and sings frequently with the Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Matt and his wife Heather have three children with whom they engage in raucous laughter and varied other mischief.
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