Emily Nelson, soprano (founding member)
Lisa began her musical studies as a flutist in Rhode Island and discovered early music and the recorder while an undergraduate at Wellesley College. Her training in Medieval/Renaissance Studies and Musicology inform her work as a performer and teacher of early music. Lisa has been praised for her "remarkably vibrant" playing, performing as a soloist with groups such as the Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine and Utopia Early Music. She has also played in and co-organized several Sundays@7 Baroque concerts at the University of Utah since 2009. Most recently, Lisa is the co-founder of heArt Music, an early music organization dedicated to performance and outreach to Salt Lake City's Hispanic population. Lisa plays primarily early music; however, she has traveled into the realm of new music, premiering Miguel Chuaqui's Arioso for Recorder and Live Electronics in 2012, and performing most recently in June 2014 at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In the past years, Lisa has returned to her first instrument (in its ancestral form), and performs on the traverso as well as the recorder. Lisa directs the University of Utah Early Music Ensemble. She is also the director of the Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library in the School of Music on the University of Utah campus.
Eleanor Christman Cox, cello
Eleanor Christman Cox is a freelance cellist and instructor in the Salt Lake City area, where she has appeared with groups such as Ballet West and Utopia Early Music, and on the University of Utah Sundays@7 series and Utah Valley University faculty recitals. Also very committed to education, she is currently on faculty at Idaho State University and Salt Lake Community College. Ms. Cox holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. At home on both modern and baroque cello, Ms. Cox has performed nationally and internationally with such groups as Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, American Baroque Orchestra, and Choral Arts Philadelphia. As a proponent of new music, she has worked with composers John Harbison, David Ludwig, and Stephen Dembski, whose Suite for Solo Cello she premiered. Most recently, she has partnered with staff at the Utah State Veteran's Nursing Home in creating a program that brings music to immobilized veterans in Salt Lake City.
Tenor Geoffrey Friedley performed with Utopia Early Music last fall in Harvest Song. Recently he has sung the role of Elder Hayes in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah with Opera Idaho and Dr. Caius in Verdi's Falstaff with the Lyric Opera Ensemble at the University of Utah. Other recent performances include a solo lecture-recital, Orpheus, the Show, featuring works by Monteverdi, Stefano Landi, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and others, and a solo recital, Picture and Poem into Song, featuring Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Poulenc's Le Travail du Peintre, and Stephen Paulus' ARTSONGS. Over the past several years, he has sung Little Bat in Floyd's Susannah, the tenor solos in Herbert Howells' Hymnus Paradisi, and the roles of Lucano and Valletto in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, all at the University of Utah. Dr. Friedley is an Adjunct Instructor in Music at Idaho State University, where he teaches Voice and Music History. He holds degrees from Lawrence University, the Eastman School of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of Utah.