Emily Nelson, soprano (founding member)

Emily Nelson holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in vocal performance. Her enjoyment of a wide variety of musical styles has led her down diverse musical 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 four diverse concert seasons and increasing popular success. Emily advanced to regional auditions for the 2012 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award and last summer appeared as Blonde in a production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Oper im Park, St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Last winter, Emily was hailed as "stunning" for her performance as the Queen of the Night in Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble's production of Die Zauberflöte.

Christopher LeCluyse, tenor (founding member)

Christopher LeCluyse discovered early music in seventh grade, when an inspired music teacher played Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame for his class. He studied voice and English at the Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College and has since continued pursuing both vocations as a singer and a teacher. While completing a PhD in English at the University of Texas at Austin, he sang with Conspirare, the Texas Early Music Project, La Follia Austin Baroque, and the Schola Cantorum at St. Mary’s Cathedral and appeared as a guest artist with the Houston-based groups Ars Lyrica and Canzonetta. In the San Francisco area, Chris has performed with Magnificat, the San Francisco Early Music Society, and Voices of Music.   Most recently he joined Magnificat for performances of Lutheran Christmas Vespers from 1660 and of late Renaissance choral works for forty to sixty voices. Closer to home Chris has performed with the Utah Symphony and the Salt Lake Choral Artists. Chris is an associate professor of English and writing center director at Westminster College. His recordings include Threshold of Night, a CD with Conspirare of choral works by Tarik O'Regan, nominated in 2009 for two Grammy awards: “Best Classical Album” and “Best Choral Performance.”

Lisa Chaufty, recorder

Lisa began her musical studies as a flutist in Rhode Island and discovered early music and the recorder while an undergraduate at Wellesley College. After graduating with a degree in music and medieval/renaissance studies, Lisa studied musicology at the University of California, Berkeley. Praised for her "remarkably vibrant" playing, Lisa has performed as a soloist and with groups such as the University of Utah Singers, the Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, as well as with Utopia Early Music. Lisa has played for masterclasses with the Dutch recordists Marion Verbruggen, and Saskia Coolen, with whom she currently studies. By day Lisa manages the university's digital repository, USpace, at the Marriott Library.

Clara Hurtado Lee, soprano

Critics have acclaimed Clara Hurtado Lee as vocally stunning.” And her singing as “ fluid, lyrical and emotionally charged.” She has sung opera roles with Utah Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Light Opera, and Utah

and Idaho Performing Arts Company.  Clara recently returned from Italy where she performed the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at La Musica Lirica. 

 She is a frequent concert soloist, having performed with the Utah Symphony, Salt Lake Choral Artists, The America West Symphony, and The Oquirrh Mountain Symphony.  Clara earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. 

 In addition, Clara is an active recitalist, private voice teacher and mother of three beautiful children.