Performers

Emily Nelson, soprano (founding member)

Emily Nelson's enjoyment of a wide variety of 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 five concert seasons and increasing popular success. Emily recently sang with the Ohio Light Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus, and as a braid-swinging Wagnerian soprano in Victor Herbert's Dream City and the Magic Knight.  Other recent roles include Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Oper im Park, St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria, Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, and the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte with Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble. Emily 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, studying with Julie Wright-Costa.






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. 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.



Geoffrey Friedley, tenor

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.







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