Performers

Emily Nelson, soprano (founding member)

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 nine 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 at The University of Utah and Westminster College.

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.”


Bronwen Beecher, fiddle

A violinist since the age of seven, Bronwen went to Loyola University, New Orleans on scholarship studying music therapy and violin performance. Though the classical music program was rigorous, she was enchanted in her off hours to experience the panoply of musical styles which surrounded her in New Orleans. She found herself playing in a Goth band, jamming with Irish musicians in a favorite pub when “Lord of the Dance,” came through town, and, with platinum blond hair and green fingernails, was noticeably the only white singer in the Loyola U. gospel choir. In the years to follow she focused less on her classical roots, preferring instead to learn more and more about the seemingly vastly different styles of music, in some cases pioneering ways a violin could fit into each genre. From her history of award-winning classical violinist to purple-haired fiddling street performer, Bronwen now understands much more than how to play an instrument. She understands music at its’ root. It is this understanding that makes every kind of music and instrument graspable... simple. Like the outlines in a fine sketch, it all becomes different accents to the white, silent space. For the past decade Bronwen has played professionally in classical, rock, Celtic, bluegrass, folk, and alternative ensembles in clubs, cafes, festivals, recording studios, and on tour locally and nationally.






Loren Carle, harpsichord
Accomplished harpsichordist and organist Loren Carle recently moved to Salt Lake from Canada, where 
he served as titular organist at St. Matthias' Anglican Church in Westmont (Montréal), Quebec. He is a graduate of Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Organ Performance. He received his Master of Music in Harpsichord Performance from McGill University, Montreal, where he studied harpsichord and organ. Loren brings to his performance as both a concert and a church musician a love of diversity—from the earliest sources of liturgical chant through the masters of the sixteenth century, to the best offerings of today’s composers and Christian hymnody from around the world. In addition to recitals in eastern Canada, California, and Melbourne, Australia, Loren has been contributing to the Utah early music scene since 2015, most recently as cofounder of Great Basin Baroque.




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 the Assistant Lecturer of Cello and the Director of the Preparatory String Program at Idaho State University where she is also the principal cellist in the Idaho State Civic Symphony and member of the Monarch Trio. In addition to teaching, Cox is a passionate orchestral and chamber musician, and has appeared with groups such as Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, Sinfonia Salt Lake, on the University of Utah Sundays@7 series, and at the Grand Teton Music Festival. At home on both modern and baroque cello, she has performed nationally and internationally with such groups as Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, American Baroque Orchestra, and Utopia Early Music. As a proponent of new music, Ms. Cox has worked with composers such as John Harbison, David Ludwig, and Stephen Dembski, whose Suite for Solo Cello she premiered. Having recently become a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Ms. Cox is pursuing research using the system with musicians, work which was published in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis: Contemporary Applications, by Colleen Wahl. Ms. Cox holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. Her primary teachers include Irene Sharp, Helga Winold, Emilio Colón, and Uri Vardi.


Rotem Gilbert, recorder and double reeds

Recorder and double reed player Rotem Gilbert is a native of Haifa, Israel and a founding member of Ciaramella, an ensemble specializing in music of the 15th and 16th centuries. Ciaramella has performed throughout the United States, in Belgium, Germany, and Israel, and released a CD on the Naxos Label, and two recordings with Yarlung Records. Their recent CD Dances on Movable Ground has earned 5 stars by the British magazine Early Music Today and was picked the Editor's Choice, lauded for its "expressive fluidity and rhythmic vitality". She was a member of Piffaro (1996-2007), and has appeared with many early music ensembles in the United States and in Europe. Rotem has been featured as a soloist for the Pittsburgh Opera, the LA Opera, Musica Angelica and the LA Phil. After studies on recorder at Mannes College of Music in New York with Nina Stern, she earned her solo diploma from the Scuola Civica di Musica of Milan where she studied with Pedro Memelsdorff. She earned her doctorate in Early Music performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. She has recently been promoted to associate professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches Baroque and Renaissance performance practice courses and is an instructor of early music winds. Rotem received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at USC and together with Adam Gilbert is the joint recipient of Early Music America’s 2014 Thomas Binkley Award for “outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble.” She has been a regular faculty member of early music workshops and is the co-director of SFEMS Recorder Workshop in the Bay Area. Rotem can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana, Dorian, Naxos and Yarlung labels.


Therese Honey, Gothic and Celtic harp

Childhood fascination with the harp blossomed into an exciting and successful career as a professional harpist and recording artist for this Houston native. Therese researches and performs Celtic, Medieval and Renaissance music on various harps in her collection of a dozen instruments. Honey’s unique specialization keeps her in demand for lectures, concerts and festival engagements across the United States. She has an active studio in Houston. Therese has performed with the Chieftains, and at the 20th Annual Carolan Festival in Keadue, Co. Roscommon. In addition to presenting concerts and workshops across the United States and Canada, she has been a frequent performer at the North Texas Irish Festival and is a two time first-place winner of the Gulf Coast Celtic Harp Competition. Ms. Honey has released four solo recordings and has published several books of arrangements of Celtic and Early Music for Celtic harp. She performs & records with the Texas Early Music Project & Istanpitta, and Wyndnwyre.



Megan Lee, mezzo-soprano

Megan is a performer, teacher, and vocal coach native to Salt Lake. She received her Vocal Performance degree from the University of Utah in the Spring of 2013. Her exposure to Art Music and Early Music began in 2000 as she attended the Madeleine Choir School, performed with the choir at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, and developed her musical training. She has been a featured soloist and cantor for many liturgical services within the Salt Lake Valley, and performed operatic and musical theater roles while at the University of Utah. This is her fourth year performing with Utopia Early Music. Megan teaches private voice and music theory, and has instructed and coached students with Granger School of Music, J.E. Cosgriff, the Madeleine Choir School, and Music Garage. Megan teaches out of her home studio in Sugarhouse in addition to developing online voice curriculum for Educational Advantage School of Music in Park City. Megan is currently pursuing a degree in Communication Science Disorders to further expand her understanding of vocal function and expression.




Ricky Parkinson (bass) brings his vocal talents to a wide variety of styles. In addition to singing classical and sacred music, he regularly performs in musical theater productions and appeared in the Dark Horse Company Theatre production of Ring of Fire, performing the works of Johnny Cash, and Forever Plaid at the Hale Center Theatre, and Crazy for You at CentrePoint Legacy Theatre. Among his accomplishments are appearances with the comedy a cappella group Moosebutter and international recognition in the BYU a cappella group Vocal Point. Rounding out his credentials as a Renaissance man, he holds a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Utah and works for Architectural Nexus.