Guest Artists and Faculty Performers

Rebecca Myers

Rebecca MyersRebecca Myers, soprano, is a celebrated performing and recording artist who specializes in a comprehensive variety of repertoire including early, contemporary and chamber music. Recent seasons have included solo engagements with Seraphic Fire, Tempesta di Mare, TENET vocal artists, Lyric Fest, Opera Philadelphia, Apollo’s Fire, and Philadelphia’s Bach @ 7 series. A highly sought after recital artist, Myers has been featured in art song recitals with pianists Laura Ward and composer/pianist Benjamin C.S. Boyle. Acclaimed for her work in new music, Myers is a core member of The Crossing, the two time Grammy award-winning ensemble dedicated entirely to new music. She has premiered works by the top living composers around the world, and she was a soloist on the 2016 Grammy award-nominated "Bonhoeffer," released by The Crossing. She is also a founding member of the cutting edge vocal sextet Variant 6.


Kerry Ginger

Kerry GingerKerry Ginger, mezzo soprano, is active nationally as a performer, voice pedagogue, clinician and scholar. Currently assistant professor of voice at The University of the South, she earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Master of Music in Opera Performance at Arizona State University. Ginger has appeared as a soloist with Music in the Mountains, The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Phoenix Opera, Quintessence, and Southwest Arts. An avid ensemble artist, she performs regularly with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Oregon Bach Festival, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and Kinnara, and has also sung with Brevitas, Spire, sounding light, Helios, and the Phoenix Chorale. She appears on Grammy Award-winning recordings by the Phoenix Chorale and True Concord for the Naxos/Chandos and Reference labels, as well as albums with Brevitas and Coro. She maintains an active portfolio of recitals and vocal music research, and heads a professional vocal quartet, Element. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ginger now lives in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee.


John Buffett

John BuffettJohn Buffett, baritone, enjoys a versatile career singing on the concert stage, in the opera house, and as a professional ensemble singer. He has sung with the Utah, San Antonio, Winston-Salem, Syracuse, and Pacific Symphonies, as well as with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Pacific Chorale, the Los Angeles and Rochester Philharmon-ics, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Buffett has also been a featured performer with many of the nation’s leading early music ensembles, including Apollo’s Fire, Ars Lyri-ca, the Charlotte Bach Festival, Bach Collegium San Diego, San Diego Baroque Solo-ists, Con Gioia, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival. He has performed numerous opera roles with Utah Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Mem-phis, Utah Festival Opera, San Diego Baroque, Mercury Opera, and The Ohio Light Opera. He is also an accomplished chamber musician. He regularly performs with some of America’s best choral ensembles, including Seraphic Fire, the Santa Fe De-sert Chorale, True Concord, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Recent engagements include both Bach passions, Bach’s “B Minor Mass”; “Easter Or-atorio”; “Magnificat”; Cantatas 32, 75, 153, 140, and 158; Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610”; the Mozart, Brahms and Fauré Requiems; Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs”; and Handel’s “Messiah.” Buffett’s wide ranging roles on the opera stage in-clude Dandini in “La Cenerentola,” Belcore in “L’elisir d’amore,” Adonis in “Venus and Adonis,” Uberto in “La Serva Padrona,” Marullo in “Rigoletto,” Wagner in “Faust,” Go-laud in “Pelleas é Mellisande,” and Figaro in “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Buffett’s solo appearances at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festi-val and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center highlight other important perfor-mances. He is on the voice faculty at CSU Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music.


Andrew McIntosh

Andrew McIntosh Andrew McIntosh is a violinist, violist and composer. He performs regularly on period instruments with Tesserae, Musica Angelica, and Bach Collegium San Diego. He has served as guest concertmaster for baroque operas with LA Opera and Opera UCLA, and has also performed with the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Musica Pacifica, and the American Bach Soloists. He is a frequent recitalist, performing with historical keyboardist Ian Pritchard and fortepianist Steven Vanhauwaert. He has been featured performing solo Bach at the San Francisco Symphony's SoundBox series.

McIntosh's compositions have been played at venues across Europe and the U.S., and he has received commissions from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry Opera Company, Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, Bludenzer Tage Zeitgemäßer Musik, and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet. He is based in the Los Angeles area and currently serves on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts teaching violin, viola, composition, chamber music, and historical performance practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leif Thomas Woodward

Leif WoodwardLeif Thomas Woodward, cello, is an alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music where he was granted the Colburn Foundation Scholarship for studies in Early Music Performance and graduated Pi Kappa Lambda. In addition to holding a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, he also holds a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Woodward works with groups such as Tesserae, Los Angeles Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Choral, Pacific Choral, Long Beach Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Angeles Consort. He has appeared at the Carmel Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Corona Del Mar Baroque Music Festival, and on the chamber music series at the John Paul Getty Museum, Norton Simon Museum, “Sundays Live” at LACMA, Les Salons de Musiques, Redlands Chamber Music Society, Musica Angelica Chamber Music Series, and at Centrum’s Chamber Music Series in Port Townsend, Washington. In addition, he is an active soloist and section player in the Los Angeles studio-recording industry. He has worked on film, television, and video game soundtracks for composers John Williams, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, Christian Linke, Sebastien Najand, Alex Temple, Austin Wintory, and Tom Holkenborg. Woodward thoroughly enjoys working with young musicians. He is the instructor of violoncello performance and chamber music at Mount Saint Mary’s University and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, University of California Riverside, and the Colburn School of Music. He is also on faculty for orchestral and chamber music studies at Orange County School of the Arts and Poly Technic High School in Long Beach. He coaches the All Southern California High School Honor Orchestra, Orange County Youth Symphony, and adjudicates for competitions such as the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards, MTAC State Finals and Regionals, CMEA, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival. Recently, his former private cello student was appointed principal cellist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.


Heesun Choi

Leif WoodwardHeesun Choi, violin, earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University in Korea. She completed her studies with Diplom from Duesseldorf Robert Schumann Musikhochschule and with Konzert Examen from Essen Folkwang Musikhochschule in Germany. Choi served as a principal violinist at Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea where she has done a lot of performing including for the G. Mahler symphony series and A. Bruckner symphony series. Choi is also a co-founder of the Bach Solisten Seoul Baroque Orchestra in Korea where she performed and recorded as a concertmaster. In 2016 she moved to Southern California with her family and continues to play with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, directed by Martin Haselboeck.


John Lenti

John LentiJohn Lenti, described by the Seattle Times as "a joy to behold" regularly plays lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar with numerous of orchestras, choirs, and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. While orchestral work as an accompanist and concerto soloist comprises most of his career, chamber music is his primary interest and he enjoys touring with his groups Wayward Sisters, the I-90 Collective, and Ostraka. He also appears as a guest with many other notable ensembles. He often plays for early music concert series and at festivals. His recording credits include several well-received albums with some of the aforementioned groups, and his liner notes, program notes, and lectures have drawn praise. While his time is spent doing a great many things on a great many historical plucked instruments and teaching a bit, his most intense musical love is the English golden-age lute song repertoire, and his sincere desire is to become the Gerald Moore of the lute (currently accepting applications for a quiet Fischer-Dieskau with no vibrato), once that becomes remunerative. His repertoire extends from the early 16th century to the present day, but other than something really neat like an electric theorbo concerto, his commitment to the music of our own time is negligible if not actually averse. A native of South Carolina, Lenti attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and Indiana University, and he studied lute with Jacob Heringman, Elizabeth Kenny, and Nigel North, also receiving valuable guidance from Pat O'Brien, Walter Gray, and Ricardo Cobo.


Ian Pritchard

Ian PritchardIan Pritchard, harpsichordist, organist, and musicologist, is a specialist in early music and historical keyboard practices. As a continuo player he has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Florilegium, with which he has toured in Europe and in South America. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Elizabeth Wallfisch and Rachel Podger, and has performed under Christopher Hogwood, Christophe Rousset, Emanuelle Haïm, Nicholas McGeegan, and Laurence Cummings. Pritchard has won prizes in the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, London (first prize), the P. Bernardi Competition in Bologna, and in the Bruges Competition. Pritchrd began playing the harpsichord at the age of 13, beginning studies in his native Los Angeles with Susanne Shapiro. Earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio, in 1999 (where he studied with Lisa Goode Crawford), he moved to Europe in 2000. From 2000-02 he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London (where he studied with John Toll, Laurence Cummings, and James Johnstone), earning the prestigious DipRam award. In 2003-04 Pritchard was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, where he studied with Liuwe Tamminga and Andrea Marcon, and conducted research on early Italian keyboard music. In 2018, Pritchard earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Southern California. As a musicologist, his interests include keyboard music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, improvisation, notation, compositional process, and performance practice. He is currently a full-time faculty member at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, and in 2015 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


Alex Opsahl

Alex OpsahlAlex Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music, and cornetto with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. While still a student, she received first prize in the 2003 Moeck Solo Recorder competition, the 2001 and 2003 RAM Early Music Prize, and the 2003 Hilda Anderson Dean Award.

Opsahl has performed with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Emmanuele Haim, Boston Early Music Festival, I Fagiolini, Capella Barocca di Mexico, Carmel Bach Festival, Piffaro, Apollo's Fire, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Green Mountain Project. Opsahl performed in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Altenmusik in 2017, and filmed L’Incoronazione di Poppea with both Oslo Opera and Glyndebourne Opera. She recorded Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Minor, RV 441, with the Norwegian period orchestra Barokkanerne, and recently recorded the JD Berlin cornetto concerto with the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. She is a founding member of both Tesserae and Dark Horse Consort.


Paul Woodring

Paul WoodringPaul Woodring specialized in organ performance at Cal State Northridge, studying under Sam Swartz and David Britton. He then studied organ and harpsichord in Vienna under Otto Bruckner and Elfriede Stadlmann. As an accompanist, Woodring has worked with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Los Angeles Opera Company among other well-known ensembles. Locally, he has worked with Opera San Luis Obispo, Festival Mozaic, Central Coast Children’s Choir, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, Tolosa Strings and several musical theater organizations. He is currently staff accompanist, coach and university organist at Cal Poly. He is music director for Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church and San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.