Toccata's Soloists & Guest Artists

MICHAEL ANGELUCCI, American pianist has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across the continental United States. He has appeared in major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Baltimore, and New York, and has been featured in important venues such as Northrop Auditorium and Carnegie-Weill Hall. Under the auspices of Foundation La Gesse, Mr. Angelucci made his European debut in France, performing solo and chamber recitals at the historic Bemberg Museum in Toulouse and Auditorium de la Salle du Dome in Carcassone. His frequent appearances on the Baltimore-Washington circuit include Tuesday’s at Old St. Paul’s, Baltimore Theatre Project, Germano’s Live, and the Barn Theater at CCBC, as well as regular performances on the Peabody Road Scholar series. His dynamic playing has garnered an impressive array of awards. A prizewinner in the California International Young Artist and Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competitions, Mr. Angelucci holds top prizes in numerous state and regional competitions including Mu Phi Epsilon, San Jose Music Club, Santa Clara Piano Festival, and the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, among others. Additionally, he is the recipient of artistic awards including the Lydia and Richard Gillespie Scholarship, the Helen McGraw Chambers Endowed Scholarship Fund, a Foundation La Gesse Fellowship, and a Peabody Career Development Grant. A native of Minnesota, Mr. Angelucci earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, where he teaches keyboard skills, piano minors, and coordinates the class piano program. For his service and dedication, Mr. Angelucci was named a Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the School of Music.

Arrigotti, Maria – lyric coloratura soprano: Maria is a Carson City native, has recently been seen performing such roles as Magnolia in scenes from Showboat (Tahoe Arts Company), Julie in Carousel (Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company (WNMTC)), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Sierra Lyric Opera Studio), Maria in West Side Story (WNMTC), Marian in The Music Man (WNMTC), Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera (Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute), Sophie in scenes from Der Rosenkavalier (Oberlin at Casalmaggiore, Italy), Vallencienne in The Merry Widow (University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)), and Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (WNMTC and Valhalla Players). In 2000, Maria placed third in the nation in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Voice Competition. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts (high distinction) in both Music and Math, and in 2004 with a Master of Science in Math. Maria is now a full-time math instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College.

Axton, Donna – alto and piano: Donna grew up in upstate New York. She received music and math degrees from Allegheny College, and a Masters in piano from UNR, where she studied with James Wynn. She spent 14 years touring with Hoyt Axton's Country-Western, Boogie-Woogie, Gospel, Rock and Roll Band all over this country and Europe. She is currently a professor at Sierra Nevada College. Additionally she has directed scores of musical theater productions, accompanied the Nevada Opera Chorus and the Sierra Nevada Chorale, and currently directs and conducts the SNC Concert Choir and the St. Patrick's Church Choir. In 2003, she and Chip Meyrelles co-wrote a modern cantata, Paradise Lost, which has been performed in Incline Village, Carson City, and New York City. She also plays with TOCCATA winds and plays and records with her trio, "Out of the Blue", and her son Matthew's band, Hoyt's Revenge.

Brock, David – organ: David began his musical training at age 8. His professional career started at age 11, as a cathedral chorister at Washington National Cathedral. His early teachers were Anthony Furnivall, Shirley and Norman Scribner, and Richard Roeckelein. At Swarthmore College, he studied with Robert Smart (organ and accompanying), and Gerald Levinson (composition). From 2001-2007 David served as Director of Music and Organist at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Incline Village, Nevada. In 2004, David was awarded an Associate Certificate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). He continues his organ studies with Dr. Roger Nyquist. Brock maintains an active organ recital schedule throughout the United States. He also performs as pianist with TRIO BRIO, and serves as organist, and continuo accompanist for TOCCATA.

Stuart Duke

Duke, Stuart Alan – baritone: Stuart earned his B.S. in Music Education at the University of Vermont in 1976, with a specialty in voice. He made his European debut in 1994 as a soloist at the Pitten International Music Festival, in Austria and toured New England, under the direction of Robert DeCormier, performing the role of The Loudspeaker, in Viktor Ullmann’s Holocaus Opera, The Emperor of Atlantis. He was a founding member and soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He graduated from UNR in 2001 with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. His appearances in local performances include King Melchoir in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Alphonso in Cosi fan tutti, Baron Zeta in La Traviata, Reverend Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, and Mr. Gobenot in Menotti’s The Medium. His appearances with Nevada Opera include Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, the Imperial Commissary and Yamadori in Madame Butterfly. Stuart is a founding member of TOCCATA.

ALEXANDER AISENBERG, violin, belongs to the famous Russian Violin School, which has produced a great number of extraordinary masters of this instrument. He began his studies in Odessa with his grandfather Michael Greenberg and then continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory. While in Moscow Alex won numerous Soviet competitions. Later he studied at Hochschule fur Music, Vienna. Alex has performed with orchestras and symphonies worldwide. After leaving the Soviet Union, Alex won the First Prize and a Gold medal in the Michelangelo Abbado Violin Competition in Sondrio, Italy, along with the Paolo Borciani special prize for chamber music. He is also a winner of Concorso Internationale Rameu in France. As a soloist, conductor and chamber musician, Alex has performed in Europe, South and North Americas with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Soloists, Moscow Symphony, Odessa Philharmonic, Belgrade Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra. Alex Eisenberg enters his 7th season as a Music Director of Capriccio Chamber Orchestra. His previous engagements included a guest conducting of West Coast Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Intenazionale D’Italia, Vorarlberg Kammerorchester among others.

Paulson, Daniel – tenor, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters in Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. His recent roles include the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Obadiah in Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Evangelist in Schütz's Passion and the Dragon in John Rutter's The Reluctant Dragon. Other solo works include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Handel's Messiah & Chandos Anthems, Schubert Lieder, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Bach Cantatas, as well as a local premiere of John Adams' The Wound-Dresser. Besides a soloist, Mr. Paulson is an accomplished composer and conductor. He is known for his adventurous concerts and has been hailed as an "astute programmer" and a conductor who can "coax urbane performance from his singers." Currently he works in the Music Department at American River College, is Director of Music Ministry at Dixon United Methodist Church, is a Resident Artists with the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and serves as Founder & Music Director for the internationally recognized women's vocal ensemble, Vox Musica.

Strotz, Joy – soprano, recently starred as Emma in Nevada Civic Light Opera’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, and as The Diva in NVCLO’s concert production of Phantom of the Opera. She has also appeared as Countess Ceprano in Nevada Opera’s Rigoletto, and “Kate Pinkerton” in Piper Opera House’s Madama Butterfly. She has also appeared as a guest artist for the Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival, Sierra Nevada College Summer Artist Series, and Red, White & Tahoe Blue. She is a member of the Nevada Opera’s madrigal group, Il Nome. Joy is a regularly featured soloist with TOCCATA as well as many other regional performance art groups. Her commercial and portrait work can be seen at strotzphotography.com.

FORMER SOLOISTS

Lord, Mark – trumpet: Mark was born in Neptune New Jersey and began his trumpet lessons at age 8. He later studied with Robert Nagel, founder of the New York Brass Quintet, at the Hartt College of Music. Mark has also had the good fortune of studying the baroque repretoire with Lee Weisert, a specialist in that style, and with Robert Heinrich, who performed for many years in New York City with chamber orchestras and shows. Mark performed as first trumpet with the Taipei Symphony in Taiwan for several years, and since moving to Reno over 20 years ago has been active as a free-lance player in the Reno Tahoe area. He has performed with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic and Opera Orchestras and in most of the major showrooms in the area. He currently performs often as a recitalist with his wife, composer/pianist Jacklynn Lord, and their daughter, soprano Michelle Norris.

Macary, Brune – violin: A native of Paris, France, Brune Macary has been studying music in the United States since 2006 upon graduation from the Conservatoire de Lyon. She began studying the violin at the age of six, and has been performing in orchestras and chamber music since the age of 12. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin in 2010. During the summer of 2009, she volunteered to teach music to young students in Leogane, Haiti, where she also performed chamber music and solo concerts. Brune is currently a graduate teaching assistant and member of the Nightingale String Quartet as she pursues her Master’s degree with violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Winner of the 2011 UNR Concerto Competition, she will solo with the orchestra in Glazunov Concerto on February 24, 2011.

Moore, Melody – soprano: Powerhouse Soprano Melody Moore has been featured in numerous regional, summer stock and New York City productions. Recent starring roles: Queenie in The Wild Party at Kalliope Stage in Cleveland, Ohio; Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio. Melody co-wrote and created the cabaret Wild Women's Blues, performed to rave reviews in NYC. A native of Southern Illinois she earned a degree in musical theatre from SIUC and is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Currently Melody is a student of Craig Carnelia (Tony award winning composer of Sweet Smell of Success, and Working), and is in production for the pilot of Liberty and Carlton. She is featured on the New York cast recordings for Superhero Celebrity Rehab and Repo: The Genetic Opera, which is now a major motion picture. She can also be seen in The Pink Panther, The Sopranos, Dave Chapelle Show, and Life on Mars. This fall Melody will be starring as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Beck Center. Melody Moore has performed in numerous workshops and readings in NYC, Off Broadway and Off-Off, touring productions, cruise ships and regional theatres.

Roznitovsky, Marina – harp: Marina currently teaches harp at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College. She is the principal harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Susanville Symphony and the Nevada Opera. She is often a featured soloist and a number of her performances have been broadcast on National Israeli and US television and radio. She also performed under the baton of Mr. Daniel Barenboim during a worldwide tour with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Marina earned her BM, MM and PD in harp performance and pedagogy at Indiana University, under the tutelage of Distinguished Professor, Susann McDonald. As a graduate student one of her most significant achievements was winning the first prize in the music category of the 2006 National Society of Arts and Letters competition in Bloomington, IN. Marina was a recipient of the American Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship award four consecutive times. She also received multiple scholarship awards from the Dunie Weitzman Conservatory, Indiana University, Barenboim-Said Foundation and the Bureau of Jewish Education. Marina was born in Ukraine, and immigrated to Israel with her mother when she was six years old. At the age of twelve she began studying harp under the instruction of Professor Olga Moitlis.

Siadat, Fahad – tenor and composer: Siadat is a San Francisco Bay Area performer/composer specializing in theatrical music for vocal ensembles. His work explores the differing sound possibilities of the voice, using both standard notation/singing as well as extended vocal techniques. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. He has performed and composed for a variety of ensembles, dance, and theater companies including the California EAR Unit, New Century Players, and the CalArts Singer's Collective, as well as public schools along the west coast. He has been a tenor soloist for TOCCATA since 2008 and a guest vocalist with PARTCH since 2009 for the Micro tonal music festival in Southern California. He currently serves as composer-in-residence for both TOCCATA and Warrior-Poet Theater Productions in Los Angeles.