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Praised by KC Metropolis for her “nuanced acting”, “fine dancing skills”, and "sublime singing", Ellen Hinkle is quickly establishing herself as a versatile artist and a young performer to watch. Ellen has performed with companies such as Winter Opera Saint Louis, Gateway Opera, Midwest Institute of Opera, and Opera Breve. In 2015 Ellen was featured in Marble City Opera’s rendition of La Femme Bohème where she fulfilled a life long dream of playing a man! Ellen is a self-proclaimed foodie and a lover of all beer, chocolate, and cheese. In her spare time she enjoys camping, cooking, DIY, and playing her N64! www.ellenhinklesoprano.com
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Isaiah Feken, baritone, hails from Tulsa Oklahoma where received his bachelors in music from the University of Tulsa, magna cum laude. He received his M.M. from The University of Georgia, where he is currently pursuing his DMA. Isaiah recently made his professional debut staring in Pittsburgh Festival Opera's production of Kiss Me Kate! Other roles include the title roles in Sweeney Todd, Don Giovanni, and Gianni Schicchi. Isaiah is an avid researcher and has two dogs, both of which are better looking, one of which is a better singer. www.IsaiahFeken.com
With over 20 roles in her performance repertoire, Samantha, soprano, delivers a rich and powerful sound in the opera, concert, & musical theatre genres. Highlights include portrayals as Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La bohème), Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Liat (South Pacific), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Tuptim (The King and I), & Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). When Samantha is not performing, she maintains her “Fit4Life” lifestyle as a Certified Scuba Diver, Muay Thai fighter, active softball player & swimmer, a huge yoga enthusiast, & an Executive Area Manager with Arbonne International where she is helping many to get healthy and wealthy. www.samanthageraciyee.com. www.samanthageraciyee.arbonne.com
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Kirsten is an active performer who’s been hailed as having a “beautiful operatic voice” with “fiery dark tones,” as well as being “infectiously vivacious” onstage. She has an extremely supportive husband, as well as two wonderful dogs that model for her knitting projects. Her favorite roles include Mimì, Rosalinde, Lisa (Pique Dame), Donna Elvira, and the Witch (Hansel & Gretel). She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut, and has recordings collected at the Library of Congress, the Merkel Area Museum, and NMAI at the Smithsonian Institution, where she is on the list of Classical Native Artists and Musicians. She enjoys creating roles in new operas with The Philadelphia Opera Collective every year. www.kirstenckunkle.com
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Soprano Phoebe Gildea has been praised for her vibrant voice, honest acting, and engaging stage presence. She's performed with companies including Eugene Opera, Cascadia Concert Opera, and the Astoria Music Festival, among others. In addition to opera, she's recently branched out to create her own solo concerts on themes such as art song by American composers, walking the line between opera and musical theater, and Halloween music, her favorite holiday. Off stage, Phoebe is passionate about reading, fitness for health and happiness, crocheting, and craft beer. She's thrilled to share Modern Singer with the world because singers need more resources and information about the music career. www.phoebegildea.com
Nadia Marshall completed her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at Florida State University. She has been dancing Argentine tango and boxing for 4 years. She is a lover of fitness and has participated in events such as Burpee 5k's. Besides fitness, Nadia also enjoys learning holistic approaches to healthy singing and life. She is a vegetarian who loves spicy food, an avid tea drinker, collector of scarves, loves learning new languages, traveling, yoga, and inspirational quotes. www.nadiamarshall.com
Carolyn enjoys performing opera and choral repertoire in the D.C. metro area and across the country. She has sung Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Messiah, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart's Exultate,jubilate, among other works. A lover of Puccini heroines; Carolyn has portrayed Magda (La Rondine) and Mimi (La Boheme) -- Tosca is on her wishlist! As a Spanish speaker, Carolyn also has an interest in opera from Latin America, and covered the title role in Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas with Emerald City Opera (2016). When not singing, she can be found reading, cooking, and enjoying the great outdoors. www.carolynfortesoprano.com
Sydney Roslin, a self-proclaimed music geek, joined the Modern Singer team in April of 2017. She is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University where she is pursuing a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Creative Writing. You can usually find her with a song stuck in her head and a story half-finished on her laptop. She is excited to write for and connect with the opera community!
Laura, soprano, has been a writer for Modern Singer since 2016. She originally hails from outside Albany, NY. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She is currently pursuing her Master's of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where she studies with Eric Rieger. She has most recently been seen as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Theatre of Montclair in Montclair, NJ and Gerhilde in scenes from Wagner's Die Walküre with Westminster Choir College's Opera Workshop. When Laura’s not on stage, enjoys traveling, reading, pizza, baking, checking out new memes, and laughing until her sides hurt.
Emily Gallagher, soprano, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance at Carnegie Mellon University with minors in French and Italian. Emily is one of the founders of Perfect Harmony, a music service and outreach organization that serves the Pittsburgh community and she is a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to performance, Emily is passionate about stage management and holds several professional credits with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She hopes her writing will inspire and encourage singers, and bring attention to new and unique opportunities for opera singers today.
Emily is a 25 year-old post-grad navigating the world of YAPs and temping. Emily is passionate about twist-off red wine, guacamole, and diving into the archives of blogs she stumbles across when she's killing time at her temp jobs. Emily is excited to have found a group of like-minded singers to share thoughts and inspiration with. In an über-competitive world, the Sexi Soprano community provides a much needed light-hearted, creative outlet.
Candice is a dramatic soprano and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. She recently moved to New York City where she is adjusting to big city life. Candice has been following Modern Singer for some time and is excited to contribute to the opera community. She is a fan of theology books, long walks in nature, coffee, cats, and Anthony Bourdain. Her favorite flavor of seltzer water is orange, and her favorite band is, and will always be, Bon Jovi.
Texas based singer, Cassie Kutev, has delved into the roles of Carmen, Cherubino, Third Lady, and Third Spirit. When she is not splitting hairs over every vowel sound in the practice room and performing, she is the referee of twin daughters. Cassie spends her free time being a fake chef on instagram, making memes, and writing for Modern Singer Magazine.
Atlanta soprano, Michelle Jarrell, lauded as having “the voice of a ballerina,” is an active concert and oratorio soloist recently engaged with orchestras from North Carolina to Florida. This fall of 2017, she looks forward to her Tennessee debut with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. Michelle earned her BA in Communications from the University of South Carolina, her BA and MM in Voice Performance from Converse College, and is a former Resident Artist of Opera Carolina. She is on the faculty of South Georgia State College and Savannah Technical Colleges. In her spare time enjoys running, sunning, and planning her next Island getaway. www.MichelleJarrell.com
Rachel Daly, soprano, frequently appears in fully staged and concert versions of operas throughout the Philadelphia, PA area. Her diverse resume also includes roles in theatre and film as well as directing, publicity, and costume department credits. She holds a B.A. in history from Penn State. When not on stage, Rachel enjoys taking road trips to cities and states she has never seen before. www.racheldalysoprano.com
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Soprano Heather McConnell is a dynamic young artist currently pursuing her Master of Music in Voice Performance at Temple University, having recently received her Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Gettysburg College. Heather’s latest opera credits include Dido & Aeneas (Dido) & The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). A versatile performer, Heather has also appeared in a wide variety of theatre, most recently How to Succeed… (Miss Jones), Into the Woods (Cinderella), a reading of In the Next Room… (Catherine Givings), & The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marguerite). In addition to performance, Heather’s strong background in academia has earned her the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award & a Mellon Summer Scholar Grant for her article, “And if any would meddle of my cause: Anne Boleyn, Music, & Sexism.”
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Belinda received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and both her Master's degree in Opera Performance and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Arizona State University. She has performed with the Arizona Opera, Repertory Opera Company, Celestial Opera Company, Lyric Opera Theatre at ASU, and Boston University Opera Institute. In addition to writing and editing for Modern Singer, she also has a handful of published writings focused on vocal technique. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs. www.belindapaige.com
Romanian-American soprano Esther Tonea has performed various concerts and recitals across the United States, Canada, and Europe, namely with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Opera Theatre, University of Georgia Opera Theatre, American Institute of Musical Studies, and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Esther combines her passions for travel, language learning, and music by participating in competitions and programs across the globe. In her spare time, Esther explores new baking recipes and obsesses over puppy pictures. She holds two undergraduate degrees in Cello and Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia and is currently working on her Masters in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. www.esthertonea.com
Bryan's approach to videography comes from a lifelong love affair with storytelling. His professional experience grew out of his own performance career playing piano and singing in pop and rock bands as well as opera companies. He has produced and filmed award winning short films, documentaries, music videos, artist bios, orchestra concerts, dance recitals, political protests, lectures, and taught student film production classes. www.bryandahl.wix.com/portfolio
Rachael is a mezzo-soprano and graphic designer based out of Kansas City. She loves to help her fellow singers improve their audition portfolios, offering services from resume editing to headshot retouching to website design. She is currently on roster with several professional choral groups across the country, and maintains an active opera presence, most recently performing as Nancy in ALBERT HERRING with Opera Breve in Wichita Falls, TX, and as the title role in LA CENERENTOLA with the Midwest Institute of Opera in Bloomington, IL. For more information, please visit www.rachaelcolmandesigns.com and www.rachaelcolman.com.
Jenny is known as "a singer with something to say". As an active performer, budding entrepreneur, and Beachbody Coach, she has found balance with her love for performing, her zest for health and fitness, and her drive to help others. Sexi Soprano was born out of her passion for guiding young singers and to give them the support they need to feel confident and successful. Jenny is also the founder and CEO of Beauregard Arts Media, a company geared towards public relations and career consultation. Jenny loves to meet new people, read, work out, watch her favorite tv show "Friends" and hang out with her dog Chandler. She is inspired every day by the creative team and is continually looking forward to the future of the magazine.