First in Flight
Charlotte Bach Festival
Florilegium at 400
February 12, 2022 Competition
Board & Staff
A “superb vocal soloist” (The Washington Post), tenor Steven Soph performs music spanning the medieval to modern day.
Paulina Francisco is a versatile scholar-performer specialized in early music.
Baritone John Buffett enjoys a versatile career spanning music by Monteverdi and Bach to Britten and Debussy.
Laura C. Atkinson
Recognized by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross for her “refined, restrained” singing, American mezzo-soprano Laura C. Atkinson has found a home on both the concert and opera stage in the United States and Europe.
A full-time singer and music teacher, Emily Shusdock directs the choirs at David W. Butler High School and the children’s choirs at Matthews United Methodist Church.
Originally from the Charlotte area, tenor Robert Jones has a varied vocal background ranging from renaissance and early classical music to modern choral style.
Characterized by The Dallas Morning News as a “counter-tenor full and fluent, glowing on top, dispensed with the loveliest legato,” Nicholas Garza has been hailed for intimate, engag-ing performances across the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “clear soprano” and “tasteful drama-tic interpretation”, soprano MaryRuth Lown has appeared throughout North America as a concert soloist and choral artist.
Margaret Carpenter Haigh
Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music.
Jason Steigerwalt is an American baritone with an active career in both Germany and the United States.
Hailed as an “impressive tenor” (The New York Times) who sings with “sweet vib-rancy” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Gene Stenger is one of the country’s most called upon Bach specialists who is also heralded for his performances of oratorios by Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.
Christopher Gilliam is director of choral activities at Davidson College, director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, director of Lake Norman Choral Artists, and director of music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Praised for her “crystalline tone and delicate passage-work” (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Arwen Myers is known as a captivating and sensitive interpreter of repertoire spanning from early to new music.