Cantata Choir

MaryRuth Lown

MaryRuth Lown, soprano, holds degrees from Winthrop University…

Patrick Muehleise

Praised for his “real musicality and finely executed coloratura,”…

Adam Hunter

Adam Hunter has been singing in choirs for 15 years, including…

James R. Jones

James R. “Jimmy” Jones has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician,…

Elizabeth Eschen

Mezzo-soprano and voice pedagogue Elizabeth Eschen recently returned…

Michael H. Trammell

A Charlotte native, Michael H. Trammell is a highly sought after tenor…

Bryon Grohman

Tenor Bryon Grohman has received international recognition for his…

Charles Wesley Evans

“An elegant, mellifluous and expressive baritone” (New York Times),…

Sarah Towner

Ms. Sarah Towner recently graduated from Wingate University where she…

Peter Leo

Forever a chorister, having sung professionally in Chicago and Los…

Jason Steigerwalt

Jason Steigerwalt is an American baritone with an active career in…

Rebecca Saunders

After earning her BA degree in Voice from Salem College, Rebecca…

Emily Shusdock

A full-time singer and music teacher, Emily Shusdock directs the…

Virginia Herrick

Virginia Herrick, soprano, is the Director of Children’s Music at…

Jay Carter

Jay Carter has gained recognition as one of the nation’s finest…

Sarah Yanovitch

Recognized by The Boston Globe as “a name to keep an eye on”, soprano…

Christopher Gilliam

Christopher Gilliam is director of choral activities at Davidson…

Sara Terrell

Sara Terrell received her Bachelor of Music in composition from…

Edmund Milly

Edmund Milly brings “perfect diction” (Los Angeles Times) and…

Colin Burns

Colin Burns currently serves as the Director of Music for St. Alban’s…

Charles Humphries

Countertenor

Charles Humphries’s vocal career began in the United Kingdom as a seven-year-old chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, and since those days, music has taken him to all parts of the globe. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, he was honored with the letters ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music) for his services to music. Known for his intelligent interpretations of baroque and renaissance music, he has been one of the most sought-after countertenors worldwide for the past twenty-five years.

Throughout that time, his career has paired him with a number of distinguished conductors and directors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Rinaldo Allessandrini, Nicholas McGegan, James O’Donnell, Trevor Pinnock, and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. As a consort singer and soloist, he has made over forty recordings. Highlights of those recordings include groups such as the Gabrieli Consort, The King's Consort, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert. He was also a major contributor to the Bach cantata pilgrimage through the millennium year with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, both as a soloist and consort member. Charles continues to reside in the U.S., where his career continues to flourish, appearing on the east coast and beyond. Performance highlights recently have included programmes of Handel Arias and Duets, Vivaldi cantatas, John Dowland Lute songs, a selection of cantatas of J.S. Bach, the St. John Passion, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and songs of Henry Purcell. His solo disc of solo cantatas by J.S. Bach continue to receive rave reviews with Kontrabande (Humphries’ own ensemble), worldwide.

Most recent engagements have included works of Bach, Couperin, and Buxtehude, to name a few. He made his debut earlier this year with the City Choir of Washington under Robert Shafer, singing the title role of Solomon in Handel’s Oratorio. Future engagements throughout the 2017/18 season include the role of Evangelist in Telemann’s St. John Passion in Boston, Bach motets and cantatas for the Raleigh Bach consort, “O Sacred Oracles” a program of excerpts from four of Handel’s biblical oratorios, in Virginia, and further performances of Bach cantatas in Baltimore—including the solo cantata 54. He is in high demand as a vocal coach, teacher, and mentor nationwide. In addition to running his successful private studio, Humphries has been recently appointed Director of Music at Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester Virginia.

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