Cantata Choir

Kelsey Harrison

Mezzo-soprano Kelsey Harrison is a native Charlottean and holds…

Christopher Gilliam

Christopher Gilliam is director of choral activities at Davidson…

Sarah Towner

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

Sara Terrell

Sara Terrell received her Bachelor of Music in composition from…

Jessica Garthe

Jessica Garthe, soprano, currently is a full-time music teacher at…

Sarah Yanovitch

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

Megan Jones

Megan Jones, mezzo-soprano, lives in Charlotte and is part of the…

Adam Hunter

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

Michael H. Trammell

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

Edmund Milly

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

Charles Wesley Evans

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

MaryRuth Lown

MaryRuth Lown, soprano, holds degrees from Winthrop University…

Margaret Carpenter Haigh

Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire…

Rebecca Saunders

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

Steven Soph

A “superb vocal soloist” (The Washington Post), tenor Steven Soph…

Peter Leo

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

Emily Shusdock

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

Patrick Muehleise

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

Jay Carter

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

Charles Humphries

Charles Humphries’ vocal career began in the United Kingdom as a…

Margaret Carpenter Haigh

Soprano

Hailed for her “clear, bright tone” (Cleveland Classical) and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a versatile artist, with repertoire ranging from mediaeval to contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist with groups including the Portland Symphony (ME), Winston-Salem Symphony, Oxford Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Piedmont Baroque Consortium. Alongside her husband, organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh, Margaret is co-founder of L’Académie du Roi Soleil, an ensemble specializing in French music from the time of Louis XIV and with which she has performed in venues including York Minster; New College Chapel, Oxford; and Clare College Chapel, Cambridge.

In the 2017-2018 season, engagements include solo débuts with the Memphis Symphony and the Newberry Consort, numerous Bach cantatas with the Raleigh Bach Soloists, appearances with Wyoming Baroque and Handel + Haydn Society, and the release of an album of seventeenth-century German chamber music with Ensemble Vermillian. Recent engagements of note including singing and narrating David Del Tredici’s An Alice Symphony with Robert Moody and the Portland Symphony, singing alongside Mark Padmore as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in the Aldeburgh Festival, and performing at the Oregon Bach Festival. Touring engagements have taken her to Israel, Germany, and France under the baton of Timothy Brown, and she has been featured as a soloist in the Easter at King’s Concert Series in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

Margaret holds the D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve University; the M.Mus from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and the B.M. in voice and B.A. in organ from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Scholarship includes work on physical gesture in the madrigal repertoire of the Ferrarese concerto delle donne and work on florid ornamentation practice in the airs sérieux of seventeenth-century composer Bertrand “Bénigne” de Bacilly.

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