Carmina Burana Performers
Brittany Hebel - Soprano
BRITTANY HEBEL recently performed the role of Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles with Taconic Opera in New York. In Chicago, she was a winner of the American Opera Society, the Musician’s Club of Women, and the Kleinman Vocal Competitions; she performed with DuPage Opera Theatre in their production of Die Fledermaus; and she was slated to sing Maria in performances of West Side Story with the New Philharmonic Orchestra, which were cancelled due to Covid-19. In recent seasons, she was the soprano soloist with the Rochester Oratorio Society in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, and in recital for the Opera Guild of Rochester. Ms. Hebel was a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera where she covered the roles of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Queen of Shemakha (The Golden Cockerel), and Thilbault (Don Carlos), and was an Apprentice Artist with Teatro Nuovo Bel Canto Festival, where she studied the role of Ilia (Idomeneo) and performed scenes from Le nozze di Figaro. As a seasoned recitalist, Ms. Hebel has performed recitals in many cities across the country including most recently performing a recital of folk melodies at the famed Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Ms. Hebel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance with a minor in theatre from Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, NY, and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from DePaul University in Chicago. Ms. Hebel is slated to perform the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Theatre of Connecticut in December of 2022.
Logan Tanner - Countertenor
Tanner recently made company debuts with Opera Santa Barbara in the role of Athamas in Handel’s Semele, Gulfshore Opera as Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and Opera San José as the Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Tanner has garnered awards in numerous competitions, placing first in the Choralis Young Artist Competition, Ise-Shima International Singing Competition, New Opera Stars Vocal Competition, New York Classical Music Society International Competition, and the Vano Visioli International Opera Competition. He took third prize in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition and 5th in the Opera Tools International Competition, and has won the American Prize in Opera and the Pasadena Vocal Competition Special Encouragement Award. In addition, Tanner was granted honorable mention by the NOMEA International Competition and the Vienna New Year Concert International Competition.
Tanner’s concert repertoire spans a wide breadth of material, and he is known for bringing a flowing bel canto dimension to the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah, the Roasting Swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Brahms Viola Songs, and the treble solos in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, which he performed alongside Jamie Bernstein, author, and daughter of Leonard Bernstein. Tanner has also appeared in concert alongside renowned artists including Cynthia Phelps of the New York Philharmonic, and Martin Katz. Tanner will make several international debuts in the 2021 season including appearances in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, and Germany.
Tanner has been a Stern fellow at SongFest, and a Vocal Fellow at The Music Academy of the West, where he worked with famed mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. He has been engaged as soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Europa, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, New York Repertory Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Choralis, Chorus Austin, New York Chamber Choir, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, La Fiocco, the Arcadia Players, Monmouth Civic Chorus, the Westchester Oratorio Society, and the Sparkill Concert Series.
A native of Texas, Mr. Tanner started his musical studies as a tenor at Baylor University and went on to graduate studies at Westminster Choir College. There he studied with Christopher Arneson who encouraged him to become a countertenor. Mr. Tanner dove into the repertoire and found it a perfect match.
He entered the 2017 New York Classical Music Society International Competition and won it. “It was kind of mind-blowing,” he said. “I never looked back after that.
Marcus DeLoach - Baritone
Marcus DeLoach has been hailed by Anthony Tomassini of the New York Times as "a fine baritone who puts words across with clarity and naturalness." A leading performer of contemporary classical vocal music today, he has established himself in the areas of opera, concert, and crossover. He received critical acclaim in 2009 for his debut at Teatro Communale di Bolzano (Italy) as Jean in Philippe Boesmans’ Julie and was called “powerfully convincing” in his Opera Ireland (Dublin) debut as Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking. That same year he made his debut at
Seattle Opera as Schaunard in La bohème. Mr. DeLoach was a principal artist at the New York City Opera where he sang the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Satyr and Cithéron in Platée, Slim in Of Mice and Men,
Don Alvaro in Il viaggio a Reims, Schaunard in La bohème, and many others. He has also performed with Bard Summerscape Festival, PROTOTYPE, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des
Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, American Opera Projects, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and many others.
In concert he has performed Sciarrone and the Jailor in Tosca with Lorin Maazel and Ein Knecht in Hindemith's Sancta Susanna with Riccardo Muti and the New York Philharmonic. Under the baton of conductor Kristjan Järvi Mr. DeLoach has appeared as Maximillian in
Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra, Die Münchner Philharmoniker, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Musikfest Bremen.
In 1997, he was unanimously voted the first place winner of London's inaugural Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. In addition to concert appearances with many American symphonies and orchestras, he has also appeared regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Marilyn Horne Foundation. With a deep commitment to the creation and promotion of modern opera Mr. DeLoach has created principal roles in the world premieres of Spears' Fellow Travelers, Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves, Wiesman's/Hoiby's Darkling, Beeferman's The Rat Land, Drattell's Lilith and Marina: A Captive Spirit, and Paul Schoenfield's The Merchant and the Pauper. Mr. DeLoach has also recorded several CDs of modern operatic works for Naxos, including Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Scenes from Jewish Operas Vol. 2 with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony. Adding to his credits as a crossover artist, he joined the acclaimed rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their rock opera Christmas Eve and Other Stories in a tour which included Madison Square Garden and the Fleet Center, performing for an estimated audience of one quarter million.
Mr. DeLoach holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He attended The Britten-Pears School, New England Conservatory, and The Music Academy of the West. The Opera Index, Albanese-Puccini, Rosa Ponselle, Liederkranz and George London Foundations, Young Concert Artists International, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Metropolitan Opera National Council and The Gaddes Fund have all honored him for his outstanding achievements and artistry.
Fairfield Childrens Choir
Actual performers will vary
The Fairfield County Children's Choir (FCCC) is a community-based choral program made up of over three hundred children in grades four through twelve from communities in Connecticut's Fairfield County and beyond. The FCCC was founded in 1995 to provide children the opportunity to participate in a musical experience which is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. The FCCC program provides instruction in vocal technique, choral technique, music literacy and the appreciation of music through the practice and performance of great choral repertoire.
The FCCC has performed throughout New England (Boston, Cape Cod, Tanglewood, Burlington, Hartford) as well as in New York (Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Madison Square Garden & West Point), Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, Canada, England, Ireland, Austria and the Czech Republic. The group has shared the stage with such artists as Renee Fleming, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Augusta Read Thomas, Sam Waterston, Christopher Plummer, Tom Chapin, Ivan Rutherford, William Boughton, Henry Leck, Bob Chilcott, Maria Guinand, Jean Ashworth Bartle and Rob Hugh. The FCCC has performed with many groups, including the Fairfield County Chorale, the Connecticut Chamber Choir, the Fairfield University Glee Club, the Mendelssohn Choir of CT, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the American Classical Orchestra, the CT Grand Opera, the US Military Academy Band/West Point, the Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras and over one hundred children’s choirs from around the world at various concerts and festivals.
Community service events have included performances for the March of Dimes, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Fairfield & JCCS Holocaust Commemoration Ceremonies, Red Cross, Americares, Save The Children, Operation Hope, Catholic Charities, Malta House, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the Junior Women’s Club, The Pilot House, the Visiting Nurses Association, the Milford LINKS, the Bridgeport Women’s Shelter and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
The combined choirs of the FCCC celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the choir with a full-length concert at Carnegie Hall on May 21, 2022. The choir made a television commercial in the form of a ‘flash mob’ for Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, performed the National Anthem at a New York Knicks basketball game, and performed on America’s Got Talent, both taking place at Madison Square Garden. In 2018 the choir received two first place awards at the Golden Gate International Choral Festival in California.
JON NOYES is the Music Director & Founder of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir. He retired in 2021 after forty years as a public school music educator. He served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Fairfield University from 2002 - 2012. A Massachusetts native, Mr. Noyes received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He holds a fourth-year certificate from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute and is a Past President of the Southern New England Kodaly Educators. He has completed post-graduate studies with Doreen Rao, Leon Thurman, Edwin Gordon, Gabriella Thesz and Tibor Szabo.
The Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association named Mr. Noyes Choral Director of the Year for 1998. He has conducted all-state, regional and national festival choirs, including the 2011 National Children’s Choir for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators. He has presented in-service workshops throughout the United States and has published articles in local, state and regional journals. Under his direction, the Fairfield County Children’s Choir has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden and West Point, at Tanglewood, and in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, Hawaii, Arizona, Canada, England, Ireland, Austria and the Czech Republic.