Fuma Sacra

Laura Heimes, soprano, is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew Lawrence King, Julianne Baird, Tempeste di Mare, The King’s Noyse, Paul O’Dette, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, The New York Collegium, The Publick Musick, Brandywine Baroque, Trinity Consort, and Piffaro – The Renaissance Band, a group with whom she has toured the United States. She has been heard at the Boston, Connecticut and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, at the Oregon and Philadelphia Bach Festivals under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, at the Carmel Bach Festival under Bruno Weil, and in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in concerts of Bach and Handel.

Rebecca Mariman, soprano, has sung with Fuma Sacra since 1990, as a member of the ensemble as well as a soloist, performing music ranging from the medieval to premieres of works by prominent composers such as John Magnusson, Joanne Metcalf and Andrew Bleckner.  Rebecca has also appeared as a soloist with the Westminster Community Chorus, the Masterwork Chorus, the West Village Chorale, Garden State Philharmonic and the Dryden Ensemble.  She was a 2010 Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival and is returning again this summer for her third year as a member of the Chorale.  She graduated from Westminster Choir College (MM, Voice Performance and Pedagogy) and Dickinson College (BA).

Clara Rottsolk, soprano, has appeared with various ensembles, including Fuma Sacra, Triomphe de L’Amour, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Tempesta di Mare, and Brandywine Baroque. Clara’s oratorio credits include varied works from Bach and Couperin to Caplet and Poulenc.  Operatic roles include Micaela in Carmen, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Laetitia in Old Maid and the Thief. Clara is a graduate of Westminster Choir College (MM) and Rice University (BM), and teaches voice at Swarthmore College and the Lawrenceville School.

Jeffrey Freuler, countertenor, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is in his first season as a member of the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in New York City. He has sung as soloist with the Westminster Kantorei in performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and with Fuma Sacra in Bach’s St. John Passion. With the Voices Chorale of New Jersey, he debuted as a countertenor in the role of David in Handel’s Saul in which he was praised as possessing “…a voice more richly colored than many other countertenors” by Classical New Jersey Society. This season he will be singing the role of Solomon in Handel’s Solomon with the Franconia-Lancaster Choral Singers and a performance of Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir with the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey.

While a student at Westminster Choir College, Jeffrey sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in performances of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, and Handel’s Messiah. As a member of the Westminster Choir, he sang in performances at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. and toured with the choir to England. This season he will tour Germany with the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.  

 

Alyson Harvey, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (MM and Artist Diploma in Opera) and Westminster Choir College (BM). Alyson’s professional career highlights include her debut at Lincoln Center in Copland’s In the Beginning during the Copland Festival of the New York Philharmonic and her Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey. She has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, singing the alto solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms conducted by Bobby McFerrin. Alyson sang the role of the Abbess in Suor Angelica under the direction of Gian Carlo Menotti at the Spoleto Festival in Italy.  Professional affiliations include, The Philadelphia Singers and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Timothy Hodges, tenor, was the tenor soloist for the 2006 performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Garden State Philharmonic. He has appeared in the opera chorus for the Spoleto Festival USA. Timothy is a member of Trinity Choir at Trinity Wall St., in New York.  He received is degree from Westminster Choir College (BM). 

Vincent Metallo, tenor, has distinguished himself as a conductor, singer and music educator. He is currently Chair of Performing Arts at Princeton Day School and was Assistant Professor of Music at Westminster College, DePauw University, Wellesley College and Lehigh University, as well as Artistic Director of the American Boychoir.  Vincent has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the New York Collegium. His professional affiliations include Boston Early Music Festival, Brandywine Baroque, and the Spoleto Festivals in the U.S. and Italy. Westminster Choir College (MM) and Hartt School of Music (BM).
 

 

Devin Mariman, baritone, performs regularly both as a singer and a conductor.  As a soloist he has appeared with the Dreyden Ensemble, Fuma Sacra, Philadelphia Classical Players, Philomusica, the Tabor Consort, the Westminster Community Orchestra and other local ensembles for various works including Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem, the FauréRequiem, and Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat, and various cantatas.  His major stage role has been that of Falke in Die Fledermaus, and he is a founding member of the early music ensemble Fuma Sacra.  He received his MM in Voice and Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University where he is now an Adjunct Instructor of Voice. As a conductor, he directs the Westminster Community Chorus and Chamber Choir located in Princeton, NJ, and the Philadelphia Biblical University Community Chorus.   

 

David Kimock, baritone, earned a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College. As a member of the world-renowned Westminster Choir, he has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic.  Mr. Kimock is also a classically trained baritone who has performed in opera and choral productions throughout the United States, England, and Italy.  Mr. Kimock has served on the music faculty at the University of Delaware where he directed the University Chorale, Choral Union, and taught courses in Choral Literature and Choral Conducting. His teaching credentials also include The Lawrenceville School, Stuart Country Day School, and Westminster Choir College, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Mr. Kimock is currently the Director of Music and Liturgy at the Church of St. Andrew in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

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