The following were guest artists in past years: Anne Basinski

Anne Basinski, soprano, is currently on the faculty of The University of Montana-Missoula, where she teaches voice in both the Music and the Drama/Dance Departments. Her graduate degrees are from Indianan University, and professional credits include operatic roles with the Indianapolis Opera; the Ohio Light Opera; the Intermountain Opera of Bozeman, where she was seen as Zerlina in Don Giovanni; and the Rimrock Opera of Billings, where she sang Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Continue reading

David Cody

David Cody is highly sought after in the intermountain region as a tenor soloist in opera and in concert, as a conductor and musical director, and as a stage director. He has sung many leading and supporting roles with such companies as The Opera Theater of St. Louis, The Ohio Light Opera, Intermountain Opera, Rimrock Opera and Nevada Opera Theater. He was featured recently with the Helena Symphony as tenor soloist in Summer Sun, Winter Moon by Robert Kapilow, and as “Beadle Bamford” in Stephen Sondheim’sSweeny Todd. Continue reading

Carolyn Coefield

A Montana native and current resident of Billings, Montana, soprano Carolyn Coefield has performed with several ensembles including Portland Opera Works!, Portland SummerFest, Helena Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Bel Canto Northwest, Portland Opera Guild and The Illustrious Virginia City Players. Most Recently, Carolyn performed the roles “Papagena” and “2nd Lady” in the Portland Opera Works! 2006 production ofThe Magic Flute. During the summer of 2006 Carolyn sang the role of “Giannetta” in the Portland SummerFest Concert Production of L’Elisir D’amore. Continue reading

Sherry Linnerooth

Sherry Linnerooth is the Professor of Horn at Montana State University and is principal horn of the Bozeman Symphony. Sherry teaches horn at the Flathead Lake Music Camp, is the founder of the Montana State University Horn Ensemble, is a member of the Bozeman ParForce Ensemble and has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Helena, Butte and Billings Symphonies. Sherry performs with the Intermountain Opera Association and the Montana Ballet. She has presented sessions and is a member of the Montana Bandmasters. Continue reading

Gabriel Navar

Cantos Alegres (Joyful Songs) http://gabrielnavar.com/cantos.htm.

Cantos Alegres was commissioned by and written for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Music and Artistic Director (by Paul Basler). The commission (sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) came about after critically acclaimed performances of Basler’s Missa Kenya in the spring of 2000 by Maestro Scheibe and the Master Chorale. Continue reading

The Premiere Dance Company

The Premiere Dance Company strives to provide quality training and expand the dance education for young dancers ages 13 thru 18. At PDC they create a positive learning and social environment in a setting where dancers can explore dance as a career option. They encourage involvement in the Helena community including the schools where dancers serve as role models. They promote & share the art of dance as a service to the community. They perform benefit performances and provide free tickets to area non-profit organizations. Helena Chamber Singers is honored to have performed with PDC on several occasions.

Everett Suttle

Everett Suttle, a native of LaFayette, Georgia, is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He continued his studies at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Brahms Haus in Baden Baden, West Germany. He has also coached with such outstanding artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Pears, Martin Arroyo, Eleanor Stever and David Garvey. Continue reading

Janna R. Williams

Janna R. Williams is a native of Helena, Montana. Janna was a member of the Helena High School Starlighters and Ambiance groups, as well as the Women’s Quartet. She began her vocal studies with Dr. Steve Michelson and will be completing her Masters in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studies with Barbara Paver.

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Bells of St. John’s Lutheran Church

The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the “Bells of St. John’s,” under the direction of Karen Bryson, is a four octave handbell (49 bell note range) ensemble. Karen Bryson is a former handbell ringer and took over as director four years ago. This dedicated group of 12 ringers has been participating in the handbell choir, one for as little as two years and others for almost 18 years.