THE CONDUCTOR

NORM TE SLAA taught and directed high school, church, college and community choirs since his singing experiences in his home high school in northwest Iowa.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College, Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, and he has completed advanced choral conducting work at the University of Illinois, working with Harold Decker.  Norm has studied also with Elaine Brown, Marcel Couraud, Lukas Foss, and William Warfield, and he has founded semi-professional ensembles in South Dakota (Schola Cantorum) and Minnesota (Prairie Arts Chorale). He started SINGERS in the Denver metro area in 1993.  After a few years sabbatical, Norm found he missed rehearsing and leading fine choral musicians, and in February of 2013 he re-started Singers with the Chamber Choir.


THE SINGERS

MARLENE BAINBRIDGE
Marlene enjoys the challenge of singing great harmony and has been fortunate to experience that with Singers Chamber Choir.  She enjoys various styles of music and has performed with Confluence, Vittoria Ensemble, and the Metropolitan Choral Festival in recent years.  As a member of Sweet Adelines, she developed a love for a cappella singing and joined the women’s quartet Sacred Pepper (formerly known as Attune).  The quartet has performed their unique mix of barbershop, jazz, pop and sacred selections at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Zoo, and the People’s Fair as well as private parties and guest appearances with Confluence and Singers. Alas, the bills still need to be paid, so she has kept her day job as an engineering consultant for a medical company.

ARTHUR BEUTEL

Arthur is ecstatic to have the opportunity to sing with Singers Chamber Choir. He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance in 2014. Post graduation Arthur has been performing all across the Front Range in Opera, Musical Theater and Choral Works. He really enjoys his work as a solo artist and also in a group choral setting. Arthur is actively pursuing a Masters Degree in Voice in the near future, in the interim he continues to study voice under the tutelage of Matthew Chellis.


BETH BLOUNT
Beth has been singing with rarely a break since middle school. Her favorite choral experiences include the Beloit College Chamber Singers, the University of Illinois German Choir and the Brussels Choral Society during her time as an expat in Belgium. Locally, Beth has sung with the Denver Women's Chorus and Safonia, is an occasional guest vocalist with the band Flat Out Jazz and studies voice and guitar at Swallow Hill Music School. Beth counts performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the 2011 Musicales de Beloeil Festival in Belgium with baritone José Van Dam as one of the highlights of her musical life. When not making music, Beth works as a freelance French- and Dutch-to-English translator.

THOMAS CUNNIFFE
An acclaimed jazz historian (www.jazzhistoryonline.com), Tom balances his writing with active participation in local choirs. He has performed with Kantorei, 2nd Avenue Singers, the Colorado Symphony Chorus, Peak Arts Chorale and Canto Spiritus. He has also sung with the church choirs of Augustana Lutheran, St. Thomas Episcopal and Holy Ghost Catholic.  He sang at UNC for seven years under Howard Skinner and Galen Darrough. In 1998, he sang with Washington’s Choral Arts Society, for what would be Robert Shaw’s final performances of the Beethoven Choral Fantasia and Ninth Symphony. In addition to performing with Singers, Tom serves as the group’s choral manager, website designer and program annotator.

DAMON FLEMING
Damon holds an M.S.M.E. in Fluid Mechanics from the University of Colorado Denver and his friends call him a super nice guy. He says he is tickled pink to be singing with the Singers for his first season in 2016. He has sung with the Chicago Chamber choir under the direction of Timm Adams and Victoria Burrel, St. Cathrine Laboure under Nick Botkins, St. Agatha’s under Kevin Allen and Our Lady of Mount Carmel for William Ferris.

JEFF HADDOX
Jeff is very happily retired - and is also happy to be rejoining the singing community in Denver. He received a Master of Performing Arts – Opera degree from Oklahoma City University where he studied with Mrs. Inez Silberg.  He has sung roles with Colorado Springs Opera, Arkansas Opera, and the Oklahoma City Lyric Theatre.  He also spent a summer in Santa Fe singing with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.  A highlight of Jeff’s singing experiences was beingasked to sing for a high mass to celebrate the Denver visit of Pope John Paul II where he met, shook hands with and talked with the Pontiff.

MADISON HALL
Madison is pursuing a Masters of Music degree in voice performance at the Lamont School of Music. She completed her Bachelors degree at Willamette University in her hometown of Salem, OR. Madison has performed with the Lamont Chorale, the Willamette Chamber Choir, and the Willamette Singers vocal jazz ensemble which has earned three awards from Downbeat Magazine. Her operatic performances include Lauretta from Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi", Veronique from Pasatieri's "The Hotel Casablanca", and - most recently - Ida from Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus". This summer she will perform as Bastienne in Mozart's first opera, "Bastien and Bastienne" with the Denver Opera Collective. 

WINIFRID LEUNG
Winifrid is new to Singers this season and has a passion for a cappella choral and Baroque keyboard music. Prior to joining Singers, she was a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She holds a piano performance certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where she studied piano, harpsichord, organ, and voice in addition to singing with the Furman Singers and Furman Chamber Choir. Winifrid also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and works in commercial real estate development. 

SHELLEY MARSHALL
Excited to be part of Singers, Shelley began studying voice at age nine, and majored in opera, musical theater and vocal jazz in college.  She sang back-up for The Gatlin Brothers and Andy Williams in the late ‘80s and has done a great deal of theater.  She returned to college and earned a Master’s degree in nursing and, after a career as an ICU nurse, Shelley is now in executive-level nurse management. A native of Chicagoland, Shelley made the move to Denver over four years ago but is and has always been a Cubs fan: "Why didn't I get those season tickets when I had the chance?!?!"

JAY MEAD
Jay has been a member of choirs and choruses most of his life, having started in a Methodist youth choir many years ago and kept it up ever since.  He currently sings with the Montview Presbyterian Church choir, and has in recent years sung with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra chorus, the Opera Colorado chorus, the Second Avenue Singers, and others.  A lifelong Colorado resident, Jay currently works in Communications for a Denver software firm, teaches Communications at the University of Colorado, and served as a past Commission President for the Denver Public Library.

MATTHEW SMEDBERG
Matthew has performed choral and operatic repertoire since he was but a wee lad. He studied vocal performance under John Riley-Schofield at Notre Dame, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Chorale and St. Joseph Valley Camerata and sang Mr. Kofner in Menotti's *The Consul* and Mars in Offenbach's *Orpheus in the Underworld*. Since then he has performed with Brooklyn Repertory Opera, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Music City Baroque, Houston Symphony Chorus, and Seicento Baroque Ensemble.

MICHAEL SPATZ
Since his days as a boy soprano, Michael Spatz has never missed the opportunity for choral singing. Influenced by both his mother and father, has been singing for most of his life. An under-grad degree from St. John’s University in Minnesota opened the doors to small group singing–16 voice, all male Renaissance schola—to Classical repertoire chamber choir singing. This led to opportunities to sing throughout the Midwest at known cathedrals and concert halls. During this period, Michael continued singing while studying in Salzburg. After completing a Master’s Degree in music from Northwestern, Michael moved to Denver and continued his love of singing in both large and small groups.

CHRISTIAN SWAN
Christian is originally from North Carolina, and has been consistently involved in choral singing since the 3rd grade. She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Furman University, where she participated in the Furman Singers and the Furman Chambers Choir. Christian is thankful that singing has given her the opportunity to connect with other musicians and perform not only throughout the Southeast, but also in Carnegie Hall, National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, and through many parts of Spain. Christian owns a mental health counseling practice in Denver, and loves spending her free time with her daughter, Harbour.

GARY WILLIAMS
Gary started singing publicly with his brothers at age 8 in Hannibal, Missouri and has sung with many choirs since. He is now a member of Seicento Baroque Ensemble, Confluence, and the Vittoria Ensemble, as well as the very exciting Singers Master Chorale.  He has performed on stage with choruses of the Loveland Opera Theatre and Opera Colorado.  His solo work has included the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Requiem, and lesser solos with these choirs and others.  But perhaps his most rewarding choral experience came with the Hannibal-LaGrange College Choir, where he met his wife of 47 years, a long-suffering but supportive choir widow, Mary Kay. 

MAGGIE WRIGHT
Maggie Wright is a nurse by day and a lover of sacred music at all times.  She is a well-rooted Colorado transplant, having moved to Denver from Detroit, Michigan in 2008.  In Denver, Maggie has had the pleasure of singing with SOAR, the St. Thomas Episcopal Choir, the Regis Chapel Choir, and the Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices.  She especially enjoys singing at weddings, funerals, and cultural celebrations, as these events allow her to share in some of the most holy moments in other people's lives.  Maggie is grateful to her music teachers Bennie L. Williams, John Hubert, Dr. Loretta Notareschi and Dr. R. Andrew Lee for challenging her to become a more intentional, skillful, and expressive musician.

HEATHER McKEE (accompanist)
Heather learned to love music early in life from her parents, particularly her mother, who studied organ performance. At the age of four, Heather began taking piano lessons, adding flute lessons in fifth grade and organ lessons as a junior in high school. In college, Heather graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in Music Education. She then continued her studies at Western Carolina University, studying flute with Dr. Eldred Spell and graduated with a Master’s in Flute Performance. She is currently a staff accompanist at Colorado Christian University, and is always looking for more opportunities to teach and perform, both as a soloist or as a collaborative artist.

Chamber Choir; Norm Te Slaa, Artistic Director