Linda Strandberg, soprano, holds degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California. She has also attended the Banff Festival of the Arts Singing Academy and participated in the Vancouver Early Music Program, the Aston Magna Performance Practice Institute in New York, and the Musica en Compostela Festival in Spain. While living in Los Angeles, she sang in the West Coast premier of Philip Glassí A Madrigal Opera at the Mark Taper Forum and was soloist in the performance of Mozartís Requiem in honor of the visit of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She has performed leading roles in Menotiís operas The Old Maid and the Thief, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Medium, and has appeared as soloist with the Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus, the Seattle Choral Company, and Choral Arts Northwest. She currently teaches at Seattle Central Community College and is a frequent soloist at Seattle First Baptist Church.|
Mary Jo DuGaw, soprano, has appeared as a guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Choral Company, Bremerton Symphony, Ensemble Vindobona and Federal Way Philharmonic. She has appeared in recital with the Womenís University Club, Haller Lake Music Series, University of Portland Concert Series, and Port Gardner Chamber Music Society. She received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Portland and has performed a variety of musical styles, including concerts, operatic roles and operetta/musical theatre. Mary Jo has performed such musical theatre roles as Edith (After the Fair), Kate/Lillie (Kiss Me Kate), Golde (Fiddler on the Roof), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Marian (Music Man), Laurey (Oklahoma!) and the Bakerís Wife (Into the Woods). Ms. DuGaw has worked with such musical luminaries as Marni Nixon, Skitch Henderson and Norman Leyden. Upcoming appearances include 5th Avenue Theatreís/ACTís fall production of Stephen Sondheimís A Little Night Music, an all-Schubert concert with Northwest Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, and a Celtic music concert with the Whatcom Symphony in Bellingham. Look for Mary Jo on ABC TVís presentation of Stephen Kingís miniseries, Rose Red, in early 2002, in which she plays the hand-wringing mom of a psychic, autistic teenager. Mary Jo resides in Fall City, Wash., where she also maintains a private voice studio.
Steve Bryant, countertenor, has performed a broad range of early and modern music as a countertenor, mezzo soprano and haute contre. He has made a specialty of performing music written for castrati, having performed in a concert version of Gluckís Orfeo ed Euridice and in a solo drama Voice of an Angel: A Castrato Remembers. Last year, he appeared with both Choral Arts Northwest and Pacific Northwest Chamber Chorus in Bernsteinís Choruses from The Lark in the featured solo role composed for Russell Oberlin. His performance venues also have included the Castle Rock Festival, the University of California, San Franciscoís Old First Church, and KPFA radio in Berkeley. As music director of Sweet Corn Productions, he has produced and directed many concerts of early music featuring original instruments, and staged a Britten festival in San Francisco. He is a student of former MGM contract opera artist Maria Greco, who with Gigli shared the highly reputed Rosati as a teacher.
Margaret Brink, piano, joined the faculty of Western Washington University in 1996. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington where she studied with Bela Siki. She has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and has been an accompanist at the Aspen School. Her major teachers were Bela Siki and Gyorgy Sebok, with further training in Dalcroze eurhythmics with Julia Black and Robert Abramson. Dr. Brink has performed solo and chamber music in radio and television broadcasts in Alaska, Canada, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chile. In January 1996, she gave a highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. In the Northwest, she appeared at the Red Lodge Music Festival, Bach-Feste Lake Chelan, University of British Columbia, University of Alaska, University of Calgary and Shoreline Community College. She also gives lecture-demonstrations for Washington State Universityís Conference and Institutes Division and teaches eurhythmics at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and piano at Shoreline Community College.
Jennifer Hammil, piano, began studying with her mother and then with Ford Hill at Western Washington University in Bellingham. She earned a masterís degree in piano performance from Arizona State University, where she studied with former Van Cliburn winner Steven DeGroote. In 1991, she completed a doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Washington where she was a student of the internationally known Bela Siki. She is a founding member of Ensemble Vindobona, a clarinet, bassoon and piano chamber ensemble, which commences its sixth season in Seattle this Fall. Ms. Hammill has been the recipient of numerous performance awards and scholarships, and maintains a private piano studio in Seattle.