Performer Biographies

Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor NICHOLAS PHAN is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

In the summer of 2017, he returns to the San Francisco Symphony for Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with Michael Tilson Thomas, to the Oregon Bach Festival, to the Thüringer Bachwochen's Weimar Bach Academy, and to Wolf Trap for Carmina Burana with the National Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda.

Highlights of his upcoming 2017/2018 season include his debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and the Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo for Britten’s War Requiem with Marin Alsop; and returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philharmonia Baroque, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony for Schubert’s Mass in E-flat with Riccardo Muti, and the Toronto Symphony for performances as the title role in Bernstein’s Candide.

He also serves as artistic director of two festivals next season: Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s sixth annual Collaborative Works Festival, and as the first singer to be guest Artistic Director of the Laguna Beach Music Festival.

Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Lucerne Symphony.

He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, Saint-Denis, and Tanglewood festivals, as well as the BBC Proms.

Among the conductors he has worked with are Marin Alsop, Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Louis Langrée, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Masaaki Suzuki, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Welser-Möst.

An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Jeremy Denk, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Myra Huang and Alessio Bax; violinist James Ehnes; guitarist Eliot Fisk; harpist Sivan Magen; and horn players Jennifer Montone, Radovan Vlatkovic and Gail Williams. In both recital and chamber concerts, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

In 2010, he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization that promotes the art song and vocal chamber music repertoire of which he is Artistic Director.

Mr. Phan's many opera credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. His growing repertoire includes the title roles in Bernstein’s Candide, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Lurcanio in Ariodante.

Phan’s most recent solo album, Gods and Monsters, was released on Avie Records in January. His first three solo albums, A Painted Tale, Still Fall the Rain and Winter Words, made many “best of” lists, including those of the New York Times, New Yorker, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe. Phan’s growing discography also includes a Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony, the opera L’Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Scarlatti’s La gloria di Primavera with Philharmonia Baroque, Bach’s St. John Passion (in which he sings both the Evangelist as well as the tenor arias) with Apollo’s Fire, and the world premiere recordings of two orchestral song cycles: The Old Burying Ground by Evan Chambers and Elliott Carter’s A Sunbeam’s Architecture.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan is the 2012 recipient of the Paul C Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award. He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He was the recipient of a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award and 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.

GRETA PARKS holds a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance and a Certificate in Teaching from the University of Colorado-Boulder, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers were Alan Harris, Judith Glyde, and Thomas Heinrich. Ms. Parks is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and the Greely Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a member of Blackbird and the Storm. In 2016-17, she returns for her second season with the Boulder Bach Festival, collaborating on main season concerts and SeiSolo Education Series events.

KEITH BARNHART completed a Master of Music degree in Guitar Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied theorbo, archlute, baroque guitar, renaissance lute, and vihuela. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Colorado-Boulder. Mr. Barnhart was featured as plucked instrument continuoist at the 2016 American Bach Soloists Academy, and in 2016-17 returns for his second season with the Boulder Bach Festival, performing with the chamber players and on SeiSolo Education Series events.

Boulder Bach Festival Artistic Director ZACHARY CARRETTIN has performed as solo violinist, baroque violinist, electric violinist, violist, orchestral conductor, and choral conductor in more than twenty-five countries on four continents, and has established a reputation for presenting dynamic and diverse programs which feature repertory from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. He has collaborated with the Tokyo Quartet, the Assad Brothers, the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, served as Concertmaster on a Grammy-nominated recording with Ars Lyrica, and for the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s Motezuma with Musical Angelica and Long Beach Opera. He has recorded and toured extensively with El Mundo, and toured the California mission churches with Chanticleer in a program of baroque music from the New World. Carrettin has recently conducted orchestras in South America, Europe, and across the United States, and has taught master classes internationally as a conductor, violinist, violist, and most recently, player of the Cello da Spalla.

Violist da gamba and Baroque cellist ANN MARIE MORGAN is active internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. A frequent guest with major orchestras and choral societies, she has been viola da gamba soloist in the Bach St. Matthew and St. John Passions with the Philadelphia and the Minnesota Orchestras, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. Her expertise on the viol has been called for at long-standing Bach Festivals in Oregon, Bethlehem (PA), as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and in Europe at the Prague Spring Festival. She has toured Quebec, Montreal and Ontario with Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie) and continues to be in demand throughout North America.

In addition to concerts and recordings with her own ensemble, Olde Friends, she has performed and recorded with many other early music groups including the Baltimore Consort, Tempesta di Mare, and Cecilia’s Circle. This season marks her second guest appearance with the Dallas Bach Society. Here in the Denver/Boulder area she has been principal cellist and viola da gamba soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival and frequent guest soloist with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. She also expands her musical boundaries as violist da gamba with the front range’s newly-formed “Thyme Quintet” featuring Mintze Wu on violin, Sandra Wong on nyckelharpa, Grant Gordy on guitar and Jayme Stone on banjo.

In live performance Ms. Morgan has been characterized as “a consummate player of this rare instrument (viol), played to perfection” (The Record - Kitchener, Ontario). It has been noted that her sound comes “straight from heaven” (H&B Recordings Direct) and that she “sings beautifully with her instrument and expresses the rustic symmetry of the line with great economy and understatement” (Classical Disc Digest). She can be heard on two dozen recordings, many of those as cellist and violist da gamba with Apollo's Fire: the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. Her solo viola da gamba CD, offering works by French and English composers entitled "Among Rosebuds", was featured for broadcast on the syndicated show "Harmonia". In October of 2010 she joined Grammy-nominated flutist Joshua Smith, harpsichordist Jory Vinikour and baroque violinist Allison Edberg in a recording of the Bach Flute Sonatas with Continuo and the Sonata from the Musical Offering (available on the Delos label).

As a teacher Ms. Morgan has served on the Early Music Faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Peabody Institute of the John's Hopkins University and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She gives master classes at universities across the country. Ms. Morgan teaches privately and coaches both vocal and instrumental period ensembles in the Denver/Boulder area including the Regis University Collegium and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

JUBAL FULKS is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist and teacher who performs music from every historical era through today. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras across the United States and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”.

Mr. Fulks’s orchestral experience includes the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area and, in New York City, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Alice Tully Hall, in the Jazz at Lincoln Center series, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist, Mr. Fulks has appeared at numerous summer festivals and concert series in the United States and has toured extensively in Europe with orchestras and chamber groups.

Mr. Fulks has held faculty positions at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, the University of Alabama, and is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Colorado. During the summer months, he has taught and performed in Vermont at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Kinhaven Music School, Killington Music Festival, Saint Michael’s College (Colchester), and in Iowa at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival (Decorah).

Mr. Fulks currently performs in several ensembles with colleagues from various universities and maintains an active recording and national recital schedule. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Bachelor and Master’s degrees from North Carolina School of the Arts.

PATRICK SMITH is a guitarist and lutenist based in San Francisco, CA. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Clare Callahan, and a masters degree and Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied guitar with David Tanenbaum, and lute/early music with Richard Savino. A frequent performer of modern music, Patrick has performed throughout the United States as a soloist, in chamber settings, and as a member of Fog City Guitar Duo. Highlights include premieres at both the 2015 and 2016 Hot Air Music Festival in San Francisco and the 2015 Electronic Music Week in Shanghai, as well as performances throughout Cuba alongside Ballet Palm Beach in 2011. Patrick is also an avid teacher, with over six years of experience teaching all styles and age levels of guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, and lute.

“One of Italy’s finest guitarists, a very active performer on the two shores of the Atlantic Ocean, a thoughtful musician and a wonderful pedagogue.” – Lorenzo Micheli, internationally renowned concert artist and master teacher Italian guitarist NICOLO SPERA brings to his teaching and performing a unique synthesis of European and American traditions. Spera is one of the few guitarists in the world to perform on both six-string and ten-string guitars, as well as on theorbo. His wide-ranging repertoire includes the extraordinary music of the Franco-Andalusian composer Maurice Ohana. He has given lecture-recitals on the music of Ohana at different institutions and festivals, including the Mediterranean Guitar Festival, Arizona State University, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, San Francisco Conservatory, and the University of Surrey for the launch of the International Guitar Research Centre. His CD of Ohana’s complete works for solo guitar (Soundset Recordings), presenting the world première recording of Estelas, was awarded the 5-stars “Disco del mese” review by Seicorde, the major Italian classical guitar magazine, and it was described as “un disco di altissimo valore.”

With Soundset Recordings, Spera has also published his own transcriptions of Bach’s Cello Suites 4, 5, and 6, for the ten-string guitar. About this recording, cellist Judith Glyde wrote that “it is a refreshing, captivating perspective on these boundless works, and a breathtaking discovery of an unprecedented sound world.” Spera is equally at home in outreach concerts for the young, masterclasses for all ages, solo recitals and concerti with orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with conductors Andrés Cárdenes, Alejandro Gómez Guillén, Cynthia Katsarelis, and Leonardo Vordoni. About his performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, Robin McNeil wrote: “I have heard this piece performed several times, and the performance that Nicolò Spera gave was the best I have ever heard. First of all Spera is a virtuoso guitar player, and second, he is a superb musician.” (OpusColorado)

He has won top prizes at several Italian and international competitions and is regularly invited to play in music festivals such as the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, the Tangents Guitar Series in San Francisco, the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Italy, and the Sauble Beach Festival in Canada. Thanks to his passion for contemporary music, Spera had the privilege of collaborations with composers such as John Drumheller, Ryan Fiegl, and the accomplished Italian conductor Simone Fontanelli, giving premières and performances of their guitar works. Together with his CU colleagues, he has also given the US première of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Morning in Iowa, for guitar, banjo, accordion, clarinet, sax, double bass, percussion, and narrator: a unique musical fresco based on the homonymous poem by Robert Nathan. A versatile chamber musician, in 2012 Spera co-founded the ensemble Duo Chagall with violinist Jenny Diaz. Previously, he worked on an unusual chamber music project with clarinetist Andrew Dykema, and together they performed the complete guitar and clarinet repertoire by the late Romantic Viennese composer Ferdinand Rebay.

His most influential teachers are Oscar Ghiglia, Jonathan Leathwood, and Lorenzo Micheli. Spera holds degrees from the Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano and the prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, an Artist Diploma in Guitar Performance at the University of Denver and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder.

In 2011, Spera was appointed to the faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is Assistant Professor in the Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program. He is also on the faculty of the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy. In 2013, he founded the University of Colorado International Guitar Festival and Competition, an unprecedented event that attracts prestigious guests, guitar performers, and students from all over the world.

Cellist SARAH BIBER has played across the United States, Australia and China. In a recent collaboration with dance, she performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company performing solo Bach for the company’s first performance with period instruments. Sarah earned her doctorate from Stony Brook University after double-degree studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College. In Australia, Sarah performed in the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony under numerous conductors including Gianluigi Gelmetti and Vladmir Ashkenazy. Sarah has attended or been a fellow at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Mannes Beethoven Institute, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. As cellist of Kentucky's premiere period ensemble, she collaborated in a performance of a Vivaldi Concerto, called "Passionate and insightful" and aired on NPR's Performance Today. Sarah is a founding member of STRING, Denver's newest viol consort, and lives in Golden, Colorado.

SANDRA MILLER, originally from the Boston area, currently lives in Golden, Colorado and is an active performer on the viola da gamba as well as baroque and modern cello. She enjoys performing regularly with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and with Seicento Baroque Ensemble and has collaborated with nationally and internationally recognized early music specialists including Mimi Mitchell, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, Ann Marie Morgan, Stephen Stubbs, Frank Nowell, and Cynthia Miller Freivogel, among others. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Wesleyan University, where she studied both western and non-western musical traditions, and a Masters in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Judith Glyde and the Takács String Quartet. Her career in early music began over a decade ago at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. She continued her viol studies in Santiago, Chile where she spent two years before returning to the United States to focus primarily on the study and performance of music from the baroque era. She currently has a private cello studio and coaches chamber music with the West Denver Suzuki Strings program. She lives with her husband and two daughters and their family cat, Sirus, who enjoys sleeping in empty instrument cases.

Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” HARUMI RHODES has gained broad recognition as a multifaceted musician with a distinctive and sincere musical voice. Her generosity of spirit on stage is contagious, making her one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Recent solo engagements include performances of Bernstein Serenade, Beethoven Violin Concerto, Mozart Violin Concerto No 5, and Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra. In addition to being a founding member of the Naumburg Award winning ensemble, Trio Cavatina, she has performed regularly with Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and Musicians from Marlboro. An avid supporter of contemporary music, she is actively involved in commissioning and premiering new works as an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and Music from Copland House. Recent discography includes Milton Babbitt’s String Quartet No. 6 (Tzadik); The Five Borough Songbook, including 20 different composers and commissions (GPR Records); Compadrazgo, a compilation of chamber works by Gabriela Lena Frank (Albany Records); and Clean Plates Don’t Lie, featuring new vocal chamber music works with texts from Chef Dan Barber and the sustainable food movement (Centaur). Rhodes has served as Head of Strings and Chamber Music at Syracuse University, Assistant Violin Faculty at the Juilliard School, and most recently as Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

FRANK NOWELL founded the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado in 2005, and the ensemble quickly garnered acclaim for its “artistic vision, authenticity, and devotion” under his leadership as Artistic Director and harpsichordist. Founding the orchestra fulfilled a long-held dream to expand the Denver arts scene to include a professional orchestra devoted to historically inspired performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

An active performer as a Baroque keyboard specialist and “early music entrepreneur,” Mr. Nowell was previously co-founder of the early music group Diverse Passions and founder of the Denver Handel Festival. He is a frequent guest artist, collaborator, and soloist, including recent appearances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (Art of the Baroque and Four Seasons), Off the Hook Chamber Music Festival, Up Close and Musical, Colorado Music Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Pro Musica Colorado, Voices of Light, and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir. As an organist he earned Associate certification (AAGO) from the American Guild of Organists and has recorded on the Cygnus label.

Mr. Nowell takes joy in introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to Baroque music and in collaborating with a wide range of artists to bring new dimensions to this music. He received the Master of Music degree in choral conducting and music history from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Princeton University.

MARY HARRISON is a long time member of the Denver musical community, performing on both baroque violin and modern viola. She has been a member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado since its inception. She is Principal Violist with the Boulder Philharmonic, a member of the Opera Colorado Orchestra, and might be spotted at unpredictable times performing with many local groups including the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra or the Colorado Ballet. Mary received her musical training at the Peabody Conservatory, the Aspen Music Festival, and baroque workshops in Oberlin (OH), Madison (WI), Irsee (Germany) and Cambridge (England).. Her violin was made in 2010 by Jason Viseltear in New York.

Baroque violinist STACEY BRADY received her BA in Music and her Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She continued with post-graduate work at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Ian Swenson. Ms. Brady has been exploring and developing baroque performance practice by attending the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and studying with baroque specialists Marilyn McDonald, Mark DeStrube, Mimi Mitchell, Allison Edberg and Cynthia Miller Frievogel. A member of the highly-acclaimed Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado since its inception in 2005, Ms. Brady was also Concertmaster of the St. Mary’s Chamber Orchestra (one of the first baroque orchestras in Colorado) for seven years. Living in Broomfield, CO with her supportive husband and three musical children, Ms. Brady teaches a full studio of 40 and performs throughout the Denver Metro area on both modern and baroque instruments.