Meet the musicians who make the music that makes our wonderful concerts!
is unique in the Denver metropolitan region – a vocal ensemble consisting of five male voices focusing on music of the Renaissance and modern period. The singers bring a joy of music to their audiences and have brought both early music and popular tunes to young and old alike. Solis performs in churches, concert venues, and works in collaboration with other arts organizations.
The group was established in 2016 with the name Uomini Vecchi. Solis continues to use a vocal lineup of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass. This unique set of five male voices lends itself to music of the Renaissance.
Solis is working toward becoming a repertory ensemble for performances of new music written specifically for them. New pieces by up-and-coming young composers as well as published and well-established composers will be added to the groups repertoire. The singers are currently undertaking a recording project of the entire vocal motets of the Renaissance composer Orazio Vecchi, most of which have never been performed, let alone recorded.as well as modern arrangements of popular tunes. The extreme vocal range of the ensemble makes listening to their recordings and attending their concerts fascinating opportunities for lovers of music from all times and places.
Jonathan Raabe, countertenor
John Boggs, countertenor
Jim Gatch, tenor
Brian du Fresne, baritone and Music Director
Maxwell McKee, bass
is an amazing ensemble made up of university professors, recording artists, soloists, conductors, chamber musicians and symphony players. They are active as teachers and performers on both period and modern instruments, and many are directors of their own ensembles specializing in early music, romantic music, new music, jazz, and Gypsy swing.
is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist and teacher who performs repertoire from the Baroque era through the music of today. He has performed as soloist with orchestras across the United States and has been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” His orchestral experience includes Grammy-nominated performances with 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, he has appeared at numerous summer festivals and concert series in the United States and Asia and has toured extensively in Europe with orchestras and chamber groups. While in the doctoral program at Stony Brook University, he won the prestigious Ackerman Prize for Excellence in Performance and performed the Berg Violin Concerto under the baton of Gunther Schuller. A winner of national honors from the American String Teachers Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs, he has been awarded fellowships with Aspen Music Festival’s Contemporary Ensemble and the New York Institute and Festival for Contemporary Music, where he performed with pianist Ursula Oppens and Speculum Musicae. He is an active chamber musician, including national touring with the Colorado Piano Trio and in the baroque duo “Corde à vide” with Sacramento State University harpsichordist Dr. Lorna Peters. Dr. Fulks is excited to join Dr. Peters as violinist and leader of “Sinfonia Spirituosa,” a professional baroque chamber orchestra in Sacramento.
Currently Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Northern Colorado, he served previously on the faculty of the University of Alabama and at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Fulks has also taught at the State University of New York-Stony Brook, and conducts master classes at universities throughout the country. During the summer months he is on the faculty of Green Mountain Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont and has been a faculty member at Montecito International Music Festival in California, Lutheran Summer Music Festival in Iowa, and Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. Dr. Fulks holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Kevin Lawrence, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where his teacher was Mitchell Stern.
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 or upcoming appearances with the Cottonwood Music Festival, American Guild of Organists Regional Convention, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Off the Hook Chamber Music Festival, Pro Musica Colorado, Denver Early Music Consort, 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 serves on the Board of Directors of Early Music America and as chair of EMA’s Education committee, and takes joy in introducing people of all ages and backgrounds to Baroque music, as well as collaborating with a wide range of artists and art forms to bring new dimensions to this music. He received the Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Princeton University.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019
Ann Marie Morgan
is praised by the Baltimore Sun for her “beguiling musicality.” She is a frequent guest artist on viola da gamba and has performed in the Bach St. John and St. Matthew Passions with the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras. She has been a guest at numerous Bach Festivals including Oregon, Bethlehem, and Boulder, as well as internationally in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Turkey. In recent seasons she performed with The Cleveland Orchestra as viola da gamba soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion and in the Bach St. Matthew Passion with the Colorado and Quad Cities Symphonies. Often a collaborator with tenor Nicholas Phan, she is the violist da gamba on his album “A Painted Tale”, performing in Carnegie Hall, in Istanbul, and this past season with members of Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and at the Chautauqua Institute (NY). The Colorado Chamber Players and Colorado Bach Ensemble welcome her this season, performing on cello, cello piccolo and viol.
Also an accomplished baroque cellist she is featured on flutist Joshua Smith’s recording of the Bach continuo sonatas and chamber sonata from the Musical Offering. Her solo viola da gamba CD, “Among Rosebuds,” and her ensemble’s recording “The Soulful Bach and Telemann” (both on Centaur) continue to receive excellent reviews and are aired on classical music stations across the country. H & B Recordings Direct states that her sound on the bass viol is “straight from heaven.”
To see a list of her recordings, watch YouTube videos, and stay informed of upcoming events and news, please visit her website, stringperformer.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
is a cellist who 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.