Keegan Amrine is a freshman in the School of International Service and has been singing in the community most of his life. From Gig Harbor, Washington, his singing has taken him from Oregon and British Colombia to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria. He is thrilled to be a part of the AU Chamber Singers this year, an honor which will continue to hone his musical skill and expand his appreciation for beauty.
Rachel Avery is a rising junior at American University where she is working toward a degree in International Relations with a specialization in Environmental Policy. She has been studying voice for six years, and currently studies with Barbara Hollinshead. She is also working on a minor in Vocal Performance. Hopefully next semester she will be studying abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Outside of her studies, Rachel interns with Earth Day Network. She also likes to sleep, but unfortunately that is not as much a part of her life as she would like it to be.
David D’Auria is a nineteen-year-old Bass II from Hebron, CT. A lover of many musical genres, Dave has been singing in theater companies, jazz groups, rock bands and chamber choirs since the age of nine. A few of his favorite musical memories include the Connecticut All-State Music Festival, a production of Les Miserables, and his high school band’s sendoff concert. Dave is a rising sophomore at American University with a major in Economics.
Charlotte Bergmann is a freshman at American University and is double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish Studies. She has been with Chamber Singers since Fall 2012 and is so excited to be traveling to Russia! Along with being the World News Anchor for AU ATV News, Charlotte tutors at CentroNía through the DC Reads program. She was also a participant in the College of Arts & Sciences 23rd Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys doing Pilates and watching The Colbert Report. Charlotte sends her love to her mom, dad, and twin sister Emily back home in Norwalk, CT.
Annika Bergstrom is a rising junior at American University with a major in Public Health and a double minor in biology and music. She is originally from Denver, Colorado and is a Swedish and American dual citizen. She has been in the AU Chamber Singers for two years and studies voice with Dr. Linda Allison. She hopes in the future to attend medical school or acquire a masters degree in Public Health. In her high school choir, she toured Latvia, Estonia, and Finland and she is excited to be touring Russia in May with the AU Chamber Singers. Her favorite things include snow, snowmen, and snowballs.
Nick Bohmann is a rising Sophomore at American University. He is majoring in International Relations. He lives in northern Michigan with his parents.
Cienna Breen is originally from Carrollton, Texas and is currently a rising senior working toward dual degrees in international studies and sociology. She has been performing with Chamber Singers for three years and previously toured with them in Spain and Portugal. Cienna is also a professional SAT and ACT prep tutor in the DC area and previously taught English to Korean college students while studying abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, and is in the process of publishing a collection of poems.
Sondra Campanelli is a graduating senior at American University. She has been with Chamber Singers for three years. In addition to singing, Sondra enjoys cooking, knitting, and other grandmotherly activities.
Brandon Deane is a second-year transfer student at American University from Bremerton, WA. He has been involved with the AU Chamber Choir for two years and is currently studying Theatre: Design/Production.
Carley DeFranco, soprano, has recently graduated from American University with a degree in Music, focusing in vocal performance with interests in conducting and piano. Throughout her studies, Carley was a frequent soloist with the AU Chamber Singers, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. This year Carley was one of five founding students honored by Director Nancy Snider to the Directors Musicians of Accomplishment. In the Fall Carley will begin her studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, Massachusetts. She will seek a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and will study voice with Carol Mastrodomenico.
Colleen Evans is a rising senior at American University pursuing a dual degree in Music and Business Administration. At American she is the Treasurer of Phi Sigma Sigma, Special Olympics Bocce Fest co-coordinator, research assistant, and active member in the music department. On the side, she can do a slightly painful operatic Beyonce and enjoys karaoke more than anyone should.
Riordan Frost is a Masters in Public Policy candidate and a baritone in the almighty bass section. He hails from the wintry cold Minnesota, and from the occasionally cold Connecticut, where he received his a degree in Philosophy from Connecticut College. He is happy to be touring Russia, which has appropriate levels of cold and respect for bass singers.
Jennifer Glinzak is a Graduate Arts Management candidate at American University. A native Californian, Jennifer received a Bachelor’s of Music Performance in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor’s of Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis from Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Jennifer was previously the Manager and Assistant Conductor of two youth orchestras in Southern California before beginning graduate studies at American University. Along with being the current manager of the AU Choruses, Jennifer is finishing up her Master’s with a directed research focused on combining previously un-synthesized data to advance foundational Arts Education research in the field.
Steven Haderer is currently a Public Communications major with a minor in Leadership and Management. Steven spent the Spring 2013 semester interning on Capitol Hill for his Senator, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). Steven is a proud four year varsity soccer letter at his alma mater, Forsyth Country Day School. During his time at Forsyth Country Day, Steven played the role of ‘Jack’ from Into The Woods, was President of the Democratic Student Union, and attended the UNC Catalyst Conference. In 2012, he performed in the American Performance Series National Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall. His favorite sports teams are the New York Giants and Manchester United, and Steven hopes to make a return visit to England one day to attend a Manchester United vs. Manchester City match.
Daniel Leon is a second year member of the American University Chamber Choir. He recently completed his internship at William J. Clinton Foundation, where he restructured a program that gives high school students the opportunity to intern at the foundation and go through an intensive training to prepare them for college and professional work environments. He is currently a senior at American University and is pursuing a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Comparative and International Race Relations and a minor in Music. He aspires to one day be the president of a non-profit organization that aids in using the entertainment industry as a medium for social change.
Taylor Morano is freshman at AU currently studying Music and Film. Since 2006, Taylor has appeared in over 15 musical theatre productions with school, local, and state production companies. Taylor’s biggest role came in 2011 when he performed as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera at North Hunterdon High School. As a career, Taylor hopes to write and direct films in which music plays a central role in the emotional connection to the story.
Robert Sheehan, tenor/countertenor, is a rising senior at American University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Arts Administration. He studies voice with Barbara Hollinshead. As a member of AU Chamber Singers, Robert has had the opportunity to perform in Spain and Portugal. Robert has interned with Washington National Opera, the Dallas Fine Arts Chamber Players, and Vocal Arts DC.
Katherine Riddle is completing her senior year at American University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. She studies voice with Dr. Linda Allison and also studied piano with Yuliya Gorenman and classical guitar with Larry Snitzler. A member and soloist of AU Chamber Singers, Opera Workshop and University Chorus, Katherine also spent two years on The Eagle newspaper staff and is an active member of the University Honors Program. As part the AU abroad program in the fall of 2011, Katherine studied music at King’s College London and voice at the Royal Academy of Music. Katherine was named the winner of the American University Concerto and Aria Competition in 2013 and will perform with American University Symphony Orchestra this April. She also placed first in the 2012 MD/DC NATS Competition for musical theatre.
Some days Ian C. Urriola sings tenor. Some days he sings bass. Some days he’s conducting the choir. Some may call him a Renaissance man. Most just call him confused. Ian is a junior working on his Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in vocal performance. Hailing from Rochester, New York, music has been an integral part of the majority of Ian’s life. He started singing in semi-professional choirs at the age of ten. Since then, he has participated in master classes conducted by George Gibson, Betsy Bishop, Ken Weiss and Luke Fraizer. He serves as bass section leader in Chamber Singers, and as tenor section leader in the Chancel Choir at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. Ian also studies conducting at AU and directs two church choirs in the DC area.
Travis J. Volz is a rising senior from Whitehall, Montana. He has enjoyed math and science from a very early age and in college, he became quickly engulfed in a double major in Physics and Mathematics. As a way to keep himself sane, amongst the technical coursework, he has enjoyed singing. This has included singing Tenor in AU Chorus and Bass in Chamber Singers. He is very excited to travel to Russia as he has never been out of the country and it will be quite an exciting experience.
Sarah Wirshup is a sophomore at American University studying Music: Vocal Performance and Psychology. Hailing from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania; Sarah studied both violin and voice prior to attending American University. After undergraduate school she plans to attend graduate school to study psychology, then continue on to earn a doctorate and practice Clinical Psychology. She has participated in the AU Chorus, the New Music ensemble, and this is her third semester with the American University Chamber Singers.