Rob Langdorf is the director of the Lexmark Singers where he works full-time as a quality systems engineer. A native of the Detroit area, he was the band director at the University of Detroit, Mercy, his alma mater, for 6 years. Prior to that, he was a high school marching band instructor and drill writer. During college, he was a member of the University Chorale and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as a founding member and part-time director of the Titan Pep Band. Now in Lexington, Mr. Langdorf sings tenor with the Lexington Singers with whom he has had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall and at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as well as at multiple venues across central Kentucky. He also sings with the Kentuckians Barbershop Chorus. A versatile musician, he is a founding member of the Lexington Ringers handbell ensemble. He lives in Lexington with his wife of 20 years, Erica and 4 daughters. Photo by Sally Horowitz.
Deanna Lunt Baker has over 15 years experience in teaching private voice instruction as well as more than 20 years in the choral arts. She graduated with a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University where she was a member of the BYU Concert Choir and the internationally acclaimed BYU Singers. She has an extensive background in musical and opera performance, including leading roles in “Le Nozze Di Figaro,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “Anything Goes,” and more. She has a passion for choral performance and directing and has studied under fantastic conductors at many levels. She has conducted several community choirs and is excited to take on more conducting responsibilities in the Messiah Sing-Along. She additionally received her cosmetology license after her undergraduate degree. She teaches voice and piano lessons from home, where she also runs her cosmetology business. She has lived in Lexington for 4½ years with her husband and two children. They have loved it! Photo by Dale Baker.
Marie-France Duclos has built a vast repertoire of solo performances including sacred music and opera. She was recently featured as Despina in Cosi fan tutte with UK Opera Theatre. She also sang the role of Belinda in Bourbon Baroque’s 2015 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as well as in their 2015 Handel’s Messiah. She was the soprano soloist in Bach’s Saint-John’s Passion with the Kentucky Bach choir March 2016. She is the first prize winner of the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach Choir Competition 2014. She sang in J.S. Bach’s Motets in a concert broadcasted by the public radio CBC. She also toured as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel presented by JMC. Marie-France earned a master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Montreal. She is now working towards her DMA in voice performance at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Dr. Noemi Lugo. Marie-France sang The Messiah with Bourbon Baroque in November 2016 and in the Lexington Community Messiah Sing-Along 2017.
Sherri Phelps, mezzo soprano, is an active soloist throughout the Southeast including operatic, oratorio, and concert repertoire. She has appeared in various University Programs in roles from Puccini, Mozart, Beethoven, and Humperdinck. She has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and concertized with the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose, California, in 2017. She has sung under renown conductors and recorded a role in Aaron Copeland’s Tenderland with pianist Dr. Rachel Taylor. A native of Morgantown, Kentucky, Ms. Phelps earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University, her Master’s from The Juilliard School, and completed her DMA from University of Kentucky. Currently she is specializing in the songs of composer John Jacob Niles and performing the multimedia recital of his music Written in the Stars. Ms. Phelps is a teacher at Eastern Kentucky University and maintains a private studio as well.
Zach Morris is a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Kentucky where he serves as a teaching assistant. Mr. Morris has been a frequent performer on the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre stage in productions such as Il Barbiere di Sivigia, Ragtime, Cosi fan tutte, Sweeney Todd, as well as Les Miserables. Recent oratorio credits include Messiah with Bourbon Baroque, Soloist in Bach’s B-minor Mass with the Kentucky Bach Choir and UK Choirs, as well as evangelist for several Kentucky Opera Choir performances. Mr. Morris has served as a young artist for Opera Maine, Ohio Light Opera, as well as the Bayview Music Festival. Photo by Myranda Thomas.
Dr. Daniel Koehn, bass-baritone, has performed many opera roles, including the title role in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, Frank in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Don Magnifico in Rossini’s Cinderella, John Falstaff in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème. He has sung for Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Diego Opera, among others. Dr. Koehn has also performed professionally as bass soloist in many choral masterworks, including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, and Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ. Dr. Koehn teaches voice at Eastern Kentucky University and at Transylvania University. He earned his B.A. in Vocal Performance at Asbury University and his M.M. and D.M.A. in Vocal Performance at the University of Kentucky. He and his wife Renita live in Wilmore, Kentucky. Photo by Renita Koehn.
PRINCIPAL 1st VIOLIN
Dr. Sila Darville, born in Ankara, Turkey, currently holds the position of lecturer in violin and viola at Eastern Kentucky University. She began her music studies at ‘Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Music Preparatory School in Turkey. She won 2nd prize in ‘Edirne International Rotary Club, International Competition for young Musicians’ in 2000. After high-school, she studied for a year at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands and received her Bachelor’s degree from ‘Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory’ in Istanbul as school valedictorian. Darville has performed at the Mendelssohn Summer School Festival in Hamburg, Germany where she performed on a live national radio concert with Tempesta Quartet 2011. In May 2012, she performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no.1 op.77 with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Orchestra as the concerto competition winner.
Sila received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. In 2014, she received awards from the Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition and Schubert Club Scholarship Competition in St. Paul, MN. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree as Dr. John. H. Gilbert’s Assistant at Texas Tech University. Dr. Darville has performed with many Symphonic Orchestras including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Lubbock as the principal second for three seasons, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, the Amarillo Symphony, Midland Symphony, La Crosse Symphony, Atlanta Pops, Paducah Symphony Orchestra and more recently Louisville Ballet and Louisville Orchestra.
PRINCIPAL 2nd VIOLIN
Mary Elizabeth Henton has been teaching music for six years. Currently, as director at Lexington Traditional Magnet School, her orchestras have received Distinguished Ratings at KMEA assessment. Previously, she was assistant orchestra director at Henry Clay School. Ms. Henton received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education at Eastern Kentucky University. She plays violin in the Lexington Community Orchestra, the Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Kentucky Bach Choir, and has performed violin/fiddle for numerous musical shows in Lexington and surrounding areas including Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeny Todd, The Wiz, and many more. Mrs. Henton won the 2013 ASTA Studio Teacher of the Year award, and currently teaches private violin/viola lesson out of her home on the family farm in Woodford County. She helped jump start the Woodford County after school strings program in 2010, and has taught Appalachian Music classes at The Living Arts and Science Center. She enjoys lots of runs on the farm and spending time with her family! Photo by Carrie Pratt, Simply Blue Studio.
Lubitza Hershberger, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, has been performing and teaching music for 28 years. She is at home on the concert stage, in the recording studio, teaching, and conducting research. She enjoys teaching in the classroom setting and promoting arts education. She has many years of teaching experience and holds degrees from the Bulgarian National Conservatory of Music and the University of Alabama. Lubitza is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky and a student of Dr. Wendy Yates. Photo by Lubitza Hershberger.
Nathan Jasinski has given solo performances in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and throughout the United States. A recent highlight includes a performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Keweenaw Symphony in Michigan. He performs regularly with the Appalachia Piano Trio, as continuo/solo cellist with the Kentucky Bach Choir, and as a solo recitalist. Dr. Jasinski earned degrees in cello performance from Brigham Young University nd Arizona State University, and his doctorate from the University of Michigan.
An enthusiastic educator, Dr. Jasinski frequently gives master classes at educational venues throughout the country. He joined the music faculty at Eastern Kentucky University in 2006. Prior to this appointment, he taught at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Snow College in Ephraim, UT. His love of teaching has led to his working with young musicians at the Interlochen and Steven Foster music camps. He is currently president of the Kentucky Cello Club, an organization that promotes cello playing and teaching throughout the region.
REHEARSAL PIANIST, HARPSICHORD & ORGAN
Zachary Klobnak is College Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He is also Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, where he directs the music program, administers the “Music on Main Street” concert series, and plays the church’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ. A native of Iowa, he holds degrees from Luther College (BA), the University of Florida (MM), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA), where he held the Brownson Fellowship for organ studies. His principal organ teachers include Dana Robinson, Laura Ellis, and Gregory Peterson; he has also studied harpsichord with Kathryn Reed and choral conducting with Donald Nally, Fred Stoltzfus, and Timothy Peter. Zach is an active recitalist, a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and studied French organ literature and design in Paris and in the Alps region of France. He has held church music positions in Illinois, Florida, and Iowa. Photo by Unknown.
Sean Douglas is a junior music education major at Eastern Kentucky University, and is also pursuing a minor in English. He is very involved in the music department at Eastern, holding principal positions in both the wind ensemble and the orchestra. Sean made a huge impact on the marching Colonels, as well. He was in the band for three years and a section leader for his last two. He is a trumpet student of Dr. Joseph Van Fleet, who is one of his biggest supporters.
Music is apart of Sean’s life year round. He is also an active member of his hometown community orchestra (directed by Mr. Jack Walker) and has been since high school.
FREDERICK DOUGLAS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA