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.
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
Sarah Payne is currently an active member of the KY Chapter of American String Teachers Association and KMEA, acting as the State Orchestra Chair. Mrs. Payne has been teaching at Bryan Station Middle School since fall 2011 leading the orchestras to Distinguished Ratings at KMEA assessment, to performing at the KMEA Conference in Louisville, and to receiving various other recognition and awards. She was awarded the KMEA District 7 “Middle School Music Teacher of the Year” Award in 2013. Mrs. Payne was the Kentucky representative for the December 2014 issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” She currently performs with the Lexington Community Orchestra and L.O.V.E. (Lexington’s Original Viola Ensemble). Mrs. Payne received her Masters of Music degree from Eastern Kentucky University and her Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University. She is currently working on her second Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented Education at Eastern Kentucky University. Photo by Michael Payne.
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.
Sarah Aldiab performs regularly in central Kentucky with groups such as the Kentucky Bach Choir, the Lexington Early Music Ensemble, the Louisville Strings, Electria, and the Highland Chamber Players. She holds an active private studio at Old Town Violins in Lexington teaching viola and violin students. Ms. McManigell took the opportunity for a musical immersion experience in Ireland and Italy where she studied with world class musicians and educators. She earned a BA degree in viola performance from Eastern Kentucky University, studying under Jeremy Mulholland and Meg Saunders. Photo by Mish Diab.
Abigayle Witt is a senior honors student at Eastern Kentucky University pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Abby began playing cello at age thirteen, studying with Louise Harris. As a college freshman, she won the Eastern Kentucky University’s concerto competition, performing Édouard Lalo‘s Cello Concerto. Abby attended Brevard Music Center Summer Institute under the direction of Keith Lockhart in the summers of 2016 and 2017. She gave the premiere performance of Dr. Richard A Crosby’s cello sonata at the 2016 Kentucky Music Teachers National Association conference and was selected to perform in a masterclass at the 2017 American String Teachers’ Association Conference with Amir Eldan. She is a member of the EKU Symphony and String Orchestras and the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra. She currently studies with Dr. Nathan Jasinski. Photo by Mulholland.
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.
Bryan Fairbanks is thrilled to be a part of Lexington Community Messiah Sing- Along and to share his love for music through this inspired work. Through his early years of playing the piano, Bryan found a love for accompaniment along with a passion for conducting choral and orchestral music. As a 9th grader, Bryan was invited to conduct his band for the year-end concert, and has carried this passion throughout his life. As a junior and senior, he served as the high school band drum major. In spite of the many persuasions of others, Bryan pursued an education in the field of healthcare and maintained his love of music as a hobby. Bryan enjoys his career as a prosthetist, where he fits amputee patients with prosthetic arms and legs. He teaches piano lessons after work a few days a week and tries to spend any spare time he has with his wife and four children. Bryan always jokes that his dream job would be to conduct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and his second dream job would be to play the organ for it.
Tanner Hutchins is currently a senior in music education and performance at Eastern Kentucky University. He is part of the EKU Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Eastern Trumpet Studio. Tanner has performed at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference and Video Games Live International, as well as at music festivals in Orvieto, Italy, and Montemorelos, Mexico. He regularly performs locally, as well, with the Lexington Community Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. After graduation, Tanner will further his studies in trumpet performance and instrumental conducting. Photo by Isamu Rhyan Haynes-Sunayama.
Ben Hjorth is a Bass drummer and section leader in the Henry Clay High School drum line. He is part of the advanced percussion class where he also plays snare, bass, marimba, and timpani. Ben, currently a senior, performs with the Steel Drum Ensemble as well as all the musical groups at Henry Clay. He is currently preparing to audition for the Blue Stars Drum Corps International group and is making plans to attend college and serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo by Jill Rosencrantz.
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED ORCHESTRA
ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR: MS. REBECCA GOFF
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL ADVANCED CHOIR
CHOIR DIRECTOR: MS. TIFFANY MARSH