Natalie Campbell currently teaches voice at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. She holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of South Dakota, where she studied with Dr. Brandon Hendrickson. While at USD, she was the winner of the university’s annual concerto competition and performed the roles of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. She also received a B.M. in Piano and Vocal Music Education from Houghton College in New York, and has pursued graduate studies in Piano and Chamber Music at Rice University in Houston, TX. As an educator, Natalie has taught elementary and middle school vocal music, has served as associate director for the Tucson Girl’s Chorus, and maintains a private piano and voice studio. As a vocalist, she recently performed as soloist for the Vivaldi Gloria and Fauré Requiem as part of the Sacred Arts Series at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Upcoming engagements include the role of Adina in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love with Sounds of South Dakota, and soprano soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with Mount Marty College in Yankton.
Anna Christofaro has been recognized for her vocal agility and natural stage presence. She recently appeared as the soprano soloist in Benjamin Britten's Return of the Lamb, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Mozart's Regina Coeli and Bach's Cantata BWV 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen." Anna sings with the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, Conspirare, based in Austin, TX, as well as Vox Humana (Dallas), Oratory Bach (Minneapolis) and Consortium Carissimi (St. Paul). She has also performed with the Univ. of North Texas A Cappella Choir and Collegium Singers as well as toured with the St. Olaf Choir. She is also active on the operatic stage with appearances in Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, The Gondoliers and Gianni Schicchi, among others. In 2011 and 2007, Anna won first place in the Thursday Musical Young Artist Competition. In addition, she won first place in the Minnesota State NATS Competition in 2007 and won second place in 2006. Anna holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas. She has studied with Jean Del Santo, Carol Wilson, Janis Hardy and Geneva Eschweiler and worked with conductors, Jerry McCoy, Craig Hella Johnson, David Childs, Richard Sparks and Anton Armstrong.
"Simply gorgeous", " absolutely exquisite", and “soaring ecstatically” with her “light and delicate vibrato” all describe the sophisticated and expressive singing that soprano, Julianna Emanski, brings to the concert stage. Ms. Emanski's most recent projects include the first professional recording of Sances’ Missa Sanctae Mariae Magdalenae as a soloist in collaboration with the Duke Vespers Ensemble, conducted by Brian A. Schmidt. Another first for Ms. Emanski is Marin Marais’ Sémélé in its premiere performance outside of Europe with the 2015 American Bach Soloists Academy. Recent engagements include an international performance of Česká mše vánoční by Jakub Jan Ryba at the Janáček Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic. Ms Emanski is the co-founder and artistic director of Seattle-based Queen City Musicians. She frequently performs both chorally and as a soloist with Austin Baroque Orchestra, Dallas Bach Society, South Dakota Chorale, Tennessee Chamber Chorus, Mountainside Baroque, and The Choral Pick-up. Ms. Emanski has sung on the professional recordings of Dallas Bach Society, South Dakota Chorale, and Blizzard Entertainment - World of Warcraft, and Diablo III: Reaper of souls. She currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. For more information please visit www.JuliannaEmanski.com.
Maren Engel is a recent graduate of Augustana College with degrees in Vocal Music and Classics. She was a 4-year member of the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir and spent her college career involved in all things music. She was the state winner of the 2012 MTNA young artist voice competition, performed with the Sounds of South Dakota award winning production of The Magic Flute, and received the Outstanding Senior Musician Award at Augustana. Since graduation she has been singing with the South Dakota Symphony Chorus for their 2013-2014 seasons. She currently works in the Augustana Admission office as Coordinator of Performing Arts Recruitment, working with students with an interest in music and theater find a satisfying artistic home at Augustana. She also works as a choral section leader at First Congregational Church under director Jack Mohlenhoff. She is overjoyed to be performing with the incredible South Dakota Chorale again this year.
Described as "brilliant" by San Francisco Classical Voice, soprano Fiona Gillespie Jackson sings with ensembles as both a soloist and professional chorister across the United States. Recent and upcoming projects include a collaboration with members of the Juilliard 415 Orchestra on Bach's Cantata 58 for the Early Music at St. James Concert Series Christmas concert in Lancaster, PA, seasons with Skylark Ensemble, Kinnara Ensemble, Vocal Arts Ensemble, and a tour with The Lycoming College Tour Choir to Beijing and Shanghai. Fiona is also thrilled to be making her international debut as Armide in Lully's Armide, this February with the Ensemble OrQuesta and Woodhouse Baroque Festival Opera Academy in Holmbury St. Mary, UK. Recently, Fiona has appeared as a soloist with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, The Denton Bach Society, Vox Philia, and Ampersand. She studied at Westminster Choir College and the University of North Texas, and currently teaches adjunct voice at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, where she is also a Co-founder of the Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra. Fiona is a founding member, and soprano with the new one voice per-part early music ensemble, Earthshine, which makes its NYC debut this spring.
Amber Wellborn has distinguished herself as a soprano with a rich lyric tone and musical sensitivity. At the age of 17, she was featured in the National Public Radio program “From the Top,” and in 2008, at the age of 22, she won First Place in the prestigious Dallas Opera Guild Career Grant competition in 2008. She has been a regional finalist for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, the Edward Baird Singer of the Year Competition, and has won numerous first place awards in various levels of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Texoma Regional Auditions. Wellborn has been featured in various recitals and programs for the Casalmaggiore International Chamber Music Festival in Italy and is active in opera and concert settings, Ms. Wellborn holds the Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with Linda Di Fiore, and is currently earning her Masters of Vocal Performance Degree at Baylor University, studying with Deborah Williamson. Wellborn is a founding member of The South Dakota Chorale.
Whitney Fretham is from Sioux Falls, and studied voice with Nanette Hofer for over five years prior to and throughout college. Whitney attended Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN, where she sang with the acclaimed a capella Concordia Choir for three years (2006-2009). In her time at Concordia, she studied privately with Lucy Thrasher, Soprano, and soloed with the choir, traveling across the country in performance. In the past few years, Whitney soloed with both the Spirit of Peace and First Presbyterian choirs in their performances of Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Cantata Wachet Auf, and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, under the direction of Daniel Graber. Whitney regularly sings at church, as well as weddings and funerals, and teaches private voice lessons from her home studio in Sioux Falls. Whitney works as a holistic health coach with her own business, She Lives Fit, as well as working at an eye clinic during the week.
Deanna Wehrspann is a charter member of the South Dakota Chorale, having also sung under eminent conductors Eric Ericson, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Jon Washburn, and Charles Bruffy. A professional pianist, she recently performed with Metropolitan Opera stars Samuel Ramey and Dawn Upshaw; she regularly performs at Augustana College, University of Sioux Falls, and with Sounds of South Dakota regional opera, as well as for SD All-State Chorus and SD High School Honor Choir. A prize-winning composer of vocal, choral, string, and piano music, Mrs. Wehrspann was named 2015 Commissioned Composer for the South Dakota Music Teachers Association and was recently Composer-in-Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has music published by Augsburg Fortress and members of the South Dakota Chorale have premiered several of her works. An active church musician, she has degrees from Augustana College, Luther Theological Seminary, and Emporia State University; she also studied for a year in Leipzig, Germany, on full scholarship from the Lutheran World Federation.
Larke Witten is a charter member, frequent soloist, and board member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir under Rick Bjella and previously Scott MacPherson. She is thrilled to now collaborate with SDC and Brian Schmidt. She is in the 14th year of leading her San Antonio private voice studio. Larke has been a guest soloist with the San Antonio Choral Society, Texas Children’s Choir, San Antonio Messiah, United Voices for Christ, and is a soloist and conductor for music of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South Texas Region. Larke conducted the Texas Jubilee Devotional Choir in conjunction with the opening of the LDS San Antonio Texas Temple. As a graduate of Brigham Young University in vocal performance, she is an alumna of BYU Concert Choir under Mack Wilberg, and BYU Singers under Ronald Staheli. She and her husband, Matt, are the parents of three darling and exuberant girls - ages 11, 7, and 5.