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The Carmel Bach Festival presents...
The 2005 Adams Vocal Master Class

From the 2005 Festival Program Book:

Two decades ago, a generous and visionary group of friends and family established a vocal master class to honor the Bach Festival's late friend and patron Virginia Best Adams. In 1984 the first sessions were held, with participants chosen from the members of the Festival's professional Chorale.

Since that time, the Adams Master Class has achieved an international reputation as a prestigious summer training opportunity for Baroque singers. Participants are now chosen by open audition, and every year we receive applications from around the world.

The summer events include six working sessions open free to the general public. In the casual atmosphere of our public sessions the audience can watch the teachers and young artists at close hand as they explore all aspects of Baroque style, vocal technique, artistic communication, and performing artistry.

The Carmel Bach Festival is the only professional organization in North America where singers are awarded a cash stipend to coach Baroque music in a fully professional setting. (Participants are also given round trip airfare, and housing in Carmel)The 4-week program culminates in a special concert on August 6, showcasing the four young soloists, and featuring members of the Festival Orchestra.

Joining me in leading the summer's classes are my colleagues (and Bach Festival vocal soloists) Kendra Colton, Benjamin Butterfield, and Michael Dean.

The esteemed keyboardist, vocal coach, and conductor Michael Beattie is repetiteur for the entire program and harpsichordist/organist for the August 6 concert.

These relaxed gatherings are a perfect opportunity to experience the joy of the singer's art and the magic and excitement of young singers at the dawn of their careers.

David Gordon
Director, Adams Vocal Master Class

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The 2005 Adams Fellows

Jacqueline Horner - soprano
(New York, NY)

Jacqueline Horner was born in Belfast, N. Ireland and and received her musical training there. She began her career as a performer of contemporary music, and appeared with the English National Opera, the Royal Opera and the Aldeburgh Festival.

In 1996 she became a resident of the USA, and began focusing her career more on the Baroque era. For several years she has been a member of the acclaimed early music vocal quartet Anonymous 4, with whom she has recorded and toured internationally. Now working to establish a career as Baroque soloist, Jacqueline lives in New York City, where in addition to her solo work she has a thriving voice studio.


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 Sonia Gariaeff - mezzo-soprano
(San Francisco, CA)

Click here to read an updated bio of Sonia

Russian-American mezzo-soprano Sonia Gariaeff received the Grand Prize in the 2002 Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition and presented a successful recital at the Sunset Center in May, 2004. Also in 2004 she was a Resident Artist in Education with the San Francisco Opera Center.

Especially known for her vivid portrayal of opera roles by Rossini, Verdi, and Mozart, she is establishing a busy career on the West Coast and beyond. Originally from Gilroy, California, she received her Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and currently lives in San Francisco.


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Brigham Timpson - tenor
(Boulder, CO

A Colorado resident Brigham began his musical studies at the University of Utah. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in music at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has a wide repertoire encompassing opera and oratorio, and specializes in the lyric roles of Handel, Rossini, Mozart, and Donizetti.

His career is just taking off, but he already has performed opera in Italy, a tenor's dream! From his earliest vocal studies, Brigham knew he was destined to sing the music of Bach and the Baroque, and he has pursued that goal with focus and enthusiasm.


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Robert Samels - bass-baritone
(Bloomington, IN)

Bass-baritone Robert Samels is both singer and conductor. He began his undergraduate studies at Bowling Green University as a bassoon major, but ultimately graduated with three simultaneous bachelor's degrees: vocal performance, music history, and composition!

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Samels is in his second year of doctoral studies in conducting at Indiana University, where he also studies voice with legendary bass, Giorgio Tozzi. His wide range of repertoire includes operas from the Baroque to contemporary, and concert works from Bach and Handel to Shostakovitch. In the fall of 2005, Robert will conduct the world premiere performances of his new opera, Pilatus.

On Thursday, April 20, 2006, Robert and four fellow IU students were killed in a plane crash between Lafayette and Bloomington. All of them were fine singers and wonderful people. Their death is a great loss to us all.

2005 Faculty:

   David Gordon, tenor (Master Class Director)  website   send email

   Kendra Colton, Festival Soprano Soloist

   Benjamin Butterfield, Festival Tenor Soloist

   Michael Dean, Festival Baritone Soloist   website

   Michael Beattie, repetiteur

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