Baritone Joshua Copeland has been Artistic Director of the Antioch Chamber Ensemble since its inception in 1997. He holds a Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was a member of the highly acclaimed Westminster Choir for four years. Joshua has toured as a singer and director both in the United States and abroad throughout Asia, Europe, and South America. Under Mr.Copeland’s direction, Antioch took top honors at the 2008 Tolosa International Choir Competition and has dazzled audiences and critics alike with diverse programming that has included classic choral masterworks as well as championing todays most exciting contemporary composers. In addition his duties with Antioch, Joshua has created a highly successful choral and handbell program at the Bedminster Township School where he has taught since 2004. An avid gardner, outdoor enthusiast, and historic preservation buff, Joshua splits his time between his residences in Mount Tabor, New Jersey and Northport, Maine.
A GRAMMY-nominated “crystalline tenor” (Backstage) who was praised by the New York Times as “a tenor with a focused, powerful tone“ who sings with “subtlety” and “poignancy“, Stephen Sands is highly sought after as a soloist, conductor, music educator and ensemble member by some of the most prestigious institutions and conductors in the United States. Mr. Sands holds his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Westminster Choir College.
Stephen is conductor of Downtown Voices, a semi-pro choral group that is part of the Trinity Wall Street music program, focused on bringing the best amateur and professional singers in the NYC metro area together into one choir for high level performances. Of his conducting in Britten’s St. Nicholas, The New York Times said “In the sequences in which the adult choir sang at the front of the church, with the children’s choir in the organ loft, the conductor Stephen Sands beautifully balanced the sound and maintained order. The singers and instrumentalists had incisive, agile strength.” The 2015-2106 season will feature performances of Britten’s St. Nicolas, MacMillians Seven Last Words from the Cross and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. 2016-2017 will feature a commissioned work by Zachary Wadsworth which will examine the rich history of downtown New York City.
Stephen is a founding member and Executive Director of the internationally award-winning Antioch Chamber Ensemble, widely regarded as one of the finest professional vocal ensembles in the country. He has had the pleasure of coordinating international performing tours, producing commercial recordings, and staging many self-funded performances.
As an Artistic Director, Stephen has successfully raised funds from both individual and institutional sources for Music in the Somerset Hills, an organization dedicated to music education and performance in northern New Jersey. In 2016, Stephen will lead a concert of Music of the Movies, featuring actor Peter Dinklage and a professional orchestra of Broadway players, led by Jonathan Dinklage. In 2016-2017, Stephen will lead the Somerset Hills Community Chorus in a concert of Mozart’s Requiem and conduct a concert of Handel’s Water Music on a lake in Far Hills, NJ.
In addition to a successful career as a musician and conductor, Stephen is also a respected music educator. He has taught choral music to thousands of students in grades 3-12 in the Somerset Hills School District for more than 17 years.
Stephen has been heard as the Evangelist and tenor soloist in numerous performances of Bach’s sacred oratorios, most recently with the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra in the St. John Passion of J.S. Bach. As an ensemble member, Stephen sings with the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Aoede Consort, TENET, Clarion Music Society, Pomerium, and is a full time member of the Choir of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner. His extensive discography includes the recent releases of a CD of Bach Motets and the Complete Haydn Masses with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Recent releases include tenor solos in the Grammy nominated recording of Handel’s Israel and Egypt with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and a CD of Mannerist Motets of the Renaissance with Pomerium. StephenSands.net
Soprano Martha Cluver has been hailed by the New York Times for her “sweet, pure” and “soulful soprano” voice. Focusing on contemporary music, Ms. Cluver performs frequently with the ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, Signal, SEM, So Percussion and the Vox Vocal Ensemble. She has performed numerous works by composer Steve Reich under the direction of Brad Lubman, David Robertson and Alan Pierson. Ms. Cluver traveled to the Czech Republic in the summer of 2007 for the Ostrava Days New Music Festival, where she performed Neither by Morton Feldman with conductor Peter Rundel and the Janáček Philharmonic. Ms. Cluver has since then returned to the Czech Republic where she performed the demanding soprano role in George Benjamin’s opera Into the Little Hill with PragueModern. In September of 2009 she will be premiering the new opera La Douce by Emmanuel Nunes with the Remix Ensemble in Porto, Portugal. As a chamber musician, Ms. Cluver has premiered works by John Zorn, O&A, Caleb Burhans, Nico Muhly and Brad Lubman. She sings regularly with the Vox Vocal Ensemble, Clarion, and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and has performed under choral directors such as Andrew Megill, Jane Glover, Stefan Parkman and Simon Carrington. Her discography includes Nonesuch, Sweet Spot DVD, Cantaloupe, and Tzadik. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eastman School of Music in viola performance.
Soprano Molly Quinn currently lives and works in New York City. Miss Quinn appeared at the 2009 Spoleto Festival performing Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri under the direction of Andrew Megill, and at Piccolo Spoleto with Antioch Ensemble. Other recent engagements include the role of Drusilla in the Opera Omnia debut production of The Coronation of Poppea. Also in 2008 Miss Quinn appeared in The Wordless Music Orchestra’s performance of Gavin Breyer’s Sinking of the Titanic, under the direction of Brad Lubman. She is a member of the Trinity Church Wall Street Choir with which she is a regularly featured soloist; notable performances include Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 under the direction of Andrew Megill, and the role of Venus in King Arthur under the direction of Owen Burdick. Upcoming projects include the premiere of James Blachly’s song cycle for two Sopranos based on texts from Moby Dick with Nacole Palmer and Benedicte Jourdois. Miss Quinn is a North Carolina native and studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Amy Goldin has been a core member of Antioch Chamber Ensemble since 2002, with whom she has performed in numerous festivals here and abroad, including Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC, the Musique en Morvan Festival and the Festival des Choeurs Laureats in France, Nautilus Music Festival in Nova Scotia, and the Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain. Amy is also a member of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, and has performed with numerous ensembles and in various vocal styles throughout the greater metropolitan area, including Aeode Consort, Prana, Juneau Vocal Alliance, Cantori New York, the Greenwich Village Singers, the Cygnus Ensemble, Opera Quotannis, and Teatro Grattacielo. She can be heard singing the role of Branghien in Frank Martin’s oratorio Le Vin Herbé, recorded by Newport Classics and released in 2000; on Antioch’s CD The Passing of the Year, released by MSR Classics in May, 2010; and on Kairos’ album The Valley Sings, released by MSR classics in November 2012. She lives in Woodstock with her husband and two children.
Soprano Kristin Sands, co-founding member of the Antioch Chamber Ensemble, has also performed in many of the most treasured concert halls and cathedrals with the critically acclaimed Westminster Choir, Westminster Symphonic Choir, Vox Vocal Ensemble, The Choir of Trinity Church, Wall St., Fuma Sacra, and Aeode Consort. Under the baton of distinguished conductors Joseph Flummerfelt, Kurt Masur, Zdenek Macal, Claudio Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Andrew Megill, George Steel, Owen Burdick, Joel Revzin, and Glenn Parker, Mrs. Sands has performed a wide range of repertoire, solo, choral, and operatic, representing the early Renaissance to modern compositions. Many performances have been broadcast live on radio and television; multiple recordings are available through the Naxos, Teldec, MSR Classics and Delos labels. Kristin received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, graduating magna cum laude in 1998. Since that time, Mrs. Sands has maintained a successful private voice and piano studio in the home she shares with her husband, tenor Stephen Sands, and their daughter Micaela.
Praised by Opera News for her “seductive, easy alto,” mezzo-soprano Luthien Brackett is a founding member of Antioch. Her recent solo engagements include performances for Trinity Wall Street’s Bach at One series, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, the 4 x 4 Festival of Baroque Music, and Five Boroughs Music Festival. Regional opera credits include Handel’s Semelewith Music in the Somerset Hills, Mozart’s Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera, and numerous productions with Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. She is a featured soloist on the Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s acclaimed recording of the Complete Haydn Masses (Naxos). In great demand as an ensemble performer, she is a member of the Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, and appears regularly with acclaimed New York ensembles including TENET, Vox, Voices of Ascension, Pomerium, and Clarion Music Society.
“Marvelous,” “elegant,” “beautiful”—so has the New York Times described mezzo-soprano Silvie Jensen. Critics have also called her voice “exquisite, floating and expressive, a joy to hear.” A vocalist of great versatility, Silvie Jensen enjoys a wide-ranging career, which includes early and contemporary music, opera and musical theater, and improvised and experimental music. Ms. Jensen has appeared in operas at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ash Lawn Opera, Stonington Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Riverside Opera, American Chamber Opera, One World Symphony, and at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival. She has performed at London’s Barbican Centre with Ornette Coleman, Teatro Comunale Ferarra with Meredith Monk, Carnegie Hall with Philip Glass. She has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras and other groups such as Clarion Society, Trinity Baroque, Voices of Ascension, Musica Sacra at Alice Tully Hall, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Princeton Baroque, Monmouth Civic Orchestra and Chorus, and with the Broadway Bach Ensemble singing Mahler’s 4th symphony and Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne. Her performance in Hildegard von Bingen’s chant opera Ordo Virtutum, as well many of her performances as a vocal soloist with the Christopher Caines Dance Company, have been critically acclaimed by the New York Times. Ms. Jensen has commissioned and premiered works created for her, and has presented solo recitals at Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Symphony Space, Americas Society, Liederkranz Club, the Stone, Bonhams, Nicholas Roerich Museum, and the Cell Theater. She has performed the music of John Cage, and other contemporary and improvised work in Italy at international festivals Sound Res and La Rocca, Narni. She has recorded for ECM, London, Koch, Helicon, MSR Classics, Sono Luminus and Soundbrush Records labels. www.silviejensen.com
Bass-baritone Raymond Bailey never wanted to be anything other than a Rock & Roll singer. Ironically, he spends most of his time working in other genres. A native of southeastern Virginia, he holds an undergraduate degree from Yale, where he majored in theatre, with a focus on directing. Some years later, he spent a year on staff at Yale’s prestigious School of Drama as an accompanist, vocal coach, and musical director. Mr. Bailey has worked as musical director of plays and cabaret shows in theatres up and down the East Coast, including the 2008 off-Broadway production of PERFECT HARMONY, for which he also wrote arrangements. He also serves as the New York Casting Supervisor for the Arundel Barn Playhouse in southeastern Maine. In demand as a voice coach and accompanist, he works regularly with a number of performers on and off Broadway. In addition to singing with Antioch, he has performed with the choirs of Trinity Church, Wall Street; St. Thomas Church, 5th Avenue; Christ Church, New Haven; St. Bernard’s Church, Bernardsville; Christ Church, Bronxville; Church of the Holy Family (The United Nations Parish); The Greenwich Village Singers; and Vox Vocal Ensemble. Over the past few years, he has entertained four Presidents (three American and one Russian). He is half of the core of the cabaret-pop outfit Autobahn-da-Fé and resides in Manhattan.
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone, is a member of the Trinity Choir of historic Trinity Church Wall Street in New York and performs as chorister and soloist across the U.S. and Canada. He most recently covered the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. In recent seasons, Jonathan has been seen on the operatic stage as Un Ami in Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, the Sorceress in Dido & Aeneas, Claudio in Handel’s Agrippina and Escamillo in Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen. Jonathan has performed in productions with the Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Pocket Opera of New York, Opera McGill, the Washington National Opera, the Washington Concert Opera, Opera Lafayette and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. As a concert artist, he has performed on the stages of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Kennedy Center with ensembles including the Clarion Music Society, Spire Chamber Ensemble, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy and La Chappelle de Québec, the Theatre of Early Music, the Washington Bach Consort, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Gentlemen of St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, and the Bach Sinfonia of Washington, DC. He was noted in the Washington Post as an “artist worth keeping an eye on” and praised by the New York Times for “clarity and fire,” and in 2012 he was awarded Honorable Mention in the sixth biennial Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers in Bethlehem, PA. A native of Upper Marlboro, MD, Jonathan earned a B.Mus from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed a Master’s degree in Early Music at McGill University in 2010 as a student of Sanford Sylvan. He now resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Steven Hrycelak, bass, is in demand as an operatic, concert, and ensemble performer. He has performed with the NY Virtuoso Singers, Toby Twining Music, ekmeles, Early Music New York, Vox, TENET, Meridionalis, Seraphic Fire, and a vocal jazz quintet, West Side 5. He has also been a frequent soloist at Trinity Church Wall Street, as well as with NYS Baroque, Pegasus, Musica Sacra, 4×4, the Waverly Consort, the American Symphony Orchestra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Union Avenue Opera, and the Collegiate Chorale. His performance of Monteverdi’s Seneca with Opera Omnia was hailed by the NY Times as having “a graceful bearing and depth.” He has also traveled the US, Canada, and Europe performing in Frank London’s Klezmer musical, A Night in the Old Marketplace. Mr. Hrycelak has degrees from Indiana University and Yale University, where he sang with the world-renowned Yale Whiffenpoofs. Additionally, he is a coach/accompanist.