Michael Bannett Bass-Baritone
Michael Bannett is from San Francisco. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he sang with the USC Chamber Singers and USC Opera. Recent operatic roles include Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci with the Celestial Opera Company; Dancairo in Bizet’s Carmen and Pish in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado with the Pacific Opera Project; Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival; Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera; Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and First Priest in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with USC Opera; and Camero in Conte’s America Tropical with the Definians Project.
Bannett currently resides in Los Angeles, where he studies voice with Donald Brinegar and is a staff singer at St. James’ in the City. He often performs with choral organizations in Southern California, including the Horizon Music Group, the de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, and LASchola.
Corey Carleton Soprano
Corey Carleton is a native Californian who specializes in Baroque music. Her clear, agile voice has been described as “bell-like” by the San Jose Examiner and “glassy-toned” by the East Bay Express. For the last 15 years she has performed around the United States and internationally in the early-music genre as both a soloist and ensemble musician with orchestras and chamber groups such as Tesserae, Musica Angelica, Musica Pacifica, Faire Viols, Ensemble Vermillion, and the Grammy Award–winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers.
Since 2006 Carleton has also been a member of Les Violettes, a Bay Area–based chamber ensemble that champions French Baroque music. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 11-year-old daughter.
Dylan Hostetter Countertenor
Dylan Hostetter was born in Indianapolis and is now a resident of Los Angeles. He started singing in the Anglican tradition of boys’ choirs at Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis under the tutelage of Dr. Fredrick Burgomaster, soloed with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, and sang the lead in an Indiana University Opera production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. He went on to study voice with Paul Elliott and Paul Hillier at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.
Hostetter has sung with the Pro Arte singers, toured in Holland with Theatre of Voices, and was a founding member of the Concord Ensemble. He later joined the award-winning ensemble Chanticleer, with whom he recorded and toured internationally for six years. A lover of all kinds of music, he currently freelances as a composer, producer and arranger, and moonlights as a singer and songwriter.
Jon Lee Keenan Tenor
Jon Lee Keenan grew up in his home town of Las Vegas, Nevada, exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from rock ’n roll and bluegrass to classical and jazz. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a triple major in Music, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his musical studies, earning a doctorate in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. Since joining the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2007, he has appeared as a featured soloist each season.
Recent highlights include Magnus Lindberg’s Graffiti with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; singing the role of the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion this past February; and appearances with the American Bach Soloists in Bach’s Easter Oratorio and St. Matthew Passion, and with the Industry Opera as George Hunter White in Anne LeBaron’s LSD: the Opera. When not singing, he can often be found playing jazz bass with the Disciples Trio on YouTube.