John Bischoff Bass
John Bischoff is a versatile performer frequently featured in operatic, orchestral and choral performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He appeared recently as the Sacristan in Tosca with Livermore Valley Opera, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with West Bay Opera, and Tripaldi in Ainadamar with Opera Parallèle. This season’s solo engagements include Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Soli Deo Gloria, Handel’s Samson with San Francisco City Chorus, Verdi’s Requiem with the San Francisco Sinfonietta, and the inaugural concerts presented by San Diego’s Pacific Bach Project.
Bischoff was privileged to sing with the renowned choral ensemble Chanticleer and continues to perform with numerous professional choirs in the Bay Area, including the Philharmonia Chorale and Clerestory. Before pursuing a career in music, he taught English in Guangzhou, China, and worked as a journalist for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul as a producer, reporter and host.
Christine Brandes enjoys a career that runs the gamut from intimate
chamber concerts and recitals to opera and oratorio. Most recently
she has appeared in operas by Mozart and Gluck with the Seattle
Opera, Washington National Opera and Arizona Opera. Concerts have
included the L.A. Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and chamber
concerts with the most distinguished players of both the Baroque
and modern persuasions. The 2012–2013 season saw the premiere of a new
work by Eric Moe written especially for her and the Brentano Quartet.
Brandes has sung for the orchestras of Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia,
New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Tokyo,
among others. She has also performed for the New York City Opera,
as well as with the opera companies of San Francisco, Seattle, Minnesota,
Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Portland. She has recorded for numerous
Clifton Massey Countertenor
Clifton Massey is known for his stylish interpretations of wide-ranging musical styles. Praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for “gloriously rounded tone and a measure of heft often missing in proponents of his voice type,” his singing has taken him to many festivals and venues including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Metropolitan Museum of NY, Tokyo Opera City, and the Bach festivals of Berkeley, Bloomington and even Kalamazoo! He performs frequently with Spire Ensemble, Clerestory, American Bach Soloists, and Philharmonia Baroque.
Massey was a member of Chanticleer, with whom he performed over 200 concerts in some of the world’s most renowned concert halls. He teaches with the Piedmont Choirs, directing young singers in the Bay Area. He feels that instilling a shared love of music is integral to educating a whole person, and essential for building bridges to the larger world beyond classroom walls.
Brian Thorsett Tenor
Since taking to the operatic stage in 2001, Brian Thorsett has been seen and heard in over 100 roles. This season he sings Arnalta in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and the title role in Handel’s Samson. As a concert singer, he fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of over 200 works, taking him to concert halls across Europe and the United States, including solo recitals and vocal-chamber performances presenting the premieres of works by Ian Venables, David Conte, Shinji Eshima, Michel Bosc, Noah Luna and Laurence Lowe.
Thorsett is a graduate of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program, the American Bach Soloists’ Academy, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, England. He has spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West, and is currently on the faculty at Santa Clara University.
Matthew Tresler Tenor
Matthew Tresler is in his fifth year at Irvine Valley College, serving as Academic Chair of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Northern Arizona University and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in choral conducting from the University of Miami. There he was the senior teaching assistant and conductor of the Women’s Chamber Ensemble. During his time in Miami, he served as the Director of Music Ministries at the historic Coral Gables Congregational Church, where he conducted the Chancel Choir and Vocal Ensemble. Prior to his studies at Miami, he taught high school choral music for eight years in Gilbert, Arizona, where he also held offices with the Choral Directors of Arizona and the Arizona Choral Directors Association. An active professional ensemble singer, he sings with the Los Angeles Master Chorale; Santa Fe Desert Chorale, where he has served as assistant conductor; the Grammy-nominated ensembles Conspirare and Seraphic Fire; the Bach Collegium San Diego; Tucson Chamber Artists; and Spire Ensemble. He was a member of the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale for eight seasons.
Also active as a solo singer, Matthew has performed with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, the Flagstaff Symphony, the Arizona Bach Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Miami Bach Society, and the Master Chorale of South Florida. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha, and a serves as a voting member of The Recording Academy.