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; Kromow in Lehár’s The Merry Widow; 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. 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 12-year-old daughter.
Janelle DeStefano Mezzo-Soprano
Janelle DeStefano enjoys the entire gamut of classical singing, from opera and oratorio to recital and chamber music. Praised for her “passionate delivery” and “rich seamless voice,” she has rendered dramatic performances in such diverse concert works as the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s B minor Mass, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Zeisl’s Hebrew Requiem, Szymanowsky’s Stabat Mater, and the United States premiere of Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös’s choral work Schiller: Energische Schoenheit.
DeStefano has been featured in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jacaranda Music at the Edge, El Mundo, Bach Collegium San Diego, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Operatic roles include Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuletti e i Montecchi; Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts with honors from USC’s Thornton School of Music, and is currently on the faculty at Santa Monica College.
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.
Jennifer Ellis Kampani Soprano
Jennifer Ellis Kampani, a soprano who “offers a freshness of voice, fineness of timbre, and ease of production that place her in the front rank of early-music sopranos” (andante.com), is a leading interpreter of the Baroque vocal repertoire. She has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and New York Collegium. Her international career has included appearances with period-instrument groups such as the American Bach Soloists, Baroque Band, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo’s Fire, Musica Angelica, and the Boston Camerata.
Kampani has been heard in many concert series and festivals including Les Flâneries Musicales de Reims (France), Aston Magna, Da Camera Society, Houston Early Music, Music Before 1800, Carmel Bach, and the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals. Highlights among the many CDs she has recorded are Kingdoms of Castille, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012; and the works of Chiara Cozzolani, which was a Gramophone editors pick in 2002.
Jon Lee Keenan Tenor
Jon Lee Keenan grew up in his hometown 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; 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.
Brett McDermid Bass
Brett McDermid holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent several years touring the United States and internationally with various choirs. He has performed with the Concordia Choir, Kentucky Opera, Cornerstone Chorale, the Pallas Ensemble and the Cardinal Singers. He is an original member of the male vocal ensemble Chanson, which has released four studio albums.
McDermid currently sings with the Clarion Singers, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Choir of St. James, LASchola, the De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Horizon Chamber Choir, Pacific Bach Ensemble, and Los Angeles Chamber Singers. He is a member of the early-music ensemble Tesserae, and works as a TV and internet voice-over artist.
Matthew Tresler Tenor
Matthew Tresler, who has been praised by the Orange County Register for his “feathery light acrobatics” and by the Miami Herald for his voice of “unearthly beauty,” is currently Academic Chair of Music and Director of Vocal Music at Irvine Valley College. An active ensemble singer, he performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Conspirare, Seraphic Fire, the Bach Collegium San Diego, True Concord, and Vox Humana. In the past, he has sung with the Phoenix Chorale and Spire.
Tresler has also worked as a studio singer for film soundtracks in Los Angeles. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New World Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Les Surprises Baroques, and Early Music Hawaii, among others. He holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northern Arizona University and the University of Miami.