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Counterpoint Singers  
Charlie Briggs, tenor (Moretown)
Eric K. Brooks, baritone (Waterbury Center)

Eric K Brooks is a native of Montpelier, Vermont and is a founding member of Counterpoint. Eric has appeared as chorister and soloist with many groups, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Oriana Singers, Amaryllis, Musica Propria, Melisma, Voces Dulcissimis and the Burlington Choral Society. Eric has been a featured soloist with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Robert DeCormier. Eric is also a clarinetist, appearing with Vermont Symphonic Winds, the Vermont Wind Ensemble, and other groups. Eric makes his home in the hills of Waterbury Center.
Neil Cerutti, tenor (Northfield)

Neil Cerutti was born and raised in Berlin, Vermont. He has performed in many community theater productions, most often with The Barre Players and at The Unadilla Theater in Calais. Neil sang for 9 years in an award-winning Barbershop Quartet called CVQ, and hopes to win awards with his new quartet, Vital Signs. Neil is in his 18th year as a financial aid administrator at Norwich University. He lives in Northfield with pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, and their two daughters, Emma and Anna.
Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, alto (Middletown Springs)

Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, a founding member of Counterpoint, is currently on a "homeschool sabbatical" after teaching choral music and middle school human development courses for eleven years at the independent Long Trail School in Dorset. Her musical training is largely from the well-funded arts program at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY, and with Dr. Lee Spear at Hamilton College. Melissa served as organizer, President of the Board of Trustees, and volunteer coordinator for SolarFest (a non-profit devoted to renewable energy education through the arts) from 1995-2010. Aside from the innumerable joys and opportunities that working with Robert De Cormier and Counterpoint has given her, a peak performance experience was appearing on a Prairie Home Companion as a Celestial Siren with fellow singers Marybeth McCaffrey and Roger Grow in 2001. Melissa trusts in music to help heal the world.
Carolyn Dickinson, alto (Essex)

Carolyn Dickinson grew up in the small town of Avon, NY just outside of Rochester. She graduated with a BS in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College where she studied voice with Robert Shewan and Judith Coen. Carolyn relocated to Vermont in 2003 to complete an internship for her masters' degree and has never left. She is a school administrator focusing on curriculum, instruction, and assessment at the career and technical education center in Essex, VT where she works with students in high school through adulthood as they explore technical training to advance their careers. Carolyn joined Counterpoint in 2005, with a brief break after her daughter, Sophia, was born in 2010. Carolyn has also sung with Bella Voce and the Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont. Carolyn, her wife Jaime, their daughter, Sophia, and two pugs make their home in Essex, VT.

Marjorie Drysdale, soprano (Randolph)

Marjorie Drysdale is a singer, choir director, and music teacher. She is grateful for the many performance opportunities that Vermont has afforded her. During her 40-year career, she has appeared as soprano soloist with the Vermont Mozart Festival, the New England Bach Festival, the Oriana Singers, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, Opera North, Vermont Opera Theater, and Through the Opera Glass, among others. Her favorite operatic role was Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte." Her favorite musical theater role was Maria in "The Sound of Music." In 1984, Marjorie founded the auditioned chorus, "Sounding Joy!," which enjoyed a 28-year run under her artistic direction. In 1998, she co-founded the annual Youth Musical tradition at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph and has served as music director ever since. Today, Marjorie enjoys singing in Counterpoint, running a children's choir, maintaining a small home studio, dabbling at composing, and walking her dogs. A graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Marjorie lives in Randolph with her husband, M. Dickey Drysdale. They have two grown sons.

Stephen Falbel, bass (Montpelier)

Stephen Falbel has been active as a singer since high school and has performed with a wide range of choruses, from the 120-voice Tanglewood Festival Chorus to the Alba Quintet. He studied voice for many years in the Boston area and performed and recorded with professional ensembles such as the Boston Camerata and the Handel & Haydn Society. His solo work includes opera and oratorio, with recent performances in the Mozart Requiem with the VYO, Handel's Messiah with the Vermont Philharmonic, Bach's Cantata 131 with the Pro Musica Consort of Woodstock, Bach's St. John Passion with the Oriana Singers, numerous roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and the role of Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Echo Valley Community Arts. Next spring he will be playing Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with EVCA. Stephen also leads his early music group, the Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont. Stephen joined Counterpoint in 2005 when he moved to Vermont.
Amy Frostman, soprano (South Burlington)

Amy Frostman grew up in Moretown, where she attended Harwood Union High School. While there, she performed in numerous school musicals. Her roles included The Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Maria in West Side Story. She participated in the Vermont All-State, New England, and All-Eastern Choral Festivals. Amy studied voice with Jill Levis. In 1999, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During her tenure there, Amy studied with John Leman, Gary Kendall, and George Gibson. Her solo performances include works of Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Rossini, Schumann, Faure, Rorem, and Rutter. Amy currently teaches general music at Orchard Elementary School in South Burlington. In addition to Counterpoint, she has sung with numerous local groups, including In Accord, Melisma, Oriana, Simple Gifts, and VSO Chorus. Amy has recently appeared as a featured soloist with the Hinesburg Artist Series, the Rutland Area Chorus, the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Amy lives with her husband, Dan and their sons, Samuel and Maximus.
Marybeth McCaffrey, soprano (Lincoln)

Marybeth McCaffrey's passion for singing was nurtured by her grandmother, parents, public school music educators, and late husband, Mark Reese. She studied with Ellen Hargis and Drew Minter. Marybeth was artistic director of Celestial Sirens. Formerly a licensed attorney and certified music therapist, she presently works with the State of Vermont as Director of Disability and Aging Services. She makes her home in Lincoln with Ross Hart.
Zebulun McLellan, bass (Tinmouth)
Allison Mills, soprano (Essex Junction)

Lyric-coloratura soprano Allison D. Mills received her Master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Montreal, completed post graduate coursework at McGill University, and earned Bachelor's degree in vocal performance and arts administration from the Crane School of Music. Opera and musical theatre highlights include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Cunegonde (Candide), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito), CoCo (Orpheus in the Underworld), Yum Yum (The Mikado), The Nightingale of Samarkand (Once Upon A Mattress), Sarah (Guys & Dolls), Amaranth (Thyrsis & Amaranth, Canadian Premiere), Aello (The Harpies, Canadian Premiere), and Nora in the world premiere of Paul Siskind's The Sailor-Boy and the Falcon with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. She has soloed with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, and with various choruses. Her master class experience includes Patricia Misslin and Leonard Lehrman, with whom she has performed in recital. Allison, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, is passionate about vocal pedagogy and technique and is actively performing and teaching voice privately and at St. Michael's College, and works in development and marketing at the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

Kevin Quigley, bass (West Lebanon, NH)

Kevin Quigley has been working in the arts for most of his life. After earning his BFA in Classical Vocal Performance with a concentration in 20th Century idioms from Carnegie Mellon University, he pursued artistic paths in Pittsburgh, New York City, and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire; producing, composing, and directing contemporary musical theater, dance, and cross-media performances. Kevin is currently the Director of the Thetford Chamber Singers. He also teaches a wide variety of subjects including: classical/jazz/contemporary vocal technique, musical and theatrical improvisation, group singing and chorus, movement, graphic design, art, and archery. Kevin is a licensed Spacial Dynamics® and Bothmer® Gymnastics instructor, a graphic designer, as well as a counselor using Tarot and Feng Shui. He has worked with Revels North as a performer, arranger, and Music Director as well as the Director of the Summer Solstice performance.

Linda Radtke, alto (Middlesex)

Linda Radtke, alto, has appeared as a soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, Oriana Singers, the Burlington Choral Society and the Vermont Mozart Festival, and has performed most of the alto leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Favorite theatrical credits are The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess, Maria), Man of La Mancha (Dulcinea/Aldonza), Camelot (Guinevere) Barber of Seville (Berta) and, with the Hanover Opera Workshop, the title role in Carmen. She has sung in of all of Robert De Cormier's recording projects in Vermont, beginning with The Jolly Beggars in 1998 and seven CDs with Counterpoint, of which she is a founding member. The Vermont Humanities Council sponsors her programs, Vermont History through Song, and the Vermont Civil War Songbook, which have taken her to much of the state as part of the Speakers' Bureau. A recording, Vermont History through Popular Song, was released in 2009.
Cathy Stadecker, soprano (Burlington)

Cathleen Ellis Stadecker, recently moved to Vermont from the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves singing early music and has had the chance to perform with several fine ensembles while living in Boston, New York and San Francisco, including Pomerium, New York Collegium, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Tiffany Consort, Choir of the Church of the Advent, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, and American Bach Soloists. Cathleen received her BA degree cum laude from Columbia University with a double major in English and Music, and then completed an M.Phil degree in Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, where she was a choral scholar with the Trinity College Chapel Choir. She also holds a JD from Columbia Law School and currently practices at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where she specializes in trademark and copyright law. Cathleen lives with her husband, Gabriel, and their daughters, Ella and Sophie.
Cameron Steinmetz, tenor (Rutland)

Cameron Steinmetzis a native of Norwood, Massachussets and an alumnus of Green Mountain College and Castleton State College. Since graduation from the former in 2009, he has worked as stage manager for the Opera Theatre of Weston VT, the composer & musical director of the NCCA Papermill Children's Theatre in Lincoln NH, and as box office manager of Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset VT. Past roles include Seymour in Menken & Ashman's Little Shop of Horrors, Jamie in Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years and Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore. Other performances include solos in Grace Church's production of Handel's Messiah, soloist in Burlington Ensemble's recent "emergency" production of Beethoven's 9th symphony, and as soloist in a joint production of Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore by Castleton State, Johnson State and St. Michael's colleges. He has also performed supporting roles in Opera Theatre of Weston's The Magic Flute by Mozart, and chorus in the Opera Company of Middlebury's most recent productions, Massenet's Thaïs and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Rutland resident Steinmetz is also a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's educational quartet, Ah!Cappella.

Lindsey Warren, mezzo-soprano (Norwich)

Lindsey Warren enjoys conducting, performing and teaching voice and piano to students of all ages. She received a M.M. from McGill University in Montreal and a B.M. from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., both in vocal performance. She has also attended Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute. Currently, Lindsey conducts Zephyrus, a 20-voiced a capella ensemble as well as the United Church of Strafford Choir. Lindsey is an active teacher and performer. She has a private studio at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, VT, teaching voice, piano and theory lessons. Lindsey’s conducting has taken her on tour across North America, Russia, Estonia and Finland. Since moving to Vermont, she has conducted The Randolph Singers, The Roving Revelers, Thetford Chamber Singers as well as worked with the Christmas Revels chorus in 2009. She taught in McGill University's Music Theory department for several years as well as in Johnson State College until her move to the Upper Valley. Her performing roles include: Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Narrator in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has been both alto and soprano soloist for numerous cantatas and oratorios, such as Bach's Magnificat and Schubert's Mass in G. In December 2009, she was the featured soloist in the Christmas Revels' Scottish production in Hanover, N.H. She sang Vivaldi's Stabat Mater with Pro Musica Consort in 2011. Recently, Lindsey has been giving vocal recitals around the state and playing the violin with her son.

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