Sarah Mattox has sung principal roles with Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland and many others. Hailed as possessing “…a warm voice that is smooth throughout her range, and…a winning dramatic flair”, she has long impressed audiences “…with sensitive singing, a warm, expressive voice and clear diction.” Favorite roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and the title roles in Carmen and Cendrillon. Ms. Mattox is also a First Prize Winner of the Belle Voci National Competition.
Her numerous solo appearances include concerts with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Cascade Festival of Music and the Eugene Concert Choir. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 under the baton of Maestro John Rutter, and has since been invited back three times.
Ms. Mattox has long had an interest in both performing and creating new music, and has performed many roles in the 20th century operatic repertoire. 2006 saw her international debut in Scotland as Miss Jessel in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She has also performed works by Ned Rorem, John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Richard Brooks, and Bern Herbolsheimer.
As a composer, Ms. Mattox won the OPERA PUPPETS Mainstage Award in the 2013 Boston Metro Opera International Composers' Competition for her song cycle "Rumpelstiltskin and the Falcon King." Her music has been programmed across the country in festivals and concerts from New York to California.
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Jo Nardolillo performs actively throughout the United States and in Europe. Dr. Nardolillo’s recent performances include concertos with the St. Petersburg State Symphony in Russia, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. She has performed for a sold-out Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, as well as given recital tours of North America, Ireland and Russia.
Dr. Nardolillo has served as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Maryland Symphony, Principal Second of the Boulder Philharmonic, and has performed with the Alabama Symphony, the New World Symphony and served as Principal Second at the National Orchestral Institute. As a champion of music by living American composers, Dr. Nardolillo has commissioned, recorded, and given the world premieres of many new works, and is a passionate ambassador between composers and their audience. She is heard around the country on radio and television broadcasts, performing with many of the world's leading musicians, and records for Albany Records, ACA, and Rising Son Records.
Dr. Nardolillo earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, and the Eastman School of Music, where she was Mikhail Kopelman’s teaching assistant. Dr. Nardolillo has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Rochester. She served as Assistant Professor of Music at Mercer University, where she was named 2007-2008 Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Dr. Nardolillo is currently on the faculty at Asbury University.
Dr. Nardolillo plays on a 1791 Johannes Cuypers violin, a 1991 John Newton viola, and a 2009 Bradivarius fiddle.
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Judith Cohen began playing twentieth century music at the age of five in Chicago. Bela Bartok was her favorite composer, and she has performed and recorded twentieth and twenty-first century composers throughout her career. After winning several prizes in national and international competitions, jurist Bela Nagy said "Ms Cohen is a born virtuoso, has temperament and wonderful professional control...a rare combination nowadays." She has been presented in solo and chamber music recitals in Mexico, Hungary, and on the Dame Myra Hess Series in Los Angeles and Chicago. In 2005, Steinway &Sons added Judith to its list of Steinway Artists.
Ms Cohen has recorded for the Capstone and Pear Records labels. After releasing a CD of Bela Bartok's solo piano music, Fanfare magazine reported: "On this attractive Bartok collection-in which some of his most popular piano music rubs up against less standard fare- Cohen shows herself to be a peruasive advocate for his gentler side. Her light, treble-tilted tone and her transparent textures show her chosen repertoire off to good advantage. Her deft swing through the Roumanian Folk Dances is especially refreshing."
In the 2008-2009 season, she toured with the Spectrum Dance Theater, performing solo piano music of Erwin Schulhoff to the choreography of Donald Byrd.For more information, visit her website at www.judithrcohen.com