Solis

 

Mo Bailey, soprano
Fort Collins native and recent CU Boulder master’s graduate Mo Bailey is a dynamic performer specializing in contemporary and early music. Alongside her roles as a choral pro with Ars Nova and an active performer in the Denver/Boulder opera scene, she is thrilled to be a new member of Solis! Over the last few years, Mo has performed with Denver Immersive Opera as Zerlina in an all female production of Don Giovanni, entitled Giovanna’s and as a member of the jazz trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. She also enjoyed playing the roles of Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante, Linda Porter in Red Hot and Cole, 1st Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Rosalinda in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (cover) with CU Boulder’s Eklund Opera. She also sang the role of Jenny in Ned Rorem’s Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters and participated in the 2016 CU NOW workshop of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s A Wonderful Life. Mo formerly worked in the development departments of the Colorado Symphony and the Santa Fe Opera and followed her love of wine to a job at Mari Vineyards in Northern Michigan. When not singing, she can be found working at KMGLife, Inc., a school and recording studio in Boulder, skiing, climbing, hiking, running with her indefatigable puppy, Luna, doing the NYT Crossword, or enjoying a brew with friends and family.
John Boggs. alto
John Boggs is a composer, pianist and vocalist currently pursuing a DMA in Composition from the University of Colorado Boulder. He holds a BFA from Bard College and a MM in Composition from the University of Michigan. His works have been premiered worldwide by such groups as the American Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan’s Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Ensemble, and Boulder’s own Ars Nova Singers. His compositions strive to blend aspects of Indie Rock with contemporary classical ensembles.
Daniel Parks, tenor
Daniel Parks is a conductor, educator, and tenor based in Boulder, CO. He is a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale and Madrigal Singers. He was recently named a conducting fellow for the Wisconsin Conducting Symposium hosted by professional chamber choir Madison Choral Project and Artistic Director Albert Pinsonneault.
Daniel has taught choral music, voice, and music theater at the middle and high schools levels in Wisconsin. Students of his were regularly accepted to the Wisconsin All-State Choirs and received the highest rating at the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival in voice and music theater. As a professional ensemble singer, Daniel has performed with Solis Singers, Boulder Chorale, Minnesota Chorale, Border CrosSing, and Weimar Bach Cantata Academy. Daniel completed a Masters degree in choral conducting at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education at Lawrence University. His research interests include comprehensive musicianship through performance (CMP), vocal improvisation, and early music. He studied conducting with Kathy Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, Emily Threinen, Richard Bjella, and Paul Nesheim.
Daniel loves making music with friends and family, trying new recipes in the kitchen, and exploring the trails around Boulder.
Brian du Fresne, baritone
Brian du Fresne lived in Europe as a kid and obtained degrees through the University of Texas (B.M. and M.M.) and the University of Colorado (M.M.Ed.). For nearly two decades he held the positions of Director of Vocal Music and Music Theatre in the Boulder Valley School District where he directed the choirs and taught AP music theory, guitar, directed the annual musical, and taught Language Arts. His choirs traveled nationally and internationally, and regularly received top honors at regional and national festivals and competitions. Brian was the Principal Organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder for twenty years, and has sung with the internationally acclaimed Ars Nova Singers since 1994. He holds the Associate Certificate through the American Guild of Organists, one of only seven others in the nation that year to achieve that certification. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is Convention Coordinator for the 2019 Southwest Regional Convention of the AGO to be held in Denver, July 7-10. Brian is a Sports and Neuromuscular Massage Therapist, and his practice includes work with elite athletes as well as professional instrumentalists and singers. Brian and his partner (now husband) of thirty-three years, Fred Jewell – a prolific composer and teacher of public school orchestra – live in Thornton with their two crazy cats.
Maxwell J McKee, bass
Maxwell J McKee is a young all-around talent of the musical arts. Hailing from the New York metro area, he spent his early years studying classical piano and acoustic guitar. Then from 2009-2014 he attended Bard College where he studied composition with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, under whose mentorship he earned a number of national honors for original concert music. Maxwell has performed in a broad range of contexts ranging from virtuoso solo piano to black metal band, musical theatre to Georgian choir, a cappella and instrumental chamber music and more. Since moving to Colorado in 2015, Maxwell has developed a deep love for early music and focused on developing as a vocalist. He currently performs as a staff singer, section leader, and occasional soloist with a number of choirs in front range of Colorado and the greater West. Most notably, he is the bass voice and principal arranger for Solis. Today, Maxwell lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he is active as a composer, arranger, singer, and rock climber.

 

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