The Men of St Paul's Choir
Ari Nieh is active in the Boston Early Music scene as a baritone and countertenor. His recent engagements include concerts with Schola Cantorum of Boston, Long and Away, and Les Enfants Terribles. A baroque opera enthusiast, Mr. Nieh has performed the roles of Mercury (Cupid and Death), Guerrier (Les Arts Florissants), Chief Priest (Semele), Shepherd (Salir el Amor del Mundo), and Medoro (Orlando). Before moving to the east coast, he sang with several Bay Area ensembles including the Pacific Collegium, Volti, Artists' Vocal Ensemble, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He has featured as a soloist in performances of works by John Tavener, Gilbert and Sullivan, and P.D.Q. Bach. He received a Master's degree in Early Music from the Longy School of Music. His rich but finessed sound is heard each week with the Choir of St. Paul's | Harvard Square.
Ian Bowling is busy as a baritone in the Boston Opera scene. Whilst taking a Masters degree in Voice at Boston Conservatory, he teaches Music Theory and Voice at the Boston Arts Academy. Ian has sung Bass with the Choir of St. Paul's | Harvard Square for two years, during which time he has performed numerous solos to great acclaim. Ian graduated with a BM and Music Education from Shenandoah University, and has been an activity planner for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
John Kenney began singing in 4th grade as a chorister in the Our Lady of Victory Boys Choir, State College, PA. John sang as a Choral Scholar through his college years, and sang with four ensembles through college at Penn State including the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Hi-Lo's and Glee Club, of whom he was president. He graduated with a BA in Music History, 1991 with a thesis titled "Techniques of Expression in Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers."
John participated in several summer choral workshops with the Western Wind ensemble from New York, most noted for their soundtrack work on Phillip Glass' Koyaanisqatsi. This lead to a teaching assistantship (1992) at the Amherst campus and a Masters in Musicology, 1997. His Masters thesis concerned "Texture and Structure in Adrian Willaert's Salmi Spezzati." During this time, John was assistant director forThe Madrigal Singers, and sang with the Chamber choir with whom he performed works including the renownedMissa Gaiawith Paul Winter at St. John the Divine, NYC. John also sang with The 5 College Collegium with Bob Eisenstein. He has sung with the Choir of St. Paul's | Harvard Square since 1997.
Nathanial Peeters is a phd. student of Theology at Boston College. He has sung with numerous choral ensembles, most recently with the Schola Cantorum at Notre Dame University.
Garry McLinn is the Manager of the Directors Office of Boston Lyric Opera. Having studied voice at McGill University, he has sung as a tenor with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington as well as in numerous Operatic and Choral contexts.
Von Bringhurst is in his second year pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. He is a native of Pocatello, Idaho, where he also attended Idaho State University. In Idaho, he has been a soloist with the annual Messiah Sing-In and was a soloist with the Camerata Singers of Pocatello, Idaho. He has toured to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Peru with his college Chamber Choir, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music with Honors in 2009.Von worked as Music Director for the Opera House Theater Company in Philipsburg, MT in the 2008 season and was Music Director and Cremona Player for the Illustrious Virginia City Players of Virginia City, MT for their 2010 season. He sang with the choir of Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill during the 2010-2011 season.
Robert Crowe, described by the New York Times as "a male soprano of staggering gifts", is a member of perhaps the world's smallest vocal category. His education was completed at the Manhattan School of Music, after receiving a master of music from Boston University School for the Arts and a bachelor of music, magna cum laude from Millsaps College. In 1995 he was only the second countertenor (and first male soprano) to be a National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition-having his professional debut as „Cherubino" at the Des Moines Metro Opera in summer of that year. Mr. Crowe has sung on many opera stages in the US and in Europe: „Goffredo" in Handel's Rinaldo at the Bayerische Staatsoper, „Acomate" in Hasse's Solimano at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, the title role in Scarlatti's Massimo Puppieno with the Theatro Massimo in Palermo. He has also performed leading roles at the Handel Festival of Halle, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Handel Festival of Göttingen, Handel Festival of Karlsruhe, Early Music Festival of Utrecht, Mozart Festival of Warsaw, Early Music Festival of Connecticut, Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, Sans Souci Festival in Potsdam, Stadtstheater Basel, Landestheater Eisenach, Virginia Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Millenial Arts Productions in NYC, among others. He has worked with such conductors as René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Fabio Biondi, Andreas Spering, Michael Hoffsteter, Julius Rudel, Rheinhard Goebel, Marcus Creed, and stage directors, Nicholas Broadhurst, David Alden, Peer Boysen, and Axel Köhler and many more.
Robert performed in the 250th anniversary production of G.B. Ferrandini's Catone in Utica as "Giulio Cesare" in the Cuvillies Theater in Munich with Christoph Hammer, a critically acclaimed recording of which was released by Oehms Classics. He can also be heard as "Sesto" in Handel's Giulio Cesare on Koch International Classics, as well as "La Victoire" in an ORF recording of Pietro Torri's La Triumph de la Paix. In March 2006 he sang the title role in the world premiere fully-staged production of Nikolaus Schapfl's Der Kleine Prinz, based upon Antione de Saint-Exupery's beloved tale Le Petit Prince at the Badische Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. In 2007 he entered for the first time the world of romantic Grand Opera in as the young "Sièbel" in the Staatstheater Darmstadt's production of Gounod's Faust, garnering critical and popular acclaim for his singing as well as his acting. In March of 2009, together with choreographer-stage director Adrian Navarro-Both, Robert developed a solo opera-ballet Tirsi, using the solo cantatas and solo harpsichord works of G.F. Händel. He performed this together with solo dancers of the Swedish Royal Ballet at the Early Music Festival of Stockholm.
In May, 2008, Robert released his first solo CD, the Virtuoso Soprano Motets of Giacomo Carissimi, to international critical acclaim. The four motets, performed fromeditions prepared by the singer himself, were recorded by the Bavarian Radio, and released on the label Hänssler Profile Editions. Because of the success of this debut recording, Bavarian Radio and Hänssler Editions have agreed to a further solo recording of the Marian Motets of Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Grandi, Carissimi and others from the early 17th century for a fall 2010 release.