JIN KRISTA KANG, Artistic Director, Conductor and Co-Founder of Canticum Scholare, has led a number of dynamic choral programs at various academic and parochial institutions in New York City, including programs with the Choir at New York University Holy Trinity Chapel, the Concordia College Preparatory Division Choir in Bronxville, Children’s Aid Society Chorus, the YWCA Community Choir, and the Art Song Society of New York. She holds degrees in Organ and Harpsichord Performance with honors from the Manhattan School of Music and Anton Bruckner University of Performing Arts in Linz, Austria, where she was a full merit scholarship and Most Outstanding Performer Award recipient. Jin Krista has also studied choral conducting under Dennis Keene, and Bart Folse, a former Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including a second place award at the Brunnenthal International Early Music Competition for Soloists, directed by Ton Koopman of The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
TOM JIM SOLON, Tenor and Co-Founder of Canticum Scholare, received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied voice with the late Theodore Puffer who was the founder and artistic director of the Nevada Opera. Tom has performed with various prestigious choral programs in New York City, including the role of Ariel in Hayden's The Creation at Columbia University in 2003 under the direction of Gail Archer. Prior to St. Joseph's, Tom appeared as a soloist and section leader for choral programs and concert series at St. Vincent Ferrer, All Saints Church in New York City, First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Brooklyn. The passion for early music and singing choral music drew Tom to collaborate with his long time colleague, Jin Krista Kang, in establishing Canticum Scholare.
SARAH MOGA, Mezzo-Soprano, is an experienced ensemble singer and liturgical musician. She has been a member of the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village choir since 2013. She has previously sung with St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church and Temple Sinai Synagogue in Washington, DC, as well as the George Washington University Singers and Chamber Choir. She holds a Master’s Degree in History from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and German Language and Literature from George Washington University. This is her third season with Canticum Scholare.
WOLFGANG KEIL, Tenor, is an experienced choral singer, jazz pianist, and physicist. He began taking piano lessons and singing in choirs in his hometown, Chemnitz, Germany, at the age of 5. Since then, he has performed a wide variety of music ranging from Gregorian chants to contemporary music. In 2001, his passion for Renaissance and Baroque music led him to form the eight-part early music ensemble, Convivoci. The ensemble premiered several rediscovered motets of forgotten Renaissance Masters from his hometown. In 2008, Wolfgang co-founded a vocal quartet in Göttingen, Byrd’s Voices, an ensemble that specializes in the music of William Byrd and his contemporaries. In addition, he has frequently performed as a soloist for various choral repertoires, including Hugo Distler’s Christmas Story, and Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien. Wolfgang has been with Canticum Scholare since its inception in 2012. Wolfgang Keil is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Physics at Rockefeller University in New York City.
NATHAN RIEHL, Tenor, is a professional choir member of St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village in New York City. He has performed at the Bard College music festival, with the Mineola Choral Society, and with the professional ensemble Salvatones. In addition, he performs regularly with a local rock group, Shotgun Curly. He is also in the band, Sun Thief based in Brooklyn, New York. Nathan earned the Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Richmond. A lover of early music from a young age, he is thrilled to be performing with Canticum Scholare for his second season.
MATTHEW VITTI, Bass, is an educator, singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist with several accolades to his name, and has been performing and recording with various ensembles and bands around the world for the past 12 years. Based in Connecticut, Matthew owns and operates a recording studio called Mother Brother Studios, catering to all types of styles and artists, with special services accommodating classical musicians. Matthew’s compositions, ranging from traditional ensemble writing to improvised electroacoustic pieces, have been featured in competition, for Sector 9 Productions, as well as for NBC, MODKAT, and Patagonia.
CLAIRE RAPHAELSON, Soprano, a professional choir member of St. Joseph's Church in Greenwich Village is a native New Yorker and an active recitalist and, soloist with wide-ranging musical pursuits. Praised for her "stylistically nuanced performances," and "charming sense of chutzpah,"(Boston Musical Intelligencer) Claire performs frequently throughout New York and New England. She has appeared as a guest artist at the 2013 New Brunswick Early Music Festival, and as a semi-finalist in the Concours International de Chant Baroque de Froville in France, the Canticum Gaudium competition in Poland, the Oratorio Society of New York Competition, and Classical Singer Competition. She received her MM in Historical Performance from Longy School of Music and her BM in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has recently joined the professional octet of Christ & Saint Stephens in NY.
PAUL A. RHODES, Baritone, began his musical career as a French Horn Player in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Later, he attended The Indiana University School of Music where he received a Master's Degeree in Vocal Performance. While there he performed the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Berg's Wozzeck. Pursuing a career in opera, he performed the roles of Monterone in Rigoletto multiple times both in the United States and in France. With the Southern Opera Theater touring company and with the Memphis Opera Theater his roles included Ping in Turandot, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and numerous children's operas. In addition to the traditional opera repertoire, he performed the role of Tevye in A Fiddler on a Roof at the Wagon Wheel Playhouse. Pursuing a passion for liturgical drama, he toured for nearly two decades with the Ensemble for Early Music throughout the United States and Italy. His affinity for Gregorian Chant led him to transcribe the Gregorian Missal into modern notation; to serve as a learning guide for small choirs everywhere. At present he has just begun a career as a writer with his novel The Voice of the Angel (Amazon.com.) His association with the choir at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in the Village has spanned nearly twelve years.
MICHAEL MALIAKEL, Baritone, is quickly gaining recognition for his refined singing in repertoire spanning opera, art song, and musical theater. He was praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “smooth singing” as De Brétigny in Massenet’s Manon with the Peabody Opera Theatre. Other opera credits include Monsieur Presto in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, the Shoe Salesman in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and the baritone in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. Michael’s concert appearances have included the baritone solos in Handel's Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Fauré’s Requiem, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, Bach's Magnificat, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Michael recently took first place in the National Music Theater Competition and was a finalist in the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Competition. A native of New Jersey, Michael received his earliest vocal training as a treble in the American Boychoir before pursuing a BM from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his solo pursuits, Michael enjoys teaching voice privately and performing regularly with some of New York City’s finest vocal ensembles.
CARLA BOND, MezzoSoprano Carla Bond has a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance. She specializes in Early Liturgical Music, and has sung at various churches in Manhattan, including St. Luke in the Fields, St. Bartholomew's, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Ignatius of Antioch, and St. VincentFerrer. She has also performed with Early Music New York, Parthenia, the New York Choral Artists, and is currently on staff at Congregation Habonim. She has recorded with Vox, CRI, and Prospect Classics.
CORRINE BYRNE, Soprano, Hailed for her "beautiful vocal timbre" and versatility, (Classical Singer Magazine 2013 competition) Corrine Byrne has been singing all over the country on the opera and concert stage, singing cross-over repertoire and premiering new music. She holds a masters from Manhattan School of Music and is currently a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University. Her most recent opera roles include Gilda (Rigoletto), and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) with Stony Brook Opera, and Ensemble/Almira (cover) in the North American stage premiere of Handel's Almira with Boston Early Music Festival. Corrine is a founding member of Ensemble Musica Humana, an international ensemble which seeks to shed new light on music from volatile times in human history. Corrine is also the soprano in award-winning jazz quintet West Side 5, and is the co-founder/co-artistic director of the Tempus Continuum Ensemble. Corrine made her NYC orchestral debut in January 2013 with One World Symphony singing the world premiere arrangement of the Strauss Ophelia Lieder. She is a volunteer with Musicians On Call, where she accompanies herself on guitar bringing live bedside music to patients in hospitals in New York City. She was a finalist for the 2012 Career Bridges Grant Awards, and a National Online Round winner in the 2013 Classical Singer Magazine Competition.
MARTHA CARGO, Alto, is an experienced choral singer and contemporary flutist. She began playing recorder at an early age, and performed as part of the Peabody Children's Chorus and in numerous church choirs in the Baltimore area. Martha studied flute and chemistry at Oberlin and was a long-standing member of the Collegium Musicum there. Her love for early music led her, upon moving to New York City in 2009, to join Music Divine, and she has since performed with Amuse under the baton of Stephen Black, Phillip Cheah, and Renee Louprette. Martha holds Masters degrees in Flute Performance from SUNY-Purchase and Manhattan School of Music, and currently works as Social Media Coordinator for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN and is Assistant to the Music Director at the Americas Society in Manhattan while freelancing as a flutist.