MFA in Music Composition

August 2016 Vocal Quartet / Visiting Ensemble

Eric Dudley, photo by Joshua South

August 2016 Vocal Quartet: Elizabeth Bates, soprano; Kirsten Sollek, alto; Eric Dudley, tenor; Steven Hrycelak, bass

Elizabeth Bates, soprano

Soprano Elizabeth Bates is increasingly in demand in both early and new music. Based in New York City since 2011, she began her career singing as a soprano with the Schola Cantorum of the Church of Saint Agnes. Elizabeth is now a regular soprano with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, appearing as a soloist in the Bach at One series, Concerts at One, and for special liturgical events. She has also appeared with the American Classical Orchestra, Downtown Voices, Pro Arte Singers of New Canaan, CT, and Charis Chamber Voices of Bedford, NY.

Kirsten Sollek, alto

Contralto Kirsten Sollek has been named ”…an appealingly rich alto” by The New York Times and “…an ideal Bach alto” with “elemental tone quality” by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Sollek maintains a demanding performance schedule on the concert and operatic stage. Very active in new music as well, she has appeared at the June in Buffalo and Ojai Music Festivals performing works by Steve Reich, and has recorded THE DESERT MUSIC and TEHILLIM with Alarm Will Sound and MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS with Signal.

Eric Dudley, tenor

Eric Dudley is a Grammy Award-winning artist with a multi-faceted musical career. Through his activities as a conductor, vocalist, pianist and composer, he enjoys a busy schedule of performances in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009, Eric became a founding member of the adventurous vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, whose debut album received a 2014 Grammy Award in the Classical category for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Dedicated exclusively to commissioning new works and exploring a wide range of vocal resources and world singing styles, the group has built a busy touring schedule of major music centers, festivals and universities.

Steven Hrycelak, bass

Steven Hrycelak, bass, is equally at home as an operatic, concert, and ensemble performer. Recent operatic roles include Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Opera Omnia, which the New York Times hailed as having “a graceful bearing and depth.” Mr. Hrycelak has performed with the New York Choral Artists, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Early Music New York, Vox, TENET, Equal Voices, Meridionalis, Seraphic Fire, and the vocal jazz quintet West Side 5.