REBECCA WITTY IS A PROMISING YOUNG SOPRANO, known for her beautifully consistent tone and dynamic stage presence. She received a bachelor’s in music performance from Houghton College and a master’s in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music studying with Professor Carol Webber.
While at Eastman, she performed the role of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and the title role in Suor Angelica. She also received the 2009 Renee Fleming Award.
Chosen as the Concerto Competition winner in 2010, Witty was honored to sing with the Eastman Philharmonic under the baton of Neil Varon. Shortly thereafter, she was sent to represent Eastman in the Kennedy Center’s “Conservatory Project.”
Witty made her professional orchestra debut with the Rochester Philharmonic performing Mahler’s Second Symphony and joined them again later that season to sing selections from Der Rosenkavalier.
In the summer of 2013 Witty will join the Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice singing the role of Annina in La Traviata.
JAMAICAN-BORN CANADIAN LYRIC TENOR PAUL WILLIAMSON has “a startlingly rich voice” (Edmonton Journal) and is now taking his place on the operatic and concert stages of Canada.
With a Bachelor of Music degree from the Houghton College School of Music in Houghton, N.Y. and a master’s degree in opera performance from State Glinka Conservatoire of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Paul continued his vocal studies under Robert MacLaren at the University of Manitoba. In 2007, while a student in the opera diploma program at the University of Toronto, he starred as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, where he was reviewed by Opera Canada as “a very pleasing tenor with Italianate colour, lovely phrasing and even the requisite sob,” who can “play with his voice for nuance and has lots of power when needed.” Fluent in Russian, Paul appeared as the Czar with Toronto’s Opera in concert in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden in April 2008. The Globe and Mail declared “high tenor Paul Williamson, as the czar, had some ecstatic moments; his springtime aria was a high point” while Opera Canada’s review of this performance stated, “lyric tenor Paul Williamson impressed as the czar.”
Paul’s recent opera appearances include the role of Don Carlo in Verdi’s Don Carlo with Opera By Request in Toronto in March 2012, and the role of Remus in Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha performed with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in Koerner Hall in Toronto in May 2012.
BARITONE MITCHELL HUTCHINGS IS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF VOICE and Opera at Houghton College. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Western Carolina University, and a Master of Music in voice performance from the Florida State University College of Music. His most notable roles in opera and musical theatre include the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Marcello in La bohème, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Germont in La traviata, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Ben in The Telephone, Marullo in Rigoletto, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelotti in Tosca, Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benoit & Alcindoro in La bohème, Second Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Sweeney Todd, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, and Man #1 in Side by Side by Sondheim.
Hutchings has sung with numerous opera companies and festivals, including Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, the National Lyric Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Saratoga, Opera Tampa, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and the Czech-American Summer Music Institute (Prague, Czech Republic). Mr. Hutchings is equally at home on the concert stage. Such performances have included Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge, Choral Fantasy, and Mass in C, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem, among others.
Kimberly Prins Moeller
MEZZO-SOPRANO KIMBERLY PRINS MOELLER APPEARED MOST RECENTLY as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the St. Andrew’s Bach Society in Arizona. A proponent of art music and contemporary music specifically, Kimberly received focused training in contemporary performance studies and French mélodie at the Vancouver International Song Institute. Other recent appearances include Handel’s Messiah with the American Chamber Orchestra, Flora in La Traviata with the University of Arizona Opera Theatre, and the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival in Germany. In the 2013-14 season Kimberly will sing Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at the University of Arizona, as well as join the roster of the Tucson Chamber Artists. Her recent stage credits include the roles of Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti and Ma Moss in The Tender Land with Penn State Opera, and Florence in Albert Herring at Montclair State University. Also an active soloist in concert and oratorio repertoire, Kimberly’s recent performances include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio.
Kimberly is a multiple winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance at the University of Arizona, with additional studies in theatre and opera directing. She received the Professional Performance Certificate in Voice Performance from Penn State University, the Master of Arts in voice performance from Montclair State University and the Bachelor of Music in vocal music education from Houghton College. Kimberly is also an active accompanist and coach and maintains a private voice studio in the Tucson area.
KELLEY HIJLEH IS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF VOICE at Houghton College. A native of Richmond, Virginia, soprano Hijleh holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. The Baltimore Evening Sun praised her “tone of crystalline purity,” and the Buffalo News raved that she was “a delight to hear.” Ms. Hijleh gave her solo recital debut in 1990 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the New Young Performers Series.
Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ashland Symphony, the MasterWorks Festival, the Janus Orchestra, Baltimore Pro Musica Rara, the Baltimore Bach Ensemble, the Peabody Symphony, and in major roles with the Peabody Opera Theater and the Houghton College Lyric Theater. She has also sung professionally with the Washington Opera chorus, the Delaware Singers, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Southern Tier Symphony, the Olean Community Orchestra Academy and Chorus, and the Orpheus Chorale. She has been a member of Vox Lumine since 2011.
A member of the Houghton College faculty since 1993, Ms. Hijleh has also served on the voice faculties of the State University of New York at Fredonia and Washington Bible College.
Robert C. Joubert
ROBERT C. JOUBERT HAS RECENTLY APPEARED AS Il Commendatore in W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Lob in R. Vaughan Williams’ The Poisoned Kiss with Bronx Opera, as Truffaldin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York, and Reverend Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival with Philadelphia Opera Collective. Past performances include roles such as Sarastro in W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the Jailer in G. Puccini’s Tosca, Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Elder Ott in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof. Rob was a studio artist with Lake George Opera in 2005.
As a concert soloist, Joubert has appeared often as bass soloist in much of the standard oratorio and concert repertoire, including recent performances of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and W.A. Mozart’s Mass in C minor at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. Robert appeared as soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia in October 2010, as soloist in Holst’s Christmas Day and Bass’ Symphony of Carols with The Philadelphia Orchestra for their Glorious Sounds of Christmas Concert. He was a member of the Philadelphia Singers Core and Chorale from 2006-2010 and won 1st place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition for the Central New York/Finger Lakes Region, Adult Division in 2006. He has studied voice with Shirley Close, Robert McFarland, and Kelley Hijleh and holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. Joubert serves as the director of choral activities at Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey, and as a conducting assistant at Tenth Presbyterian Church, director of women’s chorus, and occasional soloist.
DR. WILLIAM JOHN NEWBROUGH IS PROFESSOR OF PIANO/DIRECTOR OF PIANO at Houghton College, and is also a piano faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He earned the Artist Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music/Johns Hopkins University, where he was a student of Leon Fleisher, and the Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley.
A veteran performer, Newbrough has won many international and national piano competitions and performed in numerous solo, chamber music, and concerto engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, and Australia. Highlight venues have included Carnegie Recital Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Van Cliburn Piano Institute, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Chopin Foundation in San Francisco, and Artist Series performances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Newbrough was the only American of nine pianists worldwide chosen to perform at the prestigious Franz Liszt International Masterclasses and Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Newbrough has performed multiple times on the acclaimed television series “Grand Piano,” and he was featured on ”Great Discoveries” on the Discovery Channel HD.
In addition to being a classical pianist, Newbrough performs his own hymn arrangements in churches, colleges, and charity and benefit concerts. He has three sacred piano CDs: The Sacred Tradition, Benediction, and Acclamation on the Mark Custom Recordings label, and a full-length production DVD entitled Benediction.