2021-2022 | Season 16 Guest Artists
Caitlin Felsman, mezzo-soprano, has been praised for her “velvety low register” and “bright, ringing top” [Boston Music Intelligencer]. She is a dynamic, passionate performer, equally at home on the opera stage and in intimate recital venues.
Caitlin made her professional opera debut in November 2011 with Austin Lyric Opera as Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Her recent performances have included the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (NEMPAC), Stephano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Maryland Lyric Opera), Cousin Hebe in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore (Natchez Festival of Music), and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (NEMPAC, Opera del West). Caitlin has been a young artist at the Natchez Festival of Music in Mississippi and at Sugar Creek Symphony and Song in Illinois.
Caitlin is a frequent soloist with ensembles in the Greater Boston Area such as the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Cambridge Community Chorus, and Tufts University Chorus. She has twice appeared as a soloist at the Monadnock Festival of Music in collaboration with the Harvard Summer Chorus and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Favorite performances have included Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, the NY premiere of Jose Maria Vitier’s Misa Cubana.
Caitlin has a great enthusiasm for art song from around the world. In the spring of 2012, she returned to her childhood home to perform as a recitalist and featured soloist at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe. Caitlin received the Espacio Abierto grant from Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, which supported the recital tour Canción/Canção: An Evening of Spanish and Portuguese Song, featuring music from Cuba and Brazil.
Caitlin is the Co-Director of Opera on Tap Boston, whose mission is to bring classical music to non-traditional performance spaces.
Baritone and conductor Cailin Marcel Manson, a Philadelphia native, has enjoyed an international career as an operatic/concert soloist, conductor, and master teacher with many organizations, including the Radio- Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, SWR Sinfonieorchester, Taipei Philharmonic, Bayerische Staatsoper – Münchner Opernfestspiele, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Konservatorium Oslo, and the Conservatoire de Luxembourg.
Mr. Manson has also been a guest cantor and soloist at some of the world’s most famous churches and cathedrals, including Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and La Madeleine in Paris, San Marco in Venice, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, San Salvatore in Montalcino, Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, and Wieskirche in Steingaden.
Mr. Manson has built a sterling reputation over an extensive 20-year career, encompassing both baritone and tenor repertoire, for his exceptional musicianship, keen dramatic instincts, and vocal flexibility. Critics have praised his performances as “arresting” and “revelatory,” making consistent note of his “ringing projection,” “commanding tone,” (MassLive.com), “lively, original acting skills” (Hudson-Housatonic Arts), and his “ability to bring the internal drama of the music to life” (Scranton Times-Tribune).
Mr. Manson has held positions as Music Director of the Vorarlberger Musikfest, Music Director, and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Symphony of Atlantic City, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, Chair of Vocal Studies at the Hazleton Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and as Director of Music at The Putney School. He has also served as a member of the faculty of the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts and the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. Mr. Manson also found and directed the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts and the Germantown Concert Chorus. Mr. Manson is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, presenter, panelist, and adjudicator for conventions, conferences, competitions, and music festivals.
Mr. Manson is currently Associate Professor of Practice in Music and Director of Music Performance at Clark University, Music Director of the Bennington County Choral Society and Music Director of Barn Opera in Vermont, and Music Director of The Keene Chorale in New Hampshire.
A recognized advocate for community-based classical music organizations, Mr. Manson serves on the boards of Choral Arts New England, the Wagner in Vermont Festival, and the Gift Passion Purpose Project. He is a member of the Black Opera Alliance, the International Society of Black Musicians, the International Conductors’ Guild, the League of American Orchestras, Opera America, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Negro Musicians.
Mr. Manson studied voice performance at Temple University, and opera performance and orchestral conducting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Mark Mummert, harpsichord is Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, MA where he leads the worship music of the congregation, conducts the Trinity Choir, the Trinity Choristers, the Trinity Bells, and is the Artistic Director of the Music at Trinity fine arts series. Mark is also Assistant Director / Accompanist for the Worcester Chorus, directed by Dr. Chris Shepard.
Prior to moving to Massachusetts in 2016, he was the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He was Director of Worship at Houston’s Christ the King Lutheran Church, the home of Bach Society Houston (2008-2015). He was the Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008), where he led the music for the daily chapel, conducted the Seminary Choir, and taught courses in hymnology, liturgical practice, and church music. His many musical compositions for worship are published by Augsburg Fortress.
As an organist, Mark has appeared at the conventions of the Societas Liturgia in Würzburg, Germany, the National conventions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University, and the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He served as the Dean of the Worcester Chapter of the AGO (2018-2020). Mark’s recording Reformation Chorales Reformed including organ works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Distler, and Clarke was released in March 2017.
As a harpsichordist and continuo group performer, Mark served on staff of the Bach Society Houston, playing in seven years all of the major passions and oratorios and many cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Mark performs on his Zeidler & Quagliata harpsichord, built on a Portuguese model.
As a choral conductor, Mark led the Christ the King Lutheran Church Choir tour throughout Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia (2013). His conducting of Arvo Pärt’s Passio in 2016 and the North American premiere of Robert Koolstra’s reconstruction of J. S. Bach’s St. Mark Passion in 2017 in Worcester has been highly praised by his peers. In 2019, Mark produced and served as organist for the New England premiere of James MacMillan’s St. Luke Passion with the Trinity Choir, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Festival Chorus, and the Worcester Children’s Chorus. In March of 2021, Mark is scheduled to conduct J. S. Bach’s beloved St. Matthew Passion on Palm Sunday with the Trinity Choir and Orchestra.
As a professional singer, Mark has performed with the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, Worcester Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, the Bach Choir Houston, Houston Chamber Choir, CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) and St. John’s Schola Cantorum. Mark is on the voice faculty at the Hanover Theater and Conservatory for the Performing Arts.
Artistic management for Mark is provided by Seven Eight Artists: www.seveneightartists.com/mark-mummert