Karen Baron, alto Karen has been with Solaris since its inception, and loves singing with the ensemble. She has been a member of many other choruses all her life. Now that she is retired, she plans to continue singing as much as possible, and with her husband, has hiked large portions the Appalachian Trail in 2018.
Jenny Berschling, alto Jenny has been hooked by choral singing since her high school glee club’s ambitious performance of Mozart’s Requiem. A charter member of Solaris, she is also a member of Bella Voce, and enjoys the musical challenge of both groups. She works as an environmental analyst for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.
John Buck, bass John is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and has worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife for many years. He has been involved in music since his elementary school days, was a member of the Vermont All-State Chorus, is currently a member of the Waterbury Congregational Church choir & Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and is a charter member of Solaris.
Jennifer Carpenter, soprano Jennifer received a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Vermont, and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Indiana University, Bloomington; she also has done doctoral studies at the University of Washington-Seattle. She has served as Music Director at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, and joined Solaris in 2015.
Shawn Chapman, bass Shawn attended the University of Maine at Orono, where as a Music Education major he sang in several of the University’s choral groups under Dr. Dennis Cox and others. An avid traveler and black-belt martial artist in Shaolin Kempo karate, he considers singing with Solaris for the past six years to be the highlight of his musical career.
Matt DeDiana, tenor Matt is a software engineer for Ellucian Higher Education Software. A graduate of Allegheny College (PA), he has previously been a member of the Master Chorale of Washington DC, and a member of Solaris since 2014. He and his family live in Burlington.
Sarah Gleich, alto Sarah has been a member of the alto section of Solaris since 2013, and is a freelance writer and digital marketer with a degree in English Literature from Montreal’s McGill University. She counts as a highlight of her musical experience the chance to study vocal technique here in Burlington with teacher Shyla Nelson.
Adam Grundt, bass Adam lives and works in Burlington, where he is a practicing psychologist, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada at Reno. He has sung with many choral groups since high school, when his music theory teacher, Ms. Pinto, would have the class sight-singing at 7:30 every morning. He has been with Solaris since 2014.
David Hall, bass David lives in South Burlington and is retired from GE and General Dynamics. He comes from a musical family and has enjoyed singing in choruses in high school, in church choirs, and with the South County Chorus. David is a charter member of Solaris.
Lauren Handy, soprano As an alumni and founding member of the choral division of the VYOA, Lauren rejoins the Vermont choral scene with Solaris this season. Her recent accolades include performances of Mahler 2nd and 8th Symphonies, Beethoven’s 9th, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. During undergraduate studies at Westminster Choir College she performed with world-class orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music with a concentration in vocal studies.
Kim Hardy, alto Kim received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Master of Music degree from Ithaca College, in cello performance and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. A choral singer from childhood, she was also a member of each college’s choir. As a cellist, she performs with numerous VT instrumental groups. Kim is an ordained Episcopal priest, serving St. James Church in Essex Junction. She joined Solaris in 2018.
Claire Hungerford, soprano Claire, a member of Solaris for the past five years, is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, and also studied music in Vienna, Austria. She was an original member of Robert DeCormier’s Counterpoint chorus for many years. Claire considers the opportunity to sing with Robert, and by extension with Peter, Paul, and Mary, to be an important highlight of her very active musical career.
Dean King, tenor Dean joined Solaris in 2016. He is a long-time member of the Waterbury Congregational Church choir, as well as having sung with the Mad River Chorale, where he enjoyed working with its directors Piero Bonamico and Mary Bonhag. He lives in Burlington and is avid partaker of Vermont’s many outdoor activities.
Mark Madison, bass Mark has sung and played guitar in glee clubs, choirs, folk groups, and choruses since he was a teenager in Massachusetts. He has counted as an honor, among his many musical activities in Vermont, being chosen to sing in groups large and small, classical and contemporary with Robert DeCormier over the course of 20+ years. Mark and his wife Robyn have been with Solaris since 2016.
Robyn Madison, soprano Robyn has sung in choirs since childhood. Discovering a passion for opera in college in Ohio, she then went to New York City to study classical & operatic vocal performance with many esteemed teachers & coaches. After moving to Vermont in 1996, she has continued to sing in recitals, with the Manchester Music Festival, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and with Friends of Robert DeCormier.
Nan O’Leary, alto Nan was introduced to many musical genres at an early age, instilling in her the desire to continue singing in choruses throughout her life. Being a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus for over fifteen years, and of Bella Voce (since 2004), Cantiamo (since 2009), and Solaris (from 2014) keeps Nan busy musically, while flower gardening at her home in Essex, VT fulfills her love of nature’s beauty.
Steve Olson, bass Steve is the Director of Music at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in Shelburne. He received degrees in Music Education from Florida State University, and in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. In 2014 had the honor of directing the world premiere of Sam Guarnaccia’s “Emergent Universe Oratorio” here in Vermont. This is his fifth season with Solaris.
Becky Peterson, alto Becky has sung with Solaris since its beginning, as well as with Bella Voce (since 2004), Cantiamo (since 2009), and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus with Robert DeCormier (since 1996). She serves as the Registrar for Champlain College, and when she is not working or singing, she can be found reading, hiking, biking and spending time with her husband, Tom, and dog, Imani.
Skip Potter, tenor Skip lives in Barre and has been employed by Maplefields for the last 20 years as its IT Manager. He sings regularly with the Vermont Philharmonic, Mad River Chorale, Burlington Choral Society and many other groups throughout Vermont, as well as with several church choirs. He also has a love for the stage, performing often with Lyric Theater, Stowe Theatre Guild, and Unadilla Theatre. He became a member of Solaris in 2018.
Caleb Roman, bass Caleb joined Solaris in 2017. He is a student at Saint Michael’s College, active in the college’s Theatre and Music departments. Caleb is often involved with Saint Michael’s College mainstage productions and actively contributes to on-campus musical groups including the College Chorale. He is also the bass guitarist in the local cover band, All Time Low.
James Stewart, tenor James joined Solaris in 2017, and he may be familiar to many as a host on Vermont Public Radio Classical. He has sung in choirs since he was a child, and has been a choir director since the age of fifteen. James is active as a composer of diverse musical genres, and among other accomplishments, holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Hartt School of Music (Connecticut) in composition.
DJ Tetreault, tenor DJ is a fourth-year member of Solaris. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Working with fellow performers from VCFA and from the Opera Company of Middlebury in recent years has been a rewarding experience for DJ, who in his spare time is a mead brewer and mead hall manager in Colchester.
John Trackey, bass A new member of Solaris this season, Jake has been active in several choral and instrumental ensembles while at Saint Michael’s College, such as the College’s Chorale, Liturgical Choir, and Jazz Band; he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Classic Languages there. He is currently absorbed in translating texts in classical Latin, Greek, and French, and has an avid interest in Medieval and Renaissance music.
Jessica Voyer, soprano Jessica received her Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she sang in the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the baton of Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. She has since sung with local ensembles such as Syrinx and the VSO Chorus, and the highlight of her vocal career was recital work performed with Dr. Susan Summerfield. Jess is a personal trainer and strength coach and has been with Solaris since 2017.
Katherine Wayman, alto Katherine received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Vassar College and an M.Phil in musicology from the University of Cambridge, studying voice and 16th century music. A native Washingtonian, her love of choral music was fostered in the Gospel and Madrigal choirs of the DC public schools she attended. She sang with the Choral Arts Society of Washington before going to medical school at the University of Virginia. She is a clinical neurologist with the University of Vermont Medical Center. She joined Solaris this year.
Linda Wheeler, soprano Linda has been active in choral singing since her school days, and has studied vocal technique with several teachers, currently with Sarah Cullins. In addition to being a charter member of Solaris, Linda also sings with Bella Voce (since 2004), Cantiamo (2009), Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, College Street Congregational Church, and Friends of Robert Decormier.