LIZ BACON is a professional singer, cabaret performer and actor in the Portland area and has been studying with Nancy Olson-Chatalas since Fall of 2004.Besides being an accomplished solo artist, she is a founding member of the genre defying girlband-group, The Julians. Liz is a performing member of the highly acclaimed Resonance Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon and performs regularly with the much-applauded Portland Vocal Consort under the direction of Ryan Heller. She has performed in concert with Stephanie Schneiderman, Bryan Free, Rachel Taylor Brown, The Ahs, Roxy Consort, Third Angle and Portland Cello Project. Liz has been a featured vocalist on several premiere recording projects, most recently recording backup vocals for Hanz Araki and Katherine Claire’s latest album: As I Roved Out: Songs of Spring.
She lives inPortland and has two daughters, one fiancé and a cat named Marley.
KRISTEN BUHLER, mezzo-soprano, is a native Oregonian and lover of music of all genres. Her versatility of timbre allows her to regularly collaborate with many professional ensembles including Cappella Romana, The Ensemble, Resonance Ensemble, Portland Vocal Consort, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Trinity Consort. Kristen is the Artistic Director of the genre-defying lady quartet, The Julians and enjoys arranging music for them. She is a frequent recording artist with Oregon Catholic Press and has been featured on five Cappella Romana recordings, including Robert Kyr’s eight voice work, A Time for Life. She recently recorded vocals on Rachel Taylor Brown’s new album, World So Sweet. Kristen earned B.A. degrees from George Fox University in both Vocal Performance and Writing/Literature. She went on to Portland State University and garnered a M.M. degree in Conducting. She also completed a M.S. in Special Education degree and by day, teaches visually impaired students and writes curriculum on a national level. Last summer, Kristen toured to Michigan with composer Nick Jaina and dancers from NYC Ballet and recorded a CD in Greece with Cappella Romana. She is currently the vocal director for Pentacle Theater’s H.M.S. Pinafore production in Salem, OR. Kristen has enjoyed the privilege of studying with Nancy Olson-Chatalas since 2001.
RENéE FAVAND-SEE is active in the Portland area as a mezzo-soprano focused on performing contemporary works. She appears regularly with Resonance Ensemble, Cappella Romana and Community Music Center Chamber Series; and is a recording artist with Oregon Catholic Press. This coming year, she looks forward to debut appearances with Third Angle and Crazy Jane Composers (in association with Cascadia Composers) and First Presbyterian Celebration Works Series. Renée is also a composer and teacher. She is currently working on a new cycle of songs based on scientific texts for mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn. In 2011, her new work Looking West was premiered on the Five Boroughs Songbook Series in NYC. She teaches composition at Portland State University and for summer programs including Young Musicians and Artists (YMA) and The Walden School. Renée has been studying voice with the wonderful and wise Nancy Olson-Chatalas since 2010.
POLLYANNA HANCOCK-MOODY, soprano, has been a member and featured soloist with many groups, including Vivace Voices, Fireside Carolers, and the Oregon Repertory Singers. She has also performed in multiple recitals along the western United States and Canada. Pollyanna has been been blessed to study with Nancy Olson-Chatalas since 2002.
She is a part of the music faculty at Marylhurst University and PCC Rock Creek, where among other classes she teaches voice and directs the choir. She also runs an active private studio in SE Portland. Pollyanna received her Masters in Performance from Portland State University. She became a certified Andover Educator (Alexander Technique and Body Mapping) in 2002 under the instruction of Barbara Conable. She is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Pollyanna is also a wife and busy mother of two.
Soprano LAURIE HUNGERFORD FLINT is an active performer, arts advocate, and teacher. She has appeared as soloist with the Annapolis and Peabody Symphony Orchestras, the Columbia Pro Cantare, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Chamber Orchestra, Community Concerts at Second, the Chalice Concert Series and the Master Chorale of Athens, Georgia.
Ms. Flint received her Bachelor and Master degrees in voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Ruth Drucker. The recipient of the Erdman Prize for opera, Ms. Flint has sung leading roles in The Magic Flute, Albert Herring, Postcard from Morocco, Where Angels Fear to Tread, and The Impresario.
Ms. Flint is also a stage director and French diction coach, and was a member of the Towson University voice faculty from 2001-2008. She moved to Portland in 2010, and has had the privilege of Nancy’s teaching and guidance since that time.
SHANNON JONES received a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Bennington College. Additional training includes a residency in Graz, Austria, as part of the AIMS Voices of Summer festival, and in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as a company member of Opera in the Ozarks. Locally, Ms. Jones has performed with Bus Stop Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Wilsonville Theater, Willamette Concert Opera, Northwest Children’s Theater, and the Bel Canto Northwest Summer Vocal Institute. Her last two shows, with Coho Productions and with 45th Parallel, were premieres of contemporary works by Portland composers. Ms. Jones lives in Portland and has studied with Nancy Olson-Chatalas for 5 years!
He has been singing in Portland since 2008 with madrigal and choral groups, including performances with Filmusik and Opera Theater Oregon. He is also a regular performer in the Alternative Liturgy series at Trinity Episcopal Church. Weston grew up playing the electric and acoustic guitars and has performed and recorded with pop-rock bands and as a solo performer in Portland.
In addition to music, Weston works as an electrical engineer and he is a fan of foreign and independent movies.