Jennifer Paulino, soprano
Equally renowned for her stunning voice and dramatic capability, San Francisco Bay Area soprano Jennifer Paulino is increasingly in demand locally, nationally, and internationally as a versatile concert artist. Recently, Jennifer was a national finalist at the 2012 Artist Awards Competition of the National Association for the Teachers of Singing (NATS) for her interpretations of works by Purcell, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and Stravinsky. Highlights for the current season include appearances with Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, Farallon Recorder Quartet, California Bach Society, and the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. Jennifer also performs regularly with her critically acclaimed baroque ensemble, Les grâces, interpreting 17th and 18th century works.
Jennifer holds degrees from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She first performed with BCCO as the soprano soloist in Fall 2012.
Steven Ziegler, tenor
Raised in New York State’s picturesque Hudson Valley, Steven Ziegler attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of York in the United Kingdom. His recent solo appearances include Britten’s Saint Nicolas with the Vallejo Choral Society and portions of Britten’s War Requiem at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco, where he also serves as section leader and associate choir director.
Steven has appeared with Bay Area ensembles that include Chalice Consort, under Ragnar Bohlin; Artists' Vocal Ensemble; San Francisco Choral Artists; and the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Steven performed as soloist in the Philadelphia area with ensembles such as Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Crossing, the Philadelphia Singers, Singing City, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and the Choir of St. Mark’s Church. In the United Kingdom he appeared as soloist in works of Purcell with the Yorkshire Bach Choir, Schütz with the Cambridge Early Music Summer School, Haydn with the Westfield Orchestra and Chorus, and Bach at the National Centre for Early Music. As a conductor, Steven regularly leads the St. Dominic’s Solemn Mass Choir; previously he served as a choral conducting apprentice at the Berkshire Choral Festival and with Singing City. In addition to his activities as a performer, Steven has also written about music for Playbill. He currently works in the publications department of the San Francisco Symphony. This concert series marks his debut with BCCO.
Eric Howe, baritone
Eric Howe is a frequent guest soloist, chorister, conductor, piano and organ accompanist, adjudicator and clinician. Eric has taught voice for over thirty years and teaches private students in Oakland. He is on the faculty of Holy Names University, teaching voice lessons, vocal pedagogy courses, and supervising graduate projects. He has taught a variety of music courses for Holy Names and other universities, including San Francisco State, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Columbia College (Chicago), the University of Notre Name (South Bend, IN) and Indiana University.
Eric served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Teachers of Singing as former Cal-Western regional governor. He also was president of the San Francisco Bay Area NATS chapter and chaired its annual Singing Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, and a Master of Music degree cum laude from Indiana University.
Loretta Notareschi, arranger of Schubert's An die Musik
Loretta K. Notareschi explores the passionate, irreverent, and transcendent in her many compositions for chamber ensemble, large ensemble, and chorus. Raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, she has received awards from the IronWorks Percussion Duo, the American Composers Forum, Ensemble Eleven, and the GALA Choruses. Her music has been performed in Manchester, England; in New York City at Symphony Space and the Paul Recital Hall in Lincoln Center; and in other cities across the U.S., including Denver, where she makes her home. Her music is published by Disegni Music (ASCAP), Friedrich Hofmeister of Leipzig, and Bachovich.
Recent commissions include new works for the First Universalist Singers (Denver), Mountain Music Duo (Denver), the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, Melody of China (San Francisco), the Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus (Berkeley), the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and the Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop. Other commissions have come from the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Rivers Music School Brass Ensemble, clarinetist Peter Josheff, the Calliope Duo, Clogs, Nathan Davis of the ensemble Non Sequitur, the Yesaroun’ Duo, Ensemble Eleven, percussionists Yousif Sheronick and Joseph Gramley, and former sopranist Zachary Gordin. Her arrangement of An die Musik is her first commission from BCCO.
Loretta is an assistant professor of music at Regis University and a faculty member of The Walden School. She is also a member of ASCAP, the Amercian Composers Forum, and the American Music Center. She holds a masters degree and a PhD in composition from the University of California at Berkeley, a bachelor's degree of music in composition from the University of Southern California, and the general diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Her primary teachers in composition have been Morten Lauridsen, Erica Muhl, Rick Lesemann, Cindy Cox, and Jorge Liderman.