Our Singers
 
Sarah Abigail Griffiths is near completion of a Doctoral Degree in Performance at the University of North Texas, where she is a student of Lynn Eustis. Prior to her time in Texas, she worked with such respected New York area ensembles as Fuma Sacra, Early Music New York, and Princeton Singers. With UNT Opera, she has performed the roles of First Lady in Magic Flute and Semele in L’Egisto. She is equally versatile as an oratorio soloist, with recent performances including works by Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Respighi, Rossini, and Vaughan Williams. Ms. Griffiths made her Carnegie Weill Hall debut in 2008, performing as both soloist and chorister under the baton of Ton Koopman as a young artist in the Weill Music Institute’s Handel workshop. With UNT’s Collegium Singers, she has sung the Handel roles of Philistine Woman (Samson) and Merab (Saul), conducted by Dallas Opera Music Director Graeme Jenkins. This past spring, she appeared as the soprano soloist in the U.S. Premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, with Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.

Jodi Hill sings in professional choirs including Orpheus Chamber Singers, Texas Choral Artists, Dallas Bach Society and Paradigm Vocal Ensemble. She is a soloist on Conspirare’s recently-released Grammy-nominated album, Threshold of Night. She has performed choral and solo music in major halls across the US, England and Italy. Hill was a first place winner in the 2001 National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and is a frequent soloist in area churches. Hill is currently seeking her Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting during the summers at the University of Kansas. She is currently the Assistant Choir Director at North Richland Middle School and the Music Associate for Choral Conducting at Christ Church. She has taught choir at Arlington High School and private voice lessons at several area schools. Hill is a member of TMEA, TCDA and ATPE and also serves as the secretary of TMEA Region V.

Heidi Klein, soprano, is particularly dedicated to the interpretation of contemporary music and has premiered numerous compositions, many of which have been written expressly for her. She has been a featured performer at new music festivals throughout the US and has presented lectures on contemporary vocal practices to singers and composers alike. Klein performs regularly with such ensembles as the Orpheus Chamber Singers, The Orchestra of New Spain, the Dallas Bach Society, the Denton Bach Society and is currently serving as a choral artist in residence with the Dallas Arts District Chorale. She has also performed and recorded with Dallas’ new music ensemble, Voices of Change. Klein has served as adjunct instructor of voice at the University of North Texas. She is featured on three compact disc recordings: CEMEsonics: The Threshold of Sound; Music of SEAMUS, Volume 7; and with Voices of Change, The Chamber Music of David Dzubay.

Leslie Detrick, soprano, began her performance career as a chorus member of the Ft. Worth Opera Company and later stepped out as a leading artist. She has been a featured soloist with local choruses including Ft.Worth Early Music and the Texas Boys Choir, Schola Cantorum, Arlington Master Chorale, and the Orpheus Chamber Singers of which she has been a chorus member for 13 years. Her solo engagements have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Bass Hall, and the Meyerson Symphony Center for her Carmina Burana debut. As a graduate of Texas Christian University, she received numerous honors and awards at NATS competitions and was a North Texas Young Artist winner. Mrs. Detrick has a strong passion for both performance and education. She is a K-5 Music Specialist at Glenhope Elementary in Colleyville and holds certification in Orff-Schulwerk. She is also an active member of the Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church in Hurst.

Terrie Preskitt-Brown sung as a soloist in recitals, concerts and oratorios around the US, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England and Italy. Currently soprano section leader for Orpheus Chamber Singers, and was a member of the Texas Baroque Ensemble for 14 years. Preskitt-Brown is the the Coordinator of Children’s Music at Highland Park United Methodist Church and Assistant Conductor of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. She is in demand as a clinician for elementary music teachers and children’s choirs. In her career as a voice teacher she has coached more than 30 students to the Texas All State Choir, and many of her former students are now professional musicians. A magna cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University, Terrie holds degrees in Music Education and Voice Performance.

Julie Whittington McCoy has performed as guest soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Texas Camerata, Denton Bach Society, Orchestra of New Spain, and Tulsa Ballet, and is an active recitalist and professional choral singer. The Dallas Morning News commended her "strong, stirring soprano" and Tulsa World praised her "burnished tone and delicately emotional reading." At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, McCoy served as an Artistic Ambassador in a four-week tour to Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Syria. She sang on Conspirare Chamber Choir’s 2009 double-Grammy-nominated recording Threshold of Night. She performed and recorded with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and New York City for nine years. McCoy has taught at the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Oklahoma State University, and currently serves on the voice faculty at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

Elizabeth Johnson Knight, mezzo soprano, has sung a wide range of choral and solo repertoire, appearing with the Carmel Bach Festival, Bach Festival of Central Florida, North Central Louisiana Masterworks, Paducah Symphony, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Pro Arte Singers, Meridian Vocal Consort, the newly formed Adler Consort and Orpheus Chamber Singers. Upcoming season highlights include performances of Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus in Carnegie Hall. Her opera roles include Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Proserpina in Monterverdi’s Orfeo, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. Knight is a graduate of Indiana University (MM) and the University of Mississippi (BM). She has held teaching positions at The University of Louisiana, Monroe and Murray State University, and currently holds a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas, where she is pursuing doctoral studies in voice and pedagogy.

Janelle Pendleton has been singing since the age of 3 in church and school choirs. She holds a BME from The University of Central Arkansas with an emphasis on voice. She has sung as soloist and member in many choral groups including Arkansas Chamber Singers, Lexington Chorus, Alexandria Chorus, Richmond Singers, Dallas Symphony Chorus, Orpheus, Texas Choral Artists, Vocal Arts Chorale and Arts District Chorale. She has also sung chorus and opera roles at Arkansas Opera and Memphis Opera. In addition to chorale and opera singing, she has sung major roles in several city theatre productions including The Fantastiks, Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Side By Side, Into The Woods, Something’s Afoot, Pirates of Penzance, Mikado and Iolanthe. She is currently a soloist at Highland Park United Methodist Church and works at StoneEagle.com, Inc. as Director of Client Services.

Clare Yurasek received her degree from TCU in Music Educatin, and has since enjoyed teaching private voice lessons for the Keller Independent School District. Clare has also sung professionally for 1st Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth, Temple Beth-El, and Orpheus Camber Singers. She lives in Saginaw with her husband and two children, Caleb and Cate.

Mezzo-soprano Katrina Burggraf-Kledas’ eclectic singing career has seen everything from Purcell solos in Westminster Cathedral to Stockhausen’s Stimmung in Deep Ellum to her solo debuts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, singing Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Jaap Van Zweden, and the Forth Worth Civic Symphony performing Elgar’s Sea Pictures. A member of Orpheus Chamber Singers, she will appear again with the Dallas Bach Society and the Orchestra of New Spain. Burggraf-Kledas’ recorded solo work includes “With Angels and Archangels” and “The Royal Standard” and “Francisco Courcelle, Masses for Celebration.” As well as traveling throughout the US to sing, she has performed in Great Britain’s gorgeous cathedrals, including Lincoln, Westminster Abbey, Southwark, Lichfield, and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. Her singing has also taken her to Italy (the Duomo, Assisi, and the Medici Villa).

Dianna Grabowski’s opera roles have included Céphise in Pygmalion, the title role in La Périchole, Volupia in L’Egisto, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Nancy in Albert Herring, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi. As a concert soloist, Grabowski has performed Stabat Mater, Passion According to St. John, In the Beginning, Christmas Oratorio, B minor mass, Requiem and Vespers. In 2006, she received a prestigious Early Music America scholarship, and performed at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the Accadamia d’Amore. She sings with professional choruses including the Orpheus Chamber Singers and the Dallas Bach Society, and has performed at the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, appeared at the Misiones de Chiquitos International Baroque Music Festival. She is a founding member of the professional ensemble Armonia Celeste, specializing in the expressive vocal music of the Italian Renaissance.

Debra Scroggins has appeared with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas, Kansas City and Mississippi symphony orchestras, serving as soloist with noted conductors Sir David Willcocks, Lazlo Heltay and the late Robert Shaw and Eduardo Mata, among others. Praised as "a purebred performance...a powerful instrument...an expressive voice" (Amarillo Sunday News-Globe), "a clear, full-bodied mezzo allied to a lively presentation...a ringing mezzo" and "one of Kansas City's most soulful singers" (Kansas City Star). Scroggins has appeared in numerous recitals throughout the US and gave her Paris recital debut in 2001. Scroggins was featured in the world premiere concert and recording of Mark Hayes' Two Flutes Playing with the Heartland Men's Chorus in Kansas City, MO. She also has sung in the world premieres of two works by Steven Gutheinz, Songs of Travel and Hope.

Joan Phillips, grew up in a family of singers and music educators, and spent much of her youth singing and playing the piano and violin. She received her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she minored in music. After moving to Texas from her native state of Iowa, she has performed with a variety of both community and professional choral ensembles in the Dallas area, including The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, One Achord, The Living Christmas Card, Resounding Harmony, Denton Bach Society, Orpheus Chamber Singers, and Noted Vocals. After her previous life as a legal assistant, she completed her M.Ed from UTA in 2007 and has been teaching middle school reading for the past several years.

Mezzo Soprano Christa Zimmer’s rich yet flexible instrument lends itself well to both solo and ensemble singing, and she has performed frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, the Dallas Bach Society and the Orchestra of New Spain in Texas, and in Europe with the Internationale Bachakademie of Stuttgart Festival Choir in Germany, and at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. She continues to be in demand as recitalist and oratorio soloist, frequently appearing as a guest artist in major churches and with professional and community choral organizations throughout the southwest. As a recitalist, Zimmer has explored some of the far corners of the song literature, and has been hailed for her creative programming, acute sensitivity to poetry in song, and her wide and diverse range of dramatic expression. She studied at Texas Christian University, receiving her degree in vocal performance in 2003.

Natalie Arduino, mezzo-soprano, has received critical acclaim in opera, concert and early music performances for her versatility, vitality and her “beautiful, clear voice and musical sensitivity.” Ms. Arduino, an alumna of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, has appeared throughout the country with many opera companies, festivals and orchestras, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Her Carnegie Hall debut was with the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah. She has sung with the Little Orchestra Society in its “Vivaldi’s Venice” series at Alice Tully Hall and as the Mother in their production of Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in Avery Fisher Hall with the composer present. Recent performances include the title role in Holst's opera Savitri with Grace Song Series in Houston, appearances with Voces Intimae in Dallas, the Fort Worth Baroque Society, Ars Lyrica and Cantare in Houston. She can be heard as Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, recently released on Albany Records.


Soprano Julie Liston Johnson has earned an impressive reputation for her rich, shimmering timbre, technical brilliance and diverse repertoire. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in March 2004 singing the soprano solos in Fauré’s Requiem and Imant Raminsh’s Messe Brevis. While in New York, she was heard with The Mostly Mozart Festival, Mark Morris Dance Troupe, Vox, Trinity Church-Wall Street, and The Voices of Ascension. Recordings include the Haydn Missa Cellensis with Trinity Church, Wall Street where she sang a live broadcast of Messiah on WQXR (2001). Now in the Metroplex, Liston Johnson has been a soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Singers in the Monteverdi Vespers and in Fort Worth at Broadway Baptist Church singing the soprano solos in Messiah. A skillful interpreter of new music, she premiered John Zorn’s La machine de l’être at the Téatro Comunale di Bologna, as well as performing the soprano solo in Mario Davidovsky’s Biblical Songswith Continuum, conducted by Joel Sachs in New York City. She sang the title role in Madama Butterfly at Opera at Florham. Liston Johnson received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she was also on the Evening Division Faculty.

Bethany Green, mezzo-soprano, works as a soloist, adjudicator, clinician, and conductor across the Dallas area. As an ensemble member, she performs with groups ranging from Orpheus Chamber Singers to the Camp-of-the-Woods resort vocal team. She is the head choral director at Lovejoy High School. Under her direction the choral program at Lovejoy has grown over a thousand percent, earning multiple Sweepstakes Trophies and Festival Champion Trophies and performing in venues such as St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York and Old North Church in Boston. A suma cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University, Bethany holds degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance and she completed an MM in Choral Conducting at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This year she is serving as the vocal secretary of Region XXV and is presenting clinics at both TMEA and TCDA.
Laura Warriner, mezzo-soprano is a native of Madison, Mississippi. A recent graduate of the University of North Texas Master’s program, she is an active performer of opera, early music, and oratorio. In the Dallas area, she sings professionally with the Orpheus Chamber Singers, Orchestra of New Spain, the Adler Consort, and the Dallas Bach Society. Some of her operatic roles include Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. She has also been heard as a soloist with Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Turtle Creek Chorale, Richardson Symphony, and South Dakota Chorale. Laura has sung under the batons of many great conductors and composers including Moses Hogan, Sir David Willcocks, Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott, and Stewart Robertson. Her operatic venues include Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany, Opera in the Ozarks, Crested Butte Music Festival, The National Opera Assocation Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, University of North Texas Opera, University of Mississippi Opera, and the Dixon Gallery in Memphis TN. She is currently on the voice faculty of Collin County College in Plano, TX.