See the Stars of Tomorrow on Stage Today! Penn's Woods Music Festival is pleased to announce the soloists for our June 17 festival Orchestra concert. These young singers have distinguished themselves in the Penn State School of Music."It is our pleasure to include our students in the festival," said guest conductor Christopher Kiver. "To have such qualified singers in our school is amazing! We're happy to introduce these incredible talented singers to you."
Soprano Alexandra Harvey is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy degree at Penn State’s School of Music where she studies with Jennifer Trost. Her recent Penn State Opera Theatre performances include the title role in Handel’s Alcina, a selection of scenes titled “Operatif” as Hanna Glawari from Die Lustige Witwe, and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. She also appeared as a soloist with the Penn State Campus Orchestra performing Solvieg’s Lied from Grieg’s Peer Gynt. This summer, she will be attending the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Originally from Massachusetts, Alexandra was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has sung with several Boston-area opera companies including Odyssey Opera, MetroWest Opera, and Lowell House Opera. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music and continues her passion for teaching through her private voice studio.
Grace Kiver is a senior in the Bachelor of Music Education program at Penn State. She is a soprano in the studio of Jennifer Trost and has performed in Penn State Opera Theatre's productions of Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande (Yniold), Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti (Jazz Singer 1), and Handel's Alcina (Oberto). She has been accepted to attend the Opera Workshop at the Atlantic Music Festival this summer. She won first place in her category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Eastern Region Conference and Student Auditions and was also awarded the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and the Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award this past spring. Grace hopes to pursue a master's degree in vocal performance following her graduation from Penn State.
Timothi Williams, mezzo-soprano, is a recent graduate of the Vocal Performance and Pedagogy program at Penn State. Timothi received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from West Liberty University in 2014. She has had the pleasure of performing several operatic roles on stage, such as Jo in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and most recently Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina. Timothi has also been invited to sing with many chamber and orchestral groups in the State College area and throughout Pittsburgh. Aside from her performance endeavors, Timothi also has a passion for education and enjoys sharing the gift of voice with others through her private voice studio.
Sean Toso is a junior at Penn State pursuing his Bachelor of Music in voice performance studying under Norman Spivey. He has performed in Penn State Opera Theatre's production of The Barber of Seville and will be performing in FUSE Productions' Camelot this summer. He has been awarded the Eleanor Beene Scholarship Award and won the Margot Bos Vocal Award in 2016. Sean plans on pursuing a master's degree in voice performance and pedagogy after his undergraduate work.
Joseph Helinski is from Canonsburg Pennsylvania, and is a recent graduate of Penn State School of Music where he earned his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Joseph has made appearances with the Pittsburgh Opera in productions of Carmen, Dead Man Walking, and The Turn of the Screw, and has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre as the title character in Amahl and the Night Visitors . Joseph has been a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony on multiple occasions including The Lord of the Rings Symphony, their Holiday Pops Concerts, and Tiny Tots Concert Series. In his time at Penn State, Joseph held principal roles in Penn State Opera Theatre’s productions of La Bohème, The Pirates of Penzance, Trouble in Tahiti, and The Barber of Seville, among others. He was a member of the Penn State Concert Choir where he had the privilege of performing with the Rolling Stones on their Zip Code tour and traveled as a soloist with the choir throughout the continental United States, Iceland, and Australia. He was the first-place winner at the 2016 NATS Eastern Region Competition. Joseph is excited to be back as an alumnus to perform at the Penn’s Woods Music Festival.