For our 2019-20 appearances, Schola Antiqua is proud to present the following voices:
"Sounds of Faith in Medieval Jerusalem": Stephanie Culica, Laura Lynch, Matthew Dean, Nolan Carter, Joe Labozetta, with special guests Amro Hosny Helmy (oud) and soprano Nell Snaidas.
"Maximilian's Musical Armory": Stephanie Culica, Kaitlin Foley, Matthew Dean, Nolan Carter, Joe Labozetta, Steven Caldicott Wilson, Joseph Hubbard, Eric Alatorre.
"Slavic Routes: Music from Renaissance Prague": Stephanie Culica, Laura Lynch, Nolan Carter, Matthew Dean, Keith Murphy, Joe Labozetta, John Orduña, Joseph Hubbard.
Other touring programs include "Voices across the Divide" (Reformation/Counter-Reformation); "Music in Secret" (convent program, all-female roster); "Tidings True: Medieval and Renaissance Music for Advent"; "Thomas Becket: Martyr and Athlete"
Regular artist biographies are provided below.
“Setting the tone” (Pittsburgh Music Alliance) with “affecting line” (Boston Classical Review), Matthew Dean (tenor) anchors Midwest vocal chamber projects and performs nationally as an oratorio soloist. He has served as artist in residence at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel since 2005, where The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein has praised his “firm vocalism and beautiful timbre" for Bach. Matt has been called "an ideal Evangelist, with a high, light effortless voice" (Herbert Burtis), a "stirring" liturgical soloist (Chicago Classical Review), and a "stellar" collaborator (Alan Artner) with Bella Voce. A medievalist and folklorist, Matt has worked in Siberia and Spain, and tours actively with The Newberry Consort and The Rose Ensemble.
Matt originated the tenor roles in James Kallembach’s Passion and Sven-David Sandström's Magnificat, and his voice can be found on recordings for Naxos, Discantus, and Permelia Records. An arts management leader, he heads the Sounds of Faith initiative for Harran Productions Foundation, serves as Director of Chapel Operations for the University of Chicago, and co-directs The Rookery men's choir. He has performed with Schola since 2002, and has also served as manager and board member of the foundation.
Stephanie Sheffield Culica (soprano) has performed extensively throughout the Midwest since 2004. Engaging in repertoires ranging from medieval to modern, she has sung with a variety of ensembles in Chicago, including the choirs of St. John Cantius Church, Bella Voce, The Oriana Singers, and other professional groups. She has been featured in several live performances on WFMT, Chicago’s classical music radio station. Stephanie has performed with Schola Antiqua of Chicago since 2010 and is featured on the group’s West Meets East and Missa Conceptio Tua recordings. She is a frequent soloist at St. John Cantius Church in works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Hadyn’s St. Nicholas Mass and Handel’s Messiah. She is featured as a soloist on a recent release of Mozart’s Requiem with the Choir and Orchestra of St. John Cantius Church.
Laura Lynch (soprano) has enjoyed a career as a performer and teacher in Chicago since 2000. Described as “dulcet-voiced” by John von Rhein (The Chicago Tribune), Laura has performed with Schola Antiqua and other early music ensembles such as Bella Voce, Ars Antigua, and The Oriana Singers. She spends summers performing with the Grant Park Chorus and is featured on recordings, including GIA Publications, The Music of William C Wright (Permelia Records), Songs of Smaller Creatures (Cedille Records) and on Schola Antiqua’s The Kings of Tharsis (Discantus) and Missa Conceptio Tua (Naxos). Laura holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from VanderCook College of Music. She teaches choir and general music in Fairport, New York and remains an active church musician.
A native Northern-Californian, Joe Labozetta (baritone) has carved out a niche in the musical fabric of Chicago by singing with a number of esteemed choral ensembles. Starting as a boy soprano with the GRAMMY award-winning Ragazzi Boys' Chorus, Joe has continued to pursue every choral opportunity, especially the obscure and exotic. Vocal stylistic interests include: Renaissance polyphony, jazz harmony, pop vocal percussion, overtone vocalizations, and traditional Georgian folksong. A multi-instrumentalist and graduate of DePaul University's School of Music, Joe currently holds the position of Director of Music at St. Josaphat Church, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Church music ministry keeps him busy playing pipe organ, piano and guitar, while he also directs church choirs and ensembles. In addition to Schola Antiqua, Joe has appeared with: Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, William Ferris Chorale, Bella Voce, The Rookery, the Newberry Consort and the Alioni Georgian Choir of Chicago.
Kaitlin Foley (soprano) has been praised for her “dulcet” (The Chicago Tribune) and “agile and pure-toned” (Chicago Classical Review) singing. Ms. Foley is a supremely dedicated performer with a passionate ear for early and new music. She has performed works ranging from Bach’s Mass in B Minor to Mozart’s Requiem to Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. She has premiered new works including a new setting of the St. John Passion by James Kallembach. She recently had her debut with Haymarket Opera Company in their production of Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeits des Comacho. Ms. Foley has worked with renowned conductors Rubén Dubrovsky and Peter Phillips, among others. In addition to Schola Antiqua, she has sung with numerous acclaimed choral ensembles, including Grant Park Chorus, Bella Voce, Chicago Bach Ensemble, and Prometheus. She is a founding member of the genre-bending, Chicago-based women’s trio Artemisia.
Born in Seoul and raised part time in the United States, bass-baritone Woo Chan Lee (Chaz) currently resides in Hyde Park, where he studies musicology and teaches writing and music history at the University of Chicago. Parallel to his life as a student and instructor at the University, he has performed with a variety of ensembles as a pianist, conductor, percussionist, and vocalist. As a choral musician, Chaz can be heard singing with other Chicago-area groups such as the Grant Park Chorus, Chicago a cappella, the Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Decani, Bella Voce, and the Rookery Men’s Choir. Regardless of style or genre, his favorite musical activity is producing maximum overtones with other voices. In between teaching, dissertation-writing, and rehearsals, Chaz sings along to Disney films, Frank Sinatra, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and the Backstreet Boys, which had once formed the quadrivium of his childhood instruction in the vocal arts.
With recent operatic engagements at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Second City, Virginia Opera, Opera Southwest, Aldeburgh Festival in England, and Aspen Music Festival, Joseph Hubbard (bass) has performed around 30 different roles, ranging from early 17th century to new premieres. As a concert soloist, his engagements include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, St Jakobs Kyrka in Stockholm, Beth Morrison Projects, The Messiah Festival of the Arts, Duke University, Dartmouth College, The Newberry Consort, Music at Marsh Chapel Boston, American Bach Soloists and Academy, Mountainside Baroque, Ars Lyrica Houston, Madison Bach Musicians, Madison Early Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale, with whom he also serves as Artistic Advisor. Joseph holds degrees from Northwestern University (M.Mus, Voice Performance and Literature) and the University of North Texas (B.Mus, Vocal Performance), and a post-grad Certificate from the Opera Institute at Boston University.