Mar 30, 2019

A fundraising event for "Love Wounds".

Company members Jenny Schuler, Laura Smalley, and Jonathan Zeng bring music to your morning in this laid back recital to help raise funds for our Spring production Love Wounds. Enjoy a donut or two, with coffee and stronger beverages for purchase at the bar, and join us in experiencing these incredible voices singing works by Vaughan Williams, Gwyneth Walker, Charles Griffes, William Walton and selections from our upcoming collaboration, Love Wounds, by composer Christopher Cerrone.

As this is a fundraising event, please note there are no refunds issued for unused or returned tickets.

Cast

Jenny Schuler

Soprano

Jenny Schuler

Soprano

Soprano Jenny Schuler has earned praise in recent seasons for her powerful vocalism and compelling stage artistry. In 2018 she joined Indiana University as a guest artist in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos as well as debuting the comic role of Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sugar Creek Opera. She also appeared as a soloist with Chicago Folks Operetta in their Reclaimed Voices Series. In December 2018, Ms. Schuler made her Oregon Symphony debut as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and returned in February 2019 for their production of Hänsel und Gretel. Also in February 2019, Ms. Schuler made her New Jersey Festival Orchestra debut in the title role of Tosca.

In 2017, Ms. Schuler debuted the title roles of Ariadne auf Naxos and Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas, both with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, and covered the role of Leonore in the Princeton Festival’s production of Fidelio. Additional roles in her repertoire have included Micaëla in La tragédie de Carmen, Anaide in Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Alice Ford in Falstaff.

Ms. Schuler was the first place winner of the 2018 Lyra New York International Vocal Competition, second place winner of the 2018 Lyra New York Online Mozart Competition, finalist in the 2017 Marcello Giordani International Voice Competition, a semi-finalist in Shreveport Opera’s 2017 Mary Jacobs Smith Competition, and first prize winner in the 2016 Heafner–Williams Vocal Competition. Ms. Schuler earned her Artist Diploma from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, her Master of Music from Chicago College of Performing Arts, and a double Bachelor of Arts in Music and Graphic Design from Trinity Christian College.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Dynamic Donuts: A Fundraiser for Love Wounds Soloist 2019
2016 Holiday House Party Soloist 2016
Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lakeside Soiree Soloist 2015
Voices in the Dark, Jazz & Trouble in Tahiti Girl, Jazz Trio 2015
2014 Christmas Celebration Soloist 2014
The Rape of Lucretia Female Chorus 2014

Laura Smalley

Soprano

Laura Smalley

Soprano

Laura Smalley holds a BM in Vocal Performance from DePaul School of Music, where she co-founded two student ensembles that produced and performed original and contemporary works. She has worked in marketing and development with many prominent arts organizations, including internships with Des Moines Metro Opera and Stage 773, and currently works for Chicago Opera Theater as the Marketing & Communications Associate. She is also an alumna of the 2018 Hart Institute for Women Opera Administrators, a professional development program at The Dallas Opera. Laura works regularly as a singer and performer in the Chicago area.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Love Wounds Echo Cover
"I WIll Learn to Love a Person" Soloist Cover
2019
Dynamic Donuts: A Fundraiser for Love Wounds Soloist 2019
Fringe at the Taproom Soloist 2018

Jonathan Zeng

Tenor

Jonathan Zeng

Tenor

Lauded for his versatility as a performer and accomplished in Musical Theater, Opera, Oratorio and Concert repertoire, critically acclaimed tenor, Jonathan Zeng, has performed throughout the United States with companies such as Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Utah Festival Opera, and the Princeton Festival. With a voice described by Chicago publications as “valiant”, “stunning”, “vibrant”, and “rich”, Jonathan is based in Chicago and has appeared as soloist with The William Ferris Chorale in the American premiere of John Joubert’s Five Songs of Incarnation and Bonaventura Somma’s Missa Pro Defunctis. You may also have seen him singing with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, in Johnny Johnson or The Csardas Princess with Chicago Folks Operetta, or performing in Chicago Fringe Opera productions The Long Christmas Dinner, Trouble In Tahiti, Turn of the Screw, and Song From the Uproar. Roles elsewhere range from Goro in Madama Butterfly & Beppe in I Pagliacci to Prince Charming in Cinderella, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance.  An avid proponent for arts education and vocal instruction, Jonathan has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Preparatory Department at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and has maintained a private voice studio for more than a decade. Jonathan received a BA in Music Education from the School of Music at Western IL University and an MM in vocal performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Jonathan also writes and records his own music.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Sounds of Pride Soloist 2019
Love Wounds Narcissus 2019
Dynamic Donuts: A Fundraiser for Love Wounds Soloist 2019
The Long Christmas Dinner Charles 2018
Fringe at the Taproom Soloist 2018
The Great God Pan Clarke and Meyrick Cover 2018
Song from the Uproar Ensemble 2016
The Turn of the Screw Miles 2015
Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lakeside Soiree Soloist 2015
Voices in the Dark, Jazz & Trouble in Tahiti Tenor, Jazz Trio 2015

Allison Rye

Oboe

Allison Rye

Oboe

Allison Rye began her oboe studies with Rebecca Testerman in 2004. She has since performed regularly with DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Evanston Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Northbrook Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has taught privately in Atlanta, Chicago, and South Carolina. In 2015, Allison graduated from Furman University, where she studied with Petrea Warneck, with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.  While at Furman, Allison received the Burleson Endowed Music Scholarship, was a winner of the 2014 Furman University Concerto Competition, and studied at the Accademia dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy with Italian oboist, Gianluca Dioni. During the summer of 2014, Allison was selected as a participant of Pedro Diaz’s English Horn masterclass at the International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City and attended the Hot Springs Music Festival, where she returned for their 2015 season. As a dedicated teacher and mentor of music, oboe studies, and reed making, Allison has interned and taught at the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival and Oxford Oboes camps and is currently on faculty at Intelligent Fingers Music School and The People’s Music School of Chicago. Allison obtained her Master’s of Music Degree at Northwestern University in 2017, where she studied with Michael Henoch and was recognized, through receiving the Ray Still Award and grant, for excellence in the study and teaching of the oboe.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Dynamic Donuts: A Fundraiser for Love Wounds Oboe 2019

Josephine Yang

Pianist

Josephine Yang

Pianist

Based in Chicago, IL, Josephine Yang performs internationally as a soloist and collaborator. She received the Master of Music degree in piano performance in 2016 under the direction of world-renowned concert pianist Daniel Pollack at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Comfortable in diverse settings, her performance scope ranges from the traditional concert hall to rock concerts and street festivals. Josephine performed as the solo pianist with the symphonic rock band Evanescence on their Synthesis orchestra tour in 2018 at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and well as at Indiana’s Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. In the summer of 2018, she performed in Chicago’s classical music street festival, the Thirsty Ears Festival, produced by Access Contemporary Music, where she gave the midwest premiere of Mauricio Arias’s Arizona Mirage. In the 2014-15 season, she made her debut performances with Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora (Mexico), Arizona Repertory Orchestra, and Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, in a performance which won the city’s Hessy Award  for “Best Performance of the Year.” She has performed at several music festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons (2015), directed by Paul Schenly, the 36th Annual Daniel Pollack Masterclass in Seattle (2014), and MusicFest Perugia (2009, 2011), directed by Ilana Vered. She was also featured as a pianist on a television show from Japan’s Shinagawa district, which aired in 2015, and in The Real Pianists of the Hamptons Youtube show.

In her freshman year at Arizona State University, Josephine won the 2011 annual Concert of Soloists competition, which led to a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the ASU Symphony. Other honors include the Grand Prize Winner at the 2009 Arizona Musicfest Competition, first prize in the Senior Concerto Division of the 2009 Schimmel/Arizona Piano Young Artist Competition, and 2008 MTNA Arizona State Senior Division Winner. In May 2014, she received the Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in piano performance from Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts of Arizona State University. Her mentors include Dr. Baruch Meir and Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo.

An avid collaborator as well as a soloist, Josephine has performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony, Classical Revolution Chicago, and many young artists in recitals and competitions, including the CSYO Concerto Competition in November 2016, of which the two top prize-winning performances were her collaborations. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall collaborative debut in November 2016 with cellist Miriam Smith, who was also her piano student. Josephine is also a passionate teacher who sees teaching as an essential expression of her personality and musicianship. She also believes deeply in interdisciplinary art collaboration and presenting great music of all genres, and is launching a concert concept that combines the forces of living music, lighting design, art film, and fashion design in an ongoing, large-scale project with Lanly Le as the videographer and photographer. She also champions new music written by living composers, and she has premiered several new works around the world.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Dynamic Donuts: A Fundraiser for Love Wounds Pianist 2019

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