Nick Barootian, baritone, a Racine native, has studied voice with Gregory Berg, former King’s Singers Anthony Holt, and Richard Sjoerdsma. He sang with the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence under Philip Brunnelle during their 40th Anniversary tour of England, and more recently with the Florentine Opera Chorus, for which he has also been engaged as a soloist in summer outreach programs. His stage credits include Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Nick is also a burgeoning conductor and composer. Recently he appeared as conductor and soloist with Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts, music-directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, and composed music for the Case High School original production he also music-directed, #DarkSideoftheRainbow, with Nancy Gibson. Since 2015 Nick has served as Director of Liturgy and Music for St. Francis Xavier and St. John the Baptist Catholic Parishes in Brighton and Paris, Wisconsin. In 2015, Nick founded the Belle Ensemble, a vocal chamber music group aimed at bringing first class vocal performance to Racine and its neighbors, and at developing collaborations among talented vocal musicians and other artists in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. Find out more at facebook.com/BelleEnsemble, or write to email@example.com.
Michael Mueller, tenor, received his B.A. in Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he sang with the U of I Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. In recent years, he has been tenor soloist for major works with the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Coronation Mass. He has performed in operatic productions of Southeast Wisconsin Performing Arts and with the Florentine Opera Chorus. As a recitalist, Michael has been regularly featured in the Music & More series of First Presbyterian Church in Racine. He is a current student of Dr. Richard Sjoerdsma.
Ami Bouterse has recently performed with Belle Ensemble, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and the Racine Concert Band. At the University of Wisconsin- Parkside, Ami is an Associate Professor of Music where she teaches private voice, Opera Workshop, and the latest contemporary a cappella ensemble, Parkside Range. She received voice and opera theater performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. In addition, Ami earned Level III Certification in Jeanne LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework™, which featured contemporary commercial music vocal pedagogical technique at Shenandoah University. Ami also maintains the AB Voice Studio for children and adults at all levels. Visit www.abvoicestudio.com.
Karen Archbold received first place in the 2016 Sinfonietta Bel Canto Voice Competition. She was a 2014 and 2015 finalist in the American Prize Competition Vocal Division and runner-up in the American Prize Chicago Music Theatre Award. She studied classical voice at the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen, Germany. She has appeared as Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, Abuela in La Vida Breve and Berthe in Barber of Seville. Karen’s solo appearances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Lili Boulanger’s Psalm Profundis, the Verdi Requiem, and the Mahler Kindertotenlieder. She currently performs with the Belle Ensemble and with Duo Striata. She also gives weekly concerts as a part of Music for the Mind, a music therapy program for people with Alzheimer's.
Born in Spain, Alejandro Alumbreros has performed as both a piano soloist and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists in Europe, the United States and South America. Currently, Alejandro is the Choir Director and Organist at First Presbyterian Church of Racine. He is also the Vocal Music Teacher/Choir Director at Wilmot Union High School. Alejandro received his Masters of Music in Piano with an emphasis in vocal and chamber music from Carnegie Mellon University