Sphinx, Voice, and Harp Faculty Collaborative Recital

Experience an evening of music performed by faculty and students of the Curtis opera department and members of the Sphinx Performance Academy.  

MONTGOMERY

Strum
Catalyst Quartet:
Jessie Montgomery, violin
Karla Donahew Perez, violin
Paul Laraia, viola
Karlos Rodriguez, cello

PRICE

Quartet in G major
Jannina Norpoth, violin
Melissa White, violin (’07)
Jennifer Arnold, viola
Mary Ann Ramos, cello

BRAHMS

Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Kendra Broom, mezzo-soprano (’18)
Jennifer Arnold, viola
Jin Hyun Park, piano

SAINT-SAËNS

Fantaisie in A major, Op. 124
Karla Donahew Perez, violin
Elizabeth Hainen, harp

RENIÉ

Pièce symphonique
Elizabeth Hainen, harp

 

Performers


Kendra Broom


Kendra Broom, a mezzo-soprano from Oakland, Calif., graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 with a master’s degree in opera. Her recent roles include the title role in David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf and the Madwoman in Rene Orth’s 10 Days in a Madhouse, both part of Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure program. As a soloist, she performed Schoenberg’s complete Pierrot Lunaire with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble and Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony. In the coming season she will sing Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) with the West Edge Opera Company.

Jannina Norpoth


Violinist Jannina Norpoth made her solo debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Since then she has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist with a passion for contemporary music, genre-bending, and improvisation. Ms. Norporth is a member of PUBLIQuartet and performs and writes alongside her husband, John-Paul Norpoth, in the folk-rock group HOLLANDS.

Melissa White


American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Ms. White is a founding member of New York-based Harlem Quartet, and has partnered with such leading jazz musicians as pianist/composer Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, and vibraphonist Gary Burton. A native of Michigan, Ms. White holds performance degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory.

Jennifer Arnold


Violist Jennifer Arnold is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the Oregon Symphony, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and the Gateways Festival. An advocate for diversity in classical music, she was the first Sphinx Diversity Fellow in the 2016–17 season, focusing on a career in arts administration. In 1999, she made her solo debut, premiering Adolphus Hailstork’s Two Romances for Viola and Orchestra with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Mary Ann Ramos


Dr. Mary Ann Ramos has been a member of the cello faculty at Northern Arizona University since 2010. She holds prizes in various competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance Competition. Dr. Ramos has appeared as a soloist with the Gateway Festival Orchestra and the University City, Alton, and Kirkwood symphony orchestras.

Catalyst Quartet


The Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the Sphinx Competition. The ensemble has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center, Harris Theater in Chicago, the New World Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Elizabeth Hainen


Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. She has presented programs showcasing the diversity and virtuosity of her instrument to audiences throughout the world, receiving critical acclaim. Ms. Hainen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2005 and also teaches at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

Biographies

Kendra Broom, a mezzo-soprano from Oakland, Calif., graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 with a master’s degree in opera. Her recent roles include the title role in David Hertzberg’s The Rose Elf and the Madwoman in Rene Orth’s 10 Days in a Madhouse, both part of Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure program. As a soloist, she performed Schoenberg’s complete Pierrot Lunaire with the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble and Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Symphony. In the coming season she will sing Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) with the West Edge Opera Company.

Other notable roles include Mélisande (Impressions of Pelléas), the Child (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Curtis Opera Theatre; as well as Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Alcina (Orlando Paladino), Mallika (Lakme), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), and Adelma (Busoni’s Turandot).

Ms. Broom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was awarded the Ambrose Monell, Birgit Nilsson, and Emily W. Voorhis Scholarships. She was also the recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation in 2015.

Violinist Jannina Norpoth made her solo debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Since then she has built a career as an innovative collaborative artist with a passion for contemporary music, genre-bending, and improvisation. As a soloist she has performed with the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, the Casalmaggiore International Chamber Ensemble, and Ensemble 212.

Ms. Norporth is a member of PUBLIQuartet, which was the 2016–17 quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, recipient of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, and the winner of 2013 New Music/New Places Prize of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. She also performs and writes alongside her husband, John-Paul Norpoth, in the folk-rock group HOLLANDS.

Ms. Norpoth appearances have included Art X Detroit; the Women of the World, Montreux-Detroit Jazz, Mostly Mozart, Ecstatic Music, and Great Lakes Chamber Music festivals; Saturday Night Live; VH1’s Save the Music Foundation; and IFC's Dinner with the Band. She has performed with such acclaimed musicians as Anita Baker, Marcus Belgrave, Beyoncé, Boys II Men, Regina Carter, Sheila E., Jay-Z, Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Dionne Warwick; arranged for Keyshia Cole, Kat DeLuna, Keri Hilson, Akron Family, John Legend, and others; and worked under record producers Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and Bryce Goggin.

Her upcoming projects include a new adaptation of Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha in collaboration with composer Jessie Montgomery, and a duo recording of Prokofiev’s sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Maria Meirelles.

American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. A First Place Laureate in the Sphinx Competition, Ms. White has received critical acclaim for solo performances with some of America’s leading ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston Pops; the Colorado Symphony; and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.

In the 2017–18 season Ms. White made her solo debut with the National Philharmonic (North Bethesda, Md.), performing the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. She also appeared with the Chicago Sinfonietta, performing Saint-Saëns’s La muse et le poète with fellow Sphinx Laureate Ifetayo Ali-Landing. 

Ms. White is a founding member of the New York-based Harlem Quartet.

Violist Jennifer Arnold is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a member of the Oregon Symphony, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and the Gateways Festival. An advocate for diversity in classical music, she was the first Sphinx Diversity Fellow in the 2016–17 season, focusing on a career in arts administration.

A 2005 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Arnold has served as state chapter president of the American String Teachers Association of Oregon, and is a faculty member for the Sphinx Performance Academy and Portland Summer Ensembles.

In 1999, she made her solo debut, premiering Adolphus Hailstork’s Two Romances for Viola and Orchestra with the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to winning prizes at the Sphinx Competition, she has performed as a member of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the New York String Seminar, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, among others.

Ms. Arnold is active with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Oregon, the African American Health Coalition, and the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals.

Dr. Mary Ann Ramos has been a member of the cello faculty at Northern Arizona University since 2010.  She holds prizes in various competitions, including the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Gateway Festival Orchestra and the University City, Alton, and Kirkwood symphony orchestras. In 2010 Dr. Ramos was invited to be the featured soloist at an official state luncheon in honor of the President of Mexico's visit to Washington, D.C., hosted by Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In 2018 she serves on the faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academies in Chicago, at Oberlin Conservatory, and at the Curtis Institute of Music. Previous summer festival engagements have included Festival et Rencontres de Musique de Chambre du Larzac (France), Festival Artístico Coahuila (Mexico), PhoenixPhest (Michigan), Insbrook Institute (Missouri), Chamber Music Encounter (Missouri), Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory (Colorado), Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute’s Advanced Chamber Camp (Colorado), and Chamber Music Connection (Ohio).

Dr. Ramos completed her bachelor’s degree at New England Conservatory as a student of Laurence Lesser, her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Richard Aaron, and her doctorate at the University of Michigan as a student of Anthony Elliott.

The Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to diversity and education with a passion for contemporary works. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the quartet is comprised of top laureates and alumni of the Sphinx Competition. The ensemble has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center, Harris Theater in Chicago, the New World Center, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Additional notable performances include concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center with Grammy winner and jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant; and appearances as soloists with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sphinx Virtuosi, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

The Catalyst Quartet’s festival appearances include Juneau Jazz and Classics; Festival del Sole in Napa Valley; Mainly Mozart; the Vail Dance Festival; and the Great Lakes Chamber, Sitka Summer, Strings, and Grand Canyon music festivals.

The Catalyst Quartet has held concert residencies at the universities of Michigan and Washington; Rice and Pennsylvania State universities; Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Virginia Arts Festival, and Aldeburgh Music. Members of the quartet serve as principal faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Roosevelt University.

Pianist Jin Hyun Park is a graduate of the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Her performances, both as a soloist and with ensembles, have included appearances at the Kastamoksha Music Festival and the Russian International Music Festival, as well as concerts with the Saint Petersburg Regional Orchestra and Saint Petersburg String Quartet. She gave solo recitals at Saint Petersburg’s Kapella Hall and Philharmonic Hall, and in Pushkin City.

Following her time in Russia, Ms. Park earned her B.M. in piano performance and M.M. in chamber piano accompanying and opera coaching at Temple University, Philadelphia studying with Harvey Wedeen and Lambert Orkis. She was the recipient of the Millard E. Gladfelter Scholarship, awarded to a student with “high scholarship, demonstrated need, and exceptional professional promise.”

She participated as an apprentice pianist with the Lake George Opera Company, SongFest LA, and Philadelphia's Russian Opera Workshop.

Ms. Park is accompanist in voice studies at Curtis Institute of Music and joined the faculty in 2016. She serves as accompanist at Curtis Summerfest.

Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great harp ambassadors. She has presented programs showcasing the diversity and virtuosity of her instrument to audiences throughout the world, receiving critical acclaim.

Ms. Hainen has collaborated with such eminent conductors and musicians as Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and the Juilliard String Quartet. In addition to the Philadelphia Orchestra, she has appeared as a featured soloist with the City of London Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Orchestra Camerata Ducale (Italy), Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. She also appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A champion of new music, Ms. Hainen gave the United States, Chinese, European and Australian Premieres of the Nu Shu: Secret Songs of Women, written for her by Tan Dun.

Ms. Hainen is the founding director of the Lyra Society, an organization to promote new works for the harp and educate young harpists. Through the Lyra Society she has provided educational outreach to hundreds of schoolchildren in urban Philadelphia.

In the 2017–18 Season, she releases Home, her third recording with Avie. She also appears in Lyon and Healy Harps’ inaugural Harptacular concert series.

Ms. Hainen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2005 and also teaches at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

 

Sphinx Performance Academy at Curtis Summerfest is generously supported, in part, by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.