December 5, 2010

Our Director

ANDREW DIONNE holds a doctorate in music composition from Indiana University and is a winner of a BMI Student Composer Award. In addition to his work in composition, Mr. Dionne has conducted the premier performances of the works of many contemporary composers. Currently, Mr. Dionne is the associate pastor at Christ the Word Presbyterian Church in Toledo.


Our Organist

Derek Stauff

Mr. Stauff is currently a graduate student in musicology at Indiana University, where he has served as an associate instructor in music history. Prior to this, he received his master's degree in organ performance at IU. Derek is originally from eastern Pennsylvania and graduated from Grove City College with a degree in music education. He now lives in Bloomington, IN with his wife Mariel.


Our Pianist


Mr. Filippelli currently resided in Bloomingon, IN where he attends Church of the Good Shepherd. He earned an undergraduate degree in piano performance from Evangel University in Springfield, MO, where he was awarded the Outstanding Senior Musician award at graduation. Mr. Filippelli has played under the direction of conductor Steven Byess of the Detroit Symphony, and has played chamber music recitals in Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, and other mid-western cities. Mr. Filippelli returns to Toledo for his second tour of duty for the Messiah Sing-along.


Previous Years' Pianists:

2004: Harriet Ribbens

2005: Paul Jones

2006: Nate Filippelli

2007: Joy Malone

2008: Nate Filippelli

2009: Nate Filippelli

2010: Nate Filippelli




Our Vocalists

CURTIS COOK (bass) has performed extensively both in the United States and Europe with musical theatre and opera companies. Most recently he sang the part of Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Krakow Opera. Mr. Cook holds voice degrees from Oklahoma City University and Indiana University where he studied with Giorgio Tozzi.

ROB FREDRICK (tenor) is a family practice physician and the Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs for the Toledo Hospital. He also serves on the faculty of its residency training program. Prior to beginning the long process of medical training, Dr. Fredrick studied voice at Adrian College. He has enjoyed brushing off his vocal skills again for this performance.

CELESTA KIRK (mezzo-soprano) is currently a student of Mr. Kenneth Bozeman at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, where she is pursuing a degree in music education. Only through divine intervention, involving live chickens at a bed and breakfast, did Celesta come to meet and study voice with Sarah Dionne, who then persuaded Celesta to attend her alma mater in frozen Wisconsin. When Celesta is not away at school, she lives with her parents and two sisters in Maumee. Currently she is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Maumee.

DAWN SPAETTI (soprano) is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied with Virginia Zeani and has subsequently taught as an adjunct voice professor. Dawn's career in opera and oratorio has included performances with numerous opera companies and orchestras across the country, including San Francisco Opera's Merola young artist program and Western Opera Theatre touring company. Her oratorio experience has taken her to Weill recital hall at Carnegie Hall with the New York Oratorio Society, as well as performances with various organizations including Princeton University, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Philharmonic. Residing near Bloomington, Indiana, Dawn is now blessed to be pursuing the career of wife to Adam and mother to Cynthia, Samuel, Mary Ella and Olivia.



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