Bios

Dr. John V. Sinclair ~ Conductor

Dr. Sinclair has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Messiah Choral Society for the past 29 years. He also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Dr. Sinclair serves Rollins College as the Department Chair and the John M. Tiedtke Endowed Chair of Music. He earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Musically, he is known for creative interpretations, an expressive conducting style, and innovative programming. During the past 18 years, he has made more than 700 appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer in many states and foreign countries, including Mass at the Vatican.  In addition, he conducts performances of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, directs the Moravian Music Festivals, and participates in recording projects for Warner Brothers and the Walt Disney Company.  A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards, including Rollins College’s: the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, Barton Teaching Award, Distinguished Service Award, the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rollins College Student Government Association. Also, his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with their prestigious “Citation for Achievement.”

For two consecutive years, he was named the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida and he was listed as a Florida International Magazine Power Player in the Arts.

Dr. Sinclair founded the Bach Festival Society’s Arts-in-Education program, which brings programs to thousands of area students, and founded the Rollins College Community School of Music.

Catherine Psarakis ~ Soprano

Soprano Catherine Psarakis grew up in Melbourne, Florida, where she first learned to play piano and violin, began studying Byzantine Chant at her Greek Orthodox Church, and started voice lessons with Mr. Mark Baker. She received a BA from Rollins College in 2016, where she double majored in Chemistry and Music, and performed senior recitals on voice and violin, studying with Ms. Arisa Kusumi and Ms. Joni Roos. At Rollins she received the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award in Music, and won First Place at the NATS Competition in Central Florida. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music- Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory in Boston, where she is studying with Ms. Lisa Saffer.

Catherine participated in Music Theater Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany under the direction of Mr. Richard Owens, where she performed scenes in German including the role of Zdenka from Arabella. She also was a part of “Si parla, si canta” in Urbania, Italy under the direction of Mr. Benton Hess, where she performed scenes from Italian and English roles including Adina from L’elisir d’amore, Violetta from La Traviata, Nannetta from Falstaff, Lucia from Lucia di Lammermooor, and Cunegonde from Candide. At Rollins, Catherine performed as Papagena from The Magic Flute, and looks forward to continuing her operatic acting and stage training. 

In addition to her love of opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire, Catherine greatly enjoys chamber music and art song for its intimate musical and sonic possibility. She has a passion for studying music theory which was kindled by Dr. Daniel Crozier at Rollins College, and plans to continue theoretical pursuits and connect them with her performance endeavors. Additionally, she hopes to connect her musical passion with her love of science through outreach and interdisciplinary venues, as she did in 2015 when she composed an original string quartet and performed as a violinist at the Atlanta Science Festival for the Center for Chemical Evolution.

Zohaniris Torres  ~ Contralto

Contralto Zohaniris Torres is known for her dark jewel-like timbre and dramatic operatic sound. She has performed numerous recitals in Central Florida; in Ithaca, New York; Europe and South America. Some of her opera roles include the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. In the past year she was a semifinalist in the Francisco Araiza International Opera Competition in Mexico and was also selected to compete in the 20th International Lyric Singing Contest in Trujillo, Peru this November.

A native of Puerto Rico, Zohaniris love for music was encouraged by her father, who is also a talented musician.  As early as nine years old, she participated in singing competitions and also sang with her father on several church bands, choirs, and school functions.

Zohaniris obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College in 2010, and her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College in 2013. She presently resides in Central Florida, and works as a professor of voice at Bethune-Cookman University and also has a private studio practice.

Her most recent performances took place in the Palacio del Gobierno in Sonora, Mexico this past June. She performed last November as alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Pasquale Valerio. She was also the alto solo at the 44th Annual Performance with the Messiah Choral Society at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Dr. John Sinclair.  She is delighted to be singing the alto solo once again with the Messiah Choral Society this year. Upcoming engagements will include singing competitions around the country and recitals.

Anthony Ciarmitaro ~ Tenor

Tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro, a Florida native, is in his first year with the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio. He made his company debut as Theseus in Morganelli’s Hercules vs. Vampires, and will continue their season as Spoletta in Pucinni’s Tosca, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and various comprimario roles in Bernstein’s Candide, as well as a cover of the title character. Mr. Ciaramitaro was a recent participant of the prestigious Merola Opera Program in San Francisco in 2017, where he performed the role of Don Ramiro from Rosinni’s La Cenerentola. Previously, Mr. Ciaramitaro studied at Florida State University with David Okerlund, where he performed the roles of Charles II in Floyd’s Prince of Players, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Florida State Opera. Mr. Ciaramitaro was privileged to perform as a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera during their 2016 season in the ensembles of Verdi’s La Traviata, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Missy

Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar. In 2015, Mr. Ciaramitaro appeared as a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, performing the roles Basilio from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, The Messenger from Verdi’s Aida, and among the ensemble of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles. Mr. Ciaramitaro made his professional and company debut with Florida Opera Theater as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and in the ensemble of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. Abroad, Mr. Ciaramitaro has also been featured as Piquillo from Offenbach’s La Perichole with the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France, and performed various scenes in Oberaudorf, Germany with the Music Theater Bavaria training program. In concert, Mr. Ciaramitaro was featured as the tenor soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Uriel from Haydn’s The Creation with the Tallahassee Community Chorus, and returned as the soloist for Handel’s Messiah with The Messiah Choral Society and The Villages Philharmonic. Mr. Ciaramitaro studied with Richard Owens at Rollins College, where he received his bachelor’s degree. Mr. Ciaramitaro has an avid love for the stage and is eager to one day have an illustrious career as a performer of opera, oratorio, and concert repertoire.

David Terry ~ Bass

Bass David Terry has lived in the Central Florida area for most of his life. He graduated from Rollins College in 2000, earning a bachelor of arts degree in music with a focus on voice performance and conducting. While at Rollins, Mr. Terry won the Third Annual Concerto Competition in the vocal category, earned first place in the local National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He also graduated with the distinction of earning the Expressive Arts Division award.

Mr. Terry has performed as a baritone soloist for various oratorio works, such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs; Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem; Faure’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; J.S. Bach’s Hunt Cantata and Christ lag in Todesbanden; and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat. Handel’s oratorio arias are among his favorite works to perform.

Mr. Terry took a brief sabbatical from music when he entered Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg in 2002. After graduating from law school and passing the bar exam in 2004, he returned to the Central Florida area to practice. Since moving back, he revisited his passion for music and continues to develop his secondary profession in vocal performance. Currently, he is a regular member of the professional choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, which is near the Orlando theme parks.

 

 

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