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.

  ~ Mezzo Soprano

~ Tenor

~ Bass

 

 

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