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Spring 2020 Guest Artists

Kristine Caswelch, soprano

Soprano Kristine Caswelch is a local Cleveland musician who has been creating a name for herself as a soloist and ensemble singer within the early and contemporary music scenes. Interested in using performance as a tool to have conversations around gender and race, 

Kristine took part in a recent collaboration with local tenor Matt Jones to create a program for Cleveland’s ‘Big Reads’, composed of predominantly African American female composers as a response Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. 


During the summer Kristine has regularly participated in the WCC Summer Choral Festival, and has been a featured soprano soloist. Recent summer programs have included the Ensemble Singing Intensive at the Amherst Early Music Festival. In 2015 Kristine walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain, where she shared her love of music with fellow pilgrims and locals by singing in the various churches and cathedrals. From 2016-2018 Kristine served as the founding Artistic Director of Cleveland Transgender Choir, the first group of its kind in the area. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral.

William Marshall, baritone

Known for his full and lyric baritone, William Marshall is passionate about the study and vocal performance of Renaissance and Baroque repertoires. In addition to acting as a specialist in the field of early music, he also performs traditional operatic and art song repertoire. His recent career highlights include the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers as part of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem Bach Festival, Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival with The Baltimore Bach Ensemble, and the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco. William has portrayed opera roles such as Belcore

in L’elisir d’amore, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. On the concert stage he has been a featured soloist for Bach’s Mass in b minor, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana among others.

William Marshall holds a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and Bachelors degree in Music Education from Rowan University.


Sarah Elizabeth Cranor, violinist

Violinist Sarah Elizabeth Cranor is passionate about the freedom of sonic possibilities found in both early and new music. Current collaborations include commissioning “Partita for Sarah” for solo baroque violin by Jake Gunnar Walsh, performances with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Sun Sneeze new music in Dallas, and the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project. Recent engagements include the Berwick Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival, Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble, Weimarer Bachkantaten-Akademie, Chatham Baroque, new music festival “fresh inc,” the Amherst Early Music Festival, and producing and performing “Strings for Kinshasa,” a benefit recital for the Kinshasa Symphony. Sarah is pursuing a Doctor of Music in historical performance with Stanley Ritchie at the IU Jacobs School of Music. When she doesn’t have a violin under her chin, she runs Sarah’s Violin Bags LLC where she makes silk instrument bags sold world-wide, and she enjoys whitewater kayaking and trout fishing with her husband, conductor Alejandro Gómez Guillén.

Stephanie Zimmerman, violinist

Stephanie Zimmerman is a baroque violinist and violist based in Baltimore, Maryland. In this capacity, she performs with the Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Modern Musick, Musica Spira, the Baltimore Baroque Band, and Charm City Baroque. A connoisseur of medieval and renaissance music, Stephanie also plays the vielle, rebec, viola da gamba, and renaissance violin with Galdra and the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody.

Jamie Gallupe, cellist

Jamie Gallupe is a cellist, viola da gamba player, and soprano who specializes in the budding field of historically informed performance practice. Like many who are drawn to historical performance, Jamie’s musical studies began with traditional cello pedagogy. However her taste for the more eclectic things in life has taken her to perform in a variety of nontraditional venues. This immersion in diverse styles and performance practices eventually led her to find her passion in early music. 


Jamie completed a Master of Music degree in historical performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the spring of 2019.There she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with Dr. John Moran as well as voice with Ah Young.  During her time at Peabody she also served as Musician-In-Residence at the Edenwald Community. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance in 2017 at Eastern Michigan University with Deborah Pae. Currently Jamie teaches chamber music, cello, and assistant directs the Brandenburg Project at the Ann Arbor Community School of Music.

Alexis Bacon, composer


Alexis Bacon is a composer recognized nationally and internationally

for both her acoustic and electroacoustic music. Her work draws inspiration from a diverse array of sound worlds, including vanishing American oral traditions, medieval Provençal poetry, Norwegian fiddle music, and Afro-Brazilian religious ceremonies. Throughout her career, she has won awards including the IAWM Search for New Music Pauline Oliveros Prize, the Ossia International Composition Prize, the ASCAP/SEAMUS student

composition commission, and most recently an honorable mention in the 2018 Hildegard Competition. Her work has been supported by awards and grants from the Indiana Arts Council, the Percussive Arts Society, the American Music Center, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and commissioned by ensembles and artists including National Sawdust, Burning River Baroque, Due East, the Bro-Fowler Duo, violinist Robert Simonds, and several commissioning consortiums comprising dozens of commissioners. A Fulbright scholar in France, she completed undergraduate studies in music composition and viola performance at Rice University and graduate studies in music composition at the University of Michigan. She is currently Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Michigan State University.

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