Tenor Paul Ingraham, now in his thirteenth season with Volti, began singing at the age of ten with the American Boychoir, studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, and received his B.A. degree in music from the University of California, Irvine, where he majored in tuba and orchestral conducting and founded the wind ensemble. He studied for the Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawaii where he performed in the Javanese gamelan and dance ensembles. Paul is Special Projects Coordinator for the New Choir, a Korean chamber choir in Sunnyvale. His current interests include evolutionary musicology and the cross-cultural philosophy of music. When he’s not performing, he’s probably mentoring students, hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains or working on his international model railway.
Michael Eisenberg, tenor, spent his formative years in Massachusetts studying violin and mathematics. He received his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis. Later, as a graduate student at Berkeley, he was distracted from his research by singing with the UC Chamber Chorus, was a founding member of Vox Populi Vocal Ensemble, and served as principal violinist of the UC summer symphony. More recently he has performed with many Bay Area choral ensembles, including AVE, Schola Cantorum San Francisco, and Pacific Collegium, and has sung with Volti since 2003. By day he works as a software engineer for O’Reilly Media.
Celeste Winant, contralto, enjoys singing Hildegard, Jefferson Airplane (last heard at a karaoke bar in Truckee, CA), and everything else which comes in between. She performs regularly with Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, Pacific Collegium, Philharmonia Chorale, Vajra Voices and Volti, and has been studying voice (and life) with Karen Clark for almost three years. Nothing makes her cry like singing Old Timey gospel hymns in close harmony.
Jessica Winn, mezzo-soprano, hails from Lafayette, CA and is thrilled to be in her second season with Volti. As a member of the Mannes Vocal Repertory Ensemble, she performed as a soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria and Handel’s Messiah. Jessica has participated in several training programs, including Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) and West Coast Opera Works, where she sang Medoro in Handel’s Orlando and played the roles of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Seviglia, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Beatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in scenes programs. Jessica received her Master’s in Music at the SF Conservatory of Music, studying with Cesar Ulloa. There she performed as Volupia and Ore 2 in L’Egisto, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Rinaldo in Handel’s Rinaldo with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble.
Emily Ryan, alto, is pleased to be singing her fourth season with Volti. Emily started singing as a child with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. She is now working at the Girls Chorus, where she is the Director of the Prep Chorus program and the Level II Director of the Chorus School. Emily also teaches Elementary School classroom music for the Cantaré Children’s Choirs of Oakland. In addition to Volti, Emily sings in several Bay Area ensembles, including EUOUAE and the Parish Choir at St. Mary the Virgin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from San Francisco State University and a Masters in music Education from Holy Names University.
Justin Montigne, countertenor, is originally from Des Moines, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s in music from Drake University, followed by a Master’s and DMA in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota. Justin sang alto for three years with the acclaimed male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, is a founding member of the men’s ensemble, Clerestory, and has sung with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Western Plains Opera, Des Moines Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, AVE, Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare. Justin teaches voice at the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and is a registered yoga teacher, specializing in yoga for singers.
A member of VOLTI since 2000, Verah Graham has also sung in the chorus of SF Opera’s production of Saint Francois d’Assise, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Currently a section leader at St. Paul’s Church in Oakland, she has appeared as Joanne in the Stephen Sondheim show Company, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Katisha in The Mikado, the Mother in Amah! and the Night Visitors, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Ellen in the Ned Rorem opera Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters. Also an illustrator and calligrapher, Verah lives in Oakland with an assortment of annoying cats and rides her bicycle every chance she gets.
Marjorie Gómez, alto, is very excited to be singing her third season with Volti. She began her music career with Bob Geary in the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir when she was seven years old, and is thrilled to be working again with such a skilled conductor and caring mentor. Marjorie recently completed her Bachelors of Music at Pomona College. While at Pomona, she kept herself busy by singing in three choirs and directing a well-known campus a cappella group. She has since moved back to the Bay Area and is very happy to be out of the traffic and back in the fog. Marjorie is currently back at Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir as the Program Manager and thrilled to be helping kids find their love of music.
Soprano Christa Tumlinson is excited to be in her third season with Volti. A transplant from Kansas via Southern California, Christa is absolutely loving the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Voice from California State University, Fullerton, with emphasis in both Classical and Jazz. She has sung professionally with several choirs, orchestral groups, and jazz bands, taught middle school choir and maintained an active private voice and piano studio. Now living in San Francisco, Christa is working for ACFEA Tour Consultants, arranging international performance tours for music groups.
TJ Togasaki joined the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir at age 7 and has been involved with the organization ever since, having joined the administration team 9 years ago. She finds it both inspiring and a bit frightening to note that she has sung under Bob’s baton for over half her life. TJ has also sung with the Schola Cantorum, Pacific Collegium, and International Orange Chorale. This is her ninth season with Volti and she is delighted to work with such remarkable singers and composers.