Joel Chapman, bass, is originally from Eugene, Oregon. Currently a junior at Stanford University, he is studying music, and also particularly enjoys math and computer science. Joel studies voice with Greg Wait and coaches with Laura Dahl at Stanford. Last year, Joel was the music director of an all-male a cappella group on campus, Fleet Street, a group that devotes itself to writing original music and making people laugh, often at the same time. Joel also sings in the Stanford Chamber Chorale and is the assistant conductor of a new chamber choir, Convivium. This is Joel’s first concert set with Volti, and he is honored to be a part of the ensemble.
Cole Thomason-Redus serves as the Curator of Classical Music at iTunes, for Apple Computers, Inc. Before this, he served as a Classical Music Analyst for the Music Genome Project at Pandora.com. Cole was an Artist-in-Residence for eleven years at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and for six years at the San Francisco Arts Education Project. An accomplished composer, Cole’s music has been performed by groups such as Schola Cantorum SF and the SF Symphony Chorus. His career in choral music began at age seven when he joined the SF Boys Chorus, and he holds a degree in composition from the SF Conservatory of Music. This is Cole’s third season singing without a net.
Philip Saunders, in his sixteenth season as low bass for Volti, studied trombone and voice at Indiana University. He played four years for the Fresno Philharmonic, and in various Los Angeles and San Francisco area orchestras. He sang with the Fresno Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera Chorus, L.A. Master Chorale, S.F. Symphony Chorus, Creative Voices, AVE and the Josquin Singers, and has twice been guest soloist at the Mendocino Music Festival. He also sings (and contributes the odd motet and psalm setting) for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakland as soloist and substitute Music Director, and is a founding member of Pacific Collegium. He works with computers to keep the lights on.
E.E. “Chip” Grant IV, baritone, is in his seventeenth season with Volti. He has served as preparatory conductor and coach for Opera Carolina, New England Conservatory Opera, The American Symphony, Opera Festival di Roma, George Coates Performance Works, and San Francisco Lyric Opera, as well as Volti. Chip received his M.M. in conducting from New England Conservatory and taught music on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. He is currently Director of Music at St. Mary the Virgin in Cow Hollow. Three years ago he founded Urban Opera, conducting and directing the inaugural production of Dido and Aeneas. Most recently, he directed David Lang’s the little match girl passion with San Francisco Lyric Opera. This coming April, the production will be presented at Den Fynske Opera in Odense, Denmark.
Sidney Chen is a founding member of The M6, a New York-based vocal sextet dedicated to performing the music of Meredith Monk, which has recently sung at the Whitney Museum, the Stone and Symphony Space. He sang in Carnegie Hall’s 45th-anniversary celebration of Terry Riley’s In C. He has performed music for unaccompanied voice at Garden of Memory 2008 and live on KUSF, and in 2006 he sang in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall as part of the Meredith Monk Young Artists Concert. He has been featured throughout the Bay Area as a soloist, and has recorded vocals for the Kronos Quartet. A graduate of Harvard University, he has been heard on NPR as the writer of The Standing Room, one of the earliest blogs about classical music.
Bass Jeff Bennett is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and College where he studied vocal repertoire and technique with Daune Mahy as well as early music, composition, music technology, and theatre production. He has performed with Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin Collegium Musicum, Seattle Pro Musica and Seattle Men’s Chorus. In San Francisco, Jeff has appeared with SF Lyric Opera in a number of productions and has sung with Artists’ Vocal Ensemble. Offstage, Jeff also works in various aspects of theatre sound, having designed sound environments for productions of Angels in America (Pt. I), The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and The Herbal Bed at Actors’ Theatre, Grand Rapids, Michigan.