Organist, David K. Wolfe, D.M.A., began serving as a church organist at age thirteen, and soon thereafter studied privately with Richard Purvis (composer/organist Grace Cathedral, San Francisco). He earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Music at California State University, Fresno, and then studied organ performance in Germany under Daniel Roth (organiste-titulaire Saint-Sulpice, Paris), and received the Konzertreife in Organ at the Musikhochschule des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken. Upon his return to the United States, he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance, with specializations in Organ, Counterpoint, Music History and Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. At present, Dr. Wolfe resides in Glendale, California with his wife and two daughters where he teaches private piano lessons.
Soloist, Renee Sousa, soprano, has appeared with LA Opera as a Noble Page in Tannhäuser, a Lady Traveler in Manon, a Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. She performed Marguerite in Faust with Pacific Repertory Opera in San Luis Obispo. Other operatic roles have included Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Micaela in Carmen (Stockton Symphony); Lolette in La Rondine (LA Opera); Mimì in La Bohème (Arizona Opera); Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Santa Barbara Grand Opera); Alexandra in Regina (Opera Pacific); and the title role in Susannah. She recently performed Russian Seasons by Leonid Desyatnikov with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Other solo concert appearances have included Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Rodrigo’s Ausencias de Dulcinea (Los Angeles Philharmonic); a Hollywood Bowl tribute to John Phillip Sousa (yes, she is related) with the American Winds; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (William Hall Master Chorale); concerts with the Desert Symphony and Asian American Philharmonic; and an appearance with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall). Ms. Sousa is a voice instructor and lives with her husband, David, in Los Angeles.
Soloist, Jon Lee Keenan, Tenor, currently resides in Los Angeles where he is pursuing a DMA in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Mr. Keenan is currently in his fourth season with the LA Master Chorale, where he has been featured as a soloist in Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and this past December in the Mozart re-orchestration of Handel’s Messiah where Jon was called “…a tenor to watch” by Mark Swed of the LA Times. He earned 3 undergraduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: in vocal music education, vocal performance, and in jazz studies, and he earned a MM in Vocal Arts from USC in 2009. Recent operatic engagements include the role of “Podesta” in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, “Male Chorus” in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and “Antonio” in Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot with the Thornton Opera at USC. Other engagements this season include the role of Evangelist in both the St. John and St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach.