Philip Bauman, conductor
Recognized by critics as offering “tremendously sensitive direction” and being “a gifted and spirited conductor,” Philip Bauman currently serves as conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, the College of Du Page Chamber orchestra and South Suburban College orchestra. Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium he is frequently hailed for his innovative programs and consistently captivating performances. Mr. Bauman recently concluded a 24 year tenure as Music Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.
December 2015 marked Mr. Bauman’s inaugural performance as the Music Director of the Michigan City Messiah. Maestro Bauman was selected to carry on the traditional faithfully conducted by Dan McNabb for 50 years. The 54th season contiunes a new era in the community’s celebration of this grand and popular tradition.
Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Canadian soprano Sarah Gartshore was recently described by the Chicago Tribune as “particularly impressive” and possessing a “rich, shining soprano” after performances with Music of the Baroque and Chicago’s Apollo Chorus. Her performance of excerpts from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with the Richmond Symphony (VA) inspired the Times-Dispatch to write, “Soprano Sarah Gartshore sang the arias with strong characterization, full-bodied tone and unusually clear diction, promising some fine portrayals of Anne Trulove in future productions of this opera.”
Kristen Gornstein, mezzo-soprano
Praised as “a fine actress with a deep, spacious sound” [Parterre], American mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein brings her “rich-voiced mezzo-soprano” and “lines of an uncannily silky legato” [New York Times] to her work, ranging from the traditional to the edgy and imaginative. She was lauded for her recent portrayal of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in a co-production by On Site Opera and Atlanta Opera, a role she reprised in 2018 at Caramoor.
Matthew Daniel, tenor
Matthew Daniel, tenor, is in his twelfth season with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s chorus. As a soloist, he has performed many opera roles, some of which include Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Hoffmann in Tales of Hoffmann, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore,The Duke in Rigoletto, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Canio in I Pagliacci, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with David Aiken tours. Opera companies Matthew has worked with include Opera Grand Rapids, Harrisburg Opera, Indiana Opera North, Opera!Lenawee, Aspen Opera Theater, and most recently Harbor Country Opera.
Jonathan Beyer, baritone
Jonathan Beyer is a baritone who has performed with several opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Teatro Petruzzelli, Oper Frankfurt, Vancouver Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera de Montreal, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Fort Worth Opera, Royal Opera of Oman, Hong Kong Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, Opera Naples, and Anchorage Opera. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Netherlands Radio Orchestra. He has given recitals through the Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, Marilyn Horne Foundation, Carnegie Hall Foundation, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Pittsburgh Concert Society, and the Marian Anderson Foundation. He has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.