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The U.S. Army Field Band Chamber Ensembles



Biography

Staff Sergeant Meghan Whittier, soprano, earned a Bachelor of Music in voice performance and a Master of Music in choral conducting from George Mason University. SSG Whittier has performed as a soloist with the Washington Women's Chorus, the Georgetown Chorale, and the National Symphony, as well as the Charlotte, Nashville, and Atlanta Symphonies. She frequently sings with the Shrine Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine, Saint Catherine of Siena Choir, and has also sung with the Schola of the Cathedral of Saint Matthew in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Soldiers’ Chorus, she taught choral and instrumental music in private high schools for several years in the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Staff Sergeant Brendan Curran, baritone, earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory. His teachers include Thomas Poole and Stanley Cornett. SSG Curran has performed as a member of the Men's Choir at the Washington National Cathedral and as a soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Annapolis Opera, Maryland Concert Opera, San Diego Opera, and Portland Opera.

Sergeant First Class Mark Huseth, bass-baritone and Kansas native, earned a bachelor’s degree at Benedictine College, earned a Master of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his enlistment, he performed principal and supporting roles with many opera companies, including Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Utah Opera, Opera Omaha, and Shreveport Opera. SFC Huseth is a student of the renowned voice teacher, Inci Bashar, has been a soloist with several orchestras, including The National Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Kentucky Symphony and Utah Symphony. He has been a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Counsel Auditions.

Staff Sergeant Teresa Alzadon, soprano, is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned a Master of Music in voice performance as a Knoxville Opera Studio artist. Originally from the Seattle area, SSG Alzadon holds a bachelor’s degree in music and theatre from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She has performed with Opera in the Ozarks, New York Opera Studio, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Sacred Winds Ensemble, and the Seattle Bach Festival. Opera roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Anna Maurrant (Street Scene), the Governess (The Turn of the Screw), and title roles in The Merry Widow and Dido and Aeneas. She recently sang the world premier of Joshua Bornfield's Songs on Yeats. Professional theater credits include Marian in The Music Man and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She is the recipient of a Mary Levine Career Performance Grant, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and a Lori Mayer Fellowship.

Staff Sergeant Pamela Terry, mezzo-soprano and native of Galesburg, Michigan, received her bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. SSG Terry has been featured in recitals with composers John Harbison, Jake Heggie, and Ricky Ian Gordon, and has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. In addition to her classical solo pursuits, she performs with ensembles at the National Cathedral and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. She also appears regularly as a jazz vocalist throughout the D.C. metro area.

Staff Sergeant Daniel Erbe, tenor and native of Lexington, Kentucky, pursued an Artist Diploma at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He earned a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Kentucky. He is under the tutelage of world-renowned master voice teacher, Inci Bashar. He has performed leading and supporting roles with Tulsa Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Utah Festival Opera Festival. Favorite roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene and Don Jose in Carmen. He has been a soloist with orchestras including Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Kansas City and Utah Festival Orchestra. In 2008, SSG Erbe was a finalist in the National Opera Association Competition held in Los Angeles, and was a recipient of a Kaplan grant from Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/15/2014: U.S. Army Field Band Soldiers' Chorus

The chorus presents scenes from operas including Hansel and Gretel, Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute accompanied by members of the Concert Band with instrumental arrangements by SSG Kevin Walko.

The U.S. Army Field Band Chamber Ensembles