Christina Kaloyanides is a young dramatic soprano of Greek and Polish heritage from Chicago, Illinois. Christina has been praised for her formidable voice that moves effortlessly while bringing audiences into her world; holding them until the end of the performance. Christina has performed internationally throughout Italy, Austria, Prague, Mexico, and here in the United States. She is best known for her performances of Strauss' Vier letzte lieder, the title role of Tosca, & Magda in The Consul. In addition to Christina's performance career she spends time to develop, support, and nurture the work of artists and the arts as well as giving back to the community in general. Her background in arts administration, performing, teaching, fundraising, and business management gives her a unique perspective. She maintains a vocal studio here in Chicago and is on staff at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Christina received her Masters of Music degree from The University of Texas in Opera Performance, and a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and Minor in Vocal Pedagogy and French horn performance from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
James J. Morehead
James J. Morehead is Artistic Director for the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, music director for VOX3, and choir director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Evanston, Illinois. He works as a coach, accompanist and music director for the Theater Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he has also served as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory/History and German Diction. James received his MM in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Roosevelt University and his BM from Duquesne University. As a Music Director, James has worked on See What I Wanna See in the Steppenwolf Garage series 2013, The Wiz, Dessa Rose, bare, Passing Strange, AIDA, Jerry Springer- the Opera, Trouble in Tahiti, The Rainbow Connection, the Mikado, The Impresario, Barber of Seville, The Old Maid and the Thief, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sondheim in the Park, The Wandering Scholar, The Bear, Reagan’s Children, Something Schwartz, The Way We War, Copacabana, Cupid and Psyche, Promises, Promises Screwed Up People, Flaherty and Ahrens On and Off and The Tony Goes To, The Tony Goes II, and Once, Twice, Three Times a Tony. Classically, James has performed at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago’s Gospel Fest 2012, Ravinia, and Harold Washington Theater among many others. He has collaborated and performed with the Juliani Ensemble, the Grande Prairie Choral Arts Singers, Anaphora, Lyric Opera Kids and ChiArts, He has also appeared as a featured pianist at the Green Mill, Mary’s Attic, the Tavern, Gentry on Halsted, Spin Nightclub, Davenport’s, the 410 Club, the Spot, the Casino, and 54 Below in New York City.
Brian Torosian is an active soloist and chamber musician best known for his work relating to 19th-century guitarist and composer J. K. Mertz. In addition to standard six-string guitar, he plays baroque guitar, Terz guitar, and 10-string guitar replicas, the latter two including those made for him by R. E. Bruné after 19th-century Viennese instruments. Torosian is the current President of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society and directs the guitar program of Northeastern Illinois University where he is a multiple recipient of the Instructor Excellence Award. He received bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Anne Waller, and studied with Oscar Ghiglia in Italy at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana where he received the Diploma of Merit. Concert performances include appearances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Opera Theater, His Majesties Clerkes, and Classical Symphony Orchestra. Long an exponent of the music of J. K. Mertz, Brian's published editions include the first complete edition of Mertz's Opern-Revue, Mertz's trio for violin/flute, viola, and guitar Divertissement, Op. 32 (DGA Editions), an anthology of operatic concert works entitled Selected Operatic Fantasies of Mertz (Mel Bay), as well as new editions of Mertz's selected works published by Chanterelle Verlag, Heidelberg. His recordings include a collection of Mertz’s guitar and piano duos.