2023 Featured Performers
Wyatt Smith, organist
Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Wyatt Smith is an American concert organist, appearing in both solo and collaborative performances throughout the United States and Europe. Hailed as a performer with “nuance, polish, and personality” (Michael Barone, APM Pipedreams), Dr. Smith has concertized all over the United States and Europe. Notable performances include the Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), USAFA Protestant Cadet Chapel (Colorado Springs), St. Mark’s Cathedral (Seattle), St. Thomas Church (New York City), Marktkirche (Wiesbaden), The Queen’s College (Oxford), and Coventry Cathedral (Coventry). He has been a featured performer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Wyatt can also be heard on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, performing works from J. S. Bach to Margaret Sandresky.
An advocate of new music, Smith has commissioned and premiered works by Emma Lou Diemer, Margaret Sandresky, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Carson Cooman, Craig Phillips, Kurt Knecht, and more.
As a collaborative musician, Wyatt performs with various choral ensembles in the Pacific Northwest including The Esoterics and the Tacoma Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra. In addition to choral collaborations, Wyatt performs in a variety chamber settings. Since 2015, he has performed with Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland, mezzo-soprano, as the Gesteland-Smith Duo. Wyatt has served as the Affiliate Artist in Organ & Harpsichord at the University of Puget Sound since 2018. He is also on the faculty of the Epiphany Music Academy, which he founded in 2019.
Erin Calata, mezzo-soprano
Known for her vocal clarity, versatile singing, and moving performances, mezzo-soprano Erin Calata readily sings a wide array of genres, with a special interest in Early Music, Art Song, New Music and choral works. As a freelance vocalist, she performs with many organizations locally and nationally including the Texas Early Music Project in Austin, Pacific Musicworks Underground in Seattle, and has also sung in past seasons with Seattle's Vox16 (now Radiance) and Cantaré Vocal Ensemble, the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, Bellevue's City Opera Ballet, the Arizona Opera, Scottsdale Choral Artists, and the Stuttgart Festival Ensemble in Germany. She was chosen as a 2014 New Young Artist with the Victoria Bach Festival in Victoria, Texas and participated in the American Bach Soloists Academy in 2017. Ms. Calata is on the faculty of Pierce College.
Tracy Doyle, flute
Musical collaboration is at the heart of Tracy Doyle’s creative work as a flutist. Performing in settings ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral to Irish traditional, she has performed throughout the United States, Australia, and Japan. As a member of the Japanese-American Apricity Trio, with clarinetist Chiho Sugo and percussionist James Doyle, she has commissioned new works for flute, clarinet, and percussion, many of which are featured on their album Sandhill Crane. Tracy performs regularly at the National Flute Association Convention, most recently as a winner of the Convention Performers Competition, where she premiered several new works for flute and piccolo. As a commissioning member of the Flute New Music Consortium she has contributed to the commission of new works by Valerie Coleman (2020), Samuel Zyman (2022), and Reena Esmail (2024). Tracy is the Director of the School of Music at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.