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TBF Vocal Artists
The TBF Vocal Artists are some of the finest early music singers in the Pacific Northwest. The Vocal Artists are both experienced choral artists as well as accomplished soloists and serve in both capacities at the festival. Members have sung at the Oregon Bach Festival, the Texas Bach Festival, with the American Bach Soloists, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and other leading early music festivals and ensembles.
Leann Conley-Holcom, soprano
Hailed for her "sumptuous tone and fine technique" (MusicWeb International) and "clear, soaring" singing (Arizona Daily Sun), Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom performs regularly as a soloist, with appearances including the Oregon Bach Festival, Mountainside Baroque, regional symphonies and a solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the NYC Chamber Orchestra. Leann has sung with True Concord since 2010 and appears on the GRAMMY-award-winning album Far in the Heavens. She is a tenured member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and performs with Solaris and Vox Humana; international singing engagements include Bach Academy Stuttgart and Bach Ensemble Helmuth Rilling. Leann is Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seattle University, where she leads the voice program, directs choirs, and teaches conducting and vocal pedagogy. She is on the Board of Directors of the renowned early music organization Pacific MusicWorksand and is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization and College Music Society. Leann holds degrees in voice and conducting from Pacific Lutheran University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Washington.
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.
Justin Raffa, tenor
Justin Raffa is active as a professional conductor and singer in the Northwest and beyond. Justin has sung as part of the Berkshire Choral Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Voces Novae et Antiquae, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and continues to perform with both the Festival Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival and True Concord Voices & Orchestra in Tucson of which he is a founding member. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Joseph Flummerfelt, Justin sang with some of the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Currently, Justin sings with Chor Anno, Male Ensemble Northwest, and Polyphony Plus, three regional ensembles made up of professional choral musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Justin is a passionate advocate for the arts and currently serves on the board of a number of arts organizations He is the current chair of the board of the Washington State Arts Commission. A South Jersey native proud of his Sicilian heritage, Justin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a vocal concentration from Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from University of Arizona in Tucson.
Jacob Herbert, baritone
A native of Portland, Oregon, bass-baritone Jacob William Herbert has been praised by the Oregonian for his "consummate musicality." Mr. Herbert has performed with the Phoenix Chorale (formerly the Phoenix Bach Choir) and can be heard as soloist on their Grammy Award winning album, "Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin." He has been seen on stage with Seattle Baroque and Seattle Pro Musica, the Oregon Bach Festival, Festivalensemble Stuttgart, Junges Stuttgarter Bachensemble, Academia Internacíonal Teatro del Lago, and the American Bach Series at All Saints'. Mr. Herbert has toured extensively with the Internationale Bachakademie in Germany, South America, Italy, and North Africa. Mr. Herbert is on the faculty of Edmonds College.