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TBF Resident Artists

The TBF Resident Artists are some of the finest early music singers and players in the Pacific Northwest. The performers are both experienced ensemble artists as well as accomplished soloists and serve in both capacities at the festival. Members have performed 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.


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.


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.  

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Carson Lott, tenor

Tenor Carson Truett Lott has performed with Harmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Byrd Ensemble, Evergreen Ensemble, the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society, the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, the Musicking Conference, Premier Vocal Entertainment, a touring group of Boston Camerata members, Inland Northwest Opera, Cascadia Chamber Opera, Orpheus PDX, and Seattle Opera. Carson holds music degrees from Seattle University and the University of Oregon, and can be heard singing regularly around Seattle with the recently formed Evergreen Ensemble, the Compline Choir of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, the choirs of Epiphany Parish where he works as a staff soloist and voice instructor, and many other local ensembles. Carson also teaches voice through ArtSmart, a nationwide organization bringing tuition-free music lessons to under-resourced communities across the US.


Jacob Herbert, bass-baritone

A native of Portland, Oregon, bass-baritone Jacob William Herbert has been praised by the Oregonian for his "consummate musicality." While earning his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Arizona State University, Mr. Herbert had the great fortune to perform 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." This season's highlights include a period performance of Messiah with Spire Baroque Ensemble in Kansas City, where the Kansas City Star commended Mr. Herbert's singing as "consistent, high to low." As a strong proponent of Bach, 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, and North Africa. In the Spring of 2015, he will return again to Germany to perform with Hans Christoph Rademann in performances of Bach's Osteroratorium, with performances in Stuttgart, and Northern Italy.

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