Bart Folse holds degrees from Loyola University New Orleans (Bachelor of Music Education, summa sum laude) and New England Conservatory (Master of Music in Choral Conducting), with further conducting studies at summer institutes in Aspen and Assisi, Italy. Following his studies, the Louisiana native lived in New York for nearly twenty years, where he served on the vocal music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Eugene Lang College at the New School University. While in New York City, he also served as music director of Opera Quotannis, Cantori New York, Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra, Great Neck Choral Society, and Huntington Men’s Chorus, among others. As a chorus master, Bart Folse has prepared choruses for performances with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre, Fest in Hellbrunn (Salzburg, Austria), Festa Musica Pro Mundo Uno (Assisi, Italy), Mostly Mozart Festival, and Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as a number of other smaller performing organizations. From 1998-2001, he had the dual role of Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC). During that time, he conducted 80 concerts, worked as chorus master for SSC’s choral performances, and served as cover conductor for all concerts in Singapore and on the SSO’s tours to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and Germany and Switzerland. Bart Folse also served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco in 2003-2004. He returned to New Orleans in 2005, and is now a singing member of New Orleans Opera Association and New Orleans Vocal Arts (NOVA) Chorale, a board member of both NOVA and Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, a cantor at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, and choir director at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Bart Folse first worked at NOCCA as a guest conductor for their production of Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas, in April 2014. He joined the Vocal Music Faculty at NOCCA in August 2014, and soon after led the NOCCA choirs in singing the National Anthem in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Saints home opening game on September 21, 2014.
Receiving her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Piano Performance from the University of New Orleans and M.M. Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University, Anne Sumich has been an accompanist, teacher and church organist from the age of 16. She has rehearsal accompanist for the Augusta Opera for three years, during which she performed in the opera chorus in Carmen. While at the University of New Orleans, she played the piano score for Gian-Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium with the composer in attendance. Anne has played at recitals and numerous locations including: Natchesz Opera, Genghis Khan Restaurant with violinist and concertmaster for the New Orleans Philharmonic Henry Lee, Covenant Presbyterian Church, St. Francis Xavier Church and Gates of Prayer Synagogue. Currently, Anne performs each summer in City Park’s Twilight Concert Series, is organist at Holy Name of Mary in Algiers and maintains a private teaching studio.
Receiving her B.M. and M.M. in vocal performance from Loyola University of New Orleans, Phyllis Treigle made her professional debut with the New Orleans Opera Association as Flora Bervoix in “La Traviata,” in 1980. She was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the early 1980’s, and appeared in several roles with Houston Grand Opera, including Bekhetaten in the American premiere of “Akhnaten.” Ms. Treigle subsequently appeared with the New York City Opera, Dublin Grand Opera Society, New Orleans Opera (“Der Fliegende Holländer”), Pittsburgh Opera (both heroines in Tito Capobianco’s production of “Mefistofele”), Sarasota Opera Association (“The Turn of the #####,” Rosalinde von Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus,” Mina in “Aroldo,” Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” and Amelia Grimaldi in both versions of “Simon Boccanegra”), The New Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera Theare (Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni,” directed by Francesca Zambello), Wolf Trap Opera Company (“Transformations” and “Postcard from Morocco”), Eugene Opera, New York Opera Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, and Jefferson Performing Arts Society (“Susannah,” opposite Michael Devlin). She also sang the first New Orleans performance of “Sãvitri” and “La Voix Humaine.” In 1997, the singer-actress portrayed the title role in the original production of Cherubini’s “Médée” for Opera Quotannis at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, which was later recorded on CD by Newport Classic. Ms. Treigle has been teaching in the vocal music division at NOCCA since 2001, and has been the head of the vocal music division since 2006.
Matthew Wood is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the University of New Orleans, where he studies with Dr. Robin Williams (DMA, Eastman School of Music). He previously graduated “cum laude” from the University of West Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, where he studied piano and harpsichord with Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt (DMA, The Julliard School). While an undergraduate, he was the scholarship accompanist for both university choirs and the university jazz ensemble. Recently, Matthew has been invited to perform at the 2014 World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia by invitation of conference president Dr. Dorian Leljak. He currently serves as music director at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, and maintains an active performing career by presenting several solo piano recitals each year. His experience as a vocal accompanist has included working for former Metropolitan Opera tenor Ray Gibbs and former Santa Fe Opera soprano Ann Perkins-Gibbs, among others.