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Singer Biographies

Kathrine Bamfield O'Leary's headshot.Kathrine Bamfield O'Leary, soprano, a Sacramento native, holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. She has most recently been studying voice with Sheri Greenawald and past voice teachers include Sara Goldstein in Boston and Michael Sokol, Michelle Detwiler, Dr. Lynn Stradley and Roberta Mumm in Sacramento.


Kathrine has performed the roles of Yvette in La Rondine (Puccini), Noemie in Cendrillon (Massenet), and Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart). Her broadway, operetta, and Musical Experience includes the full rolls of Mrs. MacAffee (Bye, Bye Birdie) and Peep-Bo (The Mikado) as well as a partial role of Christine (Phantom of the Opera). Kathrine has performed many partial operatic roles including; Beth from Little Women (Adamo), Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Oscar from Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi), Ilia from Idomeneo (Mozart), Leticia from The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), and Adina from L’Elisir d’amore (Donizetti). Kathrine was also awarded 1st place (division 2) in the 2006 San Joaquin NATS competition.

As a teacher, Kathrine has taught piano and voice privately for several years and while in Boston taught voice at the Boston Arts Academy.

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Dominick DiCarlo's headshotDominick DiCarlo, tenor, was fortunate to go through the musical program at Davis High School singing with the DHS Madrigal choir. Since then he has sung in multiple ensembles throughout Davis and the Sacramento area including the UCD University Chorus and Early Music Ensemble, the Sac State University Chorus, the St. Stephens Church Choir and the Sacramento Choral Society. He was the assistant director of Chanticleer's LAB youth choir and the musical director of the UC Davis theater production Come Hell and High Water. He has had the opportunity to direct the DHS Madrigal choir, St. Stephens choir, Chanticleer LAB choir, and UCD Early Music Ensemble. Dominick is currently a music major at UC Davis and studies voice with Jonathan Nadel.

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Esther DiCarlo's headshotEsther DiCarlo, soprano, recently graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA in Classical Civilization. Currently employed by the California Department of Water Resources, she continues to moonlight as a Sacramento area choral singer with Capella Antiqua and as an alto with the Saint Stephen's Schola. Other previous ensembles include the Saint James Church Choir, the DHS Madrigal Singers, the Chanticleer Louis A. Botto Youth Choir, the Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church Choir, and the UCD Early Music Ensemble.

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Liliana DiCarlo's headshot.Liliana DiCarlo, alto, is a student at Sacramento City College, studying English and hoping to teach abroad after college. She currently sings with, in addition to Capella Antiqua, the St Stephen's Church Choir. In the past she has sung under Ben Johns in the Chanticleer LAB choir and Karen Gardias in the Davis High School Madrigal Singers.

 

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Kathryn Falappino's headshot. Kathryn Falappino, alto, graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Economics. After time at home raising her children, she graduated from CSU Sacramento with a BA in Music and a Teaching Credential in Music. While a student at CSUS, she sang with the Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus, sang with the Sacramento Symphony Chorus, and performed on piano in a Festival of New American Music student recital.

Kathryn, from Roseville, was Music Director at St. Clare Church, where her duties included choir director, cantor, and pianist. She also sang with choirs and played piano at St. Rose of Lima Church, where she directed choirs and hand bells for their elementary school. She is recently retired from teaching band, choir, and general music in public elementary schools. Currently, she teaches piano and sings with the Cathedral Choir at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. She indulges her passion for history by singing with Capella Antiqua and traveling with her husband.

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Jonathan Hansen's headshotJonathan Hansen, tenor, performs frequently in the area as both a soloist and chorister. He has performed principal roles in Sacramento Opera’s productions of Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Rigoletto (Borsa), La Traviata (Gastone), Le Nozze di Figaro (Don Curzio) and Tosca (Spoletta), as well as lending his voice to that company’s chorus in productions of L’elisir d’amore, La Boheme, Pirates of Penzance, Otello, Carmen, Aida, Turandot, and Die Fledermaus. Other credits include Tybalt in Pocket Opera's production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, King Ouf I in Opera Academy of California’s production of L’Etoile, as well as Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Beppe (Pagliacci), and Malcolm (Verdi’s Macbeth) with Village Opera. He has been active in the opera program of California State University, Sacramento as well, performing principal roles in Die Fledermaus (Alfred) The Village Singer (Reverend Pollard), Massenet's Cendrillon (Dean of the Faculty), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), L'Incoronatione d'Poppea (Nerone), and Die Zauberflöte (2nd priest/Tamino u/s). Jonathan has a long history with the Academy at All Hallows (now the VITA Academy), performing as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar), Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Schubert’s Mass in B Minor, as well as participating with the chorus in performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, among others.

An actor before he was a singer, Jonathan also appears occasionally in non-musical productions, including the role of Cletis in Resurrection Theater’s production of Lonestar, Joseph Conrad in Big Idea Theatre's production of Don Nigro's The Ogre, Lieutenant Lustig in California Stage's radio broadcast of Ray Bradbury's Mars is Heaven, and the Voice of the Book in Lightning Rod Radio's production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: the Complete Radio Scripts. In addition to this, Jonathan also co-hosts the weekly improv-comedy podcast Wasting ALL the Time, available for free download from the iTunes Store.

Jonathan can be heard most Sundays at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, where he is on staff as a Choral Scholar and occasionally acts as assistant conductor. Upcoming engagements include Outrage (The Voice, Galileo) with Big Idea Theatre and the Narrator in Capella Antiqua's December performance of A Christmas Carol: Lessons and Carols for the 21st Century.

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Robert Johnson's headshotRobert M. Johnson, alto and artistic director, is a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music with a B.Mu. in music education, and holds M.Mu. and D.M.A. degrees in choral music from Arizona State University. Dr. Johnson has held university faculty positions as far afield as South Korea and Puerto Rico, as well as teaching positions in California. He has lectured and performed actively, including the Carmel Bach Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. His researches into Colonial Mexican music have been performed by choirs throughout the United States, and have made their way onto to a two CD set entitled A Choir of Angels. He is also the chief scribe and editor of all the music presented by Capella Antiqua.

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David Paterson's headshot.David Paterson, baritone, is a founding member of Capella Antiqua who received a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition from CSUS, having studied with Dr. Stephen Blumberg and Professor Leo Eylar. He has been singing in choral groups for over thirteen years including multiple iterations of the Capital Section High School Honor Choir, American River College and CSUS chamber ensembles, the Sacramento Turner Harmonie, and Schola Cantorum. In addition, he is currently a section leader in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament choir. David also has some opera experience, having sung Balthazar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Academy at All Hallows as well as the Second Armored Man (Die Zauberflöte), First Minister (Massenet's Cendrillion), and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with Sac State Opera.

David shares his passion across many subjects. While singing he is still an active composer, writing for voice, orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. He is a casual astronomer, admirer of biology and geology, and a strong supporter of critical thinking and science education. David also loves photography and voice acting.

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Lara Pucik-Johnson's headshot.Lara Pučik Johnson, alto, began singing in college with the UC Berkeley Women’s Chorale and the independent mixed a capella octet, Vocal Outlet. At Rice University in Houston, she co-founded and performed with the Lager Rhythms, an eclectic mixed folk/pop octet. Lara got her start in Sacramento with the Cathedral Choir, performed for several years with the Choir of Saint Cecilia and Vox Musica, and is pleased to be returning to classical and sacred music at the Cathedral with Capella Antiqua. She studies with Marisa Atha at the Buon Canto Voice Studio and moonlights professionally as an environmental scientist.

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Rex Rallanka's headshotRexphil Rallanka, baritone, is Director of Music for the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California. He is the principal organist for the Cathedral and directs the Cathedral Choir. He studied at the University of Notre Dame, where he received the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a second major in Piano Performance and the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature. His organ teachers include Craig Cramer, Paul Thornock, Gail Walton, and Marian Ruhl Metson. He studied piano with Barbara Wieman, Tamara Gurevich, and Ann DuHamel. While at Notre Dame, Mr. Rallanka sang with the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir and the Basilica Schola and was a graduate assistant for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Prior to his Cathedral appointment, he held the position of Director of Liturgical Music for St. Robert of Newminster in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a featured artist with Music in the Mountains and the Grand Rapids Bach Festival. Mr. Rallanka has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Germany, including the Roman Catholic Cathedrals of Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Columbus.

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Douglas Smith's headshotDouglas Smith, bass, began singing choral music as a young boy in Southern California. His musical training continued into high school, where he sang with madrigal singers, The Riverside Chorale and The Southern California Honor Choir. After serving four years in the military, he continued his training at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific where he graduated with degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education. He recently retired after 34 years of teaching school, more than 25 of those years as a high school mathematics teacher. During the majority of his years as a teacher, he sang or directed choirs. Now, when he is not singing with Capella Antiqua or the Stockton Chorale, he spends his time working on many of the endless projects in his shop, gardening, walking his dogs or traveling with his wife.

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Faythe Vollrath's HeadshotFaythe Vollrath, harpsichordist, is actively heard as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. Solo performances include venues such as the Berkeley Early Music Fest, Boston Early Music Fest, St. Mark’s Early Music concert series in Islip, NY, and the Westminster concert series in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Vollrath is a strong advocate of new music for the harpsichord, and has been featured on several concerts dedicated to this pursuit including a solo recital at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Vollrath was recently a finalist in the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition as a member of the harpsichord duo Zweikampf. She competed as a semi-finalist in the 2012 Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, and was the 2009 Betchel award recipient presented by the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society. Last year, Dr. Vollrath received both her doctoral diploma from SUNY-Stony Brook under Arthur Haas, and artist diploma from the U of I Urbana-Champaign under Charlotte Mattax Moersch.

 

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