Nathaniel Lew, Artistic Director
Raised in Larchmont, New York, Nathaniel G. Lew has been singing seriously since the age of twelve, when he sang the treble solos in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with the Juilliard Pre-College Chorus. His voice then changed, but, undaunted, he went on to sing tenor with the Yale University Glee Club, the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, and the Chamber Chorus of the University of California, Berkeley, incidentally picking up degrees from the same institutions. This inordinately long education culminated with a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from UC Berkeley, after which he had to seek gainful employment. In the decade he spent in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathaniel sang with the Philharmonia Chorale and Volti. He also served as director of Ars Subtilior Medieval Vocal Ensemble, Vox Populi Renaissance Vocal Ensemble, the UC Berkeley Chorus, the Chorus of Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, and the Choir of Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Nathaniel is currently Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Director of Choral Activities at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, where he teaches music history, music theory and humanities. His academic research focuses on twentieth-century British music, and in 2016 he published the book Tonic to the Nation: Making English Music in the Festival of Britain.
Robert De Cormier, Founder & Director Emeritus
A graduate of the Julliard School of Music, Mr. De Cormier’s conducting engagements took him from Broadway and opera to the Berkshire Choral Institute, the Zimriya World Assembly of Choirs in Israel and numerous concert tours nationally and internationally with his own professional group, the Robert De Cormier Singers. He founded Counterpoint in 2000 and the professional vocal ensemble, now in its 17th year, has performed concerts throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. They made their first national tour through the midwest in 2008-09. As Music Director Emeritus, he guest conducted a performance of the Verdi Requiem in 1990, the Berlioz Requiem at St. Paul’s Cathedral, New York City in 1992 and the premiere of a commissioned work, the Missa Iona in 1993 at St. Bartholomew’s in New York City. During the 1995-96 season he conducted the operas, Brundibar and The Emperor of Atlantis in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and at Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Most recently he conducted the Vermont Symphont Orchestra and Chorus, and was the acclaimed music director of the New York Choral Society for 17 years. He wrote several works ranging from choral to ballet to Broadway scores and has arranged extensively, from African-American spirituals to American and international folk songs. He also appeared in productions with Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Frederica Von Stade, Andrew Previn, and James Levine. He spent several years as conductor and arranger for Harry Belafonte and has been music director for the popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary for the past 27 years. Mr. De Cormier served on the New York State Council for the Arts and was a member of the Choral Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. His awards include the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Awards from Choral Arts New England and the New York Choral Society, and in 2007 an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Middlebury College. Mr. De Cormier passed away in November of 2017, leaving behind a beautiful musical legacy.
Miranda Bergmeier, Soprano
Bio and photo coming soon!
Allison Devery, Soprano
Described as, “brilliant, nuanced, and lyrically expressive,” Allison Devery, soprano, spans her vocal artistry in classical, musical theater, and contemporary music. Collaborations and performances of note include creating the role of Nora in the world premiere of Paul Siskind’s The Sailorboy and the Falcon, alongside acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and breathing fresh life into the roles of The Angel in Erik Nielsen’s A Fleeting Animal and Amaranth in Steven Serpa’s Thyrsis & Amaranth, as well as premiering the role of Aello in Marc Blitzstein’s The Harpies in Canada. She has played leading roles in productions including The Telephone, The Marriage of Figaro, Candide, The Fantasticks, Into the Woods, Guys & Dolls, Once Upon A Mattress, The Mikado, and The King & I. Along with her operatic and musical theater career, Allison is a highly sought after concert soloist, performing soprano solos in masterworks of Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Finzi, Mozart, Schubert, Lotti, Vitier, Zelenka, and more. Allison has shared the concert stage with The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, the Rutland Area Chorus, and the Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium. Her ensemble experience includes performances with The Opera Company of Middlebury, Counterpoint Chorus, and the Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble, and she is a featured soloist on the CD release of Robert De Cormier’s Songs of Hope and Freedom with Bella Voce Women’s Chorus. Allison received her M.M. From the University of Montreal and her B.M. From the Crane School of Music. For more information and a list of upcoming performances, please visit: www.allisondevery.com
Anne Dolivo, Soprano
Born in the UK, Anne D’Olivo received her B.A. in Music from the University of Hull, specializing in Percussion and Vocal Performance, and was employed as an arts administrator in Scotland. She moved to the US in 1991 to marry husband Tom and was General Manager of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Vermont. Annie is now an adjunct faculty staff member in the Music Department at Burr and Burton Academy and has thirty private students. In 2016 she co-founded Northshire Voices in Manchester, VT, her home town. She has performed lead roles for various theatre companies, including Great Lakes Opera, Milwaukee, WI; Oconomowoc Summer Theatre, WI; Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, VT; and Dorset Theatre, VT. Her favorite roles are Cinderella in Into The Woods, Anna in The King and I, Sarah in Guys and Dolls and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She recently appeared in the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s production of The Music Man as Mrs. Squires.
Colleen Flynn Campbell, Soprano
Colleen Flynn Campbell discovered her voice at the University of Vermont, where she studied singing with David Neiweem and Beth Thompson while earning her degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. While at UVM she performed with the Concert Choir, Catamount Singers and Opera Workshop. Her roles have included Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Geraldine in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Colleen was one of the founding members of Counterpoint. She currently also sings with the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont and Cantiamo, and is a Section Leader for the choir of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Burlington. She has performed as a soloist with the VSO Chorus, the Burlington Choral Society, the Oriana Singers, Bella Voce, Solaris Vocal Ensemble, and the Vermont Mozart Festival, and has appeared in recital both at UVM and at the Pitten Classics International Music Festival in Austria. Colleen lives in Williston with her three children and one giant, slobbery Saint Bernard.
Bethany Plissey, Soprano
Essex Junction, VT
Bethany Plissey is Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Johnson State College, where she conducts the Johnson State Chorale and the Chamber Singers, teaches courses in conducting, music history, choral literature, choral methods, vocal pedagogy, and voice. Bethany joined the faculty of JSC in August of 2010. She is currently the Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair of the Vermont Board of the American Choral Directors Association. She has participated in the Sarteano Chamber Choir Conducting Workshop with Simon Carrington, former King Singer and Professor Emeritus of Yale University. Ms. Plissey has served as a choral clinician and festival organizer in Florida, Georgia, Vermont and Wisconsin. She is currently completing her DMA in choral conducting from the University of Miami where her research focus is on practices of choral conductors in Scandinavia and the Baltic Nations. She earned an MM in choral conducting and BM in vocal performance from Indiana University.
Rebecca Bailey, Alto
South Strafford, VT
Rebecca Bailey’s love of music was nurtured by her family, childhood church choir director, and the New England Conservatory youth program. Throughout the decades since she has kept music in her life while pursuing careers in journalism and teaching (including music), and in her current job as publicist for Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts. Her teachers have included Lillian Loran (Berkeley, Calif.,) and Semyon Tregubov (Claremont, NH). Recent musical involvements include the Thetford Chamber Singers and the Hanover Christmas Revels, for which she was the children’s director from 2006-2012. She and husband Jim Schley have one grown daughter.
Marjorie Drysdale, Alto
During her 40-year career, Marjorie Drysdale has appeared as soprano soloist with the Vermont Mozart Festival, the New England Bach Festival, the Oriana Singers, the Vermont Symphony, The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, Opera North, Vermont Opera Theater, and Through the Opera Glass, among others. Her favorite operatic role was Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Her favorite musical theater role was Maria in The Sound of Music. In 1984, Marjorie founded the auditioned chorus, “Sounding Joy!,” which enjoyed a 28-year run under her artistic direction. In 1998, she co-founded the annual Youth Musical tradition at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph and served as music director there for fifteen years. Marjorie just published her first book on Amazon.com, a memoir of her childhood, titled, “Tagalong Kid: A Katonah Idyll.” A graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Michigan, Marjorie lives in Randolph with her husband, M. Dickey Drysdale. There they co-direct the Randolph Singers and otherwise enjoy semi-retirement. They have two grown sons.
Erin Grainger, Alto
Enosburg Falls, VT
Mezzo-soprano Erin Grainger moves from opera to concert as a soloist and ensemble musician. Erin loves theatrical repertoire, savoring character mezzo roles and ensemble chamber music. As soloist she has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Middlebury Bach festival, L’orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, Ensemble Telemann, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Middlebury Community Chorus, the Opera Company of Middlebury, and as an ensemble musician with Counterpoint and the Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal. Erin teaches at Johnson State and Saint Michael’s colleges in Vermont. She holds a Master of Music from McGill University, and undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto. She originally hails from the Ottawa Valley and now calls northwestern Vermont home, where she lives with her husband and children. For more information: www.eringrainger.com
Maria Lamson, Alto
South Royalton, VT
Maria Weber Lamson developed a love of choral music in high school (Alden, New York), and college choir (SUNY Geneseo Chamber Singers). Before moving to the Upper Valley in 1977, she sang with the Norfolk Camerata in Virginia and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She performs as a soloist and chorister with numerous groups around Vermont, most recently Counterpoint, Blanche Moyse Chorale, Randolph Singers, Sounding Joy!, North Country Chorus, Thetford Chamber Singers, and Opera North. Maria also enjoys vocal coaching for musical productions in the South Royalton School, and travels to Europe annually with high school students. She is a cantor at St. Denis Church in Hanover, NH. A retired librarian and mother of four, Maria lives in South Royalton with her husband Frank. She can often be found hiking and swimming, plus loving four beautiful grandchildren.
Linda Radtke, Alto
Linda Radtke, alto, has appeared as a soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, Oriana Singers, the Burlington Choral Society and the Vermont Mozart Festival, and has performed most of the alto leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Favorite theatrical credits are The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess, Maria), Man of La Mancha (Dulcinea/Aldonza), Camelot (Guinevere) Barber of Seville (Berta) and, with the Hanover Opera Workshop, the title role in Carmen. She has sung in of all of Robert De Cormier’s recording projects in Vermont, beginning with The Jolly Beggars in 1998 and seven CDs with Counterpoint, of which she is a founding member. The Vermont Humanities Council sponsors her programs, Vermont History through Song, and the Vermont Civil War Songbook, which have taken her to much of the state as part of the Speakers’ Bureau. A recording, Vermont History through Popular Song, released in 2009.
Charlie Briggs, Tenor
A native New Yorker, Charlie Briggs has been singing with Counterpoint since 2012. For his day job he teaches medieval and early modern European history at UVM.
Neil Cerutti, Tenor
Neil Cerutti was born and raised in Berlin, Vermont. He has performed in many community theater productions, most often with The Barre Players and at The Unadilla Theater in Calais. Neil sang for 9 years in an award-winning Barbershop Quartet called CVQ, and hopes to win awards with his new quartet, Vital Signs. Neil is in his 18th year as a financial aid administrator at Norwich University. He lives in Northfield with pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, and their two daughters, Emma and Anna.
Adam Hall, Tenor
Bio and photo coming soon!
Cameron Steinmetz, Tenor
Cameron Steinmetzis a native of Norwood, Massachussets and an alumnus of Green Mountain College and Castleton State College. Since graduation from the former in 2009, he has worked as stage manager for the Opera Theatre of Weston VT, the composer & musical director of the NCCA Papermill Children’s Theatre in Lincoln NH, and as box office manager of Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset VT. Past roles include Matt in Schmidt & Jones’ The Fantasticks, Galahad in Idle, Innes & Du Prez’s Spamalot! (both with the Middlebury Community Players), Seymour in Menken & Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors, Jamie in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years and Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore. Other performances include solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Rutland Area Chorus, soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Castleton State College and Rutland Area Choruses, and as soloist in a joint production of Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore by Castleton State, Johnson State and St. Michael’s colleges. He has also performed supporting roles in Opera Theatre of Weston’s The Magic Flute by Mozart, and chorus in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s last productions, starting with Massenet’s Thaïs ending with Verdi’s Macbeth. Hinesburg resident Steinmetz is also a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s educational quartet, Ah! Cappella.
Stephen Falbel, Bass
Stephen Falbel has been active as a singer since high school and has performed with a wide range of choruses, from the 120-voice Tanglewood Festival Chorus to the Alba Quintet. He studied voice for many years in the Boston area and performed and recorded with professional ensembles such as the Boston Camerata and the Handel & Haydn Society. His solo work includes opera and oratorio, with recent performances in the Middlebury Bach Festival, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Oriana Singers, numerous roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and the roles of Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Echo Valley Community Arts. He also leads the Green Mountain Monteverdi Ensemble of Vermont, an early music group. Stephen has been a member of Counterpoint since moving to Vermont in 2005.
Zebulun McLellan, Bass
Bio coming soon!
Kevin Quigley, Bass
Kevin Quigley has been working in the arts for most of his life. After earning his BFA in Classical Vocal Performance with a concentration in 20th Century idioms and Jazz from Carnegie Mellon University, he pursued artistic paths in Pittsburgh, New York City, and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire; producing, composing, and directing contemporary musical theater, dance, and cross-media performances. Kevin is currently the Director of the Thetford Chamber Singers. He also teaches a wide variety of subjects including: classical/jazz/contemporary vocal technique, musical and theatrical improvisation, group singing and chorus, movement, graphic design, art, and archery. Kevin is a licensed Spacial Dynamics® and Bothmer® Gymnastics instructor, a graphic designer, as well as a counselor using Tarot and Feng Shui. He has worked with Revels North as a performer, arranger, and Music Director as well as the Director of the Summer Solstice performance. His passion with group singing stems from his experience that no other art form better bridges the hearts and minds of people towards each other.
Neil Wacek, Bass
Neil Wacek was raised in Burlington, VT where he developed a passion for music and has since honed his craft. Neil’s talents as a singer have landed him roles as a soloist for numerous ensembles including Burlington Choral Society presentations of Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. He first met Counterpoint’s Artistic Director Nathaniel Lew performing under his baton as the bass soloist for a Green Mountain Mahler Festival charity concert of the Brahms Deutsches Requiem. Neil enjoys the occasional foray onto the operatic stage as well: singing in the chorus for the Green Mountain Opera Festival production in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Longy School of Music presentation of Mascagni’s Cavaleria Rusticana and several seasons with the Opera Company of Middlebury in the chorus and ensemble for Puccini’s La Bohème, Massenet’s Thaïs and Rosinni’s L’italiana in Algeri. Also an accomplished trumpet player, Neil performs regularly with The Green Mountain Brass Band, Inseldudler German band, UVM Brass Ensemble and various other instrumental groups. He is recognizable to many as Director for the University of Vermont Pep Band; he is now entering his 20th season performing with them (his seventh at the helm).
Personnel through Spring 2018