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Ms. Chenoweth is the 2010 recipient of the Legacy of Women award, representing the arts in Arlington, given by SafeHaven of Tarrant County.  See www.safehaventc.org

LeeAnne Chenoweth Lawson

Ms. Chenoweth began taking violin and piano lessons at age 5, in her hometown; Enid, Oklahoma. By age 12, her father was taking her to Tulsa, weekly, for violin lessons with the concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic. At age 16, she spent a summer studying violin at the famous Meadowmount School of Music in upper New York state. At age 17, she went to the University of Houston to study with artist-in-resident Fredell Lack for one year. Ms. Chenoweth graduated from the SMU Meadows School of Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance, having been a recipient of the Meadows Artistic Achievement Award Scholarship.  

After working with the Dallas Opera Orchestra violin section, she won a violin audition at Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra in 1990, working in FWSO until 2007. During her orchestral career in Ft. Worth, she has shared the stage with great classical artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pavoratti, Van Cliburn, Joshua Bell and more. Plus, pops artists as diverse as Natalie Cole, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynona Judd, Pink Martini, The Beatles tribute band "Classical Mystery Tour', and more. She also contracts ensembles for special events throughout Texas.

In August 2007, Ms. Chenoweth produced the first Timeless Concerts production, hoping to expand the series over time. She also works as a substitute violinist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and regular with the Waco Symphony. Ms. Chenoweth plays on a French violin (Nicolas Vuilliaume), made approximately in 1848. She married Richard Lawson while still attending SMU; they live in north Arlington and have two grown daughters, Cayla and Jessica.  

LeeAnne Chenoweth, Heejung Kang,
Karen Maddox Smith, and Don O'Neal LeBlanc



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Don O’Neal LeBlanc, TENOR

Tenor Don O'Neal LeBlanc hails from San Benito, Texas, where his love of singing first began.

Don studied Vocal Performance at The University of North Texas. A 1990 regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Don performed leading roles in Gianni Schichi, L'elisir d'Amore, Carmina Burana and numerous oratorios. Don has been a frequent featured soloist with the UNT orchestra and chorus, Arlington-based Timeless Concerts, and various churches and arts organizations around the DFW area, including Opera on Tap, a non-profit of which he is co-manager.

In 2015, in addition to joining The Dallas Opera chorus, Don was selected as a semi-finalist in the Professional Men's Division of The American Prize in Vocal Performance.

Don performed in December 2015 as a featured soloist with the Dallas Opera's production of "Tosca", and for the first annual International Women's Conducting Institute Concert at the Winspear Opera House. Throughout the 2015-2016 Dallas Opera season, Don sang in the chorus for the world premiere of Jake Heggie's "Great Scott", as well as Puccini's "Tosca" and Massenet's "Manon". He will sing the full season with the Dallas Opera chorus in 2016-2017, including character roles in Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" and Puccini's "Madame Butterfly". Don will also be a featured soloist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra at the Winspear Opera House for two "Viva Verdi" concerts in November 2016, and March 2017.Don and his wife have a grown son and daughter.


 
 Don can be found online at FACEBOOK at the following URL:  https://www.facebook.com/tenordon
 
Don O'Neal LeBlanc
Tenor

dononealleblanc@live.com
940-577-2130



Jeffrey Snider - BARITONE

Jeffrey Snider is a native of Buffalo, New York, and received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. He received the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas in 1996 and in 1998 he returned to UNT as an associate professor in the College of Music.

Recent operatic roles include Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Utah Festival Opera, the Count di Luna in Verdi’s Il trovatore in El Paso, and Germont in Verdi’s La traviata with the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. In May of 2005 he placed second in Opera New York’s inaugural Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition, singing before a panel that included opera stars Plácido Domingo, James Morris, and Regina Resnick.

Dr. Snider’s recent concert appearances include the baritone solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra (Alexandria, Louisiana), Hodie by Vaughan Williams with the Plano Civic Chorus, and the Mack Wilberg Requiem under the direction of the composer. In 2014 he sang in the world premiere of Undelivered by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, based on the speech John F. Kennedy was to have given in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

He is the baritone soloist on the Klavier recording of Orff’s Carmina Buranawith the University of North Texas Wind Symphony and Grand Chorus under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon. Of this performance J. F. Weber of Fanfare magazine writes, "this is one of the finest…male soloists I have ever heard in this work."


Sergio Cepeda - Tenor

Tenor Sergio Cepeda has been highly acclaimed for his exciting, passionate tenor voice and commanding stage presence, making this young and upcoming tenor the “whole package.” Reviewing a recent performance of the Magic Flute, a critic wrote: "Tenor Sergio Cepeda’s beautiful tenor voice handled Tamino’s music with elegance, appropriate color, and well-balanced tone throughout. His acting was clear and direct. He made a handsome and dashing young prince.” Another critic said about his Orchestra of New Spain debut, “[Sergio Cepeda] has a wonderful lyric tenor voice. Pure honey. It is perfectly produced, right in the mask and even throughout all of the registers.”

Mr. Cepeda’s performances on the operatic stage have taken him throughout the United States and Europe, performing such roles as Tamino in The Magic Flute, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Alfredo in La Traviata, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Mr. Cepeda is at ease performing a wide variety of musical genres, such as classical, jazz, pop, and mariachi.

In vocal competitions, Mr. Cepeda has been a solid contender and was the 1st prize recipient of the 2012 Winspear Opera Scholarship Competition, and 1st Audience Prize (5th Prize with the judges) at Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year Competition in 2013. Florida Grand Opera/Young Patronesses of Opera awarded him the 2nd prize (Young Artist Division) in 2013. He was a finalist in Lois Alba’s Aria Competition, Franco-American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours de Chant, and the Wednesday Music Club Competition in San Antonio.

Mr. Cepeda’s formal studies from 2006-2013 earned him degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington (B.M. Music Business, 2009,) Texas Christian University (M.M. Voice Performance, 2011,) and University of North Texas (Post-Graduate Artist Certificate in Opera Performance, 2013.) He maintains a private studio in Dallas/Fort Worth and continues his training with Gioacchino Li Vigni and the Mediterranean Opera Studio in Sicily and New York.

Mr. Cepeda performances for charity and fundraising events helped raise over $300,000 (2011-2016) for various local, national, and international organizations and disaster relief programs.

Mr. Cepeda’s most recent performances include Flavio in Bellini's Norma for Knoxville Opera, Manuel Garcia in Dudas satisfechas for Orchestra of New Spain, Obadiah in Mendelssohn's Elijah in collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, along with miscellaneous concert work.


Eric Forman

A native of Oklahoma City, cellist Eric Forman came to Dallas in 1989 to study at SMU.  After earning Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music, he began an active free-lance career in North Texas, performing with regional orchestras in Carrollton, Plano, Richardson, and Tyler.  In 1999 he became a member of the Dallas Opera orchestra, and has also performed frequently with the Fort Worth Symphony for the past twelve years. In addition to orchestra, Mr. Forman enjoys playing chamber music with Texas Winds Musical Outreach, which provides free live concerts for seniors and hospital patients throughout Dallas.  Mr. Forman first appeared with Timeless Concerts in fall, 2008. He also moonlights as bassist for the rock band Scarlet Vermillion.


Heejung Kang

Dr. Heejung Kang was born in Seoul, Korea, and studied at the Seoul Music and Art High School for musically gifted teenagers. She graduated with the highest honors from the College of Music, Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul and later at the same university she earned her Master’s Degree in Piano, receiving the Ewha Graduate Research Fellowship Scholarship. Completing her doctoral dissertation on Rachmaninoff, she received her doctorate in Piano Performance at the College of Music at the University of North Texas in 2004. In 2002, She made a recording of “Rediscovered Lieder and Piano Pieces by Kletzki, Oppel, and Schenker,” sponsored by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jewish Federation, and College of Music at UNT. In December 2004, she performed music by Paul Kletzki, Reinhard Oppel, Arnold Mendelssohn and other composers live on Israel Radio. In November 2005, she performed solo piano music by Heinrich Schenker at the inaugural meeting of the Korean Society for Music Theory in Seoul and premiered Kletzki’s Sonata for Piano and Violin with Robert Davidovici on Korean National Radio (KBS FM1). Dr. Kang has recorded Reinhard Oppel’s solo piano music for Toccata Classics in England, which was released in 2011. Currently a Senior Lecturer in Piano at the University of North Texas, she teaches courses in Piano Literature, Sight-reading, Score Reading, and Keyboard Harmony. She has been a judge for the Lewisville Lake Symphony Young Artists Competition since 2007. She is a guest member of Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra. Her latest commercial CD, is of Anton Eberl's violin/piano sonatas, and is to be released later in 2016. She is married to UNT music theory prof Timothy Jackson and they have 2 children; a girl and a boy.


Amela Koci


Amela Koci is a member of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra as well as a substitute of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. She has been playing violin for twenty-five years. Amela received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters degree from the Cleveland Institute of Musci. She as been a member of various orchestras such asL San Angelo Symphony, Garland Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, Akron Synphony and principal second violin of the Mansfield Orchestra in Ohio. In 2002, she was the Concerto Competition winner at the University of Texas at Arlington as well as the winner of several pieces and scholarships. Right now, apart from her orchestra playing, Ms. Koci teaches violin for Young Strings, a program of the Dallas Symphony as well as her private studio in Arlington. Amela and her husband are the parents of twin boys.


Karen Maddox Smith

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Karen Maddox Smith began her musical studies at the age of six on the piano. She discovered her passion for the cello when  she joined the school orchestra five years later, which led to studies at first with her mother, a cellist in the Atlanta Symphony, and later with Martha Gerschefski. Karen continued her studies at Rice University with pedagogue and modern music advocate Norman Fischer. Upon graduation she studied abroad with Rainer Ginzel in Munich, Germany for a year before she moved on to an orchestral apprenticeship in southwestern Germany. Since 2002, Karen has been in demand as a free-lance cellist in North Texas. She frequently performs with the Ft. Worth Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Plano Symphony and with various chamber music groups. Feb. 11, 2012 was her first performance with Timeless Concerts. She currently resides in Plano with her husband and 2 sons.


Laura Logan

Harpist Laura Logan received her Master's, and her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Harp Performance from Texas Tech. University. A native of New Orleans, she earned her Bachelor of Music in Harp performance from Louisiana State University. She is principal harp in the Richardson Symphony, and Lewisville Lake Symphony, and tours regionally as a member of the harp and flute duo "Syrinx". She is founder and director of the Octavia Harp Ensemble, a performing group of 8 professional harpists. They have released two recordings on the Traditional Sounds Label. Laura, and her two sons live in Irving

David Robinson

Baritone David Robinson serves on the voice faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice. He studied opera with Arthur Schoep and Boris Goldovsky. Robinson has performed many major operatic roles and is an active recitalist, oratorio soloist, and concert artist. He is best known in this area for his solos in Handel's "Messiah" and the title role of Mendelssohn's "Elijah", with the Ft. Worth Symphony. He made his New York concert debut at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center with the American Synphony Orchestra, performing the baritone solos in the Mozart C Minor Mass, and the Ralph Vaughn Williams "Five Mystical Songs". David and his wife live in Ft. Worth.


Judith Rodriguez

Texas native, Judith Rodriguez, is a lyric soprano living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Her voice has delighted many stages, most recently at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth.  She is a successful concert performer having sung in France, Spain, and Mexico.  

Ms. Rodriguez has received great reviews for her interpretation of versatile roles such as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, the lead role of Marina, Monica in The Medium, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Pepita in Pepita Jimenez, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and First Dame in The Magic Flute.

2015 was an exciting year for Ms. Rodriguez.  The Orchestra of New Spain invited her to be a guest artist in their program, The Rise of Opera.  She then ventured into offering a solo recital entitled, An Evening of Spanish Music, at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas.  Due to the great interest in an all-Spanish concert, she was invited to promote her concert on Classical 101.1, WRR, where she sang La Maja y el Ruiseñor by Enrique Granados, from the opera, Goyescas.  In November, Ms. Rodriguez was invited to perform Mahler's 4th Symphony at Northwest Vista College Fall Music Fest in San Antonio.  2015 closed on a high note in the Wonderful World of Operetta, a program produced by Opera in Concert, featuring soloists and music that is rarely heard in current opera music.  With so many exciting opportunities, Judith Rodriguez looks forward to 2016 with the hopes of continuing to move and delight audiences with her voice.

Ms. Rodriguez holds a BME from TCU, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Vocal Studies from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, and a License in Opera and Lyric Theatre from the Superior School of Voice of Madrid.


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