Praised for her “warm, soothing legato line,” mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava has performed throughout the United States, as well as in England, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Venezuela. Operatic credits include the title roles in Cendrillon and Dido and Aeneas, Charlotte (Werther), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Nancy (Albert Herring), Marthe (Faust), and Cecilia March (Little Women). She was a Regional Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Violinist and conductor Joseph Kneer holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a Masters of Music in Violin and Theory Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance, also from Peabody. In 2016, Kneer was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity. Previous teaching engagements include Mercyhurst University, and the Peabody Preparatory.
Dr. Gary Seighman is Director of Choral Activities at Trinity University where he oversees a comprehensive choral program and teaches courses in conducting and secondary methods. Under his direction, Trinity’s choral ensembles have continued to garner regional and national accolades with invited performances at professional conferences, tours throughout the United States and abroad, and innovative collaborations. Since 2012, the choirs have enjoyed annual joint performances with the San Antonio Symphony.
Brian was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1979. He holds both a D.M.A. and a M.Mus. in Composition from The University of Kansas, as well as Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from Valdosta State University. His private instructors have included Mary Ellen Childs, Tayloe Harding, Kip Haaheim, and James Barnes.
Kimberlyn Montford [B.M., Westminster Choir College; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., Rutgers University], is Associate Professor of Music History at Trinity University.
Before joining the faculty in 2001, Montford directed middle and high-school choirs, orchestras, and bands in New Jersey and Washington state. She has also served as organist/choir director in congregations of the Episcopal Church and United Church of Christ.
Chia-wei Lee (DMA, Ohio State University) is quickly establishing himself as one of the most compelling emerging baritones. His distinctively beautiful and strong baritone voice has already won him international acclaim. An extremely gifted artist, he is at home on both the operatic and concert stages. He recently made his Alice Tully Hall debut as the soloist in the Yellow River Cantata.
Carl Leafstedt is a music historian who teaches general music history courses, a First Year Seminar on Music and Politics, and special topics courses on Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Symphonic Literature, and 20th-Century Opera. A native of Sioux City, Iowa, he was a chemistry/music double major in his undergraduate years at Williams College, then went on to receive a Ph.D.