Published by: Anne McMahan, Friday, July 31, 2015
Abigail Kempson, soprano, is currently a student at Westminster Choir College, where she is getting her Master of Music. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory. While there, she appeared in several roles, including Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, which led to her European debut in the same role in the Varna Opera House in Bulgaria. Her international career also includes studying with a variety of professionals and performing scenes and recitals roles in Germany and Austria. In 2013-14 she performed with One World Symphony, playing Skyler White in the premier of Sung Jin Hong's Breaking Bad-Ozymandias. In 2015, she came in third place at the NJ NATS competition.
Tom Carle is an emerging tenor from Randolph, NJ. Having graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Music in performance in May of 2014, Tom currently studies at Westminster Choir College where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in performance and pedagogy. On the operatic stage, Tom most recently appeared as "Ecclitico" in Westminster Opera Theater's production of Il mondo della luna. Other opera credits include "Drunken Man" in The Little Prince, with Opera Fayetteville; "Tamino" in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Bucknell University Opera Company; and "King Kaspar" in Amhal and the Night Visitors with Susquehanna Valley Chorale. Tom also frequently appears with choral societies in Northern New Jersey as a soloist. In the 2014-2015 season, Tom appeared as tenor soloist in The Unity Choir's production of Handel's Messiah and performed solo repertoire in the ensemble's concert featuring the music of Faure. "Sussex County Oratorio Society" also featured Tom as tenor soloist in its production of Beethoven's C Major Mass. In addition to operatic and concert work, Tom is involved with numerous music projects. He recently recorded an album with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and grammy winning producer, Judith Sherman. The album, to be released in January, features popular and lost tunes written by popular ragtime composer, Irving Berlin. Tom is currently an Associate Music Minister at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish in Randolph, NJ.
Morgan Ulyat is a lyric soprano currently earning her Master of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. This past spring she appeared in scenes as Cendrillon in Massenet's Cendrillon and Blanche in Dialogues des carmélites with Westminster Opera Workshop. She also performed in the Westminster Art Song Festival featuring the Lieder of Franz Schubert. Ms. Ulyat recently studied at CoOperative on Westminster's campus, at the Texas Music Festival in Houston, and in the Cincinnati Summer Opera Studio where she portrayed Angelica of Handel's Orlando in an operatic scenes production. At Ball State, Morgan appeared as The First Knitter in Barab's A Game of Chance, La Ciesca in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and as Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief. In the summer of 2012, Morgan covered the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Midwest Institute of Opera. Morgan has competed in the Westminster Graduate Voice Scholarship Competition, earning third place in 2015 and the Ball State Vocal Competition, earning third place in 2012 and first place in 2014. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in May 2014.