Rehearsal Pianist: Mark Feldhusen
MARK FELDHUSEN joined Commonwealth Chorale as rehearsal pianist in 2009. He is also accompanist at Temple Israel in Boston, Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Rivers School Conservatory, and Perkins School for the Blind. Praised for his “sensitive accompaniment” (The Arts Fuse, 3/14/12), Mr. Feldhusen has also appeared in concert with the Heritage Chorale as well as numerous concerts of secular and sacred Jewish music. He is active in the Boston chamber music scene and annually attends the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. He has studied with Darryl Rosenberg and Kevin McGinty. A talented sight-reader and quick study, he has also been known to step out of the audience, take the place of an indisposed pianist, and save middle school performances of The Pajama Game.
Commonwealth Chorale thanks the Izolde Lamont Fund for making this position possible.
Soprano: Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas,is a Boston-based soprano specializing in early and sacred music. She holds an M.M. in Historical Performance (Voice) from Boston University, where she studied with Aaron Sheehan. Recent solo appearances include Monteverdi’s Vespers at Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and the American premiere of J.A. Hasse's oratorio Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena with the Harvard Early Music Ensemble. Ms. Thomas is also an avid performer of choral music. In addition to her work with Commonwealth Chorale, she sings with local ensembles Vox Futura, Ensemble Altera, and Analog Chorale. Ms. Thomas has performed extensively with the Marsh Chapel Choir of Boston University, singing a diverse mix of sacred music spanning from Renaissance motets to Bach cantatas to contemporary premieres. She is excited to be joining Commonwealth Chorale for the 2019-2020
Alto: Leo Balkovetz
Leo Balkovetz, tenor, is a performer of operatic, choral, and chamber music in the Boston area with local groups including Triad, Canto Armonico, Commonwealth Chorale, and Carduus. In 2018, he graduated with a Master's of Music in Historical Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music, where he sang the role of Vaguas in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans with Early Music group Eudaimonia. He has also performed in La Clemenza di Tito (Annius), Cendrillon (6th Spirit), and La Sonnambula (Notary) with Promenade Opera Project and as a soloist in Bach's Cantata BWV 54 with First Lutheran Church in Boston. He is the tenor section leader of Commonwealth Chorale in Newton, MA, where he was a featured soloist in Menotti's The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore. He is also a member of the Schola Choir at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Boston, where he recently was a soloist for Handel’s Messiah.