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
Tenor: 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.
Bass: Logan J. Henki
Logan J. Henke, currently of Arlington, MA, is a graduate of Montana State University, where he earned a Master of Education. Additionally, he holds Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Technology, as well as an Honors College Baccalaureate, summa cum laude. A fifth-generation Montanan, Logan is a member of the Montana-based choral ensemble, Roots in the Sky, additionally serving on their board and as their assistant conductor. Logan is an active composer whose works have been performed in Europe and the United States. Most recently, Logan’s electronic composition Botanical Drift was selected for performance at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2021. Previously, he was the Music Minister at Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church in Winchester, MA. Logan is also a section leader of the Commonwealth Chorale in Newton, MA. He continues to sing and compose in the Boston area.
Bass: William Farrell
William Farrell is a singer based in Belmont, MA. Since moving to the Greater Boston area in the Fall of 2015 he has performed with various groups, including The Boston Camerata, Canto Armonico, St. Paul's Choir School, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He graduated with a Master of Music in Early Music from the Longy School of Music in 2017. William loves to explore all types of musical performance but particularly enjoys Renaissance polyphony and Baroque opera. William is an avid cyclist and loves to take any opportunity to return to NH where he can cycle on the beautiful mountain roads.