Lyric-Coloratura Jeanette LaVoy, returns as the soprano in this year’s Sarasota Choral Society performance of Handel’s Messiah. She has reveled as featured soloist of the FWCO, Sarasota Pops, the Sarasota Opera, the Jacobites Pipe & Drum Band, Venice Symphony and the Sarasota Concert Band. . A former vocal soloist of the US Navy Band, in Washington, D.C., Jeanette sang for Presidents of the U.S., and twice, while living in New York City, for then, mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.
Well known as an area voice teacher, LaVoy served as vocal coach to the “Von Trapps” great-grandchildren of Maria and Georg before their world tour!
Lisa Wittmann, MD was born and raised just outside of Chicago, Illinois and enjoyed singing throughout her childhood in choirs and school musicals. Just prior to her high school graduation, Lisa lived for a year as an exchange student in Hamburg, Germany. She then returned to the United States and moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There Lisa auditioned and was accepted in the Bel Canto Chorus where she sang in the alto section for the Messiah and a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeoman of the Guard”.
In college Lisa changed her focus to preparation for medical school and she ultimately completed a Pediatric residency. By that time Lisa had met her husband, Dr. Mark Wittmann, a Hamburg native, and they had begun raising a family which grew to include three daughters. In 2001 the Wittmann family moved to Sarasota and Lisa found the time to rediscover a love of singing. Lisa draws much inspiration from her varied life experiences in particular the courage of her patients and the pursuits of her children.
Harv Wileman, Tenor
Colman Reaboi has made several appearances with The Sarasota Choral Society. A student of voice at the Interlochen Arts Academy and opera at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Mr. Reaboi has sung with several major opera companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Greater Miami Opera, The Pensacola Opera, and as a young artist with the Sarasota Opera Company.
Colman has performed in the last six seasons with the Treasure Coast Opera (TCO) of Ft. Pierce. The various roles he has performed include the philosopher Colline in La Bohème,Zuñiga in Carmen, Angelotti in Tosca, and Sparafucile inRigoletto. Mr. Reaboi sang in the world premier of Sacco & Vanzetti.
In the realm of Musical Theater, Mr. Reaboi has portrayed Frank in Die Fledermaus, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Dr. Engel in The Student Prince, Rico CastelliCopacabana, and the Governor in The Man of La Mancha.Colman Reaboi has been a soloist with the Master Chorale, the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Summit Orchestral Society, and the Florida Orchestra. He now lives in the Boston area.