Korean-Canadian Lyric soprano, Kyoung Cho has performed numerous operas, oratorios, and concerts with companies such as Komische Kammer Oper Munich in Germany, Slovak State Opera in Slovak Republic, Washington Concert Opera, Utah Festival Opera, New Jersey Verismo Opera, Yale Opera, The Hartt Opera Theater, Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, New Britain Chorale/Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony, Boston University Chamber Orchestra, Lawrence University Chorus/Orchestra, Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra. Ms. Cho’s operatic roles include Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Her oratorio repertoires include Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s C minor Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Messiah, and The Creation. Some of the performances mentioned above led her to the stages of Carnegie Hall in New York City, Kennedy Centre in Washington D. C. and other prestigious stages in Canada, Europe, The Mid-East, and her native Korea.
The Buffalo News hailed Kyoung Cho’s performance of Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra as “sublimely beautiful, transcendent, serene, dazzling, and heavenly”. Her recent engagements included Gala Concerts at Carnegie Hall, Recital in Princeton, NJ, Soprano Soloist in Brahms Requiem with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Southern Illinois Music Festival, Soprano Solo with The Erie Chamber Orchestra & Bemus Point Pops Orchestra, and Recital at Westminster Church in Buffalo, NY. Her 2007-2008 season engagements are John Rutter’s Requiem with the Gulf Coast Youth Chorus & Orchestra, Messiah with Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Opera Gala Concert with Orchard Park Symphony in New York, and Missa Solemnis & Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at The Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.
In the summer of 2002, Ms. Cho was invited by The Israel International Vocal Institute where she sang in several concerts, master classes, and Gala Concerts under the baton of Maestro Paul Nadler and Joan Dornemann of The Metropolitan Opera Company.
Ms. Cho began her vocal training at Yon-Sei University in Seoul, Korea as a scholarship student. Upon arriving in the U.S., she studied at The Manhattan School of Music where she received her Master’s degree in Voice. She continued her opera study at Yale University School of Music and is currently a Doctorate candidate at The University of Memphis where she was a Hohenberg-Scheidt Opera Fellow. She has been a voice faculty at State University of New York in Fredonia and a voice/opera faculty at Luther College in Iowa, and maintained a successful voice studio in New Haven, Hartford, Memphis, Boston, and New York City.
She is currently as assistant professor of voice at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
Amy Connours, alto, one of Sarasota’s own, has recently moved back to our community after a 20 year hiatus. Raised in Sarasota, graduate of Riverview High School, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Florida State University. After moving to Minnesota she took a career in Advertising before launching two successful businesses of her own. Along with being a wife and mother of two she has served as Music Minister at Buffalo Assembly of God, MN and currently is the Music Minister at Meadowland Worship Center in Sarasota. In addition, she is performing with The Florida Voices and is also serving as their president.
Bryce Westervelt, tenor
Celebrated Korean-Canadian Bass baritone Won Cho is known for the unique range and beauty of his voice as well as his outstanding acting ability. Thanks to his energetic voice and stage presence, Korean-Canadian bass-baritone Won Cho is in demand in both concert and operatic repertoire, appearing with many of the opera houses and orchestras of the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mid East, and his native Korea. His voice is described as “possesses the voice and presence to make himself instantly known on stage”.
He recently made his Mexico debut as Sprecher in Die Zauberjlote with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra during Carlos Miguel Prieto’s final performance as music director with that orchestra and his other recent engagements during 2006-2007 season were Osmin in Die Entfiihrung aus dem Serail with Mercury Opera of Rochester, Melchior in Amahl & the Night Visitors and Bach’s b-minor Mass with The Western New York Chamber Orchestra in Buffalo, Leporello in Don Giovanni at Southern Illinois Music Festival, Messiah in Toronto and Buffalo, Lord Nelson Mass in Toronto, Durufle’s Requiem at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie, Mass in C Major, and the World Premiere of Randol Bass’ “Passage Into Spirit” with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus/Orchestra .
He was the 3rd prize winner of The 31st Vincenzo Bellini International Opera Competition in Italy where Dame. Joan Sutherland was the chair adjudicator, 1st prize winner of The Artist International Music Competition in Toronto, Canada, and a Regional Finalist at The Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Audition. Additional honors and awards he has received include prizes from The Amici Vocal Competition, Operafest! of New Hampshire competition, voice scholarship from Boston University, and The University of Memphis where he was a Hohenberg-Scheidt Opera Fellow.
Mr. Cho has sung with such companies as Opera Memphis, East Slovak State Opera, Mississippi Opera, Operafest! of New Hampshire, Dicapo Opera of NYC, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Ocean State Opera, New Jersey Verismo Opera, Longwood Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and Utah Festival Opera as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro in Magic Flute, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Don Basilio in II Barbiere di Siviglia, Bonzo in Madama Butterjly, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor only to name the major roles. He currently is on the roster of Thea Dispeker Artist Management in New York City.
Won Cho received his degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, and University of Memphis. He has served at University of Northern Iowa (Assistant Professor of Voice), State University of New York in Fredonia (Assistant Professor of Voice / Coordinator of Opera Program) and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice / Coordinator of Opera Program at University of South Florida.