2011 Soloists

Jennifer Regal - Soprano
Jennifer Regal – Soprano

Jennifer L. Regal, soprano, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance at the University of South Florida. As a singer, she currently performs with The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and as a recitalist in the Tampa Bay area. Jen will be performing the role of The Mother inAmahl and the Night Visitors with the USF Opera Program this December. She is sought after as a vocal coach in the Tampa Bay area for individuals as well as choirs. In 2002, she was a singer for the Florida tour with Sarah Brightman. Jen is currently the Interim Artistic Director for the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus, having recently performed with The Florida Orchestra’s opening concerts of Carmina Burana. She has taught for 7 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her choirs have performed the National Anthem for the Detroit Tigers spring training games as well as in concert with Josh Groban. Jen is also the Director of Music and Children/Family Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Dade City, FL. She was 1 of 8 national semi-finalists in the 1999 and 2001 ACDA Student Conducting Competitions. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, she received singing and conducting apprenticeships with the Berkshire Choral Festival in Montreal, QC and Sheffield, MA, respectively. Most recently Jen was selected as a professional singer for the 20thAnniversary Professional Choral Workshop at Carnegie Hall in February, 2011.

Rachel Assi - Alto
Rachel Assi – Alto

Originally from New Jersey, Rachel earned her Bachelor’s of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she studied with Frederick Urrey. Roles include Mercedes (cover) in the St. Petersburg Opera production of Carmen, Indiana Elliott and Anna Hope in Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All and Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill’sStreet Scene. She has also appeared in numerous opera choruses, including Cosi fan Tutte with the St. Petersburg Opera, La Traviata with the Rutgers Opera, Genoveva and Der Zwerg at the Bard Summerscape Festival, Il Trovatore with New Jersey Opera Theater, and Idomeneo with Coro Lyrico Opera. During the 2010 season, she sang with the Oregon Bach Festival under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. In the Sarasota area, Rachel is the executive director of Gloria Musicae, and is the alto section leader at St. Boniface Church and at Temple Emanu-El. This season, she will be performing as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, the Artist Series of Sarasota, and SILL. Rachel is currently working towards a Master’s degree in arts administration from Drexel University.

Brad Diamond - Tenor
Brad Diamond – Tenor

Brad Diamond is a talented tenor known for his musicianship and style. In recent seasons, Dr. Diamond has performed Messiah with the Roanoke Music College, Buffalo Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Oratorio Society of New York, Nashville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, and Princeton Pro Musica. For three years he was a featured artist in “An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan” which performed with symphony orchestras in Cedar Rapids, Buffalo, Lakeside, Richmond and St. Louis among others. On the operatic stage he has performed the role of Almaviva in the Barber of Seville with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Pacific, and a recording for Public Television Broadcast with the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee. In recent seasons, he has performed the role of Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinaforewith the Dayton opera and Prince Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with the Indianapolis and Nashville Opera Companies. In March of 2006, Diamond returned to the Florentine Opera to sing the role of Tonio in La Fille du Regiment by Donizetti.

A Specialist in oratorio repertoire, Dr. Diamond has performed the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Winter Park Bach Festival and Trinity Church at Wall Street. He has also performed the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Mathew Passion with the Richmond Symphony, Trinity Church at Wall Street and Winter Park Bach Festival. Recent engagements include Bach’sSt. Mathew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Xerxes with the Richmond Symphony, Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the Charleston Symphony, Bach’s Magnificat with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Spokane Symphony and Greenville Symphony and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Bangor Symphony. Diamond’s performance repertoire includes works by Cavalli, Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Rossini, Berlioz, Orff, Bartok, Janacek and Britten with symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Diamond completed his Bachelors of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in 1991. He received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music between 1993 and 2004. While attending Westminster, Diamond sang as a soloist under the baton of the late Leonard Bernstein. Dr. Diamond joins the voice faculty at the University of South Florida this fall as an Assistant Professor of Voice. Diamond travels as a guest recitalist and presents his lecture “Singing With Purpose” at universities across the United States and Canada.

Joseph Ryan - Bass
Joseph Ryan – Bass

Joseph Ryan, baritone, is pleased to be singing again with the Sarasota Choral Society this December.  He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Masters in Vocal Performance in 2006, and has performed with Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, and the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, as a member of their young artist programs.  In his hometown, he sang with the Cincinnati May Festival under Maestro James Conlon, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with Maestro Eric Kunzel, and sang for eight seasons with the Cincinnati Opera.

Recent credits include the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Punta Gorda, soloist in the Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer with the Encore Chamber Music Series at the Palladium Theater, and Monterone in Rigoletto with St. Petersburg Opera.  In past productions with St. Petersburg, he covered the roles of Germont in La traviata and Escamillo in Carmen, and performed Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods. This summer he appeared with Opera Naples in their Eurofest concert and with the Opera Tampa Vocal Arts Festival in their presentation of A Composer’s Symposium: Carlisle Floyd, a concert staged and presented by the composer.

Joe currently cantors at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key, as well as First United Methodist and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sarasota.  He is a member of Gloria Musicae, and this fall became the bass section leader of Key Chorale. Locally, he has performed with the Sarasota Music Archive (Kurt Weill recital, November 2010), the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra (Frank in Die Fledermaus, March 20th 2011), the Artist Series of Sarasota (highlights from The Student Prince, May 2011), and has sung the solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Brandon Choral Society as well.