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Meet the Director

 

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Adrian G. Horn, Director of the Finger Lakes Choral Festival, has had a lifetime of involvement in virtually every aspect of choral music. He sang with Robert Shaw for two years while still in high school, interrupted his musical training by serving as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division to secure the GI bill for college, received a BS in vocal performance at SUNY Fredonia (where he was Captain of the baseball team and also played semi-pro football with the Fredonia Orioles) and a Masters Degree specializing in Choral Music from Columbia University, where he concurrently was employed an Instructor in Music Education. After teaching public school music for two years, Mr. Horn entered the Navy and was appointed Director of the Naval Aviation Cadet Choir while undergoing training as a Naval Aviation Officer.

After completing his tour of duty, Mr. Horn became a professional chorister with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Subsequently, he entered the doctoral program at Columbia University, but was sidetracked from completing a thesis on developing community choruses by the priority of putting his ideas into action. What followed was a remarkable adventure of choral activities, including:

  •  Founding Director, San Francisco City Chorus, for which he was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the City of San Francisco for bringing great music to the people of the city
  •  Director, Olympic Athletic Club of San Francisco Men's Chorus
  •  Founding Director, Women's Chorus of San Francisco
  •  Director, San Francisco State University Chorus, where he built the chorus from 35 to 225 members in five semesters
  •  Founding Director, San Francisco Festival of Carols
  •  Founding Director, San Francisco Choral Society, a 250 voice symphonic chorus, regularly performing before sold-out houses at Davies Symphony Hall
As a conductor, Mr. Horn has an extraordinary ability to inspire singers to bring passion and meaning to their music. Singers stay on their toes because they don't want to miss any of his colorful comments or unique musical insights. At one rehearsal, before a chorus and orchestra of nearly 500 performing the Berlioz Requiem* at the cavernous San Francisco Civic Auditorium he quipped, "All I wanted to do was get some people together to sing, and the whole thing got totally out of hand."

At the height of his success with the San Francisco Choral Society, after conducting three sold-out performances of Carmina Burana at Davies Symphony Hall in October 1992, Mr. Horn left San Francisco to pursue perhaps his most challenging career, stay-at-home-Dad. But music always seemed to follow, as did the Directorship of the Sequim Community Chorus in Washington, and after relocating to New York, the Jamestown Choral Society.  The Finger Lakes Choral Festival, now entering its twelfh season, is the current focus of Mr. Horn's life-long obsession with bringing people together to sing great choral music.

*Berlioz Requiem Redux.  In August 2012, Mr. Horn organized and presented a performance of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, combining 300 singers and musicians from New York and San Francisco, hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as the "Mega-Concert of the Year -- or years, and that it "Exceeded all expectations."   The performance used a new edition of the Requiem created by Mr. Horn which added an alto part to the score.  Berlioz' original score was written for soprano, tenor and bass only.

     
     

Meet the Soloists

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Laura Heimes, Soprano, praised for her “sparkle and humor, radiance and magnetism” and hailed for “a voice equally velvety up and down the registers”, is widely regarded as an artist of great versatility, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. She has collaborated with many of the leading figures in early music, including Andrew Lawrence King, Julianne Baird, Tempeste di Mare, The King’s Noyse, Paul O’Dette, Chatham Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, The New York Collegium, Voices of Music, Brandywine Baroque, Trinity Consort, and Piffaro – The Renaissance Band. She has been heard at the Boston, Connecticut, Berkeley and Indianapolis Early Music Festivals, at the Oregon and Philadelphia Bach Festivals under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, at the Carmel Bach Festival under Bruno Weil, and in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in concerts of Bach and Handel. With the Philadelphia Orchestra she appeared as Mrs. Nordstrom in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. December 2003 marked her Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus and in December 2011 appeared in the acclaimed staged production of the same work with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Maestro Honeck. A native of Rochester NY, she holds her Bachelors degree from SUNY Geneseo and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and Voice Performance from Temple University.
 
 

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Ashley Hibbard, Mezzo-Soprano, hails from Miami, FL. She has most recently performed the roles of Siebel from Gounod’s Faust, Third Lady from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. She had her debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2011 as the alto soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. She also performed this work with the Asheville Symphony in November 2011, and returned to ASO in April 2013 as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. She has also performed with the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah, as well as Rochester area performances of Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D & St. John’s Passion. She will be performing with the Finger Lakes Choral Festival in July 2014 as an alto soloist in two Bach cantatas. Ashley enjoys new music and has premiered several works & recordings, some of which include – Cary Ratcliffe’s Eleni (June 2014), Carson Cooman’s In Beauty Walking with the chamber string ensemble Gibbs and Main, and Liza Seigido’s Lamentos de un Presidiario. She performed again with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2014 in Hanson’s Merry Mount as Plentiful Tewke, and had her debut at Carnegie Hall with this piece in May. She received her B.M. from Florida International University under Robert Dundas and her M.M. from Eastman under Robert Swensen. Ashley currently resides in Rochester, NY with her husband, Trevor.
 
 
 

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Pablo Bustos, Tenor, has recently appeared in solo concert performances including: Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia , conducted by Ton Koopman with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, Mozart's Requiem with the Gregory Kunde Chorale, the Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion with the Voices Ensemble, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Fort Street Chorale and Orchestra, Detroit, MI. Upcoming concert performances include: world premiere of Jennifer Bellor's Christabel, Handel's Ultrecht Te Deum and Jubilate, with David Chin, and Handel's Messiah with the Fort Street Chorale and Orchestra. Recent operatic engagements include: Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, the Witch in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflӧte with Opera Theatre of Weston. Under the auspices of the early music ensemble La Donna Musicale has participated in two modern premieres, singing the role of Scipione in Maria Teresa Agnesi’s La Sofonisba and the role of Il Padre in Camilla de Rossi’s Il Figliuol Prodigo, opposite Julianne Baird singing the role of La Madre.

Mr. Bustos’s discography includes: The Lutheran Masses and Advent Cantatas of J. S. Bach with the Publick Musick Baroque Orchestra and Chorus (Musica Omnia). In 2006, Mr. Bustos was a finalist in the Philadelphia Bach Festival’s International Bach Aria Competition. He currently resides in Rochester, NY, where he continues to study with soprano Rita Shane. He is the Organist/Director of Music Ministry at the Reformation Lutheran Church, as well as Adjunct Voice Professor for the Liberal Arts College of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Pablo Bustos is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he received both his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Vocal Performance.
 
 

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Eric Trumpowsky, Bass, born and raised in Rochester, is a versatile, highly sought-after oratorio and concert vocalist. He has performed with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus, in such diverse pieces as Benjamin Britten's Cantata Academica, Joseph Haydn's The Seasons, and Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater. He is a frequent soloist for the Eastman-Rochester Chorus Summer Sings Program, most recently performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has also performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra at Cornell University, Rochester Oratorio Society, SUNY Geneseo College Choir and Orchestra, St. Lawrence University Chorus and Orchestra, and numerous church choirs in the western New York area.

Mr. Trumpowsky received his Bachelor of Music degree and performer’s certificate from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, where he studied voice, music education and choral conducting. He received the Olive Dillenbeck Goodrich Memorial Award as the school's foremost voice student. He also earned a Masters’ Degree from Stetson University. A career music educator, he has taught music in the East Irondequoit School District for over 20 years, focusing specifically on music education and choral singing for young students. He is now in his 11th season as the music director of the Irondequoit Chorale. Past directing positions include choir director at Salem United Church of Christ in Rochester, John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Henrietta, and music director of the Henrietta Community Chorale. He is the past-president of the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium, an organization of choral directors and groups in the Rochester area. Eric currently resides in Greece with his wife, Terry, and their children, Ryan and Hannah.



Meet the Accompanists
 

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Dr. Ines Draskovic has performed throughout Europe and United States. she is a graduate of University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Yugoslavia), Ithaca College (MM) and Eastman School of Music (DMA). Her teachers include Alexei Nasedkin, Phiroze Mehta and Rebecca Penneys. Dr. Draskovic has won several piano competitions, including the Ithaca College Concerto Competition, Republic of Serbia Piano Competition and Piano Competition in Stresa, Italy, where she was a finalist. She has participated in festivals and masterclasses in Europe and United States (Colorado). Formerly a faculty member at Ithaca College, Dr. Draskovic is currently teaching at the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY. In addition to her solo career, she performs regularly with the Finger Lakes Chorale and College Singers.