American baritone Andrew Garland has been saluted by The New York Times as having a “distinctly American presence” with a “big voice” who is “an able and comfortable performer, and a sincere one,” and by Opera News as having “coloratura [which] bordered on the phenomenal as he dashed through the music’s intricacies with his warm baritone, offering plenty of elegance and glamour in his smooth acting.”

Garland is best known for his highly communicative style of singing. Equally at home in opera, concert, and recital, he brings to each genre a powerful voice and extremely sensitive delivery.

On Mr. Garland’s presentation of Lee Hoiby’s I Was There, the composer commented: “I have performed these same songs with several professional baritones of stature, and none has brought more depth of musical understanding than did Andrew Garland. Quite apart from the special beauty of his voice is his distinctive feeling for the musical line.

He pulls the listener irresistibly into the music. In my judgment, he is a rare talent, and I expect him to enjoy an important career.” Mr. Garland is the winner of the Lavinia Jensen Competition, Washington International Music Competition, American Traditions Competition, the William C. Byrd Competition, the Opera Columbus Competition, NATS New England competition and was a prize winner in the Jose Iturb and Montreal International Music Competitions and McCammon, Gerda Lissner and Palm Beach Opera competitions.

Mr. Garland is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers and coaches have included Penelope Bitzas, William McGraw, Paulina Stark, John Humphrey, Oren Brown, Elizabeth Mannion, Martin Katz, Donna Loewy, Kenneth Griffiths and Terry Lusk.

Rachelle Jonck received her musical training at the Conservatory of
the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa where she received her degree majoring in both piano and musicology.

In her native country she was awarded an FNB/Vita award for her contribution to opera in South Africa and the Nederburg Opera Prize – South Africa’s premier opera award. In 1998 Rachelle moved to New York City where her private coaching studio includes established professionals whose careers take them to the largest opera houses of the world, and younger singers still on the verge of a professional career.

Her recital appearances in the United States include Weill Recital Hall, Opera America, the Bard Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival (Peterborough, NH), Music Mountain (Falls Village, CT), Van Cliburn Concerts (Fort Worth, TX), National Gallery Recitals (Washington, DC), Art Song of Williamsburg (VA), and the Dame Myra Hess broadcast concert series (Chicago, IL).

She has appeared multiple times as a guest on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. Her recording Gabriel Fauré: 30 Mélodies (with tenor Steven Tharp) was released in 2015.

As a conductor she most recently lead performances of Rossini’s La gazza ladra (Teatro Nuovo) and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Baltimore Concert Opera).

In March 2020 Rachelle co-founded Bel Canto Boot Camp to support singers during the pandemic. BCBC’s signature Vaccai Project inspired (and continues to inspire) hundreds of singers and teachers all over the world. These days BCBC is a place for both singers and lovers of singing to meet and share ideas.

Andrew Garland &
Rachelle Jonck

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th at 7:30 pm

(Performance Insights at 6:30 pm)

Bethel United Methodist Church

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