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Competition Finalists Biographies


Vocal Competition Finalists Biographies

Kim Leeds

Kim Leeds is a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory with her MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance. She has appeared as a soloist in numerous concert performances, most recently in Mozart Requiem with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, as Irene in Handel's Theodora with Music at Marsh Chapel, in Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil and Zelenka's Te Deum with Cantata Singers, and in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Harvard Pro Musica. As a choral artist, she has toured Italy and Germany with the Junges Stuttgart Bach Ensemble under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, performed with the Berwick Chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival, and toured Eastern Germany under the direction of Helmuth Rilling with the Weimar Bach Academy.



Jacques-Olivier Chartier

Quebec tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier is known for his beautiful voice and elegant style, acclaimed for the “poise and pathos” he brought to recent performances as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. A recent graduate from Opéra de Montréal’s Young Artists Program, 27-year-old Jacques-Olivier has studied with Andreas Scholl at both the Musick Akademie der Stadt Basel and the Britten Pears School of Music. He is a frequent guest artist with Les Violons du Roy and Vancouver Early Music, and recently toured with Orchestre Metropolitain under Yannick Nézet Séguin as Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. This season, Jacques-Olivier looks forward to Mozart Requiem in his hometown with Maestro Jacques Lacombe and the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois- Rivieres.


Jonathan Woody

Called "charismatic" and "riveting" by The New York Times, bass-baritone Jonathan Woody is a sought-after performer of early and new music across the United States. He is a member of the Grammy®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and has performed in recent seasons with New York Baroque Incorporated, Bach Collegium San Diego, Nashville Symphony, Pegasus Early Music, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Carmel Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Opera Lafayette, New Amsterdam Presents, and Beth Morrison Productions. Jonathan holds degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, and McGill University, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.



Johanna Bronk

Johanna Bronk, mezzo-soprano, hails from Oakland, California. She has been a soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival, American Bach Soloists Festival, Styriarte Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, and with Bach Collegium San Diego, Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and West Edge Opera. Opera credits include title roles in Handel Ariodante and Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Nerone in Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea, Telemaco in Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, and Ottone in Handel Agrippina. Johanna’s passion for singing spans most genres, though her soul resides in baroque and German romantic repertoire, and for dancing, music from the Balkans. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.



Zach Finkelstein

“Compelling tenor” (The New York Times) Zach Finkelstein has quickly established
himself as a leading tenor soloist in North America and abroad, from Koerner Hall to
Lincoln Center, and from London’s Sadler’s Wells to the National Arts Center in
Beijing, China. He is known for his “refined” and “elegant” (
Vancouver Observer)
interpretation of Bach, Mozart, and Handel, performing as a soloist with the Seattle
Symphony, Nova Scotia Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Toronto Mendelsohn Choir,
Mark Morris Dance Group, Early Music Vancouver, Music of the Baroque, Pacific
Musicworks, Philharmonia Baroque, and Handel and Haydn Society.


Brian Giebler

Hailed as "most impressive... with bright, clear tone and lively personality" (The New York Times), tenor Brian Giebler performs nationwide as a soloist and chamber musician. Brian has been commended as a “faultless high tenor” (Seattle Times) with “great elegance of tone and phrasing” (Baltimore Sun). He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai with the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and his Lincoln Center solo debut in Handel’s Messiah with Trinity Wall Street. Recent solo engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Telemann’s Day of Judgment with the American Classical Orchestra, and at the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was a 2015 Virginia Best Adams Fellow.


Jeremy Ludwig

Baritone Jeremy Ludwig performs regularly on concert and opera stages across Canada.  He has appeared as a soloist with numerous choirs and orchestras across Ontario in performances of the major choral works of Handel, Mozart, and Bach. Recent opera credits include principal roles with Brott Opera, Cowtown Opera, and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Jeremy has appeared as a finalist in a number of international vocal competitions, including the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition and the Oratorio Society of New York Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition.


Andrew Rader

Countertenor Andrew Rader has performed on three continents. He was the cover for the three countertenors in Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the LA Philharmonic. Other work includes Bach St. John Passion; Purcell Come, Ye Sons of ArtFire and Ice: Michelangelo the Writer; Vivaldi Gloria; Bernstein Chichester Psalms; Vecchi L’Amfiparnaso; and Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah. Competition successes include the 2015 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition (2nd prize), 2015 Handel Aria Competition of the Madison Early Music Festival (2nd prize), 2011 Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award (3rd prize), and 2014 Orpheus National Vocal Competition (3rd prize).


David Rugger

Baritone David Rugger is currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. David has participated in the Virginia Adams Best Vocal Masterclass (of the Carmel Bach Festival) and the American Bach Soloists Academy. David studied voice with Patricia, Steven Rickards, Robert Harrison, and Davis Hart. As a scholar, David is interested in the vocal music of J.S. Bach, and in Voice Studies, which is an emergent, interdisciplinary field that explores the way in which voice-operating across metaphorical, textual, and material registers-both creates and destabilizes systems of meaning and identity.