The Warren C. Crandell Annual Recital for Donors
Each year we invite our donors to an Opera Guild recital as a thank-you for making our work possible. We have chosen to rename this event in honor of a loyal donor,
Warren C. Crandell, whose recent generous bequest in his will has enabled us to continue our grants to opera companies in the region, including Finger Lakes Opera, Syracuse Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and opera at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our 2023 Annual Recital for Donors was held at the First Unitarian Church on May 21. The performance featured soprano Jessica Moss, accompanied by Rebecca Golub.
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Click on image to see soprano Jessica Moss perform Puccini's much-loved, Quando m'en vo.
Lyric soprano Jessica Moss has performed as soloist with the Amalfi Coast Festival in Italy, the Miami Music Festival, Northern Lights Opera, Houston Operativo, and the Peabody Conservatory Opera in leading roles including Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, and Cendrillon in Viardot’s Cendrillon; and in scenes programs as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Antonia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Nedda in Pagliacci, and the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. She was Grand Prize winner in the Charleston Symphony Young Artists Competition, First Place winner in the NATS Regional Competition, and a finalist in the Hal Leonard Art Song Competition and Civic Morning Musical Competition. An avid recitalist, she has appeared on the concert stage as soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Debussy’s Proses Lyriques and the complete Italienisches Liederbuch of Hugo Wolf.
With creative skills in artistic entrepreneurship and a strong desire to contribute to her community, Jessica spent several years in Houston, TX, where she performed in operas and recitals, and gave concerts benefitting local charities, while at the same time earning a reputation as a master teacher and clinician for both beginning and advanced singers. She recently relocated to Rochester, NY, where she maintains a thriving online vocal studio and is preparing new opera repertoire for the fall ’22 audition season.
Jessica has participated in master classes led by Metropolitan Opera singers Ben Heppner, Michael Sylvester, Erie Mills, and Jonathan Beyer, and Eastman School of Music professor, Jan Opalach. She holds the M.M. degree in Vocal Performance from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and a B.S. in Music Performance from Roberts Wesleyan University as a student of Constance Fee.
Collaborative pianist Rebecca Golub is currently an adjunct Professor in RIT's College of Liberal Arts, where she teaches private piano lessons and serves as the pianist for their university choir. She is finalizing her DMA in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music with a minor in Vocal Coaching at Eastman, where she studies with Dr. Andrew Harley. Rebeca holds an MM in Collaborative Piano from CU Boulder, and a BM from Esatman. This summer, she is thrilled to be joining the faculty of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival as head vocal coach and collaborative pianist of the Opera Workshop.