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Praised for her “clarion upper range and delicate tone,” soprano Kim Lamoureux is a dynamic and versatile artist based in the Boston metro area. Kim has performed with many companies across New England, including Odyssey Opera, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Lowell House Opera, NEMPAC, Opera del West, Opera51, The Savoyard Light Opera Company, the Concord Orchestra, Riverside Theater Works, the Hanover Theater, and many more. Recent favorite engagements include Stéphano in Romeo and Juliet (Fight Captain), Adele in Die Fledermaus, and The Little Blue One in the world premiere of The Little Blue One.
As a pedagogue, Kim maintains a full time studio where she teaches voice students of all ages and ability levels, as well as beginning piano for young children. Kim has appeared as a guest lecturer and recitalist at Gordon College, and served as a Theater Outreach Specialist for The New England Gilbert and Sullivan Societry, Drama Director for the JCC Kaleidoscope Camp, and Music Director for Break-A-Leg Productions. She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Rising Stars Productions, a performing arts initiative designed to bring arts education and enrichment to the communities of the greater Boston area.
Kim currently teaches at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA and is on the Board of Directors with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Additionally, she enjoys performing semi-staged concerts of Musical Theater and Operetta with her trio, Bella and the Fellas.
Master of Music with Distinction, Longy School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude, Gordon College
A lifelong musician, Boston-based soprano Ellen Allen is a versatile singer whose performance credits encompass oratorio, opera, recital, and chamber works. Recent solo credits include Poulenc’s Gloria with the MetroWest Choral Artists; Caterina in Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz with the MetroWest Choral Artists; BWV 10 and selections from Mozart’s Davidde Penitente with Calliope; various chamber recitals with Calliope’s Ensemble-in-Residence program; and scenes from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (First Lady) and Rameau’s Les Boreades (Alphise) with Calliope. Other solo credits include selections from Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Michael Haydn’s Missa St. Aloysius, Bruckner’s Te Deum (cover), Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C, Coronation Mass in C, and Missa Brevis in G, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (cover), Haydn’s Heiligmesse, and Fauré’s Requiem. She has performed both as a soloist and chorister with many Boston area ensembles, including the MetroWest Choral Artists, Calliope, Calliope’s Ensemble-In-Residence program, the Harvard Early Music Society, the MIT Women’s Chorale, and the Gordon College Symphonic Chorale.
Ellen is an active pedagogue, educator, and music director. She maintains a full-time studio of voice, violin, and piano students of all ages and levels, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She is the co-founder and music director of Rising Stars Productions, a performing arts education organization for youth based in Reading, MA, and the director of Grace Notes, an all-girls chamber choir based on the North Shore. She has also served as a guest teaching artist at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston, and as the lead vocal coach for the Newburyport Nock Middle School’s 2011 production of West Side Story.
Master of Music in Voice Performance, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Teaching Artist Certificate, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, summa cum laude, Gordon College
Ashley is a Triple Threat performer and educator, with a strong background in Dance, Voice, and Acting. A native of the Boston area, she obtained her BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University in NYC. Upon relocating back to Boston, she pursued a graduate degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and is now pursuing a teaching career, as well as a performance career in live music. She currently owns and runs her own music instruction business based out of her home town in Sudbury, MA, and fronts a handful of bands, including an acoustic Led Zeppelin Orchestra. Ashley has a strong background in dance, including training at the Boston Ballet School, and Jeannette Neill’s in Boston. Ashley focuses on crafting solid actor-singers who are strong and capable movers onstage with a firm foundation in classical dance technique. Her motto? “If you can move, you can DANCE!”
Carla Maniscalco-Giovinco is a Boston based soprano performing a diverse array of repertoire. Most recently she has appeared with North Shore Music Theater, MetroWest Opera, the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, New England Light Opera & Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and Longwood Opera. Carla holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, and a Masters and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.
During her performance studies she developed a love of all aspects of theater, which led her to production management. Carla feels that working behind the scenes can be just as rewarding as being in the spotlight. She has experience working on wardrobe, run crew and stage management with several regional companies, NEMPAC Opera, North Shore Music Theater, and Opera del West being among them. Working on all aspects of a production from the initial idea to the final execution is thrilling and exhilarating.
Ms. Maniscalco-Giovinco is a music educator with a flourishing private studio, where she uses her on stage experiences as well as a strong technical foundation to help her students develop their talents. At Rising Stars Productions she is able to do just that!
Sam Nelson was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and held his first church organist position at the age of 12. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Gordon College in 2011 under the tutelage of Dr. Roy Brunner and Mr. Douglas Marshall. While at Gordon, Sam played “Samuel” in the Gordon Music Department’s 2011 production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” Sam graduated from Boston University in May of 2018 with a Master of Music degree in organ performance where he studied organ, continuo, and the lost art of organ transcription with Peter Sykes. Sam is known for his lively interpretations of the French Romantic genre as well as the works of J.S. Bach, with his critics saying, “That’s not how Bach would’ve played it!”
Sam has held the position of Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynnfield since 2013 where he directs the choir and coordinates the St. Paul’s Concert Series. In addition to his work at the organ, Sam has been a freelance accompanist in the Boston area for over ten years and has been an accompanist with Rising Stars since 2015.
When he isn’t playing organ, Sam has served as Tour Manager and Organ Technician for Cameron Carpenter and the International Touring Organ and console technician for Marshall & Ogletree, LLC. He has also been the keyboard player for the local wedding band, Somerset, since 2009.
Dr. Anna Carr is currently working as a vocal coach, accompanist, soprano, and teacher in the Boston area, including work at Boston University and the Handel and Haydn Society. Having recently completed her DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, she also holds an MM in Collaborative Piano from Boston University, and a BA in Music from Principia College. In Champaign, Anna was a professional piano accompanist and coach, and sang many roles in the University of Illinois opera program, including debuting an opera completed in 2012. She has been a member of the St Louis Symphony Chorus as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with the BSO, and most recently, was a Bella Voce Award recipient through the Bel Canto Foundation
Nicholas Pothier is a New Hampshire based pianist and coach. He has served as music director/coach for Opera Breve’s opera scenes program in Wichita Falls, Texas, and at Opera NEO in San Diego, California as repetiteur for Cosi Fan Tutte, Armide (Gluck), and as music director for various opera and cabaret scenes. Nicholas is a member of “Bella and the Fellas,” a trio based in the Greater Boston area which presents touring semi-staged productions of scenes from operetta and musical theatre. Favorite musical directing credits include: Pippin, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Mary Poppins, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other operatic experience includes Hansel and Gretel, Ophelia Forever (Amy Beth Kirsten), Pique Dame, The Mikado, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cendrillon (Massenet).
Nicholas has taught piano for over 13 years, both in New Hampshire and Maryland. As a freelance musician, he frequently plays for local school choirs, pit orchestras, and symphony orchestras. Some of his favorite performances are as a recitalist, as both collaborative and solo pianist. Nicholas is currently a staff pianist and coach at Plymouth State University, a lecturer in piano and staff pianist/coach at Saint Anselm College, and the Minister of Music/Organist for St. Christopher’s Church in Hampstead, NH.
Nicholas completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying from Peabody Conservatory under Eileen Cornett. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of New Hampshire, studying with Arlene Kies. Beyond life at the piano, Nicholas has worked and performed as a cellist and singer, and currently sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale.
Long-time lover of musical theater, having been born and raised just north of New York City, Emily Jones is excited for the opportunity to once again accompany the Rising Stars North Theater Intensive this June. Emily works as a private piano instructor out of her home in Beverly, MA, as well as the Worship Director at Cornerstone Church in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Most recently, she has organized, hosted and accompanied Grace Notes Homeschool Girls Choir, directed by Ellen Allen, for the past 3 years. Emily has been playing piano since the age of 5 and cello since the age of 6 and enjoys the opportunity to play both anytime she is able. While most of her theater experience has been playing cello in the pit orchestra, she is looking forward to gaining more experience in the theater world as a staff accompanist. Emily holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and B.A. in Music, concentration in cello, from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Most of her time these days is spent as a homeschooling mom to 2 children, ages 15 and 13.
Jennifer, 21, was born in Jaffrey, NH, and has been playing piano since the age of 10, benefitting from the instruction of four wonderful teachers throughout her life. She has even had the opportunity to teach a couple beginners herself. She enjoys playing a diverse variety of music—from Baroque to Classical to Ragtime to Jazz to Musical Theatre to Pop songs. She also has an undying passion for all theatre, as well as singing and dancing. She loves accompanying, and has accompanied for her local church regularly, and for a Homeschool Theatre Program.
A rising senior at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, she will soon complete her B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature with a double minor in Music Performance and French. After college, she aspires to continue her studies and work as a writer and pianist. She is currently working as an intern for Panorama and Art New England at New Venture Media Group in Boston. This summer, she is also thrilled for the opportunity to join Rising Stars Productions for the first time as a Junior Staff Accompanist.
Hannah Gould, 17, is brand new to Rising Stars Production, but she is no stranger to the stage. Hannah began taking dance classes at the age of four at Paula Meola Dance (PMD) in Sterling, MA. Let’s just say that when Hannah stepped on the stage for the first time, she certainly wasn’t shy! Hannah danced for a number of years at PMD and as a young teen, she began to explore other areas of the performing arts including acting and singing. She fell in love with all things related to the theater. Hannah has been in over twenty theatrical productions ranging from PMD’s yearly production of The Nutcracker to playing Yente in Fiddler On The Roof at the Hanover Theatre Youth Summer Program, to stage-managing her high school’s yearly Class Plays, to writing and performing her own shows, to choreographing routines in several musicals (and one play) at her high school, to having a featured dance role as Simon of Legree in The King and I. Hannah has truly done it all! Hannah recently finished doing a stage manager’s internship with Rivers’ Edge Players in Hudson, MA, where she once again fell in love with working as a stage manager. Hannah just graduated from Nashoba Regional High School and will be attending the University of Vermont’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and hopes to minor in Theater or in Dance. She is very excited to be able to work with Rising Stars Productions this summer!