Music News

Live in Concert! The Senior High Revelation Choir, June 21, 7:30 PM, free admission, and all are welcome. This 80-member choir is made up of high school youth from Custer Road UMC, Plano, TX. The concert will be a reflection on the image of water found in the Bible. A variety of music styles will range from Beethoven to Rap, and include a brief skit, Scripture readings, and choreography (click this link for a performance from the choir’s 2017 tour: Also, please join us for a potluck dinner with the choir, and St. John’s will provide the main entree: gluten-free green chile, cheese enchilada casserole, chicken and veggie!  Please let us know you’re coming by sign up in the Narthex (sanctuary foyer) and indicate what side-dish or dessert you plan to bring. Mark your calendars… you will not want to miss this!

Santa Fe Opera Apprentices in Worship at St. John's - Summer 2018

Beginning July 8, apprentices from the Santa Fe Opera will share their talents with our community during worship at St. John's. Come join us each Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 AM to be blessed by their voices as they soar through the sanctuary!

Apprentices from Summer - 2017:

Tracy Cantin: July 2

Returning soprano Tracy Cantin from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, earned her Bachelor of Music  in Voice from University of Alberta, her Master of Music in Voice from Western University, and an Artists Diploma from McGill University.  A recent graduate of the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cantin made her debut as Anna Bolena when she stepped in for Sondra Rodvanovsky for the closing night performance.  Also for the Lyric, Cantin appeared as Berta in "The Barber of Seville," and 5th Maid in "Elektra."  Last season marked her Canadian debut as Chrysothemis in "Elektra" with Edmonton Opera.  This summer, Tracy cover’s the title role in "Alcina."

Carlos Enrique Santelli, July 9

Returning tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli, from Orlando, FL, is a Domingo-Colburn-Stein young artist with LA Opera.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  In 2013, he was a Gerdine Young Artist with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he covered Frederic in "The Pirates of Penzance." He most recently appeared as the Fourth Jew in LA Opera's production of "Salome." In the summer of 2016, he was an apprentice singer with the Santa Fe Opera where he will return this summer to sing Arturo in "Lucia di Lammermoor."

Sarah Coit, July 16

Second-year mezzo-soprano Sarah Coit is a native of Spring Hill, FL. She is a recent graduate of the Utah Opera Resident Artist Program where she sang the roles of Mercédès "Carmen," Zerlina "Don Giovanni," and the Shepherd/White Cat/Squirrel L’Enfant "et les sortilèges" with the Utah Symphony. She was a National Semi-Finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Sarah holds degrees in Music Studies and Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan.  This season at The Santa Fe Opera Sarah will sing Alisa "Lucia di Lammermoor" and cover Laurene in "The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs."

Nathan Milholin, July 23

Nathan Milholin, baritone from Greensboro, NC, recently completed his third year as Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Roles performed at AVA include Leporello "Don Giovanni," Méphistophélès "Faust," and Colline "La Bohème," among others. Last season, he debuted as Don Magnifico "La Cenerentola" with Opera in the Heights. Mr. Milholin completed his graduate and undergraduate studies at Yale School of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts respectively. Past appearances include Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and the Castleton Festival.  This season at The Santa Fe Opera, Nathan covers Frank in "Die Fledermaus."

Richard Smagur, July 30
First year tenor Richard Smagur, a 2017 Metropolitan Opera Council Audition National Winner, received an M.M. from Indiana University, where he was awarded the 2015–16 Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship.  Richard has performed "Elijah" with the Tucson Desert Song Festival and "Tamino" with OK Mozart. At Indiana University, he has sung the title role of Peter Grimes, Pinkerton in "Madama Butterfly," Don José in "Carmen"and others.  He has also covered des Grieux in "Manon" at Des Moines Metro Opera and participated in the Ravinia Steans Music Institute as a vocal fellow.  This season at SFO, Richard sings Prince Gvidon in "The Golden Cockerel."

Pascale Spinney, August 6

Second-year Mezzo-soprano Pascale Spinney grew up in Montréal where she obtained her Master’s degree from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.  Since then, she has been a resident artist with the Montréal and Vancouver Operas. Roles in her repertory include Hansel, "Cherubino," Jeanne Mance, "Stéphano," Gertrude, Kate Pinkerton and Dorabella.  This past season Pascale has been awarded the Vancouver Opera Foundation Kurt Sickert Scholarship, and as a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has been a recipient of the Mrs Edgar Tobin National Award.  Pascale covers Ruggiero in "Alcina" this season at The Santa Fe Opera.