Adellyn Mae Geenen is a passionate storyteller, both on the operatic and concert stage. This summer, she performed Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Chicago Summer Opera. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Geenen also played Ida in a reimagined production of Die Fledermaus and Tracy in Bruce Trinkley’s Baby Shower. Recently, she participated in the Detroit Opera’s production, Aida: In Concert. As she continues her musical career, Adellyn hopes to continue performing contemporary and canon works and bringing classical music to a wider audience.
Adellyn recently graduated from the University of Michigan with her Bachelors in Vocal Performance and minors in English and Italian and is currently applying to graduate school to continue her vocal training.
Andrew NeerMusic Director & Conductor
American conductor, Andrew Neer, was born in Tucker, Georgia and currently resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is quickly becoming known for his dynamic and expressive conducting style. His focus has been to educate and expand appreciation of music. He believes that at the heart of everything, music is the soul of America and provides transformative experiences for those performing and participating in the audience.
Living in Michigan for most of his life, he is thrilled to join the Macomb Symphony Orchestra family. He attended Central Michigan University (CMU) studying Composition, Trumpet and Music Theatre Performance. Following his time at CMU, he obtained two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting, respectively, from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. His composition experience ranges from that of the art song to film scores.
In the summer 2013, he was invited to conduct Verdi’s La Traviata for Michigan Opera Theatre’s community programs, receiving high acclaim. In early 2016, he embarked on an international conducting career, appearing with orchestras in Romania and Bulgaria. He is honored to study privately with orchestral conductor & mentor Kenneth Kiesler. In the Fall of 2020, Andrew began Doctoral Studies in Orchestral Conducting at the world-renown University of Michigan. In addition to working with orchestras, Mr. Neer has been honored to lead choruses and conduct operas in and around Metropolitan Detroit.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Bass-baritone Joshua Thomas started singing in his home church of Petra AME and instantly fell in love with music. He completed his Undergraduate Studies in Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University under the studies of Dr. Brandon Hendrickson. Currently, he is in the tail end of his 2nd year of his Master of Music at the University of Michigan studying under Professor Stephen West. Upcoming performances include Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le Baili in Massenet’s Werther at the University of Michigan. In addition to a return to Des Moines Metro Opera as an Apprentice Artist for this coming summer.
Oakland Choral SocietyChorus
Shuntaro Sugie hails from San Diego, California, and is a pianist, harpsichordist, and fortepianist. Shuntaro is active worldwide performing all around the United States, Europe, and Japan. Recent engagements include the Schlosskonzerte in Bad Krozingen, Germany and the Fringe Concerts as part of the Utrecht Early Music Festival in the Netherlands. Prior studies at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, he is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Trevor Scott (tenor) is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance under the direction of Professor Stanford Olsen at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under Professor Robert Swensen. He is excited to perform the role of Don Ottavio in UM Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni on March 23-26. In addition, he’s looking forward to being a studio artist this summer at the Chautauqua Opera Company, where he’ll be performing in their productions of Sweeney Todd and La Tragédie de Carmen. In September, he was selected as one of nine vocal fellows in SMTD’s prestigious American Song Institute, where he studied for four days with renowned baritone Thomas Hampson. Last summer, he participated in the Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico, where he sang several leading roles in their opera scenes. Recent operatic roles include the Schoolmaster/Mosquito in Cunning Little Vixen (UM Opera Theatre), Rev. Rankin in Adolphus Hailstork’s Rise for Freedom (UMOT), The Lyric Tenor in Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco (Eastman Opera Theatre), and Little Victor Farrel in Kevin Puts’ Elizabeth Cree (EOT). He also currently works as a professional singer at Christ Church Grosse Pointe under the direction of Scott Hanoian, where he regularly sings as a soloist. Trevor is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and is an avid cyclist; this summer, he is planning to bike from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula!
- Mar 05 2023
- 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Go for Baroque: Handel, Alexander’s Feast
Join your Macomb Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andrew Neer as they welcome Oakland Choral Society as we all Go for Baroque with Handel: Alexander’s Feast or the Power of Music.
General: $24 | Senior: $20 | Student: $12