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Professional Quartet

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A quartet of professional singers provides the choral music for the early Sunday morning service and joins the choir for the later service during the church year.

Elena Batman, soprano, holds the Master of Music degree from University of Northern Colorado and the Doctorate of Music from Northwestern University. She performed the role of Carlotta in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway for 5 years, on the National tour for one year and in Las Vegas for 2 years. Her opera credits include major roles with New York City Opera, Connecticut Opera, Anchorage Opera and Colorado Little Theater of the Rockies. Concert work includes appearances at Ravinia Festival, and with ensembles throughout the USA. Awards include the MacAllister Award and Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional Finalist.

Laura Sauer, mezzo-soprano, received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice and Opera Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music where she is presently pursuing a doctorate in musicology. Additional training includes studies at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria as well as with many prominent conductors, directors and coaches. Her professional engagements include Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera and the Castleton Festival (with Loren Mazel).

She has won such prestigious awards as the Bravo Award from the Bel Canto Foundation, the American Friends of Austria Competition, the Eckstein Endowed Music Scholar and the Des Moines Opera Anne Larson Award.

Christopher Windle, tenor, is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where he is conductor of the Women’s Choir. He recently received his Master of Music in conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, and his Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. His extensive conducting experience includes a graduate assistantship at Temple University, staff conductor with the Pennsylvania Girlschoir, assistant conductor of the Children’s Chorus for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, assistant director of Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD, internship with Troubadours (boychoir) of Northfield Youth Choirs in MN, He also served as Assistant Director of Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD, was an intern with Maryland State Boychoir, and an intern with  Singing City (Philadelphia).

His choral singing experiences include such prestigious ensembles as The Crossing (Philadelphia), the Temple University Concert Choir, St. Clements Church Choir (Philadelphia), Philadelphia Singers Chorale, South Dakota Chorale and St. Olaf Choir.

Dan Richardson, bass, has sung roles with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Louisiana, Des Moines Opera, Sarasota Opera and Lyric Opera's "Opera in the Neighborhoods." He is a graduate of Simpson College, Iowa.