Denise Gulley, Soprano,
Ms. Gulley, called “a performer with particular grace” is a founding member of the professional vocal quartet Classical FX. CFX has traveled and sung concerts uplifting audiences throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and Mexico for over a decade. Singing with the Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Washington Concert Opera, she has appeared onstage in approximately 60 productions. Her roles for WNO include a Grisette in the 50th Anniversary Gala Trilogy with Placido Domingo, First Bridesmaid in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Anna Netrebko and as Ancelli in the production of Wolf-Ferrari’s Sly while on tour with the company in Japan. Principal roles in other venues include The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Versatile as an artist, she has also performed music theater and operetta roles; Julie Jordan in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel and Liane in Victor Herbert’s Sweethearts among them. Oratorio repetoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and The Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Rutter. Competition highlights: finalist in the Vocal Arts Discovery Series, winning Maryland State and Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS and the NVMTA (Northern VA Music Teachers Assoc. Vocal Division) including an appearance with The McLean Symphony.
Ms. Gulley, an “almost” native Northern Virginian, sings at St. Ann’s Church in Washington, DC, teaches voice privately and works part time at Praxis, Inc.
Terri Erchul Malone, Mezzo Soprano
Ms. Malone is a professional classical singer in the Washington, DC area. In addition to being part of the Classical FX quartet (which performs opera, art song, Broadway, spirituals, jazz, and popular music in the Washington area to as far away as Mexico), she has also been singing with the Washington National Opera since 1998, including minor roles in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Merry Widow. She has also sung with the Wolftrap Opera Company and the Washington Concert Opera. Her oratorio solo appearances include such works as Durufle’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Rorem’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia. She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and in Washington at National City Christian Church, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with the Cathedral Choral Society, and for the American Guild of Organists. She is a frequent duo and solo recitalist, and is featured on several recordings.
Ms. Malone hails from Milwaukee, WI, is married to Dr. Patrick Malone (professor at American University and retired Navy officer) and is the mother of 3 amazing girls. She is a Vice President at Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Tim Augustin, Tenor
The Washington Post describes American tenor Timothy Augustin as an “outstanding performer” who possesses a “particularly lovely voice,” and audiences everywhere liken him to “champagne singing.” Hailed for his artistry, Tim has won numerous awards and competitions including The Washington International Competition for Singers. He was a finalist in the New Tang Dynasty International Vocal Competition, the Leo Slezak International Singing Competition, a national finalist in the Ryan Opera Center for American Artists of the Lyric Opera of Chicago auditions, winner of several awards from The Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, and a recipient of many other honors.
Tim has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, on all of the stages at The Kennedy Center in Washington, The Mormon Tabernacle, and The Ordway Theater in St. Paul. His television appearances include ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, The CBS Morning Show and ABC’s World News Tonight. Radio broadcasts include the tenor soloist in the world premiere of Nick White’s Full Freedom at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall which was broadcast on NPR.
Matthew J Minor, Bass- Baritone
This native of Washington, D.C. made his operatic debut in 1986 as Simon in Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha” at the Kennedy Center. In 1987 Mr. Minor traveled to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia to be featured as Jim in “Porgy and Bess” with the Spoleto Festival. Subsequently with Opera Americana, he created the role of Amasa Delano in the World Premiere of Stephen Burton’s “Benito Cereno”. Also with Opera Americana he performed the roles of Mr. Medbourne in Stephen Burton’s “Dr. Heideggar’s Experiment”, and King Balthazar in Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and The Night Visitors”. During a two year World Tour with the Houston Grand Opera’s production of “Porgy and Bess”, Mr. Minor was featured in the roles of Jim, and the undertaker in such opera houses as Teatro alla Scala – Milan, Italy and Opera Bastille, Paris. He was also featured in performances at Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, San Diego Opera, and Seattle Opera. Mr. Minor has also performed the role of Archibald Grosvenor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience” with The Washington Savoyards. He was featured in the role of Running Bear in the childrens opera, “The Thunder of Horses”, presented by The Washington Opera, and in the role of Polonius in Amboise Thomas’ “Hamlet” with Washington Concert Opera. Other roles include Masetto in “Don Giovanni”, Henry in “Lucia di Lammermore”, and Papegano in “Magic Flute”, performed with Opera D.C. In the spring of 2007 he performed the role of the Corporal in the Washington National Opera’s production of “La Filled du Regiment”. His vast concert repertoire includes performances of Handel’s “Messiah”, Dubois’ “Seven Last Words of Christ”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Hadyn’s “Seven Words of Christ”, and the Requiems of Brahms, Verdi, Mozart, and Faure. He has performed extensively throughout The United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan
Mr. Minor is a member of The Washington National Opera Chorus and also Bass-Baritone soloist at All Saints Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, MD.
Susan Ricci – Collaborative Pianist
SUSAN RICCI is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist, teacher and vocal coach in the Washington, D.C. area. She has collaborated in concerts held at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) in NYC, the Chautauqua Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DAR Constitution Hall, Strathmore Hall, the Barns of Wolf Trap, the Sumner School Museum, the Lyceum in Alexandria and the Arts Club of Washington. Ms. Ricci has worked extensively in coaching and accompanying opera scenes with members of The Soldiers Chorus from the United States Army Field Band at Fort Meade. Earning both her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Maryland, graduating summa cum laude, Ms. Ricci’s teachers include Andor Kiszely, Bradford Gowen, Robert McCoy, Evelyn Garvey and Arlene Shrut.
Ms. Ricci was on the music faculty of Prince George’s Community College from 1991-2016, where she was also the Staff Accompanist. She also maintains an active private piano teaching and vocal coaching schedule. September 1997 marked her first season as the accompanist and assistant director for the Chesapeake Chorale, a position she maintains today. A member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Women Educators, Ms. Ricci is also a member of the National Piano Guild and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and frequently adjudicates for both organizations.
Together with mezzo soprano Leneida Crawford, Ms. Ricci is recording a compact disc of contemporary American Art Song, and has been personally coached by composers Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman and William Bolcom. In collaboration with Dr. Crawford and baritone Phillip Collister, Ms. Ricci has traveled throughout the Midwestern United States, Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Northern Germany, presenting recital programs and master classes focusing on American Art Song. She is also the musical director and pianist for the vocal quartet Classical FX, and has performed with them in the Eastern United States and Mexico.
Ms. Ricci is the current Organist/ Director of Music at Christian Community Presbyterian Church in Bowie, Maryland In the Fall of 2016, Ms. Ricci became an adjunct faculty member of the Music Department at Towson University.