Featured Artists

David Mellnik, conductor, received the Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, attended the Manhattan School of Music , and earned the Master of Church Music with a Minor in Vocal Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Rev. Mellnik is a four-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and a regional winner of the National Association of Teachers of singing audition. Rev. Mellnik has appeared with symphony orchestras and opera companies in a number of states. This is his twelfth season as Director of the Cary Community Choir.

Christine Weidinger, soprano, has enjoyed a distinguished career as an operatic soprano, starring in most of the world's major opera houses. The Arizona native made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera and went on to star at La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Liceo Theater of Barcelona, the Municipal Opera of Marseilles, the Los Angeles Opera, the San Diego Opera and many others. She has shared the stage with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe and Marilyn Horne and has collaborated with conducting greats like Riccardo Muti, Richard Bonynge, Erich Leinsdorf and Silvio Varviso. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes works by Verdi, Mozart, Donizetti and Wagner. The German national daily newspaper Die Welt referred to her as “the miracle soprano…able to sing anything assigned to her on the highest artistic level.” The prestigious Italian journal Il resto di Carlino called her "a genuine prima donna in full measure". Ms. Weidinger now teaches voice in Durham to students from all over the world.

Rachel Stenbuck, mezzo-soprano, is a native of Cary and has been teaching and performing in the area for over 15 years. She holds undergraduate degrees in Flute Performance and Voice, and a masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, from Meredith College. Past soloist highlights include Mozart’s Requiem at Meredith College, Handel’s Messiah at Campbell University and with the Carolina Philharmonic, and as a soloist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra in their concerto/aria competition performance. Internationally, she has sung the roles of Second Lady (Die Zauberflote) in Varna, Bulgaria, and La Principessa (Suor Angelica) in Sansepolcro, Italy, both as a part of the International Young Artists Project. She performs regularly with the North Carolina Opera Company in the chorus and comprimario roles, including Shepherd Boy in the company's 2010 inaugural production of Tosca. Ms. Stenbuck maintains a private studio in Cary, North Carolina and teaches general music at Thales Academy in Knightdale and Raleigh.

Steve Walence, tenor, has a masters degree from Cleveland Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio and was an AJ Fletcher scholar at East Carolina University school of music. He has sung opera and oratorio extensively throughout the Mid-western and Eastern United States with National Opera Company. His specialized roles include The Evangelist in Bach's St John and St Matthew passions and Period performances of Handel's Messiah. Walence is Tenor soloist/section leader at Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh.

Dr. William Adams, baritone, is enjoying a diverse and extensive career in music as an educator, conductor, performer, composer, and scholar. His primary passion is for music education and he has worked for more than 30 years as a professional music educator.

As an operatic baritone with a repertoire of more than sixty opera, theater, and oratorio roles extending from Baroque masterworks to world premieres, he has performed throughout the United States with leading choral societies and orchestras. His wide range, both vocally and dramatically, makes him equally comfortable in a Mozart opera, a Sondheim musical, a jazz club, or a coffee house. As a recitalist with more than twenty programs to his credit, his repertoire extends from French and German art song through the folk music of Japan. He is particularly well versed in the performance of British and American concert and folk music.

Dr. Adams earned degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (DMA - Voice/Art Song); California State University, Northridge (MM - Voice/Opera); California State University, San Bernardino (BA - Music Education); and Chaffey Community College (AA - Music). He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Nicole, and their two children, Michael and Kathryn.

Patti B. Lingafelt, organist, received the Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University in Organ Performance and the Master of Divinity with Church Music degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, organ concentration. She and her husband Steven, an electrical engineer at IBM, have lived in Durham for 35 years. Rev. Lingafelt, an ordained Baptist minister, has served several churches in the Triangle area as Minister of Music/Organist and has accompanied middle school and high school choruses and numerous soloists. This is her fifth appearance in 20 years as organist for the annual Cary Community Choir performance of Messiah. She currently serves Westwood Baptist Church as Interim Minister of Music and Worship. Rev. Lingafelt is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Central NC Chapter; American Choral Directors Association; and Choristers Guild. The Lingafelts have two grown children.