Featured Artists

Pepper Choplin, Director, Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2013, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a joint concert with Joseph Martin. Since then, he has conducted his original cantatas at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall with 250+ voices and orchestra. Choplin has conducted several cantatas at Raleigh’s Meymandi Auditorium with area church choirs. For a more detailed biography, please visit this page on our website.

Jeanne Fischer, Soprano, Praised for her “supple and bright soprano”, Jeanne Fischer performs in a variety of classical genres, ranging from baroque to modern. A native of North Carolina, she received a British Marshall Scholarship for graduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There she was awarded the DipRAM, the Academy’s highest honor, given for an exceptional final recital. Her performances include appearances with The Bach Sinfonia, The Publick Musick, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, Ensemble Courant, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival. She is the winner of multiple competitions, including the Voce Young Soloists’ Competition, the Royal Academy’s Ethel Bilsland Singing Prize, and the University of Maryland’s Pomeroy Scholarship for achievement in 18th-century music. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, and is currently Area Head of Voice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, performance practice, and vocal pedagogy.

Jennifer Seiger, Alto, Praised for her “sonorous voice and superlative singing,” mezzo-soprano Jennifer Seiger performs frequently across the state of NC. A NC native, Ms. Seiger received a BM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at ECU and a MM in Opera from the Hartt School. She has appeared with NC Opera (Rigoletto, Approaching Ali, Carmen), NC Symphony (Pops Concert Series), NC Ballet (Monet Impressions singing Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Pulcinella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Messiah), NC Master Chorale (Dido and Aeneas, Fern Hill, In the Beginning), Concert Singers of Cary (Fern Hill, Dixit Dominus, Messiah), Tar River Orchestra and Chorus (Rossini Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Beethoven Choral Symphony and Mass in C) Capital Opera (Hansel and Gretel) and Long Leaf Opera (Trouble in Tahiti). Ms. Seiger toured extensively across the southeast with FBN Opera for Kids and was coordinator and performer with the arts outreach programs of Capital Opera and NC Opera. Ms. Seiger is also a sought after choral collaborator working with professional chamber ensembles including the Raleigh Bach Soloists and the Duke Evensong Singers.

Timothy W. Sparks, Tenor, Timothy enjoys a versatile performing career that includes opera, oratorio, concert work, and cabaret, with appearances in Europe and throughout the United States. Given a strong commitment to contemporary music, he has participated in the premiere of several new stage works by noted American composers. In January 2011, his recording of the Arnold Schönberg chamber orchestra transcription of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde was released by Centaur Records, Inc. Mr. Sparks currently serves as a Lecturer in Voice and Diction at UNC-Chapel Hill and is an active adjudicator. Each summer, Mr. Sparks teaches and performs for the International Young Artists Project, based in Monte San Savino, Italy. As a member of N.A.T.S., Inc., he served on the executive board for both the NC district and the Mid-Atlantic region, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Sparks received his BM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MM with the Performer's Certificate in Voice from the Eastman School of Music.

Eugene Galvin, Bass-Baritone, Praised in Opera News for his “rich voice and superb musicianship,” has sung with the Washington, Wolf Trap, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Sarasota and National Operas, Opera New England, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, and Summer Opera Theater companies, at Constitution Hall as Sarastro in Magic Flute under the baton of Victor Borge, and as the title character in Marriage of Figaro with the New York Grand Opera. His roles also include Basilio, Don Giovanni, Colline, Dulcamara, Gremin, DeBecque and Pandolfe, He played Marshall opposite Patti Lupone in the Kennedy Center production of Regina, and created two roles in Wolf Trap Opera’s critically acclaimed world premiere of John Musto’s Volpone. Mr. Galvin holds a D.M.A. in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland, where he studied with Dominic Cossa. He has taught Classical and Music Theater Voice at University of Maryland, Shenandoah Conservatory, Catholic University and George Washington University, and is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor in Voice at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patti Lingafelt, Organist, Rev. Patti 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 37 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 and instrumentalists. This is her sixth appearance as organist for the annual Cary Community Choir performance of Messiah. She currently serves Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham as Minister of Music and Organist. Rev. Lingafelt is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Durham-Chapel Hill and Central NC Chapters; American Choral Directors Association; and Choristers Guild. The Lingafelts have two grown children.