The Soprano, CAROLINE G GIBSON, is an active performer, has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Degree from the University of Iowa School of Music, Iowa City, Iowa; the Master of Music (M.M.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degrees from the Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Washington, D.C. and The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, respectively. Additionally, the Soprano is an alumnus of AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria and SSMA (Sessione Senese per la Musica e l'Arte Vocal Program) in Siena, Italy. The Sunday News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware said of Dr. Gibson's voice, "... A voice to be reckoned with ..." while The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina said "...her 'Summertime' was sweet and warm as molasses." Ms. Gibson's most memorable performances have been two Verdi masterpieces, the role of Abigaille in NABUCCO with Constanta Opera in Romania and Soprano Soloist in Verdi's Requiem; and a performance with live band on board the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ship, "Majesty of the Seas." Dr. Gibson has done solo concert tours in Mexico and the US Virgin Islands, has been featured on "Artist Spotlights" on classical music radio stations WGMS, Washington, D.C.; and KUSI, Iowa City, Iowa; featured on Maryland Public Television (MPT) and PBS; and Toscana Canale 3 in Siena, Italy; sung throughout Europe, debut recital in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; and has performed in other venues as the intimate Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, New York; Strathmore Music Center, Rockville, Maryland; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, Maryland; George Washington National Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia, to name a few.
ALVY POWELL, internationally-acclaimed Bass-Baritone, has performed worldwide, both as soloist with the U.S. Army Chorus and in independent vocal performances. He has become one of the world's best-known interpreters of Gershwin's Porgy and has performed major baritone roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and other operas. Mr. Powell debuted at Carnegie Hall as Joe in a concert production of Show Boat in 2008 and is currently the preeminent interpreter of the male lead in Porgy and Bess. He has performed the role of Porgy more than 1,200 times, including in the live PBS Live broadcast of New York City Opera at the Lincoln Center. Mr. Powell is featured in the Nashville Symphony's recording of Porgy and Bess released on the Decca label. And in the Washington area, he made his debut with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, D.C., performing Porgy and Bess in 2007. In his work with the U.S. Army Chorus, he first came to national prominence singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at the inauguration of President George Herbert Bush, and he was the featured performer for the 60th wedding anniversary of George and Barbara Bush at the White House. In addition, President Gerald Ford's family requested that he sing at the funeral of President Ford.
FRANCIS CONLON has appeared at most of the colleges and concert halls in the greater Washington area, and he has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, India and Japan. He has played in New York City at the Carnegie Recital Hall, in Boston at the Gardner Museum, in Philadelphia at the Robin Hood Dell, and in Washington at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Pan American Union, Dumbarton Oaks, and Wolf Trap Farm Park. He has played concertos with the Washington Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Sinfonia, the Washington Pro Musica, the Alexandria Symphony, the Georgetown Symphony, and the Amadeus Orchestra, and he has performed with many local chamber music groups. Frank serves as Minister of Music at the Church of the Annunciation and as choir director/organist/pianist at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. He is on the faculty of the George Washington University, and he taught at Catholic University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, the Ellington School of the Arts, the Levine School of Music, and the Sidwell Friends School. He has also served as artist-in-residence for the D.C. Public School System.
Ms. Nash holds an M.S.A. degree in Educational Administration from Trinity University and a B.M. from The Catholic University of America. Ms. Nash has taught for over 30 years in the D.C. Public Schools and also served as President of the District of Columbia Music Educators' Association. She is an active bassist in the DC metropolitan area. Ms. Nash has performed as principal bassist of the Washington Performing Arts Society, Men and Women of the Gospel Orchestra, the Soulful Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Festival Orchestra, the New Vienna Ensemble of Washington, Summer Opera Theater, Catholic University, Heritage Signature Chorale Orchestra, and the Washington Sinfonia. Ms. Nash has performed as a member of the Annapolis, Roanoke, Fairfax and Lynchburg Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Nash curently serves as the String Department Chair at the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program. She is also an alumna of the program and serves on the organization's Alumni Committe.
WILLIAM BURNS has over 35 years experience in communications management and marketing, maintaining good internal communications while bringing focus to public outreach efforts. Mr. Burns opened the Mid-Atlantic's first Digital Audio mastering facility, and also serves as a Principal for B Squared Communications, "founded to help enable non-profit organizations maximize limited resources and increase income generation."
The District of Columbia Federation of Music Clubs (DCFMC) is dedicated to bringing music to the Washington, D.C., community and encouraging music education for young people. Through recitals, competitions, musicales, opera galas and productions, and music festivals, members provide musical opportunities for students, professionals, teachers and amateur musicians to perform and listen to music.