2019 Program



Beginning our second half-century with Orff’s blockbuster, CARMINA BURANA!

AUGUST 2 AND 3, 2019
7:30 P.M.



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Nathan De'Shon Myers has sung in concert and opera performances in the United States and in Europe, most notably for several seasons with Deutsche Oper Berlin. He has worked with many US opera companies/orchestras including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Albany Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony/Turtle Creek Chorale, Pittsburgh Symphony, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Philharmonic, Oregon Lyric Opera, St. Louis Bach Society, Minnesota Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and Denver Symphony.

Myers’s opera roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Valentin in Faust, both Schaunard and Marcello in La Bohème, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Dancairo in Carmen, and Figaro in Il Barbiere di SivigliaAdditional career highlights include performing the role of The Subway Opera Singer in the movie Everyday People and on the soundtrack of the movie Kingdom Come, starring Whoopi Goldberg.

Myers holds degrees from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Mannes College of Music and is a recipient of the distinguished Richard F. Gold Career Grant. Read all about Nathan Myers here.



Kyla McCarrel, Soprano

Soprano Kyla McCarrel is a performer and educator currently based in the Los Angeles area.  This spring, Kyla will perform Fiordiligi with Opera Chapman as a guest artist in their production of Così fan tutte. Other recent performances include Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe at Opera in the Ozarks and Adriana in the ASU English Workshop Premiere of Fowler and Flack’s Behold the Man: L’Opera del Ecce Homo, as well as Pamina in the Opera on Tap – Phoenix Chapter’s production of Die Zauberflöte. Kyla has also performed in the Los Angeles and New York areas, most notably with the Metropolis Opera Project (NY) in the chorus. Additional stage experience includes Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) through Arizona State’s Music Theatre and Opera, and Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera Chapman. As a concert soloist, Kyla has performed in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Honegger’s King David, the Bach Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Kyla received her Master of Music in Opera Performance from Arizona State University in 2017 and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Chapman University in 2015.  Kyla is a passionate music educator and currently teaches at Chapman University in Orange, CA, where she is the conductor of the University Women’s Choir.








Eric Flyte, Tenor

Eric J. Flyte, tenor, has performed in recital, concert, and staged performances throughout the USA, Austria, and southern Germany. A current Doctoral Student of Voice Performance at Arizona State University, Eric performs regularly with the ASU Music Theatre and Opera (formerly Lyric Opera Theatre) and the ASU Chamber Singers. Recent stage credits at ASU include Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore, Paul Gallico in the new musical reading of BABE, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Damon in Acis and Galatea, Vasek in The Bartered Bride, and Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Favorite past credits include Alfred (Die Fledermaus) with Opera Ithaca, with whom Eric served as an Apprentice Artist, King Ouf I (L'etoile), and many others. Under the baton of Maestri Marzio Conti and Lukas Beikircher, Eric spent this past summer in Graz, Austria, performing concert and recital programs with the American Institute of Music Studies. Off the stage, Eric serves as section leader for the choir of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Phoenix. He is a student of Carole FitzPatrick, who has appeared frequently with MDSC.












Clayton W. Smith was born in Maine and now lives in Bangor. After attending the University of Maine at Orono, he earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Accompanying from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He has performed at many diverse venues, including Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia; Musicana Dinner Theatre in Melbourne, Florida; and on the Canadian cruise ship MV Northern Ranger.  He has served as rehearsal accompanist for the Chorale since 2005.  He has played in our concerts, accompanied our annual readings of masterworks, and played for our guest artists in recital.


In addition to playing for the choruses of Hampden Academy, he is a member of the staff at the University of Maine in Orono, where he accompanies the Oratorio Society and the Collegiate Chorale and serves as coach for the Opera Workshop.  He has been the Director of Music of the Brewer Youth Theatre since 1997.

Mr. Smith's arrangements were used for the MPBN documentary “Remember the Maine,” and he has created scores for silent films for Northeast Historic Film of Bucksport, ME. He is also the founding director of an American ensemble called The Bon-Ton Salon Orchestra, which recreates turn-of-the-century concerts featuring sing-alongs, marches and ragtime.





Colin Graebert, Pianist

Colin Graebert is a choral conductor, accompanist, jazz pianist, and singer currently serving as the Director of Vocal Music at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, accompanist and choir director at the North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, the conductor of the Bangor Community Chorus, and the accompanist of the Bagaduce Chorale.  His career has taken him all over New England and abroad as a performer and clinician, most recently in Rome, Italy, as a member of a six-piece ensemble playing the final composition of Maine composer Don Stratton. He studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music and received his B.M. in Music Education, vocal emphasis, at the University of Maine.  He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. He resides in Stockton Springs with his wife, Hilary, and his two children, Eric and Ruth.

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