Seele Musicale – is pronounced zeːlə muziˈkale and translates to Musical Souls
Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble‘s roots were formed in November 2010 at First Unitarian Church of Worcester when Jagan Nath Khalsa and Alesia Tringale performed together during worship services. Their musical spirits and desires were absolutely in sync. In March 2013, they gave themselves and some other colleagues invested in our mission the name “Seele Musicale” (the German for “souls in music”) and did benefit concerts with music of Bach and Vivaldi. Adding other kindred souls into the group, they launched themselves in a big way, doing two major sacred works — Bach’s Psalm 51 and the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi, in Boston and Cambridge in April of 2014. They have since played many occasions at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, various churches, public libraries, private home settings, and senior communities.
Individually, the Seele Musicale musicians are teachers, music directors, orchestra members, church soloists, and chamber music enthusiasts. Their common bond is the intense love of the music they choose. Much of their interest gravitates around music of the 17th and 18th centuries, and also we are currently making friends with living composers near and far. Each new opportunity feels fresh and novel to us. We trust that our enthusiasm and repertoire will continue to grow and flourish, and we are looking to expand our reach wherever we can.
Alesia Tringale (soprano) has enjoyed an active and versatile solo and ensemble singing career over the years performing operatically with Opera Worcester, oratorically as soloist with the chorus of Worcester Polytech, the Salisbury Singers, Worcester State University, Boston University Choral Society, Nashway Philharmonic, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and Worcester chapter of the AGO and in chamber music with “I Soloisti Simpatici” and most recently as soprano soloist with “Seele Musicale”. Solo recitals include a collaboration with Olga Rogach, pianist, and a shared recital with Donald Boothman, Baritone. She has also been Soprano soloist and section leader at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester for over 20 years. She currently studies voice with Jayne West and previously with Jane Shivick. A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Ms. Tringale spends her days as Director of Software engineering at Dell EMC Corporation in Hopkinton. She took her degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and Masters of Systems Engineering from Worcester Polytech.
Jagan Nath Khalsa (violin) began playing violin at age 13 and quickly advanced to become a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago after playing only two years (the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony). When he was a sophomore in college he was invited to play a concert in a local cathedral that included a Bach motet and Bach cantata, and the glorious experience cemented his love of sacred music, and gave him a direction in music for the rest of his life. He plays at local churches, in the Claflin Hill Symphony (Milford, MA), for high school and community theater musicals, yoga meditation gatherings, and other special events. He has organized many concerts with devoted musical friends in Millis MA and surrounding towns. He met soprano Alesia Tringale at First Unitarian Church of Worcester playing as guest violinist at their Sunday services and found such sympathetic interest and talent that they became co-leaders of Seele Musicale and have been joyfully developing repertoire to fulfill their dreams and dreams of the others that they have invited to join their merry guild.
Jerry Bellows (recorder) earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at UMass/Amherst and an Orff-Schulwerk Certificate from UMass-Lowell. He also studied conducting and orchestral training at the Monteux School in Hancock, Maine. His recorder studies include master classes at Amherst Early Music workshops with Pat Peterson, Dan Laurin, Saskia Coolen, and Mathias Maute. He worked on the staff of the Early Music Shop of New England for six years. He recently completed editing and engraving Friedrich von Huene‘s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier for “recorders with, or without keyboard or string instruments.” The work was published in June of 2015 under the title “The Well-Tempered Recorder”. Mr. Bellows is a founding member of the Worcester Hills Recorder Society. He plays a von Huene “Stanesby, Jr” A=415 alto recorder made of boxwood.
Kristjon Imperio B.M.Ed, (keyboard) graduated from Atlantic Union College, studying piano with Roy Imperio and organ with William Ness. He has since remained active as a pianist, organist, and clinician throughout New England, most recently as Choral Clinician for the AUC Music Clinic in Hartford, CT (2011, 2015) and Piano Clinician for the NNEC Music Clinic in Freeport, ME (2005-2014). In 2008, he founded Nashaway Chorus, Inc., for which he currently serves as Music Director of the organization. Kristjon is also Minister of Music at First Congregational Church of West Boylston MA, Organist at the College Church of SDA in Lancaster MA, Adjunct Faculty at Anna Maria College in Paxton MA, and is a Founding Member of the New England Piano Trio and Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble.
Nicole Reindorf (cello), started playing the cello in Mexico at age 6. After returning to the States, she continued her studies until the age of 18, culminating with a summer of master classes at the University of Illinois with the late great Janos Starker. Several decades passed before she was able to return to her love affair with the cello. For the past decade she has been studying with the cellist Beth Pearson and playing chamber music with local orchestras and quartets.
John Hanulik (oboe) is a native of Westport CT. He attended both the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School of Music, graduating from Julliard in 1982 with a Masters’s degree in performance. He joined Seele Musicale “because playing chamber music with dear friends is the highest possible aesthetic. One must be both a soloist and an ensemble member – a sublime mix of focus and freedom.” John was introduced to Seele Musicale through meeting Alesia and Jagan Nath and playing oboe for several music services at First Unitarian Church of Worcester over the past 4 years, making the hours-long drive from CT for the sake of his love of this repertoire. He has an extensive library of Baroque oboe concerti. He also plays oboe d’amore and English horn. He devoted months of time lovingly creating parts and score for the Bach Oboe Concerto in F.
Rachel Muller (keyboard) is sister to Alesia Tringale. She began playing piano at age 9, studying for many years with Alice Wilkinson at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Although a Software Architect by trade, Rachel devotes much of her free time to musical pursuits. She loves sharing music in myriad ways, accompanying recitalists and school choirs and providing music for weekly Masses at St. Catherine and St. Anne parishes. Rachel is a member of the trio ClassiGals, which introduces children to classical music as well the alternative rock group, the Church Ladies.
Madeline Browning, (flute), holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, and teacher certification from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA. She has been a freelance musician (flute, piccolo and recorder) in the Worcester area for several years and is an Artist in Residence at the First Unitarian Church in Worcester. In addition to Seele Musicale, she performs regularly with FloraMusic Recorder Quartet and MetroWest Woodwind Quintet and teaches recorder at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester. Chamber music is Madeline’s favorite music to play. It is performed without a conductor, allowing for more interpretive freedom, and relies on close communication between the musicians. Seele Musicale has provided a wonderful opportunity to perform this large and splendid collection of music.
Guest performer, Kerry Elisa Muenchow (violin), is a junior at WPI majoring in chemical engineering with minors in materials science and Spanish. Kerry began playing violin at age seven. She is currently concertmaster of the WPI Orchestra and plays in the Medwin Honors String Quartet. Throughout high school, Kerry held principal positions in many ensembles including the Western States Honors Orchestra, Colorado All-State Honor Orchestra, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, and Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 and 2015, Kerry won the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. She previously studied with members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and faculty at the Luzerne Summer Music Program. In addition to her musical studies, Kerry is the president of the Engineers Without Borders chapter at WPI.
Guest violin/viola, Peter Dabos studied violin with Ara Zerounian, Emily Austin, Mimi Bravar, Jeffrey Howard, and Lynn Basila, and viola with Noralee Walker. He was a member of the Newton Symphony under Ronald Knudsen, a member of the New England Philharmonic under Jeffrey Rink and Richard Pittman, and a member of the Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra under Paul Gay. He has played in the Wellesley Symphony and the Boston Civic Symphony under Max Hobart. He has played section first violin, principal second violin, and viola in the Concord Orchestra under Richard Pittman. His chamber music training includes classes at Longy School of Music with Eugene Lehner, Yves Congar, George Seaman, and Roman Totenberg, and summer sessions in chamber music at Brandeis University with members of the Lydian String Quartet. He is studying organ with Robert Barney at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord.
Guest performer, Pegeen Wylie Eslami (violin) is a pediatric emergency physician on the faculty of the UMass Medical School. Her undergraduate degree is in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory in 1984, where she studied with Jacob Maxin, Leonard Shure, Konrad Wolff and Kenneth Cooper (harpsichord). After completing her music degree she went to medical school at Harvard, married, and did her residency and fellowship while raising 2 sons. When the family moved to the Worcester area in 2004 , she at last had the time and opportunity to resume music actively by studying violin at the Joy of Music program in Worcester and Indian Hill in Littleton. She participates in chamber music as an amateur and enthusiastic violinist, with a particular fondness for Baroque music.
Guest performer, Mauri Tetreault (Mezzo-Soprano), performs a wide variety of repertoire with opera companies throughout New England. In May, she will make her Hartford Opera Theater debut singing Miss Todd in The Old Maid & The Thief and Miss Dara in An Embarrassing Position, a new opera by Dan Shore. Also an accomplished ensemble singer, Ms. Tetreault has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and many others. Originally from Natick, MA, Ms. Tetreault now makes her home in the greater Worcester area where she maintains a private voice studio. Ms. Tetreault earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory.
Guest performer, Alan Karass (recorder) is Director of Libraries at New England Conservatory. Prior to that he was Music Librarian and Lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, and Lecturer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Alan is a graduate of Clark University (B.A., Music), Simmons College (M.S., Library and Information Science), the University of Connecticut (M.A., Historical Musicology), and the Open University (Ph.D., Ethnomusicology). Alan has coached recorder and early music ensembles throughout the U.S., and served as President of the American Recorder Society from 2002 to 2006. He is currently President of the Worcester Hills Recorder Society.
Guest performer, Sarah Stewart (viola) is the Minister of the First Unitarian Church in Worcester. She has served in the Unitarian Universalist ministry for 14 years and holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Sarah Lawrence College. Sarah has played viola since childhood, including playing in the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra in Meredith, New Hampshire, and the Sarah Lawrence College Orchestra. She lives in Worcester with her husband and their two young sons.
Featured Contemporary Composers:
Composer, R.A. Moulds, is a native of Maryland currently residing in the Republic of Ireland, studied composition with William Presser at the University of Southern Mississippi. His early music exhibited an idiosyncratic, non-dogmatic post-tonal style, which was soon abandoned in favor of a more eclectic manner. Around 1992, his music made increasing use of tonal materials, not as pastiche or postmodern irony, but rather as acknowledgment of the continuing power of such music to have a complex, expressive effect on performers and audiences. These later works draw on a wide variety of other works—both from the history of music and Moulds’ own—but are integrated within his own graceful, sophisticated sensibility.
Composer, Frederic Sharaf, studied pianoforte with Luise Vosgerchian at Harvard. Later, he received his B.A. from Cornell, where he studied composition with Karel Husa, and his M.A. in composition at Stanford, where he studied with Humphrey Searle. He also received special instruction in species counterpoint from Hugo Norden in Boston, and studied further composition techniques with Ludmila Ulehla at the Manhattan School of Music. Frederic’s work has been performed at the Loeb Theatre at Harvard, his 2nd String Quartet at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his 1st String Quartet at Cornell and Stanford. His publisher, Carl Fischer, Inc., recently released his “Three Settings from Imitations by Robert Lowell.” His wife, Jane, premiered these settings in 1971. As a result, she was the recipient of a Fullbright Award that allowed her to study at Yale in a summer program. Other works of his are slated to be published this year. He has received significant tutelage and encouragement throughout the years from Olga Koussevitzky, Morton Gould, Robert Russell Bennett, and many others. Frederic extends his thanks to all those who have nurtured him in his music career.
Composer, David Stern resides in Cambridge MA. Over the years, he has written several hundred musical compositions in a wide range of genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country, tango, musical theater, and music for modern dance, cinema, and TV. He has performed live on radio and in a variety of venues throughout New England and New York. David plays regularly as part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Environmental Music Program.
Susan Holcomb (violin/viola) is a professional violinist and a budding violist. She plays in the Claflin Hill Symphony Oechestra in Milford and is a freelancer in the Greater Boston area. She teaches violin and viola at Music and Arts Center in Milford, and at the Wellesley Montessori School. She is also exploring other musical genres, including Celtic fiddling. Sue attended UMass Boston, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Western Mich. University. She has studied violin with Bonnie Bewick, Arturo Delmoni, and Marylou Speaker-Churchill. Sue is also a member of the North Cambridge Family Opera where she sings, acts, and dances.
Ivy A. Turner (cello) began her musical training at age 3 and has been playing the cello for as long as she can remember. She is fortunate to have studied with two great teachers, David Wells (Manhattan School of Music) and George Neikrug (BU School of Arts). She is an avid chamber music player and in her 20s decided to make music her love and real estate her profession. Ivy runs The Ivy Team at Keller Williams Realty and is the Executive Director of the Kent Music String Quartet Conference with the Manhattan String Quartet. She serves on numerous boards including the International Board of ACMP, The Chamber Music Network and is the music coordinator of the Beacon Hill Artwalk.