Kayleigh Tolley ’19 and Brennan Cruz ’21 will be guest performers with Tapestry Singers at their winter concert on Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 at Damariscotta Baptist Church.
Tapestry Singers continues its commitment to performing the music of current composers by offering traditional carols and contemporary classics of the festive seasons of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice. Featured soloists in the Home For the Holidays concerts, Lincoln Academy Lincolnaires alums Kayleigh Tolley ’19 and Brennan Cruz ’21 are literally “home for the holidays.”
Kayleigh Tolley is a mezzo soprano hailing from Waldoboro, Maine. She is a fourth-year, double-degree student at Oberlin College and Conservatory pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently a student of Dr. Katherine Jolly and former student of Beth Preston. Throughout her time at Oberlin, she has performed in masterclasses with renowned singers Gregory Kunde and Elizabeth Koch. She was the 2021 recipient of the Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Prize for Vocal Excellence. She most recently performed as a soloist with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the direction of Tim Weiss, and sang the role La Zelatrice in Bel Canto in Tuscany’s production of Suor Angelica, conducted by Beatrice Benzi in Greve, Italy. She made her opera debut last winter as Fidalma in Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto. In January, she will be playing the role of Zandra in the world premiere of Melissa Dunphy’s new opera, Alice Tierney, at Oberlin Conservatory.
Brennan Cruz, tenor from Bremen, Maine, is a sophomore at Lehigh University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Though music is not his major, it is definitely a passion. He sings in the Lehigh University Choir, led by conductor and composer Dr. Steven Sametz. The choir is known for its flexibility in singing both choral masterworks and frequently premiering new works written specially for them. He is also a member of the all-male Lehigh University Glee Club and the Melismatics, Lehigh’s oldest all gender student-run a cappella group. He is currently a voice student of internationally renowned soprano Jee Hyun Lim. He is a Lincoln Academy Lincolnaires alumnus and former voice student of Beth Preston. He is working toward a degree that will lead him to work in the aerospace or energy industries.
Tickets can be purchased for concerts on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 or Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 online or at the door at the Damariscotta Baptist Church.