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Opera Cowpokes Alive!

    August 1,2,3,4, 2019; 7:00 pm

CRS Barn Studio, Outdoor Stage, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-257-2043

Cowpoke Biographies: (more to come!)

JEANNE GODDARD has created movement for opera and music theatre productions since 1978. In central NY she has choreographed for Ithaca Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Women's Work, and Music's Recreation. Jeanne has also co-founded three regional contemporary dance companies, and her concert work has been commissioned by ballet and modern dance companies and by public television. She has trained and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, June Finch/Danceworks, and many other artists. Jeanne ran the dance program at Wells College from 1987-2016, and has co-directed the CRS BarnStudio with Steven Stull since 1990.

STEVEN STULL is a frequent performer with the Rochester Philharmonic and was seen in seven RPO concerts in 2018, narrating and singing a variety of pieces including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, and the Dr. Seuss stories, The Sneetches and Gerald McBoing Boing. This season as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Maestro” He has sung sixty performances with Symphoria and Syracuse Symphony including nine productions with the Syracuse Opera. He has been a soloist the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in nearly eighty performances and can be heard in their recordings Home for the Holidays and Tales from the West Virginia Hills. His other recordings include Christmas from the Heart of New YorkThe Pulse of an IrishmanOpera Cowpokes, and Boyz in the Wood with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, Steven has appeared Steven has appeared with Glimmerglass Opera, Society for New Music, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Tri-Cities Opera, Artpark, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kyrgyz State Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Oswego Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Ithaca, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Norwalk (CT) Symphony. Recent performances include soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bonhoeffer in Hugh McElyea’s Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Curly in Oklahoma!, and Frank Baum in the new opera Pushed Aside by Persis Vehar.
Since 1990 Steven and choreographer Jeanne Goddard have presented an eclectic series of music and dance performances on the CRS Growers organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. His numerous recordings are available from

Nationally acclaimed baritone Timothy LeFebvre has wide-ranging experience from the operatic stage to the concert hall.  Mr. LeFebvre has appeared in concert with the American Symphony Orchestra, Evansville, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, Spokane, Syracuse, Wichita, Toledo, and West Virginia Symphonies; Berkshire Choral Festival, Westminster Choir College, New Dominion Chorale, and the Marlboro Music Festival.  LeFebvre’s operatic experience features leading roles with Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Syracuse Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.  Mr. LeFebvre is currently Associate Professor of Voice at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He is heard on the recordings of Opera Cowpokes and The Pulse of an Irishman


Mezzo-soprano PHYLLIS PANCELLA enjoys doing a little of everything in the world of classical singing. Her opera roles have ranged from Carmen and Adalgisa to Lizzie Borden and Nero, with major companies in Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco, London, Paris, Tel Aviv, and Naples, Italy.  In concert repertoire, she has performed under the batons of Leonard Slatkin, Jane Glover, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, and Anne Manson. A highly regarded interpreter of chamber music and art song, Pancella has appeared with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, BargeMusic, and for the Prague New Music Festival. Her work with contemporary composers has resulted in many premieres, including the Alice Tully Hall presentation of Argento’s Miss Manners on Music, and she appears on recordings with the Naxos, Erato, and Neos labels.




Ithaca native David Neal (Jud Fry) is familiar to Central New York audiences from performances with Symphoria, Symphony Syracuse, the Society for New Music, the Kitchen Theatre, Opera Ithaca, Ithaca Community Choruses, and CRS Barn Studios / Triphammer Arts. He has appeared internationally with the Center for Contemporary Opera in productions of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family and the world premiere of Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent, with performances in Hungary and France. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall this past April in the world premiere of Robert Paterson’s Night Songs. He is a member of Paterson’s American Modern Ensemble, and has appeared with AME at The TimesCenter, the DiMenna Center, and Bargemusic.  A graduate of Cornell University and the Peabody Conservatory, David has appeared with such companies as Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Baltimore Opera, Central City Opera, the Folger Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and in concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. His recorded performances may be heard on the Albany and AMR labels. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Narrator in Hugh McElyea’s Tenebrae: The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in December, and the world premiere production of Mark Taggart’s opera Swan’s Inlet in North Carolina in the fall of 2019. More information is available at
David is on the voice faculty at SUNY Cortland, and is the founding Artistic Director of The Arts at Grace, a community-supported concert series in Cortland. He lives in Groton, New York with his wife, Gailanne Mackenzie.

ALISON WAHL was most recently seen as Yum-Yum/Mikado (Off-Monroe Players), Pamina/Magic Flute (Opera for the Young), Clori/Clori Tirsi,e Fileno (Haymarket Opera), Pernille/Maskarade, (VOX3), La Musique/Les Arts Florissants (Northwestern). She has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Boston Pops, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music series, the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. She won Second Place at the 2013 U-Madison Handel Aria Competition, received an Encouragement Award in the 2012 MONC Auditions, was a winner of the 2012 NU Concerto/Aria Competition, and is a recipient of the Musicians Club of Women Farwell Award. She was a Young Artist at Opera North, Ravinia Steans Program, and Tanglewood Music Center. Alison was a soloist at the 2011 Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, D.C and won the 2011 Chicago Council NATS. She graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College and holds a MM with Honors and a DMA in Voice and Opera from Northwestern University. Alison is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College.


IVY WALZ is a mezzo soprano known for her exceptional musicianship, colorful singing and dedication to collaboration. She was last seen as Guenevere in Camelot with Triphammer Arts.
Ivy enjoys an enriching career as an opera and musical theater performer, a concert and recital singer, and as a dedicated vocal educator. She has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Opera Ithaca, Tri-Cities Opera and Resonance Works.
Recently Ivy performed the roles of Countess Charlotte Malcom in A Little Night Music in Opera Ithaca’s 2018-19 New Year’s Gala as well as Dr. Electa Thomas in the new opera Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage with Society for New Music at multiple locations throughout upstate New York.  As a concert soloist she has appeared with many choruses and orchestras including Symphoria Syracuse, Binghamton Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Recently she was a featured soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, The Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and Sacketts Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and Orchestra. Ivy is an active recitalist and has enjoyed invited performances and collaborations with Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, SongFest, Cincinnati Art Song Initiative and Denver Art Song Project. Recent highlights include performances with Middlebury Song Fest, Civic Morning Musicals, and as an invited recitalist at the Leo Kestenberg Musikschule in Berlin, Germany.
Ivy Walz, DMA is Associate Professor of Voice at Ithaca College School of Music where she works with a vibrant community of developing singer musicians.

Opera Cowpokes Orchestra

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Peter Chwazik has been active in the performing arts in upstate New York for more than 25 years. As a composer, Peter has been commissioned to score modern dance pieces for Lois Welk and American Dance Asylum, Jill Becker, and Jeanne Goddard and CRS Barn.  He also has composed improvised scores for David Dorfman Dance and Mark Taylor Dance Alloy.
As a performer, in addition to producing work by the Peter Chwazik Trio, he has had concert appearances throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S. with a wide variety of artists including vocalist Rhiannon, free jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, and a number of combos and big bands.  Through the 1990s he toured and recorded with cellist Hank Roberts, documented on the discs “I’ll Always Remember” and “Saturday/Sunday” (LevelGreen).  He recorded and toured the U.S. with former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, appearing on his album “Shine” (Sony, 2005).  His work with the Nana Simopoulos Group can be heard on “The Best of the 1989 Montreaux Jazz Festival, Part II” (BMG, 1990).He has collaborated on a number of projects with Steve Stull including the Opera Cowpokes recordings - as well as many live performances together throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Doug Robinson:   A guitarist, bass player, singer and recording engineer, Doug has had a lengthy career as a performer and studio musician.   He has toured frequently in the US, Canada and Europe with the Burns Sisters Band, British acoustic guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson, ragtime guitarist Bob Brozman, latin bluesman Tino Gonzales and Austin Singer/Songwriter Billy Eli.  In 2003 he performed at Carnegie Hall with Johnny Russo's  East Hill Classic Jazz Group and has been featured in festival performances with European gypsy-swing guitarists  Stochelo Rosenberg and Romane.   He also performs frequently with the Ithaca-based  "Djug Django"  gypsy-swing band,  the Molly MacMillan Jazz Trio,  Jorge Cuevas’ Caribe Jazz AllStars, singer Sally Ramirez and the Burns & Kristy Band.  For more info visit .

Pianist JOHN WHITE is equally at home in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music, and has collaborated with such national artists as Rhiannon, Kim Nazarian, Paul Hanson, and Wycliffe Gordon. He performs frequently with local musicians spanning numerous vernacular styles (jazz, funk, R&B, soul, latin, rock). Currently he is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Ithaca College and also Director of the IC Jazz Vocal Ensembles. A published scholar, John is a co-developer of the TAKADIMI beat-oriented system of rhythm solfege. In 2005 he collaborated with Jeanne Goddard in producing a CD of freely improvised music to accompany modern dance technique classes.

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