The Rolla Choral Arts Society will present their annual holiday concert on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Rolla.

This is the eleventh season for the Rolla Choral Arts Society; an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community through choral music. 

Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the public are $10 with a $3 discount if residents have a Rotary Holiday Celebration Dinner ticket stub at the door. Free babysitting will be provided in the Nursery at the church which is located next to the sanctuary.  

Ensembles featured on the concert include — Rolla Community Children’s Choirs Una Voce and Cantiamo, Rolla Choral Arts Society Jazz Choirs, Rolla Men of Song and the Rolla Community Choir.  

The featured work on the program is the Christmas portion of George Frederic Handel’s oratorio “The Messiah.” The Rolla Community Choir has expanded for this program with additional singers from the community. 

Joining the Rolla Community Choir are four special guests, all graduate students at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music, to perform the solo sections of the work.  

Isabel Quintela

Quintela, a soprano, is seeking a master’s degree in Voice Performance at the University of Missouri, Columbia and is a member of University Singers and the Show-Me Opera. She graduated in music education at the Universidade de Brasília and in classical singing in the Musical School of Brasília. She performed in the Role of Pamina in the Opera The Magic Flute, and also in the operas La Clemenza di Tito as Servilia and Le nozze di Figaro as Barbarina. As a soloist, she performed in pieces like The Armed Man, Messiah, Carmina Burana, Leçons de Tenèbre, Magnifcat de C.P.E Bach and others.

Tâmila Freitas De Souza

Tâmila, a mezzo-soprano, is from Manaus, Amazon, Brazil. She is completing her double master's degree in flute and voice performance at the University of Missouri, with Professors Alice Dade and Christine Seitz. She is a member of Show-me Opera directed by Christine Seitz and a scholarship singer at First Baptist Church. She sang the alto solos in Mozart’s Requiem with University Singers and Choral Union and also the alto solo in the Bach Cantata N. 182 with the Bach Collegium Choir, both directed by Dr. R. Paul Crabb at the University of Missouri. She sings with the professional choir Prometheus, also directed by Dr. Crabb. She was Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute production of Show-Me Opera last Spring. This summer, she covered the role of Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen in the Missouri Symphony’s Hot Summer Nights Festival.

David Pelino

Pelino, a tenor, is a current graduate voice student at the University of Missouri, having completed two degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Florida, while studying voice with Ron Burrichter. Pelino has been the featured tenor soloist in works such as Theodore Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, as well as performing the roll of the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. He has also performed the national anthem at various Florida Gator Athletics events. While being a part of the University Choir at Florida under Dr. Will Kesling, Pelino has travelled to sing in places like Columbia, South Carolina, Buga, Colombia, and Medellín, Colombia. He has also been a part of the UF Jazz choir, the University of Florida Chamber Singers, a performer with the Brazilian Music Institute at the University of Florida, and a choral scholar at the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville.  Currently, he is a member of both the University Singers at the University of Missouri, under the direction of Dr. R. Paul Crabb, and the Men’s Choir under the direction of Dr. Brandon A. Boyd. He is the most recent winner of the Central Region NATS singing competition in the Upper College Classical TBB division. Pelino is currently studying voice with Steven Tharp.

Jeremy Wagner

Wagner, a bass, is a graduate student in choral music at the University of Missouri-Columbia under the voice tutelage of Steven Tharp. Five years ago he performed in his first vocal competition at NATS and took second place. He debuted with the Show-Me Opera Company in 2014 in the Scenes Program in the role of Don Magnifico from Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He played the role of Frosch the Jailer in Missouri Symphony Society’s production of Die Fledermaus by Strauss in June 2016. He has also played Amantio di Nicolao in Show-Me Opera’s production of Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. In Spring 2016, he sang the role of Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro. He also staged and performed “Si tra i ceppi” from Handel’s Berenice in the spring of 2015. Wagner is the Musical Director at First Christian Church in Centralia, Missouri, and has been there since May 2014. While completing his undergraduate degree, Wagner was the President of the Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association at the University of Missouri, as well as the President of the Music Student Advisory Council. In addition, he was voted the President of University Singers. He is also a founding member of Vox Nova, a choral ensemble based in Columbia.

The Rolla Choral Arts Society is led by Artistic and Executive Director Jeff Sandquist and overseen by a volunteer board. Accompanists for the choirs are Kathy Mazzeo and Joan Murray. Mazzeo also directs the Rolla Choral Arts Society Jazz Choir. The Rolla Choral Arts Society is supported by ticket sales, singer tuitions, donations from area businesses and individuals and with grant funding from the Missouri Arts Council.