Welcome to our new musicians

Meet the new members of the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus

GRANT PARK ORCHESTRA
Marina Aikawa (violin) was born in Kanagawa, Japan. She moved to the United States at age 14 and studied at the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, and recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music In New York. She has performed in Japan, the United States and Switzerland, where she played with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2017-2018.


Dario Brignoli (principal clarinet) began studying clarinet at the age of eleven with Luigi Magistrelli at the Conservatory Verdi in Milan. Dario graduated with a Bachelor’s degree at eighteen from the Conservatory in Milan and then studied for one semester at the CNSM in Paris with Pascal Moragues and then in Rome for one year with Alessandro Carbonare. As a member of the Cherubini Youth Orchestra, an Italian orchestra founded and directed by Maestro Riccardo Muti, he played in many venues throughout Italy, Europe and the World. Dario studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, graduating with a Master’s degree in 2016. In August 2016, Mr. Brignoli relocated to Los Angeles to become a full-time student of Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California, with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship. This spring, Mr. Brignoli was awarded tenure Principal Clarinet with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

 

Calum Cook (cello) was born in Inverness, Scotland, and studied with Leonid Gorokhov at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England, before winning a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London. Calum has since enjoyed a successful and varied orchestral career, appearing as Guest Principal Cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and others. In 2014, Calum moved to the US after winning the job of Principal Cello at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Calum has since appeared regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and as part of the CSO’s MusicNOW contemporary music series. He is now a regular member of the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, and has also performed during the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music series, where he has recently joined the faculty.

 

Laura Park (violin), praised for showing “extraordinary maturity, interpretive insight, passion, [and] nuance” (Chicagoclassicalmusic.org), is a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Washington National Opera Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist with the Houston Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, among others. As an active chamber musician, she also holds awards including gold medals from the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the St. Paul String Quartet Competition, the Music in the Loft/Society of American Musicians’ Jules M. Laser Chamber Music Competition, the Rembrandt Chamber Players Competition, and the Yale School of Music Chamber Music Competition.Park received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music.

 

Trevor O’Riordan (clarinet) received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music. He studied clarinet with Jon Manasse, Kenneth Grant, Raphael Sanders, Patti Carlson, and John Svagera. He has been featured soloist, performing concertos by Mozart, Copland, Nielsen, and Weber. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony, New Philharmonic, and Chicago Civic Orchestra. He has played under the baton of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. In 2003, he was the winning artist in the International Clarinet Association's Orchestra Audition Competition and was honored to receive Eastman’s John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music.

 

Jeremias Sergiani-Velazquez (violin), hailed as “accomplished in mechanism and style” by the Buenos Aires Herald, is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He has been awarded First Prize at the Argentinian Hebrew Foundation Competition and performed the Mendelssohn Concerto in several venues in Buenos Aires with the Teatro San Martín Youth National Symphony, and has also soloed with the Córdoba National University Symphony and the New York Classical Players. Jeremías has played as concertmaster of the New York Classical Players with venues in New York and New Jersey, as well as serving as concertmaster of the “Ensamble Invasión” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jeremías has recently soloed on tour with the New York Classical Players through Arkansas.


GRANT PARK CHORUS
Kaitlin Claire Foley (soprano) has “emerged as one of the truly great musicians of this city” (Vocal Arts Chicago). Ms. Foley is a versatile performer with an ear for early and new music. She has sung with the Haymarket Opera Company, Grant Park Chorus, Third Coast Baroque, Ensemble Dal Niente, and is a founding member of the genre-bending female vocal trio Artemisia. She achieved her M.M. in Vocal Performance from DePaul University and completed her undergraduate work in music education at the University of Missouri. Ms. Foley is a Vocal Artist in Residence at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

 

Dominic German (bass) is a singer, conductor and voice teacher in Chicago. As a chorister, he has performed with Bella Voce, The William Ferris Chorale, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque and Constellation Men’s Ensemble, among others. He has also made appearances as a soloist with Bella Voce, Handel Week Festival in Oak Park, and the Calyx Ensemble. He is the Chancel Choir Director at North Park Covenant Church and an Adjunct Instructor at Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary in Evanston. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Moody Bible Institute and North Park University, respectively.


Nathalie Colas Grant (soprano) was born and raised in Strasbourg, France. Hailed by Chicago Classical Review for her “floating, silky soprano” and deemed “a standout in acting and voice,” she is a current soloist and founder of Third Coast Baroque, Petite Musique Collective, Liederstube, and new music ensemble Fonema Consort. An avid recitalist, Nathalie studied Art Song with the late German baritone Udo Reinemann and regularly performs such repertoire. A graduate of DePaul University School of Music and of the Brussels Royal Conservatory, Ms. Colas completed her opera training at the Swiss Opera Studio/Hochschule der Kunst Bern. She was awarded 1st prize in the 2015 Music Institute of Chicago competition.


Chelsea Lyons (mezzo-soprano) enjoys a varied musical career consisting primarily of early/Baroque repertoire and works by living composers. In January 2019, Chelsea premiered David Clay Mettens’ Ink Dark as soloist with Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet at Constellation in Chicago. On the operatic stage, Chelsea has performed the roles of Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel & Gretel), and Nancy (Albert Herring) and originated the role of Ambrosia in A Wake or a Wedding (Richard Pearson Thomas). As a choral musician, Chelsea performs regularly with Philadelphia’s Grammy-winning new music ensemble The Crossing. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chelsea currently resides in Chicago.  She is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Northwestern University.

 


Catherine Spitzer (soprano), a south Florida native, received her bachelor’s degree from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. After moving to Chicago, she earned both a master’s degree in voice performance and a professional diploma in opera from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. While at Roosevelt, Catherine sang with the Grant Park Chorus Apprentice Chorale. She later taught at CCPA as an adjunct professor of Lyric Diction and has performed with Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, and the Chautauqua Institution. In addition to singing with the Grant Park Chorus, Catherine also sings with the Schola Cantorum at Holy Name Cathedral, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Lakeside Singers, and UNUM Vocal Company.