Described as having “a sound that is well-suited for the strange world of new music” (Chicago Classical Review), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano) has gained critical and audience acclaim as a soloist and contemporary chamber musician.
As a fervent supporter and advocate for contemporary music, Kayleigh has also worked with many composers including David Lang, Tristan Perich, Eve Beglarian, Holly Herndon, John Luther Adams, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, David Reminick, Jennifer Walshe, Jessie Marino, Lester St. Louis, Danny Clay, Alex Temple, Molly Herron, Fjola Evans, Levy Lorenzo, Daniel Felsenfeld, Morgan Krauss, Eliza Brown, Luis Amaya, Aaron Levin, Adrian Montùfar, Joe Clark, Jonathan Sokol, Max Grafe, Amanda Feery, LJ White, Bethany Younge, Ravi Kittappa, and Jennifer Jolley.
She has also collaborated with many new music ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Opera on Tap NYC, the Morton Feldman Chamber Players, the Austin New Music Co-op, the Grant Wallace Band, Anti Social Music, thingNY, Fonema Consort, a.per.i.o.dic, and Rhymes With Opera, to name a few.
Kayleigh is also a founding member and the director of Quince Ensemble, an all-female, acappella vocal quartet that explores experimental vocal techniques and improvisation. Quince has performed on many contemporary series, festivals, and at prestigious venues such as Contagious Sounds, Elastic Arts Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, HERE Arts, Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival, Fast Forward Austin, Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Omaha’s Under the Radar, National Pastime Theater, Chicago’s Cultural Center, San Francisco’s The Center of New Music, Stanford University, Northwestern’s NUNC, Issue Project Room, Permutations, Constellation Chicago’s Frequency Series, thingNY’s Immediacies Series, BGSU’s Forefront Series, Chicago’s Comfort Music, High Concept Labs, University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium, and NYC’s SONiC Festival at Shapeshifter Lab.
Kayleigh received her Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. Anne DeLaunay and Dr. Denise Knowlton. She was a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers at Bowling Green State University, where she earned her Master of Music. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her fat cat, Cherubino.
Valeska Cambron is a professional singer and voice instructor with 16 years of experience. She grew up outside of Atlantic City, NJ where she began studying voice at age 12 and it has been her passion ever since. Valeska has performed all over the United States and internationally in musicals and operas; she has performed at Carnegie Hall, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Some of her past shows have been Camelot, Carmen, Hairspray, A Midsummer Night's Dream (opera), Showboat, West Side Story, and The Wiz. Valeska most recently performed in Ragtime with Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. She utilizes her experience and skills to teach a vocal technique that develops a healthy, strong, and expressive sound. After moving to New York City from Boston, you can find her performing and teaching around Manhattan. Valeska received her Bachelor of Music from Temple University and Master of Music from Longy School of Music of Bard College.
b. St. Paul, Minn. B.M. Voice Performance, B.A. African American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music; additional graduate study at New School University; vocal pedagogy with Richard Miller. Choral conducting experience with Music Educators of NYC; conducting TTBB choirs- Young People's Chorus of NYC (YPC); conducting SATB choirs - YPC; Artist-in-Residence, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn; professional singer and actress; has appeared internationally as well as in regional and off-Broadway productions; recorded vocals for numerous film scores and recordings.
Kaitlin is an active performer, music educator, and children's theatre director who is originally from Alpena, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education from Western Michigan University, and obtained a Masters in Musical Theatre Performance from Oklahoma City University. During her time in Michigan she directed children's choirs for the North American Choral Company of Grand Rapids, helped to develop and run a music, arts, and drama camp on Beaver Island, and taught elementary music in the public schools. With a love for both contemporary and classical music she was able to record Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of the Blessed Virgin with the Grammy nominated group Seraphic Fire, and partake in the Classical Musical Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.
Kaitlin has performed in the Tri-State area, as well as the Festival International Chihuahua in Mexico, with the New York City children's theatre company, The Paper Bag Players. Her other passions include teaching musical theatre as she has recently directed and choreographed "Annie,” “The Wizard of Oz," "Honk!" and "Into the Woods" for Oklahoma Children's Theatre of Oklahoma City. Her favorite opera and musical theatre roles performed include Papagena in "The Magic Flute," Monica in "The Medium," and Phoebe in the original children's musical, "The Sugar Plum Fairy." In her spare time she loves to visit her four wonderful nieces, and enjoy the incredible city of New York.