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Tenor Derek Chester, praised by the New York Times for his beautifully shaped and carefully nuanced
singing, is steadily making a name for himself in the world of classical singing. Mr. Chester received his
Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia as a student of Gregory Broughton.
As a student of renowned American tenor James Taylor, he completed his Master's Degree in Vocal
Performance of Oratorio, Early Music, Song, and Chamber Music in 2006 with a full scholarship from the
Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, he spent a year in Germany
working as a freelance musician and furthering his training as a student of acclaimed German tenor,
In Germany he was a member of the Giichinger Kantorei and was heard as soloist in Bach Cantata's 22 and
23 with the Bach Collegium Stuttgart. He has also appeared as soloist at the 2006 and 2008 Oregon Bach
Festivals under Helmuth Rilling, as Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion during Bach Woche 2007 in
Stuttgart and also at the 2007 Toronto Bach Festival under Helmuth Rilling, and in Monteverdi's Vespers
with Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque . He is a featured soloist with the American Bach Soloists under
Jeffrey Thomas and is on the roster of Miami's professional chamber choir Seraphic Fire under Patrick
Quigley. Mr. Chester's 2006 recording of Bach's St. John Passion (1725 version, ReZound) under the baton
of Simon Carrington (Yale Schola Cantorum) has received many accolades, including rave reviews from
Early Music and Choir and Organ Magazine. Recent concert credits include Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony
(Lobgesang) with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Handel's St. John Passion, Monteverdi
Book Seven Madrigals, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Dallas Bach Society, Handel's Messiah with the
San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and South Dakota Chorale, Handel's Theodora with the Bach Collegium
San Diego, the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra,
Bach's Mass in B minor and Weihnachtsoratorium with American Bach Soloists, and the Britten War
Requiem with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra.. Mr. Chester was the 2009 recipient of the
prestigious Adam's Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival, and returned this summer as featured tenor
soloist at the Staunton Music Festival.
Mr.Chester is currently completing his doctoral studies in Opera and Early Music at the University of North
Texas where he is a student of Jennifer Lane, Toulouse fellow and a doctoral teaching fellow. He continues
his work as a freelance singer across North America and Europe, and is artistic director of Adler Consort,
an early music ensemble based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Derek Chester is solely represented and
managed by Novo Artists, Inc.
Christoph Hammer has served as associate professor of Keyboard and Early Music at UNT since 2009. A
native of Bavaria, Prof. Hammer has established an international reputation as a solo performer, Lied
accompanist, chamber musician and conductor. Since 1989, he has focused on playing historical keyboard
instruments, especially the Hammerklavier / fortepiano; he is also the founder (in 1996) and director of the
Neue Hofkapelle Miinchen. In these many capacities his extensive catalog of recordings spans a wide range
of both established concert repertoire and long neglected works from the baroque, classical and early
Andrew Justice, violin and viola, holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Oregon State University, a
Master of Music Performance from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Library Science from
Syracuse University. He has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Festival of American Music,
Cascade Music Festival, New York State Baroque, Rochester Bach Festival, Tempesta di Mare Baroque
Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Orchestra of New Spain, and Texas Camerata. Mr. Justice also
performs frequently in chamber settings, including programs with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University,
The Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City, and the Boston Early Music Festival. He currently works as
Music Librarian for Audio and Digital Services at the University of North Texas, where he manages one of
the largest academic audio collections in North America and directs digitization of print and audio special
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