Artistic Director and Conductor
Anna co-founded In Mulieribus with former member and Executive Director, Tuesday Rupp back in 2004. She has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since moving to Oregon in 2001. After graduating with a B.A. in composition from UCLA she went on to finish her Masters of Music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and earned a doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has studied with Dennis Keene at the Keenefest Choral Institute and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival as a conducting fellow with Helmuth Rilling. Her past positions include Associate Director of Choral Activities at DePaul University in Chicago and Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir. Anna is currently Associate Professor of Music at Linfield College where she serves as the Director of Choral Activities. She lives in Sherwood with husband Blake Applegate and their two children, Grace and James.
Kari grew up in the rural outskirts of Canby, Oregon. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Goshen College, Indiana, and was a two-time winner of the Concerto-Aria Contest. Her love of early music led her to study at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She then returned to Oregon and became involved in the Portland music scene. She is currently singing with Cantores in Ecclessia and Trinity Cathedral Chamber Singers. Ms. Ferguson has also performed with local ensembles such as Urban Baroque, Resonance Ensemble, Cappella Romana, and the Oregon Renaissance Band. She is currently a piano and voice instructor at Pfeifer MusicWerks Studio, and resides with her husband and son in North Portland.
Susan Hale has been actively involved with choral music for many years in the Portland area as an ensemble singer, soloist and educator. She has sung with Choral Cross-Ties, Cappella Romana, Trinity Consort, Portland Baroque Orchestra Chorus, Oregon Repertory Singers, and Cantores in Ecclesia. Susan performed for many years as a member of the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene. Solo appearances include performances with the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Oregon Chorale, and the Oregon Ballet Theater. She has recently completed a long tenure as choral director at Tigard High School. Susan's love of music education has encompassed elementary, middle school, and high school vocal music as well as private instruction. She is now mentoring student teachers in music education at Portland State University. She lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with her husband Paul Klemme, a church musician and conductor in Salem.
Hannah enjoys a diverse career as a performer of opera, oratorio, and recital literature. Frequently praised for her musicality and the timbre of her voice, Ms. Penn has recently been called "…a major talent", and "…an intelligent and wonderfully musical singer" by Portland's Willamette Week, and was praised for having "…intriguing colors at both ends of her range" by The Oregonian. She has sung with Glimmerglass Opera (Rosina), Florida Grand Opera (Teresa in La Sonnambula), Tacoma Opera (Cherubino), Gotham Chamber Opera, and Portland Opera. As a recent member of Portland Opera's Studio Artist program, Ms. Penn sang the roles of Diana (La Calisto), Thisbe (La Cenerentola), Mercedes (Carmen), Flora (La Traviata), and Nancy (Albert Herring). She also sang her first Carmen with Portland Opera, which garnered critical acclaim and resulted in a chance to reprise the role following season with the Teatro National Sucre in Quito, Ecuador. A strong proponent of new works, Ms. Penn has performed in the American premiere tours of John Adam's El Nino and Sven-David Sandstrom's High Mass, and has been involved in the American premiers of several operas, including Anthony Davis' Wakonda's Dream and David Carlson's Anna Karenina at Florida Grand Opera. Ms. Penn also enjoys a full concert schedule, having been featured with orchestras around the country, including the Oregon Symphony (Beethoven's 9th Symphony), the Florida Philharmonic (Mozart's Requiem and C Minor Mass), the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (Corigliano's Fern Hill), and the Bloomington Early Music Festival (Messiah). Engagements for the 2010-2011 season include Copland's In the Beginning with Boston's Coro Allegro, Corigliano's Fern Hill with Portland's Resonance Ensemble, recitals with Portland Opera's principal coach Robert Ainsley, Dinah in Tacoma Opera's Trouble in Tahiti, and the title role in Portland Opera's upcoming L'Enfant et les Sortileges. She teaches at Portland State University, where she was recently appointed adjunct professor of voice.
Jo has been a professional vocalist in the Portland area for almost 15 years. Her first singing job was at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral while studying Vocal Performance at Portland State University. She earned her Bachelors in 2002 and has sung with numerous ensembles since, including Cappella Romana, Cantores in Ecclesia, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Columbia Chorale. She also records often with Oregon Catholic Press. In addition to singing, Jo has a passion for teaching and earned her MEd from Portland State in 2003. She taught middle school and high school choir and drama for eight years in Scappoose, OR where she co-directed productions of Oklahoma, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, and Peter Pan. Jo's high school chamber choir made eight consecutive appearances at the OSAA state choir competition, earning high marks in sight reading, which she loves to teach. For the past two years she has enjoyed staying home with her two children. She lives in Beaverton, OR with her husband Rob, daughter Rosabelle and son Riley.
Catherine van der Salm
Catherine is a native of the Northwest. She grew up in Sandy, Oregon, and graduated with honors from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, earning two degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. As a private voice teacher in Vancouver, Washington, Catherine coaches singers of all ages in art song, opera, Broadway, and popular musical styles. In addition to teaching, Catherine is an active performer, singing with Cappella Romana, in In Mulieribus, Resonance and Oregon Catholic Press, and has appeared as a guest artist with Cascadia Academy of Music, Portland Vocal Consort, Columbia Chorale of Oregon, Bravo! Vancouver and the Vancouver Camerata. In 2002 and 2004, she was a regional finalist in the NATSAA competition, and sang for Elly Ameling at the 2005 International Congress of Voice Teachers. Catherine is also part of the Portland Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity and service organization. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, Ruud, their daughters, Juliana and Annelies.
Ann is a native of Iowa. She is a long-time member of Cantores in Ecclesia, and has sung with the choirs of St. Michael and All Angels Church, Cappella Romana, the PBO Chorus, and the St. Ann Chapel Choir of Palo Alto, Ca. She has toured internationally with Cantores in Ecclesia and the St. Ann Chapel Choir. A specialist in Chinese studies, Ann holds a Ph.D. in Chinese art history, is a Research Associate with the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Oregon, and currently serves as chair of cultural programs for the Northwest China Council in Portland. Ann is adjunct Assistant Professor of art history at Portland State University and has taught Asian and Western art history and critical inquiry at University of Oregon, Pacific University, and Portland State University.
Praised for her musical sensitivity and clarity of tone, soprano Arwen Myers is quickly gaining a reputation as one of today's most intelligent and skilled interpreters of new and early music. A versatile artist equally comfortable in oratorio, chamber music, and the recital stage, Ms. Myers has appeared with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Opera, the Idaho Bach Festival, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, among many others. In July, she placed third nationally in the prestigious 2014 NATS Artist Award competition in Boston, MA.
2015-16 season highlights include solo appearances with Musica Maestrale and The Ensemble, as well as appearances on Portland's Friends of Chamber Music's "Dinner with Friends" series and All Classical FM's "Thursdays at Three." This season also marks the launch of Northwest Art Song, an ensemble devoted to the song recital launched this fall by Ms. Myers, mezzo-soprano Laura Thoreson, and pianist Susan McDaniel. An avid collaborator, Ms. Myers will also appear as a choral artist with Portland-based In Mulieribus, Cappella Romana, and the Ensemble, among others. She is a founding member of Missouri-based vocal consort Prometheus and is a featured soloist on their debut album, which was released in August 2014.
Ms. Myers holds bachelor's and master's degrees and a Performer's Diploma in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Alan Bennett and Patricia Brooks Havranek. A native of Augusta, GA, she is currently the music associate at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, OR, and she is an active freelance artist both in the Northwest and across the United States.