Meet the Ensemble

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Nicholas Chalmers, tenor & Artistic Director

Nick, originally from Hopkins, Minnesota, is a founding member of The Mirandola Ensemble and has been its Artistic Director since January 2016. A graduate of St. Olaf College (B.M.) and a current graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota, Nick is an active performer, director, and choral educator throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to Mirandola, he has sung recently with The Rose Ensemble, the Bach Society of Minnesota, Glorious Revolution Baroque, and Oratory. Chalmers also teaches at Chesterton Academy and is Associate Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Family in St. Louis Park.


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Andrew Kane, tenor

Andrew has been appearing regularly with Twin Cities vocal ensembles since earning his Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Augsburg College in 2010. Focusing mainly on early vocal chamber music, oratorio and other sacred works, he has been a member of the Mirandola Ensemble since 2011. He has also served as baritone section leader at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis since 2010, and has performed with St. Paul’s Glorious Revolution Baroque, Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Minnesota Bach Society, the Elm Ensemble, the Oratorio Society, Lau Hawaiian Collective, Vocal Essence, Minnesota Chorale, VocalPoint Chorus, the Minnesota Opera, the First Readings Project, and the Oregon Bach Festival.


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Matthew Culloton, bass

Matt, who has performed with The Mirandola Ensemble since 2011, is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists.  In August 2010, he became Choirmaster at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. He holds degrees from Concordia College, Moorhead (B.M. in Music Education) and the University of Minnesota (M.M. in Choral Conducting, D.M.A. in Conducting). Matt has studied conducting with René Clausen, Kathy Romey, Craig Kirchhoff, Paul Nesheim, Matthew Mehaffey, Mark Russell Smith, and Bruce Houglum.


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Clara Osowski, alto

Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee), Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, and recently named the runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition. Clara received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in Voice from North Dakota State University in 2008, and Master of Arts Degree in Voice from the University of Iowa in 2010.


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Angela Grundstad, soprano

Angie has been singing with The Mirandola Ensemble since its first season. Originally from Boone, Iowa, Angie studied vocal performance at Simpson College (B.M.) and Louisiana State University (M.M.). Angie also performs with Vocalessence and teaches voice to Twin Cities students.


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Bethany Battafarano, soprano

Bethany is excited to join The Mirandola Ensemble in singing the music of John Dowland. In addition to Mirandola, Bethany currently sings with The Rose Ensemble, Apollo Master Chorale, The Minnesota Chorale, and First Readings Project. Since obtaining her degree from Macalester College in 2013, Bethany has also sung with The Singers MCA, Cathedral of St. Paul, Oratory, and Elm Ensemble. Outside of music, Bethany enjoys providing both autism care and Spanish interpretation services.


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Brian Hasse, bass

Brian Haase, a Minnesota native, is thrilled to be singing with the The Mirandola Ensemble.  He has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Aspen Music Festival, as well as oratorio work in the U.S. and Europe. He received his Masters Degree in Opera Performance from Rice University and his Bachelors of Voice from Northwestern College.


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