Brandon Dallmann (Amahl) is a sixth grade student at the Common
School. He got his start in acting with the Starlight Youth Theater
(thanks to Cyn and her team!) where he played the lead in "Oliver,"
Gavroche in "Les Miserables," and Fenrus Ulf in "The
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Besides singing and acting,
he also plays piano and recorder. He has two dogs and thought his shepherd
mix should have had a part in Amahl. He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran
Yvonne Field (Mother) earned her Bachelors degree at the University
of Montana, did graduate work at the New England Conservatory in their
Opera Theater Program, and earned her Masters in music from UMass, Amherst.
She teaches and sings professionally throughout the Connecticut Valley,
specializing in opera.
Junius Harris (Balthazar) has a Bachelors degree in Music Education
and Performance and a Master of Education degree. He trained at the
Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the International Summer Akademie
in Salzburg, Austria, and also studied in Italy and Germany. Currently
teaching voice in Holyoke, he lived for over twenty years in Germany
and performed opera and song recitals throughout Europe.
Jack Stebbins (Melchior) holds a Bachelors degree in voice and a
Masters degree in conducting, both from Westminster Choir College in
Princeton, New Jersey. An expert piano technician, he tunes and repairs
pianos throughout the Connecticut River Valley (including Immanuel's!).
He teaches Piano Technology at North Bennet Street School in Boston.
He has chaired the Examinations and Test Standards Committee of the
Piano Technicians Guild, and teaches and examines at regional and national
levels of the Guild. He is a member of the Immanuel Lutheran choir.
Bob Weaver (Kaspar) earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D degrees
in mathematics. He is professor emeritus of mathematics and computer
science at Mount Holyoke College. He enjoys composing vocal music and
has several published works (and many others written for Immanuel).
A voice student of Lois Smith, he has performed as soloist and chorus
member throughout the Five College area and is a member of the Immanuel
Lutheran choir. He also helps maintain the computers at his wife's office,
various websites, and his tree farm.
Jon Niedzielski (the Page) has a Bachelors degree in history from
Ithaca College and a Masters in Foreign Affairs from the University
of Virginia. He works for Congressman John W. Olver and for the last
dozen years has served as his District Director. (He says his job prepared
him very well for the Page role!) A graduate of Amherst Regional High
School, he sang in the Chorale there. He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran
Church and enjoys singing in the choir when he makes time and remembers
that music really does feed the soul. He is a fan of rock music, the
Red Sox and roundabouts.
Matt Cron (pianist, rehearsal accompanist, set builder) holds Bachelors
and Masters degrees in music and a Ph.D in Musicology. His scholarly
work has been cited in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
and in the German music encyclopedia Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart.
An award-winning teacher, he has taught at various colleges and universities.
He is also a music typographer who has designed musical examples for
several publishers. He is the organist of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Anne Weaver (director) is a primary care physician in Amherst who has a
Masters degree in flute performance as well as an M.D. degree. Board
certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, she was formerly
a professional flutist. She started teaching flute at age 10, soloed
with the Baltimore Symphony at age 15, and later taught and performed
throughout the Pioneer Valley. She is Director of the Immanuel Lutheran