Alfredo Beltran. I am beyond honored to be the baritone soloist for Coro Lux’s  performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. As a recent graduate of a Master’s degree in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, this solo opportunity is a major step in the possibility of having an operatic and concert solo career. Opera and other music companies will more than not hire experienced singers for their productions, so as to ensure both a good investment in the singers, but also to ensure the singers have the vocal maturity needed for certain roles and solos. As such, younger singers that are just out of school more than not struggle to get employed by many companies, resulting in minimal experience and payment for music-related work.

The baritone solos in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem are one of the pinnacle concert solos for baritone singers. While Coro Lux could have easily hired a more experienced singer to sing the solos, I am honored and indebted to Brad Ellingboe and Coro Lux for giving me this opportunity. Not only will this opportunity give me the experience needed by singers to succeed in the industry, but the generous scholarship that I have been given to sing the solos and sing with the group in general will help me out financially as I start on the path to a hopeful operatic and concert solo career.

Rebecca Brunette. I feel very lucky to have been chosen as the soprano soloist for Coro Lux’s performance of the Brahms’ Requiem. I have studied music all of my life, but for the past year or so I had taken a break from it. I came to realize that its absence had left a large hole in my life. While in these doldrums, I came across Coro Lux, a community chorus conducted by a former professor and mentor, Brad Ellingboe. I had been looking for a way to rejoin the musical community and I’d finally found my way back in.

Having sung one semester as chorister and one as soloist I have to say that I treasure the warmth and camaraderie I feel emanating from this choir. Without this stepping stone back towards Classical music I don’t know if I would have found my footing. I would like to thank Coro Lux, the board, and all of the people who attend our concerts. It means the world to musicians to have a community behind us. Music has been a cornerstone of my life and I am glad to be making it again.

Alexis Gutierrez. Through Coro Lux I am able to continue my love of music through the art form and expression of singing. I am lucky enough (and some would say blessed) to have been given a scholarship to perform with such a magnificent group. This ensemble – although young in age – is doing extraordinary and extremely sophisticated pieces of music.

I have participated with numerous groups, both local, national and international, and Coro Lux is a force to be reckoned with. Being a young musician, financial situations can be quite hard at times, especially when juggling work, school and/or any other extracurricular activities. So I say thank you to Brad Ellingboe, the Coro Lux Board and all those who made my scholarship available. Thank you!