Announcing the Soloists for our December Performances
of Handel’s Messiah

The Catskill Choral Society’s two performances of Handel’s most famous work will take place on December 1st and 2nd in the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta, and will feature soloists Laura Enslin, Darcy Crum Meadows, Casey Gray, and David Kolb.  They will join the 70-member Catskill Choral Society and full orchestra under the direction of the Society’s conductor and artistic director, Dr.  G. Roberts Kolb

 

Laura Enslin, soprano

 

 

Darcy Crum Meadows, mezzo-soprano

 

 

Casey Gray, tenor

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Kolb, baritone

Laura Enslin’s solo engagements have included Symphoria and its predecessor, the Syracuse Symphony; Buffalo Philharmonic; Syracuse Opera; Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music; Society for New Music; Springfield (Mo.) Symphony; Lake Placid Sinfonietta; Cayuga Chamber Orchestra; Onondaga Civic Symphony; Syracuse University Brass Ensemble; and Syracuse University Oratorio Society, to name a few. Laura’s solo repertoire includes music by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mahler and Villa-Lobos. Her operatic and stage roles include Nedda (I Pagliacci), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adel (Die Fledermaus), Atalanta (Serse), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Norina (Don Pasquale), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Laurette (Doctor Miracle), Cecile (Iolanthe), Mrs. Hayes (Susannah), Dorine (Tartuffe), and Guinevere (Camelot).

Mezzo-Soprano, Darcy Crum Meadows, has been a sought after ensemble singer performing in and around the northeast and mid-Atlantic for the past twenty years.  After graduating from Hamilton College as a music major with concentrations in choral conducting and voice, she attended the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland earning her Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance. Darcy performed regularly as a vocal soloist and chorus member for several Baltimore-based ensembles before relocating to the Capital Region in 2020. She now sings with Albany Pro Musica and the Cathedral of All Saints Choir in Albany. Darcy works full time as a fundraiser and currently serves as the Senior Director of Legacy Giving for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Casey Gray  is an active in the Capital Region and throughout New York State. He has performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Octavos, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Schenectady Light Opera Company and Auriel Camerata. Notable roles include Little Bat (Susannah), Pitichinaccio (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Pirelli (Sweeney Todd), Ferrando (Così fan tutte). Notable performances of Oratorio works include Satyavān (Savitri), Evangelist/Victim (Samaritan) premier performance by composer Sean Doyle, Evangelist Bach’s St. John Passion. His concert works as a Tenor Soloist include Händel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, as well as concerts showcasing the works of George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, Cab Calloway, and Cole Porter (under the baton of William Jon Gray and Glen Cortese).

David Kolb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College with dual concentrations in mathematics and music, and has studied voice with Lauralyn Kolb and with Timothy LeFebvre. He has appeared as a soloist with the Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale, the Greater Utica Choral Society, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, the Catskill Symphony, the Catskill Choral Society, and the Oneida Area Civic Chorale, He has performed in many local theatrical productions, including shows with Rome Summerstage, Stage Two, Players of Utica, the Earlville Opera House, and Open Hand Theater.  David is the Minister of Music at New Hartford Presbyterian Church, and is the Artistic Director and conductor for the Mohawk Valley Choral Society.