Voices of the Ancient Woods

Voices of the Ancient Woods. The resident choir of the iForest
Joy Tamayo

Philippine-born soprano Joy Tamayo has been performing in New York since 2012. Full roles include premiering The Calf in Kento Iwasaki’s Beloved Prey, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Lady Tsui in Romance of the Western Chamber, and as Windy in the staged reading of Dance Me! by Linda Faigao-Hall. Upcoming performances include Premieres II with the C4 Ensemble and a concert in Dallas with The Salvatones in November. Joy Tamayo has a master’s degree in vocal performance from Crane School of Music and a bachelor’s in music degree from University of the Philippines. For more information, please check out her website at www.joytamayo.com. 

Aaron Theno

Aaron Theno is a versatile singer and performer, acclaimed for his work in both modern and traditional operatic works.  He performed as Le Commisaire in Glimmerglass Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ Orphée, and has sung in many productions with Portland Opera, most notably as Masetto in Don Giovanni.  He has been seen as Mr. Celius in The Center for Contemporary Opera’s production of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family, and the role of Michaelis in their production of The Secret Agent.    

An accomplished concert singer, Aaron has collaborated with Ricky Ian Gordon performing selected works with Mr. Gordon at the piano.  He recently made his debut in the title role of Elijah, and frequently performs oratorio and chamber music.

Nathan Siler

Nathan Siler is a Bronx-based performer and composer.  He frequently sings at Carnegie Hall with the Bard Festival Chorale and at Lincoln Center with NY Concert Chorale.  He has been a featured soloist and comprimario at Bard Summerscape for the last six years.  Favorite roles include: “Fury” (Oresteia), “Rudolph” (Euryanthe), and “Tatar” in this year’s production of Demon.  He also keeps a packed schedule of composition and orchestration projects.  Siler’s notable works include: Featured Orchestration for BAM (Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon); Original podcast theme song (Reverence Road); Film scores (The Widowers; We Are Mary); Full orchestral suite for Grammy© award winning children’s rock band Sugar-Free Allstars (performed by Winston-Salem Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Philharmonic); and Music Director for ORYANS BELLT TV (Licorice Loft and Evan’s World).  Recently he premiered an excerpt of his original score for the new devised theater piece by Sheila Bandyopadhyay (Rise/Fall) at The Tank in NYC.  Nathan is also the chief architect of the NYC guitar-pop/art rock band Portraiture.   

Aine Hakamatsuka

Japanese Soprano Aine Hakamatsuka is the winner of the 2013 Yokohama International Music Competition. She has performed roles including Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Lucy (The Telephone), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Nanetta (Falstaff), Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), and Belinda (Dido & Aeneas). In concerts, she appeared as a soloist in Paukenmesse (Haydn), Magnificat (Schubert), Requiem (Faure), 9th Symphony (Beethoven), Cantata No. 51 (Bach), and Gloria (Vivaldi). Ms. Hakamatsuka has performed in solo and choral capacities at such venues as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Queens Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. Ms. Hakamatsuka received her Master’s of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor’s of Arts from Kansas Wesleyan University. 

Sarah Hawkey

Soprano Sarah Hawkey believes that to sing is to breathe love into the world and that by co-creating art in which each person’s unique creative gifts are celebrated, music becomes a model for greater world peace. She is equally at home as soloist, consort singer, and chamber musician.

Ms. Hawkey’s singing has been praised for its “clarity, precision, and power” and her interpretations lauded as “transformational.” Recent concert highlights include Bach’s Johannes Passion, B Minor Mass, & Magnificat; Vivaldi’s In furore iustissimae irae & Dixit Dominus; Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Haydn’s Mariazeller Messe and Creation Mass; and Handel’s Messiah & Semele.      
duoSeraphim, Sarah’s collaboration with esteemed gambist Niccolo Seligmann, is blazing the trail for contemporary interpretations of baroque monody.  Their latest project is a deep dive into Barbara Strozzi’s rich ouevre.  
Sarah is a champion of new music. World premieres include creating the role of “Child” in the opera Upon This Handful of Earth by Gisle Kverndokk; “Chroma” for Beth Morrison Projects in Ellen Reid’s p r i s m at LA Opera and the Prototype Festival; Surprisingly Poetic Moments from an Otherwise Typical Hiking Guidebook, a song cycle by Abraham Z. Morrison; I will not go, an extended work for violin and voice by Pamela Stein-Lynde; and Drawing Down the Moon, an opera by Hunter Long.