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Erin Turner

ERIN TURNER: is a lifelong Alaskan. She began her piano studies with her mother, an accomplished pianist, at age 4. At age of 6, she asked her parents if she could learn dance and violin. When she was made to choose, she chose violin. Excelling in music early on, she won a composition competition and the piece was arranged for orchestra and performed by the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. At the age of eleven, she performed a Mozart piano concerto with the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. At that time, she also began playing the violin with the Civic Orchestra. She played violin and piano with the ACO for nearly 17 years, including performing another piano concerto and standing in as concert master for one concert. Throughout her childhood years she performed on a regular and continual basis, including competing in local and state piano competitions. She started accompanying at age 10 and began teaching piano at the age of 16. Erin graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Erin is talented and skilled in a variety of music genre and includes classical improvisation. The Singers of Bel Canto are delighted that Erin has agreed to collaborate with us for our 2015-2016 season! To learn more about Erin and perhaps book her for your event, visit her web

Christine Renee Keene

Christine Renée Keene, soprano, has been praised for her “remarkable hall-filling voice” and her “well-supported soprano…drawing just a little reverb from the beams and walls”. - Anchorage Daily News

Recently returned from a year living and working in Vienna, Austria, she has been increasingly active with opera companies around Alaska –- including the role of Abel in the Alaskan premiere of Pablo Sorozobal's La Tabernera del Puerto; elementary school performances with Opera Fairbanks’ Green Eggs and Ham; and understudy to Rosina in Anchorage Opera’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Other roles include Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Norina (Don Pasquale), Flora (The Turn of the Screw), Cissie Woodger and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Mrs. Nordstrom (A Little Night Music), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) and has played the title role in Little Red's Most Unusual Day and Little Red Riding Hood.

In Europe, she was seen as Despina (Cosí fan tutte) and Zaïde (Zaïde) with the Amadeus Opernensemble in Salzburg, Austria. Her concert repertoire includes soloist in Carmina Burana, Messiah, and Handel's Dixit Dominus and is an avid recitalist.

An Alaskan at heart, Christine was the 1st place winner of the 2001 and 2002 Anchorage Concert Chorus Vocal Competitions and the 2001 NATS Vocal Competition, as well as the 2004 Anchorage Festival of Music’s Young Alaskan Artist. In 2007, Christine was a member of the Anchorage Opera's Young Artist Program and in August 2008 she won top honors in the annual Dean Allen Competition hosted by Ms. Gloria Allen.

Christine received her master of music from Florida State University and attended her undergraduate studies at both the University of Alaska and the University of Oregon.

Singer Profiles

Nancy Nowak

  NANCY NOWAK – Nancy is another talented founding member of Bel Canto and as a teacher, has shared her musical gift with hundreds of elementary school children in Mat-Su and as a performer, with such groups at Anchorage Community Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers, Anchorage Opera, Cantora Arctica and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Nancy has been a finalist in the Alaska Metropolitan Opera Auditions and a past winner in the Alaska NATS competition.

Dorothy Hight

  DOROTHY HIGHT – Dorothy is a Bel Canto founding member and has been sharing her delightful and versatile voice with audiences for many years. She has sung with Anchorage Community Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers, Mat-Su Community Chorus and soloed in productions of Messiah in Anchorage and Mat-Su as well as with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Tamara McCoy

TAMARA MCCOY –Dr. Tamara McCoy (D.M.A. University of Kentucky) teaches Piano, Voice, and World Music at Alaska Pacific University and serves as Music Director at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Tamara has sung with the Anchorage Concert Chorus and currently sings with The Starling Sisters, Bel Canto Alaska, and the Anchorage Opera Chorus. In addition, Tamara is a board member of the Anchorage Opera Guild, maintains a private studio in piano and voice, and serves locally as a piano soloist and accompanist.`

Liz Millikan

  LIZ MILLIKAN – Although Liz is a classically trained violinist, she began studying voice a few short years ago and has been delighting audiences since with her beautiful singing. Liz is a founding member of Bel Canto, an educator in the Anchorage School District and has sung with Anchorage Opera and soloed in productions of Messiah.

Carolyn Morris

  CAROLYN MORRIS – Carolyn Morris grew up in Idaho, graduating from the College of Idaho (C of I) with a B.A. in Music Education. She was a soloist with the C of I concert and tour choirs as well as the C of I and Boise Operas. Carolyn had roles in The Telephone, The Medium, The Consul, The Saint of Bleecker Street, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cosi fon Tutte and Rachel. Carolyn taught in the Boise School system and directed several youth, women’s, opera and church choirs. In 1977, she with her husband and sons moved to Anchorage. After an 11 year hiatus from singing, Carolyn joined the Anchorage Concert Chorus (ACC) in 1988. With the ACC, Carolyn has been a concert, tour choir and Messiah soloist. In 1998, Carolyn began singing with the Anchorage Opera Chorus and has performed in 21 of their past 33 productions and in 2007, became the AO’s Opera ‘Diva’. Currently, Carolyn is the ACC Soprano Section Leader; the ACC Vocal Scholarship, Winners’ Recital and Mentorship Award Coordinator. Carolyn has been a winner in the Alaska state N.A.T.S. Competition and is a founding member of Bel Canto.

Mary Bustamante

  MARY BUSTAMANTE - Mary shares her love of singing and music with the students of the Anchorage School District as classroom music teacher and choir director of twenty years.  She has been a soloist with the UAA Singers, UAA Theatre, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, Winds of Time Consort, Anchorage Opera, and the 2007 Anchorage Messiah Performance.  Mary was the Maestra for the Second Stage Anchorage Opera production of “Trial By Jury” by Gilbert and Sullivan.  Mary is director of the Winds of Time Consort, a historical instrument ensemble, and a music director at Saint Anthony Catholic Church.  She holds two degrees in music education from UAA.

Lisa O-Brien

LISA O'BRIEN: Lisa, a Mezzo/Contralto, was born in England when her father was stationed there. She began singing in 5th grade in school and church choirs. She has sung with the Anchorage Opera Chorus, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Messiah chorus, and with Long Beach Civic Light Opera. Her favorite role was Lucy in the musical Snoopy. She has been a member of Bel Canto for two years and has been enjoying performing with this great group!

Bel Canto, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to providing quality vocal performances and educational programs to Alaskan audiences.

The group was formed in 2002 by singers who met at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. We realized there was an unfilled niche for mature singers in the Southcentral Alaska region. All of our singers are classically trained and many are music educators. Our goal is to provide performance opportunities to singers through a series of musical concerts, master classes, and shows and in so doing, provide quality entertainment and education for our growing audience!

We also believe in the support and development of our community. Our members have sung at a variety of events including naturalization ceremonies, charitable fundraisers and as guest artists for Anchorage Opera Guild. Additionally, we provide free tickets to numerous community organizations whose clients may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy shows such as ours. Please consider becoming a supporter by visiting our donation page to see how your tax deductible contributions can help grow our seasons.

For information about booking Bel Canto for a function, please email us at: or call (907) 240-1730.


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