Craig Trompeter, Artistic Director, has been a musical presence in Chicago for more than twenty years. As an acclaimed cellist and violist da gamba he has performed in concert and over the airwaves with Second City Musick, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, the Cal Players, the Oberlin Consort of Viols, and Great Lakes Baroque. He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta. He has appeared as soloist at the Ravinia Festival, the annual conference of the American Bach Society, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and with Music of the Baroque. Trompeter has recorded works of Mozart, Biber, Boismortier, Marais, Handel, Greene, Henry Eccles, and a potpourri of Elizabethan composers on the Harmonia Mundi, Cedille, and Centaur labels. As a modern cellist, he was a founding member of the Fry Street String Quartet. He premiered several chamber operas by MacArthur Fellow John Eaton, performing as actor, singer and cellist. He has taught master classes at his alma mater, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Grinnell College, and the Chicago Musical College. In 2003 he founded the Feldenkrais® Center of Chicago where he teaches Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®. He has given Feldenkrais workshops throughout the nation in universities, music conservatories, and dance studios. Trompeter conducts the Early Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago.
Dave Moss, Executive Director, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory and is currently pursuing his MBA in finance at University of Chicago. He combines business acumen with artistic excellence, fostering a strong future for the arts in Chicago.
An accomplished chamber musician, Moss has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Jamie Laredo, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Ying Quartets. He has appeared on the world’s major concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kimmel Center, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum, and Chicago’s Symphony Center. He has recorded for Cedille Records, Naxos and Sony Records and has been heard on the BBC, PBS, and is a frequent guest on Chicago’s WFMT.
Moss is a passionate champion of contemporary music and has performed with the world’s leading ensembles including dal niente, Continuum, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and with Pierre Boulez and ensemble intercontemporain. As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
His interest in historical performance has led him to work recently with Tafelmusik and with Mark Padmore at the Britten-Pears Festival, as well as performing with Haymarket Opera Company, Baroque Band, and Callipygian Players. Dave makes his home in Chicago where he is on faculty of the Arts with Juilliard Program at the British International School.
Chase Hopkins, General Manager, is an alumnus of Northwestern University where he graduated 'cum laude' with a Bachelors degree in performance and arts administration, and the Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom where he earned his Masters degree with distinction in performance, working with Lynne Dawson. Previous operatic training includes the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam with Rosemary Joshua and Olivier Lallouette and as a member of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Alexander Gibson Opera School.
Hopkins also serves as the Artistic Director of Opera Edwardsville, an arts organization he founded in 2018. Opera Edwardsville is located in Southern Illinois and benefits from the guidance of Christine Brewer, who acts as Opera Edwardsville's Artistic Advisor.
On the operatic stage, Hopkins has has been described as a “strong and convincing presence” (Opera Today) and has been praised for delivering “thoughtful and disciplined” performances (Operawire). For his performance of ‘Jupiter’ in Handel’s Semele with Conductor Jeffrey Thomas and the American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Chronicle reported: “That the dealings between Semele and Jupiter landed with emotional force was due to the strong performances by soprano Arwen Myers and tenor Chase Henry Hopkins, both of whom delivered their assignments with tenderness and gusto… Hopkins’ elegant phrasing – especially in the famous “Where’er you walk” – conjured up an image of Jupiter as a suave seducer” (The San Francisco Chronicle).
Previous performances include 'Don Basilio' Le Nozze di Figaro at the Royaumont Festival in France, conducted by Rene Jacobs, ‘Septimius’ Theodora with the Britten Pears Young Artists at Snape Maltings in England, conducted by Christian Curnyn and led by Sarah Connolly, 'Don Ottavio' Don Giovanni, 'Nemorino' L'elisir d'amore, 'Don Basilio' Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Jonathon Cohen, 'Jupiter' Semele, with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco, ‘Eisenstein’ in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, directed by Lee Blakeley, 'Oronte' Alcina with the Two Moors Festival in England,Telemaco' Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, conducted by Roger Hamilton, ‘Jupiter’ Semele with the Jackdaws Young Artists, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Monteverdi's Vespers 1610, and Handel's Alexander's Feast.