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 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. Most recently he served as Music Director for Francesca Caccini's opera La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina at Utah State University. 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.
Dave Moss, General Manager, is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory and is currently pursuing his MBA in finance at University of Chicago. He intends to combine business acumen with artistic excellence to foster 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.
Board of Directors
Sarah Harding, President, a former Rhodes Scholar and graduate of Yale Law School, is a member of the faculty at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she has won numerous teaching awards and has overseen school-wide projects including strategic planning and curricular reform. Her teaching, research, and writing interests include the legal treatment of cultural objects and antiquities.
Sarah has a deep background in community arts and education organizations, including as a founding board member of Beacon Academy (an innovative Montessori-based high school in Evanston IL), and currently serving on the boards of the Montessori Academy of London and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. She brings prodigious energy as well as expertise to Haymarket; when not travelling to visit her three high-school and college-age children—all active in the arts—and watch their performances, she spends a lot of time running, cycling and swimming.
Sarah loves Haymarket’s unique combination of visual beauty, musical excellence, intimacy, and charm, but says it’s the dedication, creativity, and generosity of all those associated with the organization that brought her into the Haymarket fold. She looks forward to the challenge of helping Haymarket grow without losing its wonderful sense of intimacy.
David Rice, Vice-President, is a founding Board Member of the Haymarket Opera Company. A graduate of Grinnell College and the Loyola University College of Law, he has for the past 30 years been associated with the Office of Legal Affairs at Rush University Medical Center, where he currently serves as an Associate Vice President in that office. David previously served for ten years as an officer and board member of CommunityHealth, the largest free medical clinic in Illinois.
He is proud of his two children, Adria and Jordan. Adria holds a degree in vocal performance from Northwestern University and appeared in Haymarket’s production of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers. Jordan is a recent graduate of Stanford Law School and is a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Albert Diaz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
“HOC's consistently high performance level in all aspects of the productions,” said David, "is a standard that I am confident the company will maintain, and I am looking forward to being part of the continuing growth of the Haymarket Opera Company."
Susan Rozendaal, Secretary, enjoys her association with Haymarket as both board member and violin/viola player. She has a lifelong love of Baroque music and original instruments, and is honored to be part of the uniquely talented and dedicated group of musicians, board members, and supporters that make up the Haymarket family.
In addition to performing, Susan teaches violin and viola to pre-college students in her home studio, and formerly at the music schools of The Cleveland Institute of Music, the Music Institute of Chicago and DePaul Community Music. She loves incorporating music history and performance practice into her instruction, and hopes to encourage the next generation of arts patrons. As enthusiastic supporters of theatre, Susan and husband Richard sit on the board of another cultural gem, the Raven Theatre in Edgewater.
Susan and Richard have five children including doctors, engineers and Baroque violinists; (daughter Isabelle and her husband Pascal) With Richard she enjoys ballroom dance and working on their horse property where they raise bees and vegetables.
Rupert Ward, Treasurer, an expert in international corporate tax, brings special financial acumen and support to Haymarket. He is a tax partner at accounting firm KPMG in Chicago and is a graduate of Oxford University.
Rupert sits on a number of other boards including the British American Business Council, and he chairs the Chicago – Birmingham Sister Cities committee which forges cultural, educational and business links between Chicago and Birmingham, UK. Not coincidentally, Birmingham is Rupert’s original home town.
Rupert enjoys the richness and variety of Chicago’s cultural offerings and Haymarket’s position as a jewel within that substantial crown. Haymarket’s success has been built on a solid financial base, and with his background in numbers Rupert is committed to helping Haymarket grow while maintaining its financial stability.
Mary Mackay has worked in publishing and educational organizations, after starting her career as a teacher in France, Japan, and her native England. She is currently director of marketing at the 60,000-member American Library Association, and brings expertise in communications and helping non-profit organizations generate revenue.
Mary has always been engaged in music—as an amateur participant (choral singing and studying harpsichord with Chicago early musician Jason Moy), as an enthusiastic audience member, and as a board member. She travels widely with her husband, but closer to home, has loved making the most of Chicago’s endless cultural and outdoor activities for the 10 years they’ve lived here.
Like other board members, Mary has been impressed by how quickly Haymarket has become a fixture on the Chicago music scene, and says she was drawn to it by the energetic professionalism and exuberant productions with outstanding performers, music, sets, and costumes. She welcomes the chance to work with committed and creative experts who have a gift for focusing on excellence and growth while perpetuating the joy. She looks forward to helping Haymarket continue to make its mark.
Ryan O’Mealey currently serves as Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where he oversees recruitment, marketing and scholarships for prospective musicians. He has presented topics on music recruitment, financial planning for musicians, and career advancement to conferences throughout the country, and has been featured in DownBeat magazine. Each year, he hosts the Chicago Northshore College Fair for aspiring musicians and regularly speaks to high schools and youth ensembles throughout the country. As a performer, he has appeared with Chicago-area organizations such as Music of the Baroque, Bella Voce and the Grant Park Music Festival, and as a soloist with the North Shore Choral Society and the Callipygian Players. Ryan looks forward to strengthening ties between Haymarket Opera Company and the broader community of artists, scholars and supporters.
Russell Wagner, HOC master carpenter, prop craftsman, electrician, and heavy transport coordinator studied early music performance with Ben Bechtel at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He is a frequent performer on the viola da gamba in Chicago’s early music community with Second City Musick, The Spirtit of Gambo, and Haymarket Opera Company. Wagner is a leading repairer and adjuster of cellos in the USA, working from his Evanston studio, Chicago Celloworks. He and his wife Paula have two wonderful children and one glorious granddaughter. Russell exemplifies the “can do” spirit of Haymarket Opera Company. He believes that tasks large and small can be done elegantly.
Suzanne Wagner, director of development and communications at the Wetlands Initiative, joined the Haymarket Opera Company’s board of directors in 2016. Long a Baroque opera lover, she is thrilled Chicago has a company devoted solely to early opera.
Suzanne met many of HOC’s core members before the company existed when they were part of Chicago Opera Theater’s Medea trilogy in 2010-12: Cavalli’s Giasone, Charpentier’s Medée, and Handel’s Teseo. As a co-sponsor of all three operas, she took real pleasure watching audience members discover these beautiful and rarely performed works.
Along with HOC’s high musical standards, Suzanne loves the joy with which the singers and musicians approach each new production.
Jeri-Lou Zike is a versatile, energetic musician who enjoys a variety of artistic activities in symphonic, baroque, and chamber music. She is principal and founding member of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra and principal second violin of the Chicago Opera Theater. She is also a member of the Chicago Philharmonic, the Joffrey ballet orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. As a period instrument performer, Ms. Zike is concertmaster of Haymarket Opera Company which she manages alongside the Artistic Director, Craig Trompeter. Other musical credits include principal of Baroque Band, soloist with the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Concertmaster of the University of Chicago Rockefeller Chapel Concerts, as well as performances with His Majestie’s Clerkes, Kansas City Music Consort, and Music of the Baroque. Ms. Zike is also a well-regarded contractor of musicians, providing orchestras for the Apollo Chorus, Chicago Chorale, the Cathedral Singers, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir, among others. Jeri-Lou Zike has recorded with GIA, Centaur, and Cedille Records. To balance the intensity of music making, Jeri-Lou loves to swim, bike and run and is a five-time Ironman.
Craig Trompeter, ex officio
Artistic Advisory Board
Jane Glover has appeared with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opera National de Bordeaux, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of St Louis, Teatro La Fenice, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. A Mozart specialist, her core repertoire also includes Monteverdi, Handel and Britten, but extends widely from the 17th to 21st centuries. In concert she has performed with all the major orchestras in Britain, repeatedly at the BBC Proms, and in recent seasons has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Orchestra of St Luke’s (Carnegie Hall), Sydney Symphony, Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields, London Mozart Players and City of London Sinfonia, Philharmonia Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Her many recordings include works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Britten amd Walton with the London Mozart Players, London Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Singers. Most recently she has released recordings of Haydn Masses and Handel’s Messiah. Her book, Mozart’s Women, was publish to great critical acclaim in September 2005. It was listed for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction. She was awarded a CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours.
Renowned as an opera and concert conductor, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of baroque and classical repertoire. He is Artistic Director of The English Concert and Chief Conductor of Santa Fe Opera. Plans for the 2015/16 season include returns to Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia as well as his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Opera includes both Le Nozze di Figaro and Rusalka at Houston Grand Opera and Maometto at Canadian Opera Company. Harry and The English Concert continue their Handel cycle with Orlando which tours to Europe and America. Wigmore Hall appearances include programmes featuring both Iestyn Davies and Andreas Scholl. Future plans include extensive concert and touring projects with The English Concert and visits to Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera, Chicago.
Jerry Fuller works with Haymarket Opera to continue the company's artistic growth in an economically sustainable way by drawing upon his background in opera, historically-informed performance practice, management, and philanthropy. Jerry worked his way through college as assistant principal of the Chicago Lyric Opera double bass section; received his MBA from the University of Chicago; developed management skills in marketing, strategic planning and information technology at the division, group and corporate levels of American Hospital Supply Corporation and served as Vice President of Investment Research for Duff and Phelps. Jerry is now President of the James S. Kemper Foundation and a consultant with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
Jerry has maintained an active performance career that includes appearances with the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco; Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and hundreds of performances with early music ensembles in Chicago and the midwest.