Soprano Elissa Edwards and harpist Meghan Caulkett will present “An English Christmas Concert” in the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Endorsed by the St. Paul’s Chamber Music Society, the free concert will feature works by Britten, Handel, Howells, Monteverdi, plus many traditional English carols, and will be followed by an “English Tea and Cake” reception.
Edwards holds a Master of Arts in Music from the University of York, UK, where she specialized in vocal performance of early music. Including a semester abroad at the Royal College of Music, UK, she graduated cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music. While attending Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she also was a scholarship student of Houston Grand Opera’s High School Voice Studio.
Currently on the voice faculty of the St. Paul’s Fine Arts Academy, her vocal credits include the The Compleat Singer Programme (Vancouver Early Music Festival), Le Chiavi di Bel Canto Institute (Texas Music Festival), Boston University Tanglewood Institute, four invited honors recitals at Boston University, and an invited “American arias” recital for the Doncaster Music Society (UK).
Caulkett holds a masters degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and she graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Music. She was a Young Artist with Da Camera of Houston in 2011 and a Young Artist Fellow in 2013.
She now freelances all over the greater Houston area and southeastern United States and is in her third season as the Principal Harpist of both the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of Southeast Texas. She has performed with the Houston Symphony, Opera Tampa, the modern group Musiqa, and will be joining the Dallas Opera for their performance of Iolanta in April 2015.
An advocate for music education, Caulklett founded 47 Strings (www.fortysevenstrings.com), an innovative harp concert series with the mission of bringing the harp out of the concert hall. Within the last two years, she has presented more than 30 solo harp and chamber music concerts in Houston for senior groups, elementary schools, AIDS clinics, and homeless shelters. This year, 47 Strings has worked to expand the Arts in Medicine program through interactive inpatient and waiting room performances. 47 Strings is a presenter with Young Audiences of Houston and the Arts in Medicine program at the Texas Children's Cancer Center.
A sample of Edwards' work, the Vivaldi Alleluia, is below.