Praised for her “inimitable, resonant contralto” (Phindie), “particularly moving singing” (Cleveland Classical), and “mysterious, dark hue and sauntering presence” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Robin Bier enjoys a varied career of solo and ensemble singing with an emphasis on the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and the present day. Her solo appearances include the American Bach Soloists, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Cantata Collective, the English Symphony Orchestra, and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, while as an ensemble member she has sung with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Everlasting Voices, Clarion, Musica Secreta, I Fagiolini, Apollo’s Fire, the Ebor Singers, and Ensemble VIII, and she is co-director of Les Canards Chantants. Originally from Alaska, Robin is now based in Philadelphia, where her daily activities include maintaining a private voice studio, coaching the Choristers at Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and prowling the trails of the Pennypack Nature Preserve with husband Graham and son Roland.
Graham Bier, bass, has sung with ensembles including Stile Antico, I Fagiolini, The Crossing, and The Choir of York Minster, The Thirteen and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, and has featured as a soloist with Big Apple Baroque, the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, the Ebor Singers, Choral Arts Philadelphia, and the American Bach Soloists Academy. He co-directs Les Canards Chantants and serves as Director of Music for the Bryn Athyn Church, Music Director of the Reading Choral Society, Choirmaster with the Stay At Home Choir, and has taught at Kutztown University, Albright College and Bryn Athyn College. Graham was brought up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, studied music at Oberlin Conservatory, and earned his MA in vocal studies and PhD in musicology from the University of York (UK).
Eric S. Brenner, countertenor has been hailed for his “penetrating eloquence,” “astonishing solo singing” (NY Times), & “auto-tuned Mr. Roboto majesty” (Stage Mage). Current engagements include Arvo Pärt’s Pater Unser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art & a recital of works by 17th century Italian composer/castrato Marc’Antonio Pasqualini. Eric is countertenor soloist in recent performances & recordings of Han Lash’s Requiem (Naxos), as well as Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Angel’s Bone (VIA Records). Other engagements include: alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Introduction & Gloria at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue; soprano & alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah at Avery Fisher (Geffen) & Alice Tully Hall; Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” at Carnegie Hall, St. Thomas Church, St. John the Divine, & St. Ignatius Loyola; alto with the Western Wind. Eric premiered the roles of Doodle in Stefan Weisman’s & David Cote’s Scarlet Ibis; Beast in Han Lash’s Blood Rose; & Poet in Virko Baley’s Holodomor in Ukraine. Eric has also premiered works by Jessica Meyer, Doug Balliet, Kamala Sankaram, & Toby Twining. Eric also writes fiction (currently hard at work on his second novel, his first play, a screenplay, a collection of rock & roll songs, & possibly a libretto!), is co-composer with Matt Shloss of music for Rob Reese’s Yahweh’s Follies, is a very proud dog-dad, & persists in being an incorrigible Mets fan. Find out more at www.ericsbrenner.com
Tenor, Jacob Perry, has been praised for his “gorgeous and stylish” (CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM) interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. He has been engaged as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire, Choralis, The City Choir of Washington, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Les Délices, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, Washington Bach Consort, and Washington National Cathedral. Deeply immersed in vocal chamber music, Jacob enjoys active membership in Les Canards Chantants, a soloist-ensemble based in Philadelphia, as well as engagements with ensembles such as ARTEK, Cathedra, Seraphic Fire, TENET Vocal Artists, and Yale Choral Artists. Since 2013, Jacob has served as a cantor and member of the choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.).