Chattanoooga Bach Choir and Orchestra Delighting audiences with Classical and Baroque choral music since 1985

Guest Artists

A native of Chattanooga, Isaiah Pennington, cellist, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas under the tutelage of cellist Andrés Díaz. Isaiah is a passionate advocate for the expansion of classical music into realms where it is not often heard, presently serving as Artistic Director for the non-profit Bridge the Gap Chamber Players. An adoring chamber musician, Isaiah intends to join a professional quartet following graduate school.


Rachel Walls, mezzo-soprano, is a recent college graduate, having earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree at Lee University. Rachel has performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah alongside the Lee University Choral Union, and has sung with various choirs at Lee University, including Chorale, Ladies of Lee, and Choral Union. She currently enjoys singing with the Chattanooga Bach Choir and at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Rachel plans to pursue a career in music education.


Mark Laseter, tenor, enjoys a varied career of singing, accompanying, and teaching. This season, he will perform with Seraphic Fire, The Crossing, Princeton Pro Musica, and the Chattanooga Bach Choir. Mark recently soloed in Charpentier’s Litanies de la Vierge, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1600, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College. Currently, he serves as organist at First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Zachary James Cavan, bass, is originally from right here in Chattanooga. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music from UTC, Zach went on to the University of Louisville and earned a master’s degree in music with a concentration in opera performance. He performed extensively in Louisville for three years, must notably performing the baritone solo in Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with the Louisville Master Chorale in March of 2015. Zach recently moved back to Chattanooga and is happy to be back making music again here at home. He works at Unum and has been married for almost four years.

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