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

Guest Artists

Cynthia Johnson SOPRANO
Cynthia Johnson is the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she directs the adult, children’s, and handbell choirs, and teaches music to preschool children. She is also a part-time vocal instructor at Lee University. Cynthia frequently performs as soloist for sacred choral works, such as Messiah, Elijah, and the Requiem settings of Fauré, Brahms, and Rutter. Her operatic roles include Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Sandman in the CSO performance of Hansel and Gretel. Cynthia holds a B.S. in music therapy from Tennessee Technological University and a M.M. in vocal performance from Lee University. She enjoys teaching young adults, both in the voice studio and in the church setting, helping to prepare them for music ministry.

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Andrea Dismukes MEZZO-SOPRANO
Dr. Andrea Dismukes, mezzo-soprano, is Professor of Voice at Lee University and Director of Music for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland, Tennessee. In her tenure at Lee, she has served the university in various roles, as chair of the Department of Vocal Music and Performance Studies, director of the university’s women’s choir, Ladies of Lee, and as professor of voice and diction for singers. Additionally, Dr. Dismukes has served as the Tennessee State Governor of NATS and is a vocal consultant for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Dismukes has performed as soloist in the Canterbury Cathedral, The National Cathedral, and in various performance venues worldwide. Actively involved with music in the region, Andrea performs regularly as soloist with the Choral Arts of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Bach Choir, and is a founding member of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus.

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James Harr TENOR
A native of Chattanooga, James Harr is a candidate for the doctoral degree in vocal performance at the University of Memphis. He holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Washington University, in St. Louis. He has sung concerts with symphonies in St. Louis, Memphis, and Chattanooga. While in St. Louis, he sang with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus for seven years as a principal singer. Upon moving to Memphis, James sang with the Rhodes MasterSingers, the Memphis Symphony, and the Memphis Masterworks Chorale. Since returning to Chattanooga several years ago, he has appeared with both the Chattanooga Symphony and the Chattanooga Bach Choir. James has performed a number of opera roles. Here in Chattanooga, he has appeared with Opera Tennessee and Scenic City Opera. James is on the faculty of the McCallie School where he serves as the Director of Choral Programs.

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

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