Messiah Concert Program

Messiah 2023

Messiah 2023 Concert
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December 1, 2023 at 7:00pm
December 2, 2023 at 1:00pm
December 2, 2023 at 7:00pm


South Junior High School
3101 Cassia St, Boise, ID 83705

Music CRedits

Grant Farmer, conductor
Elaine Daiber, soprano
Courtny Fletcher, mezzo soprano
David Walton, tenor
Enrico Lagasca, bass

Concert Program


Recitative: Comfort ye my people (tenor)*
Air: Ev’ry valley shall be exalted (tenor)*
Chorus: And the glory of the Lord*
Recitative: Thus saith the Lord (bass)*
Air: But who may abide the day of his coming (alto) *
Chorus: And he shall purify*
Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (alto)*
Air: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (alto and chorus) *
Recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (bass)
Chorus: For unto us a child is born
Pifa: Pastoral Symphony*
Recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the fields (soprano)
Recitative: But lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them (soprano)
Recitative: And the angel said unto them (soprano)
Recitative: And suddenly there was with the angel (soprano)
Chorus: Glory to God*
Air: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (soprano)*|
Chorus: His yoke is easy, and his burden is light



Chorus: Behold the lamb of God
Air: He was Despised (alto)
Surely, He hath bourne our griefs
Chorus: And with his stripes we are healed
Chorus: All we like sheep have gone astray
Recitative: All they that see him laugh him to scorn (tenor)
Chorus: He trusted in God
Recitative: Thy rebuke hath broken his heart (tenor)
Air: Behold and see if there be any sorrow (tenor)
Recitative: He was cut off out of the land of the living (tenor)
Air: But thou didst not leave his soul in hell (tenor)
Air: Why do the nations so furiously rage together (bass)
Recitative: He that dwelleth in heaven (tenor)
Air: Thou shalt break them (tenor)
Chorus: Hallelujah*


Air: I know that my redeemer liveth (soprano)
Chorus: Since by man came death
Recitative: Behold I tell you a mystery (bass)*
Air: The trumpet shall sound (bass)*
Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb

*Indicates selections performed during the 1:00pm Matinee


Elaine Daiber, soprano

DaiberBoston-based soprano, Elaine Daiber, has been heralded for her “spectacular vocalism” (Hudson Housatonic Arts), which has garnered much acclaim on the operatic, concert, and recital stages. Upcoming and recent performance highlights include engagements with The Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy as a soloist in a recital centered around American song, soprano soloist in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Dartmouth College Handel Society and Glee Club, soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic, soloist in Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.2 with the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, and in recital with JJ Penna as part of the Music at the Redeemer Concert Series. A lover of new music, Elaine has spent summers at The Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival where she has appeared in recital with famed pianist Gil Kalish, and also performed works by György Ligeti, Earl Kim, Claude Vivier, and György Kurtág. Additional highlights from recent seasons include participation in a concert of Bach arias and duets with Emmanuel Music, role debuts as Elle in a production of Poulenc’s La voix humaine and Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo in Boston’s Jordan Hall, and recital appearances as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with Counterpoint Concerts in Chattanooga, TN, as a featured soloist in the US premiere of Helen Grime’s Bright Travellers in a Boston Symphony Orchestra Prelude, and in a concert of new works by women composers with NYFOS Next. Other engagements have seen the versatile soprano in a variety of performances with The Tanglewood Music Center, The Bard Music Festival, The New York Festival of Song, The Orchestra Now and the Albany Symphony, among others.

Courtney Fletcher, mezzo soprano

FletcherCourtney J. Fletcher is a highly acclaimed performer and teacher, recognized for her “smooth” and “seamless” voice (Bay View Music Association). Courtney has traveled both nationally and internationally for various operatic roles and performances, establishing herself as a sought-after performer and teacher in the industry. She is the recent winner of the West Central Region of the NATS Artist Awards and will compete in the Semifinals in New York City in January.

She participated as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and has received several awards, including the NOA Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition (Artistic Division – 2018 Winner), the Houston Saengerbund (3rd Place- 2021), and the MONC Auditions (now Laffont Competition) as a District Winner (2016 and 2020.

Her concert work includes I Am Carmen Miranda (Roberto Sierra) with Oberlin Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble, Fern Hill (John Corigliano), Serenade to Music (R. Vaughan Williams), Messiah and Alexander’s Feast (G. F. Handel) and Folk Songs (Bernard Rands) with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble.

Courtney is an experienced voice teacher who has taught various genres including classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, and folk. From 2021 to 2023, she worked as an Applied Faculty member at Rhodes College, where she taught voice, music theory, and opera. In 2022, she was selected as one of the twelve young teachers from the United States and Canada to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program.

Courtney earned her Doctor of Music in Voice degree with a minor in Music Theory from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she studied under Mary Ann Hart. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor of Voice, teaching voice and opera at the University of Kansas.

David Walton, tenor

WaltonPraised for his “clean, clear voice,” David Walton has made numerous appearances across the country in leading operatic roles and concert performances. Recent highlights include the title role in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Annapolis Opera and Tri-Cities Opera and Messiah with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Other roles include Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton on Robert Spano, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Madison Opera and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Minnesota Opera, where he sang as a resident artist for two years. He has sung the tenor solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Mattäus-Passion, and Cantata BWV 80, where
Atlanta Arts Journal called him, “right down the line of a fine Bach tenor.” Other orchestral appearances also include the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, the Minnesota Bach Ensemble and the Bach Roots Festival. He also sang with the mens vocal ensemble, Cantus in Minneapolis for three seasons. David was awarded regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera competition, second place in both Opera Birmingham and the Marcello Giordani competitions, a William Matheus Sullivan grant, and recently placed 3rd in the 2021 Rochester Oratorio Society Vocal Competition.

Enrico Lagasca, bass

LagascaFilipino-American bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca’s nascent career already comprises 16 oratorios, 17 new-music works, seven opera roles, 13 song cycles and collections and four Grammy Award-nominated recordings.

Concert repertoire is where he spends much of his time, but two hybrid presentations of frame his 2022-2023 season: Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light (afterlight) directed by Peter Sellers at the Park Avenue Armory and the New York Philharmonic’s premiere of Julia Wolfe’s multi-media unEarth. Between the ensemble work in those two world premieres, he sings bass solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Voices of Ascension, Handel’s Messiah at Ann Arbor’s University Musical Society and Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Washington Bach Consort, and Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht with the St. Louis Symphony.

As much as the great sacred works of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart remain in his bones, Enrico is increasingly inclined to seek out music by living composers such as Wolfe, Jonathon Dove, Caroline Shaw, and Reena Esmail. He has sung Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered, Jake Heggie’s The Moon is a Mirror and Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter. Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles will figure repeatedly in his 2022-2023 season, along with Craig Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard – the latter reflecting Enrico’s particular interest in works that address the LGBTQ+ community. He is a member of the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, which is dedicated to diversity and social justice.

Opera roles include Collatinus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and Lorenzo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. His need to take risks onstage has led him to forward-looking directors such as Thaddeus Strassberger, RB Schlather and Kevin Newbury.

A graduate of New York’s Mannes School of Music, Enrico lives in New York City with his domestic partner of several years.


Boise Baroque Orchestra



Violin I
Kate Jarvis, Concertmaster
Kathy Stutzman, Associate Concertmaster
Anna Marie Vargas, Assistant Concertmaster
Katie Clark
Brookann Hessing

Violin II
Geoffrey Hill, Principal
Nicole Oswald, Associate Principal
Molly McCallum, Assistant Principal
Heather Caulkins

Dave Johnson, Principal
Lindsay Bohl, Associate Principal
Emily Jones, Assistant Principal

Phillip Kettler, Principal
Jake Saunders, Associate Principal
William Cayanan, Assistant Principal

Chris Ammirati, Principal

Lauren Blackerby, Principal
Jessie Brown

Patty Katucki, Principal

John Kilgore, Principal
Brendan Grzanic, Associate Principal

Alex Artale, Principal

Del Parkinson, Principal

  • Master Chorale

    Sharon Bancroft
    Steph Benischek
    Rachel Raburn
    Monica Bunning
    Nancy Cuoio*
    Ridgley Dening
    Tammy Duthie
    Debby Geer
    Sue Clair Hebert
    Sharon Helppie*
    Lisa Hettinger
    Daphne Huang
    Vicki Kreimeyer
    Jessica Krzemien
    Sophia Krzemien
    Cady McCowin
    Julia Rundberg
    Lola Schiess*
    Alana Seacord
    Shannon Smolar
    Kathy Stockton
    Armida Taylor*
    Coleen Walker
    Haydyn Wallender
    Shannon Warner
    Alicia Weeks

    Diane Bleazard
    Lois Chattin
    Wendy Creighton*
    Marty Dayton
    Rebekah Fry
    Virginia Haber
    Leta Harris Neustaedter
    Anne Hay*
    Diane Jones
    Miranda Keen
    Danielle Lofgren
    Carol Martinez
    Kathleen Noden
    Cindy Owings
    Laura Toland
    Paula Weitemier
    Patsy Wolter 

    Don Anderson
    David Czerepinski
    Will Grubaugh
    Stephen March
    Larry Mincer
    Hubert Schwarthoff
    Simon Swenson
    Mark Tuning
    Paul Turke*
    Brad Wolf

    Andrew Coenen
    Brian Cronin
    Xander Hattaway-Bishop
    Hal Kemp
    Mike Lynott
    Bruce Moberly
    Paul Navarro*
    Brock Pfautsch
    Keving Richert*
    Shane Robison
    Peter Steven
    Ray Toland
    Allan Wang
    Bruce Yang