American bass-baritone Ivan Griffin has delighted audiences in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, and South Africa. His operatic appearances include such companies as Spoleto Festival, New Orleans, Buffalo, Michigan, Western New York, Opera Louisiane, and OperaCreole. He has also been featured artist with the National Symphony of Mexico, Louisiana Philharmonic, Southeast Texas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Savannah Symphony, to name a few. Ivan is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, and the Eastman School of Music. He currently serves on the voice faculty at Loyola University of New Orleans.
A native son of America’s first city of opera, New Orleans, LA Tyrone Chambers, II is founding tenor of Opera Créole, a unique opera company making its mark at home and abroad. He has performed principal roles Diron Hachard in Minette Fontaine
in 2015, Jean Torrès in La Flamenca in 2017, of William Grant Still and Lucien Lambert respectively, the role of Basile Barès in Les Lions de la Reconstruction,
compiled and written by Givonna Joseph, and a plethora of works integral to OperaCréole’s mission- researching, finding, and performing classical works by Creole composers, les gens de couleur libres, and other composers of African descent.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung praises him for having a “splendid voice, fit for both big stages worldwide, and important roles at home. [The voice is] fine in the heights, elegantly gliding on the tempi waves and in forte with powerful emotion.” Speaking of home, one of the artist's greatest professional joys is sharing his talents in local churches and other venues, as he offers recitals regularly and cantors often at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The 2019-2020 season was full before 2020 brought a global pandemic and greatly limited the performer’s opportunities. The Mainz resident performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzerat Schloss Henfenfeld. In his first Brazilian appearance, Mr. Chambers presented a solo recital called "Seréstas, Spirituals, and Song." He also led yet another successful European/Scandinavian tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical Gala which finished just before the pandemic. Last season's highlights were singing El Remendado in Carmen with New Orleans Opera Association, Russell Davenport in Dan Shore’s Freedom Ride during its Chicago Opera Theater world premiere, as well as several concerts with Opera et Cetera and Papageno Musiktheater in Frankfurt. This year, Mr. Chambers expects to be sailing the high seas as a headliner with the internationally acclaimed versatile act, Vox Fortura, and spoiling his new goddaughters: Amara and Nima.
Tre Louis is a multi-faceted performance artist hailing from the vibrant streets of New Orleans. With 18 years of vocal experience, Louis’ sings with multiple ensembles around the city including Loyola’s NOVA VOCE , and Tulane’s Sacred Nine Choir. In his spare time he fronts his own band VALN with abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and thoughtful songwriter. His abilities and vocal skill has brought him to St. Andrews Episcopal Church where he sings Tenor/Bass with our choir.