Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew has also been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works. His most recent performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, recently released on the Innova label, has received notable praise.
Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (voice, opera) at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During the summer Andrew enjoys teaching and performing at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a four-week residential training program for talented high school musicians.
With his colleague Jessica Paul, Andrew performed Schubert’s Winterreise in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin during February and March of 2011. In April 2011 he was the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem at Grinnell College. As part of Luther College's sesquicentennial celebration, Andrew also sang the baritone solos in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, both at Luther and in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, on April 16 and 17, 2011.
To see and hear excerpts of Andrew's performances, or for further information, please visit his website: andrewdwhitfield.com
Spencer Martin has performed and taught at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel, and Europe as both violist and conductor. An active chamber and orchestral musician, he has appeared as guest violist with the Pro Arte String Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio. His solo performances include Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra in venues in Austria, including Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Spencer has served as Principal Violist in the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and also frequently performed in the viola sections of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Spencer’s solo, chamber, and orchestral performances have been featured in numerous radio broadcasts including National Public Radio, Canadian Brodcasting Corporation, Minnesota Public Radio, and Kansas Public Radio.
Spencer’s CD, “Gems Rediscovered,” was released to critical praise on the Delos label in 2012 and features lesser-known works for viola and piano by Ernest Walker, Paul Juon, Robert Fuchs, and Benjamin Dale. Spencer can also be heard on the Innova label on the disc “Waves of Stone, Music by Brooke Joyce.”
A former member of the music faculty at the University of Alabama, Spencer holds degrees from Butler University, Wichita State University, and the University of Minnesota. His teachers include Korey Konkol, Catherine Consiglio, and Barbara Westphal. Also an avid proponent of Baroque music, Spencer performs frequently on Baroque violin and has studied in Berlin with Baroque violinist Bernhard Forck.
To see and hear excerpts of Spencer's performances, or for further information, please visit his website: www.spencerlmartin.com
Stefano Sacher graduated from the conservatories G. Tartini of Trieste, G.B. Martini of Bologna, and from the faculty of arts at the University of Trieste, where he studied composition, voice, conducting, and jazz. He furthered his studies in composition with Antonio Bibalo, and in conducting with Samuil Vidas, Donato Renzetti.
Mr. Sacher begin his conducting career in 1985 as a choral conductor and later with the string ensemble Nova Sinfonietta, performing compositions from the Italian Baroque through the Twentieth Century. He has conducted choral and symphonic works, Italian operas, musicals, and jazz repertoire with ensembles such as the Academic Orchestra of Budapest, Mongolian Opera Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre of Havana, the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra, the Serenade Ensemble, and the Gruppo Polifonico "Claudio Monteverdi" di Ruda, performing concerts in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland, Poland, Malta, Sweden, Mongolia, and Cuba.
Mr. Sacher has composed choral and instrumental music, songs, a ballet, music for radio, chamber operas, and musical plays. His compositions are published by Pizzicato, Taukaj, and Nomos Editions.
Since 2001, Mr. Sacher has served as the music teacher at the United World College of the Adriatic. He speaks fluent Italian, English, Slovenian, and German.
Jennifer Self brings more than ten years of experience in higher education marketing to IMFA. She previously served as coordinator for music organizations and marketing at Luther College and assistant director for corporate relations at the University of Virginia.
Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in music and history from the University of Virginia and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.