Messiah Concerts 2009
About the Soloissts

Claire Hungerford, soprano, lives in St. Albans with her husband and sons. In addition to Counterpoint, she is a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and has performed and recorded with the Austrian Radio Choir in Vienna. Claire attended The State University of New York Potsdam Crane School of Music and the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Claire has given numerous recitals locally as well as in Vienna and Munich, Germany. She has been a soloist with VSO as well as local choirs in Vermont, with the Dartmouth College Symphony Orchestra and with the East Hampton Community Choir. Claire is a member of "Ah! Capella," a quartet that is part of the VSO's Symphony Education program.

Wendy Hoffman Farrell, mezzo soprano, began singing with the Essex Children’s Choir and went on to receive both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in vocal performance. She has performed nationally with several companies, including the Atlanta Opera and the Southeastern Savoyards. Regionally, Wendy has been heard as a soloist with The Vermont Mozart Festival, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, The Vermont Philharmonic, The Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, and the Vermont Youth Orchestra. She has performed a number of operatic roles with Vermont companies, including Vermont Opera Theater and the Opera Company of Middlebury. Upcoming engagements include the alto solo work in Messiah with The Vermont Mozart Festival, and the role of Frau Stahlbaum (to her daughter Vivien’s Clara) with Vermont Ballet Theater‘s production of The Nutcracker.

Robert Dockstader, tenor, has received his vocal training at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and private vocal coaching with Nan Nall of Weston, VT. Robert has performed throughout VT and NH and has toured Eastern Germany with such groups as Opera Theater of Weston, Raylynmore Opera, Granite State Opera, Echo Valley Community Arts, Oriana Singers, and is now returning to perform once again with the Vermont Philharmonic for their annual Messiah Performance.


Erik Kroncke, bass, in 2008-2009, made his Seoul, Korea debut with the Korean Philharmonic in Beethoven's 9th, his Weill recital hall at Carnegie debut as a winner of the American Wagner and St. Bonaventura Awards from the Liederkranz Wagner competition, his Opera San José debut as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and his Sarasota Opera debut as Angelotti in Tosca as well as a concert performance of the Coronation Scene from Boris Goudenov as Boris with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. He has been acclaimed as Mephistopheles in Faust, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Basilio in Barber of Seville, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and Phillip in Don Carlos, to name just a few of his over 60 roles. He has also appeared with Chautauqua Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Brooklyn Opera, Bronx Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado, Fort Collins Opera, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Opera in the Heights, and the Amato Opera.