Gift of the Arts Three Sopranos in Concert

An Evening of Beloved Songs

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:45 PM

Chester Presbyterian Church


All are welcome.  There is no charge for admission.


“The CPC "Gift of the Arts” Performing Arts Series is supported by the Jim Dorn Fund. Jim Dorn was a dearly loved Interim Music Director at Chester Presbyterian Church known for his extraordinary generosity and kindness as well as his excellent musicianship. His compassion, wit, teaching ability, joy (and pastries), brought countless blessings to Chester Presbyterian Church. This series aspires to sustain his spirit of gifting by hosting high-quality performances.


About the Artists


Caroline Whisnant is an American opera singer and soprano whose repertoire encompasses Richard Strauss, Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, bel canto, lieder, American Standards and musical theater. Her signature roles include the title roles in Richard Strauss's Elektra and the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten, the title role in Puccini’s Turandot & Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. She has performed operatic roles in Italian, German, French, and English as well as concerts in Greek, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Finnish. During her career Caroline has performed in over half of the states in the US and in 13 different countries on four continents.


Caroline received her Bachelor of Music degree from Converse College with Distinction in Performance and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University. She then spent four years at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia honing her craft. During this time, she won or was a finalist in several competitions, including the North Carolina State and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Metropolitan Opera Competitions and the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition.


Sarah Kate Walston has played more than 30 roles in opera and musical theatre productions. Some of her favorites being Musetta in La Bohème, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Laurie in The Tender Land, Suor Genoveffa in Suor Angelica, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, and Phyllis in Iolanthe where the Baltimore Sun said “The sweet, nimble singing and deft acting of Sarah Kate Walston, as Phyllis, was a major plus throughout the performance.”


Sarah Kate also enjoys performing in recitals and concerts and has been seen performing in Germany and throughout the United States. She has sung with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.


Sarah Kate teaches private voice at West End Assembly of God’s “We Academy” and is on the Voice Faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah Kate Walston, a Richmond native, received her Bachelor of Music degree at Lee University and her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.


Abigail Stinnett, mezzo-soprano, attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied classical singing and discovered that opera was a passion. Abigail graduated from VCU in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She sang in the following VCU opera productions: the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Ms. Todd in The Old Maid and The Thief, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Sally in Die Fledermaus, and Sister Osmina in Suor Angelica.

Abigail was alto section lead in Capitol Opera’s 2018 production of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas and is also alto section lead in the choir at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, as well as Youth Choir Director for Grace and Holy Trinity and Music Mentor for Passion Academy. Abigail appeared last year in Capitol Opera Richmond’s Centennial Celebration of Leonard Bernstein Concert.



A native of Richmond, Virginia, Douglas-Jayd Burn began serious musical study at age 18 and now holds degrees in piano performance  from the University of Arizona (DMA 2018), the Hartt School (MM 2013), and Virginia Commonwealth University (BM 2007), studying with John Milbauer, David Westfall, and Dmitri Shteinberg respectively, and also studying organ with Ardyth Lohuis. He has appeared in masterclasses with Eric Larsen, Sonia Rubinsky, and Edward Newman. He has served as an instructor at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Zdechlik, and as a Teaching Fellow at the Hartt School.


Active as a soloist and chamber artist, he involves himself in a wide variety of ensembles and performs an extensive range of repertoire. He has performed with members of the Zürich Opera Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Deutsch Oper Berlin, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Burn is also a passionate scholar and particularly interested in the music of Paul Hindemith, and presented his lecture recital The German Romantic Style of Piano Sonata no. 1 “Der Main” as a part of his doctoral dissertation.


He currently serves as the Director of Music and organist at Chester Presbyterian Church.