Composer/performer Craig Bove earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern’s School of Music and completed his formal training with a PhD at SUNY Buffalo, studying under such New Music luminaries as Morton Feldman, LeJaren Hiller, Donald Erb, and Bernard Rands. His compositions have been performed throughout the country in both live performances and radio broadcasts. He has served as the conductor of CPCC Opera Theater pit orchestra and has performed, conducted and presided over concerts of new and standard repertoire including performances at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the BOCA Art Center in New York, KPFA Radio in San Francisco, and NPR Radio affiliates in New York, Vermont and California. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has in 2015 premiered “Twenty Years Gone” for orchestra.
Rebecca Cook-Carter is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University at Bloomington, where she studied with the renowned teacher, Margaret Harshaw. After graduating Rebecca spent the next five years at the San Francisco Opera, where she participated in the Merola Opera Program, won the 1978 San Francisco Opera Grand Finals, and apprenticed in the San Francisco Opera/Affiliate Artists Program (currently known as Adler Fellows). During this time Rebecca sang many roles both leading and secondary. Her apprenticeship in San Francisco culminated with her performances as Micaela in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production of CARMEN and as a substitute for an ailing Monserrat Caballe as Amelia in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. In 1981 Rebecca was also a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Roxanne Holt Watson received the Bachelor of Music Degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam, the Master of Music Degree from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her DMA document title is Six Chants Polonias (Sech Polnische Lieder): Liszt’s Transcriptions from Chopin’s Songs, Opus 74. Dr. Watson is the music director of the CPCC Opera Theatre. Previously Dr. Watson has taught at Wingate University and Montreat College. She has been on the board of the Charlotte Piano Teachers’ Forum and serves as an adjudicator for piano contests/festivals in North and South Carolina. She is an active soloist, accompanist, and chamber music collaborator.
Holly Maurer received a BA from St. Lawrence University in music and religion and the MM from The New England Conservatory in performance practice of early music. She performs regularly with Carolina Baroque of Salisbury, NC and has been a member of Carolina Pro Music of Charlotte for 15 seasons playing viola da gamba, transverse flute and recorder. She has performed extensively in the southeast and toured London with Carolina Pro Musica in 2005. Before becoming a full time faculty member of Central Piedmont Community College, she taught at Rowan Cabarrus Community College, Queens College and UNC Charlotte.