Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, of Italian-Brazilian origin, Founder, and Artistic DirectorPAULO FAUSTINI has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America as a classical vocal artist in recitals, concerts, ensembles, operatic productions, churches and vocal, choral music workshops. As a member of The Westminster Choir, he performed with world leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, National Symphony, Gewandhaus of Leipzig, and worked with conductors such as Bernstein, Abbado, Muti, Masur, Mehta. He was a contracted professional singer for The New York Choral Artists and performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and famous churches in the tri-state area. He was a singing participant of the Spoleto Festivals U.S.A. and Spoleto, Italy, for 13 summers, in many operatic productions of composer and director Gian Carlo Menotti. He has also performed with ensembles such as Fuma Sacra, Piffaro, as well as the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Berkshire Opera, The Philadelphia Singers at the Academy of Music and at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and has worked and performed with CHANTICLEER at their Sonoma Choral Workshop in California, and recently appeared as tenor soloist under King’s College Stephen Cleobury with Zenobia Musica’s performance of Monteverdi’s “Selva Morale e Spirituale” in Madrid, Spain. He has held positions of Choir Director and Music Director at the Unitarian Churches of Summit, New Jersey, and Center City, Philadelphia, as well as soloist and section leader at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

An avid Art Song specialist, PAULO‘s recent recitals include works of Ravel, Mozart, Poulenc, Villa-Lobos, Braga, Henrique at the Umbrian Serenades Art Song Series at Casa Menotti and at the Gian Carlo Menotti Theater in Spoleto, Italy, in collaboration with pianist, Laura Ward of LYRICFEST; Dowland, Seiber, Carulli, Schubert, Schumann, and Brazilian Songs at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and for the Music & Arts series at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Pittsburgh, in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis of LYRICFEST, and guitarist, Allen Krantz; works of Purcell, Beethoven, Brahms, Wolf, Ravel, Poulenc, and Brazilian Folk Songs, at The Philadelphia Orchestra Musical Cocktails Club in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia; Church of St. Martin’s in the Fields performing Schumann‘s Opus 90, Op. 48 Dichterliebe, Ravel’s Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques, and Brazilian Folk Songs.

PAULO has been inspiring singers and students of the vocal art for over 30 years.   Many of his students have been accepted into major music schools in the United States such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, and Westminster Choir College.  He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and voice instructor at Haverford College.  In addition to his voice studio in Philadelphia, he has held positions of voice faculty and vocal artist in residence at the Hotchkiss Summer Portals Vocal Chamber Music Program in Lakeville, CT, Voice Instructor at Westminster Choir College, and Artist Faculty of Voice at the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey.  As a Brazilian Portuguese Diction Specialist he has coached talented singers at The Curtis Institute of Music, Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), Westminster Choir College, and at The New York Festival of Song (NYFOS).  He has also taught vocal technique and conducting master classes at the Sacred Music Society of São Paulo, Brazil, and has been an invited judge at the Westminster Vocal Scholarship Competition at Westminster Choir College.  He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with distinction and a Bachelor of Music in Church Music and Voice from Westminster Choir College, School of Music of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

DAVID HAYES, Guest Conductor (2016-present), is a maestro with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio/choral and operatic genres. His role as Music Director of the New York Choral Society complements his other roles as Music Director of the Mannes Orchestra and Staff Conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. He served on the conducting staff of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2001-2011. In May 2015 he completed twenty-three years as Music Director of the critically acclaimed professional vocal ensemble The Philadelphia Singers, which was the resident chorus of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 2000-2011. He has also served as a cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic as well as for Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 1999 European Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Equally at home both orchestrally and vocally, Mr. Hayes is in demand as guest conductor with orchestras and opera companies across North America. Recent guest conducting engagements have included a production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore for Opera Memphis, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and the East Coast premiere performances of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Mr. Hayes also conducted the finals of the Fulbright Piano Competition with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra.

Past seasons have included concerts with such significant ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra 2001, Curtis Opera Theatre, European Center for Opera and Vocal Art, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Washington Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival and the Verbier Festival.

Trained as a violinist and violist, Hayes received his Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Hartford and a diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School. He served on the Board of Directors of Chorus America from 2000-2009.

CHARLIE AUGER, Program Coordinator, is a Massachusetts native, fluent in Spanish and Italian, and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Italy and Spain. While living in Milan, Italy, in the 1980s he co-founded and operated a language school and translation service. He later earned an M.A. in Spanish at Middlebury College Language Schools’ program in Madrid. Before taking early retirement in 2015, Charlie worked for 15 years as manager of an academic department at Brown University in Providence, RI. His administrative experience, as well as his knowledge of Spanish language and culture, will be key contributions to the program in Spain.