Kyle Shiver has sung with numerous vocal ensembles in the Chicago area including the Chicago Chamber Chorale, Wicker Park Choral Singers, and the Marion Consort. He also serves as the musical director at Grace United Methodist Church in Logan Square. Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education with a dual focus on voice and piano. When not making music, Kyle works passionately as a psychotherapist in a private practice.
Allison Selby-Cook, mezzo-soprano
Allison Selby-Cook is a Chicago-based actor, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a mezzo-soprano, Allison has been heard with the CSO at the Ravinia Festival, Marion Consort, Manhattan School of Music, Siena Music Festival in Italy, American Chamber Opera, and on the Big Ten television network. Most recently, she made her international radio debut on Live from WFMT 98.7FM with a vocal quartet she co-founded. She will be joining DuPage Opera Theatre for Verdi's La Traviata in January and subsequently returning to ShawChicago for Margaret Raether's play Jeeves in Bloom. Graduate of Northwestern University.
Travis Swinford, Tenor
Travis Swinford earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Millikin University where he had the distinction of performing with the University Choir on a tour of China. He was also a member of OneVoice, Millikin's premier vocal jazz ensemble, and performed with them at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Oklahoma City. Travis has been a Chicago resident for a few years, having moved from Champaign, Illinois where he had the pleasure of adjudicating school music competitions and performing throughout the community. Currently Travis also sings with The Marion Consort, an early music ensemble. When he is not singing, Travis enjoys recording music and podcasts.
Sarah Fisk, Soprano
Originally from New York, Soprano Sarah Fisk moved to Chicago after completing a Masters degree in Music Performance at the University of Iowa. While she enjoys performing a wide variety of genres, her love for choral performance was nurtured from a young age and throughout her music education. Some of her favorite recent performances include Carmina Burana with the Downers Grove Choral Society and Handel's Messiah at the First United Methodist Church in Evanston. Sarah also enjoys a busy teaching schedule in the Rogers Park neighborhood. She is very excited to be a part of UNUM's first season!
Melissa Curtis, Soprano
Melissa Curtis, holds a B.M. in Commercial Music from Millikin University. While at Millikin she was privileged to perform with the prestigious Millikin University Choir as well as the vocal jazz group “One Voice”. Upon graduating, she was accepted to study and perform early music in Italy at the Centro Studi Urbania. Melissa is a sought after soprano in the Chicagoland area and is known for her variety of vocal stylings. She was a founding member of the early music ensemble The Marion Consort, and has performed with the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Melissa maintains a thriving voice and piano studio in the suburbs of Chicago, and is an adjunct faculty member of Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, IL where she directs the vocal jazz program. Outside of her studio and performance life, she enjoys writing and recording original music as well as collaborating with other recording artists and singing with her band, Revolutionary Lion.
Catherine Spitzer, Soprano
Catherine, who grew up in south Florida, received both her master’s degree in voice performance and artist’s diploma in opera from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts. She has performed with various opera companies and musical ensembles including Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, the Miami Oratorio Society, the Chautauqua Institution, the Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, and currently sings with The Lakeside Singers and the Cathedral Schola Cantorum at Holy Name Cathedral. She has received awards from The Musician's Club of Women and The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges. Additionally, Catherine has been an adjunct professor of lyric diction at Roosevelt University and teaches private voice lessons to anyone who loves to sing.
Daniel Kazenel, Baritone
Daniel Kazenel is a baritone from Massachusetts who performs as both a solo and choral artist in the Chicago area. While in his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, Daniel appeared as Grandpa Moss in The Tenderland, Joe Harland in Later the Same Evening, and Bob in Old Maid and the Thief. Daniel was also an active member of the choral program at Northwestern University, performing in the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble as well as founding and music directing the student-run ensemble The Renaissance Singers. Since his graduation in 2017 with a double major in vocal performance and music education, Daniel has sung with various ensembles, including the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, The Oriana Singers, Constellation Men’s Ensemble and Red Shift Choir. Daniel will perform this Spring as part of the men’s chorus in Chicago Opera Theatre’s production of Moby Dick.