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.
Matthew Cramer, Bass-baritong
Bass-baritone Matthew Cramer is a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he received a Master’s degree in conducting, studying under Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and David Hill. While at Yale, he also studied voice and performance practice with Judith Malafronte and was a member of the Yale Schola Cantorum, performing under conductors David Hill, Masaaki Suzuki, Matthew Halls, and Simon Carrington.
Prior to moving to Illinois, Matthew was a sought-after choral musician in Connecticut, having sung with the Schola Cantorum of the Cathedral of St. Joseph (Hartford), Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus, VOCE, and the Composers’ Choir, among others. An early music enthusiast, he was a founding member of Voce Concitato – a one-on-a-part early music vocal ensemble based in Hartford. In 2015, he was chosen to be a member of the Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus as part of their Spem in alium Project – a weeklong workshop for professional choral singers to work and perform with the Tallis Scholars and their director, Peter Phillips. Most recently he attended the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco where he was a soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Purcell’s King Arthur.
Matthew is currently a doctoral candidate in choral conducting, working with Donald Nally at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.
Carey Crows, Soprano
Carey Crows, a native of Tampa, Florida, moved to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a career in music education and performance. After freelancing for several years, she currently serves as the K-5 General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Prairieview School and Elizabeth Ide School in Downers Grove. She has performed with various ensembles in the Chicago area, including La Caccina, Bella Voce, and William Ferris Chorale. Outside of making music, Carey volunteers as a mentor for Bright Pink, an organization dedicated to providing prevention education for young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Carey holds degrees from the University of Miami (BM Vocal Performance), and Northwestern University (MM Music Education).
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.
Matthew Cummings, Tenor
Matthew Cummings (tenor) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an active singer in the Chicago area. He has performed operatic roles at Opera in the Ozarks, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Lakes Area Music Festival, and Northwestern University, where he studied both Voice and Economics. Matthew also sings with various choirs around Chicago, including Constellation Men’s Ensemble. Next year, he will be joining the cast of Opera for the Young, which performs in schools throughout the Upper Midwest.
He spends his time between performances trying to extend his streak on the NYT Crossword app, continuing his pursuit for the perfect piecrust, and cataloguing every opera recording in existence in his library.