In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, The Roxbury Arts Alliance is hosting a vocal competition, “The Star Next Door“. The final 12 contestants will appear on October 7th at the Investors Bank Theater in front of 3 judges where the top three singers will be announced. The prizes total over $2,000.
Joe Ferrara is a singer and entertainer who has honed his skills not within the safe confines of academia, but in nightclubs, bars, lounges, concert halls, and other stages throughout North America. His experiences as a steadily working musician and performer in jazz bands, rock groups, Avantgarde ensembles, and in theater, have shaped him into the well rounded performer that he is today. A wearer of many musical hats, Joe Ferrara is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and recording engineer. As vocalist and primary songwriter for the rock band Father Divine, he has performed on stages throughout the United States and Canada, and shared bills with artists such as Fishbone, Seplutura, and Stone Temple Pilots. He has also worked as a nightclub entertainer with various acts in the greater New York area such as Harvey and The Wallbangers and The Amish Outlaws. In the world of Jazz, he has worked with the Tim Ouimette Big Band, The Red Bank Jazz Orchestra, Manhattan Swing, The Powerhouse Big Band, Rio Clemente, Lou Pallo and others.
Renee Paddock is an active performing musician and musical arts advocate. A classically trained violinist, violist, pianist and vocalist, she has performed in many and varied capacities since age 5 – including orchestra, theater, big-band, a’capella choirs, indie-folk improv and more. Currently she and her husband Clark are active in performing with, advocating for, producing and promoting songwriting musicians through their non-profit organization “Skylands Songwriters Guild”, which will begin presenting their “Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme” series here at the Roxbury Performing Arts Center later in October.
Amy Shoremount-Obra made her much-anticipated Metropolitan Opera Debut in October 2014 as “First Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a role which she will reprise at the Met this fall (2017) in the Julie Taymor English version of the opera. Recent operatic engagements have included “Donna Anna” (Don Giovanni) with Opera Las Vegas, The Savannah Voice Festival, and Venture Opera, “Marchesa” (Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno) with Odyssey Opera of Boston, “Fiordiligi” (Cosi fantutte ) with Annapolis Opera, and “Leonore” (Beethoven’s Fidelio) with Grand Harmonie. Ms. Shoremount-Obra has appeared at Carnegie Hall three times as the Soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, and Schubert’s Mass in G. She made her David Geffen Hall debut in Lincoln Center with the National Chorale as the Soprano Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and will appear with them again at the same hall in 2018 performing as the Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Vaughan William’s Serenade for Music. For the 2016-17 season, engagements included an Artist-in-Residency at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; a concert at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ with Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and Pianist Chris Cano; Nabucco, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni at The Metropolitan Opera; a new opera premiere by composer Randall Eng as part of Opera America’s New Opera Showcase in New York; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the New Choral Society (NY), and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at SUNY Purchase (NY). She was a 2004 National Semi-Finalist and NY Regional Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. In 2016, she also cofounded the Hawaii International Music Festival, which is dedicated to bringing interdisciplinary classical music events to the islands. She was also featured as the SoundBite in the May 2016 issue of Opera News and will be featured in a major Hollywood motion picture called “Untouchable” in 2018. She also looks forward to a major role in a world premiere opera in Boston in 2018. www.amyshoremount-obra.com