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Nancy Nowak

  NANCY NOWAK – Nancy is another talented founding member of Bel Canto and as a teacher, has shared her musical gift with hundreds of elementary school children in Mat-Su and as a performer, with such groups at Anchorage Community Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers, Anchorage Opera, Cantora Arctica and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Nancy has been a finalist in the Alaska Metropolitan Opera Auditions and a past winner in the Alaska NATS competition.

Dorothy Hight

  DOROTHY HIGHT – Dorothy is a Bel Canto founding member and has been sharing her delightful and versatile voice with audiences for many years. She has sung with Anchorage Community Chorus, Alaska Chamber Singers, Mat-Su Community Chorus and soloed in productions of Messiah in Anchorage and Mat-Su as well as with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

Tamara McCoy

TAMARA MCCOY –Dr. Tamara McCoy (D.M.A. University of Kentucky) teaches Piano, Voice, and World Music at Alaska Pacific University and serves as Music Director at the Anchorage Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Tamara has sung with the Anchorage Concert Chorus and currently sings with The Starling Sisters, Bel Canto Alaska, and the Anchorage Opera Chorus. In addition, Tamara is a board member of the Anchorage Opera Guild, maintains a private studio in piano and voice, and serves locally as a piano soloist and accompanist.`

Liz Millikan

  LIZ MILLIKAN – Although Liz is a classically trained violinist, she began studying voice a few short years ago and has been delighting audiences since with her beautiful singing. Liz is a founding member of Bel Canto, an educator in the Anchorage School District and has sung with Anchorage Opera and soloed in productions of Messiah.

Carolyn Morris

  CAROLYN MORRIS – Carolyn Morris grew up in Idaho, graduating from the College of Idaho (C of I) with a B.A. in Music Education. She was a soloist with the C of I concert and tour choirs as well as the C of I and Boise Operas. Carolyn had roles in The Telephone, The Medium, The Consul, The Saint of Bleecker Street, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cosi fon Tutte and Rachel. Carolyn taught in the Boise School system and directed several youth, women’s, opera and church choirs. In 1977, she with her husband and sons moved to Anchorage. After an 11 year hiatus from singing, Carolyn joined the Anchorage Concert Chorus (ACC) in 1988. With the ACC, Carolyn has been a concert, tour choir and Messiah soloist. In 1998, Carolyn began singing with the Anchorage Opera Chorus and has performed in 21 of their past 33 productions and in 2007, became the AO’s Opera ‘Diva’. Currently, Carolyn is the ACC Soprano Section Leader; the ACC Vocal Scholarship, Winners’ Recital and Mentorship Award Coordinator. Carolyn has been a winner in the Alaska state N.A.T.S. Competition and is a founding member of Bel Canto.

Linda Porter

  LINDA PORTER: Linda, a mezzo-soprano, was born and raised in Anchorage and holds three degrees from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in vocal performance, elementary education and elementary music education (K-8 certified). She has taught elementary music in a private school setting and loves singing recitals and for various community events such as weddings, funerals, and commencement ceremonies. Her musical background involves Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, Anchorage Concert Chorus where she enjoyed performing and recording a solo on their Holiday Pops CD (2009). She is also an active member with The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Alaska Chapter since 2006. Linda has a vocal studio in the Sand Lake area and enjoys teaching students of all ages. A member of Bel Canto since 2009, she looks forward to another year working with such wonderful musicians!

Mary Bustamante

  MARY BUSTAMANTE - Mary shares her love of singing and music with the students of the Anchorage School District as classroom music teacher and choir director of twenty years.  She has been a soloist with the UAA Singers, UAA Theatre, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, Winds of Time Consort, Anchorage Opera, and the 2007 Anchorage Messiah Performance.  Mary was the Maestra for the Second Stage Anchorage Opera production of “Trial By Jury” by Gilbert and Sullivan.  Mary is director of the Winds of Time Consort, a historical instrument ensemble, and a music director at Saint Anthony Catholic Church.  She holds two degrees in music education from UAA.

Jennifer McCarty-Charette

JENNIFER MCCARTY-CHARETTE: The newest member of Bel Canto, Jennifer (mezzo-soprano) was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Toronto, Canada, graduating from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Starting at a very early age, she has soloed and sung in many choirs and ensembles, entertaining audiences from Toronto, Oberlin, the Alaskan cities of Fairbanks, Anchorage, Nome and Kodiak and the village of Kivalina, where her maternal relatives live. Jennifer’s most recent performances include solo art songs like Fauré’s Les Roses d’Ispahan and Handel’s Bel piacere and in a choral capacity in operas such as “The Polar Bat” – an Alaskan adaptation of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Puccini’s La Boheme. Some of her most recent solo appearances have been with Anchorage Opera at the Make it Alaska Festival, with the Anchorage Concert Chorus in Bernstein’s Mass (“Street Singer”), and ACC’s Handel’s Messiah. Besides singing, she works in the grant writing and museum fields and is an active member of two Alaska Native dance groups, Kingikmiut Dancers of Anchorage (Inupiaq) and Acilquq (Yup’ik).

Lisa O-Brien

LISA O'BRIEN: Lisa, a Mezzo/Contralto, was born in England when her father was stationed there. She began singing in 5th grade in school and church choirs. She has sung with the Anchorage Opera Chorus, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Messiah chorus, and with Long Beach Civic Light Opera. Her favorite role was Lucy in the musical Snoopy. She has been a member of Bel Canto for two years and has been enjoying performing with this great group!

Bel Canto, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to providing quality vocal performances and educational programs to Alaskan audiences.

The group was formed in 2002 by singers who met at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. We realized there was an unfilled niche for mature singers in the Southcentral Alaska region. All of our singers are classically trained and many are music educators. Our goal is to provide performance opportunities to singers through a series of musical concerts, master classes, and shows and in so doing, provide quality entertainment and education for our growing audience!

We also believe in the support and development of our community. Our members have sung at a variety of events including naturalization ceremonies, charitable fundraisers and as guest artists for Anchorage Opera Guild. Additionally, we provide free tickets to numerous community organizations whose clients may not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy shows such as ours. Please consider becoming a supporter by visiting our donation page to see how your tax deductible contributions can help grow our seasons.

For information about booking Bel Canto for a function, please email us at: or call (907) 240-1730.


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