Alexandra Billhartz, soprano, is an artist with a love for opera and Baroque music and a native of New Baden, IL. She is thrilled to be serving as the Soprano Young Artist with the Bach Society of St. Louis this year! Ms. Billhartz is also serving as a Principal Artist with the Women’s HOPE Chorale of St. Louis. Most recently, she has performed in the chorus with Winter Opera St. Louis in their 2020 production of La fille du régiment as well as the roles of Gretel (Hänselund Gretel), Cercatrice Prima Sorella (Suor Angelica), Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta (LaBohème), Despina (Così fan tutte), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She was also the soprano soloist in a 2018 performance of Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël at First Presbyterian Church in Muncie, IN. Ms. Billhartz has presented her research on Handel and the doctrine of the affections and the topic of opera adaptation throughout her graduate studies. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Kappa Phi. Ms. Billhartz earned her BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Evansville in 2016, graduating summa cum laude, and her MM in Vocal Performance from Ball State University in 2019. Upcoming performances include singing Fiametta with Winter Opera St. Louis in their 2022 production of The Gondoliers.
Theresa Pancella, mezzo-soprano, is thrilled and grateful to make her debut with the Bach Society of St. Louis this season as the Alto Young Artist. A St. Louis native, Theresa holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where she also studied piano, voice, and choral conducting. She is currently studying voice with Alison Neace. She was a cantor and choral scholar at the Cathedral Basilica for several years under the remarkable instruction of Dr. Horst Buchholz and sang for two seasons under his direction in St. Louis’ only early music ensemble at the time: Pro-Arte. Theresa, a lifelong singer and Catholic, has been passionate about and employed in the field of liturgical music for all of her young professional life; she currently works as the Director of Sacred Music at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, IL. Most importantly, she is a big sister to two and godmother to one, and they are her greatest joys.
Micheal Lowe: Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Micheal Lowe has decided to make Saint Louis his home. He is currently a baritone young artist for the Bach Society of Saint Louis. In Saint Louis, he has performed with The Black Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Mustard Seed Theater, New Line, R-S Theatrics, Winter Opera, and the Chamber Chorus of Saint Louis. His favorite operatic roles include: Ben in The Telephone, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Count Robinson in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Morales Cover in Carmen. His favorite musical theater roles include: The Man in Blues in the Night, Patrolman in Wait Until Dark, Ensembles/US Foreman in Les Miserables and Hairspray, Ken in Smokey Joe’s Café, Caleb in Seven Brothers for Seven Brides, Duane in Hairspray, and Henry/Seaman in South Pacific.