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Mozart in Salzburg International Choral Festival
Artist Profiles

Artistic Director, Mitchell Covington

Organist/Assistant Conductor, Bryan Dunnewald

Soprano Soloist, MacKenzie Covington

Alto Soloist, Lezlee Flagg

Tenor Soloist, Eric Price

Bass Soloist, Chad Runyon

The Bavarian State Orchestra

Mitcell Covington
Mitchell Covington
Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Mitchell Covington

 

Mitchell Covington is a conductor, composer, and educator who lives near San Francisco, California.

Mitchell received his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California, where he studied choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger, orchestral conducting with Hans Beer, and graduated with honors. 

 

Mr. Covington's choirs have performed throughout Europe. He is the founding director of VOCI Women's Vocal Ensemble (Berkeley, CA), former director of the Bay Choral Guild (Palo Alto, CA), and led a 9-choir music program at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for over 20 years.

Mitchell's original choral music is published by top U.S. publishers including Hinshaw Music, Alliance Music and Beckenhorst Press. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe.

Mitchell has served as adjunct professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He frequently serves as choral clinician and as an adjudicator at choir festivals and competitions. Mitchell has served on the boards of the California Choral Director's Association, and the American Choral Director's Associaiton (Western Division).

email: music@mitchellcovington.com

web: https://covington-choral-music.com

Brian Dunnewald

ORGANIST/ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR, Bryan Dunnewald 

 

Bryan Dunnewald enjoys a varied musical career centered around musical excellence in everything from conducting to organ building. His performances are marked by compelling programming and warm interaction with the audience.

 

Bryan is Tonal Director at Schoenstein & Co. Pipe Organ Builders, where he shapes and implements the firm’s musical direction. Bryan is Director of Music at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, where he conducts the professional and volunteer adult choirs, plays the organ, and arranges music for the various ensembles of the church.

 

Named one of The Diapason’s “20 under 30” most talented young artists in 2019, Bryan also received first prize and the hymn playing award at the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Competition.

 

Bryan’s original compositions have been performed regularly by renowned musicians across the country. Bryan studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Mannes School of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy, earning degrees in orchestral conducting, organ, and harpsichord. More information can be found at BryanDunnewald.com.

Bryan Dunnewald
MacKenzie Covington

SOPRANO SOLOIST, MacKenzie Covington

 

MacKenzie Covington is a singer and artist based in San Francisco, California. She has a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University where she studied with Loraine Sims. MacKenzie has been a principal and featured soloist with Opera Louisiane in Baton Rouge and Verismo Opera in the San Francisco Bay Area, She is also a member of the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Fog City Harmonia. Ms. Covington’s voice has been described as “ringing and expressive”.

MacKenzie Covington
Lezlee Flagg
Lezlee Flagg

MEZZO-SOPRANO SOLOIST, Lezlee Flagg

 

Lezlee Flagg studied vocal performance with Julio Viamonte at Willamette University in Oregon. She was a frequent soloist with the Oregon East Symphony and the Mid-Columbia Symphony, performing oratorios such as the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and the Mozart Requiem. Lezlee was the featured soloist for a Mozart Festival with the Mid-Columbia Symphony where she performed Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate. She also had the opportunity to play the roles of The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to sing the mezzo solos for the Mozart Requiem.

Mozart in Salzburg International Choral Festival
Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director

Mozart in Salzburg International Choral Festival
Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director

Eric Proce

TENOR SOLOIST, Eric Price

 

Born in Italy, Eric Price is a versatile soloist known for his captivating performances domestically and internationally. Eric frequently collaborates with esteemed orchestras and ensembles such as L'arpa Festante, Concerto Köln, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Le Cornet Noirs, and Collegium Vocale Gent.

As a highly sought-after concert soloist, Eric excels in interpreting the cantatas and passions of J.S. Bach, as well as J. Haydn's Creation and F. Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, among other works in his extensive repertoire. Eric has portrayed various roles including Tamino in “The Magic Flute,” Nemorino in “L'Elisir d'amore,” and Fenton in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. In 2021, he was the lead in Georges Bizet's opera “Le Docteur Miracle” and made his debut at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in the role of Josennah in Johann Mattheson's “Boris Goudenow.”

Recipient of the prestigious “Fritz Wunderlich Scholarship”, Eric has performed in esteemed opera houses including those in Paris, Munich, Berlin, Zurich, and Lyric Opera Chicago. He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich with Prof. Andreas Schmidt, earning a Master's degree in Vocal Performance.

Chad Runyon
Chad Runyon

BASS SOLOIST, Chad Runyon

 

Chad Runyon, bass, has performed regularly with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, American Bach Soloists and the San Francisco Symphony. For a decade he was a member of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer.  Chad sang the opening solo in the Emmy Award-winning PBS broadcast of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert with the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus and appears on over 20 professional recordings, including Sweet Irrational Worship: the Niles-Merton Songs, The Gift of the Magi, Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Sing We Christmas.  Chad works regularly with choral programs and teaches private voice at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as online.  www.chadrunyon.com

Bavaria State Orchestra
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Bavarian State Orchestra

 

We are honored to have this opportunity to collaborate with one of the world's great orchestras.

 

The Bavarian State Orchestra looks back on a history of almost 500 years. Thus, it is one of the few cultural institutions whose tradition covers almost the entirety of European music history. Having its roots in the Munich Court Orchestra, the orchestra brought several world premieres to the stage, such as Mozart’s Idomeneo, Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.  Since then, the most important artists of their times have served as music directors, including Richard Strauss, Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, and Kent Nagano.

 

Several times the orchestra has been named Orchestra of the Year by 50 international critics in a survey conducted by the magazine "Opernwelt"

Mozart in Salzburg International Choral Festival
Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director

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