ALISSA RUTH Suver

Soprano

About

Nashville, Tennessee-based soprano Alissa Ruth Suver's warmth, clarity, and flexibility have allowed her to perform a wide variety of repertoire across the United States, both as a soloist and ensemble singer.

Alissa can be heard with professional choral ensembles around the country, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale (Joshua Habermann, conductor), Skylark (Matthew Guard, conductor), Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson, conductor), The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor), and True Concord (Eric Holtan, conductor). She is also frequently on the roster for the Beckenhorst Press recording choir at Aire Born Recording Studio (Craig Courtney, conductor).

 

As a soloist, Alissa's most recent solo credits include Handel's Messiah, Bach's Mass in B minor, Scarlatti's 7 Arie con Tromba Sola, and Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres. She performs regularly with early music ensembles across the country, in addition to her collaborations with both the choral and instrumental ensembles at her alma mater, Capital University (Lynda Hasseler and Jeff Gershman, conductors).

 

In addition to her performance work, Alissa is an active teacher and conductor, both teaching private voice and most recently accepting a faculty position at Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, TN), where she teaches and conducts middle and upper school chorus. This position is a return to the classroom for her, as she began her post-collegiate career teaching in the choral classroom in her home state of Ohio. As the child of two music teachers, a love of music and music education was central to her upbringing (and she can't remember a time when she wasn't in rehearsal!). 

She also works as a soprano section leader at Westminster Presbyterian (Nashville, TN) and is regularly hired as an administrative assistant for various performance projects. 

Alissa holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.

 

MEDIA

Goodnight Moon - Eric Whitacre - Capital University Symphonic Winds, Jeff Gershman, Conductor
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Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, Mov't 1 - J.S. Bach - Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, Conductor, with Douglas Lindsay, Trumpet
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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, Mov't 2 - J.S. Bach - Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, Conductor
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Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083, Mov't 10 - J.S. Bach - Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Carlton Monroe, Conductor, with Jill Phillips, Mezzo-Soprano
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Signor, Signor - Claudio Monteverdi - with Chad Baker, piano
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The Hope of Loving V. My Soul is a Candle - Jake Runestad - Capital University Choral Union, Chapel Choir, and Gemini Quartet, Lynda Hasseler, Conductor
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The Road Home

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

discography​

with Grammy-winning

producer Blanton Alspaugh

Grammy-Nominated

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Kile Smith:
Canticle

VAE Cincinnati

Jake Runestad:
The Hope of Loving

Conspirare

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Once Upon a Time

Skylark

 
 

2020 performances

Feb 09, 2020

3:00pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

Atlanta, GA

Feb 13, 2020

7:30pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

New York, NY

Feb 15, 2020

7:00pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

Chestnut Hill, MA

Feb 16, 2020

4:00pm

Skylark - "Once Upon a Time"

Over three years, Skylark has pioneered an entirely new concert experience that weaves choral music from all ages into engaging stories shared by master storyteller Sarah Walker. This year, we re-imagine our whimsical and inventive program inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen in a dynamic collaboration with composer Benedict Sheehan. We present the fantastical stories of Snow White and The Little Mermaid in impressionistic musical form: Sheehan's new and original scoring will blend seamlessly with Sarah Walker's narrative, stitching together an eclectic and engaging mix of existing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Francis Poulenc, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen, and more. Once Upon a Time is a one-of-a-kind 'choral-theatrical' experience that brings music and fantasy to life in a whole new way! 

Newburyport, MA

Feb 28, 2020

4:00pm

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge: A Joyous Exploration of the Psalms"

The psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to people of many faiths, woven into the cultural heritage of the Abrahamic religions. They were written not only as poetry, but as songs to be sung; the word itself comes from the Greek psalmoi, meaning "words to accompany music," and many great composers throughout history have taken the opportunity to have their own music work in partnership with these timeless words. This program includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sergei Rachmaninov (two movements from his All Night Vigil), as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

Santa Fe, NM

Feb 29, 2020

2:00pm

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge: A Joyous Exploration of the Psalms"

The psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to people of many faiths, woven into the cultural heritage of the Abrahamic religions. They were written not only as poetry, but as songs to be sung; the word itself comes from the Greek psalmoi, meaning "words to accompany music," and many great composers throughout history have taken the opportunity to have their own music work in partnership with these timeless words. This program includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sergei Rachmaninov (two movements from his All Night Vigil), as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

Albuquerque, NM

Mar 01, 2020

6:00pm

Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge: A Joyous Exploration of the Psalms"

The psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to people of many faiths, woven into the cultural heritage of the Abrahamic religions. They were written not only as poetry, but as songs to be sung; the word itself comes from the Greek psalmoi, meaning "words to accompany music," and many great composers throughout history have taken the opportunity to have their own music work in partnership with these timeless words. This program includes works by Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Sergei Rachmaninov (two movements from his All Night Vigil), as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

Dallas, TX

Mar 20, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

Join a chamber consort of Kinnara singers and baroque instruments for a journey through Bach’s repertoire and the works that came before, were inspired by, and written in reflection of his incredible choral oeuvre.

Princeton, NJ

Mar 21, 2020

7:30pm

(CANCELLED) Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

Join a chamber consort of Kinnara singers and baroque instruments for a journey through Bach’s repertoire and the works that came before, were inspired by, and written in reflection of his incredible choral oeuvre.

Basking Ridge, NJ

Mar 22, 2020

4:00pm

(CANCELLED) Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

Join a chamber consort of Kinnara singers and baroque instruments for a journey through Bach’s repertoire and the works that came before, were inspired by, and written in reflection of his incredible choral oeuvre.

Toms River, NJ

Mar 29, 2020

4:00pm

(POSTPONED) Element - "The Four Seasons"

Sewanee, TN

Apr 21, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Exeter, NH

Apr 22, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Falmouth, MA

Apr 23, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Wellesley, MA

Apr 24, 2020

7:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Newburyport, MA

Apr 25, 2020

6:00pm

(CANCELLED) Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

What might happen if Robert Langdon, acclaimed professor of Symbology at Harvard University (and fictional hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, including The Da Vinci Code), were enlisted to explore hidden symbols, secret codes, and long-forgotten historical connections buried in manuscripts of choral music over the centuries? Join Skylark to find out...

Featuring video introductions by author Dan Brown and stunning new music by Gregory W. Brown, Skylark will rehearse and debut this program in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Great Barrington, MA

Jul 17, 2020

2:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "If Music Be the Food of Love: Vocal Chamber Concert"

This vocal chamber program brings the superb musicians of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale into close collaboration with Maxine Thévenot, Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque. British composer Henry Purcell’s If Music be the Food of Love gives title to this program of Baroque masters. Love songs by Purcell (1659-1695) are performed alongside works by his compatriots George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and John Blow (1685-1759). Johann Sebastian Bach’s well-known Bist du bei mir, geh ich mit Freuden mir, BWV 508 and “Quia Fecit Mihi Magna” from his Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243 add to this delightful program.


Vocalists:
Alissa Ruth Suver, Soprano
Kate Maroney, Mezzo-soprano
Steven Soph, Tenor
John Buffett, Baritone

Harpsichord and Organ: Maxine Thévenot

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 19, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 26, 2020

4:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Roaring 20s"

Santa Fe, NMWith this program, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale looks back 100 years and compares works by classical and popular composers of the 1920s. Representing the classical genre, Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil, Claude Debussy’s Salut Printemps, Francis Poulenc’s “Lenten Motets,” and movements from Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir contrast with American Songbook arrangements by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern. Popular Los Alamos native Nathan Salazar will be the collaborative pianist.

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 28, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 30, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "East Meets West"

Contrasting musical styles by composers representing China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines are featured on this multi-cultural program. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale will premiere a commissioned work for mixed chorus and tabla by its first female Composer-in-Residence in over a decade, Indian-American musician Reena Esmail – a program highlight!

Santa Fe, NM

Jul 31, 2020

8:00pm

(CANCELLED) Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Jew and the Gentile: Salamone Rossi and Claudio Monteverdi"

Explore the compositions of Jewish composer Salamone Rossi (1570-1630) and his Christian counterpart Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Both employed at the Court in Mantua, Monteverdi and Rossi came from different backgrounds, but they shared a common musical language. Excerpts from Rossi’s Hashirim Asher Li-Sh’lomo and Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater that our cultural divisions. Sixteen of the Desert Chorale’s Early Music specialists will be joined by period instrumentalists: Maxine Thévenot, Organ; Stephen Redfield, Violin; Lorenzo Colitto, Violin; and Katie Redman, Cello.

Santa Fe, NM