ALISSA
RUTH SUVER

Soprano

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ABOUT

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.


Currently based in Fort Worth, Texas, Alissa can be heard with a variety of professional choral ensembles around the country, including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, GRAMMY®-nominated Skylark, Orpheus Chamber singers, Verdigris Ensemble, GRAMMY®-winning Conspirare, GRAMMY®-winning The Crossing, and GRAMMY®-nominated True Concord. She has also appeared as a soloist with Bourbon Baroque (Louisville, KY) and American Baroque Opera Co (Dallas, TX), appearing in both opera and oratorio performances. Her most recent album appearance is as a featured soloist on Skylark's album Once Upon a Time, in which "... soprano Alissa Ruth Suver and Skylark give a performance so ethereal that the hairs on your neck will stand on end." 

Alissa's most recent solo credits include Whitacre's Goodnight Moon, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Second Woman), 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. She was a "Teacher of the Year" in her first year of teaching in Louisville, OH, and she is currently the Assistant Choir Director for the thriving choral program at Timber Creek High School in Keller, TX, where she conducts four of the program's seven choirs and helps foster her students' love of choral music. 


Alissa holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University in her home state of Ohio.

MEDIA

"Chiome d'oro" Claudio Monteverdi

Santa Fe Desert Chorale
with Chelsea Helm, Soprano

"Goodnight Moon" Eric Whitacre

with David McGrory, Piano

"Ad Manus" (excerpt) Dieterich Buxtehude

"Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" Elizabeth Poston

American Baroque Opera Co.
from "Membra Jesu Nostri"

"i-i-o hi-ho" arr. Erland van Koch

Skylark Ensemble

"Why the Caged Bird Sings" Jake Runestad

Conspirare

"In dulci jubilo" Michael Praetorius

American Baroque Opera Co.

"We'll Meet Again" Parker / Charles

Skylark Ensemble

"The Lord is Good" Cecilia McDowell

Orpheus Chamber Singers 
with Claire Worrall, Soprano

"Spring Carol" Benjamin Britten

Orpheus Chamber Singers
with Nicholas Garza, Countertenor

"Sicut Cervus" Palestrina

with Sarah Brauer, Michael Boswell,
and Kyle Ferrill

"Fear No Danger" Henry Purcell

American Baroque Opera Co.
from "Dido and Aeneas"

Fall and Decline Mov't 1 - Greg Brown (1)Variant 6
00:00 / 03:55
Lamentations of Jeremiah - Daleth - Benjamin Boyle (1)Variant 6
00:00 / 04:07
BWV 51 Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen - J.S. BachBach Ensemble of St. Thomas
00:00 / 04:46
Oft She Vists from Dido and Aeneas - PurcellAmerican Baroque Opera Co.
00:00 / 02:04
Goodnight Moon - Eric WhitacreCapital University Symphonic Winds
00:00 / 05:34
My Soul is a Candle - Jake RunestadCapital University Choir Department
00:00 / 04:50

DISCOGRAPHY

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with GRAMMY-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh

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GRAMMY-nominated for
Best Choral Album

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GRAMMY-nominated for
Best Choral Album

GRAMMY-nominated for
Best Choral Album

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The Road Home

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

Canticle

VAE Cincinnati

The Hope of Loving

Conspirare

Once Upon a Time

Skylark

It's a Long Way

Skylark

 

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

2021 and 2022

January 2021
Verdigris Ensemble - "Betty's Notebook"


Betty’s Notebook is a controversial piece of evidence in the Amelia Earhart mystery that some believe records Earhart's final distress calls. Betty Klenck recorded the notebook at 15 in 1937. She spent the rest of her life showing this document to researchers. In 2005, Ric Gillespie, founder of TIGHAR, found the evidence compelling and worthy of publication.The musical adaptation of Betty's Notebook recreates Betty Klenck's experience: as if audiences sit in front of a shortwave radio and turn a tuning knob to try and hear Amelia Earhart's haunting distress calls clearly, but frequently encounter various radio interferences. Betty’s Notebook is the historic first programmable music NFT (non-fungible token) minted and sold on the blockchain.


March 2021
American Baroque Opera Co - Buxtehude's "Membra Jesu Nostri"


In a Lenten offering, ABOC will perform Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, the first Lutheran oratorio composed in 1680. 
Recorded for digital distribution.



March 2021
Orpheus Chamber Singers - "Lamentations and Meditations"


The Orpheus Chamber Singers present a selection of 16th and 20th century motets.
Recorded at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on March 27, 2021.



March 2021
Skylark Plus - "Goonight Moon and Other Songs of Childhood"


Join soprano Alissa Ruth Suver and pianist Jeff Lankov for an evening of pieces that reflect on being a kid, including Bernstein's I Hate Music!, Wildhorn's Finding Wonderland, and Whitacre's Goodnight Moon. 
Recorded for digital distribution.



April 2021
American Baroque Opera - Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas"


ABOC presents a newly staged production of Dido and Aeneas. Experience this opera that defined great theater on the English stage.
Recorded for digital distribution. 


May 2021
Skylark "It's a Long Way" Concert and Album Recording


Named for a newly-commissioned piece by Nell Shaw Cohen, "It's a Long Way" uses choral music and solos, recorded both live and in isolation, to take the listener through the emotional journey of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


July/August 2021
Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "The Jew and the Gentile"


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 Vespers of 1610 demonstrate that our common shared artistic heritage is greater than 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 Rietman, Cello


July/August 2021
Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Roaring 20's"


With 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, excerpts from Francis Poulenc’s Sept Chansons, 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. 


July/August 2021
Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "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 titled “The Tipping Point” for mixed chorus and tabla by its first female Composer-in-Residence in over a decade, Indian-American musician Reena Esmail–a program highlight!


November 2021
Bourbon Baroque - "Messiah"


Annual presentation of Handel's beloved "Messiah" performed live on period instruments with a chamber choir of Early Music specialists


April 2022
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...


May 2022
Skylark - "Remembrance"


In honor of our veterans, and in remembrance of the many wars fought across the centuries, Skylark offers a war remembrance program.


June 2022
Skylark - Rachmaninoff "Vespers"




PREVIOUS PERFORMANCE SEASONS

2020

February 2020: Skylark - "Once Upon a Time" - Album Release Tour

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.

March 2020: Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Strength and Refuge"

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, 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, as well as many other wonderful pieces in this same tradition.

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

March 2020: Kinnara - "Immortal Bach"

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

March 2020: Element - "The Four Seasons"

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

April 2020: Skylark - "Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed"

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

July/August 2020: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

September 2020: Skylark - Maritime Program

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

October 2020: Skylark - "Path of Miracles"

(CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

December 2020: Skylark - "A Christmas Carol"

December 2020: Orpheus Chamber Singers - "Ceremony of Carols"

Nine trebles from the Orpheus Chamber Singers perform Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and several other holiday classics. Recorded live at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, TX.

December 2020: American Baroque Opera Co. - "Christmas Carols"

Classic carols in the Baroque style, recorded for YouTube.

2019

January 2019: Conspirare - "The Hope of Loving" - Concerts and Album Recording

The beautiful, socially conscious choral works of Jake Runestad take center stage for this January concert series and Conspirare’s next recording. 

February 2019: Capital University Symphonic Winds Collaboration

Featuring Nelson’s Aspen Jubilee and Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon.

 

February 2019: Variant 6 - "Fall and Decline"

Variant 6 presents the world premiere of Greg Brown's "Fall and Decline," a new work for voices and electronics. The work contemplates the inevitable decline of all things natural and manmade.

March 2019: Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra - "Brahms and Bernstein"

Bernstein "Chichester Psalms" and Brahms’ "Symphony No. 4" 

March 2019: Conspirare - "March Moderns"

Vanguard: Launch your March Moderns journey with "Vanguard," showcasing extraordinary works for voices by three of today’s boldest compositional voices: Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Andrea Clearfield.

Songs for Muska: Join us for the world premiere of Jocelyn Hagen's"Songs for Muska." Hagen’s musical textures and colors sing in these settings of poems by young Afghani women.

Canticle: Kile Smith’s ethereal new work, a setting of St. John of the Cross’ Spiritual "Canticle" for voices, three cellos, and vibraphone, will surround listeners in a sensual sound bath to close the festival.

April 2019: Skylark - "Masterpiece"

Over the centuries, art has inspired music, and music has inspired art. In this innovative multi-faceted program, we will offer musical reflections and reactions to the visual arts from the ancient to the modern. 

April 2019: Baldwin-Wallace University - "Bach Festival"

Four of J. S. Bach's motets will be sung by an ensemble of 16 voices in an intimate setting, fused together with cello suites performed by Apollo's Fire cellist Rene Schiffer. 

Vocal masterclass with Alissa Ruth Suver.

The BW Motet Choir is joined by professional soloists and orchestra in a program featuring Bach’s most beloved cantata contrasting with the rarely heard Ich lasse dich.​

April 2019: Santa Fe Desert Chorale - "Illuminating the Dome"

This program is devoted to Orthodox a cappella repertoire from the 17th century through a reprise of Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s 2015 commission "Aflame" by Ivan Moody.

May 2019: Chattanooga Bach Choir - "Mass in B minor"

May 2019: ​Skylark - "Remembrance"

In honor of our veterans, and in remembrance of the many wars fought across the centuries, Skylark offers a war remembrance program.

June 2019: Skylark - "Once Upon a Time" - Concerts and Album Recording

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.

July / August 2019> Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "In the Court of the Sun King"

The splendor of the Reign of the Sun King, France’s Louis XIV, shimmers throughout this program as the early music specialists in the Santa Fe Desert Chorale shine a light on the French Baroque. Favored at the Palace of Versailles, François Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres is a central work on a program which also features compositions by contemporaries Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

July / August 2019: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The Long-Enduring Pensive Moons"

In 2019 we celebrate the bicentenary of Walt Whitman, whose verse is at the heart of the American experience. In response to Whitman, composer Paul John Rudoi sets Francisco X. Alarcón’s poem “Canto” in a world premiere for the Desert Chorale. Also included is music on poetry of Emily Dickinson and e.e. cummings, as well as William Averitt’s Afro-American Fragments on words of Langston Hughes.

 

July / August 2019: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival -"Luminosity: The Nature of Celestial Light"

James Whitbourn’s 25-minute work Luminosity gives title to the final program in the 2019 Summer Festival. “The word ‘luminosity’ describes the nature of celestial light, and the music of composer James Whitbourn is a celebration of that light — peaceful, radiant, and clear.” (NPR’s All Things Considered),Mendelssohn’s Ave Maria, Op. 23 and J.S. Bach’s motet Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf, BWV 226 are followed by the “Santiago” movement from Joby Talbot’s pilgrimage composition Path of Miracles(with movement directed by Nicola Bowie), which completes the journey.

October 2019: Southern Virginia University - "The Hope of Loving"

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October 2019: Skylark - "Rachmaninoff Vespers"

An apocryphal story recounts that when conductor Nikolai Danilin first heard Sergei Rachmaninoff play the score for his All-Night Vigil (‘Vespers’), Danilin said “Where am I to get such basses? They are as rare as Asparagus at Christmas!" In the fall of 2019, three giants of the choral world will join Skylark to present the greatest masterwork of a cappella music as it has never been heard before: a performance of the finest professional vocalists in the United States anchored by three world-renowned basses joining forces for the first time ever. 

November 2019: Skylark - "Bach and Forth"

Join Cape Symphony Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak and Skylark Artistic Director Matthew Guard for a stirring celebration of the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and his influence on music over the last 400 years. The GRAMMY®-nominated artists of Skylark will join instrumentalists of the Cape Symphony to present a mesmerizing mix of Bach’s most famous concertos, chorales, and cantatas, as well as to explore several stunning modern re-interpretations of Bach’s works (including performances by Skylark of arrangements by Ward Swingle, founder of the Swingle Singers). You are sure to be entertained, moved, and exhilarated by this “back and forth” between two premier musical organizations.

November 2019: Capital University Symphonic Winds Collaboration - "Still I Rise"

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November 2019: Bourbon Baroque - "Messiah"

Bourbon Baroque presents its seventh annual Thanksgiving weekend performances of Handel's celebrated oratorio, "Messiah."

 

December 2019: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Festival - "Sacred Fire: The Celtic Tradition"

In the darkness of mid-winter, when the sun seems to stand still, we warm the hearth with traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and other Celtic lands. Celebrate the solstice with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale at concerts throughout New Mexico.

2018

January 2018: Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cincinnati - Kile Smith's "Canticle"

“The breathing of the air, the song of the sweet nightingale, the grove and its beauty in the serene night, with a flame that is consuming and painless.”Returning by popular demand! VAE presents the intimate and sensuous "Canticle" by Kile Smith. “Following the tradition of the biblical Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs), St. John personifies, with symbolic and beautiful imagery, the journey of the soul, through the travails of the world, to union with her bridegroom.”

February / March 2018: Santa Fe Desert Chorale - ACDA Chicago and ACDA Los Angeles

The American Voices concert repertoire spans three centuries: from Shaker music of the 1800s to works by leading 21st century composers including Sydney Guillaume, Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus,and including a world premiere of Reflections by Jake Runestad, set to journal writings by Henry David Thoreau.

 

March 2018: Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas - "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden"

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is one of the crown jewels of Baroque sacred music, and Bach appreciated it enough to make his own arrangement with changes to help make the piece more suitable for his Lutheran congregation. The result is Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünde, BWV 1083, a cantata-like work for two soloists and strings. 

 

April 2018: Lancaster Chorale - "The Seven Stars"

Including the music of Jonathan Dove

May 2018: Skylark Ensemble - "Lieder and Lovesongs"

A charming program that pairs melodies from romantic masters Brahms, Schubert, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns with American songwriters Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin.

June 2018: Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas - "Oxford Enlightenment Festival"

An hour of chamber music by Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel, including "Susse stille, sanfte quelle" from Neun Deutsche Arien, HWV 205 (Handel) and selections from "7 Arie con Tromba Sola" (Scarlatti). Featuring musicians from the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and the Cincinnati Symphony in collaboration with Miami University.

 

July 2018: Skylark Ensemble - "An Evening with Skylark"

Get to know the members of Skylark and preview our exciting upcoming season.

July / August 2018: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Bernstein, Bolcom, and Barber"

Conducted by Craig Jessop, Guest Conductor

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the 80th birthday of William Bolcom, and the music of Samuel Barber.

 

July / August 2018: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "Sure on this Shining Night"

Music that evokes the beauty of the natural world.

July / August 2018: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival - "The New World: Journey from the Inca Trail"

Latin American Baroque repertoire from the 1600 and 1700s performed in collaboration with Caminos del Inka instrumentalists and enhanced with multi-media images from the Caminos del Inka archive.

September 2018: The Crossing - "Of Arms and the Man"

"Can heav’nly minds such resentment show, Or exercise their spite in human woe?"

September 2018: The Crossing - "The National Anthems"

"Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin?"

October 2018: Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas - "In Concert at the Sorg"

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas presents a concert of Baroque gems at the historic Sorg Opera House, including Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, BWV 51 (Bach), selections from Neun Deutsches Arien (Handel), and more.

October 2018: True Concord - "Northern Lights"

Choral Music of Scandinavia and the Baltics
with Dale Warland, guest conductor

October 2018: Skylark Ensemble - "Saga"

Skylark once again welcomes storyteller Sarah Walker to help open our season with a dramatic evening of music and tales from Norse Mythology and the land of the Vikings.

November 2018: Capital University Symphonic Winds

Featuring Nelson’s Aspen Jubilee and Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon.

December 2018: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Festival - "Celebremos El Niño"

Join the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for this annual celebration of carols and lullabies from around the world.

2017

October 2017: Santa Fe Desert Chorale on Tour and Recording Session: "The Road Home"

The American Voices concert repertoire spans three centuries: from Shaker music of the 1800s to works by leading 21st century composers including Sydney Guillaume, Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus,and including a world premiere of Reflections by Jake Runestad, set to journal writings by Henry David Thoreau. The recording, entitled "The Road Home," is the Desert Chorale's first commercial recording, and will be available in February 2018.

November 2017: Lancaster Chorale and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra - Mozart's "Requiem"

ProMusica, Lancaster Chorale, and guest vocalists present Mozart’s powerful and final masterpiece, his "Requiem." Soprano Kathrin Danzmayr sings Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs to complete this program of musical intimacy, intensity, and imagination.

November 2017: Fior Angelico - "Spanish Songs for Lamentation and Rejoicing"

Fior Angelico presents their 2017 program with works by Francisco Guerrero, Alonso Lobo, and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Featured works on the program include Victoria's Lamentations of Jeremiah for Good Friday and Lobo's complete Missa Maria Magdalene.

November 2017: Lancaster Chorale - "In Dulci Jubilo"

The Lancaster Chorale presents their annual Christmas concert.