Local Artist Spotlight: Kelsey Reinhart

As part of our Local Artist Spotlight series, we are thrilled to feature local composer, Kelsey Reinhart, in our upcoming concert: Sacred Poetry.

Mrs. Reinhart, currently serving in her 5th year of teaching, is thrilled to start her first year as head director at Lake Highlands Junior High School. She graduated from Texas Tech University in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Music, including a double major in composition and music education. First published by TFS Music Publications in 2012 for her piece “Irish Blessing”, Mrs. Reinhart has since published various works with Hal Leonard Publications. Additionally, several​ of her pieces have been included in TCDA new music reading sessions. Mrs. Reinhart is tremendously grateful to have received the following prestigious awards: the 2017 Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition and the 2017 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize; where she was also commissioned to write a piece for the O.A.K.E. National Youth Choir.

As a product of Lake Highlands, Mrs. Reinhart was active in choir and band throughout her junior high and high school careers and is excited to be back home! When she is not teaching or composing, Mrs. Reinhart likes to spend time trying new restaurants and coffee shops with her husband or snuggling with her two cats, Porter and Luna.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit with Kelsey at either of our concerts:

First performance:

Friday, September 9 at 7:30 PM
Advent Lutheran Church
3232 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76015
Second performance:
Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
6121 E. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX 75214
We hope to see you there!

CANCELLED: Reflections Concert

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of our audience and singers, we are cancelling our Reflections concert which was originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22.

This was not an easy decision to make but given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic we felt this to be the most prudent course of action.

At this time, we hope that you will join us in praying for all those who have been affected by the virus and encourage everyone to do their part to help prevent further spread of the virus.

We thank you for your understanding,
The Singers of Inspirata

Bass! How Low Can You Go?

We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of Inspirata, Wendell Valdez!

Wendell joins us as a Bass and currently calls Dallas, TX, home after living in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma over the years. Born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines, he grew up singing in choirs and taking piano lessons. He and his family emigrated to the United States when he was in his late teens. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a BBA in Computer Information Systems.

While attending ULM, Wendell studied private voice and sang with the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. On occasion, he accompanied other voice students and was a pianist for a couple of choral ensembles on campus. After college, he sang with church choirs and performed in musicals that include Bella Vista Players’ production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ where he played the role of Motel the tailor, and Arkansas Public Theatre’s production of ‘The Music Man’ where he played the role of Olin Britt, the barbershop quartet’s bass.

In Dallas, Wendell sang with the Chancel Choir and Vox Nova at First United Methodist Church, was staff accompanist for FUMC children’s choirs, and performed with the Arts District Chorale for 5 seasons. Currently, he sings with the Chancel Choir at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church and the Mobile Music Ministry ensemble that performs at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Dallas metroplex.

Please join us in welcoming Wendell to Inspirata!

And Hunter Makes Three!

Three Tenors, that is 🙂 It is our pleasure to announce that Hunter Birkhead has joined our Inspirata family!

Hunter is a professional choral conductor, music educator, and vocalist, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance and a Master’s in Music Education; Choral Conducting, from the University of Oklahoma.

As a conductor, Hunter has served as the Music Director of First Christian Church, (Midwest City, OK) as well as St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (Hurst, TX). Additionally, while working on his Master’s degree, Hunter gained experience conducting the Norman Community Chorus, and has conducted the OU Combined Choirs in concert.

As a professional vocalist, Hunter has performed leading roles in operas, operettas, and oratorios, while also maintaining engagements as a professional chorister, singing with the Richard Zielinski Singers, The Orchestra of New Spain, and The Dallas Bach Society.

Hunter also has enjoyed teaching private music lessons, specializing in piano, voice, and drums.

Please give Hunter a warm welcome, we are blessed to have him with us!

Meet Our Newest Alto, Katherine Cotten!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Alto, Katherine Cotten, to Inspirata!

Katherine is a Dallas resident and grew-up performing with the Children’s and Youth Chorus of Greater Dallas as well as the Dallas Opera Children’s Chorus. After graduating from JJ Pearce High School, Katherine attended Abilene Christian University to study Music Education and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Katherine also studied abroad with Westminster Choir College for two separate summers in vocal performance programs in both Italy and Austria.

After graduating from ACU, Katherine taught voice in RISD schools for a semester and then became a Choral Director in Abilene, Texas. Throughout the past several years, she has performed in various professional ensembles including Dallas Chorus Festival, Voci d’Amici, and Abilene Chamber Singers. Katherine currently attends SMU during the summers to receive all three levels of Kodály Certification in the Choral Track. During the school year, she is the Choir Director at Parkhill Junior High in Richardson ISD.

We are excited to have Katherine singing with us!

Welcome, Holly Howard!

We are excited to announce that Holly Howard has joined Inspirata as a Soprano!

A native of Houston, Holly is now based in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Baylor University in 2016 and studies private voice with Heather and Edward Crafts. Since graduating, she studied in Italy with Opera in Concert during the summer of 2018 and more recently, spent June 2019 with Respiro Opera in Manhattan, NYC. Frequently heard in recital, she is also a principle artist with the Dallas Classical Singers – a group of operatic soloists that perform favorite opera arias, duets and ensembles in the DFW area. This is Holly’s premiere year with Inspirata and she is very excited to share her love of early sacred music with their audience.

Please join us in welcoming Holly to the Inspirata family!

2019-2020 Season Vocal Auditions

Vocal Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season have been announced!  If you’re interested in joining Inspirata, we’d love to hear from you!  We will be holding auditions on the following days:

Sunday, Sept 1st from 3p – 5p

Sunday, Sept 8th from 3p – 5p

To schedule a time for your audition, please contact us at: info@inspirata.com

We look forward to singing with you!