Anne Shelly’s study of voice with Maureen Koepke and Carl Trump formulated a life-long appreciation for the belle canto style. Anne has performed with local music colleagues at Civic Morning Musicals, May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, Plymouth Congregational Church, and St. David’s Episcopal Church where she serves as soprano section leader. She enjoys organizing small ensemble performances for church services and arranging and singing popular music from the 1930’s – 1960’s for a local women’s ensemble.
Luba Lesser grew up in Moscow, Russia, where she began her long-term career in music. She started playing piano at the young age of 4, and later started singing professionally with the Children’s Chorus of the State Radio and Television in Moscow. After moving to Syracuse, she has performed with several local ensembles including Syracuse Chorale, Syracuse University Oratorio Society, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, and Syracuse Opera. Luba holds her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University, teaches voice and piano privately and at the Fayetteville YMCA, and is an adjunct professor of voice at OCC. Luba is an alto section leader at St. David’s. She often collaborates on classical music recitals with other talented local musicians, and also is a soloist of the band “LuBossa,” which performs jazz and bossa nova. In addition to singing Luba also enjoys cooking and dancing the Argentine Tango.
Joel was born and raised in Syracuse. He graduated from Manlius Pebble Hill School and subsequently attended SUNY Geneseo, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in vocal performance. He holds a masters degree in music education from the Crane School of Music, and he has spent the last four years teaching music in Saratoga Springs and Syracuse. Currently, he is working full time with a not for profit, faith based organization called L’arche, which is founded on making community with persons with developmental disabilities. His hobbies include singing in a barbershop chorus as well as playing golf. He performed in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the St. David’s choir in the spring, and is very excited to be joining the St. David’s community!