Jordan Bowman, artistic director
Jordan Bowman, artistic director and co-founder of Opera Elect finished her Master’s of Music in Opera at Binghamton University in New York with Mary Burgess. Her credits in New York have included Belinda in Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (BU 2019), her debut role with Tri-Cities Opera as First Touriere in Suor Angelica (2018), Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Foothills Opera scenes program, concurrently with Despina in Così fan tutte (2018), Lady with a Cake Box from Postcard from Morocco (BU 2018), Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro (BU Scenes 2018), Lucy in the children’s opera, The Billy Goats Gruff (BU 2017), and Chorus in La bohème (TCO 2017). She performed with the Binghamton Baroque Orchestra as their featured soloist for their concert of Baroque Overtures and Arias (2018) and was invited back to perform for their benefit concert, Back to Baroque (2019). She was also featured as a solo performer in the BU Wind Symphony’s John Philip Sousa Concert.
Outside of traditional opera, Jordan is an active member of the new music community. She has performed several world premieres of art songs, chamber works, and opera, including her own, since 2014. Her latest opera composition premiere was Krampusnacht (2017), in Boise, Idaho with HomeGrown Theatre’s Horrific Puppet Affair. She recently placed first with composer, Nathan Scalise in the New York City SongSLAM competition using a piece from their collaborative cycle, “Big Sky.” She will premiere three new song cycles for soprano by Nathan Scalise and Brian Hosefros in the spring of 2019. She will also premiere her newest opera in Battle Mountain, Nevada this October. She also looks forward to producing and performing in Opera Elect’s 2nd Annual New Music Summer Series of 2019.
Jordan received her Bachelor of the Arts in Music at The College of Idaho in 2014. She studied with Dr. Mari Jo Tynon and performed under the baton of Dr. Brent Wells and cellist, Sam Smith. Her undergraduate credits include Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Lucy in The Telephone, Semele in Semele, and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, two of which she stage directed. She was also the featured soloist for oratorio and orchestral performances; Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Tavener’s Song of the Angel, and Rachmaninov’s Vocalise.
After graduating from The College of Idaho in 2014, Bowman began her professional career by founding an opera production company with Zachary Buker, Opera Elect, and performing for Opera Idaho. With Opera Elect she has composed, produced, performed, and toured world premieres of new opera and operetta. Her roles include "Jillian" in Tomorrow, Tomorrow by Nary & Greene, "Helen" in The Fortune Teller by Bowman & Bowman, and "Mother" in Lullaby: a horrific puppet opera by Bowman & Bowman (studio recording). With Opera Idaho she performed the role of Un Paggio in Rigoletto, The Queen of the Night/Papagena in The Magic Flute (outreach), as well as understudied for Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Papagena in The Magic Flute.
Jordan has been involved in many facets of theatre and music performance growing up. She was raised in Idaho by a wild family of artists. At age four, her heart was set on becoming a professional singer. Jordan explored choir, musical theatre, heavy metal, and oratorio, until stumbling upon opera. She studied her first aria at seventeen after being inspired by Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and never looked back.
Zach Buker, co-founder
Zach Buker has his masters degree in Music from the University of Washington Class of 2017. As one of the original founders of Opera Elect, he helped set the foundation for where it stands today. For instance- contracts, tour-planning, and fundraising were among his major contributions. He performed alongside Jordan and various other OE artists to help bring to life what makes the company unique- opera parties, creative collaborations, and a casual experience for the not-so-experienced audience member. He has also been a choir director and featured soloist for multiple church venues- including the United Methodist Church in Meridian, ID and the University Temple United Methodists Church in Seattle, WA. He has taught both at the private and collegiate levels and someday wishes to have his own voice studio.
Currently, Zach is serving in the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted 0621 radio operator. Unfortunately, he will not be able to perform in our 2019 Summer Season.
Edith Dull, managing director
"My entire childhood was filled with music, imagination, and magic, and I have not grown out of it. I have loved music for as long as I can remember, our family went on road-trips often and my parents had “Wee Sing” cassettes for the long car rides to keep us occupied. “Wee Sing” was a series of varying cassette tapes with children’s songs that were paired with a booklet of sheet music. To my parents surprise, a few years later, in 2001, I joined my 4th grade honors choir. The summer of 2002 my parents signed me up for a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Treasure Island” where I landed my very first onstage role as Male Villager #12. I was instantly hooked."
Edith is managing director of Opera Elect, and has her BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from The College of Idaho (2015). Her involvement with OE started in 2014 as director of their premiere operetta, Tomorrow, Tomorrow (2014), she then directed their second operetta, The Fortune Teller (2015). She was then appointed as managing director in 2016, which she gladly accepted. Edith also performs with OE as a mezzo-soprano during their New Music Concert Series.
Besides Opera Elect, Edith has had many notable opportunities in theatre and music in the Treasure Valley. During her time at C of I she started branching out to professional theatre companies in Boise and accepted her first title role as Veronica Livingstone in HomeGrown Theatre's, Veronica Livingstone, I Presume? (2012). She has stayed actively involved with HomeGrown Theatre over the years, her most recent role being "Andy" in Horizon Three (2018). Edith has used these connections to create collaborations between OE and HomeGrown in the Annual Horrific Puppet Affair with Lullaby (2016) and Krampusnacht (2017).
Alongside theatre and music, Edith has also modeled for Hill Street Studios, David Hiller Photography, and Anja Stoll Photography. She is also a cast member with EverAfter Enchantments, a party princess company in the Treasure Valley.
Currently, Edith lives in Homedale with her husband Andrew and their cat, Bilbo Baggins, and dog, Samus Aran (Sam).
Madelein Bowman, artistic assoc.
Madelein Bowman is a mezzo-soprano currently studying at the University of Idaho. She will graduate in 2020 having performed roles including ‘Nancy’ in Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring”, ‘La Ciesca’ in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”, and the title role in Bizet’s “Carmen”. She has worked in Opera Elect previously participating in opera parties and writing libretto for Opera Elect’s “The Fortune Teller”. She is super excited to be singing with OE in this summer’s New Music Series.
Peyton Fleming, baritone
Peyton is a full time student athlete at the College of Idaho, where he is pursuing Math-Physics, Engineering, and Music Education. Peyton is a dedicated vocalist in the College of Idaho Chamber Choir under Dr. Brent Wells, and student of Professor Annie Powell’s. Aside from his studies, he loves to golf, play pool, hike, and works as a USA Softball Certified Official.
Kendra Kae, soprano
Soprano Kendra Kae completed her degree in Music Education at Brigham Young University Idaho in 2009. She is a member of Opera Idaho, Opera Elect, and sings with Critical Mass and The Boise Women’s Chorus. Most recently, she sang in the chorus of both Don Giovanni and Aida with Opera Idaho. Her past roles include both Pamina and Papagena in “The Magic Flute” and Miss Pinkerton in “The Old Maid and the Thief.” She has also sung as a soloist for “The Messiah.” A native of Idaho, she’s originally from Blackfoot. Having taught music for nearly ten years, she is shifting her focus to performance, and is excited to kick that off here in Idaho.
Micaela Hulsey, soprano
Micaela Hulsey is a Junior at The College of Idaho double majoring in Music and Psychology with a focus in vocal performance. Micaela has performed in all of her school operas, debuting as as “Gretel” in Englebert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel her freshman year of college. Since then, she has also performed the role of “Lucy” (The Telephone), and “Suor Dolcina” (Suor Angelica) as well as selected scenes as “Laetitia” (The Old Maid & the Thief), “Miss Titmouse” (Too Many Sopranos), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), “Pamina” (The Magic Flute), and Angelica (Orlando).
Micaela is also active in the performance world outside of school. She has attended summer music programs such as The Sun Valley Summer Music Institute located in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Si parla, si canta, located in Urbania, Italy. She has also placed at multiple competitions both regionally and nationally, receiving first place at NATS her freshman year of college, and second place her sophomore year of college. She was a regional winner for The Classical Singer Competition her senior year of high school and was then invited to attend the national convention in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rebecca Pearce, soprano
Rebecca Pearce is a resident company member of Opera Idaho where she covered the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and enjoyed other roles such as; Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Countess
Ceprano in Rigoletto. She performed in numerous other Opera Idaho events including; Ales and Arias, Opera Idaho Goes to the Library, Bel Canto Concert, Golden Age of Operettas, Art Song Series, Operatinis, Mostly Mozart Concert, Auction of Arias, Black and White Gala, Broadway Bingo and several other events. She toured Rome and Orvieto, Italy, and covered the role of Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro for Operafestival Di Roma. Rebecca placed in the nation's top 40 in both Musical Theater and Classical Emerging Pro Divisions in the National Classical Singer Vocal Competition 2018, as well as top 40 in the National Classical Emerging Pro Division in 2016 and 2017. She was 4th in region at 2016 NATSAA 44th Annual NATS Artists Awards Competition for Singers. There, she was praised by judges for her “great stage presence and character,” “beautiful voice, impressive range, and absolute control.”
Locally, she is was cast as Muzzy in Boise Music Week’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. She played Katherine in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew with Encore Theater. She was Guest Soloist for Something Special, Threads of Gold, and the LDS Women’s Area Conference, as well as guestsoloist for Boise Hymns of Thanksgiving 2017 broadcast on PBS. Rebecca organizes and performs For the Love of Music concert series with pianists Chad Spears, Sean Rogers, Kelsey Webb, Betsi Hodges, Jeff Romero, and Lydia Brady including guest artists Sara Stejskal, Andrew Peck, Jason and Michelle Detwiler, and Curtis Crafton. She also organized and performed A Night to Dream concert with Kelsey Webb. Rebecca served as both MC and soloist at Impact Dance Alzheimer Benefit Concert and this year’s Muscular DystrophyBenefit Concert. She was guest soloist and conductor at the Boise Refugee Benefit Concert at Cathedral of theRockies, guest artist at the Detwiler’s Party of 4 concert, sang with St. Luke’s Hospice Singers, guest soloist and conductor at Meridian's Community Collaborative Easter Program, Boise Festival of Trees soloist, and performed for several other private and corporate events including singing the National Anthem at several Boise Hawks’ games.
Rebecca also works on recording projects with violinist Kevin Lee at the Romantic School of Music inSouthern Utah, and as a voice talent for radio commercials and film for local businesses. Singing Oratorio, Rebecca was soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, and a Charles Gounod Concert. She soloed for Peter Covino's Orchestral Choir, performed with EVMCO Millennial Choirs in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Brady Allred’s Salt Lake Choral Artists, and St. George Heritage Choir among others.Rebecca was classically trained by the Utah Shakespearean Company, And grew up performing in musical theater such roles as; Narrator in Bad Guys of Broadway, Dora in Fiorello, Grandma Tzeitle and Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Eponine and Cosette in Les Miserable, Nightingale of Samarkand and Princess number 12 in Once Upon a Mattress. She starred as Eliza Snow and Sarah Brown Young in Utah Historical Pageants. She also performs Bluegrass, Jazz, Cabaret, and American Songbook. Rebecca has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 19 years and is the proud mother of four talented children. She currently operates her own voice and piano studio. She has led church choir, children’s choir, and community music groups for over 20 years and volunteers in schools and communities teaching music and the arts.