For our February 13 concert, “Music Then, Music Now” we are excited to present singers Judith Overcash, Soprano, and Bruce Sellers, Tenor
Judith Overcash originally hails from Charleston, South Carolina, but now resides in Ohio. She has spent several years specializing in the interpretation of music from the Medieval through the early Classical period on the one hand, and the 20th century on the other. Her performances have received critical acclaim across the country.
As a concert soloist, Judith has established a reputation performing large oratorio and dramatic works such as Bach’s St. John Passion, his B Minor Mass, the Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, the Haydn Creation oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, and other oratorio, mass, opera and requiem settings by composers such as Vivaldi, Duruflé, Mozart, and Brahms. However, Judith is perhaps most well-known for her performances of smaller, more intimate early music and chamber works by composers such as Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Schütz, and Pergolesi.
Judith makes frequent appearances as a featured soloist with a number of period and modern ensembles and orchestras across north America. She performs in programs ranging from 11th- century song to American musical theater. Period orchestras and ensembles include the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Texas Early Music Project, Apollo’s Fire, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Catacoustic Consort, Istanpitta, and La Folia. Judith performs in her home state of Ohio with such critically-acclaimed ensembles as the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the Warren Philharmonic, and the Bach Society of Dayton. She was also named as a finalist in the international Erwin Bodky Award competition, the only vocalist ever to receive such a distinction.
Bruce Sellers studied at the University of Georgia and Indiana University in Bloomington with world-famous tenor James King. It was at Indiana University that he also began working with the Early Music Institute. In 1985, he joined the world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer, appearing in over 300 concerts and singing on many of their recordings.
In 1988 Mr. Sellers moved to The Netherlands to study with baritone Max van Egmond, where he frequently performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras and conductors, in a wide variety of musical styles. In 1990 he accepted a full-time position with the prestigious and renowned Netherlands Chamber Choir, a post he retained until 2005. In nearly 1,000 concerts with the choir, Mr. Sellers toured extensively all over Europe and the world, performing with top-ranked conductors and orchestras, as well as singing on over 60 CD recordings, many of these garnering prestigious awards.
In 2004, Mr. Sellers returned to America to embark on a career in teaching, first as Visiting Professor of Voice at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and then on the faculty at Gainesville State College in 2009, becoming the Director of Vocal and Choral Music there in August of 2010. He has performed as a soloist in the north Georgia area with the Rome Bach Festival, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Lanier Chamber Singers, and is currently employed as the tenor soloist at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia.