Margaret Felice, Executive Director
Margaret Felice is a singer, conductor, educator and writer living in Boston. She has been a member of Boston Singers’ Resource since BSR’s founding and has been Administrative/Executive Director since 2015. From 2007–2009 Margaret was President of Boston Opera Collaborative, Boston’s operatic repertory company. She later served as the Public Relations coordinator for that group, spearheading BOC’s email marketing, local media relations and social media presence. She currently directs the Liturgical Musicians at Boston College High School, is an assistant director of the Liturgy Arts Group of Boston College, and is on the religious education faculty at Boston College High School
As a performer, Margaret’s repertoire ranges from classical opera to modern musical theater, from early music to the Great American Songbook. She has sung principal roles in Suor Angelica, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, The Crucible, Carmen, and Don Giovanni, as well as in theatrical productions of Titanic, Company, Fiorello! Annie, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has a particular love of sacred music and has been soprano soloist in J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass, Handel's Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and other choral masterworks. Margaret has sung with Tanglewood Festival Chorus since 2005.
The author of a popular spirituality blog, Margaret and her writing on music and spirituality have been featured on PrayTell and Loyola Press’s dotMagis blog. She also has been published in GIA Quarterly, Pastoral Music, Classical Singer Magazine, Notre Dame Church Life Journal and Classical Music Indy. Her first book, the 2019 edition of Loyola Press’s A Book of Grace-Filled Days devotional series, was published in fall 2018.
Margaret is a regular speaker on liturgical music and spirituality, participating as a keynote presenter at Notre Dame Vision’s inaugural Summer Conference for Liturgical Music Ministers and at an Ignatian Identity Conference at Leopard’s Hill School in Lusaka, Zambia. Margaret holds degrees from Boston College and The Boston Conservatory and also studied at Emerald City Opera Institute and the Songfest Professional Program. Originally from South Windsor, CT, she now lives in Dorchester with her husband, Robert Goulston. Her résumé, calendar and blog can be found at www.margaretfelice.com.
Stephanie Hollenberg, Auditions Coordinator
As Auditions Coordinator for Boston Singers' Resource, Stephanie Hollenberg organizes and schedules the bi-annual auditions. As an active singer, she has recently appeared as Leonora (The Beautiful Bridegroom, MetroWest Opera), the step-sister Marguelonne (Cendrillon, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel, Music Academy International Trentino Festival, Italy), and covered the role of Zerlina (Don Giovanni, NEMPAC). This spring she was also a finalist of the 2018 MetroWest Opera Vocal Competition. Previously, Ms. Hollenberg has sung the role of Holly (Rapture, Boston Opera Collaborative), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, MAI Trentino Festival), an Esprit (Cendrillon, MAI Trentino Festival), Tibrino (Orontea, Haymarket Summer Opera Course), Sandman (Hansel & Gretel, Longy School of Music), Eva (An Embarrassing Position, Longy), and Dido (Dido & Aeneas, Goshen College). In addition to Ms. Hollenberg’s singing engagements, she serves as Coordinator for Concerts and Outreach for Boston Opera Collaborative, organizing events surrounding main stage shows and coordinating the Concert Series.
Xia Chen, Auditions Coordinator
Xia Chen has completed her Master’s in Vocal Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She recently debuted the role of Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors in the collaborative program between Opera Connecticut and the Hartt School. At Longy, she performed Lenora in John Duke's Captain Lovelock and Adela in Franz von Suppe's The Finishing School. She actively performs in concerts in the New England area, and was one of the soloists of the Sino US Vocal Artists Association Recital Series in 2018 and 2019.
Ms. Chen is currently studying in the Graduate Professional Diploma program at the Hartt School and is a student of Dana Varga. She is a managing specialist and an English-Chinese translator, and has experience as a loan manager and interpreter in bank and music festivals.
Brianna Robinson, Data Input Specialist
Brianna J. Robinson is a passionate and education-driven soprano with experience in opera, music/arts administration, community service and other aspects of the classical music community. For the 2019/2020 season, she is an Emerging Artist with the Boston Lyric Opera. Her work in administration includes an Arts Leadership certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she completed coursework and internships to gain skill and knowledge in the field. Brianna served as an Americorps volunteer in 2015/2016 with Seattle Music Partners, serving as Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist.
Brianna is a proud graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with degrees in Vocal Music Performance and Black World Studies. She received her Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in May 2018.
Board of Directors
Erin Merceruio Nelson, Treasurer
Hailed as “secure and sonorous” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, soprano Erin Merceruio Nelson performs actively throughout New England and beyond. Her recent performances include Gretel in Longwood Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel and Frasquita in Oprea Breve’s (NY) production of Carmen. Erin participated in Odyssey Opera of Boston’s "Trial by Fire" season, performing in Norman Dello Joio’s The Trial at Rouen (December 2017), and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s production of Bizet’s Carmen (January 2018).
Erin is the Director of Development and Operations for Shelter Music Boston, a local nonprofit that employs classical musicians to present chamber music concerts in area homeless shelters and recovery centers. She previously served as the Senior Program Administrator for the Free for All Concert Fund, and as Development Assistant at Hebrew SeniorLife. A native of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Erin holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah University in Virginia. Visit Erin at http://www.erinmerceruionelson.com/.
Peter Pulsifer, President
Peter Pulsifer began singing in his church choir as a boy soprano and first became serious about choral music when as a graduate student in physics in the 1980s he joined the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under John Oliver. After graduation he lived in Washington, D.C., for 16 years, where he sang with the Washington Chorus under Robert Shafer. Currently he sings regularly with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Chorus pro Musica, and when possible with the New World Chorale, Odyssey Opera, and others. He studied voice for many years with Robert Honeysucker. Peter is active in promoting culture and the arts, including service since 2003 on the board of Choral Arts New England, which gives grants, publishes an online directory, calendar, and newsletter, and works in other ways to support choral singing in the six New England states. He also serves on the Winchester Cultural Council and is a former Trustee of the Winchester Community Music School. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Peter earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Boston College, both in Physics. Currently he does scientific and technical consulting in the Boston area. Previously, he has been a theoretical plasma physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, has served as a scientific program manager, and has been a staff editor at the magazine Physics Today.
Diana Gamet, Clerk
Diana Gamet has been a full time music educator in Boston since 2013, and is currently the Elementary Performing Arts Teacher and Choral Director at Kingsley Montessori School in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Diana is a soprano performing in the greater Boston area, and she sings regularly with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, having recently concluded a term as an elected Chorus Committee representative. She holds a BM in Music Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, with a concentration in early music, jazz, and contemporary chamber works.
Diana's mission as a classroom educator is to foster confidence, independence and intrinsic enthusiasm for student performances through a rich and student-centered delivery of classroom-integrated curriculum. She has found that students learn best when they feel safe learning through mistakes, and can guide one another through practiced, constructive peer review and critique. Diana has directed a broad variety of musical ensembles over the years, and she teaches voice from her private studio at her home in Brighton, aiming to help students develop a deep love for the arts while simultaneously learning to diminish anxieties and strengthen independence through practice of self-preparation skills.
When she is not committed to her musical or educational pursuits, she is an avid board game player, RPG enthusiast, painter & sketch artist.
Lynn Shane, Founder
Lynn Shane is the founder and former Executive Director of Boston Singers' Resource. Under her direction, BSR became one of the leading resources for serious singers and students of singing in the New England region. Working with a team of dedicated volunteers and board members since 2001, Ms. Shane created and maintained the BSR website, organized 17 regional auditions for BSR singers and directors and written nearly 40 web article/interviews. Ms. Shane is an active member of the American Choral Director's Association, the Arts Services Coalition, the Music Educators National Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Opera America, and Stagesource. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado. Also an active music teacher and chorus conductor, Lynn Shane has worked with all ages of students from Kindergarden through adult. She currently is on the faculty at Salem State University in Salem, MA where she teaches private voice lessons as well as Women's Chorale, History of Music, and Voice. As an active singer, Ms. Shane has appeared with several regional symphonic, music theater and opera companies as soloist. She is also a 15 year veteran of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus with whom she has recorded several CD's, toured the Far East and Europe.