February 2017
About the Soloists

Mary Bonhag, soprano, studied at the University of Michigan, completed a master’s degree at Dawn Upshaw’s graduate program at Bard College, and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009. She is an avid supporter of new music and has premiered new works by C. Curtis-Smith, Lembit Beecher, Evan Chambers, Shawn Jaeger, and Evan Premo. Bonhag has performed with chamber groups across the country and has been presented in recital at Smith, Goucher, and Dartmouth Colleges, as well as the St. Gaudens National Historical Site. Bonhag is conductor of the Mad River Chorale, and she and her husband, composer/bassist Evan Premo, are the artistic directors of the innovative Vermont chamber music series, Scrag Mountain Music.

 

Jonathan Goff, piano, is a senior at Hanover High School in New Hampshire. In addition to studying classical piano with Marilyn Taggart of Gaysville, Vermont since age five, he independently pursues jazz percussion, jazz piano, and composition. His passion for artists such as Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum led him to fall in love with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue when he first heard it.

Goff and his three brothers, accomplished classical musicians all, perform frequently as “The Goff Brothers” at community events and other venues such as "The Next Generation” Young Artists Competition in Randolph, Vermont. In addition to his many hours of piano practice, Goff also plays with aspiring contemporary musicians, chamber groups, and arranges music for his high school a capella group.

Goff plans to attend college to pursue a major in either engineering or business. Regardless of his career path, he plans to continue his musical endeavors, noting that having his fingers on a keyboard will always be his first love.