Cristy Lynn Brown - Music Director
American mezzo soprano Cristy Lynn Brown has had an extensive singing career on both the opera and concert stage. Her diverse operatic repertoire spans from the dramatic to the comic, and her character interpretations have been enjoyed at Dayton Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Carolina, and Piedmont Opera to name a few. Ms. Brown is also well known as a concert soloist throughout the Midwest and South performing such works as Verdi’s “Requiem”, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with The Indianapolis Symphonic Chorale, North Carolina Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Raleigh Master Chorale, and The Bach Chorale of Lafayette, Indiana. She has been a frequent soloist in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina.
Ms. Brown is an Alumna of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received a BM in Vocal Performance as well as an Artist Diploma; she also has a MM in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro and is currently pursuing a DMA in Vocal Performance there. Ms. Brown has studied with the world renowned soprano Virginia Zeani at Indiana University as well as the Metropolitan Opera soprano Martina Arroyo. She has been the Instructor of Voice, served as the Associate Director of the School of Music for three years, as well as serving as the Faculty Adviser and Vocal Director of the Pierrette Players at Salem College since 2010.
Jonathan Borton - Pianist
A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jonathan Blake Borton began his piano studies at the age of 11. In 2005, he received a full tuition scholarship to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Division, where he studied solo piano with Eric Larsen and Clifton Matthews, as well as collaborative piano with Allison Gagnon. He has been featured in the masterclasses of Robert Blocker, Frank Glazer, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert McDonald, Oriole Plans, and Awadagin Pratt.
In 2006, Jonathan was soloist in four performances of Serge Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Greensboro Symphony-Orchestra for 4,000 public school students. He was also featured soloist in four performances of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Greensboro Symphony-Orchestra Ballet in 2007 and 2008.
Competing in many competitions over the years, Jonathan won first prize in the 2010 North Carolina Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Competition. In 2011, he was invited to be a participant in the Tibor Varga Music Festival in Sion, Switzerland. Last year, he traveled to Maine, where he had the opportunity to study with legendary pianist, Frank Glazer, who is now 98-years of age.
Jonathan regularly performs at parties, receptions, weddings, and other private functions, and appears as featured soloist at Forsyth Country Club. He studied piano with Barbara Lister-Sink in the Bachelor of Music degree program at Salem College and earned his degree in May 2014.