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John Balme

John has served as the general director of the Boston Lyric Opera, the Lake George Opera Festival, and as music director of the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City. Mr. Balme has participated as a conductor and/or producer in more than 300 productions and has appeared as a guest conductor in Atlanta, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Rochester, Boston, and many other major cities.

Mr. Balme received critical acclaim for producing and conducting Wagner's Ring Cycle in both Boston and New York City. He attended Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Meanwhile, he's served on the faculties of the University of Texas (Austin), the University of Connecticut, New England Conservatory of Music, and Northeastern University.

Other activities he enjoys have included concert appearances as a pianist accompanying singers like Carlo Bergonzi, Nicolai Gedda, Jerome Hines and Deborah Voigt. Mr. Balme has also played for Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, John Vickers, Sherrill Milnes, and many other internationally acclaimed vocalists.

Cynthia Springsteen-Balme

Cynthia is a soprano that has performed 40 leading operatic roles, including the New York premiere of Verdi’s Jerusalem at Carnegie Hall. A specialist in the works of Verdi, Ms. Springsteen has performed 12 of his major operas, six of which were for the New York Grand Opera’s historic presentation of Verdi's 28 operas in Central Park from 1993 to 2001.

Ms. Springsteen garnered critical acclaim for her technical vocal command of Verdi’s early works in her performances of Giselda in Lombardi, Abigaille in Nabucco, the stage premiere of the title role in Alzira, Mina in Aroldo, and the soprano version of Eboli in the French version of Don Carlos. She also sang the New York premiere of Verdi’s “Ave Maria” for soprano and strings at the Lincoln Center.

Cynthia has sung under legendary conductors Seiji Ozawa, Robert Shaw, and Sarah Caldwell. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Temple University. Her teachers include Armen Boyajian and David Jones.


2017 - 2018 Season

Performance #1
Saturday, October 21st @ 4:30pm
Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel
Royal School of Church Music 
Youth Choir Festival performance


Performance #2
Friday, November 10th
St. Patrick's Cathedral, 4:00pm
Radio City Music Hall, 8:00pm
Christmas Spectacular opening night


Performance #3
Sunday December 10th @ 7:00pm
Brookdale Community College, PAC building
Rutter: Mass of the Children
with the Brookdale Concordia Chorale


Performance #4
Friday December 15th @ 7:00pm
St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church
16 McLean Street, Freehold, NJ
Rutter: Mass of the Children
with the Arcadian Chorale

Performance #5
Sunday December 17th @ 3:00pm
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church
705 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Rutter: Mass of the Children
with the Arcadian Chorale

Concordia Junior Chorale
St. George's by the Sea
Rumson, NJ
Vaughan Williams, Hodie
with the Shrewsbury Chorale


Performance #6
Sunday, April 15th @ 7pm
The Concordia American Song Book
Middletown Arts Center


Performance #7
Sunday, June 10th @ 7pm
Thompson: The Place of the Blest
Middletown Arts Center
Performance History