Paul Dykstra, Piano
Paul Dykstra began working as a conductor/pianist at a dinner theater in southern Wisconsin, and since moving to Chicago, he’s focused predominantly on his two loves — chamber collaborative piano and vocal accompaniment, especially song and operatic. Among his musical achievements are founding the Lira Symphony in Chicago and premiering the Weinberg Piano Trio in Warsaw at the Singer Festival.
Kristen Leslie, Soprano
Kirsten Leslie, originally from the Chicago area has performed nationally and internationally as both singer and actress. Her repertoire is quite diverse: operatic roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, the “Flier” (or Amelia Earhart) in Daron Hagen’s Amelia and Orquidea in Daniel Catan’s Salsipuedes; musical theatre roles such as Anne in A Little Night Music and Carrie in Carousel; and straight theatre roles such as Imogen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. She recently gave her solo debut with the Houston Symphony and has soloed several times in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.