Elizabeth Bemis, Transition Organist and Music Director
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Elizabeth Bemis is a life-long church musician with a diverse background in church music leadership and voice pedagogy. Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy (Contemporary Commercial Music) at Shenandoah Conservatory. She also holds pedagogical certifications from the CCM Institute, the University of North Texas, and Somatic VoiceworkTM.
Elizabeth has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of denominations, including Baptist, ELCA, Episcopalian, and PCUSA. While in graduate school, Elizabeth served at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church in Centreville, VA as Director of Music, where she oversaw the music ministry and acted as adult and children’s choir director, organist, pianist, and handbell choir director. Since moving back to Mobile in 2021, Elizabeth has enjoyed singing at Springhill Presbyterian Church and continuing her formal organ studies with Dr. Randall Sheets.
Elizabeth performed extensively in Mobile during her high school and undergraduate studies in collegiate and professional opera productions and was selected as the Madame Rose-Palmai Tenser Developing Young Artist with Mobile Opera for two consecutive years. Most recently, Elizabeth was featured as a soloist at the Kennedy Center’s Page-To-Stage Festival, premiering songs from new musical theatre. As a freelance pianist, Elizabeth has spent time collaborating with musical theatre and vocal performance majors at her undergraduate and graduate universities. An avid researcher, Elizabeth has presented her academic work at a number of conferences, including the Voice Foundation Symposium. Elizabeth currently works as an independent voice teacher, serving a diverse group of singers in contemporary and classical genres.
Mollie Adams, Cathedral Cantor
Mollie Adams is a warm, vibrant soprano gaining a reputation for her "animated stage presence and vivacious and strong soprano voice." Cultivating a wide-ranging career of singing opera, oratorio, art song, jazz, and chamber music, Ms. Adams has been seen in a wide scope of musical performances. She has been an active recitalist and soloist, with an emphasis on art song interpretations.
Ms. Adams recently performed the role of Annina, from Verdi's opera La Traviata, with Mobile Opera. She was last seen on the stage with Mobile Opera Company in the role of Mary Stone in The Devil and Daniel Webster, by Douglas Moore. Previous roles and performances have included The Mikado, Dvorak requiem, and several solo performances.
Her collaborations with the Magnolia Chamber Orchestra have brought her throughout the Gulf Coast, presenting early chamber works of Handel, Vivaldi, and Bach. Equally at home with new works, Ms. Adams premiered the role of Ms. Dara in Dan Shore’s NOA chamber award winning opera, An Embarrassing Position. She was also praised for her “fine acting and vocal performance” as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Throughout her career, Ms. Adams has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The White House, Mount Vernon, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Disney World, The Cutler Majestic Theater, and performed with numerous touring shows and performers.
Ms. Adams is a dynamic performer of sacred music ranging from Jewish folk song to Anglican music, with an interest in both solo and choral collaborations. Her educational outreach and interpretations of jazz and art song has also proven to be a favorite of audiences.
Ms. Adams is a Voice Instructor and Adjunct Professor at the University of Mobile and keeps an active teaching studio. She is continually studying the importance of voice science in pedagogy and her use of functional voice technique helps her students to thrive in both the classical and contemporary realms of singing.
2020-2021 Music Series Guest Artists
Welcome to an exciting new season of music at downtown Mobile’s Episcopal Cathedral. Join us as we host some of the best musicians from our area and beyond.
Rebekah Atkinson is principal harpist for Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in Meridian, Mississippi. She is often heard in venues around the Gulf Coast and as part of the Atkinson Duo. Rebekah studied the French school of playing the harp, in the legacy of Henriette Renie and Susann McDonald, and also participated in master classes with notable harpists such as Delaine Fedson and Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton.
Eric Botto is a is an up-and-coming tenor originally from Houston, Texas, currently residing in Gulfport, Mississippi. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Colorado State University, and recently received his Master of Music from the University of Mobile, under the tutelage of Dr. Maryann Kyle. During his Master’s degree, he was privileged to perform roles such as Roméo in, Roméo et Juliette, the Magician in, The Consul, Le petit villiard in, L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Earl Tolloller in, Iolanthe.
In June of 2020, Eric was slated to make his debut with Chautauqua Opera, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Chautauqua Opera effectively transformed its summer festival into a digital experience, utilizing Eric in a multitude of aria concerts, masterclasses, and an a capella song cycle world premiere, written by Frances Pollock and Jerre Dye. Other recent notable performances include both the Vain Man and Lamplighter with First Coast Opera’s, The Little Prince, Don Ramiro in Operafestival di Roma’s, La Cenerentola, Colorado State University credits as Rinuccio in, Gianni Schicchi and Gabriel von Eisenstein in, Die Fledermaus, and appearances with Opera Mississippi as Rodolfo in, La bohème and Pong In, Turandot.
Sasha began his violin studies in Havana, Cuba, under Alejandro Ferreira. He continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, graduating with honors in 1997. As a soloist, Sasha has performed both with piano accompaniment and with orchestras throughout Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and the United States. From 1997 until 2007, Ferreira was a member of the Lima String Quartet, in residence at Catholic Peruvian University. In addition to the Lima String Quartet, Sasha played as concertmaster of the Prolírica Symphony Orchestra and as Assistant Concertmaster of the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a member of the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra’s Soloists and performed as a permanent duo with the Peruvian pianist Pablo Sotomayor. Along with his performance career, he taught for many years at Markham College and the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru. Sasha moved to the United States in 2007 and became an American citizen in May of 2013. He obtained his Master of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Southern Mississippi under Dr. Stephen Redfield. In 2012, Sasha earned his Doctoral degree in violin and viola performance from The University of Georgia under Franklin Professor of violin Levon Ambartsumian. He also widely performed as a member of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and as a violinist of the Hugh Hodgson Graduate String Quartet. Sasha is currently a faculty member of the Winter School of Music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and teaches at the Gulfport School District in Gulfport, Mississippi. He regularly performs as a soloist as well as with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Sasha is an avid chamber musician. Along with Don and Peggy Sprabery, he established the Oaklawn Concert Society in Pass Christian, and serves as its artist director.
Corinne Reece is a second year master’s student in Vocal Performance under the direction of Dr. Kathryn Hedlund at the University of Mobile. Recently, Corinne won first place in the graduate chapter of Alabama NATS and performed the role of Irene Molloy in Joe Jefferson Playhouse’s, “Hello Dolly!” and the role of Juliette in Gounod’s, Roméo et Juliette in February. Upon graduation, Corinne hopes to pursue performance opportunities and teach adjunct at a local university. Corinne holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and currently teaches voice at Bay Area Performing Arts in Daphne, Alabama.
and Guo-Sheng Huang
Enen Yu and Guosheng Huang, are no strangers to Christ Church Cathedral. As co-concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and principle cellist of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, the duo has performed in many concerts, opera productions, and ballet productions all across the Gulf Coast region. Most recently, Ms. Yu was featured as soloist in concert with the Panama City Orchestra, and Dr. Huang performed as soloist with Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. With pianist Dr. Robert Holm of University of South Alabama, they perform as the Archduke Piano Trio in USA Concert Series, Creagan Concert Series, Woodlawn Chamber Music Series, St. James Music Series, and Christ Church Music Series. Ms. Yu is also the strings director of University Mobile, and was given the Arty (performing artist) Award by the Mobile Council of the Arts in 2018.
For nearly two centuries, Christ Church has enjoyed beautiful organ music within its walls. Over the years, four different pipe organs have occupied this space. Ours is an organ tradition we can be proud of and must maintain. Our pipe organ has been the “voice of our space,” and with continued maintenance it can play this role for generations to come.
Please support our historic organ by contributing to the Cathedral Organ Fund.