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2018 Holiday Pops Guest Artists

Duane A. Moody

Duane A. Moody tenor 

Tenor Duane A. Moody, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music (Voice) and former instructor and coach with The Levine School of Music, Washington, DC, has commanded a career of international proportions for over two decades. From the international tours as Sportin' Life in the Gershwins' Porgy & Bess (1999-2005), the off-Broadway engagement with Three Mo' Tenors (2007), his sacred recording with the group INSPIRATA, to his newly released recording project, 'Sur Mon Voyage...,' Mr. Moody has always kept vocal beauty, through artistry first. From his humble beginnings in Southeast, Washington, DC, it was always about music. From listening to his Father's old Philly Sound Records as well as being groomed by the many talented educators who saw his talent early on, music and the arts were a constant part of his life.

After receiving degrees from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Boston University, he has made debuts at The Royal Festival Hall (London), Tel Aviv Opera (Israel), Hamburg Staatsoper (Hamburg, Germany), Alte Oper (Frankfurt, Germany), Des Moines Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, New York City Opera (touring company), presented a premiere solo recital at The Terrace Theatre of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). Orchestral appearances have been with The Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart, The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony (Pop Series), The Spokane Symphony (Pop Series), The Reading Symphony and The Frederick Symphony in their presentation of Beethovens 9th, and the world premiere of Lawrence Reis' cantata, Sea Surface Full of Clouds with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic.

Susan Caplan

Susan Caplan, flute 

Susan Caplan is the co-principal flutist and Co-Chair of the Brockton Symphony. She is also a member of the Wellesley Symphony, Quincy Symphony, and MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with the Newton Symphony, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Savoyard Light Opera Company, and the Sudbury Savoyards.

Ms. Caplan's primary teachers include Steven Finley, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Elinor Preble, and William Grass. Susan is on the Board of the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and was one of the founders of MusicCounts! in Canton. She performs chamber music throughout the Boston area and teaches flute privately. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she received the Billings Prize in Performance.

Susan enjoys learning, reading, Pilates, hiking, dancing, cooking, nature,architecture, singing, playing Scrabble, and spending time with her husband Michael and her three grown-up children.

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke, harp 

Sarah Clarke is the principal harpist for the Brockton Symphony. She has also been a member of the Massachusetts Harp Ensemble for 25+ years and plays with many other local community orchestras and wind ensembles.

Sarah has studied with the harpists of the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic and both studied and performed several times with jazz harpist Deborah Henson-Conant as a teenager. Growing up in Sudbury, Sarah was a member of several youth and community orchestras, most notably the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) at the New England Conservatory (NEC) and the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO). She has had the opportunity to tour internationally and has performed in Panama, Guatemala, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

Sarah has an MBA and Master's Degree in Engineering Systems from MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science where she also minored in music. She is currently a manager at Raytheon Company and teaches harp from her home in Burlington, MA.

Kate Higgins

Kate M. Higgins, director, South Middle School Chorus 

Ms. Higgins is proud to be in her tenth year of teaching in Brockton. This marks her third year of teaching at the middle school level, and Ms. Higgins is honored to have her students of South Middle School sing with the Brockton Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with Flute Performance Honors from Syracuse University and her Master of Music Education degree with Certificate in Special Music Education from The Florida State University. In addition to teaching at South, Ms. Higgins also teaches after school music programs for the Brockton Area ARC. She is a former member and instructor for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

The 75-voice South Middle School Chorus, directed by Kate M. Higgins, will join the orchestra to sing Thank You, Soldiers and Perfect Christmas Night from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  The South Middle School Chorus is an auditioned based group comprised of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The individuals in Chorus represent the wide diversity among South Middle School children, including the new body of English as a Second Language students. Over the course of the school year, students work together to master vocal skills and to gain music knowledge, all while developing a sense of community though creating music together.

Greg Jukes

Greg Jukes, xylophone 

Greg Jukes creates musical experiences that expand the boundaries of traditional performance. As a member of The Fourth Wall, he explores a new hybrid of the performing arts in which instrumentalists are also dancers and actors. The Fourth Wall performs across North America to high praise at Fringe theatre festivals, encourages college students to think outside the box, and teaches grade school students about the science of sound.

With Kadence Arts, Greg developed the Beat Bus, an electronic bucket drumming workshop that gets kids around New England excited about music through a mix of technology, movement, and grooves. In the Marimba Cabaret, Greg accompanies and directs singing marimbist, Brian Calhoon, in evenings of songs and stories. As a narrator, Greg has introduced thousands of children and families to the wonders of orchestral music with established pieces like Peter and the Wolf and shows he has written around works such as Wagners Ring Cycle, Holsts The Planets, and Coplands music inspired by the American West. Greg holds a BM in Percussion Performance from the Peabody Conservatory.