Messiah Concert Soloists
Cailin Crane, Soprano, is a recent graduate from Old Dominion University, with a Bachelor of Music, and has trained for eight years in a broad range of solo and choral styles. In that time, she has contributed her voice to several professional recordings, performed at Carnegie Hall, and played leading and supporting roles for productions in Hampton Roads. With the F. Ludwig Diehn Chorale, she has premiered over five original choral works in addition to performing two solo song cycles for local composers. Ms. Crane achieved honors up to national level for the annual NATS competition in 2014, placed first in the international Mozart Competition, and was runner up in the 2015 Lisa Realaford-Coston competition. She has returned to Old Dominion on a graduate assistantship and teaches piano. She is married to Josiah Crane and resides in Norfolk.
Katherine Lakoski, Mezzo Soprano, earned a Bachelor of Music from Greensboro College in North Carolina and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York City. She has performed as soprano soloist in the Verdi “Requiem” with the Marcellus Chorale, Oswego Festival Chorus and Opera Theater in New York; in Strauss’ “Elektra” with the Columbus Symphony and Charleston’s Spoleto Festival; and as Leonora in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with the Surry Opera Co. of Maine. She has sung several Wagnerian roles including Brünnhilde and Sieglinde in “Die Walküre,” Ortlinde in The Ring Cycle, and Isolde in “Tristan und Isolde.” She is a winner of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition – Wagnerian Division and placed second in the radio broadcast Minna Kaufman Rudd Vocal Competition. Performing many styles of music including sacred, pop, blues, Broadway and gospel, she sang the role of the Phoenix Bird in the award winning movie “Big Bird in China.” Ms. Lakoski is an Adjunct Vocal Professor at Old Dominion University while also maintaining a private vocal studio.
Dr. Randall Criswell Ball, Tenor, is a native of Texas who began his vocal career at Baylor University, where he studied with master voice teacher Dr. Joan Van Cura and received his BM and MM in Vocal Performance. Dr. Ball received a Performance Certificate from Boston University Opera Institute, and his DMA in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy and Literature from James Madison University. During his time at JMU, Dr. Ball studied with world-renowned singer and pedagogue Professor Kevin McMillian. Dr. Ball’s dissertation is a comprehensive research document on delineating tenor voice types for over 180 roles in oratorio repertoire. Dr. Ball has sung with many prestigious opera houses and theatres all over the world, including Ft. Worth and Waco Operas, Opera North, Sante Fe Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opernhaus Zurich and the Luzerner Theatre. Dr. Ball is an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Virginia Wesleyan University, and is the Director of Worship Music and Arts at Great Bridge United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA.
Logan Cole Kenison, Bass-Baritone, is a senior vocal performance major studying with Dr.Brian Nedvin at Old Dominion University. Logan is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the John P. Stamos scholarship and the F. Ludwig Diehn Scholarship. He has competed and won high praise in many competitions, both local and national, including the Lisa Relaford Coston competition, which he won in 2016, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions, in which he advanced to the national round this past June. Logan will be performing in the role of Geronimo in ODU’s production of Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto this upcoming spring.