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Medina Holiday Pops
December 8 at 7:30 pm
Tickets for this performance will be available at the Medina Performing Arts Center on the day of the concert beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
There will even be a special visitor from the North Pole!
About the Musicians
The concert will feature performances by the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony Chorus and Akron Youth Symphony, along with special guests Matthew Lerner, Sarah Hutchins, Daniel Doty, Ellie Ritterbusch and Sage Katusin.
Sarah Nicole Hutchins, Mezzo-Soprano
Sarah Nicole Hutchins is a native Texan who is local to the Akron area, where she has lived since studying for her master’s degree in voice performance at The University of Akron, studying with Dr. Laurie Lashbrook. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Mount Union College where she studied with Amanda-Joyce Abbott and Rachel Eggers Shaffer.
Sarah has played such roles as Olga Olsen in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in the inaugural performance for the Nightingale Opera Theatre in June, 2012, Birdie Martin in The Only Girl with the Canton Comic Opera Company, and Senora/Mezzo Music Hall Artiste in Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing for The University of Akron Opera Theatre and Children’s Concert Series.
She has also appeared in performances sponsored by Tuesday Musical Association, for whom she sang Katisha from The Mikado, Anna Murrant for The University of Akron’s Spring 2009 production of Street Scene, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (UofA), Madame Pompous in the scenes from Too Many Sopranos (UofA), Nurse Lola in Gallantry (Mt. Union), Ruth in Pirates of Penzance (Mt. Union), and held lead and minor roles (Peep-bo in Mikado, Gaoler’s Daughter in The Wind in the Willows, Violetta in The Gondoliers, The Narrator in The Reluctant Dragon) with the Waco Civic Theatre and McLennan Community College Opera Theatre, both located in Waco, Texas, where she attended and studied with Lise Uhl.
Sarah recently placed third at the Great Lake NATS (Adult/Post-Graduate Category), first in the James Tannenbaum Memorial Scholarship, and was a finalist in the Concerto Competition through The University of Akron. She has also been a soloist with local ensembles, such as the Canton Symphony Chorus and the Alliance Symphony, where she was the Soprano Soloist for Handel’s Messiah.
Sarah is currently the Music Director for Bethany Lutheran Church, a soloist for Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron, and a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus.
Daniel Doty, Tenor
Daniel Doty is a tenor who is equally at home on the opera, theater or concert stage. As participant of the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Daniel spent six weeks in the Tuscan village of Lucca, Italy, singing operatic arias at various venues associated with Lucca’s most famous son, Giacomo Puccini. Daniel has appeared in Master Classes with such Metropolitan Opera stars as Martina Arroyo and Angela Brown.
Daniel holds a bachelor of music education degree from Bowling Green State University. He is also an ordained minister and holds a master of divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
Currently Daniel is senior minister at Bath Church, United Church of Christ in Akron. He is the proud father of three children – Kristian, Sean and Kaetlyn. Daniel makes his home in Wadsworth with his wife, Amy, and their youngest daughter, Kaetlyn.
Ellie Ritterbusch, soprano
Ellie Ritterbusch, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Ohio Connections Academy, has performed in numerous musicals, including Great Lakes Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol (Sarah/Polly/Want and Street Child/Swing) for the past three years. She has also been recently seen in Man of La Mancha (Barber), James and the Giant Peach (James), and Disaster! (Ben/Lisa) at Spotlights Theater; and Newsies (Hannah) at Near West Theatre. Ellie studies vocal performance with Ryan Bergeron. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Zoo Crew at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Sage Katusin, alto
Sage Katusin, a 14-year-old eighth grader are Highland Middle School, participates in numerous vocal activities, such as her a cappella group, the Buckeye Solo and Ensemble Contest, school talent shows, and with her vocal coach, Denise Howell. She has taken part in musicals, including Finian’s Rainbow Jr. in 2017, and performed as Gingy in Shrek Jr. earlier this year. Sage enjoys athletics, including soccer and track, as well as dance. At school, she likes spending time with her friends, and participating in National Junior Honor Society and DARE Role Modeling.