Soprano Tiffany Williams makes her second appearance with Vesper Concerts, this time in a solo recital of songs and spirituals by black composers. Tiffany first appeared with Vesper Concerts in 2019 as the featured soloist alongside Dr. Raymond Wise in A Gospel Experience: Building Community. From her beautiful, warm and lyrical voice, to her sincere and expressive delivery of text, Tiffany is gaining national attention traveling and sharing her gift as a recitalist around the country.
Tiffany Williams, Soprano, is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She received a Master of Music degree in voice performance from Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with world renowned mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson. She received her bachelor’s degree in piano and voice performance from Jackson State University, where she studied with Dr. Phyllis Lewis-Hale and Dr. Karen Laubengayer. Tiffany made her debut with the Indiana University Opera Theatre in Fall 2015 as Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Other Indiana University Opera theatre appearances include, Puccini’s La Boheme and Bizet’s Carmen. She sang Joanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, and Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for Heidi Grant-Murphy’s opera workshop. She was featured as the soprano soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’, Serenade to Music with the Jacobs School of Music concert chorale. Other performances include, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Mississippi Opera Company, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Manon in Massenet’s Manon, Gretel in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel with Jackson State University, and Susanna and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Blooming Voce in Bloomington, Indiana.
Although 2020 was a year of uncertainty and hardships, Tiffany had an exciting year competitively. She was named the first-place winner in the Southern Region NATS Young Artist Competition held in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was a finalist in the National NATS Young Artist competition in New York City, New York. She received an encouragement award in the Memphis Metropolitan Opera Council competition. In 2018, she received the encouragement award in the South Carolina’s Metropolitan Opera Council competition. Other awards include first-place in the 105 Voices Competition at the Washington National Opera, The Classical Singer Magazine competition, NATS, and MMTA. Her international accomplishments include touring various parts of Germany as a concert soloist with Indiana University’s African American Chorale Ensemble and Spain with soprano, Bridget Bazille. This is not her first appearance with The Vesper Concert Series. In 2019, she appeared as the guest soloist alongside Dr. Raymond Wise in A Gospel Experience: Building Community. From her beautiful, warm and lyrical voice, to her sincere and expressive delivery of text, Tiffany is gaining national attention travelling and sharing her gift as a recitalist around the country.
Trey Clegg is one of the country’s bright talents in the dual fields of choral conducting and organ performance. He is active in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean as a Guest Conductor, Concert Organist, Collaborative Pianist, and Vocal Coach. His conducting and playing are widely recognized for their clarity, excitement, and expressiveness. The American Organist writes, “Demonstrating precision and a superabundance of energy, it was obvious this young man would go very far.”
In December of 2003, Mr. Clegg made his European debut as a Solo Concert Organist in a series of recitals throughout Germany, the culmination of which included a featured recital at the world famous Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, where Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. In 2007, he made a six-week Concert Tour as Solo Organ Recitalist throughout six European countries including England, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, and Russia. In 2008, he made a two-week Concert Tour as Solo Concert Organist through the Caribbean, the culmination of which included a Solo Organ Concert at the Cathedral of St. Michael and All Angels in Bridgetown, Barbados. In 2009, Trey performed a Solo Organ Concert to international critical acclaim on the organ of Johann Sebastian Bach at the famed Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. In 2012, he performed the famous Organ Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens with the Atlanta University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro David Morrow.
In March of 2016, Trey followed his dream to begin an auditioned multicultural chorus in Atlanta that would be open by audition to all gifted and versatile choral musicians who share the desire to learn and perform a wide array of musical genres. Thus, the first Multicultural Chorus in the Southeast was born! The Trey Clegg Singers and Chamber Singers have already appeared four consecutive years in such prestigious Performing Arts Festivals as the Spoleto Festival and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. In the five short years of their existence, The Trey Clegg Singers have quickly risen to a national sensation in their recent invitation to perform a featured Concert in Carnegie Hall alongside two other Atlanta Choruses, all under the baton of Maestro David Morrow in June, 2022. Trey has been selected by Maestro Morrow to be the Rehearsal Director who will prepare the combined choruses in Atlanta before they embark to New York City.
The Trey Clegg Singers recently performed their fifth annual Festival Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert (Virtually Online) to critical acclaim with Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Trey Clegg Chamber Singers also recently re-broadcasted their fourth annual 2019 performance of Handel’s Messiah (Part 1) with Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the historic First Congregational Church in downtown Atlanta.
Trey is also an Instructor of Music at Spelman College where he is the Collaborative Pianist and Recital Coach for all Music Majors in the Junior and Senior Classes, a position he has held since 2006. He has one former student who is currently on the Roster of the New Metropolitan Opera Chorus; and he has 8 former students from Spelman who, prior to the pandemic, held various principal roles on Broadway in shows of The Lion King, Rent, Waitress, and Phantom of the Opera in New York City. Also at Spelman, Trey serves as the Collaborative Pianist for all Voice and Instrumental Faculty in Recitals on campus and across the United States.
Currently, Trey is also on staff at The historic First Congregational Church (UCC) of Atlanta as Organist and Director of Choirs, a position he held in 1998-2003, and returned in 2016 to the present. He personally directs three choirs in the Music Ministry of First Congregational, and he oversees a program of seven choirs (all of whom currently perform virtually). In 2016, The Chancel Choir of First Congregational performed in an Atlanta Music Festival Concert at Emory University with Soprano, Jessye Norman.
Additionally, Trey is in his 20th season in the Bass/Baritone section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. In March of 2012, he made his Vocal Solo Debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, singing the role of the High Priest in Johann Sebastian Bach’s epic work, The St. Matthew Passion.
In 2018, Trey was named Choral Director of Atlanta’s first Professional African American Vocal Ensemble, The Atlanta AfriClassical Chorale. In that same year, they made their National Debut in Houston, Texas at the Colour of Music Festival; and in February of 2020, they were the choral ensemble for the Memorial Service for the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Toni Morrison.
Trey’s solo organ performances have been heard on National Public Radio; and his four recordings are in International circulation, and are sold at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Store.