Soldiers’ Chorus Soprano
THE UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND FROM WASHINGTON, DC
Master Sergeant Rose Ryon
Master Sergeant Rose Ryon, a native of Southern New Jersey, currently serves as High Voice Group Leader of the Soldiers’ Chorus. She studied at Rowan University. She formerly served as a broadcast journalist with the 10th Mountain Division and as featured soloist with the 10th Mountain Division Band. MSG Ryon’s vocal teachers and coaches have included Jorge Alzadon, Inci Bashar, Brian Gill, Augusto Paglialunga, and James Benner. When she is not performing, MSG Ryon is reading, CrossFit training, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Sergeant First Class Teresa Alzadon
Sergeant First Class Teresa Alzadon earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee as a Knoxville Opera Studio artist. Originally from Auburn, Washington, SFC Alzadon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theatre Arts from the University of Puget Sound. She has performed with Opera in the Ozarks, New York Opera Studio, Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Sacred Winds Ensemble. Opera roles include Violetta in “La Traviata,” Anna Maurrant in “Street Scene,” the Governess in “The Turn of the Screw,” Despina in “Così fan Tutte,” and title roles in “The Merry Widow” and “Dido and Aeneas.” Professional theatre credits include Marian in “The Music Man” and Rosa Bud in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” She is the recipient of a Mary Levine Career Performance Grant, an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and a Lori Mayer Fellowship.
Sergeant First Class Rachel Rose Farber
Sergeant First Class Rachel Rose Farber joined the Soldiers’ Chorus in 2009. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College. Rachel also serves The U.S. Army Field Band as violinist and as a certified yoga instructor. She has sung many operatic roles in the U.S. and abroad, and was a grand finalist in the International Grand Concours de Chant. She continues to be an active member of the DC/Baltimore musical scene, and enjoys playing with the Columbia Orchestra and singing art song recitals.
Sergeant First Class Charis Strange
Sergeant First Class Charis Strange earned a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kentucky. She has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. She is the winner of the 2005 Palmetto Opera Competition and the 2003 Metropolitan Opera District Encouragement Award. Before joining the Soldiers’ Chorus, SFC Strange taught public school chorus and drama in Columbia, South Carolina. In April 2010, SFC Strange welcomed the arrival of her son, Atticus. She serves as the Soprano section leader.
Sergeant First Class Michaela Shelton
Sergeant First Class Michaela Shelton is a native of New Jersey. She has been a soloist with the Eastman Chorale, Eastman-Rochester Chorus, Eastman Wind Orchestra and Rochester Chamber Orchestra, performing such works as the Bach “St. Matthew Passion,” Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and Schubert’s “Mass No. 5 in A-flat.” She holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and Bachelor’s degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. SFC Shelton also has a background in education, having taught privately at the collegiate level, as well as in the classroom with high school choral students.
Staff Sergeant Sarah Polinski
A third generation soldier, Staff Sergeant Sarah Polinski is a native of Sayre, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Soldiers’ Chorus in 2019, SSG Polinski performed with AIDA Cruises, singing musical theater, pop, and jazz in more than 25 countries. In the United States, SSG Polinski performed summer seasons with Ohio Light Opera Company and College Light Opera Company. Favorite roles include Belle in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Brown in “Guys and Dolls,” and Valencienne in “The Merry Widow.” Loyal to her teaching roots, SSG Polinski’s professional education experience ranges from directing community choir to teaching elementary general and choral music.