Founder and Artistic Director
William Plummer is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he conducts the UL Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Ragin’ Cajuns Women’s Choir. He also teaches advanced choral conducting, choral literature, and graduate level courses for the choral conducting degree. Plummer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano from Berea College, the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Louisville, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. His primary conducting teachers include Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Dr. Kent Hatteberg, and Dr. Stephen Bolster. Additional study was taken with Péter Erdei at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Plummer is in demand as a singer and technician of early music, as well as a basso continuo artist on the harpsichord or organ.
Madeline Magnon studied voice at the University of Louisiana in the studio of Shawn Roy. Madeline is a local favorite, currently a featured soloist at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, and Our Lady Queen of Angels in Opelousas, LA. In addition to a variety of vocal engagements and performances, Madeline has been teaching private voice, flute, and piano lessons for over six years and has a studio full of accomplished students. Madeline has also been an active facilitator for REAL Education and Outreach, social/emotional enrichment for teens and adults, since 2012. She has been honored to be a member of BREVE since 2013. Madeline is looking forward to exploring her roots in jazz and soul in her upcoming regular engagement at Charley G’s in Lafayette, beginning mid-June.
Kimberly Hiliard is a native of Louisiana and attended New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts Riverfront. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University with a concentration in vocal and piano performance from the voice studios of Scharmal Schrock and David Bernard and the piano studios of Kenneth O. Boulton and David Evenson. She also holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Louisiana State University, where she studied under the direction of Kenneth Fulton. While at Southeastern Louisiana University, she received the Tobin Award from the New Orleans Junior Philharmonic Society Performance Series for her performance of Samuel Barber’s Ballade, Op. 46. She was a featured soloist in Rome, Italy, for Z. Randall Stroope on his 2015 Festival Corale Internazionale di Roma, singing the Kyrie from Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major, D. 167. Kimberly is the choral director at a private school in Baton Rouge, a frequent music director for Jefferson Performing Arts Intensive Summer Theater Camp and also instructs private voice and piano lessons. She has been a member of BREVE since the Fall of 2014.
Brandy Cramer is a soprano from Gulfport, Mississippi. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from William Carey University in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, where she also worked as a Graduate Assistant teaching applied lessons and assisting LSU Opera. She has studied voice under Dr. Loraine Sims, Dr. Connie Roberts, and Dr. Susan Ruggiero-Mezzadri. She teaches private voice lessons in the Baton Rouge area and is also a voice instructor on staff at Center Stage Performing Arts Academy in Gonzales. She has been seen as a featured soloist in Faure’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bruckner’s Te Deum, and Handel’s Messiah.
Katherine White holds a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern State University, a master of music degree from the University of Texas,and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Kentucky. From 2008 to 2014, she was an adjunct instructor of music at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith (UAFS), and voice instructor at the UAFS Academy of the Arts. A mezzo-soprano, Katherine has performed leading roles with Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera Theater, and Texas Opera Theater. An active recitalist, she has performed as part of the Trinity Artist Series in New Orleans, the Mary McDonald Artist Series in Fort Smith, AR, and the J.J. Niles Concert Series in Lexington, KY. In 2011 Katherine travelled to Nanjing, China to perform as a guest artist with the Nanjing Festival Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include performances at the Marigny Opera House as part of the Crescent Chamber Artists and a series of recitals in the Southeast featuring the music of English Baroque composers.
Mallory E. Simien studied voice at Louisiana State University in the studio of Dr. Lori Bade. While at Louisiana State University, Mallory also performed in the Schola Cantorum and A Cappella ensembles under the direction of Mr. Brian Kittredge and Dr. Kenneth Fulton, respectively. Mallory now continues her vocal studies under the tutelage of accomplished soprano, Ms. René Singleton. Mallory was honored to be a featured soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Mallory currently holds the position of choir director at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baton Rouge and is also a requested soloist at many churches around Baton Rouge. At Sacred Heart, Mallory has also organized an annual fundraising concert in benefit of Sacred Heart’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference. Mallory is also a regular performer at Theatre Baton Rouge, performing in shows such as Les Misérables, Evita, and Pirates of Penzance. Mallory is beyond blessed to have been a member of BREVE since 2010.
Mark R. Sellers is firmly established as a vocalist and organist. His devotion to music spans over 50 years. Mark studied liturgical music at Saint Joseph Abbey, Covington, Louisiana, where he served as principal cantor and assistant organist. His formal studies in voice and organ performance continued at Loyola University in New Orleans. Mark’s postgraduate studies in organ include his time at the Conservatoire d’Angers in Angers, France, with the late Jean-Louis Gil, and subsequently with David Schrader in Chicago, Illinois. His voice teachers included the late Michael and Florence Presti of New Orleans and Kathryn Hartgrove of Chicago. Mark served as music director and organist in several parishes in the archdiocese of Chicago and worked as a cantorial soloist at Temple Solel in Highland Park, Illinois. He was also a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Andrew Owen is a PhD candidate in musicology at Louisiana State University. He has sung with BREVE since its beginning in 2010, as well as with the choirs at LSU, Delta State University, local churches, and the National “Men of Song” Chorus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He studied voice with Christopher Meerdink at Delta State University, where he received his BA in Music and English. His MM thesis was on the ways that vowel formants might affect melodic composition in Verdi’s French grand opera Don Carlos. His main interests are Western esotericism (particularly how it treats music), language (particularly historical pronunciations of Latin), the history and use of formal attire, shorthand education, and Esperanto. He is an advocate of reading choral music from parts rather than from scores; he has created his own bass parts from which to read since February of 2012.