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Sarah Tannehill AndersonColoratura soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson is a versatile musician, excelling as a singer of opera, oratorio, choral music, contemporary works, and art song; she is also a pianist and violinist. Having performed at companies including Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric, Opera Omaha, Fort Worth Opera, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sarah is now thrilled to make her career in the vibrant Kansas City music scene.

2016 marks Sarah’s 8th season with the Lyric Arts Trio.  She is also a member of the Bach Aria Soloists, and the Kansas City Chorale ~ she is a featured soloist on the Chorale’s Grammy Award-winning album, “Life and Breath.”

Elena Lence TalleyClarinetist Elena Lence Talley is a graduate with highest honors from the University of North Texas. She has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, where she is also the principal music librarian. Ms. Talley has also performed with the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Kansas City, the Missouri Symphony, the Kansas City Camerata and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. The author of several cover stories for the Clarinet magazine, she was membership coordinator of the International Clarinet Association for ten years. Talley has taught at Emporia State University and Mid-America Nazarene University. She has performed at the International Clarinet Association ClarFest, the International Double Reed Society conference and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. Talley is the founder of the Lyric Arts Trio.

Daniel VelicerAn active performer and teacher, Dan Velicer performs regularly with the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Arts Trio and Summerfest and is the rehearsal pianist for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. He frequently collaborates with members of the Kansas City Symphony and UMKC faculty and helps prepare students for recitals and competitions. Previously, Mr. Velicer was an Opera Coach Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, head staff pianist at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, chamber music coach and artist performer at the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and member of Trio Fedele. He is a graduate of Cornell University, majoring in both anthropology and music, and Rice University, where he received a master’s degree in piano chamber music and accompanying.

Critical Acclaim

“You, Sarah and Dan truly do create a special rapport with your audience. You made everything personal, just as chamber music should be.”

Justine Estes, Black Hills (South Dakota) Chamber Music Society

“I, and the others in attendance, were captivated for the full concert...”

KC Metropolis, December 2013

“Thank you so much for bringing the Lyric Arts Trio’s ‘Celebration of Kansas Pioneer Heritage’ program to the CL Hoover Opera House. It was a thoughtfully-planned and beautifully-executed recital and a refreshing way to spend an otherwise dreary afternoon.”

Shannon Rosauer, CL Hoover Opera House (Junction City, Kansas)

You all sold this music well! We would like to have you back!

John Boulton, Lawerence Universalist Church Chamber Music Series

“We thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful musicianship, patience, adaptability and great personalities.”

Chllicothe Area Arts Council (Missouri)

“Thanks again for sharing your talents with our community. You are all such professional and talented musicians. If at any time you need a reference for a sponsoring venue, I would be happy to share what a great success your programs were for the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.”

Bowlus Fine Arts Center (Kansas)

“I recommend the Lyric Arts Trio to you without reservation. Their talent, expression and rapport with their audience will serve you well.”

Hesston College (Kansas)

“What a tremendous blessing we recieved at your concert – thanks so much for your professionalism and wonderful stage presence...”

Bryan Taylor, “Worship Through the Arts” concert series, Liberty, Missouri

“Clarinetist Elena Lence Talley played gorgeously, with creamy tone and rich expressivity.”

Scott Cantrell, Kansas City Star

“I found your performances to be wonderful in every respect...you offer your audiences a musical experience that few performers accomplish.”

John Schaefer, Summer Music in the Cathedral

“You projected a warmth and pleasure in performing which resulted in an enjoyable evening, both in sound and sight.”

MidAmerica Nazarene College

“These extremely talented musicians thrilled our members with the excellence and diversity of their music, and received a well-deserved standing ovation.”

Niagara (Canada) Concerts

“Each performer was taxed to the limit, but came out the unquestioned winner.”

Emporia, Kansas Gazette

“...all three excellent and very professional musicians, with great technical and artistic abilities.”

Lyons Community Concerts

“The quality of your performance, your informal remarks about the music...left us with the desire to hear more.”

Paul Hammond, Oklahoma Baptist University

“...a concert of exquisite beauty.”

Bertie Leigh Compaan, Norton County Arts Council

“The particular combination of instruments you bring to the stage is interesting – and musically exciting!”

Morris Engle, Phillips County Arts Council

“Your combination of music combined with your artistry and musicianship really did ‘transport’ the audience that evening.”

Sharon Fehringer, High Plains Arts Council

“The unique artistry your ensemble displayed showed a perfect blend of musical poetry and lyrics.”

Tom Groth, Black Hills Chamber Music Society

“The audience was thrilled to have you perform for them and I have heard many great things since your performance.”

Tony Ballard, C.L. Hoover Opera House

“After Thursday I really started to appreciate music, I mean how couldn’t you after hearing a group like this.”

Student, State Fair Community College

“All of you delivered exceptionally remarkable performances...that elevated your presentation to a truly artistic level.”

Jerry Pugsley, Beatrice Arts Council