Sarah Tannehill Anderson

Sarah Tannehill Anderson

Coloratura Soprano

Sarah Tannehill Anderson is a versatile musician, excelling as a singer of opera, oratorio, choral music, contemporary works, and art song. After spending several years performing with national companies, such as Opera Company Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Fort Worth Opera, and Opera Theater St. Louis, Sarah is now thrilled to make her home and career in the vibrant Kansas City music scene. 
In addition to Lyric Arts Trio, Sarah has been a member of popular regional chamber ensembles, such as Bach Aria Soloists, Missouri Choral Artists, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and the Kansas City Chorale. She has appeared as soloist with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Kansas City Ballet, and New Ear Ensemble. 
Sarah’s main passion, as a soloist and chorister, is her album work. Recordings include the Kansas City Chorale’s Life and BreathChoral Works by René Clausen, in which she was featured as a soloist, and that won the GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance in 2013, as well as the Chorale’s Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, winning the GRAMMY® for Best Choral Performance in 2016. She has also premiered and recorded new works by composers such as Anthony Maglione, Forrest Pierce, Ingrid Stӧlzel, and Bonnie McLarty. She is featured on the album, Vieux Amis – Nouveaux Costumes, with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, and has recorded two albums with the GRAMMY®-nominated St. Tikhon Choir.
Sarah is the creator of Raise Your Virtual Voice, a digital hub for vocal training, which can be found on Youtube. She is also a Realtor® with NextHome Gadwood Group Realty, serving both Missouri and Kansas.

Elena Lence Talley

Elena Lence Talley


Clarinetist 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.

Dan Velicer

Dan Velicer


An 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

We were excited to include the Lyric Arts Trio in our concert series, and their performance exceeded our expectations. These three musicians are each exceptional artists in their own right, but their masterful playing/singing in this unusual instrumentation made us forget that we were hearing only three musicians. The variety of tonal shades they created as an ensemble seemed completely organic and natural; in this sense, they were as one instrument. Their theme for the concert, “Of Love and Remembrance,” filled our hearts with love and memories of not only our own, but of the beautiful sounds we heard that afternoon that we will carry with us for some time to come.

Kelly Ker Hackleman, Artistic Director, Community Concerts at Shawnee Presbyterian Church

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

Jerry Pugsley, Beatrice Arts Council

“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

“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

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

Tom Groth, Black Hills Chamber Music Society

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

Sharon Fehringer, High Plains Arts Council

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

Morris Engle, Phillips County Arts Council

“…a concert of exquisite beauty.”

Bertie Leigh Compaan, Norton County Arts Council

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

Paul Hammond, Oklahoma Baptist University

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

Lyons Community Concerts

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

Emporia, Kansas Gazette

“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

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

MidAmerica Nazarene College

“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

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

Scott Cantrell, Kansas City Star

“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

“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)

“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)

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

Chillicothe Area Arts Council (Missouri)

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

John Boulton, Lawerence Universalist Church Chamber Music Series

“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)

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

KC Metropolis, December 2013

“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