“A Christmas Wish” CD brings together talented local composer/musician Roslyn Catracchia and producer/musician David Kauahikaua with a group of soloists singing familiar holiday favorites along with seven original tunes.
Dubbed “a magical compilation by various artists, celebrating that holy night long ago...,” the voices of the women combine soothing silky tunes with a musical heartbeat that keeps listeners feeling the warmth of the holidays.
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Vanessa is very honored and excited to be a part of this Christmas project! Vanessa holds a BA in music from UH Manoa, and has various performance credits in choral, opera, jazz, and musical theatre genres, and has won a Po`okela award for her role as Tuptim in The King and I. She has also musically directed Cinderella and Once on This Island at CTAA and Mulan at DITR. She currently sings in the choir and as a soloist at First Presbyterian Church at Ko`olau and teaches private voice lessons to students from 7 through retirement; and is very proud of her students' achievements in musical theatre, performance groups, and in local and national voice competitions. Vanessa is a proud mother of a beautiful two year old girl. Vanessa would like to thank Roz for being such a wonderful mentor all of these years, her supportive husband, George, and of course to God for the gift of music!
Roslyn has been involved in many aspects of the musical world in Hawaii for over 25 years now, writing, recording, producing, musical directing and directing. She is a proud member of ASCAP and has received six Po’okela awards for her theatrical works and two Hoku nominations for her personal CDs, “The Wishing Tree” and “Stepping Stones.” Christmas is Roslyn’s favorite time of year and she loves finding new treasures each season as she searches for new music to incorporate in the worship services of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu where she serves as Director of Worship and Performing Arts. She hopes you might find some treasures in “A Christmas Wish” this holiday season!
A graduate of Oberlin College, Ms. Freitas received her Master's Degree from Boston University and was in the Special Studies Program at Juilliard. She has been soloist with several orchestras including the Boston 'Pops', the Youngstown and the Honolulu Symphonies. She has performed with such renowned soloists as Yo Yo Ma, Leonard Rose, and David Shifrin; has been rehearsal pianist for many conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Schippers, Robert Shaw, and William Steinberg. She has been the recipient of honors bestowed by the National Society of Arts and Letters, the YWCA, a Honpa Hongwanji Mission's Living Treasure Award, the City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts Award, and the Hawai'i Arts Alliance's prestigious Alfred Preis Award.
Cindy grew up in a very musical family. She sang in four part harmony with her sister and two brothers and always sang in church. Cindy holds a degree in K-12 Music Education with an emphasis in Vocal performance from Seattle Pacific University. She worked for 6 years as a music teacher then married and has 3 children. Currently Cindy is a stay at home mom and sings in the church choir and occasionally assists in leading worship. She has just begun to sing for weddings locally.
Mary is a classically trained soprano, and has been featured in many Opera and Musical Theater Productions. Opera roles include: Frasquita and Mercedes in Carmen, First Lady and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Waltraute in Die Walkurie, among others. She is known in Honolulu’s musical theater community, as a performer and music director. Favorite roles include Lily (The Secret Garden), Aldonza, (Man of La Mancha), Alice Beane (Titanic), Eva Peron, (Evita), Mother, (Ragtime), Marmie (Little Women) and Carlotta in Phantom. She has been a soloist with Honolulu and Maui Symphonies. By day, Mary teaches music at 'IOLANI school, and conducts the choirs at First Presbyterian Church. She has her own CD, entitled Spectrum. She resides in Mililani, with husband Kalani, and two children, Michael and Laniey. She gives thanks to God for all the blessings in her life.
Megan first appeared on stage as Gretl in Diamond Head Theatre’s Sound of Music at the age of 5. Since then, she has been in numerous productions with Army Community Theatre, Diamond Head Theatre, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Hawaii Theatre, and Ohi’a Productions. She has also sung in Europe, participating in summer programs in Salzburg, Austria and with Opera Studio Nederland in Amsterdam. Megan has won several awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was a national finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters voice competition in Bloomington, Indiana. She has also been a recipient of Po’okela awards, both as a performer and as music director. Megan received her BM degree in Vocal Performance from UH where she is now teaching private and class voice.
Zenia has been singing since she was a little girl. Her first big solo was in her church in Virginia when she was 13 years old. She continued singing through high school and college, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. Zenia discovered her passion for live theatre when she moved to Hawaii over 10 years ago. She has performed in numerous musicals and plays including The Phantom of the Opera, Titanic, The Sound of Music, Mame, A Little Night Music and The Odd Couple which starred Joe Moore and Pat Sajak. She also sang with The Company Singers for the annual Jim Nabors Christmas shows at the Hawaii Theatre and has done local film and radio work. Zenia is a two-time Po’okela Award recipient for her work as “The Baker’s Wife” in Into the Woods and as “Patsy Cline” in Always, Patsy Cline.
Christina (Tollinchi) Souza began singing at the age of five where she made her debut singing “What can I give to the King” at Kailua Church of the Nazarene on the Island of Oahu. She was born in the south Bronx in New York City, but her single parent mother did not want to raise her children alone in the projects. Her mother decided Hawaii was where her children needed to grow up. With no job and no family her mother boldly made the move. Christina was blessed to grow up on an island where kindness abounds. This was where creativity flourished. She attended Kalaheo high school and was a part of the drama program at Castle high school led by Ronald Bright. Stars were in her eyes and she continued with theater and eventually met her future husband Ryan Souza during the run of Pirates of Penzance at Diamond Head Theater. They married and moved back to the Bronx where she was in pursuit of Broadway. Instead of Broadway she met and went on tour with Bette Midler. After working with someone who was a celebrity she decided Hollywood was where she needed to be. In Los Angeles she became Michelle in Dream girls, Selena in the musical Selena, an Herbal Essence girl, in American Family starring Edward James Olmos, featured in CSI Miami, a sassy secretary with Ted Danson on Becker, a grieving widow in Navy NCIS and featured in Boston Legal. Most recently Christina played the lead character of Dayumae in the movie "End of the Spear"
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