Founder and Artistic Director
Dr. 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.
Sarah Rees is a soprano from Lafayette, LA. She graduated from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance, studying under the instruction of Margaret Daniel and Kristen Marchiafava. She was also an active participant in UL Opera Theatre productions under the direction of Shawn Roy, and the choir program under the direction of Dr. William Plummer. With the UL Opera Theatre, Sarah performed roles such as Laetitia in Menotti’s Captain Lovelock, The Mother in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel, and Ms. Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. She was also a member of the UL Lafayette Chamber singers for 7 semesters, where she was a soloist at state-wide conferences such Louisiana ACDA and LMEA. She has also attended and placed in several state-wide NATS competitions. For the past 5 years, Sarah has been a choir member at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, LA. Sarah is currently a Graduate Vocal Performance major at Louisiana State University, studying under Dr. Loraine Sims.
Brii Simmons is a soprano from Lockport, Louisiana, who is based in Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her degree in Vocal Music Education from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and studied voice with Shawn Roy. She performed UL Lafayette Chamber Singers under the instruction of Dr. William Plummer and in several shows with the UL Opera Theatre: Les Miserables (Ensemble), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow: A Stephen Sondheim Evening (herself), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Another Opening, Another Show (herself), and Three Singers and Some Furniture: An Evening of Opera Scenes (Rosina/Susanna/Mademoiselle Silberklang). She has most recently performed as Katalin Hunyak in Shelby Have Productions' Chicago: The Musical and Murder at the Tonylou Awards: A Benefit for Big Brother Big Sisters of Acadiana. She sings in the church choir at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana. Brii is a full time Elementary Music teacher in Lafayette Parish, as well as teaching early childhood and advanced voice classes at Wonderland Performing Arts. She lets singing take her everywhere from Bourbon St. to Florence, Italy, and spends her downtime painting and seeing live music.
Dr. 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.
Avery Jameson obtained their bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at LSU in the studio of Dr. Loraine Sims. In addition to their BREVE engagements, they have performed solo works with the Acadiana Symphony, the LSU Symphony, and the LSU A Cappella Choir. Both a performer and an educator, Avery is an instructor at Centre for the Arts, where they teach piano, voice, and music theory. In their spare time, they enjoy writing science fiction and snuggling with their cats.
Pete Folse is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. While at UL, Pete performed with various ensembles, including Relative Pitch (student-based Barbershop Quartet), UL Chamber Singers and UL's Opera Theater. Currently, he is singing as a tenor for Our Lady Queen of Angels in Opelousas and has been a member of BREVE for four seasons. When Pete isn't singing he is either coding his heart away or enjoying time with his family and friends.
Daniel Richard is a native of Louisiana, originally from Lafayette. He is an alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing. During his time as UL, he performed across south Louisiana and Mississippi with the UL Lafayette Chamber Singers. In addition to singing with BREVE, he also sings as a tenor with the Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church choir. In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing tennis, singing with his friends for fun, and volunteering in the community.
Starting music later in high school, Christian has been involved with several honor choirs and vocal groups. Christian is a 2020 graduate of Music Business from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and has been involved with UL Lafayette choirs and other vocal ensembles throughout his college experience. While Christian lived in Las Vegas, he was involved with Las Vegas Master Singers and the Silver State Barbershop Singers to continue his involvement with vocal music.
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.
Adam Trouard received his Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts in History from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While studying in Lake Charles he also acted as music director/pianist for First United Methodist (contemporary) and Oak Park United Methodist churches. Adam is currently a graduate assistant at UL Lafayette majoring in Choral Conducting. In addition to singing with BREVE, he also performs with the UL Chamber Singers, University Chorale, acts as accompanist for the Ragin Cajun Women’s Choir, and plays oboe for the UL Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the choir at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Opelousas, LA. When he is not performing with these ensembles he often provides musical direction and accompanies musical theater productions across south Louisiana. In his free time he enjoys seeing live music and spending quality time with his beloved dog, Cash.
Dr. Andrew Owen is a musicologist, having recently received his PhD from Louisiana State University. He has sung with BREVE since its beginning in 2010, as well as with Red Shift, 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.