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. She recently studied the role of Madam Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites with the LSU Opera. Sarah is also a founding member of the Louisiana based choral group Magnolia Voices.
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. Brii is the President of Mais La Compagnie Artistique, a new, inclusive arts non-profit in the Acadiana area. She has been singing in the choir at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana for over 6 years and works as a Professional Celebrity Impersonator/Princess performer all around Louisiana. She is the Education Coordinator and teaches Pre-K through 12 performing arts classes at Wonderland Performing Arts. She lets singing take her everywhere from Bourbon St. to Florence, Italy, and spends her downtime painting and making jewelry!
Angela began her Master’s Degree at Louisiana State University in the Fall of 2020 under the tutelage of renowned. tenors, Robert Grayson and Paul Groves. Since beginning her studies at LSU, she has prepared the roles of Blanche from Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites and La Ciesca from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Angela recently competed as the youngest singer in the finals of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild’s annual Competition where she received an “Honorable Mention” Award. Before relocating to Louisiana, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Colorado State University under the tutelage of Dr. John Carlo Pierce. There, she performed the roles of L’enfant in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Amastre in Hӓndel’s Serse. She has participated in Young Artist Programs to include Opera Fort Collins’ and the “German Opera Experience” out of Freiberg, Germany. Angela looks forward to presenting the roles of Dorabella in LSU Opera’s upcoming production of Cosi fan tutte and Nicklausse in Opera Louisiane’s upcoming production of The Tales of Hoffmann. She is thrilled to be a part of BREVE’s coming season!
Sara is a dynamic performer in operas, oratorios, and choral ensembles. A native of Yankton, South Dakota, Sara is a university scholar graduate from the University of South Dakota where she earned degrees in math and Spanish education with a specialization in music. She continued her music studies at the University of North Dakota receiving a master of music degree in choral conducting. Sara currently resides in Louisiana where she is the director of choirs at St. Amant High School in Ascension Parish. An active member of ACDA, NAfME, and LMEA, she currently serves as the high school coordinator for the district IV choral directors association. Sara has had the pleasure of adjudicating and guest conducting choirs throughout her career in the midwest and in Louisiana. Sara enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family.
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.
Gabrielle Hildestad is a professional vocalist and pianist from Lafayette, Louisiana. She has been singing her entire life and taught herself to play the piano at the age of 11. Gabrielle is a music teacher for St. Pius Elementary School, teaching Pre-Kingergarten through Third Grade students. She is also the pianist, cantor, and choir director for St. Edmond Catholic Church, and has been performing there for over fifteen years. Occasionally, she performs for weddings and funerals in the surrounding areas as well. Gabrielle is the proud mother of her son, Maverick, and enjoys spending her free time cooking with her family. "Music is a beautiful gift to be shared among the world, and only by giving it away can we truly see the beauty that lies within it." - Gabrielle Hildestad
Lanie Marcantel is a recent graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, class of 2020. She is currently the music teacher at Woodvale Elementary, as well as the Secretary and Assistant Director for Mais La Compagnie Artistique, an arts production company in Acadiana. Lanie was a member of the UL Lafayette Chamber Singers for 4 years, and is currently a cantor and member of the choir at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Opelousas.She has also performed in many musical productions over the years. She has a passion for choral music, enjoys the community that being in a choir brings, and loves performing exceptional music..
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 cantor and tenor with the Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church choir. Daniel is also a founding Board member of Mais La Compagnie Artistique, and serves as their Treasurer and Communications Coordinator. In his free time, Daniel enjoys photography, thrifting, singing with his friends for fun, and catching up on the latest social media trends for work.
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.
Alexander Laiche is a native of Louisiana who grew up in the small town of Lutcher. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor's of degree in Music Media. Laiche was a member of the UL Lafayette Chamber Singers for 5 semesters and UL Lafayette Chorale for 8 semesters, performing as both a baritone and a tenor. He was a soloist in both choirs, performing solos at the International Alliance for Women in Music Annual Concert in 2016, and at the ACDA and LMEA conferences in 2018. He also performed with the UL Opera Theatre as the father of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel, and as Bob in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. He was also given the role of Feathertop in the UL Opera Theatre's would-have-been spring 2020 production of Joseph Turrin's The Scarecrow. In his free time, Laiche loves to practice for and compete in Rubik's Cube competitions and make YouTube videos.
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.