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October 14, 2020 John T.K. Scherch and Michele Mengel Scherch Season 2 Episode 7
Pause and Listen
Show Notes

1. Jonathan Bailey Holland - Halcyon Sun

2. Julius Eastman - Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc

3. Jasmine Barnes - Sometimes I Cry

You can listen to these before or after the episode, or you can pause our podcast and go listen to each piece as we introduce them. 


A native of Columbus, OH, Tirzah Washington started singing at a very early age. Tirzah received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Oakwood University in 2014. While in college, she enjoyed singing with the Aeolians, the premier traveling choir of Oakwood University. Tirzah was able to sing in many different countries with the choir including Wales, England, and Russia. Tirzah was able to continue training to be an opera singer and voice teacher at Peabody Institute, the School of Music for Johns Hopkins University. Tirzah received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Peabody Institute in 2016. Tirzah loves to perform and has had the opportunity to sing on several stages in the Columbus area. One of her most recent achievements was receiving the Theatre Roundtable Award for Excellence in a Lead Role in a Musical for her performance as Celie in The Color Purple. She has been able to perform in many musicals including The Color Purple (Celie), Dreamgirls (Effie Understudy), Hair (Dionne), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), and Saturday Night Fever (Candy). Tirzah believes that music in any form has the power to change the world. She is excited to share her talents in any setting.

Baritone Rahzé Cheatham is a performer with a strong foundation in music, theatre art, and dance applications. This 2020-21 season, they appeared on the digital stage in the world premiere of Mallory, a chamber opera by Baltimore-based composer Nathaniel Wolfgang Parks, adapted for the brand new PoCo Podcast of the Podcast Opera Company. Later, Rahzé returns in the premiere another chamber opera, Our Final Thoughts on Arthur S. Hellerman, by James Warner Duquette. Previously, Rahzé joined Marin Alsop’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s ​MASS​ as a blues soloist and a member of the Street Singer ensemble. Further, they were featured as Hannah before in Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera, ​As One​, opening at the newly redesigned Motorhouse in Baltimore, MD and closing on the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC. Rahzé currently holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Music Theory from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Soprano, Carly M. Henderson holds a Bachelors of Music from Peabody Conservatory, under the direction of William Sharp. At Peabody, Carly premiered the role of Louisa in Now We Are Met by Andrew Posner; covered the role of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; performed as a Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillion; in the chorus of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail; and in the chorus of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the 2017-2018 season, she performed as Actor 2/Girl 3 in Courtney Kalbacker’s production of Errollyn Wallen’s Anon, including on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

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