Lyricus Trio

Voices of America

November 9/10, 2019


Katherine Comegys Mongulla, soprano
Rose Chancler, piano
Esther Rogers Baker, cello

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Katherine Comegys Mongulla


Au Sable Forks native, Kate has enjoyed a modest career, performing opera, music theater and concert work in the US and abroad, as well as teaching voice and running her own small opera company in Chicago. Prior professional engagements include performances with Caramoor International Music Festival and Music Room productions, International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy and Israel, Manhattan Lyric Opera, Petite Opera Productions, soloist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Champlain Valley Choral Society, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, and the State College Choral Society. Her career favorite performances have been “Sweeney Todd” and “Spamalot” with the Devonshire Playhouse in Skokie, Illinois. Previously engaged as voice faculty at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, she now offers private and group voice and music lessons.

Esther Rogers Baker


Esther Rogers Baker moved to Saranac Lake, NY in 2014. Since then Esther has worn many hats teaching strings, coaching chamber music, free-lancing, and working as a private duty health aide. In 2017 Gene and Esther Baker ran a concert series titled ‘The Bakery’; a place for a wide variety of music written since 1900. Esther earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School, University of Hartford and a Master of Chamber Music degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Rose Chancler


Rose Chancler is a frequent performer as soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. She has played hundreds of concerts across America, including performances in over thirty states. Currently, Rose is focused on performing chamber music and presenting concerts in NY State’s Adirondack Park as a founding member and Artistic Director of the dynamic series Piano By Nature in Elizabethtown, NY. Farther out, she also performs with UK marimbist Jane Boxall as a part of the unique ensemble Ricochet Duo. This duo performs regularly throughout the US, with notable concerts including the NYS Presenters Network Artist Roster Showcase at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, among many. Rose has also enjoyed a long collaborative association with virtuoso double bassist Volkan Orhon, with performances including BassEurope recitals in Prague, Czech Republic, the Friends of Chamber music series in Tucson, Concert Artists Guild in Pittsburgh, and the American String Teachers Association’s convention spotlight concert in Louisville, KY. Her collaboration with Orhon has also resulted in two highly-acclaimed CD releases of violin and cello masterworks on the Centaur label. Rose has performed the North American premieres for both of the Concertos for Contrabass written by South American virtuoso Andres Martin, with the composer as soloist, and she has also performed with bass luminaries Esra Gul, Guisseppe Ettorre, Jeffery Turner, Linda McKnight, Han Han Cho, and many others in a multitude of International String Bass conventions in Ithaca, NY, Fort Collins, CO, Rochester, NY, San Francisco,CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Penn State at State College, PA.

Closer to home, Rose enjoys performing as a member of Metamusic with SUNY Plattsburgh faculty members Dan Gordon and Marilyn Reynolds, focusing on regional concerts which present well-written and less-heard original music for saxophone, violin, and piano. To date, Metamusic has toured locations in New York, Texas, and most recently, throughout Finland. Rose has also performed yearly collaborations with violinist Linda Rosenthal and others through the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar, and many additional chamber music performances with a variety of artists and instruments including cellist Jeffrey Solow, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, flutist Carol Wincenc, Broadway’s George Hearn, and more.

Rose has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the University of Iowa School of Music. She has been a faculty accompanist and coach at the Chautauqua Institution for many years, and also the acclaimed Meadowmount School of Music. She has served on the faculty of Plattsburgh State University of New York, and now maintains a private studio in Westport, NY. Rose holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at  Austin, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School in Rochester, N.Y