Concert Bio

Elias Mokole
Praised by the Washington Post and Opera News for his "powerful, rich warm baritone," Elias Mokole is equally at home in recital, musical theatre and orchestral concerts, as well as opera. A multiple award winner in voice competitions internationally, Elias has brought a rich background to his work and allows him to continually delight audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mokole's gifted voice and stage presence, coupled with his passion and dedication for education and the advancement of the arts, allows him to share his talents and creative expertise as Instructor of Voice at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Western Michigan University.  Elias is the Founder of Songfestival (a conservatory of art song) and serves as a board member and collaborator of Grow with the Arts, a non-profit whose mission is to return the arts back into schools.

Elias recently returned home to the US after singing his celebrated performance in the role of Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata for the State Opera of Bulgaria.

Linda Turpening
Linda Turpening has been a church organist and pianist for many years and has taught piano privately as well as in college and conservatory settings. Her education includes an Artist Diploma from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also pursued PhD studies with a focus on Gabriel Faure. Presently she maintains her private teaching studio and is the staff pianist and organist at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth Minnesota.


For translations:


An die ferne Geliebte (1816) Op. 98


Richard Strauss
Allerseelen (1885) Op. 10 no.8


L’horizon chimérique (1921)