John D. Giger - Baritone - The son of a military man, John Giger traveled throughout the world with his family before they settled in Canada when John was eleven years old. His early love was athletics; his musical studies, just a hobby at this time. Due to numerous injuries, he focused on his growing love for music during his college years. John received a scholarship to study voice at the University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA, where he received his Bachelor's Degree and pursued a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. His training includes operatic study under the fine tutorship of Dickson Titus, Dr. Richard Dales of Phoenix, and Peggy Castle of London, England. He also studied for six years under Caro Carapetyan of Dallas, TX. John's oratorio repertoire includes: "Elijah," "Messiah," the "Brahms Requiem," and Mozart's "Vespers Solemnis." He has been acclaimed for his roles in "La Traviatia," "Marriage of Figaro," "Magic Flute," and "Don Giovanni." Mr. Giger was regional finalist in the 1978 San Francisco Opera Auditions and resident baritone of the Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble of Carmel Valley, CA.
Mary E . Giger - Soprano - Born and reared in Fresno, CA, Mary showed an early interest in singing and performing. Through her high school and college years, she was seen in leading roles in many musical productions, which won her a scholarship to the prestigious Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA for two years. Mary began her opera studies in 1973. Her interest in opera was enhanced when she won the Central California Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Later, she was the recipient of a full scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. In 1977, Mary won the Western Metropolitan Opera Auditions, giving her an appearance at the Met in the National Semi-Finals. Mary Giger received professional training in opera from Dickson Titus and Dr. Richard Dales. Her tutoring in art song was with Madame Koldofsky, Samuel Barber, and Natalie and Maurice Abravenel, Randall Behr, Douglas McQuen, and Paul Polivnik. Two seasons at the Music Academy of the West introduced Mary to John Giger when they were cast as a romantic couple in Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte" in 1975. Together they also sang in "Marriage of Figaro," "Magic Flute," and "La Traviata." The two were married in 1977, continuing their performance careers as a husband and wife singing duo. Together they have tallied over 4,000 concerts in symphony halls, convention and conference centers, churches, and universities throughout the US, Canada, and British Isles.
Colleen Ardent - Piano - A versatile performer, arranger, accompanist, and educator, Colleen Adent began her formal musical training at the age of four. Her early musical development was deeply impacted by her Christian heritage and church music experience. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Biola University. She has studied with Harold Gray, Artistic Director of Portland Piano International, Lina Baranov of Moscow Conservatory and Cathy Kautsky of Lawrence University.
Colleen has performed with Newport Symphony, under the direction of Norman Leyden. She has appeared as guest soloist with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, Jewish Symphony Orchestra, and with the Westwood Wind Quintet. Colleen has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with John and Mary Giger, both as accompanist and arranger. She has also enjoyed collaborating with both locally and internationally known artists such as classical saxophonist Harvey Pittel and Robert Hale of the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Accompanying various vocal and choral groups, as well as solo appearances, have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Her arrangements and accompaniments appear on numerous recordings.
Although classically trained and adept at many musical styles, her passion lies in church music. Colleen loves to perform, improvise, arrange, and use her gifts at the piano to point others to the God who loves us! She maintains a private teaching studio in Vancouver, Washington, where she lives with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, scrounging through used bookstores, and sipping lattes with friends.