About La Caccina:
La Caccina found its namesake in Francesca Caccini, a prolific Baroque composer known for her virtuosic musicality and her beautiful singing voice. Founded in 2011, La Caccina aims to approach treble vocal music with a fresh perspective and creative programming. Whether singing Renaissance-era madrigals, South African folk songs, or contemporary pop arrangements, La Caccina seeks to bring musical excellence, integrity, and honesty to every performance.
La Caccina is:
Laura Kempa Bogan
A Michigan native, Laura Kempa Bogan now maintains an active career as a teacher, singer, and conductor in the Chicago area. She serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, where she conducts the University Chorale and Chamber Singers while teaching voice, conducting, and choral methods. Additionally, Laura serves as the choir director and organist at Immaculate Conception Parish in Highland Park, IL. She also remains an active choral singer, and has appeared with the William Ferris Chorale, the Rockefeller Decani, Chicago Choral Artists, and Chicago Chorale in recent years. Her teachers include Drs. Ann Jones, Scott Jarrett, Paul Rardin, and Jerry Blackstone (Conducting), Dr. Caroline Helton (Voice) and Dr. James Kibbie and James R. Brown (organ). Ms. Bogan is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan (B.M. Choral Music Education) and Boston University (M.M. Choral Conducting).
Currently La Caccina’s Artistic Director, Carling FitzSimmons began singing at age 3 on a set of playground swings and has never looked back. After graduating from Kenyon College with degrees in English and music, Carling returned home to Chicago to pursue a career in music and arts education. Lauded for her "sweet-toned" singing, Carling has performed with ensembles including Bella Voce, The William Ferris Chorale, Aestas Consort, and the Rockefeller Decani. Carling also serves as a faculty member at the Merit School of Music, where she conducts several choral ensembles and teaches music theory at the Tuition Free Conservatory. Carling looks forward to being the Associate Conductor for the William Ferris Chorale in December of 2016. During the summer, Carling teaches playwriting, fiction, and sketch comedy at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development.
Tamara Ghattas is an academic journals editor and a freelance musician. She is artistic director and a longtime member of Golosa, a Russian folk choir specializing in authentic performance of rarely heard Siberian polyphonic song. She has also sung with the William Ferris Chorale, the Schola Cantorum at Holy Name Cathedral, the Rockefeller Decani, and the Oriana Singers. Tammy grew up outside of Boston and holds degrees in linguistics and creative writing from the University of Chicago and DePaul University. Her two kiddos, Louisa and Oscar, bear the weighty mantle of the next-generation Caccina family on their small shoulders.
Carey Goldenberg, a native of Tampa, Florida, moved to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a career in music education and performance. After finishing her MM in Music Education from Northwestern University in June, Carey began her dream job- teaching general music and choir to many small children in kindergarten through fifth grade in Downers Grove. Carey has performed with various choirs in the Chicagoland area, such as Bella Voce, William Ferris Chorale, and Chicago Chorale. When she is not teaching or performing, Carey spends her time traveling, baking, or planning her upcoming wedding.
Alana Grossman, a California native, recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Voice and Opera and a certificate in Musical Theatre. A versatile performer, Alana has taken on roles from opera to theatre, and has recently performed at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Paramount Theatre, and Main Street Opera. She is also active in the Chicago choral scene, holding soprano positions in the Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Chorus and St. James Episcopal Church. When she is not appearing on stage, Alana pursues her love of songwriting and acting on-camera.
Patty LeClair Kennedy
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Executive Director Patty Kennedy’s love of singing was nurtured from a very young age. Patty moved to Appleton, Wisconsin to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Conservatory at Lawrence University, where she studied both classical and jazz singing. Upon completing her degree, Patty moved to Chicago to pursue a career in music. Patty is incredibly passionate about early childhood music education and is a licensed Kindermusik teacher at Bucktown Music Studio where she teaches 15 classes per week. Patty has sung with area ensembles including Chicago Choral Artists, Peregrine Vocal Ensemble, The Choir at St. Chrysostom’s Church, The William Ferris Chorale, Innova Singers and The Grant Park Chorus.
Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Sara Leginsky has been singing choral music since age 8. She was a member of the Elm City Girls’ Choir in Connecticut and Village Harmony in Vermont before moving to Chicago, where she received a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. In Chicago, Sara has performed with the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Chicago Choral Artists and Golosa Russian Choir. She also plays banjo and guitar in her band Glass Mountain. When not making music, Sara works as a grant writer for nonprofits.
Mezzo- soprano Rachel Mast is a versatile singer, skilled in styles from opera to art song to church music. Hailing from Corvallis, Oregon, Rachel moved to Chicago and since living here has had the pleasure of singing with groups such as the St. Alphonsus Choir, the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Apprentice Chorale, and most recently, La Caccina. Rachel is an alumna of Goshen College where she was a two-time winner of the school’s Concerto-Aria Competition, and recently completed her graduate studies in voice at Roosevelt University. When she’s not singing, Rachel enjoys tending her herb garden, perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe, and hiking in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.