Artistic Director – Christopher Romeo
Christopher Romeo has been making music ever since the sixth grade. Finding his voice at the University of South Florida, Chris received his Master of Music for Vocal Performance. He has performed extensively with the St Petersburg Opera company since Madame Butterfly in 2010, along with Tampa Opera and New Century Opera in multiple productions a year. He is Artistic Director of Klassika® a quartet that has performed their own special brand of Classical Crossover music in the U.S., Ireland and South Africa. Music, in general, was such a huge influence on Chris that he went back to school to obtain a degree in Music Therapy at St. Mary’s of the Woods College in 2017 in order to help people through the power of music.
Other organizations that Romeo has performed with are The Venice Symphony, Una Voce Gay Mens Chorus, Tampa Lyric Opera Co., St. Joseph Music Makers, Key Chorale of Sarasota and St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. He has also been the Director of the choral ensemble and bell choir at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church and provided vocal instruction utilizing the Bel Canto Technique preparing students for biannual concerts and auditions. Then there’s the other gigs with Thrift Store Revolution, The Party Hats and Operatinis where the music ranges from reggae, punk, disco and beach music to acapella performances.
Accompanist – Bruce Ensinger
Bruce L. Ensinger received an AB in Music Education from West Liberty State College and an MM in Music History and Literature from Ohio University. He has done graduate work at West Virginia University, Westminster Choir College, Duquesne University, Princeton University and the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Bruce worked as a music specialist in West Virginia for 41 years. Choirs under his direction have performed with the Wheeling Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet, West Liberty State College Choirs, participated in master classes at Ohio University and were chosen as an honor choir by WVMEA. While in WV, he was organist/director of music at the Sistersville Presbyterian Church and an adjunct professor of music at West Virginia Northern Community College. Bruce has served on the music committee for the Diocese of Wheeling/Charleston, the Executive Board of the WVACDA, the WV All-State Children’s Chorus Board and received the Ashland Oil Golden Apple Award for excellence in education.
He spent 5 weeks researching the music of Costa Rica on a Fulbright Scholarship and spent a week in Vienna, Austria studying conducting with members of the Vienna Boys’ Choir faculty.