Meet the Artists of Viaggio
Jessica Renfro is the founder of A Moment for Music, in addition to maintaining a decade long career in opera and oratorio. She holds an MM and GPD from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, and has performed on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Opera di Firenze, and Opera Tampa. She has also performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Jessica began her career in music as a teenage singer/songwriter and the lead singer of the pop band Rocket Martin before pursuing classical music. She believes strongly in authenticity, spontaneity, and passion when performing any genre of music.
Lynda Saponara is an internationally performing pianist and vocal coach. Originally from Marlton, NJ, she began her career as a church organist at the age of 11 and has continued to collaborate with singers and instrumentalists on the concert stage. She holds DMA and MM degrees in Collaborative Piano Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts and a B.M. in Piano Accompanying from Westminster Choir College.
Internationally, Lynda has performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. In the U.S., she has collaborated with the Princeton Festival, the American Handel Festival, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Boheme Opera NJ, Opera at Florham, and Opera Festival of New Jersey.
Ms. Saponara was a founding member of the chamber ensemble trio@play, which released two albums: In the Sandbox (2012) and the children's CD Willie Was Different (2011). She also performed on the TODAY show with tenor Philip Alongi.