Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Cristian Măcelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world.  With every concert he displays an exciting and highly regarded presence, thoughtful interpretations and energetic conviction on the podium.  Of his March 2013 appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sun-Times exclaimed: “Mǎcelaru is the real thing, displaying confidence without arrogance and offering expressiveness without excess demonstration.”

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Trist Curless is no stranger to vocal harmonies. He attended the University of North Colorado, majoring in music education. In 1995, he co-founded the pop-jazz vocal group m-pact, with which he has performed in festivals and concert halls around the world. He's also written, arranged, and produced many of the group's songs.

Trist can be found on the other side of the microphone as well, working as an audio engineer for several vocal groups and bands, including Straight No Chaser, Pentatonix, and Take 6.

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