Dr. Patrick Coyle
Dr. Patrick Coyle has been a full-time resident of Saugatuck since 2011, and has become active in West Michigan’s performing arts community. He is Director of Music at historic Park Church in Grand Rapids, overseeing a staff of fourteen musicians and dozens of volunteers. Dr. Coyle also serves Opera Grand Rapids as Chorus Master; in this season alone, he has prepared their performances of the Verdi Requiem, Gluck’s Orfée et Euridice, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Romberg’s The Student Prince. He is a lover of theatre as well, having served as Music Director at Mason Street Warehouse, Farmer’s Alley and Western Michigan University. Invested heavily in the community, he is presently serving on the Boards of Directors for both the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Dr. Coyle received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, focusing on both orchestral and choral conducting. He also holds degrees from Furman University, Converse College and Emory University. Following his doctoral studies in Cincinnati, he conducted at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus and Northern Kentucky University, among others, and conducted performance tours in Rome, Florence, Cannes, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich. He has eight commercially-available recordings to his credit, and has published music for choir, chamber orchestra, children, piano and handbells.
Coyle has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the Mayor’s Award for Service to the Arts and the Enduring Spirit Award (both in Cincinnati), Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and the Massey Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Phyllis Ann Miner
Phyllis Ann Miner is delighted to be at the piano with Holland Chorale this season! An accomplished solo and collaborative musician, Phyllis is honored to have performed with many of Michigan’s finest musicians and ensembles, including Dr. Stephen Jones (trumpet), Holland Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, the Chancel Choir of First (Park) Congregational Church, and many others. She is equally in demand as a pianist, harpist and organist.
Phyllis retired from teaching music and English in the public schools after 34 years. She served as a church musician since 1962. About seventeen years ago, she decided to embark on her childhood dream of playing the harp. She provides music for weddings, funerals, visitations, receptions, etc. She is a Certified Music Practitioner, certified to play at the bedside of ill and dying patients.
Phyllis has three commercially-available recordings, one of classical piano music, Gardens in the Rain, and the second, The Stages of Grief – A Journey of Healing, comprising original harp music. The third recording, Angels Dance, is peaceful harp music that has several pieces including flute and violin. All three are available at PhyllisMinerMusic.com. She is also Music Associate at First (Park) Congregational Church, where she serves as Associate Organist, organizes the Music at Mid Day concert series, and accompanies one of the area’s finest church choirs.
Phyllis’ hobbies include competitive ballroom dancing. Her two Golden Retriever/Black Lab mix dogs provide wonderful companionship and laughter. She loves to make music, dance, play with the dogs, read, write, and bike.
Nicholas Loren is West Michigan’s preeminent vocal instructor, with a studio of over 100 singers from cities including Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City. He is the master teacher of choice for voice faculties from Western Michigan University, Cornerstone University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Lewis University in Chicago, as well as numerous choral directors from area high schools. A retired tenor, Nicholas sang his first full opera at age nineteen and went on to enjoy an extensive performance career. He sang over forty-five leading roles with dozens of American opera companies and symphony orchestras. The Washington Post heralded him as “a major discovery” and British magazine Opera wrote, “Nicholas Loren thrilled consistently with emotionally gripping bravura singing.”
Other significant debuts made by this distinguished artist include his recital and concert appearances at Carnegie Hall and his critically acclaimed bow with L’Opera Francais de New York at Lincoln Center under the baton of conductor Y’ves Abel. On the international scene, he enjoyed tremendous successes with the Vancouver Opera and the State Theatre of Pretoria South Africa. He earned degrees in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music. The Holland Chorale is grateful to have Nicholas on staff as their vocal consultant. Nicholas’ web site is located at www.nicholasloren.com.