2010 Fellows Profiles

Francesca Anderegg, violinist
Violinist Francesca Anderegg has had orchestral performances with the Juilliard Symphony (as Concertmaster), at Tanglewood Music Center (Orchestra conducted by James Levine), and the Lucerne Festival Academy (Assistant Concertmaster, Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez). She also has performed with chamber music groups, including chamber music collaboration with Itzhak Perlman in the Perlman Music Program, and in solo recitals and concerts. A graduate of Harvard University, she also holds a Master’s in Violin Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The Juilliard School. Francesca used the Fellowship funding to record a CD with pianist Brent Funderburk. The CD was released in 2012 by Albany Records to critical acclaim.   Francesca designed the program on this recording, which consists of works by Mozart, Schoenberg, Perle, Carter, and Schubert. The Fellowship also allowed Francesca the opportunity to tour across the U.S., and in doing so, she was able to give back to each of the local communities in which performed by presenting a free outreach presentation in a public school to introduce students to classical music and inspire them to consider what they can achieve through artistic pursuits. In September 2012, Francesca accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at St. Olaf College.  She also teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2016, she was awarded a McKnight Fellowship for the Performing Arts.  In 2017, Francesca released her CD Wild Cities. Click here for more information on Francesca Anderegg.
Amari Cheatom, actor
Theater critic Charles Isherwood in The New York Times (review of Zooman and the Sign, March 25, 2009) describes Amari Cheatom as “vibrant,” a “coldly charismatic murderer [who] provides a sinister but captivating force.” In a review of the same play for Curtain Up, Paulanne Simmons writes that “the cement that holds this play together is the riveting performance of Amari Cheatom.” Amari appeared in Night Catches Us (2010), played Roy in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-nominated film Django Unchained (2012), and made his debut as a leading actor in Newlyweeds (2013).
Charlotte Hallberg, painter
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Yale School of Art, painter Charlotte Hallberg has exhibited her work at Yale, RISD, and Brown University. Charlotte is known not only for her artistic gifts but also her generous spirit: she played a key role in organizing a silent auction in the Yale School of Art to benefit victims of the earthquakes in Haiti. Charlotte used her Fellowship to travel to Europe to study great works of art, visit its most important paint manufactures, and study coloring and lighting.  How light affects color is an integral part of Charlotte’s work and this dynamic is evident through the varying degrees of color she displays in her artwork.  In 2012 she returned to the U.S. and established a studio in Brooklyn, NY. Between 2013-2015, she’s had several group exhibits in and around New York, and in 2016, she had her first solo exhibit, Short Sight: Soft Touch at Crush Curatorial.  Click here for more information on Charlotte Hallberg.
Simone Messmer, principal
Simone trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota and at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 2001 and was named an ABT apprentice in 2002. The following year, she became a member of the corps de ballet; in 2010, she was promoted to soloist. She joined San Francisco Ballet as a soloist in 2013. Simone has danced principal roles in ballets including Coralli/Perrot/Petipa’s Giselle (Myrtha), Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias (Prudence), and Nureyev’s La Bayadère (Gamzatti). She created principal roles in Ratmansky’s Firebird (Maiden) and Symphony #9, among others. In the future, she expects to give back to the art form by coaching, teaching, and mentoring the next generation.   She joined Miami City Ballet as a principal in 2015.  
Nyambi Nyambi, actor
Since completing NYU’s Graduate Acting Program in 2008, Nyambi has delivered critically acclaimed performances as Caliban in The Classic Stage Company’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in Lincoln Center’s Broadway production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and in Athol Fugard’s newest play, Coming Home, at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. Nyambi used his fellowship to enhance his acting career through additional coaching and cultural studies.  For six seasons, he played Samuel in the CBS hit comedy Mike and Molly.  He performed in the PBS series Mercy Street, and he currently has a recurring role in the CBS legal drama The Good Fight.  
Brenda Rae, soprano
Soprano Brenda Rae received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School in 2006. In 2007, she learned new roles as a participant in the Juilliard Opera Center, and was a member of Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program. She also performed at Alice Tully Hall as a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital, and gave a joint recital at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Currently a member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, Brenda used the Fellowship to prepare for major professional roles, including Olympia in Tales of Hoffman (premiere at Oper Frankfurt, fall 2010) and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, January-March 2011).  Brenda’s upcoming roles include Gilda in Oper Frankfurt’s new production of Rigoletto and Zdenka in Oper Frankfurt’s Arabella. She will return to the Santa Fe Opera to sing the lead in Lucia di Lammermoor, and she will make her debuts with the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Oper Zurich. Click here for more information on Brenda Rae.
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