About Ampersand

AMPERSAND is an ensemble of flexible proportions, loosely based in New York, NY.

Our members are an ever-changing roster of exceptionally talented artists from all over the world. Our repertoire selections are guided by what the world needs to hear, tending towards vocally-centric pieces from the fringes of the common-practice era with modern and early bits sprinkled in for color.

We aspire to exploit the relationship between music and speech, art and conversation. Seeking to communicate the inherent connectivity between all things, we are AMPERSAND.

Ampersand is

Will Berman. Stephen Biegner. Jonathan Cooper. Allie Faulkner. Fiona Gillespie. Nicolas Haigh. Madeline Apple Healey. Chris Jackson. Tim Keeler. Anna Lenti. Eva Lymenstull. Kate Maroney. Donald Meineke. Ray Nagem. Nils Neubert. Andrew Padgett. Timothy Parsons. James Reese.


  • Madeline Apple Healey is a soprano who loves working on repertoire that challenges the construct of beautiful sound. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from Baldwin Wallace University in 2011, and her MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in 2013. Recent engagements include Bach's Mass in B Minor at the Kennedy Center, performances of Bach's Coffee Cantata, and the U.S. premiere of Here All Night with Gare St. Lazare Ireland at The White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where, when she's not making music, she can be found baking and philosophizing with her dog, Kafka.

  • Anna Lenti is a singer and conductor whose work embraces a variety of musical genres. A native of Rochester, NY, Anna received her BM in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2011, and her MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in 2013. An avid lover of ensemble performance, Anna has appeared with numerous professional ensembles throughout the US, including Apollo's Fire (Cleveland), Voices (Rochester), the Holy Trinity Bach Choir (NYC), and Ensemble VIII (Austin). When she's not making music, you can find Anna doing yoga, hiking, running, or knitting scarves for her friends during the cold winter months.


Announcing AMPERSAND’s 2015-2016 season

October 3, 2015 at 7pm - Cleveland, OH
Our season opener and Cleveland debut: an evening of duets and trios for high voices by Praetorius, Monteverdi, Schütz.
St. John’s Ohio City, 2600, Church Ave W 26th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

October 9, 2015 at 8pm - Holy Trinity Lutheran, NYC
An evening of duets and trios for high voices by Praetorius, Monteverdi, Schütz.
Holy Trinity Lutheran, 3 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

January 3, 2016 at 5pm - St. John the Divine, NYC
Post-evensong recital: Jephte by Carissimi
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

May 28, 2016 at 7pm - St. Luke in the Fields, NYC
spring. sprang. sprung.
St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, New York, NY
Suggested Donation: $15


Performed by Ampersand in New York City in September 2014


Thank you to our financial supporters:

Justine Aronson, Jessica Bakeman, Elisabeth Baker, Christine Biegner, Lisa Bonk, Matthew Brady, Ryan Brandau, Ryan Cassel, Christan Cassidy, Lindsey Christiansen, Maggie Colvin, Alexa Cottrell, Liz Eschen, Diane Levy & Gary Faulkner, Molly Farris, Christopher Feran, Tim Feran, Pamela Foye, Dusty Francis, Paul Frolick, Dirk Garner, Jessica Hallen, William Hay, Karen Hayden, Ian Healey, Sean Ellis Hussey, Laura Inman, Ryan John, Deanna Joseph, Pru Kirkpatrick, Deborah Kraus, Celia McCurdy, Erik Malmquist, Allison Miller, Joe Miller, Brian Mummert, Sandra Lees, Vincent & Christine Lenti, Marianne & Tony Lenti, Augusta McKay-Lodge, Suzanne Nash, David Nolin, Laurie Papell, Shari Perman, Daniel Pickens-Jones, Alexandra Porter, Edith Rubenstein, John Russell, Andrea Saposnik, Laura Schnell, Benjamin Wayne Smith, Tracey Taylor, Bernie & Rena Tolsma, Kent Tritle, Sophia Vastek, William Weinert, Jeffrey Wilson, Pauline Worusski, and Anonymous (15)


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For inquiries regarding booking, press or programming, write to:
info (at) weareampersand.net