Featured Artists

MORE-FOX5 featuring Maestro Randy Pagel and Baritone Carnell Johnson

Athena Mertes, Soprano

Carnell Johnson, Baritone

Michael Polutnik, Director, Desert Oasis High School

Martha Gronemeier, Violinist

Eric Eichorst Accompanist

Adoration by Borowski
(Rando Hall, June 16, 2021)

Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod
(Rando Hall, June 16, 2021)

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Unger
(Rando Hall, June 16, 2021)


Martha Gronemeier, Violinist, has an active career, which includes performing, private teaching and string sectional coaching. Martha received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Northern Illinois University, where she studied with members of the Vermeer quartet. She then earned her Masters of Music in violin performance from the University of Arizona. In addition to maintaining a large private lesson studio, Martha has taught both Middle School and High School orchestras as a long-term substitute, as well as coaching string sectionals in public schools and for area youth orchestras. Additionally, Martha spent 11 years as adjunct music faculty at UNLV teaching such classes as Music Appreciation, Ear Training and Music Fundamentals. Martha’s performing experiences have been quite diverse, as far as genre and types of groups, and include venues in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. She has also performed with many stars on the Las Vegas Strip. Martha’s TV and DVD credits include the PBS special “Hitman,” “David Foster and Friends,” “Sarah Brightman‘s Harem Tour, Live from Las Vegas,” Academy of Country Music award shows, a Merle Haggard television Special, and Jerry Lewis MDA telethons. Martha is currently Associate Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Concertmaster of the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Orchestra.

Eric Eichorst, Pianist, teaches elementary music at Louis Wiener Elementary school and holds a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of South Dakota. He has been a staff accompanist at the Interlochen summers arts campus. He is in his 12th season as the Musical Arts Society accompanist.

Amy Cofield, Soprano

Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart
Eric Eichorst, Accompanist
June, 30, 2021

Chi’il bel sogno di Doretta from La Rondine by Puccini
Jean Black – Pianist
(Indian River City United Methodist Church in Titusville, FL, Nov. 28, 2020)

Hear ye Israel! from Elijah
(SNMAS Masterworks Concert at Artemus Ham Concert Hall, Nov. 27, 2016)

Laudamus te from Grand Mass in C Minor by Mozart
(SNMAS Masterworks Concert at Artemus Ham Concert Hall, Nov. 29, 2015)


Amy Cofield, Soprano, is a highly sought-after performer and teacher. Praised by the New York Times for her “lovely, rich tone,” Ms. Cofield has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S. and in Italy, France, Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, England, Santo Domingo, Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Highly regarded for her technical facility, beauty of interpretation and an arresting presence, her recent debuts included performances of Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 as well as Opera concerts: A Grand Night For Grand Opera with Space Coast Symphony (FL), Bach’s B Minor Mass and Handel’s Messiah with the Brevard Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, a return to Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah and a debut with Opera Orlando performing the role of Minnie. Requiem. Ms. Cofield has performed as a frequent soloist with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society!

Valeria Sokolova Ore, Mezzo Soprano

Stariy Muzh (Old Husband) by A. Verstovsky
Philip Fortenberry – Pianist
Doctorate Chamber Recital at Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall, Dec. 8, 2019

Ride on, King Jesus! by F. H. Johnson
Philip Fortenberry – Pianist
Doctorate Chamber Recital at Dr. Rando-Grillot Recital Hall, Dec. 8, 2019

Gloria (Excerpt) from Harmoniemesse by Joseph Haydn
SNMAS Masterworks Concert at Artemus Ham Concert Hall, Nov. 2, 2014

Wohl euch, ihr auserwählten Seelen (Excerpt) from Cantata 34
O Ewiges, Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe” by J.S. Bach
SNMAS Masterworks Concert at Artemus Ham Concert Hall, Nov. 10, 2013


Valeria Sokolova Ore, Mezzo Soprano, is a native of Ekaterinburg, Russia. She has performed as a choir master and has also been a member of the following choirs in Ekaterinburg: the Municipal Choir, Ascension, Choral, and jazz-ensemble – Ekaterina that have toured the former Soviet Union, Germany, and France. Ms. Sokolova Ore has performed the roles of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Ellen in Three Sisters Who are Not Sisters, and the Sorceress/Spirit in Dido and Aeneas. She has been a soloist of the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society and performs with the Gateway Arts Foundation in Las Vegas. Ms. Sokolova Ore was First Prize winner for the 2021 Spring Music and Second Prize Winner for the 2021 Baroque Music at the Charleston International Music Competition. Valeria Sokolova resides in Las Vegas Nevada, where she performs as both a collaborative pianist and a singer. She is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Music. For more information, please visit her website: www.uralmezzo.com.

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