Thomas Stumpf, Carolyn Kingston, Diana Cole

Click on Concert Archives to hear a selection of duets and solos from concerts that Diana and I have performed over the last 10 years.

In 1999 we performed a retrospective concert “Deja Two: Voices in Duet” including our favorites from the classical repertoire with Margaret Ulmer, pianist.

Since then we have performed at Follen Community Church and annually on the Summer Concert Series at the First Parish Church in Lexington featuring  classical, folk, and American popular classics  with Thomas Stumpf, pianist.

Since 2004 I have taken a number of writing classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and spent 3 summers at a week-long Women’s Writing Retreat in the Adirondacks. I have enjoyed classes in Haiku, poetry, storytelling, short short fiction and personal essay. Click on Creative Writing for a sample piece from one of these classes.

Probably the biggest challenge so far was to create a short short story (750 words or less) every week for 10 weeks!

About the Artists

Sisters Carolyn Kingston, Soprano, and Diana Cole, Mezzo-Soprano, are two solo performers who join their talents in an exceptional blend of voices and musicianship. With a repertoire of more than one hundred and fifty duets in eight languages, ranging from the renaissance to contemporary literature, they offer unusually varied programs which draw from both classical duets, opera, operetta, and folk music, as well as American popular music from Stephen Foster through the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. Their appearances include the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Gardner Museum, the Longfellow Historical Site, and Harvard University in Boston, MA

Thomas Stumpf, piano, was born in Shanghai in 1950, received his degrees in piano performance from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His performing career has taken him across four continents and he has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra (under Arthur Fiedler) and numerous other ensembles. He is also co-founder of Prism Opera, a music theater ensemble which under his direction has performed Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” (in Stumpf’s own translation), “Amahl and the Night Visitors,“ Barber’s “Vanessa,” Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia,” and “The Turn of the Screw.” Stumpf is Director of Music at Follen Community Church in East Lexington.

Margaret Ulmer, piano

A solitary sailfish makes its way to the island on Pyramid Lake. Canoes, paddle boats and kayaks are also available.

“Stalking the Wild Word” writing class meets on the dock at Pyramid

Life Center, Paradox, N.Y.

Telling an Aesop’s Fable at the Storytelling Weekend, Pyramid Life Center.