RESONANCE Treble Ensemble is dedicated to crafting musical experiences that bring awareness to relevant modern-day issues. Through partnerships, fundraising, teaching artistry and other such endeavors, we hope to move audiences to action by leading with action. In doing so, we are committed to expanding and challenging the roles of classical musicians in modern times by performing repertoire from a range of styles and composers. Resonance thus seeks to serve not only as musical pioneers, but also as catalysts for social change.
Meet Our Singers!
Abigail (Abby) Brodnick, soprano
One of the most exciting decisions in Abby’s career as a vocalist was auditioning for Resonance and joining the ensemble as a high soprano in early 2020. Currently the youngest member of Resonance, Abby is a student at DePauw University studying for a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, with hopeful minors in Musical Theatre or Psychology. Her favorite past stage roles include Lilli Vanessi/Kate in Kiss Me Kate, the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, Miss Barley in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Beth March in Little Women. Abby loves to listen to Broadway soundtracks and has a growing vinyl collection ranging from The Beatles to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. She is proficient in piano, guitar, and ukulele, and outside of her love for opera and theatre, Abby loves to sing in genres such as pop, country, and jazz.
Serenna Hallie Jones, soprano
Serenna joined Resonance Treble Ensemble during her junior year of college at DePauw University. There, she majored in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Caroline B. Smith. During her undergraduate years, Serenna performed in the University’s musicals, operas, and plays. Some of her favorite roles include Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the title role in the Respighi’s Sleeping Beauty, and #7 in Sarah DeLappe’s play, The Wolves. Serenna is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Florida State University, where she studies with Dr. Evan T. Jones. When she is not performing, you can find her tending to her plants, boating out on the water, hiking, or teaching her family and friends music!
Nicole Axelrod, soprano
Nicole is a soprano from Marietta, Georgia, and she’s so excited to be a member of Resonance! She's also acts as Resonance's Social Media Director. Nicole grew up with a love of choral music and started singing in her school choir at the age of ten. Nicole began singing classically in high school and hasn’t looked back since. She graduated from DePauw University with her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Italian Language in spring of 2020. Nicole plans to pursue a Master of Music in Music Education so she can fulfill her lifelong dream of being a high school choir teacher. During her time at DePauw she was involved in mainstage opera, including the role of the Spindle in Respighi’s Sleeping Beauty. She also performed in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Her other interests include violin, interior design, and spending time with her wonderful friends and family, including her two sweet kitties Enzo and Layla.
Emma Clare Finnegan Nelson, soprano
Emma has over seven years of experience arranging for treble groups, and she recently welcomed the challenge of composing original works for Resonance. Emma earned her bachelor’s from DePauw University in 2020 with a double major in Music and Cellular & Molecular Biology. She works at the University of Wisconsin-Madison researching stem cells and retinal eye diseases, but she still keeps music a part of her life through singing in her car and completing projects with Resonance. Some of her favorite music genres are indie funk, mid-2000s pop, and jazz. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, downhill skiing, and hanging out with her friends!
Suzette Hartsfield-Jones, mezzo-soprano
Suzette joined Resonance as a sophomore in college and working alongside some of the ensemble’s original members. Suzette graduated from DePauw University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in Theatre. Performing has brought Suzette an immense amount of joy, with some of her favorite roles including Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Dorothée in Cendrillon, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, and Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew. In Resonance, Suzette can almost always be spotted singing in the alto section. She hopes to be recognized as an actual mezzo-soprano one day, so she’s keeping her fingers crossed and continuing to work on her lower passaggio until then. Suzette currently lives in Indiana with her husband and two cats Gatsby and Gomi. She also works as a barista at one of the cutest bakeries in the state.
Anna Grace Roth, mezzo-soprano
Anna Grace is thrilled to be a part of Resonance! Anna joined Resonance her sophomore year at the DePauw School of Music, and Resonance has shaped her academic and musical career in ways she could not have imagined and is utterly grateful for. In addition to singing, mixing audio, and working with the Resonance administrative team, Anna Grace is an operatic mezzo-soprano and fluent German speaker. She has studied and performed throughout Austria, including in Vienna and Graz. There, she gained a deep appreciation for German Lieder and opera. Currently, she is based in Northern Michigan and is grateful to be spending time near the water and out in nature.