The Tampa Spiritual Ensemble is dedicated to presenting The Tampa Bay Area with quality recitals, concerts, and Black History programs that feature celebrated and rising African-American composers and performing artists, as well as providing an impressive array of education and outreach programs. We sing at Christmas parties, church services, festivals, funerals, private events receptions, and weddings.
Yetta Bednarz Lyric Soprano earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Temple University and Masters degree in Music and Voice Performance from University of South Florida. She has performed Candide, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicci and the Mikado and was soloist for The Seven Last Words and the Messiah. She performed in various concerts throughout Philadelphia, New York and Tampa Bay area. Her most recent engagements include performing highlights from Phantom of the Opera and Madame Butterfly with the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra. She sung with Opera Tampa, St. Petersburg Opera Company and South Florida Lyric productions. She performed concerts with the Bel Canto Opera Singers and the Andrea Bocelli Tampa Forum Concert.
Shenita Washington Mezzo graduated from The University of South Florida with a degree in vocal performance in 2006. Since then she has been one of the featured mezzo-soprano soloists for The Richard Zinlinski singers, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Renaissance Singers, and Opera Tampa. She has performed a soloist for The Messiah and various productions with Opera Tampa. Her most recent performance was with South Florida Lyric Opera in their production of Trial by Jury, where she played the role of The Usher. Shenita has been a conductor for the annual Hillsborough County Fine Arts Festival. Currently, she teaches elementary music at Robles Elementary where she conducts two choruses and an award winning drumming ensemble. She also volunteers at her church teaching Sunday school and leading several music programs for children.
Nicole Rebelo Full Lyric Soprano has sung in various Opera Tampa productions and with the Masters Chorale of Tampa Bay . Ms. Rebelo most recently participated in the Andrea Bocelli concert at the Tampa Forum.
Nicole Evans Dramatic Mezzo received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies, Voice Principal, from The University of South Florida. She sung in various Opera Tampa productions and most recently she sang in the mainstage production of Porgy and Bess with The Princeton Festival in Princeton, NJ. Evans sings as a featured soloist for local churches.
Jeff Welch Lyric Tenor is a accounts receivable specialist with Trinity Services Group in Oldsmar. He is a member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and has performed numerous masterworks and pops concerts, as well as several recordings. Through Master Chorale he has also performed with The Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra. Jeff is also a member of the Opera Tampa Chorus and has been in several operas including Aida, The Magic Flute and Carmen. Jeff has recorded and performed with The Richard Zielinski Singers since its inception.
Joel Mercer Bass-Baritone is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Saint Petersburg College. He holds Masters and Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics Education from The University of Florida and The University of North Florida. Joel has performed with several of the leading choral ensembles in the bay area which include the Richard Zielinski Singers and the Tampa Bay Master Chorale and regularly sings at the classical music festival in Eisenstaedt Austria where he has performed many of the major works in the choral repertoire. In addition, he has sung in the Tampa and St Petersburg opera choruses. Most Recently Joel was seen in the South Florida Lyric opera's productions of Pagliacci and Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury and I Pagliacci Joel sang the role of the villager.
Glenn Sheffield bass-baritone has more than twenty years combined experience performing in multiple community arts organizations around Tampa Bay, and has sung in choruses across the U.S., and in Canada and the United Kingdom. As a member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, he has performed a long list of masterworks and other choral music, singing with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, the Cleveland Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Choir of London, among others. Glenn appears with the Chorale on several recordings, including a collaboration with the Empire Brass and a 2013 Naxos Records release with the Florida Orchestra. Operatic experience with the Opera Tampa Chorus includes productions of La Bohème, Un Ballo in Maschera, The Magic Flute, and Carmen.
We sing SATB acapella music as well as accompanied music and our entertainment packages can range from 15 mins up to 2 hours depending on your event.
Yetta Bednarz (Soprano),
Nicole Rebelo (Soprano),
Shenita James (Mezzo),
Nicole Evans (Mezzo),
Jeff Welsh (Tenor),
Ian Cicco (Tenor),
Joel Mercer (Bass-Baritone),
Glenn Sheffield (Bass-Baritone),
Teresa Ancaya (Accompanist)