Connect communities to high-quality art song performance and educational experiences
Provide meaningful and community-centric performance opportunities
Share diverse voices through art song
Leading the Way
Caitleen Kahn - Soprano
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Chicago-based soprano and arts administrator Caitleen Kahn is a passionate and communicative performer, devoted to facilitating universal access to the arts. In addition to building innovative and socially-conscious song programming with Lynx Project, Caitleen currently teaches voice, piano and violin with Alex’s Music Studio, ArtSmart, and the El Sistema-inspired organization, Chicago Arts and Music Project. She was a 2017 participant in Marilyn Horne's The Song Continues program at Carnegie Hall, a 2016 Byron Fellow, and the 2015 recipient of the Catherine Filene Shouse Fellowship. During her time in New York City, Caitleen worked as Administrative Coordinator of UpBeat NYC, a free El Sistema-inspired music program for children in the South Bronx, and Operations Director of Musicambia, a non-profit that is creating music conservatories in the United States prison system. When she’s not singing or “administrating,” she’s probably running, playing with dogs, or eating ice cream.
Christopher Hauser - Program Coordinator
Chris grew up in northern Connecticut, where he first found his love for singing and the performing arts. In 2013, he began his studies in Voice Performance and Music Education at Ithaca College in upstate New York. Though he thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons every week, giving recitals, and performing in the college’s operas and musicals, he began to consider arts administration as a career path after working at the Ithaca College Library of Ensemble Music. He dove into administration with the Front of House Internship at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, and became an Associate Producer and Assistant to the General Director of Opera Ithaca shortly thereafter. In this position, Chris was able to learn about the many aspects of a brand-new arts organization and have a hand in just about everything the company was doing. Most recently, Chris interned at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and is now in the second and final year of his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, getting his MBA and MA in Arts Administration.
Margaret Bell - Marketing and Communications Intern
Margaret is a junior at DePaul University majoring in communications and media. She was born, raised, and still currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago. Margaret transferred to DePaul her sophomore year from College of DuPage. Her passion for music and helping others has shaped her life. She enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and spending time with her family and friends. Margaret is currently in sales at a travel company.
Mairead Kahn - Photographer in Residence
Mairead Kahn is student at DePaul University studying anthropology and photojournalism. She is from Milwaukee, WI where she worked as an intern for studio photographer Linda Gumieny. She attended Denison University before transferring to DePaul in Fall 2018 to continue her education. During her time at Denison she covered campus events as student photographer for the Office of University Communications. Mairead currently works as a Photo/Video Intern for the Office of Representative Mike Quigley and contributes to the DePaulia Newspaper at DePaul.
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Connecting and Creating
Megan Moore - Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-soprano Megan Moore is praised for her “rapid-fire coloratura” and “clever, honest, and charming” on-stage presence. She is committed to story-telling and communication through music in her endeavors both on and off stage. Particularly acclaimed for her Rossini interpretations, Megan’s favorite roles include Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in La Cenerentola, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Her 2018-2019 season began with singing Arsamene for Haymarket Opera Company's Serse, and continued with performing the leading role of Costanza in Haydn's L'isola disabitata under the baton of Ramon Tebar at Opera Naples. Megan travels to Helsinki, Finland in May to participate in the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, and to Bavaria, Germany in June to perform with the Nuremburg Symphony and study with Edith Wiens at the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. Next season Megan joins the ensemble of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at The Juilliard School. She is a student of Manny Perez.
Steven Humes - Tenor
Board President, founding member
An operatic performer, passionate music educator, and instinctive conductor, Steven Humes has already experienced a diverse musical career. As the current Manager of Audience Development for Opera Philadelphia, Steven has been able to successfully combine many of his musical passions. As Education Manager with Opera Philly, he helped developethe company's education program, Sounds of Learning, which provides opportunities in the arts for students of the greater Philadelphia area. Steven has also found success on the operatic stage, most recently as the title role in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. He is a member of the Opera Philadelphia Chorus.
Beyond performance, Steven works as the Administrative Assistant for Si parla, si canta, and Italian immersion program, set in the small town of Urbania, Italy. Steven holds degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and a Masters in Music from the Eastman School of Music. Steven has studied privately with Dr. Brad Hougham and Robert Swensen.
Florence Mak - Piano
Board Secretary, founding member
Born and raised in Canada, Florence Mak quickly realized that she would not be able to fulfill her dream as an All-Star hockey player in the NHL, given that she has never put on a pair of hockey skates. As a result, she turned her focus to piano and has since appeared on stage throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, collaborator, chamber, orchestral musician, and page turner. She made her debut as the featured soloist with the New Westminster Symphony at the age of ten and when the time came, she left Vancouver and moved to Toronto to further her musical studies.
Knowing that she would never have the vocal range of a bass-baritone or be able to circular breathe, Florence decided to live vicariously through others by way of musical collaborations. Recent highlights include bringing the Hundred Acre Woods to life in the Hudson Valley, tickling the ivories at National Sawdust, and strumming the keys at Casa di Riposo per Musicisti across the pond in Milan. She has worked alongside composers including Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, Christos Hatzis, Jake Heggie, and Libby Larsen. Her love of making music with others has led her to the Banff Centre as well as Si Parla, Si Canta as a faculty pianist.
Florence received her doctorate in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music and her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto. She recently held a position as a Collaborative Piano Fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music. Currently, Florence is based in Athens, Ohio, where she is the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at Ohio University.
Katie Masotti is a Soma® Certified Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) Provider located in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the founder of Masotti RPM Support LLC and works to provide meaningful learning opportunities for individuals with autism and other disorders through the implementation of RPM. Katie spent 5 years as a classroom special education teacher and has been practicing RPM for 8 years. Katie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Moderate/Intensive Special Education from Xavier University in 2014 and now serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University as a supervisor for student teachers receiving their degree in special education. . Katie has enjoyed supporting the Lynx Project’s Autism Advocacy Project as this continues to inspire her in the work she does with students every day.
Lynx Project History
Caitleen, Megan, Steve, and Florence met while completing their graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music. Passionate about communication in performance, and art song in particular, they formed Lynx Project in the summer of 2015. The goal of Lynx Project is to bring the incredible world of art song to a wider audience through intimate and inclusive performances and an exploration of the boundaries of traditional recital form.
Now, four years later, Lynx Project has grown beyond the four original members. Lynx Project supports young artists by offering meaningful performance opportunities that connect them to communities, such as the Autism Advocacy Series. Primarily based in Chicago and Cincinnati, Lynx proudly supports artists and song performances in multiple cities, and continues to be at the forefront of innovative art song performances in America.
By broadening the scope and nature of art song recitals, Lynx Project seeks to expand the audience base of classical music and increase appreciation for the songs and poetry that speak timelessly to the human condition.
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