Formed in 2010, the dream songs project has performed in venues across the Midwest. Alyssa Anderson and Joseph Spoelstra performed contemporary music together as members of RenegadeEnsemble before creating the dream songs project. The duo programs a wide range of repertoire, including guitar transcriptions of lute songs and opera arias, classical and romantic art songs written for the instrument, as well as modern pieces and newly commissioned works for the ensemble. Through the incubator program of Springboard for the Arts, the dream songs project is a not-for-profit organization.
Mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson’s vocal repertoire spans the ages from Baroque masterpieces to contemporary experimental music, with a focus on American and twentieth-century artsong and chamber music. A native of Falconer, NY, Alyssa received her BM in Vocal Performance from SUNY, College at Fredonia, and she completed her MM and DMA in Performance at the University of Minnesota with a doctoral thesis on the solo vocal music of American composer Henry Cowell. Alyssa has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Oratorio Society, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Twin Cities Lyric Theater, RenegadeEnsemble, the University of Minnesota’s New Music Ensemble, the University of Minnesota’s Bach Festival, the Jamestown Choral Society, the Fredonia College Choir, and Fredonia’s Festival Chorus. Alyssa is also the founder and artistic director of La Bonne Chanson, an artsong performance ensemble.
Classical guitarist Joseph Spoelstra has been heard in such halls as the historic Wilshire-Ebell Theater and Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles, the Guthrie Theater and Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, and Corbett Auditorium at CCM in Cincinnati. Joseph was featured in a live broadcast on KUSC in Los Angeles performing Dominick Argento’s Letters from Composers for voice and guitar. In addition to solo and chamber recitals, Joseph is a member of the Minneapolis-based contemporary classical music group, RenegadeEnsemble, a group specializing in the performance of works by living composers. Joseph holds his Master of Music from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota, where he was recipient of the John D. Chatterton scholarship. His primary teachers have been Brian Head, founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet William Kanengiser,
and Jeffrey Van.