The Dodworth Saxhorn Band is fortunate to have many fine vocalists (Ted Badgerow, Julie Craigo, Annie Klark, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Karl Schmidt) to help it bring the musical past to life. The DSB typically uses two vocalists, one female and one male, for a given concert. The vocalists sing, dance, and provide the stories throughout the concerts.
The DSB is very unique in that they teach about 19th century life and history while providing wonderful 19th century music on authentic period instruments. This is truly a one of a kind musical group. See below for more information about these three talented individuals.
Ted Badgerow began playing the flute at the age of eight, and often walked two country miles home from grade school playing "O! Sussana" and other Stephen Foster songs on his Hohner harmonica.Thanks to a scholarship from Sparta High School he attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and later helped put himself through Aquinas College (with a BA in Theatre and Spanish) by strolling with his guitar and taking song requests at Ed Meyer's restaurant. Ted had the good fortune to study classical guitar privately with Guillermo Fierens, a Segovia protegee and grand prize winner of the International Competition of the music of Villa-Lobos, and he enjoys performing pieces from the classical guitar repertory and transcribing spirituals for guitar and voice.
Ted also plays banjo and fife, and has directed church choirs and sung liturgical music for over forty years. He studies voice with Terri Griffon.
Tenor soloist of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band since 1999, Ted is featured on the band's Home Sweet Home CD, as well the River Raisin Ragtime Revue's Ragtime Detroit. He maintains a busy performance schedule with the DSB, and appears frequently as The Stroller Extraordinaire and with his soprano partners as Strolling Serenade and The Dodworth Duo. The luckiest tenor on earth, Ted considers himself blessed to perform with his supremely talented and remarkably untempermental soprano colleagues and friends Corie Root, Leah Dexter, Carol Ambrogio Wood, Celeste Headlee, Lori Gould, Annie Klark, Julie Craigo and Beth Mitchell. He and his wife Kathy are tickled to be recent grandparents.
After retiring from an award-winning career as a natural stone and tile designer and installer, Ted is currently hard at work establishing an Ypsilanti microbrewery in the Depotown area.
Annie Klark has been a working actor and musician throughout the Detroit Metro Area for over ten years. She graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Vocal Music Performance and English Literature. Since then, she has been a regular performer with Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, and has also appeared at numerous other theatres in the area, including the Toledo Opera, JET theatre, Trenton Village Theatre, Downriver Performing Arts Center, and the Marquis Theatre, among others. Annie is a professional church musician, as well as performing regularly with Brainstormers, a touring educational improv troupe. In addition to performing, Ms. Klark enjoys being an educator, serving as Children's Music Director at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Conductor of the MOT Children's Chorus Preparatory Choir, Director of Summer Children's Theatre Day Camp at the Marquis Theatre, and Co-Founder of 4th Wall Theatre Company for children with special needs.
Elizabeth Mitchell is a Soprano, and is a versatile performer whose repertoire ranges from opera to cabaret to art song. Professionally, she has performed throughout the United States with Ohio Light Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, Friends of the Opera of Michigan, Comic Opera Guild, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, and the Primo Passo Ensemble. Elizabeth is thrilled to be making her European and Austrian debut this August with Oper Im Park in St. Anton am Arlberg as the Knusperhexe, the Gingerbread Witch, and Gertrud, the Mother, in Humperdincks Hansel und Gretel. Favorite past roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Mercedes in Carmen, Marie in The Most Happy Fella, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore, and Mistress Page in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor. She can also be heard as Mrs. VanDare on Ohio Light Opera's recording of The Firefly (Albany Records). Ms. Mitchell received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and her Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan, both in Vocal Performance and with scholarship. Awards include Utah District Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Competition, an international finalist at the Lotte Lenya Competition for Singers, and a semi-finalist at the International Czech and Slovak Competition. In addition to performing, Ms. Mitchell teaches private voice and piano lessons and is Gallery Manager at Pierre Paul Design in Ann Arbor. To learn more, visit www.bethsings.com.
KARL SCHMIDT has had a long and varied career as a performer and an educator. As a vocalist, he has been featured in Michigan Opera Theatre Mainstage productions of Orpheus, Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, Salome and The Magic Flute. He has been an artist-in-residence with M.O.T.'s Community Programs Dept., which gives hundreds of performances each year in schools and communities throughout the state of Michigan and beyond. He has also sung roles with Toledo Opera, Opera Mid-Michigan, and Arbor Opera Theatre. His operatic credits include Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La Boheme', Alfredo in La Traviata and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. On the concert stage, Mr. Schmidt has been a soloist with many Detroit-area symphonies, including the DSO, the Dearborn Symphony and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, for performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, The Bach Magnificat, Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, and numerous "Pops" concerts. Karl has sung around the world on the cruise ships of the Royal Viking Line, and performed at the prestigious Cayman International Music Festival. Among numerous turns for the Musical Theatre he has essayed the roles of John Adams in 1776, Oliver Warbucks in Annie and the title role in Sweeney Todd. (He has also played Hero and Miles in several productions of "Forum..."). Since Karl began working on the other side of the footlights, he has been Music Director and conductor for productions of Fiddler on the Roof, The Boy Friend, The Fantasticks, Johnny Pye, Company and A Funny Thing Happened... Mr. Schmidt has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and has taught voice and directed choirs and musicals at Oakland University and Macomb College. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Music and teaches voice at Hillsdale College and Concordia University Ann Arbor. Karl resides in Chelsea.