Artistic Staff

Artistic Director
Dr. Patrick Coyle

Dr. Patrick Coyle has been a full-time resident of Saugatuck since 2011, and has become active in West Michigan’s performing arts community.  He is Director of Music at historic Park Church in Grand Rapids, overseeing a staff of fourteen musicians and dozens of volunteers.  Dr. Coyle also serves Opera Grand Rapids as Chorus Master; in this season alone, he has prepared their performances of the Verdi Requiem, Gluck’s Orfée et Euridice, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Romberg’s The Student Prince.  He is a lover of theatre as well, having served as Music Director at Mason Street Warehouse, Farmer’s Alley and Western Michigan University.   Invested heavily in the community, he is presently serving on the Boards of Directors for both the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck and Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

Dr. Coyle received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, focusing on both orchestral and choral conducting.  He also holds degrees from Furman University, Converse College and Emory University.  Following his doctoral studies in Cincinnati, he conducted at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Men’s Chorus and Northern Kentucky University, among others, and conducted performance tours in Rome, Florence, Cannes, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.  He has eight commercially-available recordings to his credit, and has published music for choir, chamber orchestra, children, piano and handbells.

Coyle has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including the Mayor’s Award for Service to the Arts and the Enduring Spirit Award (both in Cincinnati), Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and the Massey Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Accompanist
Kristin Baron

Kristin was born and raised in Holland, MI, where she graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2010 and went on to study music at Hope College. Kristin received several academic and music scholarships that gave her the opportunity to study organ with Dr. Huw Lewis, voice with Dr. Brad Richmond, and piano with Dr. Andrew Le.

While at Hope, she was selected to play solo organ twice for the DeVos Musical Showcase, and was the 2013 Vespers organist. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education/Organ in May of 2014, she then started her work as the Associate Director of Music at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, where she continues to serve.

Currently, she accompanies for many local schools (Holland Christian, Holland Public, Hamilton), directs the West Michigan Children’s Choir, and looks forward to accompanying the Chorale. In whatever spare time might be found, she enjoys cooking, going to the beach in all seasons, and traveling. Summer 2020 is looking bright, when she gets to marry her best friend & fellow musician, Aaron Goodyke.

Vocal Consultant
Nicholas Loren

Nicholas Loren

Nicholas Loren is West Michigan’s preeminent vocal instructor, with a studio of over 100 singers from cities including Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.  He is the master teacher of choice for voice faculties from Western Michigan University, Cornerstone University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Lewis University in Chicago, as well as numerous choral directors from area high schools. A retired tenor, Nicholas sang his first full opera at age nineteen and went on to enjoy an extensive performance career.  He sang over forty-five leading roles with dozens of American opera companies and symphony orchestras.  The Washington Post heralded him as “a major discovery” and British magazine Opera wrote, “Nicholas Loren thrilled consistently with emotionally gripping bravura singing.”

Other significant debuts made by this distinguished artist include his recital and concert appearances at Carnegie Hall and his critically acclaimed bow with L’Opera Francais de New York at Lincoln Center under the baton of conductor Y’ves Abel.  On the international scene, he enjoyed tremendous successes with the Vancouver Opera and the State Theatre of Pretoria South Africa.  He earned degrees in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.  The Holland Chorale is grateful to have Nicholas on staff as their vocal consultant. Nicholas’ web site is located at www.nicholasloren.com.