Meet our 2023 Artists

We are thrilled to welcome back our soprano and mezzo soloists as well as introduce our new baritone and tenor soloists for this year's Messiah Sing-along! You won't want to miss these talented musicians. 

2023 Artists

Steven Williams


Steven Williams is a husband, father of three, Director of the Colorado Saints Chorale, and business immigration attorney. Steven received his B.A. in Music from Brigham Young University and has studied classical and jazz piano and voice. As a part of the Chorale for the last seven years, and as Director or Associate Director for five of those years, he has gained a profound appreciation for the power of music to deepen compassion and unify groups and communities by drawing us closer to Christ and each other. He particularly wants to thank his wife, Kristen, for her enduring support, and Cornerstone Productions LLP for their incredible support of the Chorale and the incredible good they do in the community.

Jennifer Allen

Soprano Soloist

Making her mark as a “stunning sparkling” soprano (The Salt Lake Tribune) Jennifer Allen received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from The University of Utah. During her time in Utah she had opportunities to perform both locally and internationally. Highlights include being a featured soloist in a Utah pioneer commemorative production at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. Singing with La Musica Lirica’s International Music Festival in Urbania Italy. Performing the lead soprano role in the Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble’s production of Smetna’s, The Bartered Bride. Since moving to Colorado, Jennifer has performed the role of Mary Magdalene in Rob Gardner's Lamb of God  and sung as a soprano soloist with Parker Symphony and Colorado Saints Chorale. Jennifer loves this opportunity to come together and sing this sacred piece as a community and is continually grateful for the support of her loving husband and their four boys.

Ellen Wheat

Mezzo Soloist

Ellen Wheat, a passionate coloratura soprano, performs sacred music with deep understanding and reverence. 

She began her musical journey as a young violinist, and her love for classical music led her to earn a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University-Idaho, studying under the tutelage of Eda Ashby.

Ellen is an active performer in religious, oratorio, and recital fields, captivating audiences with her performances of "Martha" in Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God" and "Hear Ye Israel" in Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah." Besides her solo work, Ellen is also a member of Cornerstone Chorale, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and teaches voice and violin privately.

Ellen is honored to sing as the Mezzo Soprano Soloist this year and thanks her husband and family for all their support.

Dan Kiester

Tenor Soloist

Mr. Dan Kiester has been performing for over 30 years in a variety of genres, from opera, choral, musicals, and, more recently, as the lead singer in a local rock band. Dan loves to sing wherever and for whomever will listen. 

His most recent performances range from the role as Judas in “The Lamb of God” and singing in his band “Bush League” at venues across the Denver metro area. Dan studied voice with Dr. Cindy Dewey, (Vocal Dept. head, Utah State University) and Mr. Ken Cox, (Dept. Chair of Opera Theater at Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver). 

Dante Mireles

Baritone Soloist

Dante Mireles is from McAllen, Texas, and first began singing opera in high school as a chorister in South Texas Lyric Opera's productions. Mireles received his Bachelor of Music in voice from Texas Christian University where he received the Nordan Music Scholarship. During Mireles's years at TCU, he performed in several productions with the TCU Opera Studio and Fort Worth Opera. Mireles received his master's degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Cesar Ulloa. Most notable among his performances at SFCM include Ariadne auf Naxos (Music Master), Firebird Motel (Trooper), Hansel and Gretel (Father), and Clemenza di Tito (Publio). Mireles had his professional debut in 2019 as “Polidarte” in Handel’s Giustino. Mireles spent the ’22-’23 season as one of Opera Colorado's Artists in Residence where in the company's mainstage season, he sang in Rigoletto (Marullo) and Die tote Stadt (Fritz cover). In Opera Colorado's touring productions, Mireles sings in The Pirates of Penzance (Major General) and Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio and The Prince). Mireles spent this past summer at Aspen Music Festival and recently played “Everybody” in Seagle Music Festival’s production of Lucinda y las Flores de la nochebuena, and is thrilled to be singing his first Messiah with Denver Messiah Sing!