Paul is a native of Memphis, TN. He spent ten years in the Bay Area, receiving his MM in 2005 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and performing many main-stage roles with various companies, including Opera San Jose, West Edge Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Opera Bangkok, the Silicon Valley Symphony, the San Francisco Bach Choir, the San Jose Symphonic Choir, the Sonoma County Bach Choir, Chora Nova, the Mendocino Music Festival, and the Santa Rosa Symphony.
He has served on the faculty of CSU Fresno and Santa Clara University. Now back in Memphis, while pursuing a doctorate at the University of Memphis, he is adjunct faculty at Rhodes College, and is a member of the Rhodes Mastersingers and Beale Canto.
Paul "Woodie" Whited
Emanuele Nocco studied trumpet at the music school in his hometown, Varese (Italy). After a master degree in biomedical engineering, together with his engineering profession he studied singing with particular attention to early music. In Varese, for several years, he sang in the Coro Santa Maria del Monte and in the Varese Chamber Choir, both conducted by Gabriele Conti. In 2002 he was selected to joint the World Youth Choir, in which he sang under international conductors such as Tonu Kaljuste, Florian Heyerick, Johannes Prinz, Maria Guinand, Filippo Maria Bressan and Grete Pedersen. He took part in projects and recording sessions wth the World Chamber Choir with Roberto Gini, Peter Dijkstra and Tonu Kaljuste. He also sang with the Namur Chamber Choir (Jean-Claude Malgoire) and with the Madrigalisti Ambrosiani (Gianluca Capuano) and took part in several productions and recordings with the RSI Choir conducted by Diego Fasolis.
As bass solo he has performed the main sacred works by W. A. Mozart, Bach Cantatas, baroque music by Claudio Monteverdi and other masters from the Italian baroque, such as Antonio Caldara, Antonio Lotti. He devotes time to transcribing manuscripts and printed music from the Renaissance to the Classical age, in particular from Italian composers (Feo, Fioroni, Manna, Leo, etc.) and from the Classical period in Vienna (Eybler, Hummel, etc.).