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Wed, May 26, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern

Room 2: Penn State University -
The Acting Singer

The Acting Singer
Explore a deeper connection to the words and context of arias and songs by mirroring intention with musical, vocal, and physical expression. The result is a more personal and complete performance.
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Presenters: Jennifer Trost and Ted Christopher


Ted Christopher

Ted Christopher received baccalaureate and master’s degrees in vocal performance and opera from the Curtis Institute of Music. He supplemented his studies as a member of the Juilliard Opera Center and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. He received his doctorate in musical arts from the Eastman School of Music in 2009. He currently serves on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University, where he is Artistic Director of Penn State Opera Theatre. He previously served on the faculties of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Memphis. Additionally, he has been instructor of voice and director of high school operetta at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Festival.

Jennifer Trost

Praised for her “brilliant voice” and “intense portrayals,” Jennifer Trost has enjoyed a distinguished singing career, mainly in Germany as a leading artist at the Wuppertal Opera and nine years as a soloist at the renowned Bavarian State Opera. Other highlights include the Salzburg Music Festival, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Opéra de Paris Garnier, the BBC Proms in London, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Hollywood Bowl. Trost is currently Professor of Music at The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches voice, as well as the song literature and opera literature courses.

Room 3: Southern Methodist University

Listen to singers perform their planned repertoire and address technical and musical points.
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Presenter: Barbara Hill Moore

BARBARA HILL MOORE, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty is the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Professor of Voice at Southern Methodist University She has enjoyed a distinguished career as artist/teacher for more than 55 years, performing in concert, oratorio and in opera, throughout America, Asia and Europe where she is recognized for her interpretation of the role of Jenny in more than 50 performances of Kurt Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper (ThreePenny Opera), in Berlin and Cologne in Philadelphia. She has served as Master Teacher for the NATS Internship Program and holds the B. S. and M. S. degrees from Lincoln University and the University of Illinois, respectively.

Wed, May 26, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Room 1: Washington Nat'l Opera YAP Director Robert Ainsley Masterclass:
YAP Auditions and Tips

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Presenter: Rob Ainsley

Active as an opera fanatic and factotum since 2001, Rob Ainsley has explored every facet of the art form across the country, and lives to pass on his enthusiasm to others. He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, Mannes College of Music, and the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera.

He is now the Director of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, seeking out and grooming the finest young American singers, composers, and librettists for international careers. Robert has inspired hundreds of young artists and thousands of audience members to share his passion, and prides himself on the friendships he has formed along the way.

Room 2: Butler University Masterclass -
All About the Text!

Learn to sing with great diction and strong communication skills.
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Presenters: Oliver Worthington and Dana Zenobi

Oliver Worthington is the head of the Voice Area at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN).
Dana Zenobi teaches Diction, Literature and Pedagogy classes at Butler.

Room 3: Carnegie Mellon University Masterclass -
Putting it All Together

The purpose of this class is to provide the student with the proper skills necessary for the development of good vocal technique. This includes a discussion and demonstration of correct posture, good breath support, resonance, musicality, and good performance techniques. “Putting it all together” is the goal.
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Presenter: Maria Spacagna

Maria Spacagna has been a regular guest artist at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the Dallas Opera, Florentine Opera of Milwaukee, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera Festival, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Teatro San Carlo, the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, the Spoleto Festival, the Zurich Opera,  Bavarian State Opera of Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Theater of Cologne, Opera Theater of Montreal, Canadian Opera, Shanghai Grand Opera, Capetown Opera of South Africa and many others. She was the first American-born artist to perform the role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at La Scala.

Wed, May 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Eastern

Room 1: Masterclass with Casting Director Michael Cassara

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Presenter: Michael Cassara

Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director) recent credits include Mr. Holland’s Opus (dir. BD Wong, upcoming/2021), An American In Paris (international tour, dir. Christopher Wheeldon), The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Company, dir. Stephen Brackett), Spamilton (NYC/Chicago/Pittsburgh CLO/current tour), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre, dir. Scott Schwartz),  Enter Laughing (York Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (last three editions/cast albums), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere). Regional credits include productions for Gulfshore Playhouse, Asolo Rep, Argyle Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ogunquit Playhouse, Hangar Theatre, San Jose Rep, and many others. Resident Casting Director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013, and previously for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) from 2007-2019. Native Clevelander, member of the Casting Society of America. BFA, Otterbein University. MichaelCassara.net / @michaelcassara

Room 2: University of New Mexico -
Singing in the Land of Enchantment

Welcome! In this class, we’ll guide students to great technique, inspire effective, artistic, musical communication, and most importantly, honor singers in who they are and where they want to go. We love any opportunity to share information about UNM’s dynamic Music Department and the beautiful state of New Mexico!
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Presenters:

Kristin Ditlow, DMA; Olga Flora, DMA; James Flora, Michael Hix, DMA; Paula Corbin Swalin

The UNM Voice and Opera Faculty are united in our commitment to nurturing and training the whole artist. Our program is outstanding, and the faculty equally committed to all singers, undergraduate, graduate, music education and performance majors alike. Our students, who are recognized for excellence at local, regional, and national competitions, regularly continue their education at some of the country’s top-ranking music schools and conservatories. Our alumni appear in performances around the world and serve on music faculties throughout the country.

Wed, May 26, 7:30 – 8:30 pm Eastern

Room 1: Masterclass with Broadway Star Meghan Picerno -
Christine from Phantom of the Opera

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Coloratura Soprano Meghan Picerno recently made her highly-anticipated Broadway début, and currently stars as iconic leading lady, Christine Daaé, in Broadway’s longest running production, The Phantom of the Opera after delighting audiences with her performances as Christine on the World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera, and in the US Premiere/1st National Tour of Love Never Dies. Fan favorite, Meghan was prestigiously named Top 10 Broadway replacements of 2019 (Broadway Box). Meghan’s impeccable portrayal and vocal performance as Christine Daaé led to special invitations from Andrew Lloyd Webber to represent his body of work in performance on the ITV television broadcast of the Classic BRIT Awards, and on the Live at Chelsea Concert Series honoring his 70th birthday.

Room 2: University of Alabama Masterclass -
Auditions for Everything: What’s on the Horizon

This masterclass will focus on the new frontier of Zoom/online auditions, audition by recordings only, and the hopeful return to live auditions, both for college and young artists programs. The class will include technical reminders, such as lighting and camera angle, etc., as well as musical preparation and dress, and a reminder of live-audition protocols.
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Presenters: Paul Houghtaling and Susan Williams


Paul Houghtaling

Susan Williams

The University of Alabama School of Music is the largest music program in the state, and the voice and opera program offers a comprehensive learning experience and meaningful performance opportunities to prepare students for careers in the music industry. Dr. Paul Houghtaling is the Director of Opera at Alabama. He has performed and directed widely in a variety of styles and is the Immediate Past President of the National Opera Association. Dr. Susan Williams has performed extensively in opera and recital including appearances in Cuba, India, and Tajikistan. Full bios may be found at https://music.ua.edu/faculty-staff/

Room 3: Adrian Dunn Masterclass -
Music in the Time of Black Lives Matter: Contemporary, Popular and Musical Theater

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Presenter: Adrian Dunn

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Adrian Dunn is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and producer. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in Voice from The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University with additional musical studies in opera at The Sibelius Academy of Music in Finland.

Mr. Dunn has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Blossom Festival Chorus, and as a soloist with the North Shore Choral Society. He has sung in the CCM Spoleto Opera Festival in Spoleto, Italy and is a frequent soloist in Handel’s Messiah. He sang the lead role in the 2017 Chicago premiere of the Paul Laurence Dunbar opera The Poet and in 2016 served as the opera chorus master for the midwest premiere of the opera Harriet Tubman – When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with the South Shore Opera Company of Chicago.

As an active professional singer, producer, and songwriter, Mr. Dunn has had the privilege of working with gospel greats such as Tremaine Hawkins, Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, Lamar Campbell, Damien Sneed, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Smokie Norful, Jonathan Nelson, and many more. He was awarded Album Producer of the Year for AME Live featuring the AME International Mass Choir from the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. He has served on music staff for the AME General Conference in Philadelphia (2016) and in Nashville (2012). He opened the 2014 Thomas Dorsey National Convention of Choirs and Choruses for the AME Mass Choir. He is the album producer for the 2015 release AME 200: Celebrating 200 years of the AME church.  

Mr. Dunn is a MacArthur grant recipient for his original work Hopera: A Hip Hop Opera.  He was nominated for Best Music Director from the Black Theater Alliance Awards for his work Hopera: a Hip Hop Opera. He has opened for international Hip Hop Recording Artist The Roots at Indiana University. He served as principle vocal coach for Kanye West’s artist development program Donda’s House. He was a featured artist and vocal coach for the live DVD recording of the Higher Ground Gospel Choir in Helsinki, Finland. He has toured throughout the US, South Africa, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Scandinavia.

Mr. Dunn has been a guest artist and presented lectures at The University of Wisconsin Madison, The School of the Art Institute, McCormick Theological Seminary, Clark Atlanta University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago, Bowling Green State University, University of California Irvine, California State University, West Virginia University, The University of Calgary, Governors State University and The University of Chicago. He is the former Artistic Director of the Legacy Black Music Project. He completed writing his first book in 2014 entitled Your Voice Unleashed: A Singers Guide to Healthier, Smarter, Sustainable Singing.

Currently, Mr. Dunn released his most recent album and second book entitled Redemption: A collection of spirituals & gospel songs in seeking justice for Black lives. He recently wrote the opening music for WWE’s Wrestle Mania 35 and completed a national album & book tour of the Redemption. He is a voice faculty member at the Theater Conservatory at Roosevelt University & The New Music School in downtown Chicago, IL. Mr. Dunn’s private voice students can be seen in Broadway National tours of  LION KING, GHOST, KINKY BOOTS, RENT, BET’s show Sunday Best, Drury Lane Theater, The Paramount Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, and as background vocalists for major record label artists on tour throughout the US and abroad.

Thursday, May 27, 1:30 – 2:30 pm Eastern

Room 1: AAMS International Summer Music Institute, Finland -
MASTERCLASS

The AAMS and International Summer Music Institute in Finland (on virtual this summer) will be offering information for European music Schools, young artist programs, a master class with Ulla Raiski, Mezzo and Kristjan Mõisnik, Bass-Baritone, Sibelius-Akatemia, Finland; Daniele Piatelli, Kunstuniversität Graz, Austria; Mira Yang, Soprano, George Mason University & Kennedy Center. The singers may sign up to sing any repertoires and/or join in the conversation. All four faculty members will take turns giving comments. It will be very beneficial to observe the class, as well.
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Presenters:

Daniele Piattelli, vocal coach. Since 2017 coach at the University of Graz. Former coach for Royal Danish Opera Academy and Arena di Verona. He collaborated with Caramoor Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Tokyo New National Theatre, Teatro Regio di Torino. He graduated in piano at the Florence Conservatory, in Vocal Accompanying at Manhattan School and was a Young Artist at San Francisco Opera and Teatro alla Scala.
Kristjan Mõisnik, Bass-Baritone, Opera singer / Lecturer of vocal performance in Sibelius Academy, University Arts. He performed over 40 operatic roles in Finland, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Spain. His most important roles are Sarastro, König Marke, Padre Guardiano, Leporello, Publio, Sparafucile, Gremin, Colline etc. He also performed for Faure “Requiem”, Bach “St John-Passion” and “St Matthew-Passion”, Schubert “Winterreise”, Schumann “Dichterliebe”, Brahms “Vier ernste Gesänge”, Mussorgski “Songs and dances of death.”
Ulla Raiskio, Mezzo, Lecturer of vocal performance in Sibelius Academy, University of Arts, and was Senior Lecturer at the Tampere Conservatoire, and former Helsinki Metropolia University. She is the chairwoman of the Lied-academy of Finland. She teaches voice, voice pedagogy, Lied, opera and Contemporary Singing. She performed with Finnish National Opera, Ilmajoki Music Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival, International Opera Studio in Zürich. She earned her Master of Music from the Opera Class of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
Mira Yang, soprano, earned her D.M.A. from The Catholic University of America, Master of Music from Peabody Conservatory, Artists Diploma from Der Hochschule Mozarteum, Altenburg Academy in Germany, Societa dei Concerti in Italy. She is president of the AAMS Opera, Community Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center, and Voice Professor at the George Mason University. She performed with the Washington National Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and appeared in many leading roles with regional opera companies.

Kristjan Möisnik

Ulla Raiskio

Mira Yang

Room 2: 5 Things You Won't Learn in Music School that will Change your Life and Career - Presented by Minda Larsen

What if I told you that artists don’t need to suffer? You can live the life of your dreams, book the jobs you desire and have enough money. You can, because I did! I struggled for 15 years as a performing artist in NYC before turning my life around, booking dream gigs, traveling the world, and living on Central Park. I started to realize that i was responsible for my fate. That I had power to change my life and my career. This class will highlight the top 5 things I learned on my journey – that I didn’t learn in music school or conservatory, that changed my life and career!
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Presenter: Minda Larsen

Minda Larsen is an actor, singer and voice teacher in New York City with nearly 20 years experience as a professional singer and actor. Most recently, she has appeared on television (FOX, HBO, and CBS) and with the New York Philharmonic (Carousel) and made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2019. Her award-winning original cabaret shows have been seen across the country in jazz and music festivals and headliner on all major cruise lines. She has traveled to over 80 countries performing her original one-woman shows. Minda’s voice students can be seen on Broadway (Frozen, A Bronx Tale, Harry Potter, Caroline or Change, The Ferryman) and in numerous off-Broadway productions. She is passionate about working with students not just on technique, but the healthy pursuit of a career in the arts. Minda is a frequent guest contributor to Classical Singer Magazine (CSMUSIC.net) Minda has spoken at college universities across the country. Minda holds a Master’s Degree in vocal performance (classical voice) from the Manhattan School of Music.

Thurs, May 27, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Room 1: Dan Micciche Broadway Masterclass -
Music Director/Conductor of Broadway's Wicked

Dan Micciche is the current music director/ conductor of WICKED on Broadway and has been with the show for 6 years and counting including the national/ international tour. For the first 6 years of living in NYC he started out as an actor and played Mary Sunshine in CHICAGO for 2000 preformances on Broadway as well as the national tour/ Japanese/ Thailand companies. Carnegie Hall/ The Kennedy Center: Bernstein’s MASS. Recordings: Bernstein’s MASS (Grammy nom 08’) 54 Below shows: Jessica Vosk/ Patrick Page. Workshops: Stu for Silverton. Masterclasses at major Universities/ Colleges as well a voice coach here in NYC. Education: The Boston Conservatory of Music ‘07. Instagram: @danmicciche/ Twitter: @danpmicciche

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Room 2: Opera Masterclass with Gerald Finley

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Grammy-award winning Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley is a leading singer and dramatic interpreter of his generation, with acclaimed performances at the world’s major opera and concert venues and award-winning recordings on CD and DVD with major labels in a wide variety of repertoire. Mr Finley’s career is devoted to the wide range of vocal art, encompassing opera, orchestral and song, collaborating with the greatest orchestras and conductors of our time.

He began with the baritone roles of Mozart; his Don Giovanni and Count in Le nozze di Figaro have been heard live throughout the world and on DVD. Recent signature roles include Guillaume Tell, J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adam’s Dr. Atomic, and Jaufré Rudel in Saariaho’s L’amour de loin. He created Harry Heegan in Mark Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie.

Thurs, May 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Room 1: Converse College

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Presenter: Emalie Savoy

Lauded as ‘remarkable’ by the New York Times, soprano Emalie Savoy is the newest addition to Converse’s vocal faculty. First Prize Winner at the 2015 ARD Munich Competition, Emalie has sung frequently with the Metropolitan Opera (including in the Met’s HD Live Series) and appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, among many other groups.

Room 2: Respiro Opera, NYC -
Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and Yoga for Singers

Respiro Opera, NYC body work faculty will give a short introduction to their various disciplines: Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Yoga for Singers
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LeAnn Overton, founder and artistic director of Respiro Opera, NYC. Faculty Manhattan School of Music; Montclair State University. Title Caller Metropolitan Opera. Affiliations with Metropolitan Opera Guild. Music Director, conductor, accompanist, pedagogue. Summer programs include; Vocal Arts Festival of Colorado Springs; MSM Summer!; Lingua e Canto; Oberlin in Italy. Respiro faculty: Lori Schiff Alexander Technique, Jan Prokop Body Mapping, Barbara Fusco-Spera Yoga for Singers.

Room 3: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

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Presenter: Catherine Cook

Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano, has excelled in a wide range of roles with leading opera companies throughout the United States. A former Merola participant and Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, she has performed more than 50 roles in over 300 performances with San Francisco opera over a span of 25 years. A National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera competition, Ms. Cook has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Santa Fe opera. A Champion of new music, Catherine has sung in World premieres by Tobias Picker (Dolores Claiborne), Jake Heggie (Dead Man Walking), Tom Cipullo (After Life and The Parting), and Stewart Wallace (Bonesetter’s Daughter). Her discography includes Dead Man Walking/Erato, Beethoven Ninth Symphony/Centaur, After Life/Naxos, and The Parting/Naxos. Ms. Cook received a BM from Millikin University, an MM from Wichita State University, and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As an educator, Catherine has been on the Voice Faculty at SFCM since 2006, where she currently holds the Frederica von Stade Distinguished Chair in Voice. Her students have been invited to participate in the Young Artist Programs at Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Opera, Central City Opera, Portland Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Teatro Nuovo. Ms. Cook is a frequent guest master class teacher, adjudicator, and gives workshops on audition technique. Catherine lives in Daly City with her husband and two children.

Thurs, May 27, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Room 1: Longy School of Music - The 21st Century Singer

There is not one way to be an artist; creativity and the need to communicate crosses boundaries of vocal style and genre. Why not let these boundaries be crossed freely, and let all facets of our musical interests influence one another? This class will accept singers and repertoire of many genres: from early styles, classical, contemporary, to MT, pop, and rock. Let’s dive into what we do vocally to be genuinely stylistic and give our best vocal performance.
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Presenter: Carol Mastrodomenico

Carol Mastrodomenico maintains an active schedule as a guest soloist with choruses, orchestras and other ensembles. She excels in the interpretation of oratorio and contemporary opera. As an accomplished recitalist she has performed programs ranging from premieres of contemporary chamber music to cabaret programs involving interaction with the audience. She has a great love for Spanish Repertoire and continues to uncover unpublished Spanish and Latin American music. She has developed Spanish and Latin American Repertoire courses for Longy School of Music of Bard College. Ms. Mastrodomenico is the stage director of both the Tufts University Opera Ensemble and the Longy School of Music of Bard College’s Opera Experience. A champion of new music, Ms. Mastrodomenico commissions new operas regularly. She produced and directed Thomas Stumpf’s adaption of Oscar Wilde’s Nightingale and the Rose and The Happy Prince in February 2020. Her work with musical theater extended to directing 35 MM by Ryan Scott Oliver, for Longy School of Music this past May. Ms. Mastrodomenico is just as passionate about vocal pedagogy and teaching voice. She has developed online masterclasses for Opera Programs Berlin, most recently “The Whole Instrument” with colleague Sarah Whitten. She is part of the Teaching Online: Vocal Technique, Resources and Strategies where she teaches sessions on “Post-Vocal Trauma Training” and “Strategies for Mental Toughness: Reclaiming your voice”.

 

Room 3: Royal Caribbean Productions Masterclass -
Behind The Table: Insights Into Auditioning

Join members of the casting team from Royal Caribbean Productions as they discuss the in’s and out’s of auditioning for the commercial theater. With over 135 production shows aboard 26 ships (including 7 Broadway-style musicals), Royal Caribbean Productions has become the standard bearer for entertainment-at-sea. You are invited to listen in to a frank and open conversation about the challenges and opportunities of auditioning, insights into Royal Caribbean’s specific casting needs and wants, as well as one-on-one coaching with masterclass participants on their audition material.
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Presenters


Ryan Saab

Ryan Saab, Sr. Manager, Casting Operations
Ryan Saab is currently the Head of Casting for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and leads all operational responsibilities and strategy for the recruitment of over 1200 performers annually. He is part of the Executive Producing Team which oversees all existing production show operations and development and execution of new productions for all new ship builds.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown, Lead, Talent Casting
Greg Brown is an in-demand music director, arranger, orchestrator, vocal coach, concert and collaborative pianist, as well as teaching artist and professor. His body of work includes The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway, Chicago), Monty Python’s Spamalot (1stNational Tour),The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews (International tour), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Atlantic Theater, Theatreworks USA, New York Musical Theatre Festival, National Alliance For Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, North Shore Music Theater, Two River Theater, CAP 21, Weston Playhouse, The Music Theatre Company, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Capitol Repertory Theater, and Goodspeed Musicals, among others. He has played nearly 60 touring Broadway productions, including Wicked, Evita, Kinky Boots, Beautiful, Book Of Mormon, and many others.

Thurs, May 27, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Room 1: Musical Theatre Masterclass with Nic Rouleau
Star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon

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Nic Rouleau is best known for his record-breaking run in the “The Book of Mormon” where he played Elder Price for over 2500 performances on Broadway, in Chicago, and in London on the West End. After performing Elder Price for 6.5 years, Nic most recently went on to open the First National Tour of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Tony-winner Betty Buckley. On television, Nic was featured on the 2012 Tony Awards live broadcast alongside Neil Patrick Harris. He can also be seen as Daddy’s Boy in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 1 on Netflix.

Room 2: Opera Masterclass with Rachel Willis-Sorensen

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American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen is known for her diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner. A regular guest at the leading opera houses around the world,  Le Monde enthused, “…the American soprano has without a doubt one of the most impressive voices in the opera world. The timbre, of marmoreal beauty, is striking, the projection telluric…”

Ms. Willis-Sørensen opens the 2020/21 season at Opéra national de Bordeaux with her role debut as “Violetta” in La Traviata. This is followed by her house debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as “Leonora” in Il Trovatore. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she returns to the role of “Elsa” in Wagner’s Lohengrin, and makes her debut as “Elisabeth” in Verdi’s Don Carlo. To celebrate the holiday season, she performs “Mimi” in La Bohème opposite Jonas Kaufmann.

Room 3: Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Tap into your artistry now, at any level, by remembering that you sing because you have something to say! In this class, I will guide students on how to allow their healthy vocal technique to always serve the text, character and story for performances and auditions that highlight your artistic potential. Please present a classical art song in any language, a full song in any style of musical theater, or an MT audition “package” of two 16 bar cuts.
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Presenter: Teresa Blume

Teresa Winner Blume has been Head of Voice at Walnut Hill School for the Arts for six years. She uses her training and experience as a professional singer (opera, concert, musical theatre and recital, mostly recently featured with the Boston Pops) to train and nurture young classical and theater majors. Her teaching philosophy is to build healthy vocal technique while guiding young artists towards expressive, authentic performances. Walnut Hill is a private arts high school for boarding and day students outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Her students have gone on to pursue degrees at Eastman, Harvard, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Boston Conservatory, Oklahoma City University, Oberlin and more.


Thurs, May 27, 9:00 – 10:00 pm

Room 1: Nathan & Julie Gunn Masterclass

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About the Gunns

Julie Jordan Gunn has performed on many of the world’s most prestigious recital series, with major opera, musical theater and classical artists, and her husband and artistic partner Nathan Gunn.  As co-Director of LyricTheatre@Illinois, she produces several operas or musical theatre works a year at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  She enjoys teaching performance, composition, and production, and conducting sung theatre.  She is particularly committed to new works as a co-producer, a pianist, or as a conductor.  The Gunns’ production company, Shot in the Dark Productions Inc, engages with communities all over the United States to celebrate American music.

 

Nathan Gunn is widely acclaimed for his career as a performer, creator, advocate and teacher.

As a performer, Nathan has performed many of opera and musical theater’s greatest roles on the world’s most prestigious stages, and in television, radio, video, and live simulcast performances, Nathan believes that music is a living art form and has championed dozens of new works in a multitude of venues, often with the Gunns’ production company Shot in the Dark.

Nathan is Professor and Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois where he is co-director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, a comprehensive program embracing a broad continuum of opera and musical theatre.

Fri, May 28, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Room 1: Musical Theatre Masterclass with Telly Leung
Broadway star from Aladdin

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Telly Leung is a New York City native, Broadway performer, recording artist, producer, & theater arts teacher. His Broadway & national touring credits include Aladdin in Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway, In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei & Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, and Flower Drum Song.

In 2010, he starred as Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on “Glee”. Telly is featured as a coach for the Jimmy Awards in the PBS documentary, “Broadway or Bust”. He can be heard on many original Broadway cast recordings and has released two solo albums – I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) – on The Yellow Sound Label. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He has taught master classes and courses at American universities like NYU, Nazareth College, The University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon and Point Park and has been a guest teacher at drama programs all over the world, from Edinburgh to Tokyo.

Room 2: Boston University

Join Penelope Bitzas from Boston University School of Music as she works with singers on their vocal technique and presentation.
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Presenter: Penelope Bitzas

Mezzo-soprano, Penelope Bitzas is an Associate Professor of Music in Voice at Boston University. She received her BM degree from Ithaca College, magna cum laude and her MM from The New England Conservatory of Music. She has performed in a wide variety of musical genres, including opera, contemporary music, solo recital, orchestral performances and Greek music. She has appeared as a soloist under such notable conductors as Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Luciano Berio, Richard Westenberg and George Tsontakis. She has concertized in the United States, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey and Venezuela. Her students have been winners and finalists of numerous competitions and are actively singing all over the world. In 2013 she took over the reigns as the director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Vocal Program.

Fri, May 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Room 2: Mannes School of Music Masterclass

Join acclaimed Mannes School of Music Voice Faculty member William Burden for a very special masterclass. Students studying at Mannes in NYC receive highly focused technical training in weekly private voice lessons, as well as opera coaching, language and diction classes, and vocal repertory electives.
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Presenter: William Burden

American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, New Orleans Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Madrid’s Teatro Real and the Saito Kinen Festival.

Room 3: University of Miami Frost School of Music Masterclass -
Audition is not a dirty word

Do you want to feel more comfortable with auditioning whether is be for college, a Young Artist Program, or a professional gig? You won’t want to miss this class!
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Presenter: Frank Ragsdale

Dr. Frank Wayne Ragsdale, is Associate Professor of Voice, Chair, and Program Director of the Department of Vocal Performance, at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC where he teaches a variety of styles of voice including classical, music theatre (legit, belt, and mix), pop, rock, and country. His students have gone on to graduate programs at Eastman, Indiana University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Rice, and young artist programs such as Seagle Music Colony, Glimmerglass, Merola, and Tri-Cities Opera. They have sung with Houston Grand Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Opera Omaha, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. Many have secured agents and subsequently been hired by some of the top theaters in the country, including Lincoln Center (Broadway), Longacre Theater (Broadway) Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Casa Mañana, and Dallas Theater Center, to name a few. Several have won competitions throughout the country with NATS, Classical Singer, Lotte Lenya, Crescendo, Utah Festival International Opera Competition, and the districts and regions of the MET Council Auditions.

Fri, May 28, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Room 1: Furman University - Preparing for College Auditions

Instruction in vocal technique, stage etiquette, diction and repertoire advice to help you feel secure and confident in your college auditions.
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Room 2: St. Thomas University Masterclass -
Contemporary Christian Music: Performance, Songwriting, and Publishing

A Contemporary Christian Music Masterclass led by Elizabeth Turner, Director of Choir at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. Vocal techniques, repertoire, and industry insights are presented in performance, songwriting, and music publishing for the Christian artist. This class is beneficial for students looking to combine their faith with music.
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Presenter: Elizabeth Turner

Elizabeth Turner, recently appointed as Director of Choir at St. Thomas University in 2021. A versatile performer, favorite credits include touring with Disney Live! Nickelodeon, and Carnival Cruise lines. NY Directing credits: The Queens Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Council, 92Y, John Engeman Theatre, TADA Youth Theatre, and Long Lake Camp for the Arts. Ms. Turner has a background in classical music licensing for Concord Music Publishing. B.M., M.M. obtained from Berklee College of Music and is a Doctoral candidate at St. Thomas University. Member of SAG/AFTRA and BMI.

Room 3: SUNY Fredonia Masterclass -
Communicating Through Song

In the class, we will work to help students discover new ways of communicating the texts of their songs in ways that are both natural and organic.
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Presenter: Angela Haas

Described as “Powerful and moving”, soprano Angela Haas is an active member of the voice faculty of SUNY Fredonia. Dr. Haas has taught extensively in the states of Florida and New York, and has been a guest clinician in Stockholm, Sweden. As a performer, Dr. Haas is a member of ANA, a trio with Natasha Farny, cello and Anne Kissel, piano. ANA has commissioned and premiered works by Daron Hagen, James Piorkowski, John MacDonald, Caroline Mallonée, Sean Doyle and Robert Deemer among others. In addition, she has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras such as the Chautauqua Institute, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tanglewood Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Midland-Odessa Symphony in Texas, and the New Orleans Chorale.

Fri, May 28, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Room 1: Temple University Masterclass

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Presenter: Christine Anderson

Christine Anderson is Associate Professor of Vocal Studies and the Coordinator of the Voice and Opera Area at the Boyer College of Music and Dance of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  She holds a B.M. in Voice from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Voice at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Anderson has sung numerous performances as soprano soloist with several prestigious contemporary music ensembles and has worked with such composers as Lukas Foss and Kristof Penderecki.  In addition, she has had extensive performing experience as a recitalist in programs featuring the premieres of new works. In 2014, Dr. Anderson was given the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Music and Dance Teaching Academy Committee of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Last spring, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Room 2: New England Conservatory of Music Masterclass

Room 3: Roosevelt University Masterclass -
RU Ready

The goal of team teaching exists at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. When you come to CCPA, you get the combined benefit of the entire voice faculty. How could you not improve? Come try your audition repertoire on two of CCPA’s outstanding faculty in a team-teaching format. Come and sing for Judith Haddon, and Mark Crayton.  See how we work at CCPA!
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Presenters: Mark Crayton and Judith Haddon

Countertenor, Conductor and Director, Mark Crayton is hailed by critics and audiences for the pure beauty of his voice, his expressive and insightful interpretations, his natural musicality, and his crowd-pleasing productions! Winner of the Classical Singer International Vocal Competition, Mr. Crayton performs on concert stages and in opera houses throughout the United States and Europe. For more information concerning Mr. Crayton’s career and current season, please visit www.markcrayton.com.
Soprano Judith Haddon brings to her teaching the experience and knowledge of a major international career. She has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Barcelona Liceo, Hamburg Staatsoper, New York City Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Seattle Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Haddon studied at the University of Illinois and the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School, and was a winner of the prestigious National Opera Institute Grant two years in a row. Her teaching promotes a strong foundation based on her own international education. Former students have been finalists in the Metropolitan Council auditions, won the George London Grant, and have sung in prestigious apprentice programs such as Santa Fe, Merola, Berlin Staatsoper, and many others.

Fri, May 28, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Room 1: Columbus State University Masterclass

Dr. Joshua May will present a masterclass on the foundations of voice building through functional training. This class is open to all high school, undergraduate, and graduate singers to participate. Participants are welcome to bring a diverse array of repertoire for their work in this masterclass to explore developing vocal technique, style, and language elements together for performance success.
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Presenter: Joshua May

Dr. Joshua May, tenor, is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Activities at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He has performed and premiered works throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. He has been selected as a national finalist for the Charles Nelson Reilly Prize for Stage Directors in both opera and musical theatre by the American Prize. For information on upcoming engagements, please visit his website www.joshuamaytenor.com.

Room 2: Eastman School of Music Masterclass -
Featuring Nicole Cabell

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Nicole Cabell, 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is known for her interpretation of Violetta (La Traviata), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Micaela (Carmen) and Mimi (La Bohème). She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre de Liceu among others. Recordings include Soprano, an opera recital disc debut for Decca; Silver Rain, songs of Ricky Ian Gordon; and Chanson D’Avril, an album of French mélodie on Delos.

Nicole was featured on the cover of Classical Singer magazine in May 2017. Read her story here.

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Room 3: Viterbo University Masterclass

Professor Dan and Dr. Ronnie will collaborate with you to improve the efficiency of your singing and depth of artistry.
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Presenters: Dan Johnson and Ronnie Bell


Dan Johnson

Professor Dan Johnson-Wilmot is a master teacher whose award-winning students are singing on Broadway, the Metropolitan Opera and in summer programs at Sarasota Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera, Central City Opera, and professional choral groups such as Chanticleer.

Ronnie Bell

Dr. Ronnie Bell’s students are currently Nina in Broadway Mania’s production of In the Heights, as Jinx in Dunes Theatre’s Forever Plaid, and more. His high school students have received scholarships and admission to Eastman School of Music, Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, Catawba College, Boston University School of Music, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Room 1: Carol Vaness Masterclass

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Carol VanessSoprano Carol Vaness launched her professional career in 1977 with the San Francisco Opera. She appeared regularly at the New York City Opera from 1979 to 1983. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1984 and has sung at many of the major opera houses of Europe, including Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, and the Royal Opera House/Covent Garden. In 1993 she performed the role of “Duchess Elena” in I vespri siciliani with the Washington Concert Opera.

She was particularly known for her Mozart operatic roles, but she has performed in a wide range of operas, including the title role in Giacomo Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” with the Seattle Opera. Her interpretations of Mozart’s dramatic heroines, including “Fiordiligi” in Così fan tutte, “Donna Anna” and “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni, “Elettra” in Idomeneo, and “Vitellia” in La Clemenza di Tito, have been hailed as definitive, and she has become especially identifiable with the role of “Tosca”, which she performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 opposite Luciano Pavarotti in the legendary tenor’s final operatic performance.

Vaness teaches in the renowned voice department of Indiana University.