2018 Faculty 

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Rhoslyn Jones
Director of UBC Summer Vocal Workshop, UBC Voice Faculty

Canadian soprano Rhoslyn Jones is quickly becoming an important presence on both the Concert and Operatic stages of the world. Described as a “superb singer and artistic presence,” Ms. Jones’ voice is “luscious, and her soul opens forthrightly and generously to the audience.”

Hailed as “The delicious diva” by the 24 Hours New Vancouver, Ms. Jones captivated the audience with her “unforgettably powerful voice” in her very first production of Le Nozze di Figaro. As the Countess, Rhoslyn Jones imparted “a grace and dignity that prevent[ed] her from descending into the mould of the stereotypical wronged woman, and [allowed] her to become a relatable individual for a modern audience. Jones is a joy to watch and reason alone to see the show.”

Ms. Jones began the 2010-2011 season covering the role of Roxane opposite Placido Domingo’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the San Francisco Opera. Also this season, she will debut the role of Mimi in a new production ofLa Boheme at the Pacific Opera Victoria.

The 2009-2010 season found Ms. Jones making her role debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro withVancouver Opera and a return to Arizona Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. A busy concert singer as well, Rhoslyn sang Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, was the soprano soloist in a concert of arias and duets with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and sang Morgen: A ballet set to a collection of Richard Strauss songs for soprano and orchestra with the New York City Ballet.

In recent seasons, Ms. Jones has appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Santa Barbara, Musetta in La Boheme with Pittsburgh Opera, Tatyana inEugene Onegin with Vancouver Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Chicago Opera Theater and the title role of Susannah with Arizona Opera. Ms. Jones also created the starring role of Julia Dent Grant in Phillip Glass’s world premiere of Appomattox with the San Francisco Opera opposite Dwayne Croft and Andrew Shore. She has also recently appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Anchorage Symphony. In addition to being the Director of the University of British Columbia Summer Vocal Workshop, she is on Faculty at the University of British Columbia in the Vocal Department, and on Faculty at Sonoma State University in California. She is also the founder and director of the new Bay Area Vocal Academy in San Francisco. 

Originally from Aldergrove, B.C., Ms. Jones completed her Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of British Columbia and her Diploma in Opera Performance at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She also attended the distinguished Summer Festival at Ravinia in 2008 and was a 2004 and 2005 participant in Merola, which led to her selection as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera from 2006-2007. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband. 

 

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J. Patrick Raftery
UBC Voice Faculty

J. Patrick Raftery’s debut was with the San Diego Opera singing Schaunard in La Bohème sharing the stage with Luciano Pavarotti. After his years at The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Raftery was awarded the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Prize and made his debut in New York’s Carnegie Hall in the Tucker Winner’s concert that same year.

Rossini’s Barber in the Washington Opera’s The Barber of Seville drew Mr. Raftery international attention and Figaro was his debut with The Paris Opera soon thereafter. Closely associated with the operas of Rossini, including two summers with the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Mr. Raftery sang the role of Figaro over 225 times. Covent Garden’s Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for the Festival of Glyndebourne gave Mr. Raftery two prominent debuts in Great Britain in quick succession. Leading to his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera with Mirella Freni in Manon Lescaut, Mr. Raftery was one of North America’s most prominent baritones.

Mr. Raftery made his tenor debut with New York’s Mostly Mozart festival at Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) leading to his debut at the world’s most prestigious opera house, La Scala in Milan. Mr. Raftery has subsequently been re-invited as a tenor to the stages of London’s Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Hamburg State Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, and numerous others.

Teaching for over three decades. Professor Raftery has given Master Classes for, The San Diego Opera, Oper Graz, L’Opéra de Montpellier, and the Universities of Western Ontario, Southern California, Lethbridge, Alberta, Toronto, and The Catholic University of America. After his years as adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto, Professor Raftery joined the full time faculty at The University of British Columbia in 2014.

Born in Washington, DC and a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, J. Patrick Raftery makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

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Dale Throness
UBC Faculty Vocal Teacher

Lyric Baritone Dale Throness, a native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, received his early musical training in Winnipeg and subsequently obtained his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the University of British Columbia. Post-graduate studies were undertaken at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Britten Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh England. He has sung a number of operatic roles including the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni under director David Walsh, and Marcello in La Boheme with conductor Tyrone Patterson and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra for Viva Musica in Kelowna.

Recent Concert engagements include performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in their Tea and Trumpets series and a concert of Brahms’ lieder for their Brahms Festival, and performances of the Brahms and Faure Requiems.  He has also sung Carmina Burana on a number of occasions, including a performance at the Orpheum Theatre under conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama. In addition to his performing schedule, Mr. Throness is on the voice faculties of the University of British Columbia and Kwantlen College.

 

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Jonathan Beyer
Guest Vocal Teacher

Jonathan Beyer is a baritone who has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Florida Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Darmstadt, Fort Worth Opera, Hong Kong Opera, Teatro Petruzzelli, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera de Montreal, Royal Opera House in Oman, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Naples and others. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Netherlands Radio Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic and the Festival at Aix-en-Provence.

Mr. Beyer was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. He was the 1st Place Winner at the Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists. He has also won the Geroge London Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, McCammon Competition, Irma M. Cooper Competition, Violetta DuPont Competition, Rochester’s Classical Idol, New Jersey Verismo Competition, Philadelphia Orchestra Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, Pittsburgh Concert Society Auditions, SAI Competition, American Opera Society Competition, the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition, and the Bel Canto Foundation. He has also received awards from the Lissner, Jensen, and Solti Foundations, Zachary, Dalis, Liederkranz, Orpheus, Liederkranz, Neue Stimmen, Palm Beach Opera, and Lynam Competitions, Sosenko, Lanza, Iturbi, Gari and Puccini Foundations, National Opera Associations.

An avid recitalist, Mr. Beyer has performed in recital through the Vocal Arts Society, Marilyn Horne Foundation, Carnegie Hall Foundation, Chicago Cultural Center, Judith Raskin Foundation, Bertlesmann Foundation, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Van Cliburn Foundation, Over the Rainbow Foundation, Astral Artists, and the Marian Anderson Foundation.  He has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

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Heidi Melton
Guest Teacher

“Magical and memorable... From the moment she opened her mouth, she was artlessly moving, actually communicating..." The young American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Presse), a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent” (San Francisco Chronicle).

In the 2017/2018 season, dramatic soprano Heidi Melton will make her role debut as Brünnhilde in a new production of Götterdämmerung at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe followed by performances of the complete Ring Cycle later in the spring. Ms. Melton will also return to the New York Philharmonic as Sieglinde in Act 1 of Die Walküre and with the Dallas Symphony as Brünnhilde in a complete concert performance of Die Walküre, both conducted by Jaap van Zweden. She will sing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 as the Second Soprano with Tonkünstler Orchester and Andres Orozco-Estrada in Vienna. In New York City, she will sing a recital for the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library.

Last season saw Ms. Melton's first performances of Brünnhilde in Die Walküre and Siegfried, both at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. She also debuted with the London Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre under Simon Rattle. She returned to the Hong Kong Philharmonic in concert performances of Siegfried which was recorded for Naxos and debuted at Houston Grand Opera as Gutrune in Götterdämmerung. She sang performances of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde with Valery Gergiev and the Mariisnky Orchestra for commercial recording.

Ms. Melton recently debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic singing Brünnhilde’s “Immolation Scene” from Götterdämmerung under the baton of Valery Gergiev, both in Vienna at the Musikverein and in New York at Carnegie Hall. She made her New York Philharmonic debut with Alan Gilbert in Strauss Lieder and Act 3 of Die Walküre as Brünnhilde. For the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, she sang Sieglinde in complete concert performances of Die Walküre (also recorded on Naxos). She returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Venus/Elisabeth in Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles, as well as to Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe for her first performances as Isolde in a new Christopher Alden production of Tristan und Isolde conducted by Justin Brown. Ms. Melton debuted at the English National Opera in a new production of Tristan and Isolde conducted by Edward Gardner.

Ms. Melton debuted at Oper Frankfurt in two new productions: first as Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel, then as Eglantine in Weber’s Euryanthe. A favorite of the audiences in Berlin, she has been seen at the Deutsche Oper in Der Ring des Nibelungen, first as Gutrune and the Third Norn under Simon Rattle, then as Sieglinde, Gutrune, and the Third Norn under Donald Runnicles. In Berlin, she has also sung Elsa in Lohengrin, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Fata Morgana in a new Robert Carsen production of Love for Three Oranges, and Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel. Ms. Melton debuted as Sieglinde under the baton of Zubin Mehta at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia and at the Canadian Opera Company with Johannes Debus. Her first Siegfried Brünnhilde was heard in concert with Opéra National de Bordeaux and she had a successful return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Third Norn in the new Robert Lepage production of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Fabio Luisi, which was released commercially on Deutsche Grammophon.

Ms. Melton made her Italian debut under Kirill Petrenko with Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino as Gutrune and the Third Norn in a concert performance of Götterdämmerung, and made her debut at the BBC Proms as Elisabeth in a concert performance of Tannhäuser with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In frequent demand by many orchestras and conductors, Ms. Melton has been heard with Dallas Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, BBC Scottish Symphony under Donald Runnicles, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra with Kent Nagano in Act 1 of Die Walküre; the Baltimore Symphony in Act 1 of Die Walküre and Isolde’s “Liebestod” under Marin Alsop and Strauss' Four Last Songs with Markus Stenz; the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Eine Lebensmesse by Jan van Gilse under Markus Stenz and Foreign Princess in Rusalka with James Gaffigan; at the Festival de Lanaudière singing Elsa in Lohengrin under Yannick Nézet-Séguin with his Orchestre Métropolitain and an opening season gala concert singing Wagner; at the Aspen Music Festival under Robert Spano in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) and a Wagner/Verdi program; Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder under Paul Daniel; and in Verdi’s Messa da requiem for Donald Runnicles’ farewell concert as Music Director of San Francisco Opera. Ms. Melton made her New York recital debut at Pace University’s series Voce at Pace and returned to San Francisco for a recital at San Francisco Performances, both with pianist John Parr. She opened a special gala celebrating 100 years of the Deutsche Oper Berlin singing Elisabeth's Greeting to the Hall of Song. 

Ms. Melton made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Second Maid in Elektra under Fabio Luisi. A former Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, she made her role debut as Sieglinde in Der Ring des Nibelungen at San Francisco Opera in a production by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Donald Runnicles. At Opéra National de Bordeaux, she has been seen in Ariadne auf Naxos, Tannhäuser, and Un ballo in maschera. For North Carolina Opera, Ms. Melton sang her first performances of Tristan und Isolde in a concert version of Act 2, as well as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka. She was a member of the ensemble at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe where she sang new productions of Lohengrin, Les Troyens, Tannhäuser, Peter Grimes, Un ballo in maschera, Die Fledermaus, as well as revival performances of Der Rosenkavalier and Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Ms. Melton is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes: George London Foundation’s George London / Kirsten Flagstad Memorial Award; José Iturbi Competition; Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation; third place in the Belevedere Competition; national semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; and winner of the Mario Lanza Competition.

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Sarah Bowker
Pianist and Coach

Sarah Bowker began her musical studies in Harare, Zimbabwe and continued her studies in Ottawa and Vancouver. Her principal teachers have included Sandra Webster and Jane Coop.  The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships in local, provincial and national levels of competition, Ms. Bowker has also received scholarships to study at the Adamant Music School in Adamant, Vermont, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine, the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the University of British Columbia where she received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance.  She has been broadcast on Vermont Public Radio and was featured on Capital News in Georgetown, Guyana. She spent many happy years living and working in Vancouver with private students and at the University of British Columbia. Currently residing in London, Ontario, Ms. Bowker performs frequently as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist with students at the University of Western Ontario; she is also active as a private studio teacher.  Ms. Bowker is also the music director of St. George’s Anglican Church, Denfield.

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Tina Chang
Pianist and Coach

Vancouver pianist and coach Tina Chang has appeared in many recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.  She is on the music staff at Vancouver Opera as répétiteur and coach, and at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland as music director and repetiteur. Other engagements include staff pianist and coach at soundSCAPE New Music Festival in Cesena, Italy, and staff coach at the UBC Summer Vocal Workshop in Vancouver. She is currently on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and has held a teaching position at Dalhousie University.

Past engagements include music directorship with Fear No Opera in Victoria, coach and repetiteur at Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, pianist and coach with the Atelier lyrique at the Opéra de Montréal, assistant coach at Glimmergalss Opera Festival, and fellowships at Aspen Opera Theatre Center, and Music Academy of the West.  She has toured with Vancouver Opera in Schools (VOIS) and separately, the group QuintEssence (whose members include Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Barb Towell, Frédérik Robert and Peter Alexander) to bring opera and classical music, respectively to communities throughout British Columbia.

Tina holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Music degree from University of Minnesota.  Her principal teachers include Timothy Lovelace, Kenneth Broadway and Alice Enns.

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Judith Forst
Guest Vocal Teacher

Canadian born mezzo-soprano Judith Forst has been highly acclaimed for her operatic and concert performances throughout North America and in Europe in many of the world’s most prestigious theaters which have included the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Netherlands Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington Opera, Vancouver Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera among many others.

Judith Forst began the 2009-2010 season with her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Katya Kabanova.  She also made her debut at Houston Grand Opera as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw and returned in the spring as The Countess in Pique Dame.  2010-2011 engagements included the world premiere of Lillian Alling with Vancouver Opera as well as the world premiere of The Inventor for Calgary Opera.  She was also heard as Herodias in Salome for L’ Opera de Montreal.  2011-2012 engagements included Salome at the Manitoba Opera, The Rape of Lucretia at Houston Grand Opera and The Inventor at Vancouver Symphony. In the 2012-2013 season she returned to Vancouver Opera in Pirates of Penzance,  to Canadian Opera Company in Dialogues des Carmelites among other engagements. Engagements for the 2013/2014 season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera in Two Boys.

During the 2008-2009 season Judith Forst appeared with as Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Portland Opera, and returned to Vancouver Opera as Herodias in Salome.  Other recent engagements for Ms Forst have included Salome at Dallas Opera and Vancouver Opera and the world premiere of Transit of Venus for Manitoba Opera.  She has appeared in concert with the Vancouver Symphonyand at the Santa Fe Opera as Mme de la Haltiere in Massenet’s Cendrillon, in Vancouver in Jenufa and in the Calgary premiere of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.  She made her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Herodias during the 2006-2007 season, and also returned to the Metropolitan Opera as the Kostelnicka in Jenufa.

In 2006 she made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as the Kabinicha in Janacek’s Katya Kabanova.  Recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, she has been honored with the Order of Canada.

Judith Forst is now most identified with roles such as the Kostelnicka in Janacek’s Jenufa, Klytemnestra in Strauss’s Elektra, Herodias in Salome and Mme de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, the Countess in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Augusta Tabor in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, the Baroness in Barber’s Vanessa and the Witch in Hansel und Gretel.  Prior to expanding into this repertoire, she had sung a repertoire of extraordinary versatility and one which encompassed virtually all styles and periods and which has extended into the soprano repertoire as well.

Judith Forst began her career at the Metropolitan Opera when, after her participation in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, General Manager Sir Rudolf Bing immediately offered her a contract with the company. Her first roles at the Metropolitan included Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette and Siebel in Faust and she has returned to the Metropolitan regularly all through her career for roles such as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni under James Levine, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Countess Adelaide in Arabella, and the Kabinicha in Katya Kabanova. After her firs seasons at the Metropolitan, Forst was soon heard at most of the operatic theaters in North America inroles such as Dorabella in Cosi Fan tutte, Rosina in Il Babiere di Siviglia, the title role in La Cenerentola,  Adalgisa in Norma Charlotte in Werther, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Bizet’s Carmen.  She made her Seattle Opera debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena and subsquently appeared in this role opposite Dame Joan Sutherland in San Francisco, Toronto, Detroit, Washington, DC and in New York where the concert was also televised as part of the “Live from Lincoln Center” series. Forst made her European debut in Paris in 1985 in a concert performance of Hoffmann and her Munich debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino. She made her London debut in the spring of 1992 in the British premiere of Rossini’s Ermione and starred as the Composer in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the English National Opera in 1994.

 

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Jason Ferrante
Guest Vocal Teacher

BM, MM The Juilliard School. Vocal Studies with Beverley Peck Johnson, Cynthia Hoffmann, Rita Shane. Additional Studies, Tanglewood, Aspen, Wolf Trap.

Affiliations: Voice/Guest Faculty:Wolf Trap Opera Company,  Minnesota Opera, Virginia Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera Young Artists Program, Nashville Opera Young Artists Program, Pensacola Opera Young Artists Program, UBC Summer Voice Institute, National Panelist for Classical Voice, YoungArts.

Masterclasses: Chicago Opera Theater, Florida Grand Opera Young Artists Program, Virginia Opera, University of British Columbia, Kennesaw State University, East Carolina University, Texas A&M University, Laredo Community College.

2017-2018 performances: Little Bat inSusannah for Nashville Opera, Little Victor in the World Premiere of Kevin Puts' Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia, Elizabeth Cree for Chicago Opera Theater, Pong in Turandot with Detroit Sympjony, Britten's Les Illuminations with Saradota Ballet. Bardolfo in Falstaff for Intermountain Opera. Returns as guest teacher for Young Artists programs around the country and leads the classical voice discipline for YoungArts 2018. In 2016-2017 Ferrante was Goro in Madama Butterfly for Arizona Opera and Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Opera Philadelphia's acclaimed Le Nozze di Figaro which will receive an HD presentation in Philadelphia for "Opera on the Mall" during the company's O17 festival. Up next: Beppe in Pagliacci at Opera Omaha. 

Opera and Concert performances on five continents including performances at New York City Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Wexford Festival. Tanglewood, Kennedy Center,Boston Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen, Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia, Bard Festival, Florida Grand Opera, and the opera companies in Madison, Arizona, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Omaha, Orlando, Palm Beach, Eugene, Boston, North Carolina, Syracuse, Birmingham, Dayton, Sung with leading conductors including Ozawa, Rudel, Conlon, Slatkin, Maazel, Zinman, Lord, Nelsons. Panelist, Metropolitan Opera Quiz. Articles, The Juilliard Journal.

Students singing around the world with opera companies including the Met, Covent Garden, English National Opera and Wolf Trap. Winners in competitions including Operalia, MONCA, Zachary Foundation, Sullivan Awards, George London Foundation. National Panelist and Master Teacher for YoungArts. Ferrante is also currently the personal voice coach to the legendary soprano, Sarah Brightman.

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Dr. Lynne Morrow
Guest Teacher and Conductor

Dr. Lynne Morrow is the Music Director of Pacific Edge Voices. She and Pacific Edge Voices (then called Pacific Mozart Ensemble) received Grammy nominations in 2006 for the recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Kent Nagano in Berlin. In 2010, the group’s long-time collaboration with Dave Brubeck (including many world premieres) led to the release of “Dave Brubeck: Songs of Praise” with Dorian Recordings. A second recording of Brubeck’s music, “Brubeck and American Poets,” was recorded in December 2011.

Lynne Morrow became Music Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus in 2005. During her tenure, the scope of the chorus has expanded to include contemporary, international and neglected works along with traditional choral repertoire. She conducts the Chorus’ workshop performances of major works and a Spring Messiah, hosts summer choral outreach “Sing-Ins” and prepares the chorus for work with Oakland East Bay Symphony as well as regional community and youth orchestras with which Oakland Symphony Chorus collaborates, such as the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra and California Symphony.

Lynne Morrow received a Grammy nomination for her work with the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, with whom she has also recorded two CD’s of Dave Brubeck’s choral music. Since 2001, she has directed the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre Programs at Sonoma State University. Morrow also gives lectures for the regional San Francisco Opera Guilds, most recently on the premiere of “Dolores Claiborne.” Dr. Morrow strives for a visceral connection to music, presenting works from every corner of the musical arts in fresh ways, to reach the widest possible audiences.

Lynne will lead the Oakland Symphony Chorus on a June 2015 tour to Vienna, Prague and Budapest, performing Mozart, Haydn and American music. In January 2012 she co-conducted Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus and Oakland Youth Orchestra in a sold-out performance of Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”

In 2013, Lynne Morrow worked with Richard Harrell to create Heroes’ Voices, a multifaceted project that produces 6- to 8-week workshops where Veterans sing and create poetry and the spoken word.  Heroes’ Voices also provides guitar lessons for Veterans, after which they can receive a free guitar.  The programs are produced in Menlo Park and Yountville.  A bluegrass jam session also occurs in Fremont.

Cambria Records will soon release the first recording of the choral works of California composer, Elinor Remick Warren, featuring Dr. Morrow’s ensemble, Quanta Chorale. This disc will showcase exciting and challenging repertoire for mixed and women’s chorus.

Dr. Morrow also directs the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University and has been a frequent assistant conductor with Festival Opera. Her Quantum Opera Theatre co-presented (with Berkeley West Edge Opera) the premiere of “Caliban Dreams,” an operatic sequel to “The Tempest.” She’s a familiar figure in the Bay Area where she hosted the Stern Grove Music Festival for many years. Dr. Morrow attended Indiana University-Bloomington for graduate studies in Opera Coaching and Choral Conducting. She counts among her mentors and teachers, Michael Morgan, Richard Grant, Imre Pallo, Jan Harrington, Carmen Tellez, Brian Breeding and Robert Porco.

Dr. Morrow is on the Education Committee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), most known for celebrating and honoring musical achievements through the Grammy awards. Dr. Morrow enjoys creating a visceral connection to music—presenting works from every corner of the musical arts in fresh ways to reach the widest possible audiences.

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Stephanie Nakagawa
Vocal Teacher

Soprano, Dr. Stephanie Nakagawa, has a great passion for Canadian opera. Her outstanding contribution to the field and her thesis, A Canadian Opera Aria Anthology for Soprano has been recognized by the Canadian Music Centre with the Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence. Stephanie completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Opera from the University of British Columbia, where she was also awarded the UBC Public Scholars Award, UBC Wesbrook Scholar, Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship, UBC Medal, Canada Millennium Scholarship, and the BMO National Scholarship. In addition, Stephanie holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Music in Opera from UBC, and ARCT Performance Diplomas in both piano and voice. She was also awarded the Voice National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

An active performer and recitalist, Stephanie has performed with various ensembles including the Aspen Music Festival, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach, Westcoast Symphony, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Symphony, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Gerdine Young Artist, Indiana University Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Pacific Opera Victoria Lunchbox Series, and the Canadian Music Centre. Her stage credits include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen), Gretel (Hansel & Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Amy (Little Women), Musetta (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring). Stephanie has also won numerous awards including the regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, first place at the BC Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts, BC Arts Council Award, and Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Laureate. In addition to performing, Stephanie loves to work with young aspiring singers and is the music director and conductor of the Vancouver women’s chamber choir, Coro Cantare.

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Carol Wong
Pianist and Coach

Carol Wong enjoys a flourishing career following recent performances at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, the Wednesday at One Series at Alice Tully Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center, the Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC), the California Center for the Arts (San Diego), the Krannert Center (Illinois), the Pro Arte Musical (Puerto Rico), the Gardner Museum (Boston) and live broadcasts on WXQR in NYC, K-Mozart in Los Angeles and on NPR’s Performance Today. Highlights from the previous seasons included California’s Herbst Theater (San Francisco), the Lobero Theatre (Santa Barbara), the Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs), the Kravis Center (West Palm Beach) and a special performance for the U.S. Members of Congress under the auspices of Sony Music in Puerto Rico. In the summer of 2009, Ms. Wong taught Masterclasses at Orvieta Musica, a music festival in Italy. She was also invited to perform and teach for an underserved community in Hilo, Hawaii. The following October, Carol was personally invited by Marilyn Horne to perform in a tour celebrating the famed mezzo-soprano’s 75th Birthday. The tour included stops in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. The summer of 2008 was eventful for Carol – in August, Ms. Wong was awarded the Sing for Hope Grant, an organization that maintains a roster of world-class artists who donate time and talent to the humanitarian causes that inspire them. Carol produced the concert “Songs of Words Left Unsaid,” which was hosted by renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and featured Metropolitan Opera performers such as soprano Susanna Philips mezzo Isabel Leonard, tenor Joseph Kaiser and baritone Luca Pisaroni. In July 2008, Ms. Wong was one of the only 50 people invited to the Arctic Expedition for Climate Action, sponsored by National Geographic, and made into a documentary. Guest included President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn, Ted Turner, Madeline Albright, Chevy Chase, Google founder Larry Page. Her 2008 tout also included concerts in Leipzig, Germany, Oslo, Norway, Istanbul, Turkey and Lima, Peru. Ms. Wong is frequently invited to prestigious music festivals such as the Ravinia Festival where she gave the premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Here and Gone” (2005), the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Banff Festival,  the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the Britten-Pears Festival in England, and the Beaux Arts Festival in Fontainebleau, France, where she won a distinction award in Piano. A committed teacher, Carol is a senior examiner at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ms. Wong is also the winner of many awards including the 2005 Juilliard Honors Recital, the 2005 Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation Award, and the 2004 Irene Diamond Award. In 2003, Ms. Wong won the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award Competition and was also chosen as the first pianist to receive the Laureate Award from the Music Academy of the West. Ms. Wong was also a frequent winner of the Canadian competition circuit, including the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal. Ms. Wong grew up in Vancouver, British Columbis and made her concerto debut at age 11 with the Vancouver Philharmonic. She earned her Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler. Ms. Wong was granted her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Rutgers University, and she completed her Artist Diploma at the prestigious Juilliard School.  

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Mari Hahn
Alexander Technique

Mari Hahn is a Professor of Voice at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and heads the Voice Division.  Her teaching credits include Voice Masterclass, the UAA Opera Ensemble, Music Appreciation and 20th Century History Seminar, as well as a full roster of private voice students.  As the director of the Opera Ensemble, she has created original librettos on Alaskan themes and toured the state with productions of Aklaq and Nayak (Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel) and Dr. Miracle by Bizet.  She also served for three seasons as the Chorus Master with Anchorage Opera, and stage directed the productions of Rossini's La Cambiale di Matrimonio, and Mozart's Impresario.  The primary focus of her academic research is combining somatic techniques with vocal pedagogy.  As an Alexander Technique practitioner, she is in demand as a clinician and presents in national and international venues.  Active as a soloist, Dr. Hahn was most recently featured as the soprano soloist in Poulenc's Gloria in Anchorage and at the Ultrapadum Festival in Ciel d'Oro, Italy, with the Anchorage Concert Chorus.  She has performed the Verdi Requiem with Murry Sidlin, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem with Eduard Silberkant and the Fairbanks Symphony, and Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs with Tammy Vollum-Matturro and the Anchorage Civic Orchestra.   She is currently the President of the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and has served two terms as the District Governor.  

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Justin Montigne
Guest Voice Teacher

Justin Montigne – voice teacher, countertenor soloist, and registered yoga teacher – teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country.  He received his bachelor’s degree in voice from Drake University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Justin’s interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching.  He hopes to share the same tools he discovered with singers and players everywhere.  Justin has taught SingAsana–yoga for singing–workshops for the San Francisco Conservatory, Seraphic Fire; Miami, FL; Studio Arsis, Tokyo, Japan; Sonoma County Bach Society–Sonoma State University; San Francisco Bay Area NATS Symposium; College of Marin; Chorus America Conferences in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.; Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR; and The Urban School, San Francisco, CA.

Justin is a versatile countertenor comfortable in many styles and time periods of music.  He has sung with the Des Moines Symphony, Exultate Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, City Concert Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Players, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, EUOUAE, Chanticleer, Conspirare, Volti, and is a founding singer and board member of the 9-man Bay Area men’s ensemble, Clerestory.  He is currently the Director of Voice Studies and Chorus School Pedagogy for the Grammy award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, co-director of the Bay Area Vocal Academy, and is a member of the voice faculty at University of California, Berkeley.

Justin specializes in early music, but has premiered numerous contemporary works with orchestra and in recital. He recently sang the world premiere of Ryan Brown’s Mortal Lessons, a ‘medical oratorio’ for soloists, keyboards, and percussion ensemble at the Hot Air Festival in San Francisco. Next season Justin will be developing a Bay Area solo recital project and creating three new programs with Clerestory. 

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Derek Stanyer
Pianist and Coach

Derek Stanyer was born in Langley, BC in 1988 and began playing the piano at the age of eight. He took lessons at the Langley Community Music School for eight years, and won numerous scholarships and festivals throughout high school, including the South Surrey Music Festival, Langley Kiwanis, Chilliwack Lions Club Music Festival, Langley Community Music School Festival, and the Victoria Festival. 

In 2005 he was asked to compete in the BC Festival of the Arts in Vernon and won top prize at the Chilliwack Music Festival as most promising pianist. 

In 2006 he started his bachelor of music studying with Bruce Vogt at the University of Victoria. He has attended Strings and Keys for the last four summers, and spent time in Alberta to attend  lessons and master classes with teachers from all over Canada. 

In 2009 he was a finalist in the University of Victoria concerto competition and at the Sooke concerto competition; Derek was also a finalist in the national Knigge Competition in March 2010. 

He won the Johann Strauss Scholarship which allowed him to study in Austria at the Mozarteum, which he just got back from. Derek just finished his Bachelor of Piano Performance and will be doing his masters. He has performed numerous times in concerts and recitals at the University of Victoria, both as a soloist and collaboratively. Derek wants to perform as much as possible. He is a huge lover of music of any kind, and loves having the opportunity to share it with others.

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Joel Harder
Pianist and Coach

A versatile and acclaimed artist, Canadian pianist Joel Harder is in great demand as accompanist, pedagogue, vocal coach and chamber musician, having performed throughout Canada, the United States, England and continental Europe. Equally at home in performance of chamber music, song and operatic repertoire, Mr. Harder has performed at Alice Tully Hall, the Caramoor Centre for the Arts, Seiji Ozawa Hall, Bishopsgate Hall, and the Beethoven Haus in Baden, Austria. Mr. Harder has worked with Maestros James Conlon, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Lorin Maazel, among others. He has been featured as pianist and coach at the Cincinnati May Festival, the Castleton Festival, Festival Lyrique Internationale de Belle-Ile en mer, Highlands Opera Studio, Chautauqua Vocal Arts Program and Los Angeles Opera. He has given masterclasses on collaborative pianism at Binghamton University, the University of Alberta, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and shortly at Vanderbilt University.

During his studies, Mr. Harder worked with a number of internationally renowned pianists, including Stéphane Lemelin, Milton Schlosser, Jacques Després, Charles Owen, Robin Bowman, Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman and Graham Johnson. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa and a post-graduate degree in Accompaniment from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

In May of 2015, Mr. Harder received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School. He wrote his dissertation on the songs of French composer André Caplet, for which he received a Presser Award for research at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Mr. Harder joined the faculty at SUNY Binghamton as Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano in August of 2015 where he is heading up a new graduate program in Collaborative studies.

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Jacq Smith
Choreographer/Movement

Movement and performance have been integral parts of Jacq’s life since the age of 4. She is a graduate of the Edmonton School of Ballet’s professional program, and has studied across Canada, embracing numerous styles of dance throughout her life. Jacq has trained independently in voice, acting, circus and many other artistic disciplines, and is consistently expanding her repertoire in the performing arts. She recently studied with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, participating in The Creative Gesture, a dance and choreography residency, and will be returning to Banff again this summer.

Jacq has performed throughout North America alongside companies such as the Alberta Ballet, Gateway Theatre, and 49th Parallel Dance Company. Select performance credits include Workspace III (the response.), Pointe Soloist for Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular (Razzle Dazzle Productions),  The Lady M (Bard Lab/Bard on The Beach), Dance Captain for Anything Goes (RCMT), Watering Hole (49th Parallel Dance), and the award-winning production of Crazy For You (Gateway).

As a dance educator and choreographer, Jacq has worked across Canada on both large and small scale productions and shares her love of dance with everyone she encounters. Select choreography credits include SEASONS (Magical Musical Prod.), Cabaret (Assistant Choreographer – RCMT), Guest Choreographer for Honey Dance Company (Harbour Dance Centre), West Side Story (Assistant Choreographer – TUTS), Six Word Stories (The Lovers Cabaret), and Brilliant (St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation).  She is currently on faculty at Harbour Dance Centre and The Richmond Academy of Dance, and guest choreographs throughout the Lower Mainland. She lives to create lines on the body and tell stories through her work.

    Meet the 2018 Counselors

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    Past Faculty have included:

    • Christopher Atwood – Diction Coach
    • Gordon Bintner – Guest Masterclass Teacher
    • Nicola Davies – Pianist and Coach
    • Robin Eder-Warren - Guest Yoga Instructor
    • Richard Epp – Guest Coach/Conductor
    • Rachel Fenlon – Pianist and Coach
    • Gordon Gerrard – Guest Coach/Conductor
    • Suzanne Klukas - Pianist and Coach
    • Melanie Krueger – Vocal Teacher
    • Alison Nystrom - Guest Teacher
    • Simone Osborne – Director, Teacher, and Administrator
    • Perry Price – Vocal Teacher
    • Rick Tae - Acting Teacher
    • Heather Thomson-Price - Voice Teacher
    • Todd Wedge – Guest Teacher
    • Deborah Wong - Guest Acting Teacher/Director of Scenes
    • Geneviene Wong - Pianist and Coach