Artists

 

Julia Sheriff is a senior piano scholarship recipient at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she is pianist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Camerata, and a conservatory accompanist. Ms. Sheriff has won numerous prizes in competitions such as the Aspen Music Festival’s AACA Concerto Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and the International Young Artists Piano Competition. She is also a finalist of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Albert M. Greenfield Competition and MTNA National Piano Competitions. Ms. Sheriff was featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” aired from the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Ms. Sheriff has also performed at the Finchcocks Piano Museum, England, the Academy of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. She has been a featured soloist with several orchestras, including the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra, and Hershey Symphony Orchestra. She has played in masterclasses for Gabriel Kwok, Jon Kimura Parker, Joseph Kalichstein, and Claude Frank. Influential teachers include Marian Hahn, Charles Abramovic, Joseph Kalichstein, Rita Sloan, Veda Zuponcic, and Robert Rimm. Ms. Sheriff has also been a musical director for the Amichi Opera Company, performing Simon Boccanegra and Les Contes d’Hoffman. Ms. Sheriff is committed to celebrating music through education as well as performance. She is on the piano faculty at the International School of Music and Arti-St Music and is earning her Music Education Certification.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Kristina Lewis has been praised by Baltimore Sun critic Tim Smith for her “admirable acting” and voice that shone with a “burnished tone.”  This past year, Ms. Lewis made her national solo debut as the soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, under the direction of Marin Alsop and Didi Balle in Analyze This: Mahler and Freud, as Alma Mahler. With the Peabody Opera Theatre, Ms. Lewis performed as Rosette in Massenet’s Manon, La Marchande in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias, the Dragonfly and White Cat in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus.  She was chosen and participated in the masterclass of Marilyn Horne.  Ms. Lewis was a finalist in the 2010 Harlem Opera Theater Voice Competition, received 2nd place in the Vocal Arts Competition of the Mid-Atlantic region of the 2010 Classical Vocal Arts Competition, and was the 1st place winner of the Sylvia Green Voice Competition of the Peabody Institute. As a result, Ms. Lewis performed the Ruckert-Lieder by Gustav Mahler with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in February 2011. After completing her Master of Music degree in 2011, Ms. Lewis is returning to the Peabody Institute for a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera.  Upcoming performances include the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

Lydia Beasley, soprano, holds a Bachelors in music with elective studies in psychology and a vocal performance certificate from Shenandoah Conservatory, as well as a Masters in vocal performance from the Peabody Institute.  She has appeared with Peabody Opera Theater, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, Emerald City Opera, Opera Viva, New Lyric Theatre, and The Figaro Project in such roles as Lucy in The Telephone, Adele in Die Fledermaus,  La Bergère/La Chouette in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, Sliver Slim in the premiere of Lux et Tenebrae by Douglas Buchanan, Dana Perino in the premiere of Bush: The Last 100 Days by Chris Whittaker, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (in concert), and the cover of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.  An experienced oratorio soloist, Ms. Beasley has performed with Operafestival di Roma, the Maryland Choral Arts Society, Annapolis Chorale, and Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. Highlights include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Honegger’s King David, Fauré’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers.  In addition to performing, Ms. Beasley has taught voice at Southern Virginia University and the Janna Friedman Music School, has served as choir director at Belmont Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA, and was a production intern with Baltimore Opera.  

Baritone Jason Buckwalter is a frequent performer in the Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington, D.C. areas.  A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Buckwalter moved to Baltimore to attend graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory.  At Peabody, he performed the role of Papageno in the spring 2008 production of Die Zauberflöte.  Other recent roles include Belcore in L’elisir d’amore  with both the Loudoun Lyric Opera and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Count Almaviva in The Figaro Project’s production of Le nozze di Figaro, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with American Opera Theater, Falke in Die Fledermaus at Carroll Community College, and Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly with Baltimore Concert Opera.  Currently, Mr. Buckwalter is on the roster of the Washington National Opera Chorus and performs with the Lyric Opera of Baltimore’s Outreach program. For more information, please visit www.jasonbuckwalter.com.

Born and raised in Lancaster Pennsylvania, Peter Scott Drackley was introduced to opera at a very young age.  A student of Dr. Phyllis Bryn-Julson and a senior at the Peabody Institute, Mr. Drackley was recently seen in the role of Ferrando with Peabody Opera Theater’s production of Cosi fan tutte.  Other recent performances include Herr K in the Maryland premiere of Melissa Shiflett’s Dora at Baltimore Theater Project, Giuseppe in La Traviata with Peabody Opera Theater, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Armored Guard in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Vivente, Gastone in La Traviata with Chesapeake Chamber Opera, and Kornilov in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s opera, Strong like Bull, with The Figaro Project.  Mr. Drackley was a finalist for the Sylvia Green Competition in 2010 and received first prize in the district and regional NATS competition.  In December 2010, Peter joined Annapolis Opera in their “Gifts from Grand Opera” concert, where it was said he “used his sweet-toned tenor voice intelligently.”  Upcoming performances include the role of Jänik in Smetna’s The Bartered Bride with Opera Vivente. 

Prize-winning soprano Jessica Hanel Satava has been recognized for her rich tone and expressive musicianship.  Past opera roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimi in La bohème, The Voice from Heaven in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Inez in Il Trovatore, Musetta in La bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte, Lisette in La Rondine, Nella inGianni Schicchi, Beatrix in Offenbach’s Les Bavards, Polly in The Threepenny Opera, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, the title role in the world premiere of Christopher Bassett’s opera, Janine of Newark, and Ekaterina in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s opera, Strong like Bull.  She has performed with Opera Lancaster, Center Stage Opera, Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater, Peabody Opera Theater, South Bend Civic Theater, and Bethel College.  Ms. Satava’s talent has been recognized with awards from the Baltimore Music Club Competition, the Marian B. and Samuel Bernstein Memorial Prize for Opera, the Russell T. Wonderlic Competition for Voice, the Kennett Symphony Voice Competition, Michigan NATS, and the Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition. Ms. Satava earned her Master of Vocal Arts at The Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with William Sharp. She currently studies with Ruth Drucker and Thomas Houser.

Kate Jackman, mezzo-soprano, is a multifaceted musician and actress who is as comfortable on the concert stage as she is in operatic roles. Recent roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Maryland Concert Opera, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Peabody Opera Theater, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi with Bel Cantati Opera, Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with North Texas Opera, Margaret in the world premiere of Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart with The Figaro Project, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti at Baltimore Theater Project - a role she “sang with considerable nuance and communicative weight.” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun)  In 2009, Ms. Jackman sang the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah over internationally televised programming with The Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, D.C., where she currently sings as a soloist and chorister. In 2008, Ms. Jackman was a featured soloist in a televised memorial commemorating the 2008 floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  In competition, Kate won third-prize in the Maryland Opera Society, Marie E. Crump Vocal Competition in 2010 and was selected as a winner for the Vocal Arts Society Young Artist Competition 2011.  This season, she will be performing the roles of Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Maryland Concert Opera and Annina in La Traviata with Opera AACC. She will also be making her professional recital debut in the 2012 Vocal Arts Society Discovery Recital Series.  Ms. Jackman holds a Master of Music Degree from the Peabody Institute in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of North Texas. She will begin an Opera Graduate Performance Diploma program at the Peabody Institute in 2011, in the studio of Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

Nola Richardson, soprano, is an upcoming young artist with a dynamic stage presence and an expressive and versatile performance style. She has received attention for the “precision and clarity” of her voice and the sensitivity of her interpretations. She holds two Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy and Early Music from the Peabody Conservatory, and has studied under sopranos Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Ah Hong. Nola is comfortable singing in many genres of music including opera, art song, early music, new music and musical theater. She has performed the role of Gianetta in L'elisir d'amore with Emerald City Opera, Calisto in La Calisto with Peabody Opera Theater, the Child in Lux et Tenebrae with The Figaro Project (world premiere), and the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel with Chesapeake Chamber Opera and Maryland Concert Opera. In addition to her operatic work, Nola frequently appears in recitals and concerts throughout the Baltimore/DC region. She recently performed two programs of medieval music for the opening of the exhibit Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe at the Walters Art Gallery and appeared as a featured performer in the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival. She is the soprano section leader and cantor at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and sings for the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Nola has taught voice for over five years, combining pedagogy studies with performance, and considers teaching to be a valuable part of her career as a musician. This fall she looks forward to joining the medieval ensemble Eya and performing two concert's of Cozzolani's music with the Concerto delle Donne.

She will also be performing the role of Pamina with Maryland Concert Opera and singing Madame Silberklang with Bel Cantanti Opera.

Stage director and baritone William Schaller was born in Florida, raised in North Carolina, and trained in Baltimore. After completing his undergraduate degree in music at Guilford College, he moved on to two consecutive degree programs, an MM and GPD in Vocal Performance, at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He recently directed the world premiere performance of Joshua Bornfield's Strong Like Bull for Baltimore's The Figaro Project. He made his directorial debut in 2010 at Peabody in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s On Your Own Time and served as Assistant Director under Roger Brunyate for Peabody Opera Theater’s production of Manon and under Garnett Bruce for Peabody Opera Theater’s double-bill of Les Mamelles de Tirésias and L’enfant et les Sortilèges. He has appeared in numerous opera productions, most recently the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Barone Douphol in La Traviata.

Soprano Caitlin Vincent has been praised for her “sparkling” tone and pristine coloratura.  Hailed as a “lovely performer” with “exemplary stage presence,” she made her international debut in 2007 as Amour in Clérambault’s “Amour piqué par une abeille” at Le Mois Molière in Versailles, France.  Ms. Vincent has received first place honors from the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside and both the MD/DC and Pacific Northwest chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  While studying for her Master’s degree at the Peabody Institute, she was the recipient of two Career Development Grants, second place in the Frost School of Music in Salzburg Recital Competition, and the George Woodhead Prize for Voice.  Recent opera roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Belinda and First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Sister Constance in Dialogue of the Carmelites, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, L’écureuil in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore.  In May 2011, Ms. Vincent premiered the role of Janey in Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart, for which she was praised as a “standout” by Sequenza21.  Equally noted for her interpretations of concert repertoire, Ms. Vincent has performed as soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Exsultate, jubilate, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Handel’s Silete Venti, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor.  Upcoming performances include Zerlina in Who Killed Don Giovanni? with The Figaro Project.

A native of North Carolina, baritone Nathan Wyatt has been praised as a “standout” with a “sensitive and natural” voice.  He has received first place honors in the Maryland/DC chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was a finalist in the Sylvia Green Competition in 2010.  Recent opera roles include Alexander Kerensky in the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Strong like Bull, Le Directeur and Le Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Lescaut in Manon, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, and The Forester in The Adventures of Sharp-Ears the Vixen.  Acclaimed for his work in oratorio repertoire, Mr. Wyatt has performed as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, bass soloist in Haydn’s Mass in time of War with Chapel Hill All-City Chorus, bass soloist in Bach’s Magnificat with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, and Simon in Haydn’s The Seasons with the Maryland Choral Society.  In the fall of 2011, Mr. Wyatt made is Carnegie Hall debut under the direction of Marin Alsop in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s production of Arthur Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Wyatt was the recipient of the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest at Pepperdine where he participated in master classes and performances with Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, William Sharp, Josh Winnograde, Jake Heggie, Amy Burton, and John Musto.  Upcoming performances include John Proctor in Peabody Opera Theater’s production of The Crucible.

Praised for her warm, rich voice, soprano Abigail Seaman has won numerous awards, including the George S. Holmes Sr. Memorial Scholarship, the Parents Music Club Scholarship, the George M. Costella Scholarship Award in Voice, and most recently the National Association of Teachers in Singing Competition. Ms. Seaman is also a recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant.  In July 2010, she was a featured vocalist at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival where she covered the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and appeared in scenes as the title role of Floyd’s Susannah. Other recent roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Life Bearer in the world premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s opera Lux et Tenebrae, Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s The Impresario with WCU Opera Workshop, Pamina in Papageno! with the Peabody Outreach Program, and Elvira in L’Italiana in Algeri with Center Stage Opera of Harrisburg, PA, as well as performances with the Peabody Baroque Opera and the Peabody Chamber Opera.  Ms. Seaman earned a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with a minor in Music History from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Institute.  She currently studies with world-renowned soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson.

Lydia Beasley

Jason Buckwalter

Peter Drackley

Jessica Hanel Satava

Kate Jackman

Kristina Lewis

Nola Richardson

William Schaller - Resident Stage Director

Abigail Seaman

Caitlin Vincent

Nathan Wyatt

A native of Los Angeles, bass-baritone Jeremy Hirsch began his vocal training at the Colburn School Preparatory.  He currently studies with baritone William Sharp, while pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from The Johns Hopkins University.  Recent opera roles include L’arbre in L’enfant et les Sortilèges and Le Monsieur Barbu in Les Mamelles de Tirésias.  In summer 2010 and 2011, Mr. Hirsch was a Young Artist at SongFest at Pepperdine, where he had the privilege of performing in master classes with such notable musicians as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, and Martin Katz.  This season at SongFest, Mr. Hirsch also performed scenes as Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Falstaff in Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor.  Mr. Hirsch’s most recent engagement was at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, where he performed scenes at the title role in Don Pasquale.

Jeremy Hirsch

Recently named Resident Conductor of Baltimore’s The Figaro Project, Blair Skinner also serves as Assistant Music Director of the Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, a cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Lyric Opera, a staff conductor for Peabody Opera Theater, and Assistant Conductor for the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Described by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun as “remarkably fluid and expressive,” Mr. Skinner has led performances with the National Arts Center Orchestra  of Ottawa, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Chamber Opera, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University Philharmonia, Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton College Opera Music Theater, and with members of ensemble dal niente, one of Chicago’s leading new music ensembles. He was also a founding member and director of Canticum Novum, an ensemble based in Wheaton, IL dedicated to historically informed performances of the Baroque and Pre-Classic repertoire on modern instruments.  Mr. Skinner received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University under the mentorship of Victor Yampolsky. He was a Conducting Fellow at the National Arts Center, where he studied with Kenneth Kiesler and Pinchas Zukerman in sessions with the National Arts Center Orchestra and l’Orchestre Franchophonie Canadienne. As a student of Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School, he was awarded the prestigious Osher Conducting Fellowship. He has also participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival where he worked with the Orquestra da Camera Chihuahua.  Mr. Skinner is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as a conducting student of Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop.

Blair Skinner - Resident Conductor   

Arizona-born tenor, Stephen Campbell, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory. Since putting away the trumpet in favor of the voice, Mr. Campbell has had the great pleasure of studying with Professor Julie Simson and Dr. Stanley Cornett, performing numerous sacred works in the community, and singing in opera productions from Colorado to the North East.  Mr. Campbell enjoyed his solo opera debut with a pair of title roles in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring.  Some other favorite past roles include: Eisenstein in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Don Basilo/Curzio in the debut performance of The Figaro Project, Guillot in Manon and Le Mari in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias. Upcoming performances include: Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Maryland Concert Opera and Beppe in Pagliacci with Repertoire Opera Theater of Washington.  Mr. Campbell is the recipient of the Anita Erdman Award in Opera from the Peabody Conservatory.

Stephen Campbell

Christian Waugh, baritone, enjoys an active career on the opera, concert, and recital stages.  He is a graduate student in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.  Mr. Waugh is originally from Statesville, NC and started taking voice lessons with Dan Pardue.   He continued his studies at East Carolina University where he studied with John Kramar. While at East Carolina he performed often with the University’s Opera Theatre program and also soloed with the East Carolina University Chamber Singers who have recently recorded with Gothic Records. Mr. Waugh graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Sacred Music/Vocal Performance and was the Theodore Presser Scholarship recipient for the E.C.U. School of Music his senior year. In the spring of 2010 Mr. Waugh received the De Capo Award in the Student Category of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition and also was the recipient of the Shirley Rabb Winston Scholarship in voice presented on behalf of the National Society of Letter and Arts.  In May of 2011 Mr. Waugh had his debut performance with the Maryland Concert Opera in Frederick, MD.



Christian Waugh

Past Troupes


2010-2011

Jessica Abel

Lydia Beasley

Jason Buckwalter

Hui-Chuan Chen

Peter Drackley

Mark Ericksen

Annie Gill

Jessica Hanel Satava

Kate Jackman

Peter Kibbe

Christine Killian

Younggun Kim

Kristina Lewis

Stephanie Miller

Abigail Seaman

Andrew Spady

Jim Stopher

Caitlin Vincent

Melissa Wimbish

Nathan Wyatt


2009-2010

Lydia Beasley

Jason Buckwalter

Carnelian String Quartet

Stephen Campbell

Hui-Chuan Chen

Marisa Del Campo

Adam Caughey

Annie Gill

JoAnn Kulesza

Lauren Maxwell

Stephanie Miller

James Parks

William Schaller

Michael Sheppard

Caitlin Vincent

Jeffrey Williams

Nathan Wyatt

Joshua Bornfield

Joshua Bornfield has been called “a completely new and original voice” (Phyllis Bryn-Julson).  He has won awards for his chamber work (“simplificulticity,” 2010 Virginia McCarty-deLillo Award) and choral music (“Mi Chamocha,” 2010 Donald Sutherland Award).  His recent opera “Strong Like Bull,” a commission from The Figaro Project (opera collective), received national press from both CBS and sequenza21.com.  Joshua has been commissioned to compose music for members of the United States Army Field Band, Boston Handel & Haydn Society, the Lorelei Ensemble, and Toronto Opera.  He is a current composer-in-residence for the Johns Hopkins University, The Figaro Project, and the wildUp modern music collective (Los Angeles, California).  Forthcoming projects for those ensembles include a new vocal chamber work for The Johns Hopkins for April 2012, a site-specific spatial work for wildUp to be performed in the Los Angeles Armory in May 2012, and a full-length opera on the events following the assassination of John F. Kennedy for The Figaro Project’s 2012-2013 season.  The Figaro Project will partner with Armando Bayolo’s Great Noise Ensemble in Washington, DC for another series of performances of the same work in the fall of 2013.  Joshua is currently based in Baltimore.

Britt Olsen-Ecker is a Baltimore based photographer, actor, singer, and writer. In its fifth year, Britt Olsen-Ecker Photography is garnering more attention beyond the confines of Baltimore. She frequently travels to LA and NYC for shoots. Britt has done photography Run of the Mill Theatre, Glass Mind Theatre, and Single Carrot Theatre, as well as performed with each. She has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and the B. Her works have been showcased at different venues across the east coast. Britt is currently directing Den of Thieves by Stephen Adly Guirgis opening in September for Glass Mind Theatre. She was last seen in the Captial Fringe Festival in Washington, DC.

Britt Olsen-Ecker - Resident Photographer

Andrew Spady has recently been recognized for his pleasant tenor voice, keen sense of musicianship and sensitivity to musical line. Recent performances include the roles of #6 (Prince) in Transformations with the Peabody Chamber Opera,  Dylan Dawson in the world premiere of Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart, and Prince Charmant in Viardot’s Cendrillon with Poe City Opera, a performance for which he was praised as a “charming” performer who “sounded good, looked good, and was worth the ticket.” He also appeared with the CHANDOS Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, and presented a recital of Italian art song and arias for the Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild About Omaha Weekend.” Andrew has performed with the Opera Omaha Chorus, Omaha Symphony, Omaha Chamber Singers, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and the early music vocal ensemble, Dulces Voces. Additional opera roles include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Donald in Gallantry. Solo credits include Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor, Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” and the world premieres of Anna Lackaff’s “Ave Maria,” Tyler White’s De profundis and Gabriel Ian Gould’s Avraham Avinu. Andrew has also appeared as a visiting artist for the Nebraska Wesleyan University Opera Theatre, Brownville Concert Series, York (Nebraska) Fine Arts Council, Lincoln Sacred Arts Council Oratorio Festival and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Omaha.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in Voice Performance at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Andrew Spady

Pianist Ta-Wei Tsai has given solo recitals and received numerous awards in both the United States and his native country Taiwan. He began his musical training in Taiwan at the age of four, and came to the United States in 2004 to study at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts.  He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A student of Boris Slutsky, Mr. Tsai has worked in masterclasses and summer festivals with renowned pianists such as Diane Andersen, Alexander Braginsky, Hung-Kuan Chen, Russell Sherman, Oxana Yablonskaya, to name a few. His interests in chamber music has led to engagements with the New England Chamber Music Foundation and performances in halls such as the Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and Boston’s John Hancock Hall. Mr. Tsai is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Peabody Institute, where he also holds a Graduate Assistantship in Accompanying.

Ta-Wei Tsai - Resident Pianist

Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and began piano lessons at age six. She attended Kaohsiung Senior High School for young musicians, and later she entered the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. While in school, she won second place in the Kaohsiung City Competition, third prize in the University Piano Competition and placed fourth in the Kawai Competition. She was also engaged as rehearsal pianist for Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra for two years. Upon graduation, she moved to Baltimore to pursue graduate studies at The Peabody Institute. Hui-Chuan has performed widely throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. An active chamber musician, In 2003, she accompanied soprano Shou- Hua Su in concert at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2004, she collaborated with mezzo-soprano Chi- Chun Chan in the same hall. Hui-Chuan has also participated in many festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Chigiana Accademia in Siena, Italy, and Universität Mozateum in Salzburg.  Hui-Chuan has had opportunities to work with many great musicians, including pianists LeonFleisher and Sergei Dorensky. In terms of chamber music, she has coached with Christian Tezlaff, Pamela Frank, Victor Danchenko, Roberto Diaz, Laurence Lesser, Richard Aaron, Herbert Greenberg, Stephen Wyrczynski, Amit Peled and Marina Piccinini. Hui-Chuan also regularly accompanies singers. She was appointed by many outstanding performers or teachers as their class accompanist, including Thomas Grubb, John Shirley-Quirk, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and William Sharp. Having finished a Master of Music degree at Peabody, Hui-Chuan is currently a doctoral student.

Hui-Chuan Chen - Resident Pianist

Alex Rosen

Alex Rosen is a sophomore at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a double major in piano and vocal performance. He made his solo debut as Gherardino in the LA Opera production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at age 9, and subsequently sang the role of Harry in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring with The Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, and again in a production at Cal State Northridge.  Alex began studying piano at age 4. He has studied with Susan Day and Dr. Karen Owen, and presently studies with Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Associate Professor of Keyboard Collaborative Arts and Keyboard Studies at USC. Alex has won various awards for piano performance, including prizes at the Southwest Youth Music Festival, Fullerton Ensemble Competition, Bach Festival, Chapman College Piano Competition, the William Grant Still competition, the Young Musicians Foundation, as well as at many competitions of the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena branches of Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC).  As a member of various LACC ensembles, Alex sang in LA Opera productions of Turandot, Le Damnation de Faust, Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, Pagliacci, Tosca and Parsifal.  In addition, he sang with the LA Philharmonic and the LA Master Chorale in performances of John Adams’ El Nino, Carmina Burana, and Mahler’s 3rd Symphony. At the Hollywood Bowl he sang in Tosca and Bernstein’s Mass.  In Peabody’s 2010-2011 season, Alex sang the roles of Le Comte des Grieux in Peabody Opera Theater’s production of Manon, the Tree in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, and the Bearded Man in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles des Tiresias. In the fall of 2011, he will sing the role of Il Commendatore in Repertory Opera Theater of Washington’s production of Don Giovanni. Alex studies piano with Ellen Mack and voice with William Sharp.

Julia Sheriff

Joshua Zanze is a bass-baritone from Califonia. He has worked closely with Townsend Opera  in Modesto, CA for the past three years and was the first recipient of Camerata California's “Emerging Young Artist Scholarship Program” as well as the bass soloist for their performance of Rossini's Stabat Mater. His roles with TO include King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Speaker in Die Zauberflote, Pritschtisch in The Merry Widow, The Prince of Verona in Romeo and Juliet and The Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. In addition to his work in Modesto he has also worked extensively with the North Star Opera Reperatory Theater in Redding, CA, appearing in their productions of Gianni Schicci, La Boheme, and also the Opera Academy of California in San Francisco as John Brooke in Little Women and La Voce in Idomeneo. Mr. Zanze is currently a graduate student at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University.

Joshua Zanze