Meet our inspired—and inspiring—team of performers and technicians
After capturing First Prize at the Artist International Competition in New York, Colombia-born guitarist and composer Nilko Andreas Guarín quickly established himself as a leading classical guitarist. He has performed in over 15 countries on such stages as Carnegie Hall, Wildthurn Castle (Germany), Adolfo Mejia Theater (Cartagena), Teatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), Palacio Foz (Portugal) and Shenzhen Symphony Hall (China). Recipient of international awards including the “Recognition Award” by the City of New York for his contributions to the arts, Nilko has performed as soloist with the Shenzhen Symphonic Orchestra of China, The Azlo Orchestra, the New York Chamber Ensemble, Tactus Contemporary Ensemble, 20/21 Ensemble, and the Mariuccia Iacovino Symphony Orchestra of Brazil. He has appeared on RCN TV, Fox News, Cuny TV, HJUT, “W” Radio in Colombia and WQXR in New York. Nilko has recorded with multi-platinum artist Mariah Carey, and is invited annually to perform for Her Majesty The Queen Sofia of Spain at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gala. He holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude in Classical Guitar, Composition and Orchestral Conducting. As an educator, Nilko has given master classes and conferences on Classical Colombian Music at Columbia University, Mannes College of Music, NYU, The Berkley School of Music, the French Alliance in Cartagena and the Eafit University in Colombia. He has great interest in the composers of Latin America, frequently commissioning and premiering new works. As a composer, he has written music for independent films, theatre and solo artists. His collaboration with award-winning theatre group Artificio, in Federico García Lorca’s The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, won him several awards and rave reviews. He is also the co-founder of La Cumbiamba Eneye, an ensemble that performs Colombian traditional music from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, was created in the year 2000 for the purpose of preserving and teaching Colombian heritage around the world (www.lacumbiambany.com).
Bruce Barnes, Music Director, Conductor, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Pianist, makes his home in Manhattan, where he made his Broadway debut conducting Peter Pan and regularly served as Associate Conductor of the Broadway production of Cabaret at Studio 54. Off-Broadway, Bruce served as Music Director for the hit tribute to Ethel Merman, Everything the Traffic Will Allow, starring Klea Blackhurst. Other Off-Broadway experience includes the critically acclaimed European production of Peter and the Wolf at the venerable New Victory Theater, Class Mothers of ’68, starring Priscilla Lopez and Nunsense. Bruce also arranged and music directed Hoo Doo Love at The Juilliard School, and Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia.
National Tours include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Happy Days, Kiss Me, Kate, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret and Camelot. Internationally, he has toured with La Scala’s production of West Side Story and as a Musical Ambassador for Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist program. He can be seen on television on HBO’s Cathouse, The Musical, as The Vocal Coach, trying to teach prostitutes how to sing. They never did learn.
As an accompanist and vocal coach, Mr. Barnes has collaborated with a range of artists, including Patti LuPone, Penny Fuller, Dee Hoty, Ruthie Henshall, Beverly Sills, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jo Ann Worley, Billy Porter, Eartha Kitt and Jeremy Irons. Bruce’s solo piano work has taken him from as nearby as the Plaza Hotel in New York City, to the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, Scotland. When ships are sailing, Bruce occasionally serves as a Music Supervisor for Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Soprano Beverly Butrie is a singing actress with a voice of surprising size and beauty. She has performed with US opera companies such as Westside Opera Society (NYC), Harmony Project (NYC), Opera Florham (NJ), Temple Opera Company (PA) and Lambs Theater (NYC). She has also appeared with musical theater companies, including Raoul Company (national tour), Big League Theatrical (national tour), St. Michael’s Playhouse (VT), Bloomsberg Ensemble (PA), Fiesta Dinner Theater (NJ) and Huntingdon Valley Dinner Theater (PA). Favorite roles include Konstanza (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Beatrice (Beatrice di Tenda), Norma, Mimi (La Boheme), Gilda (Rigoletto), Lucrezia in Lucrezia Borgia, Madam Firman (Phantom of the Opera), Lynn (A Grand Night for Singing), Kathy (Company), Julie (Carousel), Alexandra (Vamp) and Rosabella (Most Happy Fella). Bruce-Michael Gelbert of New York Q News wrote of her performance as Anina in La Sonnambula: “a colorful soprano encompassing a bright high range and low register of dark, almost mezzo-soprano timbre… Butrie’s instrument took on an eerie purity… after a creamy legato, she brought the evening, punctuated by her ringing high F, to a conclusion with a brilliant ‘Ah! non giunge’.” A Pennsylvania native, Beverly makes her home in New York City.
Guillermo is a percussionist specializing in Latin and Afro-Dominican genres and rhythms who, in addition to his musicianship, is known for the spiritual quality of his playing. His playing is free and powerful, and he sometimes lapses into trance during solos, taking the audience along with him. Guillermo played on the 2007 Grammy-winning album by Dan Zanes, Nueva York, and has recorded and performed with many of the top names in the music business across several genres, including Pete Seeger. Additional recent recordings include Cristian Amigo’s album Kingdom of Jones (2008), Paco Pérez’ Waiting for the A Train (2008) and Dan Zanes’ The Welcome Table! Songs of Inspiration, Mystery and Good Times (2009). Originally from Dominican Republic, Guillermo has made his home in New York City for over 20 years. He teaches percussion classes at El Taller Latino Americano, and he is also a composer of percussion music. (See Dance of the Bongoes.)
Hailed by the San Francisco Gate for her vocal “power and florid elegance,” soprano Teresa Castillo was a recent participant in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, where she sang the role of #1 in Conrad Susa’s Transformations. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut appearing with the New England Symphonic Ensemble performing a new work entitled Reflections on a Mexican Garden, which was written for her by composer Kevin Padworski. She will soon make her debut with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte). Other recent roles include Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Elsie Maynard (Yeomen of the Guard), The Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) and Adele (The Bat). She was a member of the Central City Opera Ensemble for seven seasons. On the concert stage, Teresa has performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem, the world premiere of Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory’s Convergence, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. She also enjoys singing new works by established and upcoming composers such as her performances as Ana Maria in the new opera En Mis Palabras.
Teresa recently won first place in the Lois Alba Aria Competition and the Anita Cerquetti International Opera Competition, was a semi-finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition, a winner of the Elaine Malbin Competition, and a career grant recipient from Career Bridges New York. She was recently engaged as an emerging artist with the Virginia Opera, won first place in the Classical Singer Competition at the Young Artist level, second place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, and was featured in the “Who Inspires You?” article series in Classical Singer Magazine. Teresa appeared at Bel Canto at Caramoor for two summers as an apprentice and young artist. She will be appearing in the Inaugural Season of Teatro Nuovo singing the role of Creusa (Medea in Corinto) as a Resident Principal Artist.
Among Teresa’s many talents, she spent a brief period of her life as a clown, and she played the flute for thirteen years before switching to voice.
<p”>Tenor Theodore Chletsos is quickly becoming a sought-after artist in opera and concert in the US and abroad, garnering praise for his plangent voice and dynamic stage presence. Career highlights include the roles of Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Il Duca (Rigoletto), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Alfredo (La Traviata), Luigi (Il Tabarro), Anatol (Vanessa), the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), and Tom Norman in the North American premiere of Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man. Ted performed throughout the Netherlands and Belgium in tours of Madama Butterfly, La Bohème and Rigoletto, where he was universally praised for his “ringing high notes” and dramatic talents. He made his Carnegie Hall and New York City Opera debut in Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra. He has performed with Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Central City Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Opera, Opera New Jersey, Baltimore Concert Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Symphony, among others. He performed in the world premiere (and can be heard on the original cast recording, singing nine roles!) of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. Ted’s concert repertory spans four centuries, and includes the tenor solos in most of the major concert works of Verdi, Puccini, Beethoven, Handel, Rossini, Mozart, Bach and Dvorak, as well as works of Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner, Menotti, Bernstein and Saygun.
His awards include the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semi-Finalist. Ted received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice from Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and pursued graduate studies at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.
Recent engagements include a concert tour with the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic and Choirs as soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum (which was broadcast on WQED 89.3 in Pittsburgh), a Carnegie Hall performance, where he was soloist in Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s Yunus Emre Oratorio and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Aeneas in MidAtlantic Opera’s Dido and Aeneas, and soloist in Menotti’s Missa “O Pulchritudo” with Glen Ridge Concert Society. In May of 2016, he performed the tenor solo in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. He recently made a return to a favorite role, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, with The North Shore Music Festival.
Ted has lent his singing and dancing talents to Broadway-style revues, cabaret performances and operettas, including a concert with Marvin Hamlisch starring Susan Lucci (All My Children), a musical revue produced by Jerry Adler featuring the music of (and a performance by) Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Wicked), a “musical pageant” based on Purcell’s King Arthur directed and choreographed by Mark Morris for New York City Opera, and a special preview of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime with composer Stephen Flaherty.
Chip Fabrizi is the engineer and owner of PPI Recording, one of the longest running recording studios in New York City. He also holds a degree in percussion and has played drums and percussion on many of the tracks he’s recorded. Some of his recording credits include Trevor, Academy Award; A & E Documentaries, Chuck Jones, Emmy; Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone; The Heiress, Tony Award; Princess Diana, BBC; Disney; Lincoln Center; and numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Chip has engineered, mastered, produced and performed on over 200 CDs. He has recorded with Alicia Keyes, Roberta Flack, Phoebe Snow, Mickey Dolenz, Petula Clark, Paul Newman, Kathleen Turner, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander, Jim Rado, Walter Marks, “I Gotta Be Me,” and The Midtown Men (original Jersey Boys cast), just to mention a few.
Originally from Wyoming, Richard Gordon’s diverse musical career has ranged from conducting and coaching opera in the Alaskan tundra to performing solo piano concerts in the jungles of Africa. As conductor/accompanist he toured with Met diva Patrice Munsel and film star Jane Powell, and he has accompanied many of the luminaries in the opera world. His associations with opera companies include Washington (D.C.) Opera, New Orleans Opera, Pusan (Korea) Grand Opera, St. Louis Opera, Ecuador’s Teatro Nacional Sucre and Chautauqua Opera. Equally at home in musical theater, he has conducted national tours and been associated with Goodspeed Opera, Playwrights Horizons, and Phillip Glass Ensemble, and with many well-known popular singers such as Audra McDonald, Kevin Kline, David Cassidy and Linda Ronstadt. He has served on the faculties of the University of Liberia (Africa), Shenyang Conservatory (China), Dalien Music Conservatory (China), Southern Methodist University, Westminster Choir College, the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and other institutions, and has offered masterclasses for performers which help singers perform with awareness and physical freedom. Adept at bodywork and possessing an uncanny understanding of vocal anatomy and function, in addition to his mastery of vocal literature, Richard is a vocal coach/accompanist. He was Co-Music Director and Pianist for EGMP until 2018.
Elena Greco is a singer, writer, producer/director and coach. Her primary creative focus is on producing multi-media projects that entertain, educate and enliven through ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™, where she wears the hats of Producer/Director, Co-Music Director, coach and performer. Elena’s current musical focus is on jazz standards and American Songbook, with a dash of musical theater. An opera singer for decades, her focus was on the full-lyric mezzo French and Verismo repertoire. She formerly specialized in Spanish art song, researching and expanding available repertoire of this beautiful genre. It’s important to her to go wherever the creative impulse takes her, unrestricted by genre, style, medium or instrument. She has always sung a multitude of genres, crossing over very naturally between classical and popular styles, even before “cross-over” became fashionable.
Recent projects include Something’s Coming: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein, Kaleidoscope™ (songs about the kaleidoscope of human experience), The Flavor of Spain™ Part 1: Influences of Flamenco, Sephardic, Moorish and Italian Cultures, and The Flavor of Spain™ Part 2: The Influences of Catalan and Basque Cultures,
Elena believes that sharing our creative arts is a powerful means of enhancing communication, and that music is the most transformational and uplifting tool on the planet. She is producer/director of ELENA GRECO MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTIONS™ (EGMP), which presents multi-media, multi-genre projects that entertain, educate and enliven.
American soprano Risa Renae Harman is known for her technical virtuosity and communication skills as an artist. As noted by The New York Times, “[S]he is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist.” Favorite operatic roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Adele (Die Fledermaus), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), and her original creation of the role of Louise in the world premiere of William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. Risa has appeared with New York City Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lake George Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Glimmerglass Opera, and as soloist at the National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center. She has several operatic world premieres to her credit, including creating the roles of the Fair Witch in Tim Lloyd’s The Witch Boy, and Louise in William Schuman’s A Question of Taste for Glimmerglass Opera. Risa toured North America with the New York City Opera National Company and performed with the New York City Opera Educational Outreach Division. As a winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition, Risa made a concert tour of Sweden and appeared with Elisabeth Söderstrom in a gala benefit concert honoring Jenny Lind’s birthday. Among her recent recital engagements was a solo recital for the Trinity Church Concert Series in downtown New York. She is the recipient of a career grant from the Lee Schaenen Foundation and a winner of the Dalton Baldwin Mélodie prize in the Lotte Lehmann Vocal Competition. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Risa received an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Hartt School of Music. She received her DMA degree from Stony Brook University and was awarded the Ackerman prize for outstanding performance graduate. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan.
A former winner of the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Dundalk (Ireland) International Drama Festival for her portrayal of Sister Mary Amnesia in the musical Nunsense, lyric-coloratura soprano Pamela Jones enjoys bringing diverse and colorful characters to life. In 2018 she had the opportunity to do so when she sang Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Theatre of Montclair and Helmwige (Die Walküre) with Trilogy: An Opera Company at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She will perform Mrs. Hayes in Lighthouse Opera’s production of Susannah in Fall 2018. In 2017 she debuted the roles of Freia (Das Rheingold) with Trilogy: An Opera Company and Annie (Porgy and Bess) at the Charles Bronfman Hall in Tel Aviv, Israel. She also sang the Strawberry Woman in Haifa, Israel, reprising a role she sang in 2016 at the Semperoper in Dresden and at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany. In addition, she debuted Clara in Porgy and Bess in Cologne and went on to sing it at the Staatsoper Hamburg. Pamela has been privileged to have performed in many premieres, including the title role in the world premiere of The Bird that Wants to Fly with Trilogy: An Opera Company in 2015. Another was the role of Miss Rose in the New York premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz at New York City Opera. Also with NYCO she portrayed Winnie Mandela in No Easy Walk to Freedom in their Contemporary American Opera Lab (VOX), Pamina and First Lady in The Magic Flute with the Education Division, and Lolette (La Rondine), First Conversa (Suor Angelica), and Oasis in L’Étoile on the main stage.
Pamela made her New York solo recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall. She has been a soloist at the Spoleto Festival USA 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina, with the NYC Opera Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, with the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Festival, with the National Chorale at Carnegie Hall, with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Chamber Choir, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, CONCORA, the Arcadia Players, the Connecticut Opera Alliance, the Opera Company of Brooklyn, Commonwealth Opera (MA), L’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Berkshire Lyric Opera, Longar Ebony Orchestra, Opera Noire of New York, and the American Spiritual Ensemble.
In 2011 Pamela completed a recording of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra for New World Records, and when she sang the title role with Trilogy: An Opera Company, the company immediately re-engaged her to sing Spirit McNair in “4” by Trevor Weston. The soprano is a frequent guest lecturer for Explore New York where she sings a program entitled “Arias in My Life.” Her faculty recitals of German Lieder were well received at the Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in 2014 and 2015 where she taught voice and managed the Music Discovery Partnership for the Thurnauer School of Music. Pamela earned her Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Lyric tenor Victor Khodadad was born in Shiraz, Iran, and moved to the US shortly after his birth. His father was Iranian and his mother was a Cuban pianist and conductor. Victor has appeared with many companies throughout the US, including Connecticut Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Theater Artaud in San Francisco, Hubbard Hall Opera, Swine Palace Productions, Taconic Opera, New York Vocal Productions and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Favorite roles include Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Alfredo (La Traviata), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Benvolio and Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Des Grieux (Manon), Don José (Carmen), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Duke (Rigoletto), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Nadir (Les pếcheurs de perles), Nanki-poo (The Mikado), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Don Carlo and Bishop of Puebla in Carla Lucero’s new Spanish opera Juana. In college Victor pursued a classical theatre training and received a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. Following several years of work in Los Angeles, including membership with the Improv group Los Angeles Theatresports, he moved to New York to pursue his career in theatre. By 2000, Victor had worked at Boston Center for the Arts, Hartford Stage Company, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Theatreworks/USA and Yale Repertory Theater. He also appeared in the original New York International Fringe Festival production of Urinetown!(the musical). Further studies resulted in a Graduate Professional Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music, where he received talent scholarships. He was a participant in the Young Artist Program at Opera Santa Barbara, the Aspen Music Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium, which he attended on a talent scholarship, and he was named as a Finalist for The American Prize in Vocal Performance in 2011. From 2006–2009, he had formative private lessons with legendary tenor Nicolai Gedda in Switzerland. Victor is a co-founder of New Camerata Opera.
Dancer and Choreographer Suzzanne Ponomarenko is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in 2012, and trained extensively at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She recently returned from a European tour as Rehearsal Director and Soloist with Catapult Entertainment, performing in Germany, France, Lithuania and Connecticut. Other engagements include “Martha @…The 1963 Interview” with Richard Move/MoveOpolis!, performed at the Singapore International Arts Festival, and Buglisi Dance Theatre’s The Table of Silence Project at Lincoln Center. She has also performed with The Stanley Love Performance Group at the Whitney Museum and The Kitchen. You can see her own work under Suzzanne Ponomarenko Dance, a budding dance/social activist group. Suzzanne is also a certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner and Tarot Reader.
Matt Scharfglass is a New York City-based bassist (upright and electric) and guitarist. Matt has over 30 years’ experience in the music business, playing with and recording for numerous artists, and performing all types of music from Broadway to regional theater to dingy NYC rock clubs to events at Madison Square Garden. Matt plays frequently at cabaret venues such as Don’t Tell Mama, 54 Below, Metropolitan Room, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre, supporting well-known singers. He was previously the bass player (electric) for the New York Rangers and can sometimes be found in the pit at Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Formerly an editor for Guitar World Magazine, Matt has authored over a dozen bass and guitar instructional books and videos, and is an accomplished arranger with over 1,000 songs appearing in publications worldwide. He’s also a writer, music transcriber, and bass and guitar teacher. He has won the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs’ MAC Award twice, in 2022 and 2019, as Ensemble Instrumentalist.
Eric Sedgwick is a pianist and vocal coach whose clients have appeared on- and off-Broadway and in major opera houses around the world. As an accompanist he has performed in concert with some of some of music’s biggest talents, including Leona Mitchell and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice and Carole Demas, Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic, and jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann. He is currently on the coaching staff at the Manhattan School of Music, where he is the music director for the Junior Opera Theater directed by Catherine Malfitano. On the west coast he frequently coaches and music directs productions for the cutting-edge OperaWorks training program in Los Angeles. Opera and musical theater credits include performances of La Voix Humaine, Le Nozze di Figaro, Xerxes, L’Elisir d’Amore, The Wild Party and Side by Side by Sondheim. Eric has been involved with the Art Song Preservation Society since its inception, playing for their masterclasses, workshops and competitions. He also performs regularly with Opera Singers Initiatives, an organization dedicated to nurturing careers in the field of classical voice, as well as SongFusion, committed to innovative approaches to art song performance. For the past five seasons he has been the pianist for the Stonewall Chorale in New York and for the Broadway Concerts Direct concert series in Wurtsboro, NY. He was a winner of the Boston Steinway piano competition, and has premiered works by composers Seymour Barab, J. Mark Stambaugh, Joelle Wallach, and Louis Hardin. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Eric holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a BA in English Literature from Brown University, summa cum laude. He maintains a private coaching studio in New York.
A member of the USO Show Troupe, baritone James Shackelford’s varied professional experience as an actor/singer/dancer includes Disney’s The Little Mermaid (male swing and Prince Eric’s cover), Hairspray (Link Larkin), A Chorus Line (Al), Ragtime (Harry K. Thaw), and Call Me Madam (Kefauver, Champion), as well as performances in Miracle on 34th Street (Mr. Macy’s cover) and Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka’s cover) with the Westchester Broadway Theatre. James grew up in Liberty, Missouri. Active in sports, music and theater, he graduated in 2008 as a valedictorian from Liberty High School, where performances of lead roles in My Fair Lady (Freddy), Brigadoon (Tommy), Les Miserables (Marius) and Little Shop of Horrors (Orin) provided a great foundation for performing. He worked as a performer at Worlds of Fun (Cedar Fair Entertainment) for three summers. In 2012 he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University, where he performed featured roles in Children of Eden (Snake), Baby (Nick), Don Giovanni (Devil), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Pagliacci (Silvio), and The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia). Also a skilled classical percussionist and an accomplished dancer, James now makes his home in Kansas City.
Sung Shin is a Korean-American lyric baritone currently completing his bachelor’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He is the director and founder of Opera under the Arch, a group of young singers and pianists who perform opera arias and scenes at New York City’s Washington Square Park, most notably under the famous arch. Roles include Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) with Queens College Opera Theatre, the title role in Don Giovanni with Manhattan Opera Studio, and Papageno (The Magic Flute) with New York Lyric Opera. Upcoming performances include scenes of Le Nozze di Figaro with the Dell’arte Opera Ensemble and Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte) with New York Opera Forum.
Lyric soprano Kathleen Weber is a voice teacher and accomplished vocalist who focuses equally on opera, oratorio and recital literature. A native of Kansas, Kathleen has performed in oratorio extensively in the Midwest. Her repertoire includes Mozart’s Grosse Messe in C Minor, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Tippett’s A Child of Our Times, La Montaine’s Songs of the Rose of Sharon, and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs. Her operatic roles include Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), and Annina (The Saint of Bleecker Street). Concert performances include Trinity Wall Street’s Concerts at One and La Maison Francaise The Third Sunday. She has served as a member of US college faculties, including the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY) and Turtle Bay Music School (NYC). Kathleen received her Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, and currently teaches voice in New York City. She graciously assists us as a General Assistant for EGMP.
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