Dana Brown, pianist, has been heard at the Tanglewood Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and many times on WFMT Radio as a collaborator, in addition to performances on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, Light Opera Works of Evanston, L’Opera Piccola, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Chicago Humanities Festival. As a coach, he has been on the faculty of Northwestern University, the Intermezzo Young Artists Program, the Opera and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and most recently the Taos Opera Institute in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. He was the coach for the 2008-2011 seasons of the Civic Music Association’s Support Our Singers Program in conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Wisconsin District. He is also a staff pianist for the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; at Lyric he has played in the lessons and masterclasses of Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto and Renée Fleming. He is the Associate Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he has taught and coached since 2001. At CCPA he musically directs opera, coaches graduate and undergraduates in the vocal performance programs, and teaches singer-specific classes in diction, art song literature and business practices. Several recent productions at CCPA include Ravel/L’Heure Espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Poulenc/Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Britten/Turn of the Screw and Albert Herring and Mozart/Le Nozze di Figaro. He is also co-artistic director of a new summer program for emerging singers, the Up North Vocal Institute, held in Boyne, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned accompanist Martin Katz.
Andrew Campbell has established himself as one of the most versatile collaborative pianists in the United States with a performing career that has taken him to four continents. He has performed in duo recitals with such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, flutist Thomas Robertello, composer Bright Sheng, and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, with whom he has also collaborated on several operatic productions. He has served as opera rehearsal pianist for such distinguished conductors as André Previn and Plácido Domingo, and has worked closely with the composer Carlisle Floyd on several productions of his operas. Chamber music performances have taken him to distinguished venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, where The Strad and Strings magazines both hailed his performance as "excellent." His partnership with violinist Katherine McLin in the McLin/Campbell Duo and McLin and clarinetist Robert Spring in Trio del Sol has led to performances on numerous recital series throughout the United States and Europe. He has recorded several CDs on the Summit and Centaur labels, and his performance of the Rachmaninoff cello sonata with bassist Catalin Rotaru was cited for special praise by Bass World and XBass, two leading international journals. As an orchestral pianist, he has performed with many ensembles including the Phoenix Symphony, the Columbus Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony, working with notable conductors including Keith Lockhart, David Effron, and Michael Christie. He has appeared as collaborative pianist at numerous international conferences, including the International Double Reed Society, National Flute Association Convention, MTNA and the Society for American Music. Dr. Campbell graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda in History and Piano from Oberlin College and Conservatory and earned his MM in Piano Performance from Indiana University. He received the Doctorate in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying from the University of Michigan where he studied with the renowned collaborative artist Martin Katz. While at Michigan he served as Opera Coach/Continuo performer for the Opera Theater. Dr. Campbell spent several summers at the Aspen Music Festival as a fellowship pianist for the Vocal Concert Studies program and staff pianist for the violin studio of Paul Kantor. He was a national prizewinner in the MTNA Wurlitzer Collegiate Artists solo piano competition. Dr. Campbell is currently Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Arizona State University School of Music and is an occasional member of the music staff for the San Diego Opera. During the summer season, he serves on the Artist Faculty of the Taos Opera Institute. Previous positions include Director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, music staff for the Washington National Opera, and Music Director and Pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble.
Christina Haan has coached opera productions for some 35 years, working in Europe and America for organizations such as Kentucky Opera, Dayton Opera, Whitewater-Sorg Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy, Bel Canto Northwest in Portland, Oregon, and Rising Star Singers Audition Network in Indiana. Dr. Haan has also coached opera productions at numerous universities, including Portland State University, University of Kentucky, Xavier University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, and The Ohio State University. She has played both collaborative and solo concerts in England, France, Italy, Austria, and all over the United States. Dr. Haan is currently employed at Miami University of Ohio and The Ohio State University, where she has also taught Diction, Oratorio Literature, Vocal Chamber Music, and Collaborative Piano. She has worked for AIMS in Graz since 2009. Dr. Haan is a member of the faculty at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
As a soloist or collaborator, Daniel Lockert is equally versatile on the piano, organ, and harpsichord. He is a native of San Diego, California, where he began piano studies at the age of five. He also studied organ throughout high school. After getting his Bachelor's in Piano Performance from Loma Linda University, he attended the University of Southern California and obtained an advanced degree in the specialized area of accompanying, studying with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, the pioneer teacher of the field. Daniel was the only American finalist in the first International Accompanying Competition held in the Netherlands. As an accompanist, he has had an active career accompanying choral groups, singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. He has collaborated with singers past and present of the Metropolitan Opera, such as Deborah Voight, as well as current young recitalists, including Christopheren Nomura. As a coach and teacher, he has been on the staffs and faculties of the Juilliard School, the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, and the Aspen Music Festival. He is also active as a cabaret pianist and singer, having collaborated with many San Francisco bay area performers. In Los Angeles and New York, he musically directed I Do! I Do! and Fiddler on the Roof. He has been musical director and pianist for several musicals and reviews at the Marin Theatre Company and Willows Theatre, in evenings of music by Gershwin, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Sondheim's Company, Into the Woods, Side by Side, and You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow are some of the musicals and reviews that he has conducted and directed at various Bay Area theatres. Daniel has been the musical director and pianist for the annual Great Broadway Sing-a-long held at the Marin Theatre Co, and four nights from now at the JCC of San Francisco in this same theatre. He was associate musical director for Mountain Days: the John Muir Musical and The Haunting of Winchester by Craig Bohmler, assisting the composer in their world premieres at the Concord Pavilion and the San Jose Repertory Theatre. He was also music director for Bohmler’s Enter the Guardsman, which was performed on the cruise ship QE2. After that, Daniel took another cruise on the QE2 to musically direct a Broadway review. Daniel has taught and coached students for special projects at the American Conservatory Theatre. As a harpsichordist and continuo player, Daniel played at the Carmel Bach Festival for several summers. He played the world premiere of the Concertino Notturno for Flute, Harpsichord and Strings by Vivian Fung with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. As an organist, Daniel has played in churches and synagogues since age 12. For years he was organist at several prominent churches in Southern California. He is currently organist at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Orinda, and is an active organ recitalist in the Bay Area.
Donna Loewy has prepared and accompanied many top prize winners of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, NATSA Artist Awards, D'Angelo Competition and Montreal Concours International de Musique. Much in demand as a collaborative pianist and master class teacher, she performs frequently throughout the United States. She is the official accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (Southern Ohio Region) and has been an assisting artist at the Congress of Strings, the International Clarinet Conference, Tubamania in Sydney, Australia, the International Double Reed Society, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Recitals. Loewy has worked as an opera coach and pianist with the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. She has toured Australia as a member of the Seraphim Trio, and has performed concerts on the Queen Elizabeth II under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera Guild Tour. As an accompanist, she has also toured extensively. With tenor Daniel Weeks (and presented by the Marylin Horne Foundation), she gave recitals at the Kosicusko Foundation in New York, the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the Mozart Society of Carmel, California, and in residencies throughout the US. Furthermore, in 2005, she and baritone Andrew Garland presented their first concert of Living American Composers for the Marilyn Horne Foundation; since then, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection and the Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.), Art Song of Williamsburg, Fanfare in Louisiana, the Huntsville Chamber Music Society, Meng Concert Hall (Fullerton, CA), the Modern (Fort Worth, TX), the Cerritos Center (Cerritos, CA), the Montreal Conservatoire for the Andre Turp Society, St. Stephens College in Pennsylvania and other venues. Among the composers featured in their concert are Tom Cipullo, David Conte, Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Steven Mark Kohn, Lori Laitman, Thomas Pasatieri, Stephen Paulus, and Jeffrey Wood. Garland and Loewy's recording of On the Other Shore (featuring all the folk song setting of Steven Mark Kohn) has garnered much praise. Loewy has also served as faculty with several organizations such as SongFest (2010), New Music on the Point (2012) and Barcelona Festival of Song (2012). Furthermore, she was awarded the Acuff Chair of Excellence at Austin Peay State University, coaching singers and instrumentalists. She is the voice consultant and co-author of The Inner Game of Music Vocal Workbook written by Barry Green. Lowey studied piano with Jean Casadesus and Jeanne Kirstein, accompanying with Robert K. Evans and chamber music with the Guarneri Quartet, Lenox Quartet, LaSalle Quartet and the New York Woodwind Quintet.
One of the more versatile musicians in the Atlanta area, Peter Marshall performs on piano, harpsichord and organ in a variety of settings. He has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in Atlanta, Washington, D. C. (National Symphony), Richmond, Norfolk (Virginia Symphony), Buffalo and Columbus (Ohio), as well as with the chamber groups Hesperus and Folger Consort, and has given solo recitals in the United States and abroad. Marshall holds the Hugh and Jessie Hodgson Keyboard Chair at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and performs numerous concerts with the ASO throughout the year. He was featured in Manuel de Falla’s Concerto for Harpsichord with the ASO at the Ojai Festival in 2006, and was the organ soloist in Janacek’s “Glagolitic” Mass at Carnegie Hall in 2010. Active as an accompanist and coach in Atlanta since 1993, Marshall is in frequent demand as a pianist in vocal and instrumental recitals, and has appeared with Bent Frequency, Sonic Generator and the Southeastern Festival of Song. Dr. Marshall joined the faculty of the Georgia State University in 2001. He had chaired the organ department at the Catholic University of America from 1984 to 1993, having previously taught at Duke University and served as its Chapel Organist. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and Yale University and studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck as a Fulbright Scholar.
Patrick O'Donnell, vocal coach, earned his BA from Yale University, his MM in piano performance from the University of Maryland, and his DMA in chamber music and vocal accompaniment with Martin Katz and Eckart Sellheim at the University of Michigan. Concert appearances in the Washington, D.C., area include the White House, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage, the Library of Congress, and the embassies of France, Italy, Monaco, Columbia, and Brazil. As a lecturer on art song, he helped design and teach a course entitled, "Arts Songs, a Guided Tour — Lecture and Live Performances" sponsored by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. For opera, he has presented pre-concert lectures for the Washington Concert Opera and has given presentations on opera, musical theater, and cabaret for the Smithsonian's Resident Artist Program. He enjoys collaborating on fund-raising concerts for the Washington Concert Opera, a highlight of which was a performance in March 2011 with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. O'Donnell has appeared as a master coach and featured guest artist at the Fairbanks (Alaska) Summer Arts Festival and serves as head vocal coach of the Washington National Opera's Institute for Young Singers, where he also teaches opera history. He is currently on the faculty of Levine Music and also teaches at George Washington University, where he has served as music director for the university's productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Hair, Sweeney Todd, and most recently The Cradle Will Rock, where he appeared on-stage in the role of the composer Marc Blitzstein.
Pianist and coach Jeffrey Peterson has appeared in recitals and master classes on five continents, with such important operatic artists as Martina Arroyo, James King, and Teresa Kubiak, in venues as far-reaching as Hoam Hall in Seoul, the Marian Anderson Festival and Competition, and Manaus, Brazil. He has appeared at art song festivals in Cleveland and Delaware, and the Blossom Festival, and been part of cultural exchange cruises to Greece, Turkey, and South America. His performances have been broadcast on public radio stations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and New Mexico, as well as on WFMT in Chicago. Dr. Peterson has taught at Indiana University, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron, and most recently served on the Opera Studies Faculty at Northwestern University for five years. While at Indiana University he helped design and teach a course in operatic role preparation, which continues to be one of the most popular offerings in that school's vocal curriculum. He is a member of NATS, the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild, Phi Kappa Phi, and the College Music Society. Jeffrey Peterson earned the doctorate in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying at the University of Illinois, where he was the assistant to renowned pianist and coach John Wustman. He was also a recipient of the Nancy Kennedy Wustman Award in Vocal Coaching, established in memory of Mr. Wustman's late wife. Dr. Peterson has taught at several summer programs, including the Corso Estivo per Cantanti Giovani and The Italian Operatic Experience, both in Urbania, Italy; the New York Vocal Institute, of which he was co-director, and is currently in charge of Music in the Marche, a program in Piobbico, Italy, which he founded and for which he is also artistic director.
A member of the college opera faculty, Daniel Wyneken is also music director of NEC’s School of Continuing Education Opera Studio, which runs during Summer Session as well as fall/spring semesters. He teaches classes in Vocal Repertoire Performance and Dramatic Coaching. Wyneken serves as assistant conductor at Central City (Colorado) Opera and principal coach at Opera Omaha, and is a freelance coach and accompanist, performing chamber music recitals in Baltimore and Boston. He formerly taught diction at the Boston Conservatory and was director of management and personnel at the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities (now the Massachusetts Cultural Council). B.M., with honors, California State University; M.M., NEC. Piano studiestudies with Leonard Shure and Thomas Gentry; vocal coaching with Terry Decima. Former faculty, Boston Conservatory.
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