JOHANNA KVAM (Vocal Accompanying, ’16) completed a guest artist residency at Macalester College, teaching and performing works by Lili Boulanger, Wolf, Strauss, Montsalvatge, and premiering the song cycle “Chansons Innocentes” for soprano, Bb clarinet, and piano by Victoria Malawey. She also performed on the St. Paul concert series “Punk-Ass Classical.” Johanna joins DC Public Opera’s production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw in January, conducted by Peabody conducting alum Michelle Rofrano and featuring Peabody graduate Laura Virella, and then will join Virginia Opera’s Outreach touring company from January-April. Johanna is a pianist for Bmore Musical cabaret series and the Occasional Symphony. She also works for the Peabody Prep Voice and String Departments.
NICHOLAS POTHIER (Vocal Accompanying, ’15) N has been appointed to the Plymouth State University faculty as Collaborative Pianist. He is a lecturer in piano and staff piano coach at St. Anselm College, and a lecturer in piano at the Leddy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also Minister of Music/Organist for St. Christopher’s Church in Hampstead, NH. Nicholas maintains an active career as a musical theatre director and pianist, and is a member of “Bella and the Fellas,” a trio based at the Walden Theatre in Concord MA which presents touring semi-staged productions of scenes from operetta and musical theatre. He served as music director/coach for Opera Breve Vocal Incentive’s opera scenes program in Wichita, Texas, as well as pianist for the Prescott Park arts festival in Portsmouth, NH. Additional musical theatre credits include performances of Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Mille, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
MIJIN CHOI (Vocal Accompanying ’11) has been appointed as staff pianist/coach at Binghamton University in NY, where she will coach singers and the opera ensemble of the opera department. Mijin has been a coach accompanist for Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Twin Cities Fringe Opera, the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute, the Orford Music Festival, and the Lingua e Canto and La Musica Lirica programs in Italy.
RAYNA SLAVOVA (Vocal Accompanying, ’13) has won the Irving Shain Competition for Woodwind-Piano Duos at the University of Wisconsin, where she is a second year doctoral student in collaborative piano. She performed in a Winner’s Recital at Morphy Recital Hall on March 11, 2017.
BETHANY PIETRONIRO (Vocal Accompanying, ’13) has been named a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Bard Conservatory of Music. The Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship is a two-year, full-tuition program with a generous stipend for living expenses. It was designed to give professional experience to collaborative artists, with the ultimate aim of easing the transition between school and the working world of a collaborative pianist. Bethany was named a Stern Fellow at the Songfest summer vocal program at the Colburn School in California in 2014, and returned there as a staff pianist for the summer of 2015. Her CD with soprano Danielle Buonaiuto, Songs of Innocence and Experience, is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daniellebuonaiutosoprano.
JU YOUNG LEE (Vocal Accompanying, ’14) and soprano MELISSA WIMBISH were Finalists in the Collaborative Artist Division of the 2013 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition. They received an Honorable Mention and earned the Best Interpretation Award of a Composer from the Americas. Juyoung was Melissa’s pianist for the 2014 National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award Compeition, where she won Grand Prize after first winning the Semi-Finals and Md./D.C. division.
NADEZDA MIJATOVIC-SEKICKI (GPD’13, Vocal Accompanying) was the music director for D.C. Public Opera’s staged production of Schubert’s Goethe-Lieder, which was hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria. She collaborated with the Embassy in creating this unusual production with stage director Jennifer Williams.
CELESTE JOHNSON (MM’14, Vocal Accompanying) joined Opera Coeur d’Alene’s company as coach/accompanist for Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. She is employed as a pianist/accompanist for the choral and vocal departments of Gonzaga University and Whitworth University. In January, Celeste joined artists from the Curtis Institute for an “Opera in the Afternoon” benefit recital in Saint Paul, MN. Proceeds went to the Children’s Hospital s and Clinics of Minnesota. Celeste was the recipient of a full tuition, room, and board scholarship as a Collaborative Piano Intern for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Vocal Program, an intensive training and performance program set in the inspirational beauty of the Big Island of Hawaii in July. Her responsibilities include acting as repetiteur for opera productions, playing for master classes with Ricky Ian Gordon, and accompanying other recitals, master classes, and lessons. Celeste and BM voice student Alexandra Razskazoff, and GPD voice student Fitzgerald St. Louis were praised in the Baltimore Sun for their performances at the Lyric Opera Baltimore’s preview concert. Tim Smith wrote, “There was only a brief excerpt of ‘Dialogues,’ but enough to whet the appetite. And, eloquently accompanied by pianist Celeste Johnson, Alexandra Razskazoff and baritone Fitzgerald St. Louis brought a good deal of nuance to a couple of songs that revealed Poulenc’s distinctive, affecting lyricism.”
MARY TROTTER (MM’13, Vocal Accompanying) teaches theory, class piano, applied piano, and is the accompanist coordinator for the voice department at Whitworth University. She plays and coaches all voice recitals at Whitworth, oversees piano proficiency exams, and accompanies the voice faculty in recital. Trotter is the recipient of a full tuition scholarship for the SongFest summer vocal program at the Colburn School in California, where she worked with the legendary vocal accompanist and scholar Graham Johnson, Craig Rutenberg, the Head of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera, and Alan Smith, Director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music. Mary has accompanied Metropolitan Opera baritone Aaron St. Claire Nicholson, artistic director of Opera Coeur d’Alene, for a series of fundraising concerts, and is Opera Coeur d’Alene’s pianist for their summer cruise series.
JUNGWON (JUNE) KIM (Vocal Accompanying, ’12) won the opera accompanying award in the 25th annual Journal of Music Competition in Seoul, Korea.
RAYNA SLAVOVA (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) was appointed a full time vocal coach and accompanist at the Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas in Bogota, Colombia. This position is the first of its kind at the University. She is also the principal vocal coach for the premiere of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, a new opera by Columbian composer Jorge Pinzon, based on the comic play by Dario Fo. The opera premiered at the National Opera Festival, and is scheduled for its U.S. premiere in March.
MING-CHING WU (MM ’08, Piano, Vocal Accompanying) is teaching Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Graduate Institute at National Tainan University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan. Wu also teaches at the Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Ming-Ching was the recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship for the study of collaborative piano at the Juilliard School of Music, and completed her doctoral studies in Collaborative Piano at Eastman School of Music.
HYEJIN KWON (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) Currently in her second and last year as an intern coach at Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Hyejin’s credits with COC includes La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, Bremen Town Musicians, Maometto Secondo, Ariodante, Götterdämmerung, Second Nature and Tosca. She was featured in an article here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/Canadian-Opera-Company-to-Welcome-Three-New-Rising-Stars-20150115. Hyejin served as repetiteur for Opera on the Avalon’s productions of Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was Intern Coach for the St. Andrew’s Arts Council 2014 Opera Workshop for Advanced Singers with Wendy Nielsen. Kwon has been active in Toronto as a masterclass pianist for Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Lord, Stuart Hamilton, and Tracey Dahl. Hyejin was Metropolitan Opera conductor Steven White’s assistant and pianist for the Lyric Opera Baltimore’s La Traviata, accompanying a cast that included Metropolitan Opera singers Elizabeth Futral and Jason Stearns. She returned again for Lyric Opera’s productions of Faust and Le Nozze di Figaro. Hyejin was also recently commended in the Washington Post for her work with Repertory Theatre of Washington as performance pianist for Don Giovanni. The review stated, “Pianist Hyejin Kwon was a find stand-in for the orchestra and doubled brilliantly as recitative accompanist on harpsichord.” Hyejin was awarded a full tuition fellowship and additional stipend for Aspen Music Festival in Collaborative Piano. She also works as a Studio Pianist at the University of Toronto.
CHRISTINE PULLIAM (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying) was the musical director for Dramma per Musica’s new staging of Handel’s Giulio Cesare—Julius Caesar: A Game of Thrones. The performances took place at the 133rd St. Arts Center in New York City. She has also been accepted into the coaching program at Opera Company of Brooklyn Resident Artist Program.Christine is currently teaching and accompanying at Kings College in New York City. She has been working as a resident artist with the Opera Company of Brooklyn, where she was performance pianist for concert operas Alcina, Cosi fan Tutte, and the Mozart version of the Messiah. Christine is a member of the Opus Nine Ensemble, and was a coach/performance pianist for a production of Don Giovanni at the West End Theater in New York City. She performed Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin with bass Ian Pomerantz. Christine also works as a vocal coach for the Palisades Opera, the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine, and recently participated in Academie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France, a song festival for French melodie for singers and pianists.
KA NYOUNG YOO (MM’10, GPD’12, Vocal Accompanying) was awarded the Peabody Preparatory’s “Pianist of the Year” award for her vocal and cello accompanying. Ka Nyoung has accepted a position at Towson University as staff accompanist and as their official Master Class pianist. She was recently invited to perform with several members of the Towson voice faculty in their operatic recital program, Viva L’Opera!, and began coaching for the Towson University Opera Department in the fall.
YOOHEE SHIN (MM, ’09) Vocal Accompanying) joined FBN Opera Productions as pianist for its tour of John Davies opera for children, Pinocchio.
MIYEON HAN (MM ’08, Vocal Accompanying) has joined the graduate collaborative piano faculty at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea. She was recently featured in a collaborative recital at the Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul. Miyeon was selected to be the pianist for the Horn and Trumpet workshops at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. After Miyeon joined VOCES INTIMAE for a complete performance of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in Dallas, Texas, Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News wrote: “Star of the show was pianist Mi Yeon Han, whose luminous, unforced tone and telling inflections caught the ear again and again.”
MIAOMIAO WANG (MM ’08, Vocal Accompanying) works as a pianist, vocal coach, and opera accompanist in the greater Boston area, where she is a doctoral candidate at Boston University. She joined San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program as one of five apprentice coaches, and has also coached for Anchorage Opera. Miaomiao was the recipient of the Charlotte Cohen Milman Endowed Scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned a post graduate diploma in Collaborative Piano.
DANA SCOTT (MM ’08, Vocal Accompanying) is a collaborative pianist and conductor in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area. She recently conducted the premier of Momia in el Closet at the Gala Theatre in DC and was host and accompanist for Washington National Opera’s High School Institute at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Scott works as a coach and accompanist for the Little Patuxent Opera Institute (Columbia, MD), Opera AACC (Severna Park), Harbor Opera, Centre Stage (Baltimore, MD), and Washington Opera’s Summer Opera Institute. At the Kennedy Center, Ms. Scott worked as a rehearsal pianist for Jerry Herman, Christine Baranski, and Jeff McCarthy in Mame. She served two seasons as the Music Director for FBN Production’s The Three Little Pigs, an opera outreach program (Columbia, SC). Ms. Scott also performs with Annapolis Children’s Choral, Arundel Vocal Arts Society, Bach in Baltimore, and Opera AAACC. She performs at Germano’s Trattoria frequently as a cabaret pianist, and Emmanuel United Methodist Church where she works as pianist and organist. Ms. Scott received high collaborative marks in the Vocal Arts Society Competition (D.C.), and was a semi-finalist in the 2007 William Garrison Piano Competition. As a soloist Ms. Scott is a winner of the Sidney DeKnight Piano Competition (PA), a national competition committed to promoting aspiring ethnic musicians. She frequently appeared as a soloist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, Florida and was a recitalist on the Mary Baker Eddy Library Millenium Series, and the James George Charitable Trust Series in Boston, MA. Ms. Scott serves as piano instructor, jazz ensemble director, and staff accompanist for the Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD. She also maintains a small private studio in the Laurel area.
JEROME TAN joined Marilyn Horne on a Mediterranean Music Cruise: A Musical Voyage from Venice to Athens as accompanist to singers Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Kelly Markgraf, and Joshua Stewart. As the recipient of the Marilyn Horne award for Vocal Collaboration, he has played “The Song Continues” and “On Wings of Song” programs in New York, as well as Ms. Horne’s birthday Gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times recently praised him as “confident and articulate.”
MATTHEW ODELL spent the summer as a vocal coach at the Conservatoire in Nice, with several performances in Nice and in Paris. He will perform all of Samuel Barber’s songs, including several unpublished songs, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Theater. These two concerts will celebrate Barber’s centennial and the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center and will include manuscripts of Barber’s works and readings from some of his correspondence. Recently Matthew was the soloist in a performance of Messiaen’s Sept Haikai with the AXIOM Ensemble at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre in New York. Alex Ross of the New Yorker wrote that “the AXIOM Ensemble sharply illuminated the complexities of ‘Seven Haiku’…” According to the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini “the performance, with excellent pianist Matthew O’Dell, was vibrant and compelling.” Odell’s upcomiong performances include an appearance later this month at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with the Marilyn Horne Foundation. In February he took part in the multi-concert celebration of the reopening of Alice Tully Hall as the soloist in Messiaen’s Des canyons aux etoiles with David Robertson and The Juilliard Orchestra.
WILLIAM WALDROP remains active as a Musical Director/Conductor/Keyboardist for the National Tours of CATS, Phantom of the Opera, and The Lion King.