Pianist Jannie Lo (Doctor of Musical Arts, ’17) made her New York debut at the age of 14, appearing in the Young Virtuosos Gala Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras and at festivals in the US, Canada, Germany, Austria, Holland, and Italy. Also an accomplished chamber musician, she has collaborated with luminaries such as Roberto Diaz, Norman Fischer, Paul Hersh, Axel Srauss, Joseph Swensen, and the Calder Quartet. In recent seasons, she has presented recitals in diverse halls such as the Ruïnekerk in Bergen, Holland, the Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and the Steifel Theater in Salinas, Kansas. The Südkurier Newspaper called her playing “not only extraordinary technically, but delivered the composer’s intention masterfully.” Ms. Lo was a recipient of the DAAD German Exchange Grant for research on European Contemporary Music, which funded a year of study in Freiburg, Germany. During that time, she performed chamber music works by a range of notable German composers, among them, Günter Bialas, Harald Genzmer, Nicholas A. Huber, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Spahlinger, and Jörg Widmann. She has additionally received awards from the Wideman International Piano Competition, King Award for Young Artists, the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, and the Pacific Musical Society. Ms. Lo earned graduate degrees from the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany and from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts degree candidate at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Equally passionate about performing and teaching, she joined the Peabody Preparatory piano faculty in 2014.
MIJIN CHOI (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) was a faculty vocal coach for the Young Artist’s Program at Boston’s Tanglewood Institute this past summer. She is employed as a faculty vocal coach at Binghamton University in N.Y. 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.
ANNIE FLOOD (MM ’17, Vocal Accompanying) is employed as a staff pianist for the Vocal Departments of Gonzaga University and Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Her duties include coaching students for recital preparation, accompanying lessons and rehearsals, performing with students and faculty in recital, and accompanying choir rehearsals and concerts. Flood can be heard on Peabody’s new signature video, “World Class Means You Can Move the World,” performing an original composition by Daniel Gil-Marca (DMA ’17, Composition) with senior Shannon Fitzhenry, violin, and master’s candidate Najette Abouelhadi (BM ’17, Cello). Trained as both a pianist and vocalist, she has enjoyed exploring many genres throughout her career, from opera to jazz. Annie has collaborated with several groups around Annapolis and Baltimore, including The Colonial Players of Annapolis, Opera AACC, and Regino Madrid, violinist of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, she directed the music for The Colonial Players of Annapolis production of A Christmas Carol, assisted the coaching of Peabody Opera’s Outreach Papageno! and even provided live music for a 90-minute hot yoga class in Annapolis. It was no sweat…figuratively speaking, at least. Passionate about the creative and educational aspects of music, Annie teaches private piano and voice lessons, and is active in the music ministry of several churches. She also worked as a student coordinator with Creative Access, a community-based initiative at the Peabody Conservatory that aims to use music to inspire positive change throughout Baltimore. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Music, with a double concentration in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance. While at Notre Dame, she studied piano with John Blacklow and voice with Georgine Resick, and was a recipient of the Halloran Music Scholarship. She was often featured as a soloist in the Notre Dame Chorale’s annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, and sang chorus roles in Opera ND’s presentations of Le Nozze di Figaro, Les contes d’Hoffman, and Les dialogues des Carmélites. She has also performed internationally, singing the role of First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at the Kunming Opera Festival in 2011.
MiYeon Han (MM ’08, Vocal Accompanying) has joined the graduate collaborative piano faculty at Sejong University in Seoul, Korea. She was featured in a collaborative recital at the Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul on December 6th. Prior to her appointment in Korea, Mi Yeon 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.”
CELESTE JOHNSON (Vocal Accompanying, ’13) With a style described as “eloquent” by the Baltimore Sun, pianist Celeste Johnson is deeply inspired by the unique power of words and music functioning in artistic tandem and constantly seeks diverse opportunities as a collaborative performer. Since moving to Spokane, WA in 2014, she has been on staff at Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities as a coach and choral accompanist. In recent seasons, she has played with Opera Coeur d’Alene and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, innovative Baltimore organizations such as the Occasional Symphony and Classical Revolution, and worked extensively with the Peabody Opera Department. Celeste makes herself an integral part in an ensemble of any size, from vocal recitals and chamber works to orchestral repertoire and operas. Celeste is especially passionate about opera coaching and her recent pursuits in this area have included the position music of music director for an educational outreach production of Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood and role as the primary rehearsal and event pianist for Opera Coeur d’Alene, including productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, and La fanciulla del West. Last summer, she was awarded the Atlantic Music Festival’s Apprentice Opera Coach Fellowship, where she was an assistant coach for Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, coached and performed art song, operatic, and chamber repertoire for recitals, and played for Russian diction classes with Anton Belov. While a graduate assistant for the Peabody Opera Department, she was chorus master and pit musician for Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, assistant coach for Hansel and Gretel, and a rehearsal pianist for fully-staged productions. Celeste recently completed a Master of Music degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. Celeste received a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University in 2011, studying with Jane Abbott-Kirk. She has studied with Dr. Esther Wang, Dr. Teresa Dybvig, and been a participant in master classes with Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Dawn Upshaw, and Dr. Arlene Shrut. Celeste has played for the studios of Denyce Graves, William Sharp, and Stanley Cornett. Celeste is a member of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Kappa Lambda.
Aejin Kim (Vocal Accompanying ’17) has been appointed as a coach and collaborative pianist at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She also works as a coach and performance pianist for Opus Concert Theatre, where she was recently music director and pianist for Amahl and the Night Visitors. She will join Opus Concert Theatre again in June for a production of Verdi’s Aida. Ms. Kim earned both Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diplomas in Vocal Accompanying at Peabody. Her opera credits include Hansel and Gretel, The Sound of Music, Cendrillon, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Papageno, and Il barbiere di Siviglia, and numerous opera scenes programs. Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea. She began studying piano at the age of five and started accompanying prominent musicians in South Korea at the age of 12. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance and instrumental accompanying from Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance (Philadelphia, PA). While at Temple, she accompanied over 50 recitals and juries. She taught college level piano as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda’s National Music Honor Society. At Temple, she worked with Dr. Dr. Jeffery Cornelius as pianist for Temple’s University Singers, playing concerts at the Philadelphia, Kimmel center, Billy Graham Center, Tomlinson Theater, and Lincoln Center. Kim has been teaching piano since 2000, and received a Best Teacher Award from students and parents at the Symphony Art and Music School in Montgomeryville, PA (2011).
JUNGWON (JUNE) KIM (Vocal Accompanying, ’12) won the opera accompanying award in the 25th annual Journal of Music Competition in Seoul, Korea.
JOHANNA KVAM (Vocal Accompanying, ’16) Johanna Kvam, a native of Rochester, MN, is a versatile pianist with experience and interest across a wide range of styles, from Broadway and jazz standards to opera and art song. A two-time recipient of the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying, Johanna is a recent graduate of Peabody Conservatory’s Vocal Accompanying MM program, where she held a Vocal Accompanying graduate assistantship. Johanna is currently employed as an Emerging Artist Pianist at Virginia Opera, where she is mainstage principal pianist for VA Opera’s 2018 productions of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as pianist for the fall Education Outreach tours. Johanna was singled out for her celesta playing in the Washington Classical Review of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Johanna Kvam’s fleet fingers on the celesta completed the ethereal sound of Oberon and the fairy world.” (The entire review can be found here: http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2018/02/18/virginia-opera-creates-practical-magic-with-brittens-midsummer-nights-dream/). While a pianist in Peabody’s opera department, she performed the U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove’s “Mansfield Park” in February 2015, of which Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun reported: “Pianists Johanna Kvam and Hanna Shin make the most of the assignment, becoming major stars of the production.” Johanna recently 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 composer Victoria Malawey. She also performed on the St. Paul concert series “Punk-Ass Classical.” She joined DC Public Opera’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw in January, conducted by Peabody alum Michelle Rofrano (MM ’15, Conducting) and featuring Peabody graduates Laura Virella (BM ’03, Voice). Johanna has collaborated with the Bmore Musical cabaret series and the Occasional Symphony. She has also worked for the Peabody Prep Voice and String Departments. Portions of her degree recital were aired on WWFM’s “Celebrating Our Musical Future” program. Johanna has played for master classes and coachings with pianists Ruth Palmer, Timothy Lovelace, and Anton Kuerti.
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 include La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro, Bremen Town Musicians, Maometto Secondo, Ariodante, Götterdämmerung, Second Nature and Tosca. Hyejin has 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 master class pianist for Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Lord, Stuart Hamilton, and Tracey Dahl. Praised as a “fine stand-in for an orchestra” by the Washington Post, pianist Hyejin Kwon, hails from Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Kwon began studying piano at age 4, made her first public debut at age 7 and her orchestra debut at age 11. Hyejin won numerous competitions in her native country while she was studying at the Korean National University of Art preparatory. She moved to the United States at age 15 to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Hyejin won the MTNA Concerto competition in 2004 and was also featured on Interlochen Public Radio. Ms. Kwon graduated from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2009, with her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, and in 2011, with her Master’s degree in Vocal Accompanying. Throughout her years at Peabody Institute, she worked as a school accompanist, toured with the Opera Outreach Program as their musical director, and also worked as a graduate assistant for the opera department. She also served as the pianist for the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute Choral Society from 2008 to 2011, then as their musical director from 2011 to 2012. Upon finishing her master’s degree Ms. Kwon was hired by the Lyric Opera Baltimore to work as their repetiteur and by the Repertory Theater of Washington as the music director for a year. She 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 awarded a full tuition fellowship and additional stipend for Aspen Music Festival in Collaborative Piano. She moved to Canada in the fall of 2012, and has been working as a pianist, coach, repetiteur, and a music instructor in Greater Toronto Area. She is a part of the University of Toronto Opera, where she continues to study and work as an operatic repetiteur and a coach.
Pianist Ju Young Lee (Vocal Accompanying ’17) performs actively as soloist and collaborative artist. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and began playing the piano at age of six. Ju Young was the gold medalist of New Praise Support Society (2007), the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (2009) and the Young Artist Competition of West Virginia University (2011). She was also the winner in the Pittsburgh Concert Society (2011) and praised as being “deeply in touch with the inner drama of this piece and having the technique to realize her artistic intent.” She has performed in Italy, Mexico, and South Korea. In 2013, Lee was the finalist in the Liszt Garrison Competition as a Collaborative Artist and also received the Best Interpretation Award of American songs. Ju Young served as accompanist for Peabody Opera Potpourri of “An Operatic Lollapalooza” and for Peabody Chamber Opera of “Before Breakfast.” As an assistant coach, she has accompanied and coached productions of Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Lee has performed in master classes with renowned artists such as Marilyn Horne, Denyce Graves, and Margo Garrett. Lee completed a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma degree in vocal accompanying at the Peabody institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. She held a Graduate Assistantship in Opera Accompanying for the Peabody Opera Department. She earned her Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from West Virginia University with Dr. James Miltenberger. She received a full tuition scholarship throughout her undergraduate years.
NADEZDA (NADJA) MIJATOVIC-SEKICKI (Vocal Accompanying, ’13) was recently employed by Dawn Upshaw as a guest coach for the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program for upcoming An Opera Triple Bill performances. Nadja has joined the Morgan State University faculty as a Vocal Coach for the Voice Department and Instructor for the Opera Workshop. Currently, she lives and works in the Washington metropolitan area. In 2013, she was selected to compete in the International Song Competition “Das Lied” in Berlin, Germany. Nadja has also been engaged as pianist for productions of The Magic Flute and Oberon with The In Series: Opera and More, Washington DC’s home for innovative Pocket Opera, Cabaret, and Latino programming. She was music director for D.C. Public Opera’s staged production of Schubert’s Goethe-Lieder, hosted by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria, with stage director Jennifer Williams. While studying at Peabody Conservatory, she was music director for the Peabody Opera Outreach production of Ariel’s Tempest and language coach for the Peabody Chamber Opera production of the Serbian opera Svadba. In 2012, she was faculty/coach at Young Artists of America’s Summer Institute in Sandy Spring, Maryland. Before coming to the United States, she worked as a coach/accompanist at the voice department of the university in Serbia. She holds BM and MM degrees in piano performance from the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia), a Concert Diploma in piano performance from Conservatoire de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) and a Graduate Performance Diploma in vocal accompanying from Peabody Conservatory. She is a doctoral candidate in collaborative piano at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mijatovic-Sekicki and her husband are proud parents of two wonderful children.
The New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew O’Dell began his studies at the age of 10 and has since won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He has been hailed as “excellent” by the New York Times and “brilliant . . . playing with total commitment and real abandon” by Gramophone. Recent concerts have including such diverse projects as Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles. . . with Maestro David Robertson and the Juilliard Orchestra for the reopening of Alice Tully Hall, a performance in the New York Philharmonic’s Stravinsky Festival, and solo recitals of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus. He also performed numerous contemporary works for piano and orchestra with the AXIOM Ensemble and completed a six-concert tour of Taiwan with the Hampton Trio. In addition to performances in Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Mr. O’Dell has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in Boston, Chicago, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Taipei, Taiwan, and Helsinki, Finland. He has also performed at the Aspen Music Festival, the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, New York’s Focus! Festival, the La Gesse Festival in Toulouse, France, Nuits musicales and Concerts du cloître in Nice, France, and the Rohm International Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan. A passionate advocate of the music of our time, Mr. O’Dell frequently premieres works written for him. He has performed contemporary repertoire with the New Juilliard Ensemble, the AXIOM Ensemble, and the American Art Song Festival, a group he founded in 2004. In addition, he has also worked with many prominent composers, including Pierre Boulez, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, Michel Merlet, and Robert Aldridge. Mr. O’Dell’s affinity for the music of Olivier Messiaen has been seen in performances of his Couleurs de la cité céleste with the Peabody Camerata, Des canyons aux étoiles . . . and Sept Haïkaï with the AXIOM ensemble. He has also performed the Quartet for the End of Time in Alice Tully Hall, numerous songs and other chamber works, and an ongoing project of Messiaen’s complete works for solo piano. Recent recitals include a program of the music of Messiaen and his students and a tribute to Messiaen’s wife, Yvonne Loriod. Mr. O’Dell is a founding member of the Hampton Trio, a group actively involved in presenting outstanding pieces from the established repertoire alongside newly-commissioned works. Mr. O’Dell’s special love of the art song repertoire has resulted in countless recitals with singers from around the world. He serves on the coaching faculty of the Académie internationale d’été de Nice in France and has performed in the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s festival The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall. Mr. O’Dell currently teaches at The Juilliard School and frequently presents master classes, workshops, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the U.S and Europe. In 2010 he graduated with a doctoral degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Brian Zeger. He studied further with Marian Hahn and Eileen Cornett at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, graduating Pi Kappa Lambda with both a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma in piano performance. He also worked with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, with Ann Schein at the Aspen Music School, with Laurence Morton at Bob Jones University, and in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Ian Hobson, Martin Isepp, Peter Hill, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. O’Dell has been awarded the Presser Award, the Sarah Stuhlman Zierler Award, two Peabody Career Development Grants, the Lucrezia Bori Grant, the Virginia Allison Accompanying Award, and a numerous fellowships and grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
PEYSON LEE MOSS (Vocal Accompanying, ’16) celebrated the launch of his new CD, “Never Give All the Heart, ” a selection of love poems by W.B. Yeats set to music by Raymond Driver with soprano Laura Whittenberger (MM ’14, Voice) with a concert at the American Irish Historical Society in New York last February. Peyson is a full time Organist and Music Director of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Augusta, GA, and is in demand as a vocal coach/accompanist at Augusta University. Peyson Lee Moss is a native of Lincolnton, GA, where he began taking piano lessons at the age of 7. Before receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, he previously studied piano and accompanying at Mercer University with Dr. Carol Goff in Macon, GA. Moss has performed in master classes with renowned musicians such as Warren Jones, Ricky Ian Gordon, Margo Garrett, Denyce Graves, and Dawn Upshaw. During his time at the University of Georgia, Moss played for numerous vocal majors, studio classes, lessons, master classes, and recitals. He also served as Pianist & Co-Director for the University of Georgia Vocal Quartet. Throughout his career, Moss has been an active church musician for over 15 years, studying organ with Keith Shaffer and Dr. David Burton-Brown. Moss was previously the Director of Music & Organist at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, MD. He was selected as the Pianist for the Mt. Vernon Consort in Baltimore, MD for the “American Masses” concert. In 2010, Moss was also engaged as the Principal Pianist for the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus in Atlanta, GA, a professionally led, auditioned group of 100 singers. Moss held the Graduate Assistantship in Vocal Accompanying for two years, and was an active pianist for the Peabody Opera Program, playing for multiple opera scene performances, as well as Massenet’s Cendrillon.
BETHANY PIETRONIRO (Piano Performance, Vocal Accompanying, ’13) was 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 pianists who have a strong interest in becoming collaborative artists, with the ultimate aim of easing the transition between school and the working world of a collaborative pianist. Praised by Baltimore’s The Glass for demonstrating “beautiful, melodic tones as well as driving percussive force,” Bethany is an avid collaborative artist and performer of new music. Gathering together her passions for music, languages, and literature, Bethany is embarking on an active career in art song recitals and opera productions. Upcoming concerts include a series of song recitals with young professional vocalists, which will take place throughout the Baltimore/DC area. In March 2013, Bethany made a third appearance on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series in a concert of works by Brooklyn-based composer Missy Mazzoli. Bethany spent the summer of 2013 as a pianist in the Professional Program of Songfest at Colburn, and worked with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the New Music on the Point Summer Institute. She has spent summers at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival, and Indiana University’s Summer Workshop in Slavic and East European Languages. Bethany received dual master’s degrees in solo and collaborative piano from Peabody Conservatory, where she held a teaching assistantship in music theory and studied with Yong Hi Moon and Eileen Cornett. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University, and alongside an active performing career hopes to eventually pursue her interest in the overlapping areas of music and cognitive science.
Nicholas Pothier (Vocal Accompanying, ’15) is a faculty collaborative pianist at Plymouth State University, a lecturer in piano and staff piano coach at St. Anselm College, and the 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 in the Greater Boston area 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 a theater musical director, he has worked with the Anselmian Abbey Players (Saint Anselm College), South Shore School of Theater (Quincy, MA), Sanborn Regional High School (Kingston, NH), and Kids Coop theater (Londonderry, NH). Musical directing credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie,and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. During his time as a graduate student, Nicholas served as pianist and repetiteur for Hansel and Gretel for Peabody outreach, Ophelia Forever as part of the Baltimore Theater Project, and accompanist and coach for student run voice department opera scenes during Spring 2014. Other operatic experience includes Pique Dame, The Mikado, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte,and Don Giovanni. Nicholas recently completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying from Peabody Conservatory with Eileen Cornett. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from the University of New Hampshire, studying with Arlene Kies. Beyond life at the piano, Nicholas has worked and performed as a cellist and singer, and currently sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale.
Pianist CHRISTINE PULLIAM (Vocal Accompanying, ’10) is the Artistic Director of Prelude Opera, a children’s opera company based in New York City. With a primary mission to introduce children to opera at a young age, Prelude Opera opens with a performance of John Davies’ The Three Little Pigs on Saturday October 7, 2017, at the Hebrew Tabernacle in NYC. https://preludeopera.com/the-three-little-pigs Since graduating from Peabody, Christine has developed an active opera coaching career, working for the Atlantic Music Festival and Opera Company of Brooklyn. As music director of the opera company Dramma per Music, she has led productions of Don Giovanni, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare, and Ariodante. Currently a lecturer of piano and music history at The King’s College in New York City, Christine has premiered works by Frank Felice, Benjamin Boyle, (MM, Composition, ’01)) and Joshua Bornfield. (DMA, Music Composition, ’13). Past performances include the Opus Nine Ensemble, Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., The Washington Sinfonietta, University of Wisconsin, and Malacañang Palace in the Philippines. She has been also 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 has also worked as a vocal coach for the Palisades Opera and the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine.
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.
Bu Kyung Shin (Vocal Accompanying, ’10) was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She earned a Bachelor degree in piano performance from Sookmyung Women’s University, where she studied with Jung Ae Son. She earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University with Seth Knopp. She had several performances in Korea including solo recital in 2006. Bu Kyung was awarded the Opera Assistantship in Accompanying, and has played for Peabody Opera Theatre productions of La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, The Adventures of Sharp Ears the Vixen, Transformations, and Die Fledermaus. After graduating from Peabody, Bu Kyung was awarded a full scholarship plus a stipend for the doctoral program at the University of Maryland in Collaborative Piano. Shin was also the recipient of the 2010 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at Songfest, where she worked with Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Margo Garrett.
YOOHEE SHIN (MM ’09, Vocal Accompanying) Ms. Yoohee Shin, a collaborative pianist from Southern California, is recognized as a leading artist of the Korean society in the United States. Working as both a musician and a business woman, she is currently a president of Piano Plaza, Inc and a director of its Music Academy wherein numerous young students are registered. She is also a music education and information columnist of The Korea Monitor magazine, and is employed as a concert accompanist by the Washington Soloist Ensemble. Ms. Shin started her training in music from an early age at Sun-Hwa Arts School in South Korea. After her immigration, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University as a piano major and simultaneously assisted the Opera Department and the Italian language departments as a coach and accompanist. Other accompanying experience includes rehearsal and concert piano for the Korean-American Young Artists and Los Angeles-Seoul Men’s Chorale. Last summer, she served as a visiting faculty of music department at Hapdong Theological Seminary. Ms. Shin has concertized in Seoul, California, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland. She is a winner of numerous solo, concerto and chamber music competitions, including Choonchu Music Competition, a Gala Scholarship recipient of five thousand dollars at Hamilton Music Academy, the Asian-American Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Southwestern Music Festival Chamber Music Competition. An active church musician, Ms. Shin has served as musical advisor for church mission trips to Bangladesh, China and Korea. Her former teachers include Jayung Park in Korea, Ann Perry at University of Southern California, and Seth Knopp at Peabody Institute. YooHee plays for FBN Opera Productions in South Carolina.
RAYNA SLAVOVA (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) won the Irving Shain Competition for Woodwind-Piano Duos at the University of Wisconsin, where she is a second-year, full scholarship doctoral student in collaborative piano. Ms. Slavova performed selections by Schumann, Gabriel Pierne, Eugene Bourdeau, and Charles Koechlin at the culminating Winner’s Recital at University of Wisconsin’s Morphy Recital Hall on March 11. After graduating from Peabody, Slavova was appointed a full time vocal coach and accompanist at the Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas in Bogota, Colombia, the first position of its kind at the University. She was 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.
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.”
MARY TROTTER (MM’13, Vocal Accompanying) Known for her lyrical and expressive sound and referred to as a ‘poet at the piano’, Mary Trotter has served as staff pianist and coach at both Whitworth and Gonzaga Universities. She has performed as accompanist in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Denyce Graves, Sanford Sylvan, Patrice Munsel, Libby Larsen, William Bolcom, Margo Garrett, Gwyneth Walker, and Jake Heggie. In February 2018, she served as guest pianist for the Spokane-based Cathedral Kantorei Choir in their program entitled Spokane Mid-Winter, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs as well as the premieres of works by Spokane-area composers. In 2015, she served as music director and accompanist of Opera Coeur d’Alene’s “Opera-tunities” production, The Wonderful Wizard of Opera, and has served as assistant music director and orchestra pianist for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s productions of Singin’ in the Rain and The Music Man. Trotter also served as performance accompanist for Opera Coeur d’Alene’s ‘Opera on the Lake’ productions of The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore. In 2014, she was 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.
Originally from Snohomish, WA, Mary began playing the piano at age of five. She graduated with honors from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where she earned her degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She fell in love with accompanying while playing for the University’s choirs and was soon in demand as an accompanist and private teacher. Upon graduation she maintained an active collaborative schedule, accompanying for Whitworth’s vocal and choral departments and serving there as an adjunct faculty member. Mary was the recipient of the Austin Conradi Memorial Scholarship at Peabody. In addition to accompanying for a multitude of students and classes, she was a Graduate Assistant in Accompanying, and the co-music director and accompanist for Peabody Opera Outreach’s new production of Ariel’s Tempest by Doug Buchanan.
She is currently a DMA student in Collaborative Piano at the University of Minnesota, and is a full-scholarship recipient for the Musiktheater Bavaria vocal program for the summer of 2018.
MIAOMIAO WANG (Vocal Accompanying ’08) has been named Assistant Music Director of Opera at the University of North Texas. After graduating from Peabody, Ms. Wang participated in the San Francisco Merola Opera program, and has subsequently coached for Boston Lyric Opera, Anchorage Opera, Spotlight Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks. She has collaborated with the Eschler music foundation and Salty Cricket Composers Collective in promoting new chamber music, and conducted master classes for the voice and opera department of Northwest University and the piano department for Nationalities and Utah Valley University. Dr. Wang taught opera outreach programs for public schools in Austin, Texas, and the greater Connecticut and Boston areas.
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 recently finished her doctoral studies in Collaborative Piano at Eastman School of Music.
KA NYOUNG YOO (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying) was presented with the Peabody Preparatory’s “Pianist of the Year” accompanying award for her vocal and cello accompanying. Yoo has served as a vocal coach and master class pianist for Towson University’s Voice Division and the Towson Choir since 2010. She was recently invited to perform with several members of the Towson voice faculty in their operatic recital program, Viva L’Opera!, and serves as a coach for the Towson Opera Department. She has performed in master class for Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett and Rodger Vignoles. She is a faculty member of Peabody Young Voice Student Summer Workshop since 2010. She is an active piano teacher and accompanist throughout Maryland area. Ka Nyoung was born in Yeosu, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She graduated from the Hanyang University in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Piano performance, where she studied with MinSuk Kim and Mikyung Yoon. She received full tuition scholarships as a school/opera accompanist throughout her undergraduate years at Hanyang University. Ka Nyoung was the music director for Papageno!, Peabody Opera Theatre’s Outreach production of The Magic Flute. She has also served as coach accompanist for Peabody’s productions of La Traviata and The Adventures of Sharp Ears the Vixen. Ka Nyoung was born in Yeosu, South Korea and began studying piano at age 6. She graduated from the Hanyang University in 2004 with a Bachelors degree in Piano performance, where she studied with MinSuk Kim and Mikyung Yoon. She received full tuition scholarships as a school/opera accompanist throughout her undergraduate years at Hanyang University. Ka Nyoung was the music director for Papageno!, Peabody Opera Theatre’s Outreach production of The Magic Flute. She also served as coach accompanist for Peabody’s productions of La Traviata and The Adventures of Sharp Ears the Vixen.
WILLIAM WALDROP currently serves as the Music Director/Conductor for the Broadway revival of Cats. Most recently, William served as the Associate Musical Supervisor for the newest production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Das Phantom der Oper in Oberhausen, Germany. Before traveling to Europe, William served as the Conductor/Pianist for Grey Gardens (Bay Street Theatre), starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York. In 2014, William conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, D.C. for the final national touring engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita. William served as the Music Director/Conductor for the tour as well as the Associate Conductor for the Broadway production, starring Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris. William was the conductor and pianist for the first New York City revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Peccadillo Theatre Company) and has conducted or played in the pits of many other productions around the city including The Phantom of the Opera, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, On The Town, and Donnybrook!. He has toured the U.S. as Music Director/Conductor with the national tours of The Phantom of the Opera (Music Box Company) and Cats. He has also worked as a conductor and pianist in Las Vegas, serving on such shows as The Lion King, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular and Disney’s Camp Rock (Pilot Premiere). Regionally, he was the music director, conductor and pianist for a new production of South Pacific, which was a part of the 2014-15 seasonat the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL. As a composer, William most recently premiered his solo show Still, and Still Moving: The Music of William Waldrop at New York City’s famed Metropolitan Room. William’s music has also been heard in other popular NYC venues such as Birdland, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and New World Stages. His frequent lyricist and collaborator Robert Williamson comprises the other half of the songwriting team Waldrop and Williamson. Their first musical Pandemic! A Killer Flu-sical premiered at the Las Vegas Fringe Festival in 2011. An accomplished vocal coach, William has numerous musical theatre clients, many of whom are in current Broadway productions (Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked). Also an active teacher, he has taught master classes throughout New York City for such groups as The Growing Studio and Broadway Classroom. William received a Masters of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of Mississippi. A native of Pontotoc, Mississippi, William has called New York City his home since 2010.