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Jannie Lo Burdeti

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Jannie Lo

Pianist Jannie Lo (Doctor of Musical Arts, ’17)

Dr. Jannie Sing-Yen Burdeti 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. Dr. Burdeti 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, GĂŒnter Bialas, Harald Genzmer, Nicholas A. Huber, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Spahlinger, and Jörg Widmann. In recent seasons, she has presented recitals in diverse halls such as the RuĂŻnekerk in Bergen, Holland, the Telekom Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and the Steifel Theater in Salinas, Kansas. The SĂŒdkurier Newpaper called her playing “not only extraordinary technically, but delivered the composer’s intention masterfully.”  Dr. Burdeti received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Boris Slutsky. She has also received mentorship and guidance from Felix Gottlieb (pupil of Emil Gilels), Meng-Chieh Liu (Curtis Institute of Music), Leon Fleisher (Peabody Conservatory), Hung-Kuan Chen (Juilliard School and Yale University), Arie Vardi (Hannover Hochschule fĂŒr Musik), and Menahem Pressler (founder of the Beaux Arts Trio). A deeply committed educator, Dr. Burdeti has served on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Division in Baltimore, MD and the Music City Academy in San Francisco, CA. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mijin Choi

MIJIN CHOI (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) Dr. Mijin Choi is a versatile pianist and vocal coach, with more than a decade of experience working in the field of vocal and instrumental music. This includes having worked as a pianist and vocal coach in more than a dozen opera and opera scenes productions throughout the United States and Europe. Choi is currently a staff pianist and vocal coach at the University of Connecticut. Prior appointments include Binghamton University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, La Musica Lirica, and Franco-American Vocal Academy. Choi holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota, in Collaborative Piano and Coaching, a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, with emphasis on Vocal Accompanying, and a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Kyung Hee University. This past summer, Choi served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Universal Artists Festival (UAF), a program of the New England Conservatory.

Nathan Cicero

Nathan Cicero

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Pianist Nathan Cicero is an energetic and engaging performer, who thrives on working collaboratively with other musicians.  As a conductor, coach, and educator, he is known for his down-to-earth, congenial style, and pursuit of unique and nuanced musical experiences.

In the summer of 2022, Nathan will make his conducting debut with Chicago Summer Opera, leading performances of Handel’s Serse and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, having previously served as scenes program music director for the same organization.  Most recently, he joined the music staff of Sarasota Opera for their winter 2022 season, assisting with performances of Tosca and La fille du rĂ©giment.  Formerly a resident of Minnesota, Nathan worked with many arts organizations in the Twin Cities, including Saint Croix Valley Opera and Skylark Opera Theatre.

Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Eileen Cornett. While at Peabody, he worked on numerous productions with Peabody Opera Theatre, as well as accompanying in the vocal studios of Denyce Graves, William Sharp, and Stanley Cornett. A native of Wisconsin, Nathan earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2016.

Monica Daly

Monica Daly Becomes a Vocal Coach and Accompanist at UMass Amherst

Monica Daly (GPD ’20, Vocal Accompanying) is a Boston-based collaborative pianist, teacher, and vocal coach.  She is a recent graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Accompanying.  At Peabody, she was a rehearsal pianist for the world premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Pride and Prejudice, Puccini’s La Rondine and Il Trittico, and Bernstein’s MASS conducted by Marin Alsop.  In the summer of 2019, Monica was granted the young artist vocal coach position at Opera Steamboat where she performed Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.  She was a finalist with mezzo-soprano Cierra Byrd in the 2019 London Song Festival’s British Art Song Master Class and Competition led by Roderick Williams.  Monica holds a Bachelors in Piano Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Annie Flood

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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 CarmĂ©lites. She has also performed internationally, singing the role of First Spirit in Die Zauberflöte at the Kunming Opera Festival in 2011.

Mi Yeon Han

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

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Celeste JohnsonPianist Celeste Marie Johnson, (Vocal Accompanying, ’13) described as “eloquent” by the Baltimore Sun, returns as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera for the 2021-22 season. Last season, her projects included designing and performing a program for the Apart Together Artist Showcase series and serving as music staff and orchestral pianist for Albert Herring.

Earlier in 2020, Celeste was selected to be a participant in RenĂ©e Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall and completed her D.M.A. in collaborative piano at Boston University. In 2018-19, she was a Young Artist with Opera Saratoga, received the Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest, and was a faculty coach at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Previously, Celeste has played for productions with the Boston University Opera Institute, Odyssey Opera, Opera Saratoga, Inland Northwest Opera, Atlantic Music Festival, the Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival, and Peabody Opera Theatre. She holds degrees in piano performance from Baylor University (B.M.) and vocal accompanying from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (M.M.).

Celeste is a native of Rochester, MN, and her first experience of live opera was at Minnesota Opera as an elementary student. She was part of Project Opera during her senior year of high school and was a pianist and coach for Minnesota Opera’s Summer Camps from 2014-2016. She is grateful for all the ways this company has nurtured and supported her love of opera throughout her career.

Aejin Kim

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 EntfĂŒhrung 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 Kim

JUNGWON (JUNE) KIM (Vocal Accompanying, ’12) won the opera accompanying award in the 25th annual Journal of Music Competition in Seoul, Korea.

Johanna Kvam

Kvam Promoted to Mainstage Répétiteur with Kentucky Opera

Johanna Kvam

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

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Hyejin KwonHYEJIN 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, GötterdĂ€mmerung, Second Nature and Tosca. Hyejin has served as repetiteur for Opera on the Avalon’s productions of Giacomo Puccini’s La BohĂšme 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.

 Ju Young Lee

Ju Young Lee

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 EntfĂŒhrung 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.

Pei-Hsuan Lin

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Pei-Hsuan Lin (MM ’19; GPD ’21, Vocal Accompanying) is a Taiwan-born pianist based in Maryland, USA. Pei-Hsuan’s commitment to music is driven by a passion of infinite potential in Collaborative Piano. She is committed to creating many events which combine various genres of art. The reason for this determination is because she believes there is a strong connection between different art forms, and she loves the way she is able to perform music with new ideas. Her work encompasses classical lied collaboration, sonata-duo, piano trio, and collaborations with dancers.

She is a Collaborative Piano Fellow at The Aspen Summer Music Festival and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. Her other summer engagements have included The Collaborative Piano Institute, Domaine Forget International Music Festival, and Todi Music Academy.

Pei-Hsuan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University of Peabody conservatory, where she obtained duo Masters in Collaborative Piano and Piano Performance, and Graduate diploma in Vocal Accompanying. She is the recipient of the 2018 Clara Ascherfeld Award and 2021 Sarah Stulman Zierler Prize in Accompanying from Peabody. She is currently in her first year at University of Maryland, pursuing a Doctoral Music of Arts in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Rita Sloan.

Nadezda (Nadja) Mijatovic-Sekicki

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.

Matthew O’Dell

Matthew O'Dellhttps://www.matthewodell.com/

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 Ă©toiles. . . 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-JĂ©sus. 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 cloĂźtre 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 citĂ© cĂ©leste with the Peabody Camerata, Des canyons aux Ă©toiles . . . and Sept HaĂŻkaĂŻ 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 AcadĂ©mie internationale d’étĂ© 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 KĂ€mmerling 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 Moss

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Peyson Moss

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

Bethany Pietroniro

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

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Nicholas PothierNicholas 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.

Christine Pulliam

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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, AcadĂ©mie 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 MĂŒllerin 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

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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.

Mireu Seo

Mireu SeoMireu Seo (MM’18, Vocal Accompanying) was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying piano at age 8. She graduated from Sunhwa ArtsHigh School and earned a Bachelor degree in Music and Music Education from Konkuk University. During her time as an undergraduate, she studied with Jaemi Kim and played for many voice lessons, recitals, chamber groups, university choir, children’s choir, Korean art song competition and preparatory school. Mireu was employed as a pianist for the Russian Yakutsk Whitenight International Music Festival, and the 1st Selmer Saxophone Symposium in Seoul, Korea. At Peabody, she played for seven voice recitals in addition to her own collaborative recital in April of 2017.  She participated as a pianist for Master Classes with Denyce Graves, Frederica von Stade, and Mark Markham. She accompanied the KGSA Spring Concert, the Singing in Russian recital, the Peabody Korea-Taiwan Alumni Recital, a Brightwood Retirement Community Concert, the American Scenes Program with Peabody Opera, the Peabody Vocal Chamber Music Concert, and the Peabody Chamber Concert.  Mireu works as a pianist for the Peabody Community Chorus and the Peabody Preparatory, and was assistant coach and performance pianist for Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain. Mireu holds the Vocal Accompanying Graduate Assistantship and plays for voice students in the studios of Stanley Cornett, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Denyce Graves.

ISAIAH SHIM

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ISAIAH SHIM (GPD’20, Vocal Accompanying) is a conductor and pianist based in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Recent conducting engagements include collaboration with the Baltimore, Peabody and Wheaton Symphony Orchestras. He serves as Conducting Fellow with the Montgomery Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and Young Artists of America at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD). As an avid musician, he has performed in the United States, as well as Australia, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

Mr Shim’s gifts as a classical pianist and conductor are enhanced by his passion for and skills in improvising and arranging. His creative improvisations in a variety of musical styles and insightful arrangements have been featured regularly in his concerts.

Mr Shim received a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Marin Alsop and Joseph Young. Additionally he has participated in masterclasses with Cliff Colnot, Jack Everly, Nicholas Hersh, Hannu Lintu, Cristian Măcelaru, Jun MÀrkl, Nicholas McGegan, John Nelson, Edward Polochick, Kwamé Ryan, Markus Stenz, Markand Thakar, and David Zinman. He received Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance and music education from Wheaton College in Illinois, where he studied piano with Dr Karin Redekopp Edwards, and conducting with Drs Daniel Sommerville and John William Trotter. He is currently studying collaborative piano with Eileen Cornett at the Peabody Conservatory.

Bu Kyung Shin

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Bu Kyung ShinBu 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.

Hanna Shin

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(MM’18, Vocal Accompanying) South Korea-born pianist Hanna Shin has been actively performing as a soloist as well as a collaborative artist throughout the United States and South Korea. As a soloist, Shin has won in numerous competitions including the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition and University of Seoul Piano Competition. Expanding her recognition, Shin has played as an invited pianist for world-renowned orchestras including Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Chamber Ensemble Orchestra, and Paris Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has been selected by well-reputed Korean musical institutions, including Eumak Journal, Sori Arts Center, and Hanyang University, and performed honorable recitals as part of their Rising Artists Recital Series. As a collaborative artist, Shin has been serving as an accompanist for the Peabody Opera Theatre productions since 2014. Shin’s excellence in the collaborative works has been shared through a media in 2015 when she played for U.S. premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park. The fine arts critic Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun reported that “Shin and Kvam make the most of the assignment, becoming major stars of the production”. Shin received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, where she studied with Eunsoo Son. Shin continued her academic career at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2013.  She has received Master’s degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Alexander Shtarkman, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Accompanying under the supervision of Eileen Cornett. Shin recently won third prize and an Outstanding Performance award at the 2017 Concert Artists International Virtuoso Competition. She was selected to play for the Leadership recognition luncheon with Rob McGinness, performed in a Queen of Hearts concert with Noelle McMurtry, and accompanied Friday Noon recitals with Jason Berger and Symone Harcum, as well as the Frederica von Stade Master Class. She played continuo for L’Elisir d’amore and Le Nozze di Figaro, and was assistant coach and performance pianist for Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain. Hanna collaborated with countertenor Min Sang Kim’s DMA recitals. Hanna plays for Ah Hong and Denyce Grave’s studio classes. Hanna is employed as organist and pianist at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Chapel and works as a pianist at Diaspora Mission Church of Washington, D.C.

YooHee Shin

YooHee ShinYOOHEE 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

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Rayna SlavovaRAYNA 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.

Natasha Talukdar Elam

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(MM’19, Vocal Accompanying) With extensive experience in piano performance and vocal accompanying, Natasha Talukdar Elam is an artist who thrives at the intersections of collaboration. This fall, Natasha is thrilled to be joining Utah Opera as the Resident Artist Pianist for their 2021-2022 season. This summer, Natasha will be joining Finger Lakes Opera as a Tomita Young Artist for their 2021 season. Additionally, she has also been a pianist for Opera Neo’s production of La Cenerentola, as well as a pianist fellow at CoOPERAtive. As a young artist in currently in Austin, Texas, Natasha has built a reputation as a thrilling, versatile, and reliable collaborative musician. She is currently finishing her second masters degree in opera coaching with Dr. Tamara Sanikidze at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler Opera Center. In her time at BOC, Natasha coached and was rehearsal pianist for four opera productions: Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, Turn of the Screw and Don Giovanni. In addition to being rehearsal pianist for Turn of the Screw, she also performed orchestral piano and celeste for the production. Natasha has also collaborated on numerous art song recitals and operas at the Peabody Conservatory, where she received a masters degree in Vocal Accompanying.  Natasha was rehearsal pianist for Peabody Opera’s mainstage productions, including Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, L’elisir d’amore, Bernstein’s Mass and ChĂ©rubin. She has also played for masterclasses for Roger Vignoles, Allen Perriello and Joan Dornemann.

Jerome Tan

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

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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

School of Music Appoints Dr. Miaomiao Wang as the Academic Professional in Collaborative Piano

The Georgia State University School of Music welcomes Dr. Miaomiao Wang to the faculty as the Academic Professional in Collaborative Piano. Dr. Wang has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout the U.S. and China. Praised as a child prodigy when she was three years old, she displayed unusual talents in language, poetry, and music. Her first CD as a collaborative pianist, Lotus Out of Water was recorded and released by China Record Corporation in 2004. Dr. Wang is the recipient of the Charlotte Cohen Milman Endowed Scholarship. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wang to the School of Music this fall. She brings a wealth of experience and artist-level musicianship to complement our outstanding students and faculty,“ said Dr. Chester Phillips, Director of the School of Music.

“I feel honored to be a part of the Georgia State University School of Music! It is truly a privilege to contribute my knowledge to the growth of the collaborative piano area in such an esteemed and diverse community,” said Dr. Wang.

Dr. Wang launched her career in opera as the Beijing Opera Culture and Art Center coach. Since then, she has served as staff pianist and assistant coach at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, New England Conservatory, and Boston University Opera Institute. Dr. Wang also served as assistant music director at the University of North Texas opera department. In 2019 and 2020, she worked with the Dallas Opera.

As a chamber musician and collaborative instrumental pianist, Dr. Wang has performed in Carnegie Hall, Bates Recital Hall, Madsen Recital Hall and Hemmle Recital Hall. Dr. Wang taught collaborative piano masterclasses at Utah Valley University and Northwest Minzu University in China. Dr. Wang is passionate about promoting new music; she performed the world premiere of the opera Yellow Wallpaper in 2008 with the Peabody Chamber Opera, and she has collaborated with American composers such as Jake Heggie, Samuel Adler and Tom Cipullo.

Dr. Wang received her Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University, a Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory, and Master of Music from Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wang is also an alumna of San Francisco opera’s Merola Artist Program. Among the teachers she studied with are Eileen Cornett, John Moriarty, Warren Jones, and legendary Chinese pianist and educator GuangRen Zhou.

Ming-Ching Wu

Ming-Ching WuMING-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

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Ka Nyoung YooKA 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​

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Broadway Music Director, Conductor and Pianist, William Waldrop, currently serves as the Associate Conductor for Broadway’s longest running musical, The Phantom of the Opera.  In 2017 he finished a highly celebrated run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway revival of Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre. Equally comfortable on the podium with the orchestra on stage or conducting from the pit, Maestro Waldrop has been hailed for his ‘dynamic conducting’ and has been praised in cities all over the US and abroad.

Waldrop is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Waldrop has been associated with The Phantom of the Opera since 2008. In addition to working with the Broadway company, he is also the Associate Musical Supervisor for the current international tour which launched in 2019. In 2018, Waldrop was the Musical Supervisor for a new production in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has also been involved with other productions worldwide, including Oberhausen, Germany (Associate Musical Supervisor), the US National Tour – Music Box (Music Director) and Las Vegas (Assistant Conductor).

In 2014, Waldrop completed a 30-city tour as the Music Director and Conductor of the revival of Evita(Broadway National Tour) and conducted the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, D.C. for the tour’s final performances.  Prior to leading the very successful national tour, he was the Associate Conductor for the Broadway production at the Marquee Theatre starring Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris.

In addition to working with other esteemed musical artists such as Michael Lynche and Leona Lewis, Waldrop has collaborated (as a conductor, music director or pianist) with many Broadway and cabaret stars, including Betty Buckley, Rachel York, Christiane Noll, and Klea Blackhurst. Waldrop has also played or conducted in the pits of other Broadway shows including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, On The Town and Fiddler on The Roof.  He has led chamber ensemble productions of Grey Gardens (Bay Street Theatre) South Pacific (Asolo Repertory Theatre) and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Off-Broadway).

As a composer, Waldrop premiered his brand new solo concert Still, and Still Moving: The Music of William Waldrop at New York City’s famed (and former) Metropolitan Room.  Waldrop’s music has also been heard in other popular NYC venues such as Birdland, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and New World Stages.

An accomplished vocal coach, Waldrop accompanies and advises many star clients performing in current Broadway productions, national tours and beyond. Also an active educator, he leads regular master classes throughout New York City for such groups as The Growing Studio, Broadway Classroom, Broadway in Motion and Broadway Workshop.

Waldrop’s extensive experience on Broadway as both a conductor and pianist and his love of the American Songbook have made him a sought after conductor and one of the best and brightest new faces on the symphonic pops stage today.

Waldrop received his Master’s of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor’s of Music degree from The University of Mississippi.

Yin Zhu

Yin Zhu Yin Zhu, from Tianjin, China is currently a Master of Music candidate in Vocal Accompanying. Yin Zhu pursued her Bachelor of Music degree in China, majoring in vocal performance. In China,  she played extensively for her teachers and fellow students, and developed a strong passion for accompanying singers. Prior to attending Peabody, she was a dedicated educator and an active performer in China. As a college teacher, she has given lectures, lessons, and coached several community and school choir groups. As a pianist, she has collaborated in recitals, master classes and choir performances. Yin Zhu has been active with Peabody’s Opera Department, coaching and accompanying Opera Outreach performances of Papageno!, Anon, and serving as pianist for Peabody Opera Workshop’s American Opera Scenes and Peabody Opera Theatre’s production of ChĂ©rubin. Yin played for Mark Markham’s master class, and class recitals for Singing in Italian and Vocal Literature.  She is the recipient of the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Accompanying. Yin Zhu plays in the studios of William Sharp, William Burden, Elizabeth Futral, Stanley Cornett, and Steven Rainbolt. She looks forward to the pursuit of a higher level of excellence at Peabody and cherishes the process of becoming a collaborative artist.