Nathan Cicero (MM ’18, Vocal Accompanying) was a pianist for a Schubert Karaoke Brunch, where singers joined together for two hours of Schubert lieder, in January, as a member of The Lied Society in Minneapolis. He was also musical director for Skylark Opera’s production of Così fan Tutte in March, 2019. Twin Cities Stages stated: “The typical orchestra behind an opera is replaced by a single piano player, music director Nathan Cicero, who deftly plays Mozart’s quick score and did not leave be wanting for any more accompaniment.” More reviews can be found at skylarkopera.org/press.
Hyejin Kwon (MM ’11, Vocal Accompanying) gave a master class for piano majors of the Claude Watson School for the Arts in Ontario, where the piano majors have been studying the skills required to be a répétiteur. It was part of a collaboration with the Canadian Opera Company and the Claude Watson Arts Program’s study of Dvorak’s Rusalka.
Mary Trotter (MM ’13, Vocal Accompanying) performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe with the Minneapolis-based vocal group Cantus in July. A review by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press states: “Yet ‘Dichterliebe’ isn’t just a showcase for singers, but for a pianist, as well, and Mary Trotter proved an ideal guide on the 16-song emotional journey, laying out the terrain expertly, whether a desolate desert of loss or a blossoming garden of delight in love.”
Pei-Hsuan Lin, a vocal accompanying GPD candidate, has been awarded a full-tuition fellowship as a 2020 Collaborative Piano Vocal Fellow with the Aspen Music School.
Peyson Moss (MM ’16, Vocal Accompanying) has joined the music faculty at Brevard College as a vocal departmental pianist and coach and continues to serve as the director of music and organist at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church.