Monica Daly (GPD ’20, Vocal Accompanying) joined Opera Columbus, in partnership with Capital University, as resident artist pianist and vocal coach for 2020-2021. For Opera Columbus, Daly served as Chorus Master and Pianist for mainstage productions, educational tours, and other community engagement programs. She joined the Capital University vocal performance faculty as a Diction Instructor and vocal coach for opera and musical theatre productions.
Johanna Kvam (MM ’16, Vocal Accompanying) has been appointed as full time Pianist and Music Coordinator for Kentucky Opera, where she will serve as primary pianist and répétiteur for all opera programs. Additionally, she will be responsible for music operations for opera programming and general music administration, working closely with all departments to fulfill the mission of The Kentucky Opera.
Faculty artist Eileen Cornett presented a series of master classes for singers and collaborative pianists in a virtual collaborative piano residency at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University. Professor Cornett also participated as a panelist on Peabody’s Lunch & Learn Series, “Low Latency Platforms: The Future of Music Collaboration.” More…
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.