Staff & Faculty

2017 GUEST ARTISTS

Steven Blier guest artist
Artistic Director – Four of a Kind
New York Festival of Song (Artistic Director), The Juilliard School, Steans Institute at Ravinia, San Francisco Opera, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Deborah Birnbaum consultant
Breath Technique Consultant
Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Washington National Opera

Betsy Bishop mezzo-soprano
Voice Consultant
Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Potomac Vocal Institute

Jordan Braun stage manager
PSM – Tosca
Atlanta Opera, Opera Colorado, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera Memphis

Jason Ferrante tenor
Voice Consultant
New York City Opera, Wexford Festival, Bard Summerscape, Florida Grand Opera

Jeremy Frank pianist/coach
Assistant Conductor, Pianist/Coach – Tosca
Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera Center, Music Academy of the West

Grant Gershon conductor
Conductor – Tosca
LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, San Francisco Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera

Robert H. Grimes lighting designer
Lighting Designer – The Touchstone, Bastianello & The Juniper Tree
The Barns at Wolf Trap, Melodrama Theatre, San Antonio Little Theatre, Arena Stage, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Wolf Trap Recordings Grammy nomination

David Hanlon composer
Composer & ConductorListen, Wilhelmina!
Vocal Coach – The Touchstone, Bastianello & The Juniper Tree
Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera

Michael Janney stage manager
PSM – The Touchstone, Bastianello & The Juniper Tree)
Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera

Sarah Johnson stage manager
Assistant Stage manager – Bastianello, The Juniper Tree
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Madeline Levy stage manager
Assistant Stage Manager – The Touchstone
Harper Joy Theatre, Key City Public Theatre, Seattle Opera

Joseph Li conductor
Conductor – The Fall of the House of Usher
Pianist/Coach – Bastianello & The Juniper Tree, Four of a Kind
Houston Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Minnesota Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Rice University, Baylor University

Grant Loehnig head of music
Opera Philadelphia, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony

Andrea Dorf McGray director
Acting Consultant
Washington National Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, Ash Lawn Opera, Aspen Music Festival & School

Loren Meeker director
Director – The Touchstone
San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Toulouse Théâtre du Capitole

Louisa Muller director
Director – Tosca
The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opera Queensland

Anne Nesmith wig & makeup designer
Wig & Makeup Designer – The Touchstone, Bastianello & The Juniper Tree
Saito Kinen Festival, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera Philadelphia, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre

Blake Palmer scenic & costume designer
Scenic & Costume Designer – Bastianello & The Juniper Tree
National Sawdust, La MaMa, Ars Nova, Columbia University, New York University

Josephine Riggs pianist/coach
Pianist/Coach – Listen, Wilhelmina!
Washington Concert Opera, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera

Erhard Rom scenic designer
Scenic Designer – The Touchstone, Tosca
San Francisco Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Seattle Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Evelyn Rossow stage manager
Stage Manager – Listen, Wilhelmina!, The Fall of the House of Usher
Assistant Stage Manager – Tosca
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Nicolò Sbuelz Italian coach
Pianist/Coach – The Touchstone, Tosca
Sarasota Opera, Merola Opera Program, Aspen Music Festival, Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Lyon

R. B. Schlather director
Director – Bastianello & The Juniper Tree
Gran Teatre Del Liceu, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Bard Music Festival, National Sawdust, Curtis Opera Theater

Emily Senturia conductor
ConductorStudio Spotlight
Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Royal Academy of Music, Atlanta Opera

Mark Stanley lighting designer
Lighting Designer – Tosca
New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Paris Opera Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Katy Tucker video & projections designer
Video & Projections DesignerTosca
The Metropolitan Opera, Dutch National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera

Erik Teague costume designer
Costume Designer – The Touchstone
Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Center for Puppetry Art, 7 Stages, Galludet University

Christopher Turbessi pianist/coach
Pianist/coach – Tosca
Utah Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Houston Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Castleton Festival, Opera Institute at Augusta University

Antony Walker conductor
Conductor – The Touchstone
Washington Concert Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Santa Fe Opera

Septime Webre artistic director Halcyon Stage
Director – The Fall of the House of Usher
Halcyon Stage, The Washington Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Atlanta Ballet

David Woolard costume designer
Costume Designer – Tosca
Houston Grand Opera, Beijing National Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, Asolo Theatre

Lidiya Yankovskaya conductor
Conductor – Bastianell &, The Juniper Tree
Opera Saratoga, Beth Morrison Projects, The Dallas Opera, Flagstaff Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Juventas New Music Ensemble