Wolf Trap Opera Music Staff

Wolf Trap Opera Music Staff

Music staff in their natural environment

Each summer we are visited by some of the best collaborative pianists in the industry; they join us from across the country bringing their musicianship, language specialties, and love and knowledge of the operatic repertoire, which infuse each production with the musical nuance you’ve come to expect at Wolf Trap. They work in the rehearsal room not just playing the piano, but in close collaboration with the conductor to correct notes & rhythms and listening for balance and diction. They’ll also work one-on-one with each singer in coachings to further refine and reinforce what’s being done in staging rehearsals. They may prepare a chorus or conduct for cover rehearsals, they’ll play for auditions and outreach events, and they’ll often perform as part of the orchestra on piano, harpsichord, harmonium, or celeste. Our music staff are chameleons, they can do it all!

Joel Ayau
Pianist/Coach, Cover Conductor – L’heure espagnole
Washington National Opera, Opera Memphis, The Washington Chorus, Charlottesville Opera

Andrew Crooks
Pianist/Coach – The World Turned Upside Down: Merlin’s Island / The Emperor of Atlantis
Lawrence University (Assistant Professor of Music), Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Metamorphos Ensemble Berlin

Jocelyn Dueck
French Coach – Merlin’s Island, L’heure espagnole
Carnegie Mellon, The Metropolitan Opera, The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass, Tanglewood

Jeremy Frank
Chorusmaster, Pianist/Coach – The Barber of Seville
LA Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera Center, The Juilliard School

Thomas Lausmann
German Coach – Ariadne auf Naxos
The Metropolitan Opera (Director of Music Administration), Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Bayreuth Festival, Komische Opera Berlin

Justina Lee Pianist/Coach – The Barber of Seville University of Maryland, The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Joseph Li

Houston Grand Opera, Arizona Opera, Minnesota Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Rice University, Baylor University

Grant Loehnig
Music Director, Head of Music Staff

Opera Philadelphia, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, The Curtis Institute, Rice University

Nate Raskin Pianist/Coach – Ariadne auf Naxos The Metropolitan Opera, Chautauqua Institution, Aspen Music Festival

Nicolò Sbuelz Italian Coach – The Barber of Seville Sarasota Opera, Merola Opera Program, Aspen Music Festival, Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Lyon

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