Wolf Trap Opera has gone through some changes in the last month! With Kim Witman’s retirement, we’ve restructured a bit and added some team members. In April, we’re going to introduce you to your new WTO team.
We’ll start with Tehvon Fowler-Chapman, our Coordinator, Company Management. Tehvon joined our team in late spring of 2018, and is integral to our finance, logistics and artistic services operations.
Hi I’m Tehvon, and I am the coordinator for the opera & classical programming department. Before studying arts administration in school, I focused on music education and performance as a percussionist, and my first opera experience was playing in the pit for Hansel and Gretel at Arizona State University.
I had a very intense first Wolf Trap experience as I started working for Wolf Trap full time at the top of the summer season in 2018. It was very much a trial by fire and I basically got a crash course in Wolf Trap Opera that summer. While it was one of the most challenging times of my life, I was exposed to a lot of great performances that summer – Romeo and Juliet, Seven Deadly Sins, Rigoletto – that made summer well worth it.
One thing I think is always interesting about WTO that people don’t know is that our three operas are based heavily around the strengths of the people we hear during auditions. It takes the development of young artists to a whole new level and I appreciate that.
In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, and bake very ambitiously (be on the lookout for my insomnia Instagram series, “Baking with Tehvon after 11”!).
This summer, I’m really looking forward to our double-bill production of Merlin’s Island and The Emperor of Atlantis, but I’m mostly looking forward to working with so many talented and interesting young artists again!