Visiting Artists/Master Classes:

P1020607The Department has a schedule of Master Classes during the school year.  These classes and the guest instructors are professional singers, directors, conductors, coaches, artistic directors, as well as faculty from visiting universities.  Vocal alum often visit the school when their schedule permits to share their experiences and do master classes with students.  In addition, students going to New York on the yearly field trips participate in master classes with members of the profession.

Some of the distinguished professionals who have given master classes for the department include:

Elly Ameling, soprano- distinguished concert/recital singer

Heather Buck, soprano- New York City Opera, Metropolitan OperaAundie Moore

Dr. William Christensen- Oklahoma City University

Nico Castel, tenor, diction expert- Metropolitan Opera

Patricia Craig, soprano- Metropolitan Opera

Dorothy Danner, stage Director- Virginia Opera

Georgianna Eberhard, make up- Sarasota Opera

Laura Friesen, principal coach- Virginia Opera

Viveca Genaux, mezzo soprano- Metropolitan Opera

Denyce Graves, mezzo soprano- Metropolitan Opera                   

Lilian Groag, stage director, Virginia Opera

Vernon Hartman, baritone- Metropolitan Opera

Dr. David Herendeen- Oklahoma City University

Evelyn Lear, soprano, Metropolitan Opera

Joanna Levy, Hartt College of Music

Robert Lombardo, agent- Robert Lombardo Associates

James McGough, make up- Virginia Opera

Peter Mark, Artistic Director, Lyric Opera of Virginia

Susanne Marsee, mezzo soprano- New York City Opera

Dr. Patricia Miller- George Mason University

Aundi Marie Moore, soprano, GSA Alum- Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Virginia

Marni Nixon, soprano- voice of motion picture stars in musicals

Marilyn Taylor- North Carolina School of the Arts

Lisa Vroman, soprano- musical theatre, Broadway, Lyric Opera of Virginia

Joseph Walsh, Associate Artistic Director, Lyric Opera of Virginia

Dolora Zajick, mezzo soprano, Metropolita

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