Mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton has delighted audiences with her engaging presence and versatility on both the operatic and concert stages. Dr. Rushton is a first prize winner of the Canadian National Music Festival, a prize winner at the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, a two-time grant recipient from the Canada Council for the Performing Arts, and a winner of the Canada Council’s Bernard Diamant Prize in Voice. In recital, she has been a guest artist for the Royal Society of Canada, toured with Debut Atlantic, performed at the Indian River Festival, recorded with the Canadian Chamber Choir, sung with Baltimore Musicales and debuted at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Highlights of Christianne’s numerous operatic roles have included Orpheus in Orpheus ed Euridice (Opera Nova Scotia), the title role in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Juilliard Opera Center), Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera North), and Filotete in the North American premiere and Italian revival (Spoleto) of Handel’s Oreste (Juilliard Opera Center). Christianne is Associate Professor at Acadia University where she is head of vocal studies and Director of the School of Music. She is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center at The Juilliard School and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook. She recently received an Emerging Leader Award, from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) for her innovation and success teaching voice. Dr. Rushton is President of two arts organizations on the East Coast; President of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces chapter of NATS, and the President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Provincial Music Festivals. As well as being active as an adjudicator, pedagogue, workshop clinician and performer across the country, she is a proud mom to two very busy boys, nine and six.
Known for his expressive voice of “liquid gold” and the “stage presence of a lion” Peruvian native José Sacin is considered one of the leading South American baritones of our time. He has performed and collaborated with the foremost figures of the opera and music world today including a nationally televised performance for Pope Benedict XVI alongside Placido Domingo at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC; with Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera; the Chilean soprano Veronica Villaroel; American soprano Alessandra Marc, Enrique Ricci and Will Crutchfield. He performed the world premiere of selected passages from the newly discovered version of Verdi's La Forza del Destino with Philip Gossett at the Caramoor International Festival. He has worked with the Washington National Opera, Opera de Lima, Opera Delaware, Baltimore Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, Caramoor Opera Festival, Opera North, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Mediterranean Opera Studio, Maryland Opera Society, In Series, Opera New Hampshire, Opera NOVA, among others. Main roles include the title roles of Rigoletto, Macbeth, Gianni Schicchi and Don Giovanni, Germont (La Traviata), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria), Figaro (Barber of Seville), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Rodrigo (Don Carlo). Sacin has extensive appearances in Spanish Zarzuelas like El Barberillo de Lavapies, Los Gavilanes, Luisa Fernanda, La Tabernera del Puerto, El Duo de la Africana and Bohemios.
Described by the Washington Post as “imposing and promising,” tenor Patrick Cook is earning praise for his performances across the country in venues including The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Cook recently debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop in a production of Bernstein’s Candide. He has performed with opera companies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Annapolis Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Washington Concert Opera, and Washington National Opera. Cook appears regularly as a concert soloist performing with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Philharmonic, The Washington Chorus and the DC Wagner Society. A 2011 and 2010 DC District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he can be heard on the American Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots as Bois-Rosé. Cook holds advanced degrees from the University of Maryland, Bard Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. Cook teaches voice at Towson University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Pianist Ju Young Lee performs actively as collaborative artist. In 2013, Lee was the finalist in the Liszt Garrison Competition as a Collaborative Artist and also received the Best Interpretation Award of American songs. As an assistant coach, she accompanied and coached for Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Street Scene, and Così fan tutte, productions of the Peabody Opera Department. Lee completed a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma in vocal accompanying with a full tuition scholarship as a Graduate Assistantship in Peabody Opera Department at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Eileen Cornett. Currently, she is a rehearsal pianist at Lyric Opera Baltimore.
Award-winning violinist Alexis Meschter performs as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and in Europe. This season, Alexis was the winner of the William Marbury Competition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as well as the first prize winner of the LISMA Foundation International Competition on Long Island, NY. He has studied and performed at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington, DC. In past seasons, he has appeared with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Community Orchestra. He is enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and studies with the renowned Russian violinist and teacher Victor Danchenko.
Katerina Burton, soprano, has been praised for her “distinctly rich tones” and for her versatility in the art song and operatic repertoire. Ms. Burton was most recently seen as Lola Markham in Towson University’s production of Gallantry and as the Fairy Godmother at Annapolis Opera in Cinderella: A Children’s Opera, a collaboration with Towson’s “Opera in a Can” program. Other roles include the title character of Suor Angelica at Towson and the role of Erste Dame in Towson’s 2014 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Ms. Burton is a frequent competitor and was most recently awarded 3rd prize in Annapolis Opera’s 29th Annual Vocal competition and won 1st place in the Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Competition for the D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Ms. Burton is also a first place winner in the 2017 NATS Maryland/D.C. District competition. She recently graduated from Towson University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and she will be attending The Juilliard School in the fall.
Mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called her voice “an amazing instrument.” The Washington Post said, “her voice is lovely and her stage presence is natural and full of vitality." Recent performances include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. In October 2015, she made her NYC debut in scenes from On The Town, Candide and Wonderful Town in a tribute concert entitled Bernstein Remembered. She is an alto soloist at Cathedral of Mary our Queen and at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's “Christmas Suite” with Milwaukee Children' s Choir, “Flight Box” with Present Music, "Cinq Poèmes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Clé de L'Horizon and on comedian/singer Joel Kopischke’s CD, I Got Yule, Babe. Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is on the voice faculty at Howard Community College and Oldfields School and teaches privately at her home in Roland Park.
Elizabeth Sarian, mezzo-soprano, is known for her unique vocal timbre, sensitive artistry, and refreshing sense of humor. She is currently a Master’s student studying at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Long Island, New York, Elizabeth is a recent graduate of Hofstra University, where she earned her B.S. in Music Performance. In November of 2015, Elizabeth was seen performing the role of Mae Jones in Peabody Opera's production of Street Scene at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric in Baltimore. Elizabeth is also singing the role of 3rd lady in Peabody’s Outreach production of Magic Flute, Papageno! Previous opera credits include the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mathurine in Gluck’s L’ivrogne corrige, Marie in Schubert’s Die Verschworenen, and Melissa in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida. Elizabeth has also studied at several summer festivals such as the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute, Oyster Bay Music Festival, and mostly recently, Songfest, where Elizabeth performed in master classes with renowned artists John Aler, Susanne Mentzer, and Ann Murray.
Joseph Regan is a successful singer and voice teacher based in the Mid-Atlantic region making appearances throughout the east coast. A specialist in French Mélodie, Mr. Regan is a deft interpreter of this exquisite art form and is frequently engaged around the region to perform in this capacity. Joseph can be seen on the opera stage where he has performed the roles of Fenton from Verdi’s Falstaff, Tamino from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Jenik from Smetana’s Bartered Bride and many more. Mr. Regan is also an accomplished performer of musical theatre. He has performed Henrik in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Nicely-Nicely Johnson from Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, and has performed a number of cabaret and recital programs dedicated to the style. Additionally, Mr. Regan is well known for his work in the field of oratorio. He has sung Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, and is particularly notable for his expertise singing Bach. He has performed the St. John Passion solos on multiple occasions and has performed more than a dozen of Bach’s Cantatas. Mr. Regan is also a highly sought after ensemble singer and sings regularly with top choral groups in the region, with whom he has toured much of the Eastern seaboard.
Virginia-born bass-baritone Daryl Yoder was raised in southern Africa and received hismusical training at the Oberlin Conservatory and Boston University. Highlights of recent seasons include concert appearances with the baroque ensemble Three Notch’d Road at Shenandoah University’s Bach-Handel Festival, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Third Practice, Membra Jesu Nostri of Buxtehude at Emmanuel Church in Baltimore, and the D.C. premiere of Louis Andriessen’s opera/oratorio La Commedia with the Great Noise Ensemble. On the opera stage, he debuted with Bel Cantanti Opera as Elviro in Serse (Handel) and returned to Opera Lancaster’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors for a second season as Balthazar. This past spring he created the role of Frank Spearman in Frances Pollock’s acclaimed new opera Stinney. He has also been seen as Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Micha (The Bartered Bride), Betto (Gianni Schicchi), and Daniel Webster (The Mother of Us All) in addition to roles in The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, La Clemenza di Tito, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and more. His concert performances include the solos in the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Fauré and Duruflé, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle as well as many smaller works. A lover of art song, his recital programs range from the great cycles of Schubert and Schumann to Chabrier, Finzi and Mussorgsky.
Tenor George Wilkerson, Jr. hails from Wilmington, Delaware and was born into a large family of jazz musicians. While singing has always been an important part of his life, he was initially trained as a percussionist. It was during his undergraduate studies that he began concentrating on voice performance. He has extensive experience in opera and musical theater; most notably, performing the roles of Beppe in I Pagliacci, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Bill in A Hand of Bridge, Professor Bhaer in Little Women: The Musical, Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Jake in Side Show. In addition to being a performer, Mr. Wilkerson thoroughly enjoys his careers as a voice teacher, conductor, and director and has taught band, choir, applied voice, and drama for over ten years. He holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Master of Arts degree in Music (Voice) from Morgan State University. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia under the tutelage of Dr. Byron Jones.
On both opera and concert stages, soprano Thea Tullman Moore has delighted audiences with her “crystalline voice and natural stage presence” (Wall Street Journal). She has sung roles with Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Festival of New Jersey, and Central City Opera, and has performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and The Actors Institute of New York. As part of the Monteverdi series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, she sang the role of La Musica in Orfeo and was praised by the Chicago Tribune for her “shining vocal grace.” Other roles include Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw. A lauded interpreter of art song, Thea has been heard in recital at the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze in Provence. A native of Chicago, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Thea is the founder and executive director of Baltimore Musicales.
“Soprano Jessica Satava lent great beauty and intensity of feeling to her performance.” (The Baltimore Sun, 2015) Ms. Satava has appeared as both Lauretta and Nella in Gianni Schicchi, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Musetta in La bohème, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Inez in Il Trovatore, Voce dal Cielo in Don Carlo, Julie in Carousel, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Polly in The Threepenny Opera, and as Mimí and Micaëla in concert performances of La bohème and Carmen. She has appeared with orchestra as the soprano soloist in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, Rutter’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion, Mass in B minor and Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 1, and Meine Seel erhebt den Herren, BWV 10. The 2017-18 season will include a return to the soprano solos in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem for both LiveArts MD and the Maryland Choral Society, Bach’s Mass in B minor, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with her husband Joseph Satava as piano soloist with The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.
Baritone Rob McGinness has been praised by the Baltimore Sun for his impressive singing, supple phrasing and well-supported tone. Recent operatic roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a role lauded for his “bright baritone and winning jitteriness.” Other performances include Jules Goddard in A Wedding by William Bolcom and world premieres as Ed Wall in Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, and as Saul Hodkin/Price in The Ghost Train by Paul Crabtree. Rob’s concert credits include the baritone solo in Durufle’s Requiem with both Oberlin College’s Musical Union and The Peabody Concert Orchestra and the bass soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G, with Concert Artists of Baltimore, a performance praised by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for its “poetic warmth.” Rob has had the honor of working in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Sherrill Milnes, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and John Musto. He has won awards and competitions including first place in the Sylvia Greene Vocal Competition, second place in the Piccola Opera Competition, the Ruth Cogan Memorial Scholarship and the Margot Bos Stambler Award. Currently based in Baltimore, Rob performs regularly with local ensembles, and has upcoming engagements this season as a featured soloist with Bel Cantanti Opera, Columbia ProCantare, Maryland Lyric Opera and Peabody Opera and Concert Orchestra.
Bass-baritone Jarrod Lee, native of Sylacauga, Alabama, has received rave reviews from D.C. Metro Theater Arts, Opera News, and The Washington Post. This summer, Jarrod made his European debut in concert with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Upcoming performances include Amazing Grace concert presented by Annapolis Opera. Past performances include: The Baron, a Judge, and Señor in Candide with the Washington National Opera, Bailli in Werther with Opera Delaware, Sacristan in Tosca with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Annapolis Opera, Loud Speaker in Emperor of Atlantis with the In Series, Benoit and Alcindoro in La bohème with the Aspen Music Festival, Paulus and Hlabeni in Lost in the Stars with the Washington National Opera. Jarrod is a 2018 winner of the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, a semifinalist in the Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Austria, and a 2016 Finalist in the Harlem Opera Theater Vocal Competition. In 2013 Jarrod participated in Renée Fleming’s American Voices at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a soloist, Jarrod has performed for President Barack Obama during his visit to Metropolitan A.M.E Church, D.C. In newer works, Jarrod premiered the role of Joe Louis in Shadowboxer: An opera based on the life of Joe Louis by Frank Proto with Maryland Opera Studio, and Jarrod was featured with pianist Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan for In the Smoke of the Sting by Tom Minter, commissioned by Washington National Opera.
Praised for “astounding technical vocal ability, solid song interpretation and stage presence,” soprano Annie Gill continues to gain recognition as a distinctive emerging artist. Particularly excelling in the repertoire of Mozart and Puccini, Ms. Gill has been commended for having “a glorious voice–opulent from top to bottom” and possessing an extensive variety of vocal colors. Recently, Ms. Gill performed the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Camerata of Washington at the Ambassador of the United Kingdom’s Residence in Washington, DC. Earlier in 2017, she sang the role of The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera AACC and the Maryland Concert Society. In 2016, she performed the roles of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Camerata of Washington and Serpina in The In Series’ production of La Serva Padrona, receiving enthusiastic reviews for handling “the rollercoaster range from high to low of Pergolesi’s score with aplomb.” Other roles include the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, and Massenet’s Manon, La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Micaëla in Carmen, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Nedda (Pagliacci), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Mimì and Musetta (La bohème), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Pamina (The Magic Flute). In addition to her classical singing career, Ms. Gill is a voice-over artist and acts in commercials and television, notably appearing
as the “Opera Singer” in the Season 2 Finale of House of Cards.
British-American soprano Claire Galloway’s theatricality covers the gamut of “palpable pain” and “splendid, funny moments” (B.I.T.R.). She has performed such roles as Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She has also premiered roles in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park and Frances Pollock’s award-winning opera Stinney, seen in the 2019 Prototype Festival. In past seasons, Ms. Galloway has performed with Baltimore Concert Opera, the Savannah Voice Festival, Bel Cantanti Opera, and Stillpointe Theatre. This season she will present a recital based on the life of Rosa Ponselle at the elegant George Peabody Library. Ms. Galloway is curator of the related exhibit of Ponselle’s own piano, gowns, and photographs at the Peabody Institute, where she currently teaches. An avid recitalist, Ms. Galloway’s innovative programing has resulted in the best attended concert event at the Baltimore War Memorial Arts Initiative in past seasons. A frequent soloist with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Ms. Galloway has also performed concert and oratorio works with Bach in Baltimore, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the Peabody Concert Orchestra.
Patricia McKewen Amato’s extensive operatic experience includes duties as conductor, coach, and accompanist at the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Peabody Institute, Cumberland Valley Chamber Orchestra, and the Young Victorian Theatre. She served as assistant music director of the Baltimore Opera Company and music director of its touring company; music director/conductor for Annapolis Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Opera Americana, Washington Savoyards, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Rep Stage; and assistant conductor/chorus master for Washington Summer Opera and Opera AACC. A versatile pianist, Ms. Amato frequently performs with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts, Baltimore Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Prince George’s Opera and Philharmonic, Chesapeake Chamber Opera, and Metropolitan Opera regional competitions. She is a coach/accompanist and assistant music director of Music for the Stage at Towson University. She holds a BM from the Catholic University of America (magna cum laude), a MM from the University of Houston (magna cum laude), and certificates in lieder, opera, and chamber music from The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Pianist Joseph Satava has a diverse repertoire with performances spanning the standard repertoire, chamber music, and works just composed. Dr. Satava has collaborated with orchestras and conductors and performed at festivals across Europe, Canada, and the U.S. His performances have included appearances with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, the Millennium Orchestra, the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the American Conservatory of Fontainbleau, France, and the Banff Centre. Dr. Satava has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Focus! Festival for Contemporary Music and at Merkin Hall in New York City. In 2011, he received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Solo Performance, and was named a finalist in The American Prize for Piano. He has taken prizes in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, the Miecyslaw Munz Piano Competition, the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Piano competition, and was named a Promising Young Artist by the National Society of Arts and Letters. Dr. Satava received his DMA from the Peabody Conservatory, a master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory.
Guitarist and teacher Andrew Marino has performed throughout his native New York State, Maryland, and beyond as a soloist and in chamber groups. Andrew is a top prizewinner in several competitions, including the Crane School of Music Chamber Music Competition and Appalachian State University’s GuitarFest Competition. He has also participated in master classes with prominent guitarists Benjamin Verdery, Johannes Möller, Stephen Aron, Stanley Yates and Jason Vieaux. Andrew is currently on the faculty of both the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD and Cockeysville Music Education Center in Cockeysville, MD. He teaches a variety of musical styles to students ranging in age from pre-school to adult. In addition to his studio teaching Andrew teaches the Guitar Methods course to Music Education majors at the Peabody Conservatory. Andrew holds the degree of Master of Music in Guitar Performance/Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory. He graduated summa cum laude from the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Peabody Conservatory, where he is a full-time graduate assistant.