Amanda Williams is a rising lyric soprano in the DC metro area. Praised as a performer who "carries herself beautifully," "shows great promise" and possesses a "warm" and "consistent sweetness of tone and clarity of articulation," she excels in the lyric soprano repertory of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. She has made her mark in such roles as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte and Helena in Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also been featured as a soloist in masterworks such as Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's Gloria. She has had the privilege of performing with the Washington National Opera Chorus, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and Lyric Opera Baltimore. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University, as well as a Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory.
Hailed as “a singer’s dream” by Gramophone Magazine, pianist Andrew Stewart has worked with countless vocalists and instrumentalists; premiered works by composers including Garth Baxter, Hollis Thoms, and Spencer Huffman; and performed with a great many organizations, among them the Bach Society of Baltimore, OperaBelle, the Atlantic Guitar Quartet, Baltimore Musicales, the Choirs of Goucher College, the Annapolis Chorale, and Assisi Performing Arts in Italy. Recent performance highlights include the complete songs of Henri Duparc with soprano Kimberly Christie, Messiaen’s “Quartet For the End of Time” with Assisi Quartet at Princeton University and at the War Memorial in Baltimore, programs of art songs in Czech and Chinese with sopranos Annie Gill and Kerry Holahan, and a recital of arias and art songs with soprano Mary Claire Curran at Opera America in New York City. He is featured on the albums Katherine Keem Sings Songs and Arias by Garth Baxter (Centaur Records, 2014), Ask the Moon (Parma, 2018), and Resistance (Parma, 2019). Mr. Stewart has been associated with the Maryland Opera Company, formerly Lyric Opera of Baltimore, since 2003, and has given over a thousand performances to date as part of its education component. He teaches on the faculty of MOC's four-week summer program, assisting high school students in writing and producing an original one-act opera. Mr. Stewart studied with Charles Asche at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and with Marian Hahn at the Peabody Conservatory. He lives in Lutherville, Maryland with his family.
Soprano Rachel Sitomer has performed with opera companies across the mid-Atlantic region, including Opera Company of Brooklyn, Repertory Opera Theatre of Washington, Baltimore/Washington Repertory Opera Company, Riverbend Opera in McLean, VA, and Opera AACC in Arnold, MD. She made her New York City debut in the role of Monica in Chelsea Opera’s production of The Medium, a role which she “sang and act[ed] with beautiful subtlety.” Other notable roles include Gilda in Rigoletto, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Papagena and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Dedicated to bringing the joy of opera to a wider population, Ms. Sitomer is a frequent performer with the D.C. Metro chapter of Opera on Tap, performing opera and musical theater repertoire in restaurants and bars in Washington, D.C. She has also participated in opera outreach performances with The Opera Company of Brooklyn, as Papagena in The Magic Flute and with Opera AACC as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. Ms. Sitomer holds a B.A. in music (voice and violin) from Bucknell University (magna cum laude) and she maintains a violin and voice studio, teaching students ranging in age from six to adult. She is the music director at Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie, MD, a cantor at St. Andrew by the Bay Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, MD, and the mother of two adorable boys.
David Drosinos received his diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra. He won the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance and has been guest artist at the Greek Embassy in Washington and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The Washington Post praised him for “playing with an unusually smooth and agile touch.” Of his Finzi Clarinet Concerto, the Baltimore Sun noted, “He played the idyllic score with technical security, tonal warmth and exceptionally eloquent phrasing.” David was the principal clarinetist and soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Russia, and a featured soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. His Greek Band Zephyros was a featured act at the International Clarinet Association in Washington, DC. Mr. Drosinos resides in Cockeysville, Maryland, and he teaches at Shepherd University, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Peabody Preparatory.
Praised for his bold, no-compromise manner of playing as well as his sensitivity in ensemble settings, Andrew Kwon’s virtuosity and charismatic stage presence have captivated audiences throughout the world. Born into a musical family, Andrew first began his studies on the violin in Korea with his father, who was a choir and orchestra director. In the past few years, Andrew has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral works in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (New York), the U.S. Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium (Washington, DC), the Music Center at Strathmore (Washington, DC), the Maison symphonique (Montreal), Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore), and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, as well as its Eisenhower Theatre and the Millenium Stage (Washington, DC). He has performed as a soloist with the Pacific Philharmonic, Columbia Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, youth orchestras in both Maryland and California, and as an orchestral musician with the Alexandria, York, Lancaster, and Mid-Atlantic Symphonies, as well as the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, he has held concertmaster and principal positions in various ensembles including the Pacific Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Orford, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute Orchestra, and the Peabody Concert Orchestra. Andrew is playing on a violin labeled “1854 Raffaele & Antonio Gagliano” (Naples) and a W.E. Hill and Sons bow (London), on loan from the Peabody Institute Instrument Collection.
Dr. Min Jin, tenor, has delighted audiences with his concert and opera performances throughout Korea and the U.S. His virtuoso singing has taken him to many of the major concert halls throughout the Metropolitan area such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a recitalist, opera performer, as well as an oratorio soloist with choral societies. His opera performances include the leading tenor roles in La bohème, Rigoletto, Carmen, Otello, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor, Roméo et Juliette, L’elisir d’amore, Manon, Werther, and several other roles with the New Jersey State Opera, Ann Arbor Opera, Aspen Opera, Rochester Mercury Opera, Dicapo Opera, NY Touring Opera, Academic Opera, Mannes Opera, Eastman Opera, PoHang Opera and Kwangju City Opera. As a soloist, he has performed with numerous regional orchestras on the East Coast and the Midwest. Concert credits include Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul and Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mass in C Major, and his Symphony No. 9, among others. Dr. Jin previously served as an Affiliate Professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Currently, Dr. Jin is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Towson University in Maryland.
Marika Suzuki, 21, began her violin studies at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. An aspiring chamber musician, Marika has worked with members of Quatuor Arthur LeBlanc, and the Dover, Ying, Borromeo, Emerson and St. Lawrence String Quartets and has studied chamber extensively with Michael Kannen, Maria Lambros and Gina Coletti at the Peabody Institute and Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Institute. Her ensemble, Quartet Brio, had the honor of performing Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet for the Chinese Delegation of the National University of Singapore and President of Johns Hopkins in 2015. Currently, Marika leads the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductor-less chamber ensemble with a mission to spread the beauty of music in homeless shelters, recovery centers and other sensitive venues throughout the Baltimore area. Marika is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Violaine Melançon.
Soprano Katherine Boyce (née Crowe) received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Towson University and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. During her graduate studies, she performed Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Laurie in Act III of Copland’s The Tender Land, and the Siren in the premiere of Dr. Phillip Collister's Pasticcio Furioso. She has also performed several roles at Annapolis Opera through Towson University's Opera in a Can program, singing the title role in Barab's Little Red Riding Hood, Despina in Mozart/Davies' The Three Little Pigs, and Pamina in a children's version of The Magic Flute. At Eastman, Katherine was a Howard Hanson Scholar and performed roles in multiple Eastman Opera Theatre productions, including Lehár’s "The Merry Widow," Poulenc’s "Les mamelles de Tirésias” and Kander’s “Cabaret.” As a member of Eastman’s elite Institute for Music Leadership’s Arts Leadership Certificate Program, she received a grant to intern at the Washington National Opera and was a Generation E-Student Scholarship Recipient. Katherine currently performs and teaches in the Baltimore/DC area, is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and continues her studies with Jennifer Casey Cabot.
Hailed for his “emotional sound” (DCMetro Theater Arts US and Beeld SA), South African cellist Jacques-Pierre Malan has performed across Europe, South Africa, and the United States. Malan appears annually as soloist with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa. As a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra, Malan toured in Germany, giving concerts at the Beethoven Haller in Bonn as well as at the Philharmonie Concert Hall in Berlin. He became a member of the “12 Celli Family” from Germany, touring regularly around Europe. In the Netherlands, Malan performed solo and chamber recitals at the Appeldoorn Music Festival and the Zuid Afrika Huis to represent South African Dutch history. Malan received a Graduate Performance diploma in Solo and Chamber Music and a Master of Music degree in Pedagogical and Performing Arts from the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory, Walters Art Museum, Music of the Great Hall; in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian of Natural History, National Press Club; and in New York at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Malan is currently employed under an O1 visa with “Chamber Encounters,” “Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series,” “The Embassy Concert Series,” and the “Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.”
Award-winning conductor and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Hong is in high demand as a chamber and orchestral violinist, collaborative pianist, educator, and guest conductor throughout the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region. Joshua has made concerto appearances on piano and violin with, among others, the New West Symphony and Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, and currently serves as Music Director of the innovative Occasional Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been described as “supple, buoyant . . . sensitively conducted” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). Joshua recently obtained a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied under the tutelage of Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. He also holds a degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School. Joshua is a founding member of the Atlas Quartet, winners of the Peabody Institute’s Yale Gordon Chamber Fellowship and semi-finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . . well-supported tone and supple phrasing.” This season Rob is looking forward to both his Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall solo debuts. His season will also include performances with New York’s PROTOTYPE Festival, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. Often featured portraying opera’s “bad boy,” Rob’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La bohème. He has also sung Enrico in Lucia, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, a performance lauded for a “bright baritone and winning jitteriness” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. As a featured soloist, Rob has performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, the Duruflé Requiem with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Brahms Requiem with Portsmouth Pro Musica. Other concert credits include Carmina Burana with Columbia Pro Cantare and Schubert’s Mass in G with Concert Artists of Baltimore, where Rob’s performance was lauded by the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith for its “poetic warmth.” Next season Rob is thrilled to be joining Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio, performing multiple roles including Schaunard in La bohème and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos.
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.
Praised for her "magnificent, expressive soprano sound" and "requisite emotion, physically as well as vocally" (ShowBizRadio), Keely Bosworth Borland is quickly establishing herself as a dynamic lyric coloratura soprano. Ms. Borland began her 2016/2017 with a company/role debut as Bella Giretti in Franz Lehar’s Paganini with Philadelphia Concert Operetta Theater and a return to Fargo-Moorhead Opera as a mainstage artist performing the role of First Lady in The Magic Flute. Highlights from the 2015/2016 season included Ms. Borland’s company and role debuts as Gretel/Hansel and Gretel with Opera Louisiane, Celia/Iolanthe with Young Victorian Theatre Company, and Flora/The Turn of the Screw (Hub Opera Ensemble). Other notable roles include Lucy/The Telephone (Loudoun Lyric Opera), Lady Marian Fitzwalter/Robin Hood (Victorian Lyric Opera Company), Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro (Carroll Opera Theater), Mrs. Jenks/The Tender Land (The In Series), as well as a performance of David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with The Resurrection Series. As a 2014 Gate City Bank Young Artist at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, she covered the roles of Elena/Buried Alive by Jeff Myers and Victoria/Embedded by Patrick Soluri—two world premiere operas. Ms. Borland has recently been recognized by the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition, The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Grant Awards, Lois Alba Aria Competition, and Partners for the Arts Competition. She completed her M.M. at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and her B.M./B.A. from Lawrence University/Conservatory of Music. Upcoming: Rapunzel (Baker’s Wife cover)/Into the Woods (St. Petersburg Opera).