Soprano Nicole Cascione is currently working toward a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Performance under the direction of Dr. Steven Rainbolt at The Peabody Institute. Nicole holds a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Peabody and a BM in Music Education from The College of New Jersey. Past roles include Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), The Saint (Ophelia Forever), Ariel (Ariel’s Tempest), Pernille (Captain Lovelock), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Despina (Così fan tutte).
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.
Praised by the Baltimore Sun for his “admirable technical confidence and expressive sensitivity,” John Wilson has performed extensively on the piano, as well as celesta, organ, and harpsichord, in a variety of roles from soloist to ensemble musician to répétiteur. Mr. Wilson serves as Principal Keyboardist for the Reading Symphony. Recent highlights include concerto performances with the New Amsterdam Symphony and Concert Artists of Baltimore, as well as a recital at Yamaha Artists Services in New York City. Current Artistic Residencies include performances at the Miami Frost School of Music and Towson University’s Center for the Fine Arts. Mr. Wilson has served as répétiteur for Baltimore Lyric Opera since 2012. He has also recently collaborated with trumpeter Josef Burgstaller, as well as violinists Daniel Hope, and Robert McDuffie. As an orchestral pianist, Wilson has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan, Robert Spano, David Robertson, Stéphane Denève, and others, playing for the Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Philharmonic, and Aspen Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Peabody Conservatory as a recipient of the Presser Award and the Clara Ascherfield Award, studying with Marian Hahn and Benjamin Pasternack. In 2012, Mr. Wilson made his solo performance debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.
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.
Violinist Lucinda Chiu, born in Hong Kong, is a senior at Peabody Conservatory. She has served as associate concertmaster and assistant principal of both Peabody Concert and Symphony Orchestras from 2012 to 2015. As part of the Centre Street Quartet, Lucinda was selected as one of the Honors Chamber Ensembles at Peabody for two years. They were also one of six quartets selected to study with the Juilliard String Quartet at the 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Lucinda had her debut performance with CSQ at the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, as the 2013 Artist Residency String Quartet of Madeline Island Music Camp. Next year, Lucinda will begin her Masters of Music degree at Rice University with violinist Cho-Liang Lin.
Flutist Emily Barone is a junior undergraduate student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she currently pursues a double major in Flute Performance and Music Education. At the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Emily is in the flute studio of Laurie Sokoloff. She has studied flute with Sara Nichols and she currently studies baroque flute with Gwyn Roberts and fife with Donald Heminitz. Emily has a passion for teaching as well as flute performance and has taught private flute and fife lessons for five years. She is an Artist in Residence through the Child Life Department at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital and teaches music weekly through exploration and play. She also has a strong passion for fife and drum music and historical reenacting. She is a member of the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps in Baltimore, MD, American Originals Fife and Drum Corps, Washington City Fife and Drum Corps in Washington D.C, and the 1st PRVC in Gettysburg, PA. Emily is the fife instructor for the Ft. McHenry Guard Junior Fife and Drum Corps. She is a Private Events staff member for the George Peabody Library and the Evergreen Museum and Library, a Resident Assistant for the Peabody Residence Hall, and the Preparatory Youth Orchestra Manager for the Peabody Preparatory. She has worked for the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program and has also been an intern for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy for two years.
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.
Ka Nyoung Yoo has served as a vocal coach and master class pianist for Towson University’s Voice Division and Towson Choir since 2010. She received her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in Ensemble Arts/Vocal Accompanying from The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Institute where she studied with Eileen Cornett. She has performed in master classes for Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett and Rodger Vignoles. She has been a faculty member of Peabody’s Young Voice Student Summer Workshop since 2010. She is also an active piano teacher and accompanist throughout the Maryland area. Originally from South Korea, Ka Nyoung Yoo began studying piano at age 6. She graduated with honors from Hanyang University in 2004 with her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance where she studied with Minsuk, Kim and Mikyung, Yoon. She worked as a school pianist and opera accompanist throughout her undergraduate years at Hanyang University and received a merit scholarship for the length of her study there. She holds a Music Education certification for middle/high school students.