Soprano Teresa Ferrara is dedicated to music’s power to transcend social divides and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. She has performed as a solo vocalist at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage and in the Terrace Theater, and her chorus work has allowed her to perform often with the National Symphony Orchestra. It has also brought her to international venues in France and Cuba. She has earned many awards for her singing, including the Award for Excellence in the Arts from the National Society of Arts and Letters, The Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Award, and 3rd place in the Friday Morning Music Club Sue Goetz Memorial Competition for Singers two years in a row. Recent opera credits include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Countess Almaviva), Così fan tutte (Despina), Bastian and Bastiana (Bastiana), and Don Giovanni (Zerlina cover/Chorus), as well as Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Giannetta) and Massenet's Chérubin (L'Ensoleillad). As a recent graduate of the Master of Music program at the Peabody Conservatory, she plans to continue to pursue musical endeavors that stretch the norms of classical music and seek to educate and serve the community.
Soprano Ellie Yeonjung Kim, originally from Seoul, Korea, completed her Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York studying under Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. Ms. Kim’s operatic appearances include Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro with the Dell'arte Opera Ensemble and Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone at the Korea National Theater. She was recognized with "great critical acclaim" by Opera News online for the role of Rita in Donizetti's Rita with the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Other repertoire includes Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Massenet's Werther, and Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief. Ms. Kim was also featured in several opera gala concert performances at the KBS Hall in Seoul, Korea as a member of the Kim Ja-Kyung opera company. She was featured as a vocal soloist with the Washington Bach Consort for their 2013 season and she is a professional member of the Washington Master Chorale. Ms. Kim currently studies with Elizabeth Daniels.
Praised by The Washington Post for having “a lustrous voice supple enough for the delicate innuendos and intimate inflections of the solo song, yet also capable of projecting the dramatic vigor necessary for the opera house,” soprano Meri Siirala has performed in France, Norway, Switzerland, and Canada as well as in Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, the Corcoran, the Embassy Series, Norwegian Embassy, and several times at the Finnish Embassy. Meri made her operatic debut as Queen of the Night in a highly acclaimed production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Pori Opera Company, Finland. Her repertoire encompasses styles from baroque music to contemporary, from opera to art song and musical theater. She also collaborates with and performs works by several contemporary composers, including Kaija Saariaho and Olli Kortekangas. She has performed for Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America, Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Meri graduated with a Masters in Music, receiving the highest grade from the Opera Department of the Sibelius Academy. She has been awarded several awards and grants by various organizations, including the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Pro Musica Foundation, and Arts Promotion Center, Finland.
Soprano Madeline Huss is a recent graduate of the Peabody Institute, earning her master’s degree in vocal performance and music theory pedagogy. She is currently pursuing a graduate performance diploma in vocal performance at Peabody, to be completed this spring. In Peabody Opera productions, she performed Soldier in The Falling and the Rising, Sukey in Sukey in the Dark, covered and performed Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and performed in Bernstein and Friends scenes. Also through Peabody Opera, she performed an opera outreach program that she created with colleague Rachel Sandler called "Where in the World is Opera?" She sang the role of Miss Titmouse in Too Many Sopranos with Little Patuxent Opera Institute in 2017. She was a soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with Peabody Concert Orchestra and chorus under the direction of Edward Polochick in 2016. Madeline has been a vocalist in nine world premieres, including an opera scene, art song, and chamber ensembles, and she will perform in three more opera scene premiers through Peabody Opera's Opera Etudes this April. She currently studies with Ah Hong.
Soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick has been active in oratorio, concerts, choral music, and opera in the United States and Europe. She was a member of the House Chorus at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany for five years, where she performed in over 50 different productions. She has also performed with Ithaca Opera, Long Beach Opera, Pacific Chorale, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theater of Lucca, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, Alamo City Ballet, San Antonio Chamber Choir, the Princeton Festival, the Dallas Choral Festival, the Virginia Chorale, Richmond Ballet, and the Oregon Bach Festival. An advocate of American music, Ms. Piazza-Pick has premiered works by many American composers, including three premieres for the Composers Alliance of San Antonio’s spring concert, featuring the poetry of San Antonio’s poet laureate, Camen Tafolla. Ms. Piazza-Pick is the winner of Hawaii Public Radio’s art song contest, the George Cortes Award for Classical Singing by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and was a finalist for the American Prize in the women’s art song division. She has been an adjunct instructor at Trinity University, University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University, Virginia State University, and the University of Richmond. Currently a D.M.A. student at the University of Maryland, College Park, Ms. Piazza-Pick earned her M.M. in Voice performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her B.M. in Music Education and Voice Performance from Ithaca College.
Erin has appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Nordstrom in the Tony nominated revival of A Little Night Music starring Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, where she also performed the roles of Anne and Charlotte. Erin made her Broadway debut with The Phantom of the Opera and performed the role of Christine Dae in the Broadway National Tour and the Las Vegas Phantom. Regional credits include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Gretna Theatre), Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (The New Harmony Theatre), Anne in A Little Night Music (Opera Cleveland), Guinevere in Camelot (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Maria in West Side Story, and the title role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Erin was the soprano soloist with the Omaha Symphony in their "Christmas Spectacular" and was the soprano soloist in a world premiere presented by American Opera Projects at Zankel Hall. Erin has been a frequent soloist with members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space. Erin will be performing this summer as a soloist with The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 been heard in recital at the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Académie musicale de Villecroze in Provence. 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.” She performed the title role in Seymour Barab’s The Betrothal of Becky Brown at The Actors Institute of New York, The Assistant in Richard Wilson’s Æthelred the Unready at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall, and the role of Jenny in Phil Hagemann’s Roman Fever at Lincoln Center. Other roles include Poppea in The Coronation of Poppea, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Mademoiselle Silberklang in The Impressario, and Flora in The Turn of the Screw. Thea has been a featured soloist in a number of major oratorio works, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Schubert’s Mass in G, Rutter’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. 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. She 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.
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 has had an exciting 2018/2019 season thus far with a wide variety of performances including Fiona MacLaren/Brigadoon, Gianetta/The Gondoliers, and Soprano Soloist in Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s presentation of David Lang’s the little match girl passion. Additional performance highlights include Rapunzel/Into the Woods (St. Petersburg Opera), First Lady/The Magic Flute (Fargo-Moorhead Opera), Gretel/Hansel and Gretel (Opera Louisiane), Soprano Soloist in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Choralis and both Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Messiah with the Westmoreland Choral Society. Ms. Borland has been a Young Artist at St. Petersburg Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Charlottesville Opera, as well as a Professional Artist at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, SongFest, and Opera Naples’ inaugural Renata Scotto Opera Program. Exciting forthcoming projects include a return to the Young Victorian Theatre Company for a Gilbert & Sullivan concert and a solo recital with the Tuesday Concert Series DC featuring works by Piaf, Porter, Gershwin, Kern, Trenet, Chaminade, and Herbert.
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 summer she will sing Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Blanche in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites. This season she joined Baltimore Musicales in presenting 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.
Soprano Kimberly Christie is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and sings regularly with well-known Baltimore companies such as Lyric Opera Baltimore, Baltimore Concert Opera and Annapolis Chorale. This fall she sang the role of the Fairy Godmother in Massenet’s Cendrillon with Bel Cantanti Opera in D.C. and a recital of Henri Duparc’s songbook as part of the Baltimore German Lieder Weekend at An Die Musik.
Originally from London, Ontario, Canada, soprano Julie Hiscox holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Phyllis Bryn-Julson. Her operatic roles include Musetta in La Boheme, Belisa in Kam Morrill's contemporary opera Don Perlimplìn (Peabody Opera), Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Hebe in HMS Pinafore. Ms. Hiscox has also sung the classical theatre role of Maria in The Sound of Music and enjoys performing in cabarets and song recitals. Orchestral appearances include Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart’s Requiem and his Laudate Dominum from the sacred work Solemn Vespers. Ms. Hiscox is adjunct voice faculty at Anne Arundel Community College and at The Music School: The Bryn Mawr School for Girls. Ms. Hiscox is the recipient of the AACC Teaching Excellence Award and resides in Maryland with her husband, tenor Frédéric Rey.
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).