Graduate Assistants in Opera

  • Ashton Griffin, soprano – Dothan, Alabama – MM, Opera Production/Administration
  • Megan Saslow, mezzo soprano – Miami, Florida – MM, Opera Production/Administration
  • Scott Santoro, pianist – Ann Arbor, Michigan – MM, Collaborative Piano/Assistant Conductor
  • Marie Smithwick, mezzo-soprano – La Plata, Maryland – MM, Opera Production/Administration
  • Megan Taylor, soprano – Greeneville, Tennessee – MM, Opera Production/Administration
  • Yangmingting Fang, pianist – China – DMA, Collaborative Piano/Assistant Conductor
  • Christopher Withrow, baritone – Redding, California – DMA, Opera Production/Technology

Productions

  • West Side Story, Bernstein – October 3, 5, and 7, 2018
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti – December 16, 2018
  • Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss – February 27, 28, March 1 and 3, 2019
  • One Night Only: An Evening of Our Broadway, Pop, and Jazz Favorites – April 2, 2019
  • Scenic Ventures, student-directed scenes – April 7, 2019
  • Druid City Opera Workshop, Final Performance – May 30, 2019

Guest Artists/Instructors

  • Libby Larsen, composer, master class on Larsen scenes (in collaboration with the Capstone Song Initiative)
  • Kelley Schoger, Laban Movement – University of Alabama Dept. of Theatre and Dance
  • Nicholas Perna, tenor, master class – Mississippi College (in collaboration with the Capstone Pedagogy series)
  • Drew Baker, acting coach – acting for singers
  • Anne Gabrielle Richardson Henning, soprano, Troy University – master class
  • Chuck Chandler, tenor, Florida State University – pedagogy and fitness lectures
  • Elizabeth Kirkland, director, clown and character workshops – MFA, University of Alabama
  • Matthew von Redlich – stage combat
  • Keith Wolfe, General Director, Opera Birmingham – master class
  • Alison Hollingsworth, dancer – ballet classes
  • Susan Williams, yoga for singers – University of Alabama