Druid City Faculty, Guest Artists, and Clinicians

2020 Faculty Artists

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Druid City program was canceled.  Below is a list of the artists and administrators who had been engaged for the 2020 program:

  • Dr. Kevin T. Chance – pianist and vocal coach (University of Alabama [UA])
  • Dr. Ellen Denham – soprano, stage directing intern (Texas A&M University Corpus Christy)
  • Dr. Jeanette Fontaine – mezzo-soprano, audition panelist and mezzo-soprano class (Mississippi State University)
  • Mr. Nicolas Guerrero – collaborative pianist Intern (Ithaca College; UA Alum)
  • Dr. Paul Houghtaling – bass-baritione, producer, master class, business of opera (UA)
  • Prof. Emily Trapp Jenkins – collaborative pianist intern (Arkansas State University)
  • Prof. Amanda Johnston – pianist and vocal coach, master class in German diction (University of Mississippi)
  • Ms. Lauren Lenz – stage directing intern (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Dr. Linda Lister – soprano, stage director, Yoga for Singers (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
  • Mr. Andrew Livingston – improvisation instructor; stage combat assistant (Second City Improv, Chicago)
  • Dr. Richard Masters – pianist and vocal coach (Virginia Tech)
  • Dr. Dawn Neely – soprano, stage director, acting for singers (University of West Georgia)
  • Prof. David Ronis – tenor, stage director, acting for singers, tenor class (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Dr. David Tayloe – tenor, audition panelist, tenor class (UA)
  • Mr. Matthew von Redlich – stage combat instructor, Society for American Fight Directors (SAFD)
  • Ms. Thea Wigglesworth – stage directing intern (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Dr. Susan Williams– soprano, audition master class, soprano class (UA)
  • Dr. Christopher Withrow – baritone, Director of Operations, classes in technology and digital media (Mississippi State University)
  • Mr. Keith Wolfe – audition panelist, General Director, Opera Birmingham

2020 Administrative Staff

  • Dr. Paul Houghtaling, Producer and Director
  • Dr. Christoper Withrow, baritone, Director of Operations (Mississippi State University; UA and Druid City Alum)
  • Mr. Evan Fleming, baritone, Administrative Assistant (MM candidate, UA, and Druid City Alum)
  • Ms. Ashton Griffin, soprano, Administrative Assistant (UA and Druid City Alum)

2019 Faculty Artists

  • Prof. Stacy Alley– choreographer and dance instructor (UA Dept. of Theatre and Dance)
  • Dr. Taylor Burkhardt – collaborative pianist intern (DMA, University of Minnesota)
  • Dr. Kevin T. Chance– pianist and vocal coach (UA)
  • Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell– mezzo-soprano, audition panelist, mezzo class (UA)
  • Dr. Marisa De Silva– stage directing intern (Loyola Marymount University; DMA, University of Southern California)
  • Mr. José Israel Garcia – stage directing intern (BM, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
  • Ms. Katie Hahn – stage directing intern (MFA, Texas Tech University)
  • Dr. Paul Houghtaling– bass-baritione, producer, master class, business of opera (UA)
  • Prof. Amanda Johnston– pianist and vocal coach, master class in German diction (University of Mississippi)
  • Dr. Christy Lee– audition panelist (Mississippi State University)
  • Dr. Linda Lister– soprano, stage director, Yoga for Singers (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
  • Mr. Andrew Livingston – improvisation instruction, stage combat assistant (UA Alum; Second City Improv, Chicago)
  • Dr. Richard Masters– pianist and vocal coach (Virginia Tech)
  • Ms. Ann Marie Meeker – assistant choreographer and dance instructor (UA Dept. of Theatre and Dance)
  • Dr. Dawn Neely– soprano, stage director, acting for singers (University of West Georgia)
  • Prof. David Ronis– tenor, stage director, acting for singers, tenor class (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
  • Dr. David Tayloe– tenor, audition panelist, tenor class (UA)
  • Mr. Matthew von Redlich – stage combat instructor, Society for American Fight Directors (SAFD)
  • Dr. Susan Williams– soprano, soprano class (UA)
  • Ms. Esme Wong– collaborative pianist intern (MM, University of North Texas)

2019 Administrative Assistants

  • Dr. Garrett Torbert – DMA, University of Alabama
  • Mr. Christopher Withrow – DMA Candidate, University of Alabama