INTRODUCING THE FIRST EVER AUDITION-ONLY OPERA INTENSIVE
at Performing Arts San Antonio
JULY 5 – 31, 2017
Age 16-23 All Voice Types
Designed for High School and Beginning College Singers
Taught by top San Antonio Performers and Voice Teachers
• 5 Voice Lessons & 2 Coachings per week
• Daily Acting and Movement Classes with PASA’s Founding Directors Paul Tinder & Vaughn Taylor
• Weekly Master Classes presented by guest Opera Performers, Coaches, Directors and Conductors
• Audition Techniques/Etiquette
• Finding Agents/Business Connections
• Opera Scenes Performance Showcase
TUITION: $850 (scholarships available)
$25 non-refundable application fee
A current résumé, photo and short biography.
A video recording with 2 contrasting pieces. (At least one must be in a foreign language. Links to videos on YouTube are preferred.)
At least 2 letters of recommendation/references.
A List of Repertoire that you are interested in working on. Please include several options: Italian, French, German, English, Russian. Legitimate BROADWAY songs will also be accepted. Include duets that you are interested in learning as well.
Preliminary auditions will be done via video. Application deadline is May 6. Final Auditions will take place at PASA on May 13.
ABOUT THE EMERGING YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM
Our instructors are working performers who perform throughout the U.S. and abroad. Each will share their intimate knowledge and unique experiences in Opera. Learn from professionals in the business what it’s like and what it takes to be an opera singer today!
FACULTY and GUEST DIRECTORS/CONDUCTORS
Timothy Birt, tenor, hails from San Antonio, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Texas State University in 2001. He was soon accepted into Indiana University where he continued his studies under the famous soprano, Virginia Zeani and later under Baritone, Andreas Poulimenos. Recent performances include Pedrillo/Spock in the critically acclaimed “Star Trek” version of Mozart’s opera Abduction from the Seraglio. In 2015, he was a featured soloist on Empire Theater stage with Opera Piccola in their Opera vs Broadway production. Other notable performances include: Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Elvino in La Sonambula, Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers and Rodolfo in La Boheme. Mr. Birt made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 as the tenor soloist in Arwel Hughes’ Dewi Sant. He has sung with Chicago Opera Theatre, Battle Creek Symphony, Distinguished Concerts NewYork Carnegie Hall, Indianapolis Opera, The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Teatro di Comunale di Cagli, Teatro Grattacielo, South Texas Lyric Opera, San Antonio Opera, Lakeland Opera, Ashlawn Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Piccola, Sparkling City light opera, and Opera in the Heights.
Travis Davis has been playing the piano since the age of 4 and professionally for 17 years. Born in Houston, Texas, Davis began studying music through the Suzuki program and in 1992 his family moved to the Central Texas area where he began studying classically with Dr. Timothy Woolsey at Texas State University and attended school in the San Marcos public school system.
In 1999, Davis was accepted into the TSU School of Music and continued classical piano with Dr. Woolsey and began studying Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Salsa with John Lopez and Dr. James Polk, former arranger for the great Ray Charles. In 2002 he received an Outstanding Soloist award at the 44th annual Norte Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies in 2003 and a Master’s in Music Performance in 2006, he now resides in San Antonio performing in numerous ensembles spanning several styles and genres. He has also played Jazz festivals and concerts in Germany, France, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Mexico. Since, 2010 he has been on staff as pianist/organist at First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels.
Jeremiah Drake, baritone. Professional operatic roles have included Pish Tush from Mikado, Fiorello from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cascada in The Merry Widow, and Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata, all with the Lyric Opera of San Antonio; both Balthazar and Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors in McAllen and with Texas Opera Company. Additionally, Drake performed the Sergeant in Austin Lyric Opera’s Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk. His college resumé includes the roles of Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Pish Tush in Mikado, and Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, during his undergraduate degree at UTSA. He graduated from UTSA in 2002 with a dual degree in music performance and education, and in 2008 with a master’s degree in vocal performance from Texas State University. Further roles include Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte at Texas State. In 2000, Jeremiah won the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Men’s Division National Competition. He was a guest artist at the national convention in Atlanta. Currently, Jeremiah is the head choir director at Driscoll Middle School and Colonial Hills United Methodist Church in San Antonio and appreciates the support from his lovely wife, Lily and children, Leah and Javier.
Madeline Elizondo, mezzo soprano, has been featured as an artist with several premiere San Antonio organizations. Her performance of Susan B. Anthony in The Mother of Us All put on by the McNay Art Museum was so well received that an encore performance of the work was requested. Other past engagements include roles with local and regional opera companies including San Antonio Opera, South Texas Lyric Opera, Sparkling City Light Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera. Her most recent role was that of Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with South Texas Lyric Opera. Other notable roles include the Mother in Amahland the Night Visitors, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, the 3rdLady in The Magic Flute, and Hansel in a company debut performance of Hansel and Gretel. Concert soloist engagements include productions of The Messiah and Elijah with Mahler’s Der Abschied scheduled for April 2017 with the organization Lux Musicae. A versatile vocalist, Madeline has also been featured at the Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi for the past 5 years with the Powerhouse Big Band, the premiere jazz band in San Antonio.
Cindy Ellis, piano, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. She has presented solo and duo-piano recitals throughout Oklahoma and Texas and has performed as a guest soloist with several symphony orchestras. She has extensive experience as an accompanist, has served as a church organist and pianist, and has been involved in many musical theater productions. Cindy is an adjunct faculty member of the Fine Arts Department at San Antonio College, teaching keyboard harmony, class piano and applied piano. She is also the coach/accompanist for the vocal students, for the San Antonio College Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, and has served as rehearsal accompanist and pianist for the Fine Arts Department’s musical theatre productions. Cindy received the SAC Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award in 2003 for her outstanding teaching and commitment to SAC and in 2013 was the recipient of the El Exito Outstanding Adjunct Award for teaching excellence, recognizing the vital contributions that adjunct faculty make to the college. Cindy has maintained a private piano studio in San Antonio for many years, teaching both piano and music theory. Her students are continuously involved in numerous music events each year, excelling at both the district and state level. Cindy is an active member and past president of the Crownridge Music Club, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the San Antonio Music Teachers’ Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, the Music Teachers’ National Association, and the American College of Musicians. She is honored and recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
Caroline Melcher, mezzo-soprano/contralto, is a 2011 Musical Theatre alumnus of San Antonio’s North East School of the Arts and holds a degree in Vocal Performance from Pepperdine University. As a member of Pepperdine’s renowned Flora L. Thornton Opera Program, she performed in productions of Die Fledermaus, Oklahoma!, The Elixir of Love and The Merry Widow as well as in the Chamber Choir and Women’s Ensemble. She attended Pepperdine’s Summer Opera Intensive in Heidelberg, Germany, and performed with the Chamber Choir at the Prague Choral Festival. In 2012, she won the Los Angeles Area NATS competition with her performance of Menotti’s “Lullaby,” and in 2015, she was a featured performer in a Dallas opera master class featuring Frederica Von Stade, Joyce DiDonato and Jake Heggie. A member of the San Antonio Mastersingers, Caroline is a featured soloist at local churches and community events and performed in Opera San Antonio’s 2016 production of Carmen. She will be a featured contralto soloist in the Mastersingers’ 2017 Musical Shower of Roses, singing the Agnus Dei in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Caroline is currently studying to become a licensed music therapist in order to minister to veterans and others needing healing, and she teaches music at St. Paul Episcopal Montessori School and voice at local high schools and Performing Arts San Antonio.
Paul Tinder and Vaughn Taylor-Tinder have extensive entertainment industry experience in performing, producing, script writing and project development. Their experience ranges from starring in national network television programming, developing feature films for major entertainment markets to creating and producing small local theatre. Their responsibilities have included negotiating production and performer union contracts, negotiating distribution contracts, overseeing sub-contractor services as well as hiring production teams. This breadth of experience is an invaluable tool for performers and students giving them a credible and valid foundation upon which to successfully develop a performing arts career.
Paul and Vaughn formed Rising Star Entertainment, LLC, to produce the feature film “The Long Ride Home”. Starring Randy Travis, Eric Roberts, Academy Award Winner Ernest Borgnine and Garry Marshall, it was successfully distributed by Lions Gate in the U.S., Porchlight Entertainment overseas and in the Inspirational Market by Questar. It won the 2004 Telly Award for Writing, Producing and Acting and was a featured film on the Encore Western Channel. Vaughn wrote the screenplay and played Laura, the female lead, and Paul produced the film and played Abel Hart, the villain.
Paul and Vaughn were founding members of the award winning Actors Co-Op in Los Angeles. Their duties included construction oversight of The Crossley Theatre, Artistic Direction, Writing, Producing, Teaching and Directing numerous productions. They also produced many theatrical productions in the Los Angeles area and Beverly Hills. Paul and Vaughn have received extensive training in acting and directing with some of the best teachers in the industry including Warren Robertson, Herbert Berghof, Wynn Handman and Bill Esper in New York. In Los Angeles they studied with Charles Conrad, Tom Troupe, Film Actors Workshop and Ivan Markota. Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries, Happy Days, etc.) was instrumental in mentoring Paul as a producer/director. Larry Gelbart (MASH, Oh God, Tootsie, etc.) and Gene Reynolds (MASH, Lou Grant, Touched By An Angel, etc.) were instrumental in mentoring Vaughn as a writer/director.
Daniel Aaron Wyman is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and composer/arranger hailing from Anchorage, Alaska. He has been performing and teaching professionally for well over a decade. Mr. Wyman studied music formally at Texas State University, and has attended many clinics and masterclasses nationwide. He was honored to serve in the Texas Army National Guard 36th Infantry Division Band as the principal keyboardist for 6 1/2 years. Mr. Wyman currently resides in New Braunfels, Texas, where he is the Service Organist/Pianist and Praise Team Leader at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. He maintains an active schedule of session and live performance engagements in styles ranging from “Bach to rock,” and everything in between! In addition to performing across Texas weekly, Mr. Wyman maintains a teaching studio at the Bulverde Academy of Music, where he is privileged to work with a phenomenal staff, and talented, hardworking students.
Maestro Enrique Carreón-Robledo
General and Artistic Director of OPERA San Antonio, Mo. Carreón-Robledo is renowned for his engaging performances and fervent connection with both orchestra and singers. In recent years he served as Artistic Director of Opera in the Heights for four seasons to be followed by a Visiting Professorship as Director of Orchestras at Oklahoma State University. Named one of the 43 most fascinating people in Houston in 2013 by the Houston Chronicle, Maestro Carreón-Robledo is a 2013 Master Mind Award Winner (Houston Press), a 2013 “Best Artistic Director” and 2012 “Most improved company” Houston Theatre Award Winner (Houston Press), and a 2006 Crystal Globe Award Nominee (French Press).
As a sought-after guest conductor, he has performed with Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Ballet Nice Mediteranée, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the National Opera of Hong Kong, the American Opera Theatre, the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, the Scottish Ballet, the West Australian Ballet, and the Kfar Blum International Music Festival, to name a few. An innate pedagogue and academic, he has performed and taught in prestigious institutions like the University of Texas, the National Conservatory of Mexico, the University of London Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Sonora.
Mo. Carreón-Robledo started formal studies in Mexico. He attended the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, as he studied conducting with Francisco Savín and Enrique Diemecke, Music Directors respectively of the National Ballet and the National Symphony. He continued undergraduate studies in Composition and Music Theory at California State University-Northridge, earned a Master of Music degree in Opera Production from the University of Mississippi. He completed doctoral studies at The University of Texas at Austin, obtaining the unanimous highest grade for his Doctoral Comprehensive Exams.
Dr. Samuel Mungo has directed opera across the country and around the world. His honors include Classical Performance of the Year for Rigoletto in San Antonio, and Opera Production of the Year from the National Opera Association. Professional directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Suor Angelica for Opera Plovdiv, Gianni Schicchi at Stara Zagora Opera, Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera, and Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera.
As Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University, he has created perhaps the most comprehensive undergraduate opera training program in the country. He conceived and produced the World Premiere of Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land by Henry Mollicone and Sheldon Harnick in 2016, which garnered Honorable Mention for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Prize for American Music, and so far, finalist status for the American Prize for both Opera Production and Opera Director.
Dr. Mungo hold a Doctorate in Music from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a Master’s in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Boston Conservatory.