Guest Faculty 2015
6th Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival
English & American Art Song
To further the study of Art Song Repertoire
Presenting the Guest Faculty for 2015
Ellen Shade is an American operatic soprano from New York. Her repertoire includes the Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Chrysothemis Elektra, Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos, Arabella, Katya Kabanova, Aida, Desdemona Otello, Amelia Un ballo in Maschera, Amelia Simon Boccanegra, SieglindeDie Walkure, Elsa Lohengrin, Elisabeth Tannhauser, Eva Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. In Europe she has appeared at La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bastille and the Chatelet in Paris and in Vienna, Salzburg Festival, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt [Article Reference], Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva and Athens. In North America she has performed with virtually all the major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Santa Fe, and the Canadian Opera in Toronto.
Soprano Amy Jarman is a frequent performer noted for both her solo recitals and ensemble appearances. The Nashville Tennessean has called hers “an exquisite voice” and the Los Angeles Times has hailed her “radiant tone and moving phrasing”. Recent performances include the role of Madeline Mitchell in the mid-South premiere performance of Jake Heggie’s opera Three Decembers with the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 at the University of the South, recitals in London, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds, England and in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as concerts in Nashville, Louisville and Los Angeles. She has sung roles as diverse as Mími in La Bohème, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Ms. Jarman is a member of the voice faculty at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Allison Voth is an associate professor of music at Boston University’s School of Music, and principal coach at Boston University’s Opera Institute. She is a well-know diction coach in Boston and New York and widely concertized with Lucine Amara of the Metropolitan Opera. She has worked as diction coach and/or répétiteur with Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Chautauqua Opera, Providence Opera, Granite State Opera, the Verismo Opera of New Jersey and Opera North. Festivals include Opera Unlimited, The Florence Vocal Seminar and the Athens Music Festival. Ms. Voth is well recognized for her supertitles, which have been used in both national and international opera productions. As a champion of new music, she has performed and assisted in many premieres with ALEA III, Collage New Music, The New Music Consort, The Group for Contemporary Players and more.
Jason Vest, tenor, is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Northern Kentucky University where he recently joined the faculty after six years at Eastern New Mexico University. Jason earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky, where he studied voice with Everett McCorvey and coached with Cliff Jackson. He also attended Butler University and Brigham Young University, where he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance, studying with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Claudia Waite, as well as Arden Hopkin, Lawrence Vincent, Michael Sells, and Steven Stolen. Jason performed with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria for the 2004 season, where he was featured in concerts of Mozart, operetta, and musical theatre. Jason also writes regularly for Classical Singer magazine.
Music Director of the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, Roger Melone was previously Resident Conductor and Chorus Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (NMSO). Since arriving in Albuquerque in 1983, Melone has brought national acclaim to the NMSO Chorus, now known as the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus. March, 2014, Roger Melone conducted Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers for Opera Southwest. Under Melone’s direction, the NMSO Chorus performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Mr. Melone led the chorus to triumphant performances first with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, and then in 2007, 2008, and 2011 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As Resident Conductor of the NMSO, Mr. Melone conducted subscription, tour, pops, and children’s concerts. In 1994, Mr. Melone was awarded the prestigious Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award for excellence in the arts.
Nan McSwain is a Vocal Coach and Lecturer in Opera with University of Kentucky Opera Theatre. She is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky, and received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from the University of Kentucky with noted pianist Lucien Stark, and a Specialist degree in Collaborative Piano/Vocal Coaching from University of Michigan, where she was a graduate assistant in the studio of internationally renowned vocal coach/accompanist Martin Katz. She has collaborated in vocal and instrumental recitals, concerts, and operas for over 30 years and continues to perform regularly. She served as a Vocal Coach for productions of Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, La Boheme, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, and Carmen among many others. Ms. McSwain has performed with soloists and ensembles in Canada and throughout the US and Spain, including touring and recording with the American Spiritual Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey. She has been affiliated with UKOT as an accompanist and repetiteur and as a vocal coach.