Meet our Class of 2005. We are proud and delighted to be able to support and provide a “career bridge” for these talented young performers.

Joseryl Beckley, soprano, was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she studied economics at the University of Sierra Leone as well as voice, piano, and music theory from the Ballanta Academy of Music. It did not take her long to realize her first love was music and she graduated with her Master of Music Degree from Indiana in December of 2004. Recent performances include featured soloist in the Gummersbach/ Cologne Vocal Institute Gala Concert in July and alto soloist in the Messiah with the American Classical Orchestra in Mamaroneck, NY.

Elona Ceno, soprano, Born in Albania, Elona graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania, and just received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York. She has received encouragement and study grants from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Arlene Auger Memorial Fund. She was a finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions this past March.

Vanessa Diamond, Mezzo soprano, is a Columbian-American born in New York. She is completing her Master of Music from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. She has performed with the Lyrique-en-Mer Festival in France, the IIVA summer festival in Chiari, Italy, as well as solo recitals in Budapest. She recently apppeard in a joint Zarzuela recital at CAMI Hall with Los Amigos de la Zarzuela. Concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Jeremiah with the Queens College Orchestra.

John Dominick III, bass, was born and raised in Central Louisiana He has delighted audiences singing in Brazil, Alaska, England, Australia and Indonesia. John has performed with the Delaware Valley Opera, Sarasota Opera, New York City Opera in the debut of Dead Man Walking, and the Natchez Opera Festival. He recently was featured soloist in the Gummersbach/ Cologne Vocal Institute Gala Concert in July and bass soloist in the Messiah with the American Classical Orchestra in Mamaroneck, NY. John is a grant winner of the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation.

Stephanie Dawn Johnson, soprano, a native of Greenville, South Carolina , received her Master of Music degree at the Indiana University School of Music. Her opera credits include Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, with the San Francisco Opera Western Opera Theater, and Violetta in La Traviata with the Bronx Opera. She is a recipient of the San Francisco Opera Merola Career Grant.

Jason Kaminski, A native of Pittsburgh, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in voice from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master of Music degree in opera from the University of Maryland. Mr. Kaminski has performed many standard baritone roles such as Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Marcello, Escamillo, Schaunard, Count Almaviva, Mercutio, Dottore Malatesta, Dr. Falke, and Guglielmo. In 2004 he won the Marcella Sembrich Vocal Competition and received 2nd place in the Paul Robeson Vocal Competition in Washington D.C. In the past, Mr. Kaminski has sung with the Virginia Opera, New Jersey Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, among others.

Mariya Krywaniuk, soprano, is a native of Vancouver, Canada. She has received her Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Maria was a Finalist and award winner of the Altamurro/Caruso International Voice Competition. In 2003, Marija was a New York District winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and a prize winner in the Gerda Lisssner Competition. In the spring of 2006, Mariya will be heard as Marguerite in Amato Opera’s production of Faust.

Yonghoon Lee, tenor, graduated from the Seoul National University Conservatory, and is completing his studies at the Mannes College of Music. He is first place winner of the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Vocal Competition. He recently performed the role of Don Jose in Carmen and Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Opera Company of Middlebury, Vermont. This fall he was awarded Grand Prize Winner from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, and as well as Grand Prize Winner from Opera Index.

Lori Lind, soprano, received her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and apprenticed with the Tri-Cities opera in Binghamton, New York, where she performed many leading roles including Nedda in I Pagliacci . She was recently declared Grand Prize Winner in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition , and sang her first Leonora in Il Trovatore with the Opera in the Heights in Houston.

Andrea Moore, soprano, is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music under the tutorledge of George Shirley. She just won first place in the Junior Division of the National Opera Association, She was awarded “Best of Show” for the 2005 Collage Concert At the University of Michigan. Upcoming performances include Marianne in Tartuffe by Kirke Mechem with the Michigan Opera Theater and various recital engagements.

Julia Spanja, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is currently a Masters student in New York University’s Department of Music and Performing Arts vocal performance program under the tutelage of Michael Ricciardone.

Julia has recently been seen as Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel” and will be performing the role of Dido in “Dido and Aeneas” under the direction of Martha Collins. Having recently been accepted into the Singer Circle non-resident group of New Jersey Opera Theatre, Julia will be covering the role of Meg Page in Verdi’s “Falstaff”.

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