Our Board of Directors

David Bender Emily Grant
Barbara Meister Bender Marjorie Gilbert
Jane Bergère Ellen Shade
Patricia Sheridan
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Our Board of Advisors

Daniel Beckwith Bruce Pomahac
Ken Benson Duane Printz
Steven Blier Rita Sardos
Theodore Chapin Roberto Sirota
Nicholas DiVirgilio Paul Sperry
Cori Ellison Ira Siff
Daniel and Joy Ferro Jane Thorngren
Eva Franchi Jennifer Larmore
Larry Gilgore Patrice Munsel
Jerome Hines Roberta Peters
Jeff James Renata Scotto
Walter MacNeil Livia S. Sylva
Randy Mickelson Barry Tucker
Paul Plishka Read More About Them

Our Panel of Experts

Scott Altman Founder of New Jersey Opera Theater
Millard Altman Vocal coach, Italian Diction
Sylvia Anderson Mezzo, voice teacher, founder of
BASOTI
Lucy Arner Metropolitan Opera Coach
Connie Barnett Coach, Arts Consultant, Manager
Daniel Beckwith International Opera Conductor
Ken Benson 25 years a vocal manager with Columbia Artists
Management, Inc. Consultant to artists, opera companies, symphony
orchestras.
Jean Bergson Soprano: La Scala, Munich
Edith Bers Professor of voice, Juilliard
Elizabeth Cole Vocal Coach, Artistic Administrator, Opera
Orchestra of New York
Camille Coppola Founder, Director New Rochelle Opera
Steven Crawford Vocal Coach, Metropolitan Opera
Conductor
Luana DeVol Soprano, Professor of Voice,
General Manager, Opera Las Vegas
Project Director, American Wagner Project
Emma Dunch Mezzo Fundraiser, business developer
Cori Ellison Dramaturg New York City Opera
Christopher Fecteau Co-Founder and Artistic Director, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble
Daniel Ferro Professor of Voice, Juilliard
Dolores Guadagno Vocal consultant, language expert
Dr. Domenic Guastaferro Baritone, Supervisor of Music, New Rochelle School
System
Linda Hall Accompanist, assistant conductor at the
Metropolitan Opera
William Hicks Accompanist, Vocal coach
Raymond Hughes Chorus Master Metropolitan Opera
Jeffery James Media Consultant, Founder of 4tay
Records
Matthias Kuntzsch Conductor, co-founder of BASOTI
Yelena Kurdina Vocal Coach, Russian repertoire coach,
Metropolitan Opera
Joan Kreuger Vocal Coach, Accompanist
Vincent La Selva Conductor, Founder, Director New York Grand
Opera
Gabriele Lenya Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Vocal
Coach
Arthur Levy Vocal Coach, Tenor
William Lewis International opera coach and
accompanist
Walter MacNeil Metropolitan Opera tenor
Elaine Malbin Soprano, Artistic Director, Opera
Index
Stuart Malina Conductor Harrisburg Symphony
Jane Marsh Soprano, Vocal Coach
Lynne Martindale, Soprano, Voice teacher
Charles McKay Development Director New York Festival of
Song
Barbara Meister-Trasoff French Diction author of 19th Century French
Song
Randy Mickelson Vocal Coach, Musicologist, Musical Director of the
Music Society of New York
Josephine Mongiardo Voice Teacher, President of NYSTA
Dan Montez General Director Taconic Opera, Tenor, Stage
Director
Howard Nevison Baritone, Vocal Coach
Dora Ohrenstein Vocal coach, former President of NYSTA
Kathy Olsen Vocal Coach, Co-founder Encompas
Susan Ormont Vocal Coach, The Auditions Project
David Ostwald Stage director, educator, and author, “Acting for
Singers”
Sherry Overholt Professor of Voice, NYU, SUNY Purchase
Daniel Paget Musical Director, Westchester Chorale
Louise Pearl Metropolitan Opera Soprano, artist
Mitch Piper Hartford School of Music Founder,
Intermezzo
Richard Preuss artist management, RPTalent Management
Paul Polivnik Music Director, New Hampshire Music
Festival
Duane Printz Founder, Director Teatro Grattacielo
Ashley Putnam Soprano, Voice Teacher at Manhattan School of Music.
Charles Reicker Vocal Coach, former Administrator, Metropolitan
Opera
Karen Rich Co-Founder and Managing Director, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble
Julian Rodescu Basso, Chair of Program and Audition Committee,
Astral Artists
Steve Ross Cabaret singer, pianist, voice teacher
Mark Rucker Metropolitan Opera Baritone, Administrator,
Prelude to Performance
Wayne Sanders Musical Director, Opera Ebony,
Accompanist
Rita Sardos Opera Agent, Sardos Management
Elizabeth Scott Conductor, vocal coach, Vice-president of Major
League Baseball
Ira Siff Coach, Author, Stage Director
Diane Soviero Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Vocal
Coach
Paul Sperry Director of Joy in Singing
Michael Spierman Artistic Director Bronx Opera Company
Nancy Stokes-Milnes Soprano, Founder of American Singers Opera
Project
KT Sullivan Cabaret Singer, Musical Director Dutch Treat
Club
Sharon Sweet Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Vocal
Coach
Wendy Taucher Stage director and choreographer
Jane Thorngren Metropolitan Opera Soprano
David Triestram International Vocal Coach and
accompanist
Benita Valente Metropolitan Opera soprano, voice
teacher
Mara Waldman International Vocal coach and
accompanist

Distinguished Achievement Honorees

2013 Theodore S. Chapin
Angela Meade
Joseph Volpe
2012 Dr. Robert Sirota, Manhattan School of Music    Jacques D’Amboise
2011 Denyce Graves
Lucine Amara
2010 Marcello Giordano
Vincent La Selva
Terrence McNally
2009 Stephen DeMaio
Speight Jenkins,
Julius Rudel
Metropolitan Opera Chorus, accepted Donald Palumbo
2008 Zandra Rhodes
Sherrill Milnes
2007 Eve Queler
Juan Pons
2006 James Morris
Marta Eggerth Kiepura
Robert Sherman
2005 Charles Riecker
George Jellinek
Renata Scotto
2004 Patrice Munsel
Steven Blier
2003 Roberta Peters
Theodor Uppman
Licia Albanese

 

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