Alumna Melissa Heath Accepts Tenure-track Appointment
Brava to recent DMA graduate Melissa Heath! She has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Voice at Utah Valley University.
New recording featuring Professor Julie Wright-Costa
Ohio Light Opera has released a recording of their 2014 performance of Victor Herbert’s Dream City and the Magic Knight on the Albany Records label. The recording includes Professor Julie Wright Costa and recent DMA graduate, Emily Nelson.
Opera at the U!
What goes into an opera production at the U? See our new video about our opera program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xle7rusVfv0&feature=youtu.be
DMA student Melissa Heath will sing the soprano solo for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's sold-out concert of the Messiah on April 18 and 19, 2014.
Six students won major awards at the Western Region National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in March 2014
In their divisions, Michelle Dean, Amber Stachitus, and Clara Hurtado Lee placed first, Melissa Heath, second; Mackenzie Matthews, third; and Ærin Loizons won an honorable mention.
Alumna Jill Dewsnup (2007) sang in the chorus for The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 production of Prince Igor.
DMA student Melissa Heath won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award (NATSSA) for the Utah Region in February 2014.
Alumnus Christopher Clayton (2002) sang the role of Tonio in Opera Birmingham's production of Pagliacci in March 2014.
Jessica Nápoles will conduct the Honor Choir for ACDA
Associate Professor Jessica Nápoles will conduct the Honor Choir for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Conference in Jacksonville, Florida in March 2014.
Melissa Heath sang Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3
DMA student Melissa Heath sang Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva, with the Utah Symphony in November 2013.
Robert Breault featured on a 2013 MSR Classics recording
Professor Robert Breault was featured on a 2013 MSR Classics recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Martingale Ensemble. In summer 2013, he sang with the Rundfunkorchester for the world premiere of Gerd Kühr's Messe.
Robert Breault sang the role of Narraboth in Utah Opera's fall 2013 production of Salome
Professor Robert Breault sang the role of Narraboth in Utah Opera's fall 2013 production of Salome; the Salt Lake Tribune praised his "outstanding performance." Vocal students Gretchen Windt and Tyler Oliphant joined him as members of the chorus.
Celena Shafer, Megan Cash, and Kirsten Gunlogson performed Fatal Song
Alumnae Celena Shafer (1999) and Megan Cash (2010) and Associate Professor Kirsten Gunlogson performed in the operatic play Fatal Song with Utah Opera in November 2013 at The Rose Wagner Theater.
Clara Hurtado Lee sang the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor
Alumna Clara Hurtado Lee (2003) sang the title role in Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor in Italy in summer 2013.
Heidi Adair launched an opera series
Alumna Heidi Adair (2004) launched an opera series, Oper im Park, in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria in 2011.
Sidnei Alferes launched FIO Americas Festival of International Opera
DMA student Sidnei Alferes launched FIO Americas Festival of International Opera in 2013 in Brazil.
Alumni Perform In Ohio Light Opera
Alumni Andrew and Olivia Maughan (2013), Alexa Butler (2013), Tara Sperry (2005), Nathan Brian (2004), and Stefan Gordon (2008) performed in the Ohio Light Opera 2013 summer season, along with Professor Julie Wright Costa, Associate Director and 25-year veteran.
Robert Breault sang the lead role of Tamino in Utah Opera's "Die Zauberflote"
Director of Opera Robert Breault sang the lead role of Tamino in Utah Opera's "Die Zauberflote" in March 2013, sharing the stage with DMA voice student Tyler Oliphant, who sang two smaller roles, offering a unique opportunity for professional collaboration between faculty and student.
Jessica Napoles conducted the Utah Women's Honor Choir at Abravanel Hall
In January 2013, Women's Chorus Director Jessica Napoles conducted the Utah Women's Honor Choir at Abravanel Hall. View video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkfYF7LkC7U
Julie Wright Costa was featured on the cover of Patter magazine
Voice faculty Julie Wright Costa was featured on the cover of Patter magazine (fall 2012, vol. 3) and in the issue for her work as a performer, stage director and associate artistic director of the Ohio Light Opera.
Michelle Alexander won first place
BM soprano Michelle Alexander won first place in the University Division of the 2012 Classical Singer Magazine Competition, besting 1,500 singers.
BM soprano Ruby White took first place
BM soprano Ruby White took first place in the vocal division of the Utah Conservatory's 2012 Con Brio Music Festival/Competition in Park City. BM soprano Alexia Butler won Best Communication award in the vocal division.
Melissa Heath and Emily Nelson won the district level competition of the 2012 NATSAA
DMA soprano Melissa Heath and DMA soprano Emily Nelson won the district level competition of the 2012 NATSAA District Vocal Competition.