Voice

Stephen Oosting  

Stephen Oosting
Associate Professor of Music
Coodinator of Voice Performance
Voice

Musical Theater
973-655-7927
oostings@mail.montclair.edu

Tenor Stephen Oosting has been hailed as an interpreter of Britten and Bach, Strauss and Mozart, Puccini and Wagner. He has had a long career in opera, where he has sung more than forty leading roles, and in concert work, where he has appeared frequently as an oratorio soloist and recitalist. In addition he has been a frequent champion of new music premiering works for numerous composers. His concert appearances include those with the Aspen Festival, the Madeira Bach Festival, the Vermont Mozart Festival, the Basically Bach Festival, and with the New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony an the Rochester Philharmonic. He has recorded for RCA, Newport Classics, and the Albany labels (the first recording of the American composer Stephen Albert's orchestral song cycle Into Eclipse). He holds a doctorate and a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master's from Michigan State University. He is a former NJ State Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.


 Jeffrey Gall Jeffrey Gall
Professor of Music
Voice
Music History
973-655-7213
gallj@mail.montclair.edu

Jeffrey Gall made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1988, the first countertenor ever to sing at the Met. He sang Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare, and in 1994 returned to the Met for Britten's Death in Venice. He studied voice at the Yale School of Music with Blake Stern, and holds degrees in Slavic languages from Princeton and Yale Universities. He sang with such early music ensembles as the Waverly Consort and Pomerium Musices early in his career and then moved on to solo roles in Baroque and contemporary opera. He has sung principal roles at La Scala, Teatro San Carlo (Naples) and La Fenice in Italy; the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Salle Garnier in France; the Monnaie in Brussels; the Netherlands Opera; the Cologne and Frankfurt Operas in Germany; the Canadian Opera, as well as the Spoleto, Edinburgh, Innsbruck, Halle, Schwetzingen, and Bordeaux Festivals. In the United States he has sung at the San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston Operas, and has made many concert appearances at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He has recorded for CBS, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, Nonesuch, Titanic, and Smithsonian Records, and appears in the title role on the London video of Peter Sellars' production of Handel's Giulio Cesare. Prof. Gall has conducted clinics and master classes in both standard repertory and early-music techniques at music schools across the United States. In addition, he is a founding member of the Italian vocal ensemble Il Terzo Suono.


  Lori McCann
Assistant Professor
Voice
973-655-6983
mccannl@mail.montclair.edu

Soprano and pedagogue Lori McCann holds a D.M.A. and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has performed extensively in the United States and abroad appearing in opera, oratorio, and recital. Roles include: Mozart’s Pamina, Countess, Fiordiligi and Second Lady, Mimi, The Governess, Fulvia (Ezio, Händel), Janacek’s The Fox, Giulia (La scala di seta), Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride), and Mary Warren (The Crucible). Orchestral repertoire includes Brahms, Mozart, Händel, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mahler, Canteloube, Monteverdi, Bernstein, and Zarzuela repertoire. Dr. McCann has taught voice for 25 years.  Academically she teaches Applied Voice, Lyric Diction, Vocal technique for Musical Theater, Performance Practicum and coaches the Graduate Chamber Ensemble Class. She has maintained private studios in NYC, Berlin, Cincinnati and San Diego and is on faculty at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), in Graz, Austria. Dr. McCann is a frequent presenter at international and national conferences on vocal pedagogy and lyric diction. In 2013 she presented at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Brisbane Australia. She is beginning her second term as president of NATS-NYC and served on the Board of Directors for the New York Singing Teacher’s Association (NYSTA), for over a decade.


 Valerie Bernhardt Valerie Bernhardt
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
bernhardtv@mail.montclair.edu
Valerie Bernhardt - Website

Soprano Valerie Bernhardt's performances include the role of Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco with ArtsNaples World Festival/Opera Naples, the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Coro Lirico (Morristown, NJ), and soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum with the New Jersey Symphony (Newark, NJ). In 2012 Valerie debuted with Anchorage Opera in the World Premiere of Victoria Bond's opera, Mrs. President. Career highlights include her German operatic debut as Abigaille in Nabucco with Theater Pforzheim; New York City Opera debut as Rooster in Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen; First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with New York City Opera and Pittsburgh Opera; cover artist in Janácek's From The House Of The Dead with the Metropolitan Opera; title roles in Aida and Turandot, Abigaille in Nabucco, and Electra in Idomeneo with New Jersey's Coro Lirico; Mimi in La Bohème with Pittsburgh Opera and Bohème Opera New Jersey; the title role in Tosca and Nella in Gianni Schicchi with Bohème Opera New Jersey; Valentine in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots and Lida in La Battaglia Di Legnano with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México. She earned her undergraduate music degree from Montclair State University and holds two graduate degrees in voice from the Juilliard School.


 John Robert Cart Jon Robert Cart
Director
Professor of Music
Voice

Main Office: 973-655-7212

Robert Cart is Director of the Cali School of Music and Professor of Music. As Director, he has raised the bar of musical excellence by expanding opportunities for scholarships, recruitment activities, the roster of visiting artists, and the graduate string quartet-in-residence. Before joining Montclair State, Cart served as Dean of Rowan University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, where he acquired renowned art collections, led the university to become an All-Steinway School, engaged internally recognized visiting artists, and developed the Rowan Preparatory School and the Glassboro Fine and Performing Arts Academy. He has also served as Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music and Theater Arts at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.  Cart has sung more than 15 leading tenors roles with opera companies internationally. He has performed at Carnegie Hall (premiering works by Gary Schocker and Roger Hudson), Alice Tully Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Philip’s Collection and the White House. He has sung as soloist with the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphonies under Bernstein, Leppard and Zinman. Cart has also performed nationally as a flutist. He attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University.


 Kelly Crandall Kelly Crandall
Adjunct Professor
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212

A seasoned opera coach and pianist, Crandell gained prominence in his collaboration with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade on both an arrangement of Anna Madrigal Remembers commissioned by the Seattle Men’s Chorus and the role of Despina from Cosí fan tutte. More recently, his reputation as a talented vocal coach has earned him work with singers with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Grammy Award winning ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen in Denmark, the Belgian opera house La Monnaie, and the San Francisco Opera. In addition to his work at the Cali School, Crandell is currently on staff at Rutgers University, coaches privately in Jersey City/Manhattan, and runs a small company that creates and manages media for artists around the globe, SectionMG Studio.


  Karen Driscoll
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
driscollk@mail.montclair.edu

Karen Driscoll’s numerous performances throughout North America have included the title role in Massenet's Manon for Florida Grand Opera and Florentine Opera, Mimi in La Bohème, Susannah, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte for L'Opéra de Montréal, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for the Seattle Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for the Baltimore Opera, Nedda in I Pagliacci and Micaëla in Carmen for the Hawaii Opera Theater, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffman for Palm Beach Opera, and her debut with Long Beach Opera as Sieglinde and Gutrune in Jonathan Dove's Ring Saga. She has won many prestigious awards including the Grand Prize in the Lee Schaenen Foundation competition and the Gilbert Artist of the Year Award from the Florida Grand Opera. In addition, she was a competition winner with Opera Columbus, Connecticut Opera, Young Patronesses of the Opera in Miami, Florida, and a regional runner-up in the National Society of Arts and Letters competition. Ms. Driscoll is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and completed her course work for a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance.


 Lorraine Ernest Lorraine Ernest
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
ernestl@mail.montclair.edu

Soprano Lorraine Ernest has been acclaimed by critics for her portrayal as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte in opera houses throughout the United States and Europe, Peter G. Davis of New York Magazine writes, "Lorraine Ernest brought down the house with her spectacular arias." She has performed this signature role with New York City Opera Metropolitan Opera Company, Pittsburgh Opera, Washington National Opera, Denver Symphony Orchestra, and the Volksoper of Vienna, as well as with many other opera companies. Other roles include performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Washington National Opera as Cleopatra in Julius Caesar, alongside Placido Domingo and Mirelli Freni in Fedora, at Carnegie Hall as Mademoiselle Jouvenot in the Opera Orchestra of Orchestra of New York's concert version of Adriana Lecouvreur, at the Los Angeles Opera as Princess Tatishchev alongside Placido Domingo in Nicholas and Alexandra. She performed first Violetta in La Traviata with Boheme Opera of New Jersey. She was the recipient and winner of awards from the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Mathias Sullivan Foundation, Metropolitan Opera Nation Council finalist, George London Scholarship Winner, Liederkranz first place winner and Birgit Nilsson Competition finalist.


 Peter Gillis Peter Gillis
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
gillisp@mail.montclair.edu
Peter Gillis - Website

A voice the Ottawa Citizen has called “golden,” Canadian tenor Peter Gillis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School. His performance history is extensive, including regular engagements at Italy’s Festival Dei Due Mondi, his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and appearances at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Opera.  Among other venues have been the Opera Company of Boston, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Lenox (MA) Music Theatre Group, Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theater, and the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC. Canadian performances have included several Celtic Colours International Festival appearances, concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia, and a national tour of Canada with folk luminary Rita MacNeil. He has sung Tom Rakewell in Opera Nova Scotia’s The Rake’s Progress. Dr. Gillis also holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Indiana University at Bloomington.  Part of the MSU faculty since 2004, he has taught at universities throughout the Metro New York area and maintains a private studio in Great Notch, NJ.  Adjudicating activities have included the Nova Scotia Music Festival, the New Glasgow Music Festival, the New York Singing Teachers Association’s Young Professional Competition at Steinway Hall, and the Master Teachers Series at Dalhousie University and Acadia University.


Soyeon Kim   Soyeon Kim
Adjunct Professor
Collaborative Pianist
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kimsoy@mail.montclair.edu

Soyeon Kim has appeared as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe and Korea. In 2010, she performed at the Water for Haiti Benefit Concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and has performed in many similar venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Sejong Center and ArKo Arts Theater in Seoul, Korea, the Croatian Music Institution in Zagreb, Croatia, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Gasteig in Munich, Germany. She has also performed in many chamber series including those sponsored by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Saint John Divine, Trinity at One, and Music at Penn Alps. She has won awards in several competitions including First Prize and Best interpretation in the Liszt in William Garrison Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Artur Balsam Competition for Duos, and the New Triad Foundation Fellowship (New York City). She has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Anna Moffo, Dalton Baldwin, Glenn Dicterow and Edgar Meyer. She has received B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from Seoul National University, and a M.M. degree and D.M.A. degree in accompanying from Manhattan School of Music.


‌  Siobhan Kolker Siobhan Kolker
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Siobhan Kolker - Website

Siobhan Kolker’s career includes work in opera, musical theater, plays and staged readings, oratorio, song recital and musical comedy improv. New York credits include the New York International Fringe Festival, Verse Theatre Manhattan, One World Symphony and numerous readings of new musicals and plays. She has appeared in the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration (A Little Night Music; Merrily We Roll Along); performed with the Ohio Light Opera, Washington National Opera, and for ten seasons with the Baltimore Opera, where she appeared both on the mainstage and in their educational outreach program. Favorite theater roles include a critically acclaimed Julie (Carousel) in Maryland. She was also a member of D.C.’s musical comedy improv troupe, Now This! Leading operatic performances include the title role in Massenet's Chérubin, Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Diane (Actéon), Nancy (Albert Herring) and Meg Page (Falstaff), Venus (Orpheus in the Underworld), and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw). She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory. She is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association, Actors Equity and the American Guild of Musical Artists.


April Kuhr   April Kuhr
Adjunct Professor
Collaborative Pianist
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
kuhra@mail.montclair.edu

Pianist April Kuhr received undergraduate degrees in piano performance and accompanying from Pacific Lutheran University and a masters degree in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. As a Rotary International "Graduate Fellow", she studied at the Konservatorium der Stadt, Wien in Vienna, Austria. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Kuhr has performed in Austria, Germany and Italy, as well as throughout the US, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with baritone, Duncan Harman. Recent projects include a solo performance at the Chopin 200 Piano Festival in New York City, a solo piano recital for the Mason County Community Concerts Association, violin/piano duo recitals with Michael Gillette, Susan Heerema and Marya Columbia, oboe and piano and organ performances with Robert LeClair and trumpet/organ duo recitals with Dominic Derasse. Ms. Kuhr is Director of Music at Saint Cecilia's Church in Englewood, NJ. She has served as organist and choir master for the Catholic Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where her duties included training and touring with a choir of West Point Cadets. She has also served on the faculties of Hamilton College, Muskingum College, Stephens College and the State University of New York. 


LeAnn Overton   LeAnn Overton
Adjunct Professor
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
overtonl@mail.montclair.edu

LeAnn Overton has enjoyed a busy freelance schedule since moving to New York in 1992. Currently on the faculties of the Cali School and the Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Overton has also served on the faculties of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Chautauqua Voice School, the New York Actor’s Studio, the Mannes School of Music, and the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. She has worked as a musical director/coach for several opera companies and summer festivals including Oberlin in Italy, Vocal Arts Symposium of Colorado Springs, Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, Cincinnati Opera, Tulsa Opera, and in NYC, Opera Northeast, West Side Opera and Brandenburg Opera. In addition to her coaching and teaching, Ms. Overton works at the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic as a surtitle operator. In the fall of 2005 she recorded the CD Race for the Sky with soprano Lisa Holsberg featuring the music of Richard Pearson Thomas. Ms. Overton has collaborated on several occasions with Alexander Technique Instructor Bill Connington on classes specifically for singers.


 Jan Prokop Jan Prokop
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
prokopj@mail.montclair.edu

Jan Prokop has sung to rave reviews throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Her performances have included concerts, oratorios, operas, musical theatre and cabaret. She has performed in cabaret with jazz pianist Frank Ponzio in Manhattan and released a CD of their performances called I Thought About You. Jan also maintains a private voice studio in Manhattan. Jan's concern about the state of the arts in our current educational climate led her to become a trustee of Arts Horizons, a non-profit organization that touches the lives of over 30,000 children each year by bringing the arts into schools in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. As a teacher and singer, Jan is deeply interested in the quality of the singing experience and vocal instruction. She is active with the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS-NYC), a professional organization that is dedicated to the highest standards of singing through excellence in teaching and the promotion of vocal education and research. After earning a Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, Jan received her Doctorate of Music from Indiana University.


Michael Rider   Michael Rider
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
riderm@mail.montclair.edu

Michael C. Rider is a voice teacher, coach and performer with a specialty in music theater techniques and the development of the belt voice. His students have been seen in New York City on and off Broadway. His students also perform as leads in regional theatre companies around the country and have also been seen around the world in Wicked(Tokyo), Broadway Bound Revue (Beijing), Beauty and the Beast and Last Five Years (Hong Kong). He has also worked collaboratively at the piano with performers for cabarets at The Duplex and Don’t Tell Mama’s in NYC and at several venues in Hong Kong. He has served as a music theater clinician at the Beacon School in New York and for the North East Theatre Festival for the EDTA (Educational Drama Teachers Association). Michael has appeared on stage in both opera and oratorio works by Mozart, Britten, Rossini, Handel, Haydn and Puccini. He has appeared in Guys and Dolls,Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatEvitaAnything Goes,BrigadoonOliver!, and The Music Man. Michael is an alumnus of Westminster Choir College of Rider University (MM) and Penn State University (BM). He is also an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Music Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA), New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) and the National Opera Association (NOA).


 Julia Rolwing Julia Rolwing
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
rolwingj@mail.montclair.edu

Award-winning soprano Julia Rolwing has been hailed for her lyricism and dramatic vocal thrust. Her operatic roles have included Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre, and Freia (Das Rheingold), the title roles of Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Tosca,Massenet’s  Cendrillon (Cinderella), and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, along with Mozart’s Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)and Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lady Billows in Albert Herring, and the Mother in both Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Straussian title roles of Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella, along with Chrysothemis (Elektra), among others. Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Missa Solemnis, the Verdi and DurufléRequiems, and the Dvorak and Rossini Stabat Maters. Julia is an avid recitalist who has performed numerous solo recitals across the country and throughout Austria. She holds top prizes from the Leiderkranz Foundation, the Wagner Societies of New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Northern California, and the Jüssi Björling Society. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from Ohio State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami.


 David Sabella-Mills David Sabella-Mills
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
David Sabella-Mills - Website 

Widely recognized as a master-teacher in musical theater, contemporary commercial voice techniques, David Sabella-Mills is also President of The New York Singing Teachers Association (2008-2014), and has been awarded NYSTA’s Distinguished Voice Professional Certification.  He starred on Broadway in the 1996 revival of CHICAGO, and off-Broadway in Kiss and Make Up (NY Int. Fringe Festival), Hexed in The CityFoxy,Watch Your Step, and So Long 174th Street. Regionally, he has appeared in A Little Night MusicSeesawGodspellThe Gingerbread Lady, and The Lisbon Traviata, among others. As a counter-tenor, Mr. Sabella-Mills is the winner of several prestigious voice competitions including the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice CompetitionMetropolitan Opera Eastern Regional Auditions, and the New York Oratorio Society Competition at Carnegie Hall. His opera credits include the title role of Giulio Cesare with the Virginia Opera (recorded for Koch International), L’ incoronazione di Poppea (Utah Opera) and Die Fledermaus (Lincoln Center). Mr. Sabella-Mills toured internationally for many years with the legendary “La Gran Scena” opera company, and has been principal soloist at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in works including Bach’s B-Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Peter Schickele’s comical Three Bargain-Counter Tenors.


Stephanie Samaras   Stephanie Samaras
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
samarasalles@mail.montclair.edu

Stephanie Samaras is a pioneer in applying healthy classical technique to the training of voices in the pop field. Her lecture and video, Classical Training Applied to the Pop Voice, has been presented at the First International Congress of Voice Teachers in Strasbourg, France, and also at the National NATS convention in Los Angeles. Professionals from the world of Broadway - among them directors Tommy Tune and Jeff Calhoun, and the casting agencies of Hughes/Moss and Johnson/Liff - send singers to work with her. Her students have included Tony Award winner Scott Wise (who acknowledged Stephanie in his acceptance speech), Broadway performer Evan Pappas (star of My Favorite Year and Parade), Patrick Swayze and his wife, actress Lisa Niemi, soap star Ricky Paull-Goldin (Another World, Days of Our Lives and also star of the Broadway revival ofGrease!), Jennifer Garner (Ally McBeal and Alias), Vanessa Ferlitto (CSI New York), and others whose faces are familiar from the TV screen. She has also worked with Carol Leifer (comedienne and Seinfeld writer), Mark Weiner (Weinerville Cable TV), Hiram Kasten (Seinfeld character) and the late comedian Dennis Wolfberg.


Gordon Schermer
Collaborative Pianist 
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
schermerg@mail.montclair.edu

Gordon Schermer is an extremely versatile musician equally at home in opera, art song, musical theater and chamber music. He is a sought-after collaborator and his performances have taken him across the United States, Canada, Italy, Austria and Israel. Mr. Schermer joined the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute in 2012 when The Metropolitan Opera’s Joan Dornemann hired him to recreate an unpublished two-piano transcription of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias originally created by Benjamin Britten. He returned in 2013 to perform Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as well as a chamber version of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Mr. Schermer is also an avid conductor, most recently conducting Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Union Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He has worked for the Aspen Music Festival and School  (The Rape of Lucretia and Verdi’s Requiem), Opera New Jersey (Die Zauberflöte, Roméo et Juliette and The Pirates of Penzance) and The University of Illinois (Don Giovanni, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Candide). He was selected as the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Central Illinois district in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Schermer has appeared in master classes given by Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Sherrill Milnes, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Catherine Malfitano, Nathan Gunn and Lauren Flanigan. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Schermer now resides in Manhattan. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music. His teachers have included Ian Hobson, Kenneth Merrill and John Wustman.


Victoria Schwartzman   Victoria Schwartzman
Collaborative Pianist
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
schwartzmanv@mail.montclair.edu

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, pianist Victoria Schwartzman has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed at the Music Mountain Festival with members of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall, at Bargemusic, and the Nicolas Roerich Museum concert series in New York City. As a member of the Yanvar Trio, she was a prizewinner in the Val-Tidone Chamber Music Competition and a finalist in the Zinotti International Chamber Music competition, both in Italy. She is a member of the Brahms Piano Quartet. She has performed as soloist with the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra and the Riverside Orchestra. She has participated in the Tel-Hai International Piano Festival in Israel and the Lyrica Chamber Music Festival in New Jersey. She was vocal coach and accompanist at Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Brevard Music Center, and the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria. She graduated from Jerusalem Conservatory, and studied at the Longy School of Music and New England Conservatory. She has performed in masterclasses given by Menahem Pressler and Richard Goode, among others. Her principal teachers include Irina Kivaiko, Issak Kossov, Victor Rosenbaum, Sally Pinkas, and Eda Shlyam.


  Zachary Schwartzman
Adjunct Professor
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Zachary Schwartzman has served as Assistant Conductor for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Opera Français de New York, L'Ensemble orchestral de Paris, Bard Summerscape, Gotham Chamber Opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Connecticut Grand Opera, Berkshire Opera and Opera Omaha, among others. He was Associate Conductor for two seasons with New York City Opera, as well as conductor in their VOX series, and has been Associate/Assistant Conductor for fifteen productions at Glimmerglass Opera, where he recently conducted performances of Carmen, and Jeanine Tesori’s A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (world premiere). His credits as Assistant Conductor include recordings for Albany Records, Naxos Records, and a Grammy-nominated world-premiere recording for Chandos Records. As conductor, his orchestral performances have been featured on NPR, including a national broadcast on Performance Today. In 2004, he received a career development grant from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation. He has been Music Director of the Blue Hill Troupe since 2004, and is an Assistant Conductor for the American Symphony Orchestra. Zachary holds undergraduate degrees in East Asian Studies and Piano Performance from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.


George Spitzer
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
spitzerg@mail.montclair.edu

George Spitzer is a versatile singer in the fields of opera, oratorio, and art song literature. He has performed the roles of Athamas in Semele, Mr. Bluff in The Impresario, Fiorello and Un ufficiale in Il Barbiere di Sivilgia, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Thesus in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Sipos in She Loves Me, Prodoscimo in Il Turco in Italia, Custom’s Official in La Boheme, Private Augenti in Passion, and Melchoir in Amhal and the Night Visitors. Spitzer’s recital repertoire includes the music of Lazar Weiner, Arthur Farwell, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Ernest Bacon, Kurt Weil, Hugo Wolf, Stephen Foster, Charles Griffes, John Alden Carpenter, George Chadwick, Robert Schumann, Gabriel Faure, J.S. Bach, and W. A. Mozart. Spitzer holds a BM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a MM from Eastman School of Music, and Post Graduate studies through Oberlin College and Centro Studi Italiani. Spitzer is a member of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), and is on the board of directors of the New York City National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS – NYC).


Peter Stewart   Peter Stewart 
Adjunct Professor 
Voice 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
stewartpe@mail.montclair.edu

 

Baritone Peter Stewart has created many new works in collaboration with composers. He has toured extensively in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson in Einstein on the Beach, Monsters of Grace, The White Raven, andLa Belle et la Bete, and has joined the Philip Glass Ensemble at the keyboards in Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Anima Mundi. Mr. Stewart has also created roles and recorded many new operas for Gavin Bryars/Robert Wilson, Julius Hemphill, Anthony Braxton, Meredith Monk, Fred Ho, Harry Partch and Hans Werner Henze, among others.


Anastasia Swope   Anastasia Swope 
Adjunct Professor 
Voice 
Main Office: 973-655-7212
swopea@mail.montclair.edu

 

Soprano Anastasia Ellanna Swope's appearances have included recitals of art songs in New Jersey and Indiana, participation in a Women Composer's Symposium, and an performance on the High Mountain Orchestra's Hobart Manor Series. She collaborates regularly with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in concert, performing a variety of repertoire from Britten to Vivaldi, from Fauré to Rutter. She has sung under the batons of Zdeneck Macal, Robert Spano, and Joseph Flummerfelt, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with pianist Ana Cervantes in the presentation of Braiding the Tresses: Weaving Poetry and Passion into Song, called "a superb recital, memorably flawless, and what an evening of art song should strive to be..." (Classical New Jersey). She initially pursued a major in classics at the University of the South, but her B.A. ultimately became a double degree in Latin and music. She holds a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Lindsey Christiansen and Glenn Parker.


Christy Turnbow
Adjunct Professor 
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212


Valerie Van Hoven   Valerie Van Hoven 
Adjunct Professor
Secondary Voice and Piano
Main Office: 973-655-7212
vanhovenv@mail.montclair.edu

Valerie van Hoven has studied music at the Hartt Conservatory, and SUNY Purchase. Valerie earned a BA in music education from Montclair State University and a graduate certification from the American Center for the Alexander Technique. For nine years a music teacher in the Randolph, NJ public schools, she now operates her own studio in Denville, NJ where she teaches piano, voice, and the Alexander Technique. Valerie has given workshops in voice and the Alexander Technique at Wagner College on Staten Island, Montclair State University and has assisted workshops at the Juilliard School in NYC. She has appeared as Lorraine in Steppin' Out, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, and Eliza in My Fair Lady in regional theater. She has been involved in more that 40 shows as musical director and played piano in the orchestra for many others.


Lars Woodul
Adjunct Professor 
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
woodlull@mail.montclair.edu

Lars Woodul’s acclaimed performances in classical and contemporary roles have included Mercutio (Romeo & Juliette) with Opera Northeast, Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Ft. Worth Opera, Germont (La Traviata) with Springfield Regional Opera; and Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) and The Director (Les Mamelles de Tiresias) as a fellow at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute. He sang in Dellaira's The Secret Agent and as Dr. John Dee in the premier of Bruce Wolosoff’s Madimi with the Center for Contemporary Opera and as Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) with Chelsea Opera. He created the roles for the world premiers of Marc Blitzstein’s Sacco and Vanzetti with the White Barn Theater and David Soldier’s musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s A Soldier’s Story with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has performed solo recitals for the Trinity Wall Street Concerts at One series, sung in concerts at Merkin Hall, the Bohemians Club, and the New York Composers’ Concerts, toured North America with Karlsrud Concerts, and performed as a principal artist with the International Zarzuela Festival. He is a graduate of the Yale University School of Music and earned his D.M.A. degree at SUNY—Stony Brook.