Voice

  Lori McCann
Associate Professor
Voice
Coodinator of Voice Program

973-655-6983
mccannl@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.


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


Barbara Dever
Artist-in-Residence
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212

Since her sensational debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has performed internationally as a dramatic mezzo-soprano. She has sung Dalila opposite Plácido Domingo's Samson in Mexico City and Amneris for the grand re-opening of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy. Over 24 seasons with the Metropolitan Opera she has sung as Eboli (Don Carlo), Azucena (Il trovatore), Amneris (Aida), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) and Herodias (Salome). She sang with Luciano Pavorotti on the stage of the Met and appeared with him on Pavarotti Plus, Great Performances at Lincoln Center.She has sung Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Louisville Orchestra, and appeared with the Florida Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony and the National Orchestra of Mexico. She made her debut with the Canadian Opera Company as Filipyevna in Eugene Onegin and Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande. Ms Dever received critical acclaim for the role of Baba in The Medium with the Spoleto Festival. Recordings include: Amneris in Aida (Naxos), Azucena in Il trovatore (Fone live from Parma) and Adalgisa in Norma (Teatro Bellini in Catania), and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under the baton of Seiji Ozawa (Phillips). Barbara Dever was recently inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame and received an honorary doctorate from Rowan University.


William Amory
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
amoryw@montclair.edu

William Amory is known for his range of repertoire, from Lied and Mélodie to operatic roles, comic and dramatic: His roles include Renato, Germont, Frank, Enrico, Don Alfonso, and he was heard as King in American Symphony Orchestra’s production of Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae under Leon Botstein. He made his European opera debut as Ford in the Britten-Verdi Aldeburgh Festival’s Falstaff under Steuart Bedford, and was then invited back by the Maestro to sing the role of Leporello. Mr. Amory performed as Eurymaque in Fauré’s Pénélope in Sydney and has toured Austria in recital. In San Francisco he appeared in a workshop production of Billy Budd as First Lieutenant under maestro Kent Nagano, and sang in the baritone section of the San Francisco Opera Chorus for six years under Maestro Ian Robertson. He has appeared as bass soloist in Messiah, The Creation, Brahms’ Requiem, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and in recital, having had the honor of working closely with composers Martin Halpern, Ernst Bacon, and Matthew Owens in preparing and performing their works. Mr. Amory received his Master’s degree in vocal performance at Montclair State University, studying voice with Professors Jeffrey Gall and Stephen Oosting.


 Valerie Bernhardt Valerie Bernhardt
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
bernhardtv@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.


Michael S. Caldwell
Collaborative Pianist
Vocal Coach
Main Office: 973-655-7212
caldwellm@montclair.edu

Michael S. Caldwell has degrees in Piano and Vocal Performance from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), where he performed in leading roles in The Rape of Lucretia, La Traviata, Cosí fan tutte, and The Rake’s Progress. He appeared with Central City Opera as Angelotti (Tosca), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), and Tom/John (Face on the Barroom Floor). At Virginia Opera, he performed as Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Mr. Gobineau (The Medium), and Michael in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s opera Cue 67. A featured baritone at the Steans Institute at Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Michael also has extensive background in art song and lieder, both as pianist and singer. As a pianist, he enjoyed collaborating with the artists at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Michael has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera extra chorus in Fidelio, Die Meistersinger, Moses und Aron, Lohengrin, Orfeo, and Samson et Dalila.


 John Robert Cart Jon Robert Cart
Cali School of Music Director
Professor of Music
Voice, Flute

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.


  Karen Driscoll
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
driscollk@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 Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance.


 Lorraine Ernest Lorraine Ernest
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
ernestl@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@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, his students have appeared in principal roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and with regional opera companies. 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.


Kelley Hijleh
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
hijlehk@montclair.edu

Soprano Kelley Hijleh holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ashland Symphony, the MasterWorks Festival, the Janus Orchestra, Baltimore’s Pro Musica Rara, the Baltimore Bach Ensemble, the Peabody Symphony, and in major roles with the Peabody Opera Theater and the Houghton College Lyric Theater. In 2014, she was the soprano soloist for the premiere of Cantate Dominio by composer David Davies at Carnegie Hall and was also a featured soloist at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference at Biola University. She has been a member and featured soloist of Vox Lumine since 2011. Ms. Hijleh is a member of NATS and has served as an adjudicator at the district and regional levels. Ms Hijleh recently left her position at Houghton College where she had been a faculty member since 1993 teaching Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature and Lyric Diction. Ms. Hijleh has studied vocal acoustics under Dr. Donald Miller, one of the creators of the voice analysis software Voce Vista since 2005 and has been a presenter on vocal acoustics at several workshops.


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


Stephen Oosting  

Stephen Oosting
Adjunct Professor
Voice

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

Stephen Oosting, holds a D.M.A. and Perf. Cert. from the Eastman School of Music, as well as degrees from Michigan State University and completed advanced study in both Germany and England. He is a member of the Voice Foundation has been active in NATS, served as governor of NJNATS and been a frequent adjudicator and presenter for the organization and others. His extensive performing career included more than 40 leading roles in opera from Mozart and Rossini to Puccini and Britten, a number of recordings including Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and frequent recital and concert performances both in the U.S. and abroad including the Detroit Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He specialized in the works of Mozart, Bach, Schubert and Britten and premiered works of Richard Wargo, Stephen Albert, and Robert Aldridge among others.


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

Performer and pedagogue LeAnn Overton currently serves on the faculties of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. Ms Overton has also taught on the faculties of Long Island University CW Post campus, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Chautauqua Voice School, New York Actor’s Studio, and Mannes School of Music. Summer festivals and opera companies as music director/vocal coach include Oberlin in Italy, Midsummermusique Songe D’Été in Canada, Vocal Arts Symposium in Colorado Springs, Cincinnati Opera and Tulsa Opera. In 2014 Ms Overton established “Respiro Opera, NYC” a program built on the basics of singing: breath (yoga), body alignment (Alexander Technique and body mapping), text study, and musical style. An enthusiastic proponent of the Alexander Technique, Ms Overton continues her collaboration with AT instructor Bill Connington, author of the popular book “Physical Expression on Stage and Screen: Using the Alexander Technique to Create Unforgettable Performances.” In 2005 Ms Overton recorded “Race for the Sky” with soprano Lisa Holsberg featuring the music of Richard Pearson Thomas. In addition to her teaching, Ms Overton works at the Metropolitan Opera as surtitle caller.


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

Award-winning dramatic soprano Julia Rolwing has been hailed for both her lyricism and dramatic vocal thrust, in opera, oratorio, and recital.   Her operatic roles have included Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre, Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer) and Freia (Das Rheingold), the title roles of Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Tosca, Massenet’s  Cendrillon, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Mozart’s Donna Anna and Countess Almaviva, Lady Billows (Albert Herring), the Mothers in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the Straussian heroines Ariadne, Arabella, Chrysothemis and Elektra. Her varied concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Missa Solemnis, Requiems of Verdi and Duruflé, and the Dvorak and Rossini Stabat Maters.  Julia holds top prizes from the Leiderkranz Foundation, the Wagner Societies of New York, Washington DC, Boston, and Northern California, the Kilpinen Foundation, Jüssi Björling Society, and many others.  She is a member of NATS, Opera America, and the VoiceCare Network, and has held previous appointments at the University of Miami, Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, and Reynoldsburg Ohio City Schools.  She holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts degree in Vocal Pedagogy from Ohio State University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. 


 David Sabella-Mills David Sabella
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Musical Theatre
Main Office: 973-655-7212
sabellamilld@montclair.edu

David Sabella - Website 

Widely recognized as a master-teacher in musical theater, contemporary commercial voice techniques, David Sabella 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 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 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.


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


Matthew Shepard
Adjunct Professor
Voice

Main Office: 973-655-7212
smithma@montclair.edu
Matthew Shepard - Website

Matthew Shepard Smith has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, The Scarlet Pimpernel and, playing opposite Donna Murphy, and later Brooke Shields, in Wonderful Town. He has toured the United States and Canada in Les Miserables as Enjolras and The Scarlet Pimpernel as Farleigh, and has performed throughout Europe in the title role of Maury Yeston's Phantom. He starred as Dr. Peterson in the original Off Broadway production of Sessions by Alan Tapper. Matthew has multiple New York area and regional credits, but a major highlight was when he appeared in the highly successful Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as The Soldier/Alex in Sunday In The Park With George, starring Raul Esparza and Melissa Errico. He has also been seen numerous times on The Guiding Light on CBS and has soloed with many orchestras throughout the USA, Canada and Europe. Matthew received his Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University and his Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.


George Spitzer
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
spitzerg@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@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, and La 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@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
turnbowc@montclair.edu


Peter Van Derick
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
vanderickp@montclair.edu

Peter Van Derick has enjoyed a 45-year international opera career, as well as many years as a voice teacher and musical director. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995 in John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, and performed there in in Die Zauberflöte, Salome, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Capriccio, and Andrea Chenier. He performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and sung with the American Symphony Orchestra in rare masterpieces such as Smyth's The Wreckers and Schrecker's Der Ferne Klang. Other performances include productions of Macbeth, La Boheme, Tristan und Isolde, Cosi Fan Tutte and Where The Wild Things Are with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera; Matthus' Judith and Rihm's Oedipus with the Santa Fe Opera; Bolcom's McTeague with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Peter Grimes with Opera de Marseilles; and Dialogues of the Carmelites under the baton of Richard Bonynge with the San Diego Opera. He also sang in the world premieres of Thea Musgrave's Harriet, The Women Called Moses (Virginia Opera) and Lee Hoiby's The Tempest (Des Moines Metro Opera). More recently he has appeared as the narrator in Silent Voices and performed his first spoken Shakespearean role, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.


Valerie Van Hoven   Valerie Van Hoven 
Adjunct Professor
Voice
Main Office: 973-655-7212
vanhovenv@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.