STEVEN NANNI, Artistic Director, Voice Coach, Tenor

Steven Nanni

Professor of Voice at Hartwick College, Mr. Nanni earned a B.Mus. at the Conservatorio de Milano, and studied opera performance at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, under the direction of Renata Scotto. Private studies and performances with soprano Montserrat Caballe and under the baton of Placido Domingo at Washington National Opera. Other appearances include New York City Opera, Opera Company of Dublin, Ireland, La Lirica di Venezia, Carnegie Hall, Chautauqua, Newport Summer Music Festival and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival of the United Kingdom.


William Vendice

For the past twelve years Maestro Vendice has been Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at the Los Angeles Opera. Prior to his return to his native California he was on the conducting staff at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City debuting in 1983. During his MET tenure, in addition to conducting opera performances, he conducted the Finals Concert of the Metropolitan National Auditions. International conducting credits include Berlin’s Theater des Westens, Hamburg Opera, Banff Festival, Perelada Festival in Barcelona and Israel Opera Institute. Off the podium he is an internationally renowned pianist, having performed with such distinguished singers as Nicolai Gedda, Renata Scotto, Catherine Malfitano, Hermann Prey and Sumi Jo. Maestro Vendice is equally respected in the field of vocal education as one of the nation’s outstanding vocal coaches. He is in demand as an adjudicator having judged the MET Opera Auditions, the Spotlight Awards and the Bel Canto Society Awards. His dedication to young singers is evidenced by his service on the MET Opera Education Committee (8yrs.) as well as his work as Music Director of University of Southern California Opera (3 yrs.), Music Director of UCLA Opera (8 yrs.), and Music Director for Opera Music Theater International in New Jersey (a young artist program founded by Jerome Hines).

CAROL CASTEL, Creative Process Instructor and Stage Director

Carol Castel

Ms. Castel created and facilitates the workshop “Creative Process for Singers” – an interactive course in performance skills and artistry for classical singers. Ms. Castel’s international career has taken her through the theater world from musical theater to opera; from actress and singer to singing actress; from arts administrator to stage director. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Temple University, Ms. Castel is currently Artistic Director of the Delaware Valley Opera Co. and on the faculty of OperaNUOVA in Edmonton, Canada, and is founder of the New York Opera Studio in New York City.

MARY BURGESS, Voice Coach, Soprano

Mary Burgess

Associate Professor of Music at Binghamton University, Ms. Burgess earned her B.Mus. from the Curtis Institute of Music; voice study with Mme. Eufemia Giannini Gregory and Dick Marzollo, with special studies in opera and interpretation with Martial Singher and Herbert Graf. Appearances include New York City Opera and a European opera debut at Holland Festival. She has appeared as soprano soloist with over two dozen US orchestras including Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Ravinia, Aspen, Casals, Blossom, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Monadnock and the Ann Arbor and Cincinnati May Festivals.

WAYNE LINE, Stage Director, Baritone

Wayne Line

International singer and Director, Verdi baritone Wayne Line has sung in China, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Canada and the United States. A resident of Canada, he has sung with Burnaby Lyric Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, the Natchez Festival of Music, the Summer Opera Lyric Theater, Viva Musica in Canada, the Societa dei concerti di Santa Margherita in Italy, South Florida Opera, and Delaware Valley Opera. He is currently stage directing at Delaware Valley Opera and Nickel City Opera.

STEPHANIE A. SUROWKA-SANDERS, Movement/Dance Instructor and Choreographer

Stephanie A. Surowka-Sanders

Ms. Surowka-Sanders is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Binghamton University where she teaches technique of Ballet, Musical Theater and Jazz. She has taught for over 15 years and is owner/director of the Conklin Dance Academy in Conklin, NY – home to over 200 students. She is a board member and is certified by the Dance Masters of America. She holds a B.S in Psychology and Russian Studies and a MS in Education (Magna Cum Laude). She was the choreographer for the recent Binghamton University productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors and Mikado.

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