CAROL CASTEL, Creative Process Instructor and Stage Director

Ms. Castel created and facilitates the workshop “Creative Process for Singer” – an interactive coarse on 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 o Delaware and Temple University, Ms. Castel is currently Artistic Director of the Delaware Valley Opera Co and on the faculty of OperaNUOVA in Edmonton, CA, and is founder of the New York Opera Studio.


Maestro William Vendice spent twelve years at the Los Angeles Opera Co. as Head of the Music Staff and Chorus Master. Prior to his return to his native California he was on the conducting staff of the Metropolitan Opera Co in New York City. Internationally respected as conductor and coach, Mstr. Vendice is in demand as a coach and teacher with a private studio in New York City as well as Los Angeles. His dedication to young singers is evidenced by his service on the MET Opera Auditions, MET Opera Education Committee and his work as Music Director of UCLA, USC Director for Opera Music Theater International in New Jersey and, of course, Foothills Opera Experience.

MARY BURGESS, Voice Coach, Soprano

Associate Professor of Music at Binghamton University Ms. Burgess earned her BMus from the Curtis Institute of Music; private 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 Euro[ean opera debut at Holland Festival. She has appeared as oprano soloist with over two dozen US orchestras including Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Ravina, Aspen, Casals, Blossom, Chautaqua, Marlboro, Monodnock and the Ann Arbor and Cincinnati May Festival.

STEVEN NANNI, Voice Coach, Tenor

Professor of Voice at Hartwick College, Mr. Nanni earned a BMUs at the Conservatorio de Milano, and studied opera performance at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy under the direction of Renata Scotto. Private studies and performance 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, New Port Summer Music Festival, and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival of the United Kingdom.

WAYNE LINE, Arts Administrator and Stage Director

Mr. Line has enjoyed an international career singing Verdi Baritone roles in Europe and North America. His experience and love for the art form has led him to stage directing in both the United States and Canada. He brings a lifetime of experience to Foothills Opera Experience as Arts Administrator and Stage Director.

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

Ms. Surowka-Sanders is an Adjunct Professor of Dance in the theater department of Binghamton University where she teaches technique of Ballet, Musical Theater and Jazz. She has taught dance 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 a certified teacher and member of Dance Masters of America. Ms. Surowka-Sanders holds a B.S in Psychology and Russian Studies and a M.S. in Education (graduating Magna Cum Laude) from Binghamton University.

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