Hometown: Madison, WI
Current City: Chicago, IL
Education: B.M., Northwestern University; M.M. (In progress), Northwestern University; SongFest; Chautauqua Music Festival, Voice Program; Castleton Festival, C.A.T.S. Program
Select Roles: Chekalinsky; and Chaplitsky (cover), The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky); Tito, La clemenza di Tito (Mozart); Robert, Hin und zurück (Hindemith); Billy, Das Mahagonny Songspiel (Weill); The Minister, The Princess and the Pea (Toch); Sam Polk, Susannah (Floyd); Odoardo, Ariodante (Handel); Richard Dauntless, Ruddigore (Sullivan); The Motorcycle Cop, Dead Man Walking (Heggie); M. Vogelsang, The Impresario (Mozart); Liberto/Soldato II/Consoli, L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Awards/Honors: Joyce Reed Cope Scholarship in Voice, Chautauqua Music Scholarship, Voice Scholarship in memory of Mary Jane Devillars-Shank, JoAnn and Gene Buffo Voice Scholarship, J.B. Pritzker Scholar, SongFest General Scholarship, Chateauville Foundation C.A.T.S. Scholarship
Olia Prokopenko is a native speaker of Russian. She graduated with honors in English and French from the Karazin National University and completed aspirantura (doctoral studies) in Comparative Linguistics at the Skovoroda National Pedagogical University, both – in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where she taught before coming to the US. Olia also studied Russian literature at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH).
Olia’s teaching experience includes teaching Russian language and culture at Lafayette College, the Ohio State University, Middlebury College, Bryn Mawr College, University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. She served as an academic adviser at the Russian Language Institute (Bryn Mawr, PA) and faculty adviser of the Temple University Russian program. Currently, she teaches Russian language and culture at Temple University. Her students have won prestigious scholarships, national Russian essay contests, academic conference awards; a number of them have gone on to study Russian at graduate schools. Olia works diligently to promote Russian studies in the region: since 2009, she has served as a chair of the Delaware Valley High School Olympiada of Spoken Russian.
Classical music and opera play an important part in Olia’s life. In her youth, Olia studied piano, music theory, solfeggio, accompaniment, music history. While at Ohio State University, she took classes on 20th century Russian music and Stravinsky. She worked as a Russian diction coach of the University choir for Les Noces by Stravinsky and she also helped the singers prepare their parts for Stravinsky’s Mavra.
Hometown: Onekama, MI
Current City: Onekama, MI
Education: Central Michigan University, B.M in Vocal Performance; Bowling Green State University, M.M Vocal Performance (accepted and attending in the fall)
Select Roles: Masha and Prilepa, The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky); Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro; Suor Genovieffa, Suor Angelica; Adele, Die Fledermaus. Musical Theater – Lois, A Chorus Line
Awards/Honors: President's List, Central Michigan University; Study Abroad Scholarship, Central Michigan University; Baldanza Scholarship, Bowling Green State University
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Current City: Winchester, VA
Education: Shenandoah Conservatory, M.M in Vocal Pedagogy (in progress) and B.M in Music Education 2016 also from Shenandoah
Select Roles: Chaplinsky and Master of Ceremonies, The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky); 1st Armored Guard and Monastatos (cover), The Magic Flute; Mr.Bluff, The Impresario
Awards: Performance Certificate, Shenandoah Conservatory
Hometown: Lexington, NC
Current City: Boone, NC
Education: Appalachian State University, B.M and M.M in Vocal Performance
Select Roles: Polina, The Queen of Spades (Tchaikovsky); Giovanna, Rigoletto; Florence Pike, Albert Herring; Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro; La Zia Principessa, Suor Angelica
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