See bios and excerpts of a current and former students down below!
Joseph Alexander is a singer, songwriter and music producer who performs mostly pop and soul covers and also composes his own original material. He has performed in numerous open mic nights, cabarets and musicals in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. His voice covers a 4 octave range and he can produce music on numerous digital audio workstations including GarageBand, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. Primary influences include Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen.
Rachel Rose Farber
Michael Van Maele
William Meinert continues to receive enthusiastic recognition for his incredible power as a stage artist. Standing at 6’8”, he possesses the voice to match his stature. An alum of the prestigious Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, Mr. Meinert recently sang Colline (La bohéme) with Mason Opera, Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Loudoun Lyric Opera, Sparafucile (Rigoletto) with Metro Opera Workshop of Detroit, Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) with Old Towne Opera, Father Peter (Hansel and Gretel) with Baldwin Wallace Opera, Kecal (The Bartered Bride) with Bethesda Summer Music Festival, and both Sarastro and Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) in Siena, Italy. Equally at home in concert, he recently sang the title role in the coronation scene from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov with Mason Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed solos in Fauré’s Requiem and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. Mr. Meinert will join Opera North in July as a Young Artist, singing the Jailer in Tosca and covering Hortensius in La fille du régiment. He has also performed with Maryland Lyric Opera, Shakespeare Opera Theatre, and appeared in masterclasses with Dolora Zajick, Neil Rosenshein, Milena Kitic, Ronald Gretz, and Elizabeth Bishop. Mr. Meinert comes originally from the voice studio of Russell Penney.
Kylena Parks has been praised for her "beautiful shimmering" soprano, which can carry over an orchestra without losing its "warmth and rubylike depth." Having made her professional debut in 2014 at Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria, she recently sang Despina in Così fan tutte with Old Towne Opera, and Adina in Opera Chapman's production of L'elisir d'amore. In 2015 she performed in with the Chapman Orchestra as a winner of their Instrumental & Vocal Competition, and was also the Grand Prize Winner of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego competition, following two years of placing as a Finalist. Later this year Ms. Parks will sing the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah with Washington Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Ms. Parks is an alumna of the prestigious Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic voices, having been a participant for five years in a row, since the Institute's founding. She received her Bachelors of Music in vocal performance from Chapman University in May, and is proud to have sung a leading role in
every mainstage Opera Chapman production during her undergraduate career. She sang Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) in 2014, Valencienne (Die Lustige Witwe) in 2013, and Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) in 2012. She also sang in staged opera scenes as Marguerite (Faust), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Amina (La Sonnambula) with Opera Chapman, and Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe) with the Zajick Institute. Equally at home in concert, Ms. Parks was a soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Mozart's Requiem with the Chapman University Singers, and has appeared in masterclasses with Linda Watson, Alan Smith, and Dolora Zajick.
Head Shot and bio coming soon!