- Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios, Artistic Director
A respected and renowned teacher for more than 40 years, Ms. Vrenios is professor emerita at The American University, Washington, D.C., where she she taught voice, acting, headed the vocal and opera programs. and directed operas and musicals for more than 30 years. As a director and educator, she has influenced and trained students world-wide through her workshops in opera and vocal production, having conducted them across the United States including Southeastern Massachusetts University, SUNY Purchase, New York University, and Oglebay Park, and has directed the Washington Opera Theatre, Springfield Opera, Washington Civic Opera, Mount Vernon Opera, and the University of Delaware Opera among others. She is much sought after for her master classes which she has given in Japan, Scandanavia, South America and across the United States. Well known for her interpretations of Contemporary music, she has premiered over 100 works, many of them composed for her. Her solo recitals throughout the United States, South America, Scandinavia, Japan and Europe have been acclaimed. In addition, she has recorded on Orion and CRI. Ms Kirkpatrick Vrenios has judged many national vocal competitions, including the Liederkranz Vocal Competition, the International Friday Morning Music Vocal Auditions, The Contemporary Opera Auditions, The Annapolis Opera Finals and the Marian Anderson Competition. She presently maintains a voice studio in Washington, D.C. A member of International Who’s Who of Musicians, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and Who’s Who of Women in the United States, she is the immediate past president of the National Opera Association (NOA). She has been the Associate Director of the Crittenden Opera Workshop for more than 29 years in Washington DC and Boston.
- Steven Jordan, Guest Director
Mr. Jordan has worked with San Francisco Opera, Philadelphia Opera, and San Diego Opera (he was Production Stage Manager for the PBS-TV presentation of The Merry Widow with Beverly Sills) and Central City Opera. In addition, he has directed over 40 opera productions in regional theatres including Nevada Opera, San Diego Opera Center, Marin Opera and San Francisco Adler’s Program.
- Adriana Amelias Hardy, Stage Director and movement instructor
Ms. Hardy has been teaching voice for 45 years and has been involved with dance and body and movement work even longer. She is a certified Feldenkreis practitioner who conducts her own workshops in body, breath, and sound. She combines a background in singing, dance and choreography, movement therapies, yoga, and Alexander Technique. Her work as a director and choreographer spans all music genres as well as plays and reader’s theatre. Her performance experience includes music theatre (musicals, operetta and opera ) as well as solo recitals and concert work, straight plays, children’s theatre and reader’s theatre. She founded and served as artistic director of a summer stock company in upstate New York. In addition, she is a member of NATS and NOA, and she teaches classes in her own version of Body , Breath and Sound to body workers , speech pathologists, wind players, actors and singers.
- Richard Goodman, Coach
Mr. Goodman studied voice at the Royal college of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. He is active both as a pianist and singer, singing with choral societies, opera companies, and in recitals ; playing chamber music, accompanying and coaching singers, and presenting chamber operas. He created and directed Berkeley Opera from 1979 to 1992 and subsequently founded Mendocino Chamber Opera and the Mendocino Music society.
- Paul Hamilton, Coach
Paul has over 35 years of professional experience as a pianist, composer, musical director/conductor and vocal coach. Some favorite venues include the Capella in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Galway Music Festival, in Ireland, Tsuda Hall in Tokyo, Japan and Carnegie Hall in New York, with Chicago baritone Robert Sims, by invitation from Jessye Norman, as part of her Honor festival. He has collaborated as pianist and/or musical director with Odetta, Simon Estes, Jubilant Sykes, Patti Lupone in Sweeney Todd at Ravinia Festival, Light in the Piazza at the Goodman Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar at Drury Lane, South Shore Opera, The American Traditions Competition, Hilary Feldman & Acts of Kindness Cabaret. Paul coaches opera at Northeastern Illinois University. He has composed music for stage musicals including Sadako and a Thousand Cranes, Alice in Wonderland, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Cinderella and The Ugly Duckling, and arranged and orchestrated for the Ritz Chamber players, and with acclaimed stage director Phillip McKinley, on The Fireside Christmas. His second career is in filmmaking. In May of 2014 he brought his work to the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, along with his colleague Caleb Vinson. Their film Koentopp captures the father and son story of Dan Koentopp, Chicago guitar builder. Paul’s work in both fields can be found at: paulhamilton.org
- Thomas Hetrick, Coach
Mr. Hetrick is from Baltimore, Maryland has played for the Opera studio at Wolf Trap Farm Park and is the chorus director of Prince George’s Opera. He has been the music director for the Crittenden Opera Studio’s fall, spring and summer sessions in Washington DC and has been a major coach in the Washington DC area for many years.
- Kathleen Scott, Coach
Ms. Scott is a conductor, voice coach, and masterclass teacher. She has been on the faculties of The Curtis Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, SUNY Purchase, Temple University, and others. Among the operas she has conducted include: Albert Herring, The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Faust and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ms. Scott frequently gives popular workshops on Peak Performance Techniques as well as a series devoted to Auditioning. She currently lives in Portland, Maine.