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Guest Clinicians

As advisor to the UAB chapter of Student National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS), I meet with our voice students throughout the year for workshops, panel discussions, and master classes. We have been able to bring many clinicians to campus to broaden our students’ experience. Meet some of our recent and upcoming guests:

Andrew Adams

Andrew Adams, my collaborative pianist for nearly a decade, has given several master classes since 2008. He is currently Associate Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He brings a wealth of experience from his study with masters such as Martin Katz, John Wustman, and Robert Spillman to his coaching.

Eric Agee

Eric Agee is a certified physical trainer in the Birmingham area, and my personal guru. He offered several classes on exercise for singers, and returned in 2014 for a semester-long series on achieving better health and balance.

Jim Brody

Jim Brody, is the founder of the Musicians’ Wellness Initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has visited us several times. He gave an Introduction to the Alexander Technique to all music students, worked intensively with smaller groups, and gave private sessions for both students and faculty. See his web sites here.

Abra K. Bush

Soprano Abra K. Bush gave a fantastic recital and joint master class with Philip Everingham. Her work ranges from opera roles of Monteverdi to songs by Ricky Ian Gordon. Dr. Bush is Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies at the Peabody Institute.

G. William Bugg

G. William Bugg was Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Samford University for many years, and founder of Alabama Operaworks. He gave a delightful workshop on The Art of Gesture for the cast of The Magic Flute in winter 2009.

Jeanie Darnell

Jeanie Darnell, head of the Voice Department at Florida Gulf Coast University, was also a faculty member of the Corsi Internazionali di Musica 2007 Summer Music Studies Program in Urbino, Italy, and is a 2016 Fulbright scholar to Lima, Peru. She has offered lectures on the changing adolescent voice and on vocal health. Also a guest studio voice teacher, she appeared in an all-American repertoire recital at UAB in 2015.

Philip Everingham

Coach-accompanist Philip Everingham collaborated with Abra Bush and coached our student accompanist in a master class. He has collaborated with instrumentalists, choral ensembles, and singers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Granville, Ohio and is a Lecturer at The Ohio State University.

Janet Hopkins

Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano, joined us on several occasions for a master class called The Essential Performer, as well as private lessons for interested students. A voice professor at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, she sings regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and in concert across the United States. Visit her personal web site here, or her university web page here.

Chuck Hudson

Known for creating fresh characterization in visually compelling productions, Chuck Hudson’s specific dramatic approach is intensely physical due to years of work in Europe with Marcel Marceau, Maximilien Decroux, and various other Movement Theatre Companies. A regular clinician for Adler Fellows at the Merola program, he joined us for two days of master classes in 2014.

Amanda Johnston

Amanda Johnston’s, work on comparative diction is especially helpful for Americans. Her presentation on German vs. English diction and her private coaching sessions were enthusiastically received. Please visit her web site here.

Joe Mechavich

Joe Mechavich, gave several How to Audition for Opera master classes. He has conducted at the New York City Opera, The Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and our own Opera Birmingham. View his complete profile here.

Darla Brooks Mosteller

Darla Brooks Mosteller, a soprano who has sung major roles in opera houses including the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna State Opera, the Munich Bavarian State Opera, gave a master class in spring 2009. We are fortunate that she resides in Birmingham.

Vanessa Cornett-Murtada

Vanessa Cornett-Murtada presented a convocation and opera workshop class. She is a licensed hypnotherapist and a certified meditation instructor who specializes in the treatment of performance anxiety for musicians. Her current research focuses on the role of mindfulness in music performance. View her complete bio here.

Arlene Shrut

Arlene Shrut is on the faculty at Juilliard, and served on the faculty at Aspen for fourteen summers. She regularly serves as official pianist for international opera competitions such as The Loren Zachary Society, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, and many more. She gave private coachings, a master class, and an entrepreneurship workshop.

Don Simonson

Don Simonson has presented master classes for our voice students, and has co-taught several voice lessons. He is a wonderful pedagogue, the former NATS national president, and brings wide experience to his work. View his complete biography here.

Julie Simson

Mezzo-soprano Julie Simson has sung with opera companies throughout the United States including Houston Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, and Opera Colorado. She is on faculty at Rice University and is a frequent guest performer and teacher at the Vancouver International Song Institute. She offered a master class and private lessons.

Reed Woodhouse

Reed Woodhouse is a Senior Coach at The Juilliard School, as well as Musical Advisor of the Master's and Graduate Diploma section of the Opera Studies Program. He was Co-Director of the Apprentice Program at Des Moines Metro Opera, and is principal coach of the Lorenzo Malfatti Academy in Lucca. He offered Italian diction coaching and a master class.