Dr. Robin Rice, Baritone
Native Texan, Robin Rice is an internationally recognized teacher whose students sing on the major operatic and concert stages of the world. Rice has mentored and worked with many remarkable singers of varied careers - artists like Taylor Stayton, Kerri Marcinko, Michele Angelini, Maureen McKay, David Hibbard, Robert Kerr and Daniel Neer, among others. Rice's students are performing on major stages in the United States, Europe and Asia which include the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Teatro Dell’Opera Roma, Deutsche Opera am Rhein, Komische Oper Berlin, Théatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), Teatro Comunale (Bologna), Varna Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Severoceska Filharmonie (Teplice, Czech Republic), and Festival Lyrique en Mer (France). Many of his students have also won many international vocal competitions.He is on the faculty at The Ohio State University and gives masterclasses nationally and internationally. This summer he will also teach at the Asian Opera Project at Peiking University in Beijing, China. His book, Great Teachers on Great Singing will be published in 2015.
Dr. Yung-Wei Sun, Soprano
A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Sun is a very active performer of both operatic and concert repertoire both here in the United States and in Asia. Her operatic repertoire includes major roles as First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Aldofo in Handel’s Faramondo, and Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff, La Sagesse and La Haine in Lully's Armide. She has sung as the soprano soloist in Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and K. Lee Scott’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Rutter’s Requiem. This Summer, she will be performaing at the Russain Opera Workshop at Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Besides her private studio, Dr. Sun teaches at the outreach program at The Ohio State University, and also Worthington Presbyterian Church Choir Plus. Dr. Sun holds degrees from National Taiwan University of Arts, National Sun Yat-Sen University, and The Ohio State University.
Ms. Amy Blosser, Conductor
Amy Johnston Blosser is the National Chair for Repertoire and Standards for the American Choral Directors Association. As National Chair, Blosser serves as editor for the Repertoire and Standards column in the Choral Journal and has been active in planning National Conferences in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Salt Lake City. In her twelfth year as Director at Bexley High School in Columbus, Ohio, Amy Blosser conducts six choirs in grades 7-12 and is the Fine Arts Department Chair. Under Blosser’s direction, the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble has performed at multiple state conferences of OMEA and ACDA and at the Central Division conference in 2012. Ms. Blosser was named Educator of the Year for Bexley City Schools in 2011. She was recently selected to serve as one of 14 Conducting Fellows for the International Conductors Exchange Program to Sweden, traveling there in October 2015. In addition to her work as a high school choral educator, Amy Blosser is the Artistic Director of the Bexley Choral Society and Director of Music at Bexley United Methodist Church.
Dr. C. Andrew Blosser, Tenor
Dr. Blosser, native of Belle Center, Ohio, received a Bachelor of Music from Capital University, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts, both in performance, from The Ohio State University. A tenor, Dr. Blosser has performed most recently at the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference, with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, South Eastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. A Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University School of Music, Dr. Blosser teaches applied voice, voice literature, opera history, and diction courses. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Blosser served on the faculties of Terra State Community College, Ohio Christian University, Capital University, and Muskingum University. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Ohio Music Education Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Laura Portune, Soprano
Dr. Laura Portune has garnered success on both sides of the stage, performing across the country and internationally as a performer and director. Her recent directing credits include Street Scene and a double bill of The Scarf and Orfeus and Euridice with Nightingale Opera, Don Giovanni with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Suor Angelica with Columbus Opera Project, A Night of European Opera at The Ohio State University, Mainly Mozart at the University of Notre Dame, and the world premier of Moses with St.Louis's prestigious Youth Sing Praise. Hailed as "simply outstanding in every way, vocally and in [her] natural yet convincing character portrayals" by the Columbus Dispatch, Portune has appeared across the country and internationally with the San Diego Opera, Dayton Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lake George Opera, Opera Columbus, North Czech Philharmonic, Greek Symphonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic in such roles as Violetta, Rosina, Zerlina, Cunegonde, Gilda, Juliette, and Musetta. Dr. Portune holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (BA in Music, cum laude), and The Ohio State University (MM, DMA in Voice, Singing Health Specialization), and has further studies of Language and Culture from the prestigious L’Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy, where she has worked as a translator with Amici di La Scala at the famed opera company.
Dr. Scott McCoy, Tenor
SCOTT McCOY is Professor of Voice Science and Pedagogy at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he serves as director of the Swank Voice Research Laboratory and director of OSU’s pioneering interdisciplinary program in singing voice health. His book, Your Voice: An Inside View, was introduced in mid-2004 and has since become the most widely use pedagogy and voice science textbook in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. He is charter member and sits on the board of directors of the recently established Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA), which is dedicated to the training and supervision of specialists in the field of voice health. McCoy also served on the multidisciplinary advisory group for the American Academy of Otolaryngology in the development of clinical practice guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of hoarseness. McCoy served is Past President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing for voice pedagogy, and a member of the NATS Voice Science Advisory Committee. In 2003, he was elected to membership in the distinguished American Academy of Teachers of Singing. McCoy was named a University of Iowa Fellow in the fall of 2007.
Joshua Cook, Baritone
Baritone Joshua Cook finds himself equally at home in both opera and musical theatre, having performed with Opera Columbus, the Franco-American Vocal Academy, Short North Stage, Ohio State University Opera Theatre, Columbus Children’s Theatre, and Evolution Theatre Company. Most recently seen as Jimmy Powers in City of Angels, Joshua is currently pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University, studying under Dr. Robin Rice.
Justin T. Fields, Baritone
Justin Fields is an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University majoring in vocal performance with a concentration in opera performance and vocal pedagogy. He has won several awards in the realm of vocal performance, including the prestigious Most Outstanding Achievement Award (2015) in the Ohio State School of Music, was a recipient of the Brahms Cash Grant Award (2014-15), the Helen Swank Excellence in Vocal Performance (2014), the Bliss Virargo Award in Vocal Excellence (2014), was a finalist in the Ohio State School of Music Concerto Competition (2014), and was a featured finalist in the Ohio State School of Music’s 2014 Honor’s Convocation. Mr. Fields serves as the undergraduate Aural Training I-IV tutor within the Ohio State School of Music and maintains a small private voice and piano studio, as well regularly performs in and around the Columbus area.