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Xan Waddell Jeffery is a native of Nashville, TN. She earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees (with Honors) in Vocal Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati. Xan is Head of Voice Studies at Indian Hill Performing Arts and has a large private voice studio, with locations in Indian Hill and Anderson Township. She has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She is a choir section leader/soloist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, a member of the Cincinnati Choral Society, Music Director of McNicholas High School Theatre and regularly serves as vocal director for community theatre groups in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Xan is Past-President of the CCM Alumni Board of Governors and member of the Friends of CCM Board. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) and on the Executive Board of Sigma Alpha Iota-Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter. In 2008, Xan was invited to join the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She was very honored to receive two Orchid awards in 2014-2015 for Excellence in Vocal Direction for Cincinnati Music Theatre’s production of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and Footlighters’ production of LITTLE WOMEN.
Kimberly is an active soloist and music educator in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. Recently she made her debut with the Queen City Chamber Opera as Sieglinde in Wagners Die Walküre, Act 1. Kimberly graduated from Ithaca College (New York) where she received a bachelor’s degree in voice performance. She went on to earn a master’s degree and D.M.A. at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM, Dr. Buczek performed Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Diana in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Ariadne in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and covered Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Iphigénie in Gluck’s Iphégenie en Tauride. Other roles include Magda in Menotti’s The Consul and Dorabella in Così fan tutte. Dr. Buczek has trained as a studio artist with Chautauqua Opera, where she covered Giannetta in Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. At the end of her time at Chautauqua, she was the recipient of the Ed Harmon Young Artist Award. In 2010, Dr. Buczek made her debut with the Asheville Symphony, in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Dr. Buczek has taught Applied Voice at Wright State University, Wittenberg University, and is also the Executive Director of Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts.
Michael Young – Baritone
Michael Young is a native of Cortland, Ohio and a graduate of The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He is a former First Prize winner of the Palm Beach Opera International Vocal Competition, The CCM Undergraduate Vocal Competition, and a two time winner of the Corbett Vocal Competition.
Mr. Young is on faculty as a Voice Instructor at Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts, and Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble Institute of Music. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Ohio Music Education Association. He is a member of the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, The Knox Presbyterian Choir, the Bach Ensemble at St. Thomas, and the Cincinnati Opera Chorus.
Michael also maintains a steady performance schedule, which has included such operatic engagements as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, Opera Western Reserve, Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme, Opera Western Reserve, Alberich in Wagner’s Siegfried, Queen City Chamber Opera Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and various supporting roles at Cincinnati Opera and Dayton Opera. In the fall, Michael will make his west coast debut as Alberich in Wagner’s Siegfried at San Francisco’s Valhalla Productions. Recent concert repertoire includes the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and bass/baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Cynthia Lawrence – Piano
Cynthia has worked as a singer, musical director, vocal coach, accompanist, and arts educator for many years. Before moving to Cincinnati, Cynthia served as Musical Director for Springfield Little Theatre, Missouri’s oldest and largest civic theatre. Musical directing credits include Beauty and the Beast, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and many other productions. As a performer, Cynthia has experience onstage in regional, community and professional theatre as well as in the studio as a jingle artist and studio musician. Her teaching credits include private studio voice and piano instruction, public school music education and community theatre education and workshops. Her focus in recent years has been on training the young musical theatre singer, arts integration and program development. Cynthia holds a BS, Vocal Performance, from Southwest Baptist University, teacher certification in music and theatre studies from Missouri State University, and a MM from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, with special emphases in music education, musical theatre and arts administration.
Richard Miller-Wimmer – Guitar & Brass Instructor
Rich currently serves as a Worship Pastor at a church in Northern Kentucky while teaching lessons on a variety of instruments. With a Bachelor of Music Education, Rich has studied a variety of instruments with a large emphasis on Trombone and other low brass instruments. While working on his degree he studied trombone under Jeanie Lee and Bill Mann. Rich has also taken lessons with Douglas Yeo, Massimo La Rosa and Joseph Alessi. Not only has he studied and played trombone but has been involved in multiple bands playing bass guitar most often. He has toured across the United States and spent time recording in Nashville. With studying orchestral trombone to playing bass and guitar, touring and recording, Rich has developed a unique and diverse musical experience and perspective.
Kevin Norton – Saxophone
Dr. Kevin Norton earned his DMA in saxophone at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (where he studied with Dr. James Bunte). He is currently a private instructor in the Cincinnati metro area, primarily at the Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). During the 2012–13 school year, he was also an Adjunct Professor (teaching Intro to Music and music history) at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.
A native of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Kevin previously studied at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky under Dr. Nathan Nabb and Prof. Eugene Norden. At Morehead, Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree (Summa cum laude) in Music Education and a Master of Music in saxophone performance.
He has performed at several events held by the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA): regional conferences at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (2007), Northeastern Illinois University (2011) and Bowling Green State University (2013); the 2008 national conference at the University of South Carolina; the 2010 national conference at the University of Georgia; the 2012 national conference at Arizona State University; and the 2014 national conference at the University of Illinois. Furthermore, he performed at the United States Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in 2011, 2015 and 2016.
In addition, Kevin has actively premiered several new works for saxophone. As a member of the CCM Graduate Saxophone Quartet, helped premiere composer Matthew Browne’s work “Two Pieces” at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University. A year later, he (as a member of the 3-2-5 Quartet) premiered Amber Autumn by CCM composer Carrie Magin at the Arizona State conference. Most recently, Kevin gave world premieres of composer Ian Dicke’s soprano sax arrangement of his Chapter One, Page One at the 2014 NASA conference and Brandon Nelson’s new work PRN in Fall 2015 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is currently part of a consortium commissioning a saxophone concerto by Matthew Browne that is scheduled to be completed in December 2016.
Kevin Norton is a current member of the Prestalgia Duo along with Jennifer Grantham (saxophone professor at Northern Kentucky University). Together, they were members of a consortium (headed by the Ogni Suono duo) that commissioned Ian Dicke’s work Straphanger (for tenor and baritone sax); the Prestalgia Duo gave the regional premiere of the work at the 2013 NASA conference in Bowling Green. Kevin and Jennifer also actively perform together in the Cincinnati area, most recently in December 2015 for the Cincinnati version of Classical Revolution.
Krista is a Reserve Method Clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds. Through her work with D’Addario, Ms. Weiss has traveled to dozens of schools across the Midwest to give clinics on clarinet fundamentals and equipment. She also currently serves as principal clarinet of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and second clarinet of the Richmond Indiana Symphony. An active freelancer, Ms. Weiss has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, South Bend Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Ms. Weiss also enjoys a career as a studio musician and has performed in dozens of recordings for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Ms. Weiss spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she served as both the E-Flat and B-Flat fellow and studied under Joaquin Valdepeñas and Burt Hara. In addition to her time in Aspen, Ms. Weiss has spent summers performing with the National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Marrowstone Music Festival. Ms. Weiss attended Indiana University, where she received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Clarinet Performance as a student of Eli Eban. During the 2010-2011 academic year she served as the clarinet instructor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, teaching a full studio of undergraduate and graduate students and performing with the ISU Faculty Woodwind Quintet. In addition to her college teaching experience, Ms. Weiss enjoys teaching clarinetists of all ages and abilities and maintains a private studio in the Cincinnati area.
Erin Carr – Acting Instructor
Erin Carr is currently working as a professional freelance actor and traveling teaching artist. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing and received her BFA in drama. Erin enjoys working on the stage, in front of the camera and in the classroom. She is currently a full-time movement teacher and director at the Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy and will be touring this winter with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. When time permits, she works as an adjunct theatre professor at Miami University, as a teaching artist with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as well as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, a traveling guest artist with the Educational Theatre Association, and a private acting coach at Cincinnati Music Academy. She is also the Co-Artistic Director of the women-focused theatre company, ReVamp Collective. For more information: www.erincarr.com
GROUP CLASS INSTRUCTORS
Danielle Muething has directed CAPA summer camps for the last two years. Last year she made her debut with the company directing Jungle Book Kids and was delighted to be asked back to direct two of her favorite shows. Danielle has been a professional actor for over 20 years around the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area as well as in Orlando, Florida. She has worked for such great companies as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, The Carnegie, and Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Within the last 10 years she has added writing and directing to her credits. Her favorite writing credits include the training video for the Cincinnati Museum Center where she was also lucky enough to be in the video, and at the Newport Aquarium, where she co-wrote the script for Scuba Santa and did voice over work for many events including Mermaids. She is also a proud member of the a capella singing duo The Sweet and Lows. Outside of her performance jobs she loves to ride her Wonder Woman motorcycle with her amazing husband, Mike, and hang out with her two doggies, Bender and Oz.
Carol Brammer is the founder of the Clifton Performance Theatre, Creative Director and Producer. “Growing up in a small town, performance art became the life line to seeing a future.” In 1987 she was selected for a role with Warner Brothers, and later toured Europe and United States in various music reviews. In college, Carol pursued her interest in early child development and music theater while also traveling throughout the Midwest with various theatrical production companies. Today, she directs 23 children’s productions a year and is a playwright for young audiences. She is a member of two Ensembles, The Clifton Players and Untethered Theater Company. Most recently appearing as Randy in “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts, April in “Savage in Limbo” by John Patrick Shanley, Marilyn in “A Behanding in Spokane” by Martin McDonagh, Trish in “Monkey’s Paw” by Kevin Crowley and Barbra in “August Osage County” Carol Brammer’s personal mission is to provide an environment that encourages every child to find a solid place in the Arts and to be able to use these skills in their daily life.
Kevin Bell is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. After trainin with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet School. He founded the Miami Valley Ballet Theatre in a northern suburb of Cincinnati where many declared that a ballet company would not survive. It is a thriving regional company which performs to sold out audiences season after season. Kevin has also worked with numerous regional modern choreographers, performing frequently in the annual Area Choreographers Festival hosted by Cincinnati’s very own Contemporary Dance Theater. Kevin has performed in musicals such as Anything Goes, the Music Man, Brigadoon, Shrek, and Cincinnati Children’s Theaters recent production of Peter Pan, Jr. Kevin was principal choreographer for the Cincinnati Music Theater’s recent production of Billy Elliot. For a number of seasons, Kevin danced the role of Uncle Drosselmeyer in Dela’s production of The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up. This will Be Kevin’s 3rd year working with Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts.
Kate Stark’s dance training covers everything from ballroom to rhythm tap to ballet. She has worked with The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati, Pones, Inc., Cincinnati Landmark Productions, de la Dance Company, Cincinnati Music Theatre, Madcap Puppets, Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts and InBocca Performance around the Greater Cincinnati area. Her favorite roles to date include Jean MacLaren (Brigadoon), Judy Turner (A Chorus Line), Odette (Swan Lake: A Waking Dream), and Sasha the Duck (Peter and the Wolf). Kate teaches dance classes for Persons with Parkinson’s, Musical Theatre through Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy and Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts, and is both the resident choreographer and Dance Team coach at Notre Dame Academy.
In addition to her artistic pursuits, Kate has always had a penchant for organization. She loves creating a logical, simple framework through which creativity can shine.
Today, she provides organizational support at Doth, but got her start as a TV news producer in Dayton, Ohio. From there, Kate helped launch national beer and lifestyle blog PorchDrinking.com, where she coordinated the schedules of almost 100 writers as well as the site’s content. She went on to serve as the Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Wellness Chapter (now Parkinson Support & Wellness), providing services of education, exercise, and support for more than 60,000 individuals affected by Parkinson’s Disease. The Chapter is largely supported by the Steady Strides 5k, which Kate also oversaw for 3 years. meetkatestark.com
Allison is a Cincinnati native. She began dancing at age 4 and has been dancing ever since. She has trained in many styles, but her favorites are Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary. Besides dancing, Allison also loves to sing and act. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and works consistently as a performer in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Among her favorite roles are: Cinderella (Disenchanted), Inga (Young Frankenstein), Val (A Chorus Line), Graziella (West Side Story), and Judy Haynes (White Christmas).