Marcus is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and currently pursuing a Master’s degree (MM) in Vocal Performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Operatic credits include: timothy Lauglin, Fellow Travelers (Cincinnati Opera Fusion), Tamino, Die Zauberflote (Opera on the Avalon, Greenville Opera), Soldat, Der Kaiser von Atlantis (New Millennium Orchestra), Albert Herring, This fall and winter, Mr. Shields will be seen as the tenor soloist for Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (CCM), Tony in West Side Story (The Carnegie), and Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (CCM). Mr. Shields received a Bachelor’s of Music (Vocal Performance/Musicology) from Northwestern University, where, in addition to singing, he served as an active member of the Musical Theatre community, both as a rehearsal pianist and conductor.
Kimberly Buczek, Soprano – IHPA Private Vocal Instructor
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 teaches Applied Voice at Wright State University and is also the Executive Director of the Indian Hill Performing Arts Academy.
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.
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