Marcus Shields, Tenor – IHPA Private Vocal and Piano Instructor
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.