Classical Performance : Voice

Opera Workshop

Program Features:

  • Regular vocal Master Classes by outstanding peformers and pedagogs in the classical vocal world
  • Solo performance opportunities in University Choir in repertoire such as Messiah, Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem, and Faure Requiem, as well as chamber ensembles and winners of the orchestra competition
  • Trips to NYC for performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and other New York concert venues.
  • Performance opportunities in standard operatic repertoire in Opera Workshop, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Men's Chorus, New Music Series, Small Chamber Ensembles
  • All voice faculty members are members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing; thus all voice students may participate in the State and Eastern Regional NATS Collegiate Auditions held annually

Special courses and classes:

  • One semester each of English, French, German and Italian Diction for Singers
  • Opera and Oratorio Aria Repertoire
  • 19th century French melodie and German Lieder
  • Pedagogy for Vocalists 

Voice Faculty:

*Stephen Bryant, Area Coordinator
Professor Stephen Bryant is a Grammy nominee with a distinguished career in concert and opera that has taken him around the world, with acclaimed performances in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Of his performance of Giulio Cesare, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote "Stephen Bryant sings Caesar's music with a solid baritone sound that contains enough metal (and mettle) to suggest the strength of a great warrior." In 2010 Prof. Bryant performed in the opera "Flora" at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolinal. He is scheduled to return to Spoleto this season as well. In 2008/2009 he performed the role of Dante in Tan Dun's Marco Polo at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, the recording of this performance was responsible for the Grammy nomination Prof. Bryant received. Other recent engagements include Messiah with the Peniel Concert Choir in Avery Fisher Hall, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Canterbury Choral Society and A Sea Symphony with Asheville Choral Society. Season 07/08 brought a slew of oratorio performances. He sang Messiah with the Pensacola Symphony and the Eugene Concert Choir, and the Mozart Requiem with Princeton Pro Musica and the Verdi Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. He also performed at Carnegie Hall in Mahler's 8th Symphony with Canterbury Choral Society and appeared with the symphonies of Charleston, Bozeman and Pioneer Valley. Mr. Bryant has sung with the New York City, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Indianapolis, and other opera companies of renown. In performance with major orchestras from The New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, to the Israel Philharmonic and Japan Philharmonic, Bryant has delighted audiences with a repertoire spanning from Mozart and Verdi to Virgil Thomson and Stewart Wallace. "Bryant stormed the heavens with his large and commanding instrument," said New York Newsday of his performance in Handel's Messiah. His numerous appearances in Handel's Messiah include collaborations with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall. The Bass-baritone's frequent performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah include appearances with the New York Philharmonic under Maestro Kurt Masur, and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch. A premiere interpreter of the works of Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, Bryant created the role of Dante in the world premiere of the opera Marco Polo. He reprised the role at London's Barbicon Center for a performance broadcast by the BBC. Performances include appearances at the Munich Biennale, the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, New York City Opera, the Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, Settembre Musica in Italy, and at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Scotland. The Times of London referred to the " . . . unearthly overtone singing, brilliantly accomplished by Stephen Bryant." Stephen holds degrees from Oberlin and the University of Michigan, and is on the voice faculty at William Paterson University.

*Nan Guptill Crain
B.M., M.M. Univeristy of Wisconsin. Advanced vocal study with Vera Rozsa, Cynthia Hoffmann, Bruce Norris. Advanced repertoire study with Martin Katz, John Wustman, Hugues Cuñod, Peter Pears. Soprano specializing in recital repertoire. Four world premiers: Lennox Berkeley's Sonnet, Aldeburgh, England; Pallas Athena in Samuel Belich's opera Trojan Women, New York City; Donato Fornuto's Songs of Innocence and Experience, Town Hall, New York City; Songs of Gerald Ginsburg, Merkin Recital Hall, New York City. Active in NATS; Clinician in vocal repertoire: University of Wisconsin; SUNY-Albany; Valparaiso University; Penn State; University of Indiana Pennsylvania; Westerly, Rhode Island; Eastern Regional NATS Conference.

Karen Born-Cafaro
A native of Wisconsin, Karen received her undergraduate degree in Music Education at William Paterson University where she was awarded Outstanding Senior Educator, and her Masters in Vocal Performance at the University of Southern California where she received the Faculty Award for Best Student . Karen performed with the West Coast Opera Outreach in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA. Highlights were singing Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with director Franz Bourlage and conductor Randall Behr and premiering The Wife in a one act opera under the direction of Christopher Larkin. She has also performed extensively in Musical Theater touring with the John Michael Kohler Regional Theater Company. Some of her roles include Maria(Sound of Music), Bianca (Kiss Me Kate) Anne (A Little Night Music) Berthe (Pippin) Josephine (HMS Pinafore) and Yum Yum (The Mikado). Karen also specialized in contemporary music appearing at Symphony Space in NYC with the New Jersey New Music Ensemble as well as touring with the San Diego New Music Ensemble and premiered "The Telephone" by Peter Westergard at the Cape May Music Festival. Karen has also recorded vocal tracks for English and Spanish commercials and is requested for recording original works by composer and organist K. Scott Warren of NYC. She sings professionally on the choir circuit in NYC and continues to solo in New Jersey and New York. Karen debuted as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with Mid America Productions under the direction of John Rutter.

As a teacher Karen taught on faculty at USC and as guest artist at Columbia University and NYU. She is an active member of NATS. Karen is Co-owner and Co-founder of the performing arts school, Gateway To The Arts, in Boonton, NJ, where her students have gone on to scholarship into competitive fine arts Conservatories and Universities, attain professional management and agent representation, and perform professionally across the country and abroad. For more information visit

Nils Neubert
B.M., The Juilliard School; M.A., Columbia University Teachers College; D.M.A. candidate, CUNY Graduate Center; additional training at the Mozarteum, Caramoor, Festival de Musica Clasica de Puigcerda, and Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci; 1st Prize, Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition; winner, Friday Woodmere Competition; grant recipient, Gerda Lissner Foundation; finalist, Liederkranz Foundation, and Oratorio Society of New York. Tenor Nils Neubert maintains an active career in opera, oratorio, and recital, both in the U.S. and abroad. He serves on the faculties at William Paterson University, Kaufman Music Center, the Summit Music Festival, and the International Academy of Music in Italy. During the 2013-2014 school year, he serves as visiting lecturer for German diction at the Juilliard school. He is an active member of NATS, NYSTA, and NAfME. For additional information, please visit

Claire Stadtmueller
B.M. New England Conservatory; M.M. University of Rhode Island Tosca under Maestro Vincent La Selva in NYC's Central Park. Carnegie Hall: Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C Minor; Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio; Mendelssohn's Second Symphony; Orff's Carmina Burana. Avery Fisher Hall: Mozart's Solemn Vespers; Richard Tucker Foundation Concert Italian concert tour of Verdi arias and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Recitals: Weill Recital Hall, Trinity Wall St, throughout east coast, and for American Wagner Society in Chicago Radio: NPR's A Prairie Home Companion; WGBH Classics in the Morning Premieres: Geoffrey Gibbs' Potnia (lead role of Persephone); works of RI Composer in Residence Barbara Kolb Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor; Mozart heroines Pamina, Fiordiligi, Countess, Miss Silverpeal; Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors; Rosario in Granados' Goyescas