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:

*Nan Guptill Crain, Area Coordinator
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.

Paul An
Critically acclaimed bass Paul An is a graduate of the Juilliard School. Sought after in both the operatic and concert stage in the 2014-16 seasons, he will be making his Carnegie Hall debut as the Bass soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, performing Mozart's Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony, Colline in La Boheme with the Nashville Opera, small ensemble of Frati in Don Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Princeton Opera Festival, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with the Florida State Opera Theater, Bass soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Stamford Symphony and Beethoven's Missa Solmemnis with the Helena Symphony Orchestra.

Other recent highlights included appearances with the New York Philharmonic as a soloist singing Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, as well as taking part in a Grammy award winning recording of Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Metropolitan Opera, a tour to Israel and Austria with the Israel Philharmonic and appearing on the soundtrack of such films as Noah and Hail Caesar!.

As a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra among many others, Paul An has sung under the batons of Ricardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert, and Zubin Mehta to mention a few.

Paul An served honorably as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army where he was a member and soloist of the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Field Band where he performed for many dignitaries, including all of the living presidents of the United States.

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

Christopher Dylan Herbert
Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, and praised by The New York Times for his “impressive”, “remarkable”, and “elegantly lean” performances, twice GRAMMY®-nominated Christopher Dylan Herbert has also received commendation for his “smooth baritone voice”, his “consistently warm sound” and his “versatile dramatic abilities.” His credits include the title role in Handel’s Saul at Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival, Cage’s Renga with The San Francisco Symphony, Maddalena with The American Classical Orchestra, Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios, the title role in The War Reporter at the Prototype Festival and concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Herbert has won awards from the Sullivan Foundation, Gérard Souzay Competition and Kurt Weill Foundation and has performed at Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap, Central City Opera, Music Academy of the West, Rheingau Festival, Wigmore Hall, Stifskonzerte Oberösterreich, Berliner Dom and Thüringer Bachwochen. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Mr. Herbert is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School and is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony.

Nils Neubert
Tenor Nils Neubert maintains an active career in opera, oratorio, and recital, and is a frequent guest at music festivals in the U.S. and Europe. He has served on the voice faculty at William Paterson University since 2010, where he has also taught voice pedagogy, vocal literature, and thesis advisement for the WPU Honors College. Additionally, he serves on the faculties at The Juilliard School, Mannes College the New School for Music, and Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate German diction. Nils Neubert holds degrees from The Juilliard School (voice) and Columbia University (voice pedagogy), and is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a sought-after interpreter of Lieder, as well as the works of Bach, Mozart, Händel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and Donizetti. He is also an avid chamber musician and frequently collaborates with contemporary composers. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, he lives in New York City together with his wife, pianist Yuri Kim. For additional information, please visit