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Classical Performance : Voice

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Program Features:

  • Regular vocal master classes and workshops by outstanding peformers and pedagogues in the vocal world across many genres.
  • Solo and ensemble performance opportunities in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, opera workshop, musical theater, jazz vocal ensemble, new music series, small chamber ensembles, and pop vocal ensembles. 
  • Trips to New York City for performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and other concert venues.
  • All voice faculty members are members of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); thus all voice students may participate in the State and Eastern Regional NATS Collegiate Auditions held annually.
  • International touring opportunities for Chamber Choir.

Special courses and classes:

  • English, French, German and Italian Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Literature Courses
  • Pedagogy and Business for Musicians 


Voice Faculty:

*Dr. Christopher Dylan Herbert, Area Coordinator
Christopher Dylan Herbert (baritone) performs frequently throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee. He has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed Ginastera centennial celebrations with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and consistently presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. His current research focus is on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister of Pennsylvania. He is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony.

*Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto, Director of Choral Activities 
Assistant Professor and newly appointed Director of Choral Activities at William Paterson University conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting and courses in music education. Prior to her position at William Paterson she served as the Associate Director of Choral Activities in the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi where she directed the Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus, in addition to her work with the Spirit of Southern and BelleTones A Cappella ensembles. She also taught beginning conducting and graduate choral literature. Dr. Fowler-Calisto was also the Artistic Director of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale. For fifteen years she served as the Director of Choral Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA where she conducted the CNU Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus. She taught graduate and undergraduate conducting, choral literature and secondary methods, as well as applied voice and vocal improvisation. Previous positions include Associate Director of Choirs and Specialist in Choral Music Education and Vocal Jazz at Iowa State University, as well as the University of South Dakota and St. Norbert College.

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 www.Gatetothearts.com

Dr. David Guzman begins the 2017-2018 season as Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld in a return engagement with Western Plains Opera. Other engagements include the role of Alfredo in La Traviata with Sarasota Opera, the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with both the Minot Symphony Association and the Hartford Symphony. Recent highlights include the Duke in Rigoletto with Opera Tampa, Rafael of Foglia/Martinez's To Cross the Face of the Moon with Arizona Opera, as well as performances with Lyric Opera of San Diego, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. He holds a B.A. in Music Education from Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Colombia, an M.M. in Voice Performance from Texas Christian University and a D.M.A. in Voice performance from SUNY at Stony Brook. His recent CD release, Latin-American Art Songs, is the first result of his continuous research of forgotten Latin-American art song repertoire and performance practices. www.davidguzmantenor.com

Dr. Tami L. Petty (soprano) is the 2014 Award Recipient of the Joy in Singing Prize. She made her 2010 Lincoln Center debut singing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle at Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times praised Petty’s “powerful soprano,” and Classical Music Network declared, “Such a beauty and purity of tone is so rare that I could only listen in ethereal pleasure." Recitalist of the first rank, she has performed locally with Brooklyn Art Song Society, 5BMF, Caritas for St. Ignatius Loyola, Joy in Singing, and NYSTA. Winner of multiple career grants with special recognition from Marilyn Horne Foundation and Sorel Organization, and graduate of Eastman School of Music in Vocal Performance, Petty also teaches voice privately and at AMDA, and she serves as Director of Music in the East Village at Middle Collegiate Church where she oversees ecclectic music programming. Please visit www.TamiPetty.com for more information.

Sarah Elizabeth Wolfson (soprano) has demonstrated a remarkable ability to communicate with an audience, whether in recital, oratorio, or on the operatic stage. The New York Times called her “a keenly intelligent artist…[she sings] with luminous sound and impressively focused high notes.” A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has been seen in recital and concert at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Miller Theater, Café Sabarsky at The Neue Galerie, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, and with the New York Festival of Song. She has sung with The Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Montpellier, The Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera North, Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival, The Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, The American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Vocal Arts Society of Washington, DC. In addition to performing, Ms. Wolfson is a voice instructor who has taught vocal performance at Columbia University, performed masterclasses at various institutions across the US, and is currently on faculty at William Paterson University and Hofstra University. www.sarahwolfson.com



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