Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Year at a Glance

June 25-29, 2012
Musical Theater Workshops at the Academy Theater in Meadville, PA

We will continue our tradition of scene analysis and study in Meadville!  We are once again offering the introductory and advanced levels for returning students.  Looking forward to it!

March 31, 2012
Buckeye Chapter NATS Auditions at Ceadarville University

It was a thrill to bring home 3 first-place awards from our studio's first NATS auditions.  Congratulations to Sara Budnik (underclassmen musical theater), Jonathan Cooper (sr. men), and Myroslava Stefaniuk (post-college men/women).  Congrats also to Alice Nelson for a second place finish in post-college men/women. 

March 23, 2012

The Western Reserve Chorale in Beethoven's Great Mass in C Major at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland.

March 16, 2012
Winterreise with pianist Patrick Parker at Old Stone Church.  Cleveland

Denella, Courtney, Jessice, me & Kaci

January 28, 2012
The Weagraff Studio at BW: a 10-year celebration

This year's recital at BW was a special treat as I was joined by three of my wonderful alumni in performance: Courtney Becker-Howell ('06), Kaci Korn ('10) and Jessica Waddle ('11).  The program included excerpts from Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi's La Traviata, and songs by Brahms and Pasatieri.  We were once again accompanied by the incomparable Denella Sing. 

June 20-24, 2011
Musical Theater Workshops at the Academy Theater in Meadville, PA

Getting young people involved in music and theater is a passion of mine. There are so many benefits to be gained from being on stage and exploring the world of music. Whether in dedicated pursuit of a career or just having fun, everyone can learn something about the culture of theater and about themselves from being on the stage or behind the scenes. This year we added another level of participation. First year students worked on technique and scenes. Second year students had scenes specifically chosen to challenge their natural inclinations. A few third year students were invited back as assistant instructors/directors. It was a remarkable week of education, fun, and theater.

May 2011
"125 Years of the Academy" in an encore presentation

January 23, 2011
Faculty Recital with Denella Sing, pianist. "Sun, Moon, and Stars - Egos and Misfits"

This thematically grouped recital will be a little bit of a hybrid - part song recital, part show. Features works by Duparc, Bizet, Kander and Ebb, Purcell, Brahms, Schubert, and many more - truly something for everyone.


My son Nathan and I after
the Academy Benefit

September 25, 2010
"125 Years of the Academy"

This benefit gala for the Academy Theater featured music from its 125 year history including arias from its beginning as an opera house, classic musical theater, movie themes from its days as a movie theater, to the musical theater repertoire of today.

August 1, 2010

St. Saens Requiem with Master Singers, Inc. Another rare gem with MSI. I fell in love with this piece as we prepared it. You can check it out on youtube. It's in several segments. Here's one link to get you started.

July 5-9, 2010
Musical Theater Workshop at the Academy Theater, Meadville, PA

Last year's workshops were so popular and successful, we offered them again and added a second-year level for returning students that focused on preparing a one-act play for public performance. What a fine group of young actors and singers!

April 18, 2010

Gounod St. Cecilia Mass with Master Singers, Inc. I always enjoy singing lesser known works and performing with JD Goddard and MSI is a special treat.


March 27, 2010

Fauré Requiem and selected melodie with the Chapel Choir and Orchestra at John Carroll University. This requiem has always been one of my favorite oratorio solos. It was a treat to sing it with this fine ensemble.

January 23, 2010
Faculty recital with Denella Sing, pianist

"Songs My Teacher Taught Me." This recital revisited works that I sang as a student with George Vassos or Lorna Haywood. It also featured songs that I have enjoyed teaching to my own students. The program included works by Handel, Bellini, Ravel, Wolf, and more.


June 29-July 3, 2009
Musical Theater Workshop at The Academy Theater in Meadville, PA

This week-long workshop will expose young singer/actors to many of the tools of the trade. We'll explore Stanislavsky and Wesley Balk acting methods, acting a song, straight theater scenes, and simple stage violence over the course of the week. The program will conclude with an informal presentation of our workshop scenes. In conjunction with this program, I'll be joining the Academy Players as "Emile DeBeque" in their production of South Pacific.

May 22, 2009
"The Air I Breathe" at The Academy Theater in Meadville, PA

This summer I'll be presenting a week-long musical theater workshop in Meadville, PA near my hometown of Saegertown. As part of that effort, I'll be reprising my BW recital from last year as a kick-off event. This recital, entitled, "The Air I Breathe" is composed of songs from nearly every era of musical theater strung together to tell the semi-autobiographical story of a young man facing the rigors of a career in musical theater and raising a family. It was conceived as a tribute to our musical theater majors and contains every element that is required of them in their own senior recitals. I'm delighted that my BW colleagues Dr. Joanne Uniatowski and Nancy Maier will be working with me once again as we bring this recital back to life.

March 14, 2009
Judge in the Miss Tri-County PA pageant

Being a judge for a Miss America preliminary pageant was a new experience, but one that I would gladly repeat. Meeting these exceptional young ladies was very impressive. There are some excellent future leaders involved in this system.

Leading VMEA choral rehearsal

February 20-21, 2009
Virginia Music Educators Association District XV middle school choral festival in Stafford, VA

It's always a thrill to lead young singers inchoral music. They were a great group of well-prepared students. This was a wonderful experience and we made some beautiful music together.

November 21, 2008
Master Class in cantorial and vocal techniques at John Carroll University

Leading others in prayerful music has always been a significant part of my life.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with these college students at JCU under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Caporella.

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