EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Early musical training:

Private piano study, 10 years (1959 - 1967 +, 1973-75 )
Milan Zirovich (Professor, Pasadena City College), Robert Sage (USC)
Composition and Theory study, 2 years (1963 - 1965 +)
Jack Crossan, Pasadena
Private violin study, 10 years (1964 - 1974)
Alice Schoenfeld, Pasadena and USC School of Music
Chamber music and orchestral study, 8 years (1967 - 1975)
Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, USC School of Music
Alice Schoenfeld, Eleanor Schoendeld, Daniel Lewis
Professional instrumental experience, 11 years (1969 - 1980) Southern California
Studio musician, orchestral violinist: Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Young Musicians Foundation (YMF ) Debut Symphony, Santa Monica Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia, William Hall Chorale orchestra, etc.

Vocal training:

University of Southern California School of Music (1971 - 1979)
B.M. in Voice Performance (magna cum laude), minor in History
M.M. in Vocal Arts (magna cum laude)
2-year Graduate Teaching Fellowship - Theory and Composition Dept.
Collegium Musicum, Doctoral seminar in Early Music
Thesis topic: “Preparing a performance edition of ‘Las Cantigas
de Santa Maria’ from the Court of Alfonso X ‘El Sabio’ “
USC Contemporary Music Ensemble, 4 years - Founding Member
USC Early Music Ensemble, 2 years
Vocal soloist / instrumentalist (violin, treble viol, rebec, vielle, fidel, soprano recorder, portative organ)
USC Opera Workshop, 2 years post-graduate

San Diego Opera Center, 1979-80 Professional opera apprenticeship
Grand Prize Winner (Tito Capobianco, Jan Bouws, dir.s / John Balme, cond.)
receipient of several professional contracts with San Diego Opera

Private vocal study Kathleen Darragh - Los Angeles
Marlena Malas - New York
Leyna Gabriele - New York
Ellen Faull - New York
Sir Peter Pears - Aldeburgh, England
William Eddy - USC School of Music

Coaching and role preparation
Peter Grunberg - Geneva / New York / San Francisco / Los Angeles
Craig Rutenberg - Metropolitan Opera
Rakefet Hak - Metropolitan Opera / Los Angeles Opera
Joan Dornemann - Metropolitan Opera
Nico Castel - Metropolitan Opera
Irene Spiegelman - Metropolitan Opera
Levering Rothfuss - New York City Opera
Donald St. Pierre - New York / Curtis Institute
Brian Zeger - New York
Kemal Khan - Metropolitan Opera
Ben Malensek - New York City Opera / Dallas Opera
Michael Franciosi - New York / Houston Grand Opera
Jack Metz, Los Angeles
James Low, Los Angeles

Master Classes as participant
Dame Joan Sutherland , San Diego Opera Center
Sir Richard Bonynge - San Diego Opera Center
Lee Strasberg – San Diego Opera Center
Tito Capobianco - San Diego Opera Center
Eduardo Muller - San Diego Opera Center
Martina Arroyo - San Diego Opera Center
Sherrill Milnes - San Diego Opera Center
Sir Peter Pears - Aldeburgh, Los Angeles
Sir Winton Dean - Aldeburgh
Sir John Shirley Quirk - Aldeburgh
Elly Ameling - New York City
Gérard Souzay - Los Angeles

Acting and dramatic interpretation - ongoing
Lee Strasberg - San Diego Opera Center, The Actors Studio, LA
Stephen Wadsworth - New York / Metropolitan Opera
Tito Capobianco – San Diego Opera
Michael Fuller - USC School of Drama


Dance training Christina Botiller-Feliz - Los Angeles (2 years - ballet / modern)
Louise Reichlin - USC School of Music (2 years - ballet) International folk dance - 17 years (Caltech, UCLA, Seattle,
Columbia University, New York Ethnic Arts Center, Temple University, Princeton University)
Ballroom dance (3 years - Los Angeles, Seattle)

Baroque Dance and Gesture
Catherine Turocy - Dir., New York Baroque Dance Company
Nicholas McGegan - Göttingen, Germany
Drew Minter - Göttingen, Germany

Conversational/Reading/Written Languages
English
German
French
Spanish

Performance Languages
English Italian German
French Spanish Portuguese
Polish Czech Russian
Hebrew Yiddish Languedoc (Auvergnois)
Mandarin Chinese Catalan Sardinian
Latin (Ecclesiastical and German) Japanese
Medieval English, French, Spanish