Vocal Arts Faculty

Dawn Upshaw

Head of Vocal Arts Program

soprano

Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today.

Stephanie Blythe

mezzo-soprano

Ms. Blythe has sung in many of the renowned opera houses in the US and Europe including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Opera National de Paris.

Margo Garrett

Margo Garrett serves as chair of the accompanying program at the Juilliard School, where she has taught from 1985 to 1991 and again from 2000 to the present.

Alan Smith

Coordinator, piano and vocal studies

Pianist Alan Smith enjoys a reputation as one of the United States' most highly regarded figures in the field of collaborative artistry.

John Harbison

Composer John Harbison is among America's most prominent artistic figures. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including three of the most prestigious: the MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities.

Javier Arrebola

Javier Arrebola is a pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach and scholar driven to enhance students' and audiences' understanding of music through exploration of history, politics, literature, poetry, geography, artwork and music theory.

Tony Arnold

As the soprano of the intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Tony Arnold is a catalyst for dozens of groundbreaking projects, the most recent of which is David Lang’s Whisper Opera in ICE’s touring production directed by Jim Findlay.

Eric Sedgwick, Staff Pianist

Eric Sedgwick has performed with many of music’s top talents including Leona Mitchell and Marni Nixon, Broadway leading ladies Sarah Rice, Carole Demas and Debra Monk, and English hornist Thomas Stacy of the New York Philharmonic.

Randall Scarlata

Baritone Randall Scarlata has been praised by the New York Times as “an intelligent and communicative singer” with a “compelling desire to bring texts to life.”