Vocal Arts Faculty

Dawn   Upshaw

Dawn Upshaw

Head of Vocal Arts Program


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

Stephanie Blythe


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.
Alan  Smith

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.
Sanford   Sylvan

Sanford Sylvan


Born in New York City, the American baritone Sanford Sylvan is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. He also studied at the preparatory division of the Juilliard School, and at the Tanglewood Music Center.
John   Harbison

John Harbison

Composition Program Coordinator

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

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.
Roger  Vignoles

Roger Vignoles

Roger Vignoles is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most distinguished piano accompanists and musicians of today. He regularly partners the finest singers in major venues around the world and is regarded as a leading authority on the song repertoire.
Tony  Arnold

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.