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.

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

baritone

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

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.

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

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.