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CoOPERAtive Program at WestminsterThe CoOPERAtive Program’s resident faculty artists are among some of the most sought after performers, directors and conductors and artistic administrators in the operatic world today. They are regularly engaged at such opera companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, The Paris Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, St. Louis Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia and Lake George Opera.

Faculty 2016

  • Susan Shiplett Ashbaker - Master Coach/Conductor. Opera/Artistic Consultant; former Director and Music Administration, Opera Company of Philadelphia
  • Thomas Bagwell - Master Coach/Conductor. Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. Faculty member of Mannes College of Music.
  • Pei Wen Chen – Pianist/Coach – Manhattan School of Music, IVAI
  • Joan Dorneman – Master Coach/Conductor – Metropolitan Opera
  • Brent Funderburk – Master Coach – The Julliard School
  • William Hobbs - Master Coach/Conductor. Faculty member of Westminster Choir College. Founding and Artistic Director of Opera Slavica.
  • Kathleen Kelly - Master Coach/Conductor. Coach/Conductor of Opera at University of Michigan's School of Music, Theater and Dance. Former Director of Musical Studies at Vienna State Opera.
  • Gina Lapinski - Stage Director. Member of directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera; Associate Director at Seattle Opera.
  • Howard Lubin – Master Coach – Oberlin College
  • Denise Masse – French Diction Coach – Metropolitan Opera
  • Sean McCarther - Suzuki Movement teacher. Faculty member of Westminster Choir College.
  • Mark Moliterno - Yoga Instructor. Faculty member at Westminster Choir College; Founder of YogaVoice.
  • Brandon Motz - Stage Director/Acting Teacher.
  • Laura Brooks Rice - Director CoOPERAtive – Master Teacher
  • Eric Rieger – Assistant Director CoOPERAtive, Diction Coach. Faculty member of Westminster Choir College.
  • Blair Salter – Pianist/Coach – University of Michigan, Merola Opera
  • Pascale Shaftel – French Diction Coach – Rider University
  • Stephanie Sundine - Stage Director. Faculty member of New Triad for Collaborative Arts.
  • Paula Suozzi - Stage Director. Associate Artistic Director at Skylight Opera.
  • Nova Thomas - Drama Coach. Opera singer, The New School for Drama, Westminster Choir College
  • Eric Weimer - Master Coach/Conductor. Coach/Assistant Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera.

Faculty have included:

  • Christine Goerke
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • Deborah Birnbaum
  • Lydia Brown
  • William Burden
  • Steven Crawford
  • Kristin Ditlow
  • Matthew Epstein
  • Robin Guarino
  • Chuck Hudson
  • Amy Hutchinson
  • Martin Katz
  • Yelena Kurdina
  • Anthony Manoli
  • Matthew Owaza
  • Matthew Polenzani
  • Debra Scurto-Davis
  • Erika Switzer


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