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Pianists will learn from some of opera's most skilled collaborators at CoOPERAtive.

The profession demands broad knowledge, sharpened skills, and maximum flexibility, and CoOPERAtive has the expert mentoring you need.

"I am very impressed with the comprehensive training CoOPERAtive offers.  No facet of the art or the business of singing is overlooked. For pianists, in-depth study of playing arias convincingly, of synchronizing with a singer, of following a conductor-all these are covered, and in a thoroughly professional but friendly, safe atmosphere."  Martin Katz

  • Train with world class faculty in classes and private lessons
  • Work with conductors on the art of playing an operatic aria
  • Perform in regularly scheduled concerts
  • Accompany for stage director in dramatic private coachings and classes
  • Prepare arias for future auditions
  • Collaborate on relevant repertoire with a high level of young professional singer
  • Discover what are the expected skills as a pianist and collaborator


  • Susan Ashbaker - Master Coach/Conductor. Opera/Artistic Consultant; former Director and Music Administration, Opera Company of Philadelphia
  • 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.
  • Eric Weimer - Master Coach/Conductor. Coach/Assistant Conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera.
  • Thomas Bagwell - Master Coach/Conductor. Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. Faculty member of Mannes College of Music.
  • Craig Rutenberg - Master Coach/Conductor. Former Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera. Guest Coach at the Royal Swedish Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Oper Stuttgart, and Zurich Opera.