Visiting Artists: Neal Goren and Susan Ashbaker
Opera Auditions: Preparation and Techniques
Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the critically acclaimed Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City, Neal Goren is a frequent guest conductor throughout North American and Europe. As a recital accompanist, he has collaborated with many of opera’s leading singers, including Leontyne Price, Kathleen Battle, Harolyn Blackwell, Haken Hagegard and Thomas Hampson.
A member of Westminster Choir College’s voice faculty, Susan Shiplett Ashbaker is an independent artistic advisor/consultant, an opera/vocal coach and a National Council auditions judge. Her experience on both sides of the opera industry gives her a rare and comprehensive approach to the key elements of career advancement for singers as well as a unique vantage point in the administration of opera companies, arts organizations and institutions of higher learning.
Founding Artistic Director and Conductor
Gotham Chamber Opera
Susan Shiplett Ashbaker
Independent Artistic Advisor/Consultant