Faculty

Take a close look at the stellar faculty of the Collaborative Piano Summer Institute: Rita Sloan, Howard Watkins, Kathleen Kelly, Marie-France Lefebvre, Timothy Lovelace, Sally O’Reilly, Christopher Turbessi, Elena Abend, Tyler Wottrich, Eric Olson, Jennifer Olson, Elena Lacheva, and Ana Maria Otamendi.

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Rita Sloan, piano

Rita Sloan is acknowledged internationally as a leading teacher of piano, collaborative piano and chamber music. In 1999, she was appointed a piano faculty member and director of the collaborative piano program at the University of Maryland. As an Artist Faculty Member at the Aspen Music Festival, Rita Sloan founded their Collaborative Piano Program. She […]

Kathleen Kelly

Kathy Kelly, piano

KATHLEEN KELLY’s 2016-17 season includes debuts with Opera Columbus and the Alexandria Symphony, song recitals with tenor Stanford Olsen, master classes at the University of Toronto, performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the University of Michigan, and her first audience of more than 100,000 people when the UM Marching Band welcomes her as a […]

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Howard Watkins, piano

American pianist Howard Watkins is a frequent associate of some of the world’s leading musicians both on the concert stage and as an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed in numerous recitals and concerts throughout the Americas, Europe, Russia, Israel, and the Far East. In recent seasons, he has appeared in concert […]

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Timothy Lovelace, piano

Pianist Timothy Lovelace heads the Collaborative Piano program at the University of Minnesota and is an active recitalist, having been featured at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecilia Meireles, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and on chamber music series sponsored by the symphony […]

Marie-France Lefebvre

Marie-France Lefebvre, piano

Marie-France Lefebvre works regularly as a guest assistant conductor at major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. She was a member of the full time Music Staff of the Washington National Opera from 1994-2004. She has worked with Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera, and was the program […]

Sally O’Reilly, chamber music (guest faculty)

Director of Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute Sally O’Reilly is known throughout the music world as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Professor of Violin at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis, she studied with Ivan Galamian at Curtis Institute and with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, where she was his […]

Korliss Uecker, soprano

The Financial Times (London) acclaimed that “Korliss Uecker, a bright and pretty American soprano, was charming, crystalline of voice and sparkling as an actress.” Uecker has sung over 150 performances at the Metropolitan Opera including Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro (international broadcast), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in A Masked Ball, and Valencienne in The […]

Christopher Turbessi

Christopher Turbessi, piano

Christopher Turbessi is a freelance collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and conductor based in Houston. In the 2016-2017 season he conducts Camelot for the Opera Institute at Augusta University, coaches L’Opera Seria at the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Carmen at Opera Santa Barbara, Lucia di Lammermoor at Utah Opera, and serves as Music Director and Conductor […]

Elena Abend, piano

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, pianist Elena Abend is well known as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with all the major orchestras of her country as well as recording with the Orquesta Philharmonica Nacional of Venezuela. A scholarship recipient from the Venezuelan Council for the Arts, Ms Abend received her Bachelor and Master […]

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Tyler Wottrich, piano

Recently appointed to the faculty at North Dakota State University, pianist Tyler Wottrich has distinguished himself as a performer and teacher of unusual versatility. An alumnus of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, Wottrich received the Emerson String Quartet’s Ackerman Prize for chamber music and has performed with such artists as Colin Carr, Philippe Grafin, Carol Wincenc, […]

Melanie Sonnenberg, mezzo soprano

Melanie Sonnenberg currently is Professor of Vocal Studies at the Moores School of Music University of Houston where she teaches courses in pedagogy, song literature, and applied voice. In her international performance career, she has appeared in leading mezzo soprano roles with the Teatro San Carlo, Hamburg Staatsoper, Salzburg Festspiel, Graz Oper, Tokyo Yoyogi Arena, […]

Jennifer Olson, soprano

Jennifer Olson holds a Master’s degree in voice from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice from the University of Minnesota. She is fluent in French and in addition to her education in the United States, has studied in Milan Italy and in Orford Québec. Some of her most notable […]

Eric Olson, violin

Dr. Eric Olson, Director of the Pre-Conservatory Program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with Robert Dan and I-fu Wang. He earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Sally O’Reilly. […]

Ana Maria Otamendi

Ana Maria Otamendi, Artistic Director, piano

After finishing her two-year tenure as Studio Artist at the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, Ana Maria Otamendi is now the Head Vocal Coach of the Moores Opera Center at the University of Houston. During the summers, she is Head Coach and Conductor for the […]

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Elena Lacheva, Program Director, piano

Currently a Vocal Coach at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center, Elena Lacheva was involved with the productions of The Crucible by Robert Ward, Manon by Massenet, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and the Houston premiere of Anna Karenina by David Carlson. During her previous season at MOC, she prepared the productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann, Gianni […]