Vocal and Instrumental Collaborative Artists

Did you know that professional collaborative pianists are sophisticated mind readers and can decipher the musical impetus of their colleagues by the simplest of gestures or a breath intake? To help CPI participants become better partners, we have invited internationally acclaimed singers and instrumentalists to join our faculty! Click on the title to read more!

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 […]

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. […]

Simon Gollo, violin

Simón Gollo, Violinist & Conductor  Award-winning Swiss-Venezuelan violinist Simon Gollo has a recognized career as both a chamber music player and as a soloist at prestigious venues such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, USA), Chamber Music Society of Detroit, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Bolivar Hall (London, UK), Teatro […]

Jesse Blumberg

Jesse Blumberg, guest artist

Baritone Jesse Blumberg enjoys a busy schedule of opera, concerts, and recitals, performing repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque to the 20th and 21st centuries.  His performances have included the world premiere of The Grapes of Wrath at Minnesota Opera, Bernstein’s MASS at London’s Royal Festival Hall, various productions with Boston Early Music Festival, and featured roles with Atlanta Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah […]

Horacio Contreras

Horacio Contreras, cello

A product of Venezuelan El Sistema, cellist Horacio Contreras has been praised for his “expressive playing” and his “phenomenal work” (mundoclasico.com) and is currently considered “one of the best Venezuelan cellists of his generation” (El Universal, Caracas). Horacio has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras including the Municipal Orchestra of Caracas, the EAFIT University […]

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 […]

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 […]