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Participants for the 2016 Summer Program in NYC are as follows:

PARTICIPANTS: Faculty | Pianists | Singers

Naoko AITA, pianist Naoko AITA
Born in Osaka, Japan, Naoko Aita, accompanist, coach, and piano teacher, received her degree in composition at Kobe Yamate Women’s College, under the tutelage of composer Yoshinao Nakada. In the United States she switched her focus to Piano Performance and received her B.M. and M.A. from Hunter College in New York City, where she won numerous awards and prizes, including the Aria and Concerto Competition. She is a faculty member at Turtle Bay Music School and a staff accompanist at Hunter College. She has been performing with singers at various venues and has appeared in Opera Advantages, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and IVAI.

Lucas BARKLEY, pianist Lucas BARKLEY
Lucas Barkley is a New York City-based freelance pianist and coach. Recent engagements include the Opera Company of Brooklyn (Elektra, Nabucco, Thaïs, La Gioconda, and Der Ring des Nibelungen), Regina Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Manhattan Opera Studio (coach and pianist for their 2015 Winter Festival). He is also a staff pianist at Continuo Arts Foundation and a part-time accompanist at Mannes College. He recently relocated to New York from Pittsburgh, where he worked as a staff pianist at Duquesne University and an opera accompanist and coach at Carnegie Mellon University. Lucas studied at Duquesne (B.M. in performance) and Carnegie Mellon (M.M. in collaborative piano) as well as at the Vancouver International Song Institute. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

Jonathan BREIT, pianist Jonathan BREIT
Jonathan Breit is a composer, pianist, and musical director living in New York City. Recent compositions include The End of Men (Cantori New York, Dixon Place) and Voyelles (Chromatic Voice Exchange), on a text by Arthur Rimbaud. As a pianist and musical director he has accompanied singers at 54 Below, (le) poisson rouge, and the Aspen Music Festival, and has premiered pieces by Sting, pasek & paul, and Andrew Lippa. This summer he will return to Aspen as a fellowship pianist for the Aspen Opera Theatre. He sits on the board of Cantori New York, a choir specializing in new music. He holds a B.A. from Yale College and a master of music degree from Mannes College.

Peiwen CHEN, pianist Peiwen CHEN
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Peiwen Chen graduated from the National Academy of Art with highest honors. In 1992, she entered the Mannes College of Music. Shortly after her graduation from Mannes with a special piano award, Ms. Chen made her New York recital debut at the Weill Recital Hall. Frequently playing piano duos with her husband, Alexander Paley, she performs annually in the Alexander Paley Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, and in Moulin d'Andé, France. In 2001, she made her Paris debut. In 2003, she performed Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade in the composer's own one piano-four hands version, which was broadcast live. Ms. Chen played with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in Vilnius. In 2009, she gave a gala concert in Taipei to raise funds for young musicians. She has also performed in Kleipeda, Lithuania, and Kishnev, Moldova. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with such artists as Licia Albanese, Elly Ameling, Regina Resnik, Evelyn Lear, Diane Soviero, Deborah Voigt, and Ruth Falcon, among others. In addition, she served as a pianist for Metropolitan Opera Guild productions and Amato Opera for many seasons. Ms. Chen has been a member of IVAI’s music staff in Virginia, New York City, and Canada, as well as a member of the faculty for VOICExperience in Florida. She is a faculty member at the Mannes College of Music. Recently she performed with Centre Symphony in New York, Washington, D.C., and Maine, as well as being a music director for Der Schauspieldirektor, The Telephone, and L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

Born in Southern California, pianist Yumi Hashimoto has performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and vocal accompanist throughout Southern California and New York City. Specializing in the classical repertoire, she holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been accompanying vocalists since 2013, specializing in the Italian operatic repertory, including bel canto and verismo. She is the main accompanist for Vera Musica Ltd. under the direction of tenor Francisco Casanova and regularly prepares and performs for their workshops and concerts.

Dura JUN, pianist Dura JUN
Dura Jun is a collaborative pianist and coach in New York. She has been working at the Manhattan School of Music since 2011, and the Prelude to Performance summer program of the Martina Arroyo Foundation, La Lingua della Lyrica in Italy, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Savannah Voice Festival with Sherrill Milnes. This summer she will take part in the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, Austria, where she will work with Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Elly Ameling, among others. Her operatic experience includes Rigoletto, Falstaff, La Traviata, La Bohème, Un Ballo in maschera, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Die Fledermaus,  Faust, L’Elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte.

Chun-Wei KANG, pianist Chun-Wei KANG
Chun-Wei Kang, coach/pianist, is a native of Taiwan. She has performed in concerts as both a soloist and an ensemble performer throughout the United States, Canada, and East Asia. Ms. Kang has appeared on national Taiwanese television in recitals with violinist Long-Long Kang, was broadcast in Japan with soprano Monique McDonald, and appeared on PBS SundayArts in a showcase for rising young opera singers. She has won several awards and scholarships, including the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Memorial Award, which was given to “a musician who demonstrated outstanding professionalism in collaborative piano.” She has served as staff pianist in the National Music Competition in Taiwan, Canadian Provincial Festival, the Centro Studi Italiani Opera Festival, and International Vocal Arts Institute (New York, Virginia, Puerto Rico and Montreal). A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a master’s degree, Ms. Kang is a vocal coach and pianist at the Manhattan School of Music and a faculty member at Long Island University and OperaWorks. She also serves as the music director for MSM’s Opera Role Preparation Workshop, directed by Mignon Dunn and has been the assistant music director for the New Choral Society since 2007. She was the assistant music director for The Tailor of Gloucester at MSM.

Kristen KEMP, pianist Kristen KEMP
Kristen Kemp has been a vocal coach and accompanist for over 20 years, having worked for Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Sarasota Opera, Chelsea Opera, and Opera New Jersey, among others.  She was also a music staff member at Sarasota Opera, beginning in 2003, as well as the Studio Artist Director for five seasons.  As a member of the coaching staff for Sherrill Milnes’s VOICExperience, Ms. Kemp has been with their programs in Florida and Savannah since 2010. She received her master’s degree in vocal accompaniment and artist diploma in opera coaching from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Kenneth Griffiths and Donna Loewy.

Daniel WILSON, pianist

Daniel Wilson hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia, but currently resides in New York City, where he studies philosophy and music at Fordham University. He has worked most prominently with Adelaide Roberts at Juilliard and Dr. Carl Cranmer at West Chester University. Over the past few years, he has participated in the Philadelphia International Music Festival and performed with the Immaculata Symphony Orchestra. A composition of his was performed in New York City by the Exponential Ensemble.

Jason WIRTH, pianist Jason WIRTH
"Jason Wirth [spun] a gossamer web of unusual sounds on the piano," raved The New York Times in a recent review. A pianist, conductor, and vocal coach, Jason draws on his varied interests to bring new perspectives into his music-making. His recording of Poulenc's Babar, with international film star Michael Douglas narrating, has been released on the Naxos label. He has performed extensively as both a solo and a collaborative artist, including appearances with the Moscow Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as a pianist. As a music director, Jason has led a number of varied projects, including Utopia Opera's recent double bill of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and King Arthur, which he led from the harpsichord. Please visit his website jasonwirth.com.

Haodong WU, pianist Haodong WU
Born in Shanghai, China, Haodong Wu made her debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at age 9 and was selected as one of only five candidates across China to study at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she won such competitions as the Zhu Jiang Cup, the Gu Lang Yu, and the Concerto Competition. At age 18, Ms. Wu began to study at the Mannes College of Music with Pavlina Dokovska and later Cristina Stanescu and was awarded the Newton Swift Piano Award. She has graced the stages of major New York  City venues, including Weill Hall, the Metropolitan Club, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Union Club, Neue Galerie, and the German and Polish Consulates. Her performance of the Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2, known as the “Sonata-Fantasy” was broadcast live on WQXR. Highlights of Ms. Wu’s recent performances include her debut as a soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, a chamber music recital with violinist Minghao Li at the Young Artist Forum in Schenectady, N.Y., and the David G. Whitcomb Foundation Young Performers’ concert series in Germantown, N.Y. Ms. Wu currently serves on the faculty of the Westchester Conservatory in White Plains, N.Y. and holds a staff pianist position at Mannes.


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