Eric Balboni (he/him) enjoys cultivating a teaching career that includes work in colleges and universities as well as private voice instruction, music directing and accompanying singers for recitals and recording sessions! He is currently the Voice Department Coordinator and Professor of Practice in Music at Anna Maria College and a Professor of Voice at Fairfield University and works with students in person in Massachusetts and New York, and virtually throughout the country (and sometimes the globe!).
Eric is committed to a path of lifelong learning, which includes some really wonderful mentorship, engaging with his community of voice professionals through organizations like NATS and PAVA, attending workshops, reading a lot of nerdy stuff, and formal voice pedagogy training. He currently serves on the New England Regional Board of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Pan American Vocology Association. He holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. Eric loves exploring alongside students and finding authentic and expressive vocal options for any given song.
Eric is passionate about offering gender-affirming voice care through voice lessons. Exploring vocal colors and strategies that will help students find authenticity in a voice that aligns with their gender identity is an awesome privilege and he is honored each time a student trusts him to walk this path with them. For more information, please visit www.ericbalboni.com
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Anne Midgette was the classical music critic of the Washington Post for 11 years. A graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Classical Civilization, she lived in Germany for 11 years after college, writing about music, the visual arts, theater, dance and film, as well as several travel guidebooks. In 2001, after moving back to New York, she became the first woman to review classical music for The New York Times on a regular basis. She has also written about the arts for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She is co-author of the memoirs “The King and I” (about Luciano Pavarotti and his manager) and “My Nine Lives” (about Leon Fleisher) and is currently working on a historical novel about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.
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Described as “stark” by WNPR and “darkly lyrical” by the New York Times, a winner of the Second International Hildegard commission award, a 2019 recipient of Opera America’s Discovery Grant, and winner of 2022 Beth Morrison Projects Next Generation competition, Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s music has been performed at numerous festivals and venues including Carnegie Hall, Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, and Direct Current Festival at the Kennedy Center. A founding member and co-director of Iranian Female Composers Association, Nourbakhsh is a strong advocate of music education and equal opportunities. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University as co-artistic director of Peabody Conservatory Laptop Orchestra. Niloufar holds a doctoral degree from Stony Brook University and regularly performs with her Ensemble Decipher.
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Eugenia Forteza is an Opera Singer, Actor, Writer, and Influencer based in NYC. She was born in Paris, France and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She relocated to the USA to pursue studies and a career in opera and the performing arts.
Eugenia holds a Master of Music from the Opera Institute at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia.
She is the Founder, Host and Lead Editor of 360° of Opera, a staff writer for Classical Singer Magazine and serves as an Ambassador for the Barcelona Festival of Song, The Musical Athlete, as a Board Member for Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra and as Vice-President of the Board for Frisson Films.
She is represented by Spotlight Artists Management for classical music and CPM Talent for acting.
Candace Magner holds degrees from Indiana University (BS voice and psychology), and the University of Colorado – Boulder (MM voice and DMA vocal pedagogy and performance). She is the creator, publisher, and general editor of the publishing house Cor Donato Editions, dedicated to the works of composer Barbara Strozzi. As of 2019 all of Strozzi’s works have now been published in The Complete Works of Barbara Strozzi.
Dr. Magner is a singer and plucked continuo instrument performer. Her two books, Phonetic Readings of Brahms Lieder and Phonetic Readings of Schubert Lieder are standard reference works for singers. She has published articles on Cécile Chaminade and Barbara Strozzi, and is the author of the much-used website BarbaraStrozzi.com which she has maintained since 2000. Her scholarly editions are used around the world.
Dr. Magner is retired from teaching voice and opera history at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, and is an independent researcher in Italian libraries and archives.
Megan Gillis is the co-founder and Executive Director of City Lyric Opera. She believes in creating art that is engaging, affordable, and accessible to all people and is thrilled to be at the helm of a company that works to create a welcoming platform for young opera singers and invites all audiences to be a part of their artistic process. Megan is an active arts administrator having worked with organizations such as Steinway & Sons and World Music Projects, and organized events for BeethovenHaus, Carnegie Hall, Kristen Chenoweth, Lincoln Center, The Drama Desk Awards, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP. Megan is also a highly collaborative clinician and speaker having given master classes and talks in collaboration with The University of Florida, Georgia College and State University, Newberry College, and Coker University. She continues to expand her passion for music on the stage as well. Megan graduated from the University of Georgia (’13) and Manhattan School of Music (’15) with degrees in Vocal Performance and has performed roles such as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Gertrude Stein in The Mother of Us All. Megan made her international debut in 2012 at the Gottisher Saal in Salzburg, Austria performing Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. She also travels and collaborates frequently with The Masterson Ensemble, a musical group comprised of herself, baritone Thaddaeus Bourn and pianist Sarah Masterson. Her music making has also brought her around the world and across various genres. In the fall of 2018, Megan traveled to Iceland to perform with 40 other musicians with Apartment Sessions, a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist collective and has performed at House of YES and Rockwood Music Hall.