Here are some of the details of my performing and opera/musical directing background.
National Association of Teachers of Singing: Southern Regional Board of Control; Secretary-Treasurer, S. La Chapter; Vice-President S. La Chapter; President, S. La Chapter.
National Endowment for the Humanities Verdi Scholar, NYU, under Professor Martin Chusid.
College Music Society, Member and presenter.
As the one and only opera director at LC for 37 years, I have taught movement, balance,inprovisation, body language, mapping the stage, the imaginary wall , building a character, knowing the period and so forth. In vocal pedagogy I include the anatomy of the neck and face (mouth and throat), balance head to foot, and breathing anatomy, function and coordination.
Italo Tajo's wife was a famous Italian actress. I also studied acting interpretation and stage techniques with Sophie Ginn, Jack Edlemann,Boris Goldovsky, Donnah Schoep, Arthur Schoep, and Martina Arroyo.
Vocal Studies: Edith Ditmer Frey, Eve Roine Richmond, Melvin Hakola, Lucille Villaneuve Evans, Earl Redding, Sandra Kungle, Martina Arroyo.
Language coaching: Thomas Grubb, Sophie Ginn, Henri Venanzi, Charles Smith, Nikolai Alexandrenko, Ekaterina Zaitseva, Italo Tajo, Dinos Constantinides,
Opera Directors: Boros Goldovsky, Jack Edlemann, Donna Schoep, Arthur Schoep, Sophie Ginn, Italo Tajo, Loryn Frey, Frank Monachino, Mark Schweizer,
Vocal/Performance Coaching: Dwight Oltman, Henri Venanzi, Thomas Grubb, Oren Brown, John Alexander, Martina Arroyo, LL, Robert K. Evans, Robert Grayson,
Collaborative Pianists: Robert K. Evans, Elizabeth Carr, Mei-En Chou, Katerina Zaitseva, Mary Crump, Stephen Brown, Bruce , James Mismas, Scott Sontag, Julie Welsh Miller, Nancy Saxon,
Conductors: (in large works as soloist) Curt Hamlett, Arnold Epley, Dwight Oltman, Edith Frey, Kenneth Fulton, Cameron Weatherford, Jet Turner, and others.
Partial List of Performances as soloist or/and as Director, all indicated.
La Fiesta de la Posada, Brubeck, soprano soloist with Dave Brubeck in Lake Charles and Alexandria.
Carmina Burana, Orff, soprano soloist, with baritone Christoheren Nomura
Witch, Hansel and Gretel, Humperdink, Red River Opera, Schweizer - director.
Violetta, La Traviata, Verdi, Monachino - director.
Musetta, La Boheme, Puccini, Monachino - director.
Adele, Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss, Monachino-director.
Adele, Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss, Flagstaff, AZ.
Adele, Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss, Ginn, director, Cleveland.
Lola, Gallantry,Moore, Baton Rouge Music Club.
Judy, Trial by Judy, Frey editor, adaptor and director, after Trial by Jury by Guilbert and Sullivan.
Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Italo Tajo, director
Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, Italo Tajo, director, Henri Venanzi, coach pianist, Cincinnati.
Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, Edlemann, director, Cleveland.
Miss Wordsworth, Albert Herring, Britten, Italo Tajo, director, Cincinnati.
Electra, Electra, Mozart, Boris Goldovsky, director, Lafayette.
Micaela, Carmen, Bizet, Donnah Schoep, director, Lafayette.
Miss Pinkerton, The Old Maid and the Thief, and director.
Irene, McCarthy and Tierney, Central Louisiana Community Theater 1979, Director.
Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, director.
Il Campanello, Donizetti, director.
Gallantry, Moore, director.
The Mikado, Sullivan, producer.
Hansel and Gretel, Humperdink, director.
Lucy, The Telephone, Menotti, Sophie Ginn, director, Cleveland.
The Telephone, Menotti, director.
Susannah, Floyd, director.
Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart, director.
The Devil and Daniel Webster, Moore, director.
Robert and Elizabeth, director and singing actor.
Various oratorio performances as soprano soloist including Messiah, Elijah, Brahms Requiem, Faure Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Exultate Jubilate Mozart, Carmina Burana Orff, Israel in Egypt Handel, Durufle Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Various Bach cantatas, etc. etc..
National Association of Teachers of Singing, regional conference singer and presenter, "Four Greek
Songs in the Old Manner"' by Dinos Constantinides.
Soloist, New Times Concerts, LSU, premiered Constantinides compositions including "Evangeline."
Soprano Soloist, "Stabat Mater" with Daniel Pinkham, composer.
Soprano soloist, "Prayers from the Ark" with Theron Kirk, composer.
Solo and duo Recitals in Hungary, Paris, Stuttgaart and various venues in USA.
Two summers residences, Paris, France. LSI.
Two summers as a singer on 2 evangelism tours with the Stuttgart International Baptist Church into Hungary.