Associate Professor, Vocal Performance and Chair, Department of Vocal Performance
Esther Jane Hardenbergh (soprano), is associate professor and department chair of the Department of Vocal Performance, and former director of the Salzburg program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Dr. Hardenbergh has toured professionally in the United States and Europe in opera, oratorio and recital. She regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras, conducts master classes and adjudicates. Her students perform on both classical and music theatre stages and have won competitions. Dr. Hardenbergh made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut as winner of the 1999 International Opera Singer Competition and is a respected interpreter of 19th century German Lieder and 20th century American Art Songs. Her operatic roles include Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Micaela (Carmen), Donna Elvira and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Marguerite (Faust) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). Hardenbergh holds degrees from the University of Richmond (BM, Education), Boston University (MM, Voice-Opera Performance) and a Doctorate in Music and Music Education (Ed.D), specializing in Vocal Pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Assistant Professor, Vocal Performance
Tony Boutté (tenor) is assistant professor of vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Boutté graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor's degree in voice and tuba; earned a Master's Degree and Performance Certificate from Eastman School of Music; then studied in England at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies. He recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Maryland, studying with François Loup. Boutté made his professional operatic debut as Orfeo in the Monteverdi Cycle produced by Skylight Opera of Milwaukee. Since then he has appeared in a wide range of roles in opera and oratorio of the Baroque and Classical periods and also enjoys a growing career as an interpreter of new music, performing in six world premieres including Michael Gordon’s Chaos, Betsy Jolas’ Motet III and Philip Glass's In the Penal Colony. Boutté has recorded a wide range of material, from J.S. Bach's St. John Passion with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and operas by Lully (Armide) and Sacchini (Oedipe à Colone) to world premiere recordings of Carbon Copy Building and Arjuna’s Dilemma.
Lecturer, Vocal Performance
Maria Fenty Denison, mezzo soprano, is a lecturer in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where she teaches Voice, Diction, Opera Workshop, Vocal Techniques for Music Educators, and more. Denison holds a D.M.A. in vocal pedagogy from UM Frost, and earned a M.M. and B.M. in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Accomplished in the concert hall and operatic stage, she was featured recently with the New World Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Master Chorale of South Florida, South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, and Festival International de Colmar. She debuted at Avery Fisher Hall as mezzo soloist in Handel’s Messiah and received reviews of distinction for her work in Beethoven’s Mass in B Minor, Mass in C, and Symphony No. 9; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2; as well as Verdi’s Requiem and Duruflé’s Requiem. Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti cast her in the premiere of his work, The Singing Child with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Denison’s doctoral research centered on the physiological findings of the developing young singer and she has presented her research at the 2013 Florida Music Educator Association’s conference. Denison founded both the Girl Choir of South Florida and The Musical Theatre Academy at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Ft. Lauderdale. She has worked as a vocal pedagogy clinician at the Gould Voice Center in Denver and served as voice consultant for The American Boychoir and Florida Singing Sons Boychoir.
Lecturer, Department of Vocal Performance
Coreen Duffy is a lecturer in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she teaches choral literature, choral arranging, and music history, and supervises graduate student conductors in the Chamber Singers. She is Founding Music Director of the Second Avenue Jewish Chorale, South Florida’s concert choir dedicated to the performance of Jewish choral music. Duffy serves as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Florida American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). At the National ACDA Conference in Dallas in 2013, Duffy presented a Music & Worship Interest and Performance session on Jewish choral repertoire. A composer-conductor, Duffy’s choral works are published by Walton Music and ECS Publishing. Her compositions have been featured as recommended choral literature at ACDA conferences throughout the United States and have been reviewed in Creator Magazine, Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians and The American Organist. Duffy’s scholarly writings have been published by the American Choral Review and Choral Journal. Duffy completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She received the Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Associate Professor, Vocal Performance and Program Director, Frost Opera Theater
Alan Johnson is associate professor of vocal performance, and program director of the Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is the recipient of the 2012 Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship. Johnson has led numerous opera, music theater, concert, and dance works by today’s most innovative composers, including Nicholas Brooke, Douglas Cuomo, Tina Davidson, Anthony Davis, Phillip Glass and Michael Torke. His work has garnered awards such as Drama Desk, Obie, and Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding Music Direction. He is the music director of the John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival. Performances at venues across the USA include American Repertory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, City Center NY, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theater, and Spoleto Festival USA and Italy. Active in New York City since 1986 as a vocal coach and pianist, Johnson has prepared and collaborated with singers holding international engagements. As a soloist and collaborative pianist, he has performed at such venues as Alice Tully Hall and The Walker Art Center. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Miami and a Master of Music in vocal coaching / accompanying from the University of Illinois.
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Studies
Karen Kennedy is associate professor and director of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she conducts the Frost Chorale and other choral ensembles. She is also artistic director of the Master Chorale of South Florida. She previously held the positions of chorus director for the Honolulu Symphony, director of choral activities at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and director of choral activities at Towson University. She earned a D.M.A. degree in choral music from Arizona State University, a M.M. in choral conducting from Butler University and a B.M. in Music Education from DePauw University. Dr. Kennedy regularly conducts choral festivals featuring major works such as Orff's Carmina Burana, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor and Rutter’s Gloria, to name a few. She has received numerous awards for teaching, including the University of Hawai`i Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching, Arizona State University’s Manzanita “Top Prof” Award and Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award. Dr. Kennedy is well known as a choral clinician and adjudicator for all-state and festival honor choirs. She has presented workshops at ACDA and MENC conventions and served as the ACDA Eastern Division Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair and as a founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
Lecturer, Vocal Performance
Caren Levine, pianist, has established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling artists. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “a petite powerhouse, with technique to burn and unimpeachable musicianship. She is one of the finest musicians around, of the highest and most inspiring order.” Levine is on the vocal performance faculty at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and head of music staff at Miami Summer Music Festival. An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera House as assistant conductor/prompter since 2003. In 2012, she received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera’s DVD of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Live in HD, and received a second Grammy Award for The Met Opera’s DVD of Thomas Adès The Tempest Live in HD in 2014. She has assisted renowned conductors James Levine, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Charles Mackerras, Harry Bicket and many others. She has been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the L.A. Philharmonic, Met Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, and Vienna Philharmonic. An active performer, Levine has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists, including Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Marcello Giordani, Juan Diego Flóres, Lawrence Brownlee, Susanne Mentzer, Morris Robinson, and Barbara Bonney. Among her numerous recordings, a CD of her own jazz piano compositions entitled Flowers from a Secret Admirer was released in 1996. Levine is a protégé of pianist, Samuel Sanders, with whom she worked throughout her B.M. degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. at The Juilliard School.
Pianist Alexandra Naumenko is a faculty vocal coach in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She served previously as an assistant conductor and staff coach for the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera during their 2013-2014 season. She is a 2013 graduate of The Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development program where she worked under the baton of Maestro James Levine and also accompanied for master classes and workshops led by artists such as Maestro Fabio Luisi, Sir Thomas Allen, Ramon Vargas, Gerald Finley, Carol Vaness, Renata Scotto, Eric Owens, Luca Pisaroni and many others. In 2012-2013 Ms. Naumenko served as an assistant conductor for the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, and for the Met+Juilliard co-production of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, conducted by Alan Gilbert. Alexandra Naumenko graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she studied piano with Lev Naumov and opera coaching with Irina Kirillova. She worked for six seasons as an assistant conductor/vocal coach at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia, Moscow. In 2008 Naumenko was the head coach for the Bolshoi's production of Eugene Onegin that opened the season at the Opera Garnier de Paris. Widely acclaimed as a recitalist she participates in concerts and music events, performs in chamber ensembles and has solo programs.
Professor, Choral Studies
Donald Oglesby is professor of choral studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Oglesby is well-known for his work on Baroque music, particularly that of J.S. Bach. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Miami Bach Society. Dr. O (as he is known) has performed all of the major choral and orchestral works of Bach and numerous Baroque cantatas, oratorios, concerti, and symphonies. On Christmas Day 1989, his performance of Handel’s Messiah was broadcast nationally by NBC. Choirs under Dr. Oglesby’s direction have toured the eastern United States as well as Great Britain and Europe. Dr. Oglesby has worked at the Center for Baroque Music in Versailles; has been president of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the Miami chapters of Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Kappa Phi honor societies; currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Choral Journal; and is Chair of the Research and Publications Committee of the American Choral Directors’ Association.
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Music Education
Corin Overland is assistant professor of professional practice in Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he teaches courses in choral conducting, choral literature and secondary choral methods. Overland received a Ph.D. in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he held teaching and research assistantship positions. Overland holds an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and a B.A. in Music Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Dr. Overland has taught choral music at the secondary level for 14 years in Minnesota, Maryland, and Missouri, and holds multiple teaching certifications in choral, instrumental and general music. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he was the Director of Choral Music at Punahou Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii: the nation’s largest private school. He frequently appears as guest conductor and clinician for local and national events, serving most recently as the conductor of All-State Jr. Honor Choirs in Oregon and Delaware. His research interests include the history of music education organizations; integrated-arts school reform models; and the effects of musical training on physical coordination and timing. He has presented research nationally and internationally, and is published in the Journal of Research in Historical Music Education and the Music Educator’s Journal.
Lecturer, Vocal Performance
Nobleza Pilar holds two B.M. degrees from Philippine Women's University, and M.M. and D.M. degrees from Indiana University. She studied with Martha Lipton, and was coached by Eileen Farrell and Zinka Milanov. She has taught at colleges and universities in Singapore and Mexico, as well as the United States. A recipient of scholarships from Fulbright Hays and the London Opera Centre, Pilar has performed in solo recitals in Los Angeles, Chicago, Kalamazoo (Michigan), Hickory (North Carolina), the Hawaiian Islands, the Philippines, Singapore, the Bahamas, and Mexico. She is a long standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Pi Kappa Lambda. In past years Dr. Pilar directed opera scenes and conducted workshops at Miami-Dade schools and also taught Diction, Vocal Pedagogy and Music Fundamentals. She is currently an active judge for District and State Competitions for NATS and Florida Vocal Association, and has served as Preliminary Judge for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (YoungArts) for the past 15 years.
Assistant Professor, Vocal Performance
Robynne Redmon (mezzo soprano) is an assistant professor in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and program director for the Frost School of Music at Salzburg. Critics have hailed her “glorious singing, intense acting, excellent phrasing, ardent tone, splendid shading and solid coloratura and excellent artistic sense” (Das Opernglas) and for her “exactitude of pitch, her luxuriance of tone, her abundant animal spirit and unerring dramatic intelligence” (Newsday). She has performed leading roles with the major opera houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera (Maddalena in Rigoletto, Marina in Boris Godunov, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Fenena in Nabucco); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Adalgisa in Norma, Fenena in Nabucco, Laura in La Gioconda), and with San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Berlin State Opera and Opera de Marseilles. She added the role of Amneris in Aida in her South American debut at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, sang Eboli in Don Carlos with Boston Lyric Opera and Minnesota Opera, and as Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica and Frugola in Il Tabarro for Montreal Opera. A respected interpreter of modern music and creator of new roles, Ms. Redmon performed in world premieres of Madame Mao for Santa Fe Opera, and Harvey Milk and Esther for New York City Opera. Equally at home in recital and concert she has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Nashville Symphony with whom she recorded a critically acclaimed Beethoven Missa Solemnis (Naxos). She also sang a special Chinese language version of Das Lied von der Erde at the British Library as part of the Silk Road Exhibition.
Assistant Professor, Vocal Performance
Versatile bass-baritone Kevin Short is an associate professor in vocal performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He also thrills audiences around the globe in a wide range of repertoire ranging from Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, to Verdi's Attila and Don Carlos, and Bizet's Carmen. Kevin Short has performed multiple roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, Paris' Opera Comique, Theatre Caen, Staatstheater Stuttgart, and many others in such roles as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles in Faust, Escamillo in Carmen, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Figaro and Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Porgy in Porgy and Bess. Short also enjoys an active festival and concert schedule. He has worked with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the New York Pops Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Radio France Orchestra, and the Winter Olympics Festival Orchestra for the opening ceremonies in Nagano, Japan. He received his training at Morgan State University, B.S., the Curtis Institute of Music, M.M., and the Juilliard School of Music Opera Center. While attending these institutions he was a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Opera America Competition and received awards and grants from the Sullivan Foundation, the Shoshana Foundation, and Opera Index.
Lecturer, Vocal Performance
Ana Flavia Zuim is a voice instructor for musical theatre at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and musical director. Her teaching experience includes voice, piano and electric bass, both at her private studio, and at the University of Miami, New World School of the Arts, Barry University, and Florida Atlantic University. She was assistant director for FAU Tops Camp in 2008 and 2009, and worked at the Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp in Lenox, MA in 2011, where she also collaborated with Belvoir’s post camp program “A Broader Way” directed by Idina Menzel and Jeanine Tesori. She is musical director at Miami Children’s Theatre, a position she's held since 2009. Interested in musical theatre compositions, Ana Flavia has been researching the importance of speech inflection in musical theatre compositions, with great help from renowned contemporary composers Libby Larsen and Larry O’Keefe. She has music directed and conducted numerous musicals and showcases, and worked with various Broadway accredited professionals. A native of Brazil, Ana Flavia moved to the US in 2003 after completing her bachelors of music at State University of Londrina. She earned a Master’s in piano performance from Lynn University and is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Fine and Performing Arts from Florida Atlantic University, where she was a winner of their annual Concerto Competition.
Lecturer, Dance and Vocal Performance
Anne Kuite teaches movement for undergraduates in the Opera Theater curriculum within the Department of Vocal Performance. As a faculty member in the UM Dance Program, she teaches modern dance technique, improvisation and classes in stretching and bodywork for students across the university. A former resident of Illinois, her performing career has included appearances with the American Heritage Dancers folk dance company and the Peoria Civic Ballet, and throughout the Chicago area with Akasha, Lynda Martha, and Robin Lakes Rough Dance companies. New York performances have included appearances at the Merce Cunningham Studio and the Gang Gallery/SoHo. Her choreography has been performed at MoMing Dance and Arts Center (Chicago), the Southern Theater (Minneapolis), Gusman Hall (Coral Gables) and most recently, Bearnstow Dance Center (Parker Pond, ME). Her teaching career in Illinois has included dance for high school students at New Trier, Mather, and Lyons Township High Schools, and faculty positions at Millikin University and Harper College. In addition to her dance career, Anne has served in executive arts and events management positions at The Joyce Theater, Wave Hill, and The Graduate Center/CUNY in New York City. She holds a B.S. in Dance Education from Illinois State University and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a nationally Certified Pilates Teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance as well as a faculty instructor and teacher trainer at Polestar Pilates Miami.