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.
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.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Vocal Performance
Jason Ferrante is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Praised by Opera News for “singing up a stylish storm”, American tenor Jason Ferrante holds the B.M. and M.M. in Voice from The Juilliard School where he studied with the legendary vocal pedagogue Beverley Peck Johnson. His additional training includes opera fellowships at Wolf Trap, Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood. On the operatic and concert stage, Ferrante has appeared in leading and supporting roles around the world with companies and orchestras including New York City Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Wexford Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Guangzhou Opera House, Arizona Opera, Interlochen, Wolf Trap and regional companies around the U.S.
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
Praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for her “wizardry with voices” and named by the Honolulu Star Bulletin as “ . . . a popular and charismatic leader,” Karen Kennedy is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the University of Miami where she oversees a vibrant DMA and MM program in choral conducting. Previous to her appointment in Miami, she held positions as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Artistic Director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, and Director of Choral Studies at Towson University. In addition to her work in academics, Dr. Kennedy regularly enjoys leading festival performances, recently in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Canterbury Cathedral in England, and multiple venues in Austria. Upcoming engagements include a return to Carnegie Hall, a musical tour of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague, and high school and collegiate all-state choirs throughout the country. Off the podium, Dr. Kennedy is passionate about leading workshops on innovative rehearsal technique, vocal pedagogy and the choral classroom, and music literacy, garnering invitations nationally and internationally for teaching residencies at established festivals and retreats. Equally at home working with orchestra, Dr. Kennedy has conducted fine ensembles including the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the New England Chamber Orchestra, the Miami Symphony, the Boca Raton Philharmonic, and the Symphony of the Americas. She has prepared choruses for a wide range of events, from performances on MTV to collaborations with the Cleveland Orchestra. NAXOS will release 2 recordings with her ensembles in spring of 2017, joining her featured choir performance on the Latin Grammy-winning album Loco de Amor. Dr. Kennedy 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, Butler University’s Faculty Distinction Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent’s Award. She is a past-president of the Hawai’i Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), a past Repertoire and Standards Chair for Collegiate Choirs in ACDA’s Eastern Division, and maintains an active student ACDA chapter at the University of Miami.
Lecturer, Vocal Performance
Judy Marchman is a Lecturer in the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She completed her D.M.A in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at the University of Miami, her M.M. at Florida State University and B.M. at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Dr. Marchman has been accepted to present state, regional, national and international conferences including: Symposium on Singing and Song in Newfoundland, Canada; the FMEA State Conference; NAfME National Conference; the CMS National Conference; and the CMS Pacific Northwest, Southern, Southeastern, Great Lakes and Mountain Regional Conferences. She has been accepted to perform at the OperaWorks Summer and Winter Workshops, the Atlantic Music Festival, the NATS National Conference in Boston, and the NOA National Conference in Indianapolis. Performance awards include the Milton Cross Award and the Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award. She has performed the roles of Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Eurydice (Les Malheurs d’Orfée). As a soloist, she has performed in several large oratorio works, such as Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Rutter’s Magnificat and Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, and Vivaldi’s Gloria, among others.
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.
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.
Visiting Professor, Vocal Performance
Frank Wayne Ragsdale is a Visiting Professor of Vocal Performance at the Frost School of Music, and has earned degrees from Atlantic Union College, The Longy School of Music, and the University of Miami. He has performed in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, and recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and Central America where, for three consecutive years, he was invited by the U.S. Embassies of Costa Rica and Honduras to give recital tours and master classes. He has performed in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Cairo Opera House, Mechanics Hall, Notre Dame, San Marco di Venizia, and St. Martin-in-the-fields. Dr. Ragsdale’s students have sung with Houston Grand Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Opera Omaha, Glimmerglass, Florida Grand Opera, and Utah Festival Opera. They have been signed by agents and been hired by some of the top theaters in the country like Lincoln Center (Broadway), Longacre Theater (Broadway) Goodspeed Opera House, Paper Mill Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Casa Mañana, Dallas Theater Center, Clinton Area Showboat Theater, and have been a part of national tours, cruise ships, and theme park entertainment. They have won competitions all across the country with NATS, Classical Singer, Lotte Lenya, Crescendo, Utah Festival International Opera Competition, and the districts and regions of the MET Council Auditions. Dr. Ragsdale is on the voice faculties of Oklahoma City University and the University of Miami Frost School of Music at Salzburg, and visiting Professor of Voice at the University of Miami.
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.
Lecturer and Interim Director, Dance Program
Carol Kaminsky, MA, BC-DMT, NCC is a lecturer and interim director of the Dance Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is board-certified dance movement therapist and nationally certified counselor who joined the Frost School of Music dance program in 1986. Over the last 29 years she has taught modern dance, dance therapy, dance methodology, creative dance for children, improvisation, composition and stretching and body work. Her performing career includes dancing with Miami based dance company Karen Peterson and Dancers Inc., a mixed ability dance company featuring disabled and able-bodied dancers. Specializing in dance education in preschool and early elementary ages, Ms. Kaminsky’s teaching career concurrent to the University of Miami has focused on creative dance and modern dance for children in public and private schools. She taught in the University of Miami Children’s preparatory dance program and summer dance camp for children. Ms. Kaminsky’s clinical background includes dance therapy with hospitalized patients in acute psychiatric care, children with special needs in schools, women in eating disorders treatment, and mindfulness meditation programs in hospital settings and private practice. In 2014-15 she received a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation for teaching classes in dance and theater for people with Parkinson’s disease and currently continues dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Carol Kaminsky has a B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.
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.