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Rhonda Kline is opera coach and coordinator of accompanying at the University of Washington School of Music. In addition to her work at the School of Music, Ms. Kline is general director and music director for NOISE (Northwest Opera In Schools, Etc.), an independent arts organization that presents adaptations of operas in elementary schools, performing for more than 25,000 elementary students annually in 100 schools. Her coaching and performing career with singers in Seattle includes a role as music director for Black Box Opera Theater, an ensemble company of opera professionals that produces topical operas of this century and the last. She is also a charter member of the faculty of Canta in Italia, a summer program for singers to study opera in Florence, Italy.
Ms. Kline has depth of experience as a collaborative pianist with strings, brass, woodwinds, voice, and opera theater. She is in demand as a collaborative pianist at regional and national levels with many organizations, including Music Teachers National Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Federated Music Clubs, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has also served as pianist in master classes with such artists as Marcia Baldwin, Jean Barr, Vinson Cole, Jane Eaglen, Margo Garrett, Joyce Guyer, Carol Vaness, and John Wustman. In her home state of Kansas, she was accompanist for the Wichita Choral Society, Wichita Symphony Chorus, Crown Uptown Dinner Theater, and Opera Kansas, and was selected as pianist for a European tour with the Mid-Kansas Choral Society. Her operatic coaching repertoire includes more than 30 titles, including traditional operas, contemporary works, and musical theater.