Here is a list of the 2019-20 Graduate Voice Cohort at University of Washington.
Photos and Bios will be included soon.
Ryan Bede returns to Tacoma Opera this Fall as Belcore in The Elixir Of Love, after performing a number of roles with the company in recent seasons. He made his solo debut at Seattle Opera as the Second Priest in The Magic Flute in Spring 2017, and has since returned as Fiorello in The Barber Of Seville, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, Jim Crowley in An American Dream, and Moralés in Carmen. He also joins Symphony Tacoma for Mozart’s Requiem and the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah in the 2019-20 season. He is an active participant in the Tahoma chapter of NATS and teaches on the faculties of Seattle Pacific University and Tacoma Community College.
Athena Beebe, mezzo soprano is a first-year graduate student in the MM program at the University of Washington studying under Dr. Kari Ragan. Born and raised in the heat of Phoenix, Arizona she attended the University of Arizona where she received her BM in voice performance. While attending the UA she appeared in many of the university’s operas including L’elisir d’amore in Spring 2016, Dialogues of the Carmelites as Mother Jeanne in Spring 2017, The Rape of Lucretia as Bianca in Fall 2017, and Orphée aux enfers as Venus in Spring 2018. She was also the alto soloist for the UA Community Chorus’ performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in Fall 2017 and UA Symphonic Choir’s performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Spring 2018. Outside of the school year she has performed in multiple summer opera programs including Prague Summer Nights’ 2018 production of Die Zauberflöte as Third Lady, Lawrence Opera Theatre’s 2018 production of La Traviata covering the role of Dottore, and her most recent performance this past summer (2019) singing Dorabella for The Vocal Academy of Orvieto’s production of Così fan tutte. Along with principal roles, she has been honored to join the choruses of over 20 productions throughout metro Phoenix’s variety of community theaters and is currently the alto choral intern at Seattle First Baptist Church. She can be seen next in her upcoming role as Miss Todd in the UW’s production of Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief.
Christopher Benfield is a Seattle- and Portland-based baritone pursuing a DMA in voice performance at the University of Washington under the voice instruction of Dr. Kari Ragan. He appears regionally in both stage and concert, highlights of which include the role of Gazella in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia with Puget Sound Concert Opera; as well as debuting as the baritone soloist in the Northwest premiere of Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox under the musical direction of conductor Dean Williamson. As a member of the University of Washington Vocal Theatre Works, he has appeared in selected scenes as the titular role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; as well as with Lawrence Opera Theatre as Harlekin in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. He has also performed under the direction of Deanne Meek and Hugo Vera.
Christopher has a passion for aesthetics, creativity, and expression that he incorporates in his performance, as well as his other interests in the areas of composition and education. He spends much of his time outside of performing working on various compositions and arrangements or teaching music with students of all ages. A frequent recitalist, he has brought his passion for art songs, mélodie, and lieder into his teaching, and in performance particularly enjoys focusing on the intense, intimate experience of vocalist and piano.
Sarah Fantappie, MM candidate
Meaghan Guterman is pursuing a DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington, and is a student of Dr. Kari Ragan. As an active musician in the Seattle area, she is a section leader and cantor at St. James Cathedral, and performs with the Mägi Ensemble, Chorosynthesis, and the Starlight Carolers. She also serves as a cantorial soloist for the High Holidays, and maintains a private voice studio.
Olivia Kerr is a second-year graduate student at the University of Washington pursuing an MM in Vocal Performance, and is currently studying with Cyndia Sieden. She is originally from Ohio and received her BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Toledo, while studying with Denise Ritter-Bernardini. She has performed as L’écureuil/La Chatte in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortiléges Pamina in W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Suor Genovieffa in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Lauretta in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Isabel/Madeline in Henry Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor, Laetitia in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Laurie Moss in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land, Ninfa in Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and Monica in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. She has been a featured soloist in works such as Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Johannes Brahm’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Johannes Brahm’s Zigeunerlieder. She has attended the International Young Artist Program for two summers in Sansepolcro and Monte San Savino, Italy through Meredith College. She has also been awarded first and second prizes in the University of Toledo’s Concerto/Aria competition, as well as the Barbara Rondelli Perry Scholarship competition.
Nicholas Klein is a DMA student in Voice Performance at the University of Washington, where he also serves as a Voice Area Teaching Assistant and School of Music staff accompanist. Prior to beginning his studies at UW, Nicholas earned a Master of Music degree in Music Education, Kodaly Certification and Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Capital University Conservatory of Music in partnership with the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary. Nicholas maintains an active professional performance career as a soloist, chorus member, accompanist and conductor. Nicholas has competed at numerous Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, where he won the Freshman Men’s Classical Division, Freshman/Sophomore Men’s and Women’s Musical Theater Division, the Senior Men’s Classical Division and the Junior and Senior Men’s and Women’s Musical Theater Division.
Madison Lombardo, mezzo-soprano is pursuing a Master of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Washington. She is currently studying under Dr. Kari Ragan, and has previously studied under Christine Seitz and Julia Bentley. Madison will make her debut with the University of Washington’s Vocal Theatre Workshop as Sally in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Most recently, Ms. Lombardo was seen as the 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the University of Missouri’s Show-Me Opera. She has also portrayed Mrs. Soames in Ned Rorem’s Our Town and covered the role of Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, both with Show-Me Opera. Madison has been a chorus member in Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Alcina and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She was also a chorus member for the world premiere of two one act operas—Hans Bridger Heruth’s A Certain Madness and Trey Makler’s Hatrack. Madison has done selected scenes as the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, as well as scenes fromHandel’s Serse and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
Joseph Muriello, DMA candidate
Eun Ju Vivianna Oh, Soprano, is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at the University of Washington under the guidance of Ms. Cyndia Sieden. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Washington. Ms. Oh continued her musical career as a music director in the foreign film department at the Educational Broadcasting Station in Seoul, Korea. She is currently working as a music director at the Korean United Methodist Church. Her operatic highlights include the role of Euridice in L’Orfeo, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Maman and Un pâtre in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and recent solo performances in Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox with the University of Washington’s Vocal Theater Workshop. Upcoming operatic highlights include the role of ‘Miss Pinkerton’ in Carlo Menotti’ The old maid and the thief in April, 2020.
Jingjing Qi was born in central China, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Beijing Normal University. She taught music for several years in Beijing. She is now a second year DMA candidate at the UW
Lorraine Pagan, MM candidate
Tina Tran is a mezzo-soprano from Oklahoma City who specializes in classical and jazz performance. Her inclination for music was evident when she used to energetically sing and dance along to the Vietnamese Paris By Night variety show videos as a young child. Ms. Tran is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Washington under Dr. Kari Ragan. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Central Oklahoma. Some of her previous roles include Tuptim in The King and I, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Leila in Iolanthe, and Stephanie in Speed Dating Tonight! When Ms. Tran is not working on music, she enjoys being in nature and inhaling large amounts of food.