Music Director – Opera
David Stern is a born communicator. Whether conducting a major symphony orchestra, a baroque opera, teaching vocal master classes, or defending cultural activities, Stern rivets his musicians, students and audiences by sharing his strong musical convictions, his flexibility of approach and his belief that music is of essence and relevance in today’s world.
Tenor Barry Banks’ outstanding facility in roles by Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti regularly takes him to the world’s leading opera houses. Current season highlights include his debut as Arnold (Guillaume Tell) at Welsh National Opera under Carlo Rizzi and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing Don Narciso (Il turco in Italia) under Evelino Pidò.
Artistic Director – Opera Studio
Lynn Baker, Artistic Director of Crested Butte Opera Studio, is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist in New York City. She was an Assistant Conductor and English Diction Coach at New York City Opera until its closing in 2013, and serves as Vocal Consultant for New York City Ballet.
Master Vocal Coach
The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music/Spoleto, Accademia vocale di Lucca, Chautauqua Opera, Glimmerglass Opera
Glyndebourne Opera, Santa Fé Opera, American Lyric Theatre, The Juilliard School
Career Planning and Development Instructor
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wolf Trap Opera, Atlanta Opera, New York City Opera, OPERA America, New York Philharmonic
Jennifer Hopkinson Smith
Opera Children’s Chorus
Director, Opera Children’s Chorus
Nina Revering is the Founding Artistic Director of the Conspirare Youth Choirs in Austin, Texas, an outreach program of the Grammy®-winning, six-time Grammy®-nominated vocal ensemble Conspirare. As a performer, Nina has performed widely as a soloist and chorister throughout the Southwest and around the country. Her educational background includes work at the Youth Performing Arts School and Boston University. A soloist at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 1994 to 1997, she was also Victoria Bach Festival’s New Young Artist in 1994. Nina studied baroque recorder with John Tyson of the New England Conservatory and performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under conductors Seiji Ozawa, John Williams, and John Oliver. She has been with Conspirare since 1995 and founded the Conspirare Youth Choirs in 2005. Nina also teaches music in Austin area schools.
Kristel Jelinek Brown
Stage Director, Opera Children’s Chorus
Kristel Jelinek Brown is a director, teaching artist, and performer, who holds both a Masters Degree in Applied Theater from the City University of New York, and a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Colorado (Boulder). Her performance credits include: Norwegian Cruise Lines (principal vocalist), The Show at Showboat, Atlantic City (principal vocalist), Urban Cowboy: The Musical (First Nat’l Tour) regional productions of Lysistrata Jones (Cleonice), Aladdin (Princess Jasmine), Aida (Ensemble), Grease (Frenchy), and Alice in Wonderland (White Queen). Directing/choreography credits include: The Sound of Music, Le Nozze di Figaro, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Merry Widow, Bye Bye Birdie, and Seussical. Kristel is the current the Director of Voice, Theatrical, and Specialized Programming for Parlando School of Musical Arts in Boulder. Her teaching artist experience extends, locally, to Imagine! of Lafayette, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn’s Spellbound Theater Company, Broadway’s Inspire Change Program, the CUNY CAT Youth Theater program, and the New Americans Welcome Center of Staten Island. She resides in Lafayette with her husband, Darin, and two children, Charlotte and Bodie.