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Brigitte Bellini

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New England Conservatory
BM Voice Performance
MM Voice Performance

Has been teaching at TxState since 2006
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Brigitte Bellini is a professional voice instructor and award winning soprano, who joined the faculty at Texas State University in 2006, where she teaches Graduate and Undergraduate Applied Voice.  She is also on the faculty of Spotlight on Opera, a young artist training program where she teaches voice and vocal health to aspiring professional opera singers from all over the world. 

Ms. Bellini has enjoyed success in Opera, Concert, and Recital.  Performance highlights include Cio-Cio San from Madama Butterfly with the Colorado Symphony, Nedda from Pagliacci and Abigail Williams from The Crucible with DiCapo Opera Theater in New York City, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera NorthEast, and Rosalinda from Die Fledermaus with Opera Theater of Connecticut. She has also been featured at Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Cambridge Opera. Concert and recital work includes the Irving Symphony, Colorado Symphony and recitals at Tanglewood Music Center and Glimmerglass Opera. She had the pleasure of performing the role of Sarah in the 40th Anniversary production of The Ballad of Baby Doe with Central City Opera, which was released on Newport Classic.  Local audiences have seen her perform as The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with The San Marcos Performing Arts Association and as the soprano guest artist in A Sousa Spectacular with the Texas State Wind Ensemble.

In demand as a voice clinician, she regularly adjudicates regional and state Solo and Ensemble contests, NATS competitions and provides master classes for high schools across the state. She is especially adept in Vocology, regarding the training and care of the professional voice. She spent time at the Cologne Opera House assisting guest artist preparation, and most recently she was invited to give a series of workshops in vocal health and training for the Docents at the Texas State Capitol. 

Formally, Ms. Bellini completed her training at The New England Conservatory where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, studying with Rita Beatie (a protégée of Eleanor Steber) and Edward Zambara.  While still studying she won the College Division at the Northeast Chapter of NATS, the Eleanor Steber Award, the Kirsten Flagstad Award, and the Kern Career Grant with Sarasota Opera. As a professional, she studied with Patricia Misslin and with well-known voice therapist and trainer William Riley in New York City. 

With over 20 years of teaching experience, Ms. Bellini was one of the founding members the of the voice faculty at The Actor’s Studio Drama School (as seen on Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio).  She has also served on the voice faculties of New York University, New York’s famed High School for the Performing Arts and The Horace Mann School.  During these years she has also maintained private studios in New York City, Boulder, and San Marcos, TX. She also maintains her professional membership with the National Association for Teachers of Singing.

Ms. Bellini’s students have gone on to study at such schools as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, University of North Texas, and The Moores School of Music at University of Houston; participate in Young Artist Programs such as Opera in the Ozarks, Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, Castleton Festival, Taos Opera Institute, CCM Summer Opera Festival, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Saratoga, and Cincinnati Opera; and perform mainstage roles at Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera, Dayton Opera, Virginia Opera, Toledo Opera, Nevada Opera, and Opera San Antonio; as well as becoming outstanding public educators in Texas and across the country.

Philosophically, Ms. Bellini believes vocal technique should be liberating, not cumbersome.  To that end, she teaches all styles of singers and professional voice users.  In addition to her formal education, she has continued study in both bel canto and Estill techniques.  Today, she uses her training to support classical, Jazz, and Contemporary styles.  Affectionately known as “Mamma Bellini” to her students, Ms. Bellini is proud to have been named a Favorite Professor by members of the Alpha Chi Honor Society at Texas State. 

Soon Cho

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University of Washington
BM Voice Performance
Rice University
MM Voice Performance
University of Cincinnati
DMA Voice Performance
Artist Diploma


Has been teaching at TxState since 2014
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Hailed by Opera News for her “potent presence” as Mrs. Clemm in Argento’s Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe, lyric mezzo-soprano Soon Cho has gained recognition as a versatile performer.  As a recitalist, chamber musician, oratorio and concert soloist, and equally at home on the opera stage, Dr. Cho began her professional singing career under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Erich Kunzel, Julius Rudel, Mischa Santora, and David Zinman.  Deeply committed to education as an artist teacher, Dr. Cho joined the voice faculty at Texas State University in 2014, having taught previously for seven years at Baylor University.  She is also on the faculty at Cornish-American Song Institute, a three-week intensive study of Art Song in Oxford and Falmouth in England.

As Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cincinnati Post praised her performance as “regal in bearing, with vocal endowments to match.  The tears were listener response to her heart-wrenching performance of When I Am Laid in Earth.”  Opera credits include Costanza in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata with New York Philomusica, Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Seongnam Arts Center in Korea, Mao’s 2nd Secretary in Nixon in China with Cincinnati Opera, a “delightfully melodramatic” Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with the CCO and at the Astoria Music Festival, Adalgisa in Norma with Opera in the Heights, Mercedes in Carmen with Dayton Opera, Zita in Gianni Schicchi at the Opera Festival of Lucca with a repeat performance at the 50th Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago in Italy, Mother Goose in the National Public Radio broadcasted performance of The Rake’s Progress with the Aspen Music Festival, La Pucelle in Belladonna (world premiere) with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel at College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM) and Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go, L’Enfant in L’enfant et les sortileges, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Vera Boronel in The Consul.  Dr. Cho has sung with many young artist programs, including Cincinnati Opera Young Artist Program, Dayton Opera Artist-in-Residence, Seattle Opera Educational Outreach Program, Houston Grand Opera's Opera-to-Go, and the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

On the concert stage as a mezzo-soprano soloist, Dr. Cho has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Honolulu Symphony Chorus, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival Chorus, A Salute to Opera with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the Riverbend Music Center; Berlioz’s Les Nuit D’Eté with Opera Philharmonic of Bourgas in Bulgaria, Handel’s Messiah with Pilgrim’s Chorus and Orchestra in Canada, Bach’s St. John Passion with Vocal Arts Ensemble and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat; Falla’s Three Cornered Hat, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with CCM Philharmonia Orchestra and Combined Choruses; Mozart’s Requiem at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Rossini’s Pettite Messe Solennel, Saint Saëns’s Messe, and Vivaldi’s Gloria

Chamber music highlights include “both sensual and jazzy…especially captivating” Midwest premier of Jake Heggie’s Times of Day for mezzo-soprano, violin, cello and piano at the Grandin Vocal Chamber Music Festival and Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and four-hand piano at the Art Song Symposium. An advocate of new music, Dr. Cho recorded composer Michael Fiday’s Protest Song on Innova Records and performed Scott McAllister’s Screaming Azaleas with Emanon Ensemble at the Ghent New Music Festival in Belgium. As a recitalist, Dr. Cho has performed on the Les Arts George V Recital Series in Paris, Ghent Conservatory of Music and Ostend Conservatory of Music in Belgium and all around the U.S.

Recording credits include Michael Fiday: Same Rivers Different with Innova Recordings label, Menotti Arias for Mezzo-soprano with Hal Leonard Publishing, Haydn’s L’isolda disabitata with NY Philomusica Records, and Meehan/Perkins Duo: Restless, Endless, Tactless with New World Records. Published journal article credit includes “A 2011 NATS Intern’s Perspective” on nats.org.

Dr. Cho’s students have been accepted for graduate studies in vocal performance at University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Loyola University. They have gained acceptance into and attended opera training programs at Opera Training Institute of Chicago, Opera Works Advanced Artist Program, Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music Opera Studio, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera-to-Go, CoOPERAtive Young Artist Program, and numerous international summer opera programs. Her students consistently place in the finals at the Texoma Region NATS Student Auditions.

Dr. Cho received both her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) working with Barbara Honn. Doctoral cognate fields were in Vocal Pedagogy and Opera Stage Directing.  Dr. Cho received M.M. from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University working with Dr. Joyce Farwell, and B.A./B.M. from University of Washington working with Carmen Pelton. As a scholarship recipient for five consecutive summers, Ms. Cho studied with W. Stephen Smith at the Aspen Music Festival. Additional voice teaching training include 2011 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program under the tutelage of master teacher Dr. Christopher Arneson of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Songfest Mentor Program in 2013 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and annual voice teachers seminars with master teachers Barbara Honn held in San Diego and Dr. Joyce Farwell held in San Marcos.

Dr. Cho is an active clinician and adjudicator. She has presented master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, Florida State University, Houston Grand Opera High School Studio, Ghent Music Conservatory in Belgium, Sam Houston State University, and Western Illinois University. 

Samuel Mungo

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Illinois State University
BS Communication
New England Conservatory
MM Voice Performance
Boston Conservatory
Artist Diploma
University of Colorado, Boulder
DMA Voice Pedagogy

Has been teaching at TxState since 2006
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Samuel Mungo is the Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University.  He has been involved in opera as a director, singer, and teacher for more than 30 years, and comes to Texas State with the dedication to foster the growth of a true Music Theatre – combining the great music of beautifully sung opera together with complete dedication to character and truthfully created relationships.

In recent years at Texas State, Dr. Mungo has directed productions of Gianni Schicchi, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and Candide.  Professionally directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, and Rigoletto (Best of San Antonio 2010) and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera.   His production of Angelique with TSOT won the National Opera Association Best Opera Production award for 2012, as did his 2013 production of Don Giovanni.

As a singer, he has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and around the world. Recently he has sung Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Craig Hella Johnson and the Texas State Chorale, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Piccola of San Antonio, and in recital with Faith Debow in Enoch Arden by Richard Strauss.

He received his Doctorate in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Masters in Vocal Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory.  He also holds an Artist’s Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Illinois State University.  Dr. Mungo has been on the faculty at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the New School University in New York.

Richard Novak

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Stephen F Austin State University
BM Voice Performance
MM Voice Performance
University of North Texas
DMA Voice Performance

Is teaching interim during
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Assistant Professor of Voice.  
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Richard Novak has established a national reputation as a professional tenor, voice teacher, opera director, and church musician. Dr. Novak has performed with Washington Concert Opera, Opera Carolina, San Antonio Opera, Annapolis Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, The Living Opera, Wagner Society of Washington, D.C., San Antonio Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Prince William Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, and the Institute of Culture in Culiacan and Mazatlan (Mexico). Among Dr. Novak’s operatic credits are Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Don José, Nemorino, Eisenstein, Tamino, Lippo, Roméo, and Tybalt. Training programs include the Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Program, Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Program, the Wichita Grand Opera Resident Artist Program, the Wesley Balk Singing/Acting Institute, and the Evelyn Lear and Thomas Stewart Emerging Singers Program (at the request of Evelyn Lear). In 2005 and 2006, Mr. Novak won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Tulsa District). Dr. Novak holds a BM and MM in Vocal Performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. Richard is the Director of Music at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, TX, and teaches the ‘School of Logic’ choir elective at SPP Catholic School. In addition, Dr. Novak teaches voice at the University of the Incarnate Word. Prior to teaching at UIW, Dr. Novak taught at Trinity University, George Mason University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Richard’s favorite role is as husband and father. He resides in New Braunfels with his wife and two children, and has another baby boy due in March.

Cheryl Parrish

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Baylor University
BM Voice Performance
Texas State University
MM Voice Performance

Has been teaching at TxState since 2002
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Soprano Cheryl Parrish, a member of the voice faculty of Texas State University in San Marcos since 2002, made her Houston Grand Opera debut in the 2011 production of Dead Man Walking as Kitty Hart.  She has sung performances on opera stages around the world. Her career began at San Francisco Opera, where she appeared in such roles as Sophie in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Blondchen in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, and Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio. She made her European debut as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with the Zurich Opera and performer Sophie with the Cologne Opera, in Florence, Italy at the Maggio Musicale, the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Portland Opera.

She has appeared in concert with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. She also appeared on Live From Lincoln Center's Pavarotti Plus! Ms. Parrish's recent credits include Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide with Austin Lyric Opera, and Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Austin Lyric Opera; and the title role of Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe at New Orleans Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. She has also sung Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto at Vancouver Opera, and Denver Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with the San Diego Opera and Tulsa Opera.

Ron Ulen, Coordinator

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Minnesota State University
BM Music Education
Florida State University
MM Voice Performance
MM Opera Production

Has been teaching at TxState since 2010
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Personal site: www.ronulen.com

The American baritone, Ron Ulen, made his professional debut as Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with the National Opera Company.  This led to appearances throughout United States, for example as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Eberbach in Der Wildschütz, Mr. Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Marcello in La bohème.

Mr. Ulen made his European debut in Il Trovatore at the renowned Opera House in Zürich, Switzerland. As a resident leading artist in Coburg, Germany, he sang the title roles in Verdi´s Falstaff, Tschaikowky´s Eugen Onegin, Bartok´s Bluebeards Castle, Zar Peter I. in Lortzing´s Zar und Zimmermann as well as Sharpless in Puccini´s Madame Butterfly and Tarquinius in Britten´s The Rape of Lucretia.

He was also engaged as the resident leading baritone at the Staatstheater in Schwerin, the Staatstheater in Mainz and the Opera House of Augsburg. His roles included Germont in Verdi´s La Traviata, Belcore in L´Elisir d´Amore, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Valentin in Faust, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Miller in Luisa Miller.

An active and versatile performer who feels equally at home on the opera, concert, or recital stage, Mr. Ulen has performed over 90 roles in nearly 2000 performances. His career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world including those of Vienna, Rome, London, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, New York, Munich, Paris, Chicago, and Berlin.

He has enjoyed great success as Nabucco in Verdi’s opera of the same name in numerous venues. Additional productions have included Ariadne auf Naxos, La Finta Giardinieri, Aida, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tannhäuser, Der Fliegende Holländer, and La Forza del Destino.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Ulen continues to maintain an active performing schedule. He has conducted master classes at various universities and conservatories in Europe and the United States as well as being in demand as an adjudicator and jury member of various voice competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

He earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Minnesota State University Mankato followed by Masters Degrees from Florida State University, in Vocal Performance and Opera Production. Further studies led him to Vienna, Austria and the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Ulen's current and former students are represented on the rosters of numerous European and American opera houses. 

Oliver Worthington

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Converse College
BM Voice Performance
New England Conservatory
MM Voice Performance
University of Texas, Austin
DMA Voice Performance

Has been teaching at TxState since 2011
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Oliver Worthington’s passion for vocal music makes him an ardent and active performer, teacher, student, and promoter of the art form.  Since he began teaching at Texas State University in 2011, he has focused on private voice instruction, but he has also previously taught Vocal Pedagogy, Opera History, Diction, and Song Repertoire. Prior to Texas State he taught at Southwestern University where he worked closely with both the opera and music theater programs. Dr. Worthington’s skill as a pedagogue and clinician is well-respected and he is frequently engaged as a master teacher at other schools throughout the United States. His students have won numerous awards on and off campus as well as large scholarships and stipends for graduate study at prestigious schools like The Manhattan School of Music, Academy of Vocal Arts, George Mason University, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Columbia University, Florida State University, and the University of Cincinnati; and they have participated in young artist programs such as the Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, the California Institute of the Arts, Mountainview Academy of Theater Arts, NYU Tisch School for the Arts, and the National Theatre Institute.  His students have performed on Broadway, in national tours, and in regional opera and theater venues, including: Mamma Mia!, Sesame Street Live, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company, Hangar Theater Company, Sierra Repertory Theater, Pantochino Productions, Theater Under the Stars, Madagascar Live!, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Amore Opera, DiCapo Opera, Berenstein Bears LIVE, The Arkansas Repertory Theater, The Playwrights' Center, 7th House Theater, and the New York Musical Festival.  Dr. Worthington is a demanding teacher who works as hard as his students to help them realize their potential and create pathways to reach their goals.

Dr. Worthington studied singing at Shorter College with John Ramsaur and completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance cum laude at Converse College where he studied with Jane Rolandi. He obtained his Master of Music degree in Voice Performance with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance at the New England Conservatory with the famed voice teacher Ed Zambara. He completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, An Analysis and Investigation of Coplas by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, examines the vocal works of the Italian-American composer and uses theoretical and performance analysis of this song cycle as a basis for promoting Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s songs into the standard 20th century repertoire. He continues to study and expand his sizable knowledge of repertoire by attending conferences and performances and through his membership in organizations such as Texas Music Educators Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

A versatile and active performer, Dr. Worthington has an extensive résumé of opera, music theater, and soloist engagements with symphonies and choral societies. Although he has performed internationally and nationally from Alaska to Boston, his recent engagements in Texas include performances with Austin Lyric, San Antonio Opera, the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, and the Round Top Festival.  Dr. Worthington is a board member and regularly engaged artist with Lone Star Lyric in Houston, an organization devoted to the presentation of chamber opera, which regularly commissions new works.  His performance repertoire includes such roles as Eisenstein and Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Lust in The Mask of the Red Death (premiere), Man in The Women (Pasatieri), The Mayor in Dr. Miracle, Bruschino in Signor Bruschino, Tom in The Old Maid and the Thief, Count Gil in Il Segreto di Susanna, Dr. Gregg in Gallantry (Moore), Oscar Jaffe in On the 20th Century, Cinderella’s Father in What Your Parents Don't Want You to Know (premiere), Giuseppe in La Traviata, First Prisoner in Fidelio, Little Bat in Susannah, and Monastatos and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.   While he is a seasoned opera performer, his first love is art song and the recital stage. His recital performances have been well-received and praised at venues throughout the United States, including his regular performances on his home stage at Texas State. In 2015, he completed a successful concert tour through West Virginia performing a program of Late Romantic songs. He will reprise this program on a tour of North Carolina and South Carolina in 2017 with pianist Dr. Johan Botes.

In addition to singing and teaching, Dr. Worthington works regularly as a music director, stage director, and conductor.  The National Opera Association recognized Dr. Worthington for conducting and his colleague Dr. Sam Mungo for directing in awarding the Texas State University Opera Theatre “Best Opera Production of 2012” for a production of Ibert’s comic opera Angelique. He has worked as music director for music theater companies and schools including Unity Theater, Austin Playhouse, Southwestern University, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. This work enables him to engage Texas State student musicians to play in the pit orchestras and gain valuable experience and resume credentials.

Dr. Worthington is also an active promoter of the vocal arts. He currently serves as Vice-President of the South Texas Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and organizes the student auditions for its singers from the region. He also serves as Vice-President of the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the musical arts through philanthropic grants, scholarships, and an annual national competition for opera singers between the ages of 25 and 35. Dr. Worthington is a regular judge of the semi-final round of competition and heads the Foundation’s artistic committee. Passionate about outreach, Dr. Worthington also works with local students at the high school level, judges for the University Interscholastic League, and attends many local concerts, recitals, and operas to identify and support young artists.

From the standpoint of teaching philosophy, Dr. Worthington believes that we each have a single voice and that classical singing techniques, including breath control and registration, help a student use his or her voice in a healthy manner that can be adapted to different musical genres. He has taught country western singers, Broadway singers, and opera singers and the basic approach is the same: learn what it feels like when the sound is well produced and work toward consistent replication of that sensation to remove pain and discomfort, regardless of the genre. He works closely with students at their individual level and customizes the instruction to guide them to a higher level of competence. Through his own vocal journey, he has studied and performed as both a tenor and a baritone, which gives him a unique insight into training male singers (though he has had equally great success with female singers!).  All of his students also benefit from the diversity of his performing career and his 25 years of collegiate teaching experience.  He challenges students to become better musicians while becoming better singers and encourages his students to exceed expectations rather than simply meet “minimum requirements” in order to succeed. 

Opera Faculty

Samuel Mungo, Director of Opera

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Illinois State University
BS Communication
New England Conservatory
MM Voice Performance
Boston Conservatory
Artist Diploma
University of Colorado, Boulder
DMA Voice Pedagogy

Has been teaching at TxState since 2006
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Samuel Mungo is the Director of Opera Studies at Texas State University.  He has been involved in opera as a director, singer, and teacher for more than 30 years, and comes to Texas State with the dedication to foster the growth of a true Music Theatre – combining the great music of beautifully sung opera together with complete dedication to character and truthfully created relationships.

In recent years at Texas State, Dr. Mungo has directed productions of Gianni Schicchi, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and Candide.  Professionally directing credits include Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera, Pirates of Penzance for Colorado Light Opera, Trouble in Tahiti for the Boulder Opera Project, and Rigoletto (Best of San Antonio 2010) and Il Trovatore for San Antonio Opera.   His production of Angelique with TSOT won the National Opera Association Best Opera Production award for 2012, as did his 2013 production of Don Giovanni.

As a singer, he has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout North America and around the world. Recently he has sung Jesus in Bach’s St. John’s Passion with Craig Hella Johnson and the Texas State Chorale, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti with Opera Piccola of San Antonio, and in recital with Faith Debow in Enoch Arden by Richard Strauss.

He received his Doctorate in Voice and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his Masters in Vocal Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory.  He also holds an Artist’s Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Illinois State University.  Dr. Mungo has been on the faculty at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and the New School University in New York.

Kristin Roach, Coach

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Eastman School of Music
BM Applied Music (Piano)
Performers Certificate
MM Piano Performance/Literature
MM Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music


Has been teaching at TxState since 2012
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Personal site www.kristinroach.com

A native of San Antonio, Kristin Roach is in demand across the nation as a pianist, organist, vocal coach, and conductor.  In performances that encompass twenty states, Canada, Japan, and the former Soviet Union, she has collaborated with many of the world’s finest artists including Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Jerry Hadley, and Rosalind Elias.  She has prepared productions for the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Brevard Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Institute, Opera Theatre of Rochester, Eastman Opera Theater, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Texas Tech University, and Texas Lutheran University.  Conducting credits include La Boheme, Liszt’s Christus, and the Artpace choral world premier of Gold Space City of God.  She is currently the Music Director of Opera Piccola of San Antonio and on the opera faculty at Texas State University.

Reviews of Kristin’s performances with South Texas musicians include phrases like “revelatory” and “infectious high-spirits.”  She has appeared as piano soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Antonio Wind Symphony, and Eastman Philharmonia, and as chamber musician with Camerata San Antonio, Chamber Music Amarillo, Olmos Ensemble, Musical Offerings, and Cactus Pear Music Festival.  She has toured Europe with the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, performing on the historic organs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Church of the Madeleine, Ely Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral and York University.  Her recordings include the Trinity Jazz Project, a self-produced collection of her original arrangements of hymn tunes, and classical works with the New World Symphony for Decca Records and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble for Sony Classical Records.  Her recording of chamber works by Miguel del Aguila with Camerata San Antonio, Salon Buenos Aires, has been nominated for two Latin Grammy® awards.

Ms. Roach maintains a private coaching studio, whose members include performers with numerous opera companies and apprentice programs, university faculty and students, chamber music groups, and church musicians.  She received her education at the Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music (Piano), a Performer’s Certificate in Piano, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance/Literature and Piano Accompanying/Chamber Music.

Graduate Assistants

Keeley Hooker, Opera GIA

Keeley Hooker, soprano, graduated in 2014 from Southwestern University with a double major in Music and Anthropology. She is a winner of the 2012 Southwestern University Concerto Competition, and while at Southwestern performed the role of June in Gypsy, Ms. Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Ms. Vixen and the understudy of Lucy in The Beggar's Opera. She participated in the 2012 Butler Opera Center Young Artist Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and spent the summer of 2013 singing with Opera in the Ozarks, where she performed the Fairy Godmother and the Stepmother in the outreach program's version of Cinderella (Music by Massenet, Rossini and Rodgers and Hammerstein). Miss Hooker performed the role of the Second Spirit in Opera NEO's 2104 summer performance of The Magic Flute. She was a member of the Austin Lyric Opera Chorus from 2013 to 2015, performing in Tosca and Don Giovanni.

In 2015, Ms. Hooker became the Artistic Administrator for Spotlight on Opera. She was the title role in Little Red Riding Hood and performed in the chorus of The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel during Spotlight's 9th summer season. This summer she directed scenes from Dialogues of the Carmelites, Béatrice et Bénédict, La bohème, and assistant directed Albert Herring.

Graduates from TxState in 2018.

Micah Parker, Voice GTA

Baritone, Micah Parker, from Bremerton, Washington, completed his Bachelor of Music studies in Vocal Performance at Central Washington University.  He is now working on his Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Texas State University.  During his time in school he performed such roles as Dandini in La Cenerentola, the four antagonists in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, the title role of Gianni Schicchi, and most recently – Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore.  He has also played principal roles in Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel and The King and I.  His solo work includes appearances with the Yakima, Wenatchee, and Bremerton Symphony orchestras, and he participated as a soloist in the Concert Celebration of Alan Hovhaness's 100th birthday at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.  

Outside of academia he performed the role of Colline in a joint production of La bohème produced by Vespertine Opera and Spielplatz Opera, and worked again with Vespertine Opera for their US premier of Britten's two-piano adaptation of Poulenc's first opera - Les Mamelles de Tirésias.  He regularly recitals in academic and professional settings, particularly enjoying work with younger generations; his penchant for outreach has led him to work with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc., several community colleges, and numerous high schools in an effort to showcase opera as an art form.
 
His latest engagements include co-directing Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, performing the role of Escamillo in Carmen, solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Faure's Requiem, and a world premiere of Henry Mollicone and Sheldon Harnick’s Lady Bird.  He currently studies voice with Oliver Worthington.
 
His performing experience spans multiple genres, and while mainly an opera performer, he also continues to work in musical theatre, choral settings, and jazz.  With such diverse experience, Mr. Parker philosophically believes all genres of music have merit, and healthy training through classical veins can assist in building a technical foundation from which any performance style can be adapted.  As such, he applies this philosophy to his teaching, working with high-school aged to undergraduate level students.
 
Graduates from TxState in 2017.

Kimberly Sandoval, Program GIA

Soprano, Kimberly Sandoval, is from McAllen, Texas and is currently finishing her graduate studies at Texas State University in Vocal Performance.  She has performed such roles as Mother Marie from Dialogues of the Carmelites, Dater 17 (Checklist) from Speed Dating Tonight!, and will be premiering the title role of the newly commissioned opera Lady Bird, which premiers in the Spring of 2016.  She also performed Third Lady from Magic Flute with Spotlight On Opera during their 2015 season.  She has also been involved with several scenes productions performing Augusta from The Ballad of Baby Doe and the Countess from Le nozze di Figaro.  Ms. Sandoval has also performed exceedingly well in competitions both on campus and off, placing or winning such competitions as the School of Music’s Concerto Competition, NATS regional auditions, and scholarship competitions.

As an active member of the campus community, Ms. Sandoval is involved in the music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, where she has held several office positions.  Branching outside opera, she also continues to work with the Texas State Chorale, where she sings as a member and as a soloist – performing works such as Bach’s Magnificat and Bernstein’s Songfest – working in conjunction with Texas State University’s biannual Art Song Symposium.  She continues to work as a clinician and adjudicator at local and regional choir festivals and stays active as a mentor working with young choirs and vocalists at Texas State Choir Camp and other festivals such as the Tejada All-Star festival.

Aspiring to perform professionally in the future and to teach at the university level, Ms. Sandoval will graduate in the Spring of 2017 and hopes to then pursue her DMA.  She currently studies voice with Ron Ulen.

Curricula Vitae and Course Evaluations

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