Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight – Lydia Richman – Legally Blonde

Lydia Richman ia a Freshman at John Stark Regional High School. Lydia is a member of both the Concert and Select choirs at John Stark and is featured in two of the stage company’s upcoming shows. Lydia is very excited to be playing Brooke Wyndham in “Legally Blonde” by Heather Hach. Performances are running from…

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Student Spotlight – Julia Caselden – Children of Eden

Julia Caselden is a junior at Pinkerton Academy. Julia is a member of the Mixed Choral and the Select Choir at Pinkerton and will attend New Hampshire All-State Chorus this April as a member of the Mixed Chorus. Julia is very excited to be participating in the Pinkerton Players’ production of “Children of Eden. Performances…

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Student Spotlight – February 8, 2020 Studio Class

What a glorious Studio/Performance Class on Saturday, Feb. 8! Eight of my talented students performed for each other with the fantastic collaborative pianist Charlie Blood at the piano. The singers were, left to right, Susanne Graham Tartarilla, Anne Orio, Shayna Carp, Rae Pizzi, Natalie Barnaby; first row Janet Janet Mailing Wittenberg, Victoria Coleand Jenny Rainville Masana. The second photo is…

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Student Spotlight – Andrew Sokol – Canzone per Nana

I could not be more proud or inspired by tenor Andrew Sokol’s concert this afternoon, entitled “Canzone per Nana”. The program consisted entirely of Italian/Neapolitan songs (15 total, plus an encore), and was dedicated to the grandmother of Andrew’s partner Alyssa, a native Italian who loved Andrew’s tenor voice. Now, when we started working and…

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Student Spotlight – Michael Jackson AKA Sam Meade

Our darling Sam is slightly shifting his goals in Hollywood. Here is the latest: “The dream’s alive, just shifted.  Learned I don’t enjoy acting nearly as much as I enjoy singing [NOTE: this makes Janice very happy!]…so spending my time on my voice lessons…which have been really amazing, I can sing a high C comfortably [say WHAT?].  Decided to…

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Student Spotlight – Madison Finocchiaro – Les Misérables

Ovation Theatre Company opened its premiere season in splendid form with “Les Misérables School Edition” on Friday, May 24th. The all-student ensemble was perfectly cast. My student Madison Finocchiaro was suitably slovenly and greedy as the wicked Madame Thernadier. I am so proud of Madison whose vocalism and especially her acting were spot on…she never…

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Student Spotlight – Max Orio – South Pacific

Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH presented this weekend Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “South Pacific.” There were 2 casts, and my student, baritone Max Orio, was cast as Emile DeBeque. Max and I have worked on Emile’s gorgeous songs (“Some Enchanted Evening” and “This Nearly Was Mine”, among others) for several months and…

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Student Spotlight – Janet Wittenberg, Nashua Choral Society

Janet Wittenberg will be a featured soloist in the “Domine Jesu Christe” movement of Mozart’s Requiem. This monumental oratorio will be  presented by the Nashua Choral Society jointly with the Granite State Choral Society, conducted by Ann Watson Born. Performances are on May 5 at 3:00 PM in Nashua at Immaculate Conception Church and May 18 at 7:30…

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Student Spotlight: Cantor Shira Nafshi, Temple Beth Jacob

Temple Beth Jacob’s Purim Spiel Another of my talented students, Shira Nafshi, serves as Cantor at Temple Beth Jacob in Concord, NH. One of the more interesting aspects of TBJ is their annual event called Purim Spiel (pronounced “shpeel”). The Purim Spiel is an annual fundraiser for TBJ. It was started in 1998, and has a…

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