Resident Artist Program

2017-2018 Artists in residence

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Michael Colman, bass-baritone (Big Bad Wolf)

Bass-baritone Michael Colman has performed all over the country in roles ranging from the comedy of Mozart’s Figaro and Leporello to the drama of the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Michael made his professional debut as an Apprentice Artist with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and went on to perform as an Apprentice Artist with Virginia Opera, Utah Festival Opera, the Janiec Opera Company, Fayetteville Opera, Savannah Voice Festival, and as a Young Artist with Ash Lawn Opera. He earned degrees from Baylor University and the University of Kansas studying under Dr. John Stephens. Awards include the Grand Prize at the Kristin Lewis Foundation Competition, First Prize at the Kansas City Music Clubs Competition, the Patroness Award at the SAI Regional Music Competition, Finalist at the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition, and multiple First Place awards in the Texoma NATS Regional Competition.

Carolyn Aguirre, mezzo-soprano (Third Little Pig)

Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Aguirre recently completed her graduate studies at Mannes College of Music where she performed the role of the Baroness (Vanessa) with Mannes Opera. During her time in New York, Carolyn also worked with Light Opera of New Jersey as Miss Todd (The Old Maid and the Thief), participated in Mannes Opera’s Scenes programs as Leonor (La Favorite), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe) and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) and performed the role of the Sorceress/Spirit (Dido & Aeneas). Prior to her studies at Mannes, she received her Bachelor of Music from Boston University. Her previous credits include Madame de la Haltière (Cendrillon) as an apprentice artist at Miami Music Festival, the Announcer (Gallantry) at Boston University, and La Suora Infermiera (Suor Angelica) and the Stepmother (Into the Woods) while an artist at Opera in the Ozarks.

Janani Sridhar, soprano (Little Red Riding Hood)

Soprano Janani Sridhar is a seasoned performer of both operatic and concert repertoire. Previous roles include Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Olinto (O Come Chiare e Belle), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Mrs Sem in Noyye’s Fludde, La Bergère/La Chouette in L'enfant et les Sortilèges, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Violetta (La Traviata), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Colrinda (Cendrillon), and Musetta (La Bohème). Ms. Sridhar has competed in many vocal competitions across the U.S. and scored 1st place in University of Connecticut’s Concerto Competition, the Amy Jane Cohen Encouragement Award-Connecticut Concert Opera, the Youth Asian Music Competition, Gold with Distinction in the Youth Asian Music Competition, and in the Llangollen Musical Eistedfodd. Janani is an alumna of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and is a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University.

Josh Wang, pianist

Wisconsin native, Josh Wang holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at Bowling Green State University, where he was a graduate instructor of group piano and a bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where, in 2011, he was a concerto soloist with the University’s symphony orchestra. Currently, Josh is the accompanist for the Toledo Choral Society. Also certified by the American Guild of Organists, he serves as director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, OH where he directs the choirs and handbell ensemble.


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