Summer Masterclass Series


On Broadway Masterclass Series
Boulder Music's ON BROADWAY Zoom Masterclass series was born in one weekend with two goals. First, to provide our students with meaningful performing and learning opportunities during the Covid Pandemic. Our second hope was to be able to create income earning opportunities for our professional colleagues who have seen their whole income,present and future, suddenly disappear. While the Covid Pandemic has wrecked havic on our whole community it has also created a brand new window of opportunity where proffessional artists suddenly have time to work with young aspiring performers. We hope that this masterclass series will help fill the gap for both students and guest artists that the Covid Pandemic has created and spark a new creative partnership that might last beyond the next few months.

Kari Kraakevik, M.M.

Reel Kids, Superior Talent & Boulder Music, Owner

602 Center Dr. Suite E and F
Superior Co
80027

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For full Artist Bios of all our amazing guest faculty please scroll down to the bottom of the page

All Vocal/Acting Masterclasses will be limited to 6 performers. There are no limits on auditors.

June

17

June 17th, 4-6pm - Performing Musical Theatre with Dona D. Vaughn
(Open to ages 14-21 to perform, all ages are allowed to audit)
Work with Broadway veteran and director Dona D. Vaughn to refine and perfect your musical theatre repertoire. Dona will provide acting and vocal critiques to ensure that you bring your best performance to the stage.
Please prepare 1 musical theatre song selection in full. You will also need to provide your own accompaniment track to sing along to.

Dona D. Vaughn began her career as a cast member of the original Broadway productions of COMPANY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and SEESAW. She toured for one year as “Fanny Brice” in FUNNY GIRL, and toured as “Mrs. Lovett” in SWEENEY TODD. She has maintained a private coaching studio in New York for over twenty-five years, and currently serves as Artistic Director of Opera at Manhattan School of Music and Artistic Director of Opera at Opera Maine.

June

24

June 24th 4-5:30 - Performing on Broadway, Lecture and Q & A with Mary Page Nance and Katrina Yaukey
(Open to all ages)
Have you ever wondered what it is like to perform on Broadway? Join Broadway veterans Katrina Yaukey and Mary Page Nance as they talk about auditioning for, performing in, and touring in Broadway shows. Then, be ready to pick the brains of these two fabulous performers when you get the chance to ask any and all your questions about life on the great white way.

Katrina Yaukey has appeared in numerous Broadway productions including: Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Cabaret (2014), Warhorse, Billy Elliot, Company, Cabaret (1998). She has also traveled in national tours of Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Victor/Victoria. She studied Oboe Performance/Musical Theatre at Penn State University and holds both Bachelors of Professional Studies and a Masters Certificate in Music Production from Berklee College of Music.

Mary Page Nance is a New York City based Performer, Producer, and Educator. She was in the Original Casts of Finding Neverland and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway, and toured the country with the First National Company of Bright Star. She most recently worked developing the new musical, Black No More written by Black Thought of The Roots and John Ridley, choreographed by Bill T Jones. She is a passionate educator and teaches dance/theater workshops all across the world!

July

1

July 1st 4-5:30 - Dance 10, looks... with Elliot Peterson
(Open to ages 13 and up)
Need to brush up on your dance skills or, maybe, you just want to find out what it’s like to take a Broadway style dance class? Join Elliot Peterson to learn the choreography and dance moves from the iconic opening of the musical A Chorus Line. Get your home dance space set up and get ready to break a sweat!

Elliot Peterson is a professional actor, singer, dancer who lives in New York City. International credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere u/s), Music Man at the Royal Opera House, Muscat and Skimbleshanks in CATS for Royal Caribbean. Elliot also appeared in the national tour of Elf the musical. Favorite regional credits include: Bright Star (Arvada Center), Funny Girl (Arrow Rock Lyceum), and Promises, Promises (Broward Stage Door). While the art of theatre may be on a brief hold, Elliot believes it's a way to connect, inspire, educate and entertain. He hopes to instill this sense of magic onto the students in this masterclass series.

July

8

July 8th 4-6 - Acting a Song with Merideth Kaye Clark
(Open to ages 14-21 to perform, all ages are allowed to audit)
Dig into the words, actions, and setting in your songs. Merideth will guide you through exploring the emotions, drama (or comedy), and setting of your song. So get ready to unearth that subtext and discover your dramatic choices!
Please prepare 1 musical theatre song selection in full. You will also need to provide your own accompaniment track to sing along to.

Merideth Kaye Clark has played definitive leading theatrical roles nationwide, such as Elphaba in the First National Tour of Wicked, Eva Perón in Evita (Northern Stage), Nancy in Oliver! (5th Ave), Alice Murphy in Bright Star (Arvada Center), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Portland Center Stage) and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals. She is half of the acclaimed folk-Americana duo Siren Songs which released their debut album in spring of 2020. TV credits include Portlandia and Emmy-nominated Documentary Now! Original Cast Album: Co-op.

July

15

July 15th 4-5:30 - Voice Over Acting, Lecture and Q & A with Tim Campbell and Carin Gilfry
(Open to all ages)
Ever wonder what it’s like to narrate an audiobook or be a character in a video game? Well this is your chance to find out! Voice over acting is a growing industry and more and more actors are turning to voice over to supplement their income. Learn what it is to work as a voice over actor from top industry professionals and, of course, bring your questions along with you. Carin Gilfry is an experienced voice actor who voiced thousands of commercials, instructional videos, IVR systems, eLearning programs, documentaries, and video games, and narrated and produced over 100 audiobooks. Carin began her career as a singer. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

Tim Campbell is an Audie Award winning, Voice Arts Award winning, Independent Audiobook Award winning, and multiple Audiofile Earphones award winning narrator, voice actor, stage actor, and opera singer based in Los Angeles. He has narrated over 450 titles in almost every genre, ranging from classics like Herman Melville's Moby Dick, to cutting edge bestsellers like Catherine Coulter's Labyrinth. He specializes in languages, accents and dialects, and is known for his versatile characterizations and flexibility as an actor.

July

22

July 22nd 4-6 - Auditioning for the Theater with Larry Cahn
(Open to ages 14-21 to perform, all ages are allowed to audit)
Larry Cahn has done it all, from Broadway musicals and plays to television. Learn all about what to do and what not to do from this master auditioner.
Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and a 16-32 bar cut from a musical theatre song. You will also need to provide your own accompaniment track to sing along to.

LARRY CAHN has been acting on stages across the United States and Europe for more than 45 years. He made his Broadway debut as Ewart Dunlap in The Music Man, starring Dick Van Dyke. Other Broadway credits include The Graduate, with Kathleen Turner, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, and Epic Proportions. His Film/Television credits include: “Freedom Writers,” “The West Wing,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Longmire,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order,” and “Lost Angeles.”

July

29

July 29th 4-6 - Performing Cabaret with David Shenton and Erin Shields
(Open to ages 14-21 to perform, all ages are allowed to audit)
Performing in cabaret is standard procedure for many Broadway artists, and putting together a successful cabaret is an art form in itself. So bring your favorite torch song or comedic act and get ready to learn about performing in cabaret from two of NYC’s top talents.
Please prepare 1 song selection (musical theatre, jazz, or cabaret) in full. You will also need to provide your own accompaniment track to sing along to.

Together David Shenton and Erin Shields make up ⅔ of the Empire Trio. The Empire Trio quickly established themselves as a musical force, selling out major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (who also commissioned their first show), The Redlands Bowl, CA (to a crowd of 6,000+), Ronnie Scott’s, London, and over 300 other venues all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. The Empire Trio features the lush and mesmerizing voices of soprano Erin Shields, as well as the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin, the world’s first (and possibly only) musician to play violin and piano simultaneously. Empire Trio’s shows have it all; they breathe new life into familiar toe-tapping favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. The trio has garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.

Aug

5

August 5th 4-6 - The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber with Meghan Picerno
(Open to ages 14-21 to perform, all ages are allowed to audit)
It’s PHANTOM WEEK in our series and Meghan Picerno, Broadway’s current Christine in Phantom of the Opera, is ready to help you work on your Andrew Lloyd Weber favorites. So get ready to sing the music of the night for one of Broadway’s current stars.
Please prepare 1 Andrew Lloyd Weber musical theatre selection in full. You will also need to provide your own accompaniment track to sing along to.

Meghan Picerno currently stars as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic leading lady, Christine Daaé, in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Hailed for her exciting, crowd-pleasing performances in opera, theatre, and on concert stages throughout the world. Picerno took national audiences by storm as Christine in the US Premiere and First National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. She received a special invitation from Andrew Lloyd Webber to represent his body of work in performance on the ITV television broadcast of the Classic BRIT Awards in 2018, and a guest appearance on the Live at Chelsea Concert Series honoring his 70th birthday.

Aug

6

August 6th 4-5 - Phantom of the Opera Tech Talk with Alan Lampel and Karen Parlato
(Open to all ages)
Phantom WEEK continues with our Phantom of the Opera Tech Talk. Learn about what it’s like to work backstage at the longest running Broadway Show in history. Stage Manager Karen Parlato and Production Engineer Alan Lampel will discuss what it is like to run the show from behind the scenes. As always, bring your questions!

Karen Parlato has been a New York-based stage manager for over 20 years. She has worked on numerous Off-Broadway shows (including a year as PSM of Silence! The Musical), and has been a stage manager sub on The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway since 2004. Her website headsetchatter.com and Twitter (@headsetchatter) are popular with students seeking more information about stage management.

Phantom of the Opera has occupied Alan Lampel’s world for the last 33 years, since it’s arrival in the production shops of New York in 1987. Alan had worked his way into an important part of the R&D department at 4-Star Lighting, a prominent production shop servicing Broadway for decades. As a layout person at 4-Star, Alan assisted in the planning of all the scenic electrics, wireless dimming and general production layout for Phantom. And for the last 32 years, he has been the Production Head Electrician at Phantom on Broadway, operating the lighting console and responsible for maintaining the lighting design on a week-to-week basis.

Aug

12

August 12th 4-6 - Classical Vocal Masterclass with J’nai Bridges
(Open to ages 16-21 to perform, all ages are allowed to audit)
Our summer masterclass series ends with a chance to sing for the Metropolitan Opera’s rising star J’nai Bridges. Bring your best aria or art song and prepare to learn from a truly great master of classical voice. This is our only class which requires a video audition. If you would like to audition for this class please submit a pre-recorded (un-edited) video to kari@mybouldermusic.com by July 22nd.
Please prepare 1 classical art song or aria in any language of your choice.

J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top stages in repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to world premieres to spirituals and standards.Operatic engagements in the U.S. this season include her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, and her house and role debut at Washington National Opera performing Dalila in Samson et Dalila. She earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

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J'nai Bridges

J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world's top stages in repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to world premieres to spirituals and standards. Her 2019-20 season includes seven house debuts and two role debuts, including her much-anticipated house debut at The Metropolitan Opera.

Bridges has received critical acclaim for her “lush mezzo and a defiant ferocity” (The Wall Street Journal), her “calmly commanding stage presence” (The New Yorker), her “tone full of burnished amber and smoldering heat” (San Francisco Chronicle), her “alluringly dusky voice and fiery temperament” (Chicago Tribune), and her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News).

Operatic engagements in the U.S. this season include ...her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, and her house and role debut at Washington National Opera performing Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges will sing the title role of Carmen for the first time in Europe at the Dutch National Opera, and will make her house and role debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Bridges opens her season with her Tanglewood Festival debut, performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She continues to showcase her concert repertoire by making her debut with San Antonio Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and then performing with the New Jersey Symphony in Handel’s Messiah. Bridges closes her season by making her debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Chineke! Orchestra and Friends.

Recent opera performance highlights include San Francisco Opera for her house role debut in the title role of Carmen, LA Opera for her role debut as Kasturbai in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, creating the role of Josefa Segovia in the world premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West at San Francisco Opera and again at The Dutch National Opera, a house and role debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu as Federica in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, her debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino with Opernhaus Zürich, a debut at Bavarian State Opera as Bersi in Andrea Chénier; at Los Angeles Opera as Nefertiti in Akhnaten; and at Vancouver Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking; and performances as Carmen in the world premiere of Bel Canto, an opera by Jimmy Lopez, based on the novel by Ann Patchett at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in The Rape of Lucretia at Wolf Trap Opera; Suzuki in Madama Butterfly at San Diego Opera and Wolf Trap Opera; and Adalgisa in Norma at Knoxville Opera.

Highlights as a soloist include her sold-out Carnegie Hall Solo Recital debut alongside pianist Mark Markham, performances of the mezzo-soprano solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the L.A. Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Bernstein centennial celebrations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, in Gershwin selections with the New York Philharmonic at the Bravo! Vail Festival led by Bramwell Tovey, at the Farewell to Christoph Eschenbach concert with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; Ravel’s Shéhérezade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, with whom she also was featured in Gershwin works in the orchestra’s inaugural week at the Elbphilharmonie, as well as chamber works with the NDR Symphony cellists; Ravel’s Chansons Medécasses with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and chamber works with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Art Institute of Chicago. J’Nai was also a featured soloist in the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall, at the Festival de Torroella de Montgrí, and the GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends tribute concert at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Bridges is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence Award, a 2016 Richard Tucker Career Grant, first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition, first prize winner at the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition, a recipient of the 2013 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2012 Marian Anderson award winner, the recipient of the 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the recipient of the 2009 Richard F. Gold Grant from The Shoshana Foundation, and the winner of the 2008 Leontyne Price Foundation Competition. J’Nai completed a three-year residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, represented the United States at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and was a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

A native of Tacoma, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Larry Cahn

LARRY CAHN has been acting on stages across the United States and Europe for more than 45 years.

He made his Broadway debut as Ewart Dunlap in The Music Man, starring Dick Van Dyke. Other Broadway credits include The Graduate, with Kathleen Turner, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes, and Epic Proportions. Off-Broadway, he was seen in The Gig (OIP Award), Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! and The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. He toured nationally in Ragtime; Lend Me A Tenor and Elf.

Now a Denver area resident, he played Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Henry Award Nomination) at CSFAC, and, at the Arvada Center, Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Mayor Dobbs in Bright Star, and Tony Trudeau in Sin Street Social Club. He will be seen next as George Hay in Moon Over Buffalo at Miners Alley Playhouse.

Other regional credits include Julie Andrews’ The Great American Mousical (premiere), The Rhythm Club (premiere), Little Shop of Horrors, Company, Pirates of Penzance, The Predators Ball (premiere), The Golden Land, and Annie.

Film/Television credits include: “Freedom Writers,” “The West Wing,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Longmire,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order,” and “Lost Angeles.”

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell is an Audie Award winning, Voice Arts Award winning, Independent Audiobook Award winning, and multiple Audiofile Earphones award winning narrator, voice actor, stage actor, and opera singer based in Los Angeles.

He has narrated over 450 titles in almost every genre, ranging from classics like Herman Melville's Moby Dick, to cutting edge bestsellers like Catherine Coulter's Labyrinth. He specializes in languages, accents and dialects, and is known for his versatile characterizations and flexibility as an actor.

In addition to his narration work, Tim sings regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale, and on film and television soundtracks such as Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Venom, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and many others.

Merideth Kaye Clark

Merideth Kaye Clark has played definitive leading theatrical roles nationwide, such as Elphaba in the First National Tour of Wicked, Eva Perón in Evita (Northern Stage), Nancy in Oliver! (5th Ave), Alice Murphy in Bright Star (Arvada Center), Cathy in The Last Five Years (Portland Center Stage) and has originated roles in two off-Broadway musicals.

Clark is a sought-after concert artist described as "plain astonishing" and "a masterful performer" with "powerhouse pipes." She co-created the original concerts Winter Song (Portland Center Stage), Joni Mitchell’s BLUE and Happy Days Are Here Again: The Music of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, which are now touring internationally.

Merideth has devised a new work in development called Tonight Nothing for which she is co-writing, co-starring and musically scoring.

She is a multi-instrumentalist and plays anything with strings, most notably the guitar, dulcimer and viola. She is half of the acclaimed folk-Americana duo Siren Songs which released their debut album in spring of 2020.

Merideth is also a teaching artist at ReSound NW in Portland, OR and has taught masterclasses nationwide. TV credits include Portlandia and Emmy-nominated Documentary Now! Original Cast Album: Co-op.

Carlin Gilfry

Carin Gilfry is an experienced voice actor who voiced thousands of commercials, instructional videos, IVR systems, eLearning programs, documentaries, and video games, and narrated and produced over 100 audiobooks. She works primarily from her professional home studio in New York City (www.GilfryStudios.com). Her past and current clients include FedEx, Citibank, Duncan Hines, Aspercreme, Quaker, Clairol, CVS, Zulily.com, Neutrogena, Benjamin Moore, GrubHub, Jakks Pacific Toys, Little Tikes, Play Doh, Denny’s, Shutterfly, Audible.com, Quell, and many more.

Carin Gilfry began her career as a singer. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

Alan Lampel

To say the least, Phantom of the Opera has occupied Alan’s world for the last 33 years, from its arrival in the production shops of New York in 1987. Alan had worked his way into an important part of the R&D department at 4-Star Lighting, a prominent production shop servicing Broadway for decades. As a layout person at 4-Star, Alan assisted in the planning of all the scenic electrics, wireless dimming and general production layout for Phantom. And since timing is everything, for the last 32 years, he has been the Production Head Electrician at Phantom on Broadway, operating the lighting console and responsible for maintaining the lighting design on a week-to-week basis. For 8 years in the 90’s, Alan was also the Advance Electrician for the Raoul Touring Company (the large American touring company), as well as the Set-up Shop Representative for the Christine Company (Los Angeles and San Francisco).

Alan started in theatre, volunteering for Ellen Stewart at La Mama ETC in the 70’s. He quickly rose from general technician for the company, learning and growing into the Head Electrician and lighting console operator for multiple productions over 6 years, including traveling the world with various productions. Thus, Alan has been dedicated, since those early days, to serving the pleasure of the lighting designer.

MaryPage Nance

Mary Page Nance is a New York City based Performer, Producer, and Educator. She was in the Original Casts of Finding Neverland and Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway, and toured the country with the First National Company of Bright Star. She most recently worked developing the new musical, Black No More written by Black Thought of The Roots and John Ridley, choreographed by Bill T Jones.

Up next, she will be seen in the Pre-Broadway try out of Lempicka, directed by Tony Award Winner Rachel Chavkin. You can look out for her in the upcoming Netflix Documentary: Dick Johnson is Dead. On TV, she was seen on The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and TLC's Broadway At The White House.

Mary Page is also the founder of Monocle Productions, where she Produces Broadway Talent for Private Events, and is passionate about synthesizing her client's ideas into one unique vision. She is a passionate educator and teaches dance/theater workshops all across the world! Find out more at: www.marypagenance.com Performing IG: @marypagenance

Karen Parlato

Karen Parlato has been a New York-based stage manager for over 20 years. Her primary focus has been as Production Stage Manager of large musicals in regional theatre and summer stock, with Ogunquit Playhouse being her most frequent employer at the moment.

She toured for three years as PSM with The Acting Company, and was 36 hours from joining the Miss Saigon national tour when it shut down due to COVID-19.

She has also worked on numerous Off-Broadway shows (including a year as PSM of Silence! The Musical), and has been a stage manager sub on The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway since 2004.

Her website headsetchatter.com and Twitter (@headsetchatter) are popular with students seeking more information about stage management.

Elliot Peterson

Elliot Peterson is a professional actor, singer, dancer who lives in New York City. International credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere u/s), Music Man at the Royal Opera House Muscat and Skimbleshanks in CATS for Royal Caribbean. Elliot also appeared in the national tour of Elf the musical. Favorite regional credits include: Bright Star (Arvada Center), Funny Girl (Arrow Rock Lyceum), White Christmas (Syracuse Stage), 42nd Street (Wick Theatre) and Promises, Promises (Broward Stage Door).

His opera credits include: Aida (Toledo Opera & Opera Carolina), Flying Dutchman (Glimmerglass Festival & Virginia Opera) and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Glimmerglass Festival). He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.

While the art of theatre may be on a brief hold, Elliot believes it's a way to connect, inspire, educate and entertain. He hopes to instill this sense of magic onto the students in this masterclass series.

Meghan Picerno

Hailed by the New York Times for her “attractive soprano voice,” and for having “total control of the stage,” (Broadway World) coloratura soprano and fan favorite, Meghan Picerno currently stars as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic leading lady, Christine Daaé, in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Hailed for her exciting, crowd-pleasing performances in opera, theatre, and on concert stages throughout the world. Picerno took national audiences by storm as Christine in the US Premiere and First National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. Her portrayal of the title song had critics in awe, “Picerno, however, steals the show with her hypnotic, operatic voice and her expert depiction of Christine’s inner turmoil. Her impeccable vocal performance carries the climax of the production, in which Christine must choose between Raoul and the Phantom…Picerno’s high notes, exuding operatic flare, soar to the mezzanine level of the theater and beyond.” This led to special invitations from Andrew Lloyd Webber to represent his body of work in performance on the ITV television broadcast of the Classic BRIT Awards in 2018, and a guest appearance on the Live at Chelsea Concert Series honoring his 70th birthday. After finishing Love Never Dies, Picerno was invited to take another turn at Christine, this time in a sparkling new production of The Phantom of the Opera on its highly lauded World Tour, premiering the iconic piece in Tel Aviv, Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia, Singapore, and the Philippines. This fall she made her highly anticipated Broadway début to great critical acclaim as leading lady, Christine Daaé, in Broadway’s longest running production, The Phantom of the Opera, where she was hailed as ...one of the top Broadway replacements of 2019 by Broadway Box.

Ms. Picerno’s star began to rise after her first collaboration with legendary director Hal Prince as Cunegonde in his new production of Candide at New York City Opera. Of her performance, Huffington Post hailed: “The real beauty of the evening was Meghan Picerno, clear of voice and crisp of diction, who managed the challenging ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ with aplomb.” Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after Cungeondes in the world, Picerno reprised the role at San Francisco Symphony (led by Michael Tilson Thomas), Princeton Symphony, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Before hitting the road with Love Never Dies, Ms. Picerno delighted Off-Broadway audiences in Musicals in Mufti: From Berlin to Broadway with the York Theatre Company and as Lucie Dreyfus in The Dreyfus Affair with Ensemble of the Romantic Century at BAM. Among Picerno’s favorite regional credits are Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Marian in The Music Man, and Amalia in She Loves Me.

On concert stages, she starred in “Oh, Happy Us” at The Appel Room, Birdland Jazz, The Actors Fund Gala celebrating Hal Prince, and T. Schreiber Studio’s 48th Anniversary Gala. She has graced concert stages in solo débuts in prestigious venues such as New York City’s David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, and Theatro Municipal de São Paolo. Meghan can also be seen in a commercial spot for Scrub Daddy, which became the most successful company ever featured on Shark Tank.

Upon graduating with a Master of Music degree in Voice from Manhattan School of Music, Picerno enjoyed a diverse career on operatic stages including thrilling performances of Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and a series of successful role débuts throughout the country including Gilda in Rigoletto, Violetta in La traviata, and the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. She graced concert stages in solo débuts in prestigious venues such as New York City’s David Geffen Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and The National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing.

Picerno was a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Operalia International Vocal Competition in London at The Royal Opera House and received 1st prize in The Forte International Competition and The Arkadi International Vocal and New York Lyric Opera’s Vocal Competitions, 2nd Prize in The American Prize Vocal Competition, and awards from the Alfredo Silipigni, Benjamin Matthews Competitions, and Career Bridges Grant Program.

David Shenton & Erin Shields

David Shenton is an English-born pianist, violinist, composer, and arranger based in New York City. Born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, David studied violin and piano at The Royal College of Music in London from where he graduated with the highest honors. As pianist/music director David has worked with renowned members of the music profession in all genres, including Vanessa Williams, Tony Bennett, John Wilson, Norm Lewis, Zach Levi, Sierra Boggess, Denyce Graves, Renée Fleming, Sherrill Milnes, Marilyn Maye, Liz Callaway, Sir André Previn, Michael Feinstein, Amanda McBroom, Katie Couric, Alan Menken, and Stephen Schwartz.

  He gave his Carnegie Hall début in 2014 when he conducted (from the piano) his own orchestra/big band in front of a sold out house. David's Jazz @ Lincoln Center début was at The Rose Theater as jazz pianist in 2008, and two years later he gave his classical piano début at Lincoln Center's Rubenstein Atrium performing Schumann and Chopin as part of the 200th year anniversary celebrations of these two composers. In 2012 David arranged, orchestrated, conducted, and played solo violin and piano for a Lincoln Center-commissioned work to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.  As a violinist, David has performed frequently as a soloist with leading orchestras and as a recitalist. As a jazz pianist he continues to perform frequently at jazz clubs and larger venues in the USA.

   In 2013 David began a close working relationship with lyricist Martin Charnin (creator and lyricist of, among many others, Annie). David has co-created more than ...a dozen reviews/shows with Mr. Charnin which have been performed frequently by Broadway stars.

  A prolific arranger, David has worked for Abbey Road & CTS Studios (London), on Hollywood movies, West End & Broadway shows. He arranged/orchestrated the music for Howard Blake's The Snowman, which has run in the West End since 1998, and has orchestrated several shows in Germany, as well as the newest musical by the 'Annie' team, Robin Hood' The Untold Story. In August 2013 David created and orchestrated the original arrangements for a new and exciting group, Opus X, whose début album featured special guest, trumpeter Chris Botti.

  David began writing music at the age of 9 and has written hundreds of pieces including a symphony, 2 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos and 2 string quartets all composed before the age of 11. Recent works include a double jazz violin concerto, several songs, and 5 musicals, all of which have premiered in New York. David’s CDs are widely available and his solo piano CD, Sunnyside Blues, has won high acclaim as well as several awards. David’s ballet, Ascension, was commissioned by The Pendulum Aerial Dance Company in Portland (OR), who performs this work frequently. David wrote his first film score for Franc Reyes' drama, Beauty, which was screened in Hollywood, Miami and New York.

  David teaches extensively and, as a coach, accompanist and teaching professor, has been on the faculties of NYU, The New School, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, was visiting professor of violin and piano at St. Thomas Choir School for 4 years, and is entering his sixth year as the Music Director at Grace Church School in Manhattan. He is also a composer in residence in the advanced class of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.


Erin, a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, has also studied voice in Vienna, Austria. She started her professional career at age 17 when she sang the National Anthem for Michael Jordan & The Chicago Bulls. Since then, her vocal versatility has allowed her to perform a number of different genres all over the country. 

  She has performed leading roles for many reputable music festivals, opera companies and orchestras. Most notable roles: Eliza in My Fair Lady, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Natchez Festival of Music), Okugata in A Story of Three Women (Harmonia Opera, James Demster, cond.), Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Gianetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Opera Intimo, CT), Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (The Little Opera Theater of NY), covered the role of The Mother in Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (The Little Orchestra Society, Dino Anagnost, cond.) and performed the role of ...Marina Vlady in the world premiere of Let Us Fly, the life and music of Vladimir Vysotsky, working with TONY Award Winner Larry Hochman (Book of Mormon on Broadway) and director Moni Yakim (Jacques Brel is Alive & Well - Off-Broadway) at the 92nd St Y in New York City.

  In 2011, Erin placed as one of the top five grand finalists in the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia. She has performed for many charitable organizations, including the Global AIDS Alliance at Joe's Pub, NYC along with the Brick Church School’s African Dream Academy benefit hosted by news icon Katie Couric. 

  She has sung numerous times with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night's Dream starring Marcia Gay Harden and Campbell Scott and worked with such renowned conductors as Neeme Järvi, Sir John Elliott Gardner, Sir Neville Marriner and Leon Botstein. Erin's CD, I'd Rather Be Lonely, features songs from the Great American Songbook and some of the best jazz musicians NYC has to offer.

Donna D. Vaughn

Dona D. Vaughn began her career as a cast member of the original Broadway productions of COMPANY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and SEESAW. She toured for one year as “Fanny Brice” in FUNNY GIRL, and toured as “Mrs. Lovett” in SWEENEY TODD. She has performed with many regional and summer stock companies throughout the US. She has taught voice to music theater students at the State University of New York - Plattsburgh and Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Wesleyan, and her Master of Arts in Directing from Hunter College. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Vaughn studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen, and dance with Martha Graham. She has maintained a private coaching studio in New York for over twenty-five years, and currently serves as Artistic Director of Opera at Manhattan School of Music and Artistic Director of Opera at Opera Maine.

Katrina Yaukey

Broadway: Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Cabaret (2014), Warhorse, Billy Elliot, Company, Cabaret (1998).
Tours: Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Victor/Victoria.

Studied Oboe Performance/Musical Theatre at Penn State University and holds both Bachelors of Professional Studies and a Masters Certificate in Music Production from Berklee College of Music. Repairs accordions! www.katrinayaukey.com