Baritone Robert Peavler serves as Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Peavler regularly performs across the country as a recitalist and soloist. An advocate of American art song, his recording, From The Heartland (Albany Records-TR1349), is a collection of contemporary American art song, highlighting composers Kirke Mechem, Dominic Argento, Thomas Pasatieri, and Timothy Hoekman. He is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press). Dr. Peavler’s students consistently place at the top of their divisions in state and regional auditions and he is proud of their contributions as music teachers and
professional singers across the country.
Katherine Calcamuggio Donner is an award-winning mezzo-soprano who has been featured in important role and company debuts across the United States, eliciting kudos for her “soaring, rich voice” (The Miami Herald), her “polished musical and dramatic characterizations” (Kurt Weill Newsletter) and her “fine coloratura technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Equally at home on the operatic, concert and recitals stages, she has a diversified performing portfolio, however, favorite roles and works include the comic and light-hearted operatic roles of Buttercup in HMS Pinafore (Union Avenue Opera), Julia Child in Bon Appetit! (Opera Lynchburg), Hansel in Hansel and Gretl (Syracuse Opera) to the more serious concert roles of the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and performing the soprano soloist in John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine with eighth blackbird. As an active recitalist, she has travelled across the United States with the Piatigorsky Foundation, performing nearly one-hundred recitals over the last ten years.
Dr. Calcamuggio Donner holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Michigan, a Master of Music from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Louisville.
Tenor, Albert Rudolph Lee’s performances have been described as “vocally sumptuous,” “musically distinctive” and even “acrobatically agile.” Having appeared with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint
Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Caramoor International Music Festival, Dr. Lee’s recent performances include the tenor solo in Beethoven 9 th with the Jackson Symphony, a performance
of George Walker’s Lilac’s for Tenor and Orchestra for the opening concert of the African American Art Song Alliance 20 th Anniversary Conference, performances with Cincinnati Opera
and a feature role in the world premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s opera Bessie and Ma in Storrs, CT. In his ninth year on the voice faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Lee’s upcoming activities include a virtual appearance with Opera Las Vegas in a tribute concert to African American Opera Legends and a spring performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Reno
Lauded in the New York Times for her “admirable fluidity,” Amy Petrongelli has cultivated a diverse performance career. Her commitment to musical collaboration has led her to fellowships at summer programs such as the Tanglewood Music Center, Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. She has also been a featured performer for organizations such as Five Boroughs Music Festival, the Casement Fund Recital Series, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
An advocate for contemporary music, Amy has premiered new works for organizations such as the Houston Grand Opera, New American Voices, and AEPEX Contemporary Performance. Amy is a founding member of the Khemia Ensemble, which champions contemporary chamber music through multimedia performances. In partnership with pianist Clare Longendyke, Amy also helps to direct the annual Music in Bloom Festival, which focuses on promoting artists of the 21st century. In 2020, Amy was honored by her alma mater, the University of Michigan, with an Emerging Artist Award for her significant contributions to the field of music performance.
A passionate educator, Amy is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Georgia.
Connecticut Opera, Shreveport Opera, Mississippi Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theatre at Wildwood, Augusta Opera, Ohio Light Opera and Opera in the Ozarks. Ms. Trujillo has served as artist faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center, Ars Vocalis México (Zamora, México), the Taos Opera Institute, The Lake Placid Institute, and Intermezzo Program for Young Artists as well as the academic faculty at the Hartt School, Middle Tennessee State University, Yale University and Central Connecticut State University. She made her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2006 and her compact disc, Thou didst delight my Ears, featuring tenor, Ian Partridge, was recently released on the Mark Records label. Ms. Trujillo can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Chandos release of Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur, as well as with fellow Florida State University faculty members Deborah Bish and Christopher Moore on the Mark Records label. A native of Santa Fe, N.M., she received her musical training from Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Illinois, where she studied with John Wustman. She taught at The Florida State University from 1990-1996 and rejoined the faculty in 2002, where she is now Professor of Vocal Coaching and Accompanying.