JTVA ARTISTIC
ADVISORY COUNCIL

JTVA is fortunate to have the expertise and guidance of a diverse group of professional artists and educators from the performing arts world to help us in our development and growth. This Artistic Advisory Council assists JTVA in two capacities. First, they take an active role by teaching master classes, performing at events and recitals, judging competitions, and participating in related educational and performance activities. Second, they serve as a sounding board and provide feedback on ideas, as well as offer insight drawn from their collective professional experience.


STEVE AIKEN

General and artistic director of Shreveport Opera, former general director for advancement at Nashville Opera, and executive director of Opera Memphis.

DR. MARTIN BENVENUTO

Artistic director the Peninsula Women's Chorus.

GREGORY BUCHALTER

Artistic Director and conductor of Opera Fairbanks, Opera Las Vegas and Opera Camerata of Washington who is also a cover conductor at the Metropolitan Opera where the position of "Maestro di Banda" was created for him.

PAUL CACCAMO

Bay Area accompanist, vocal coach, chamber musician, conductor, orchestral pianist, and recording artist.

PATRICIA CRAIG

Renowned American operatic soprano and voice teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory since 2010, formerly on the voice faculty of New England Conservatory of Music. Board president of American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria

ROBIN FISHER

Lyric Coloratura Soprano with world-wide performance experience is currently professor of voice at Sacramento State University and program director at Lingua e Canto, a summer intensive training program for young singers. She is co-author of American Art Song & American Poetry (2012) as well as The Selected Writings of John Duke (2007). 

SHERI GREENAWALD

Internationally known operatic soprano, voice teacher, and director of the San Francisco Opera Center since 2002.

JAKE HEGGIE

American composer of opera, vocal, orchestral, and chamber music. He is best known for his operas and songs as well as for his collaborations with internationally renowned performers and writers.

AUDREY HOWITT

Bay Area voice teacher associated with Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Young Women’s Choral Project of San Francisco, and Head Royce School.

BRANDON JOVANOVICH

International operatic tenor and winner of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award.

JONATHAN KHUNER

Assistant conductor and prompter for the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and music director of West Edge Opera.

BEN MALKEVITCH

Freelance vocal coach and collaborative pianist in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

DR. SUSAN MCMANE

Artistic director of the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco, and former artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

SUSANNE MENTZER

World-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano, recording artist, voice teacher, and arts advocate.

MICHAEL MORGAN

Music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Conductor Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and artistic director of Festival Opera.

JOSE LUIS MOSCOVICH

General Director at West Bay Opera

MICHAEL NUTTER

Artistic Director and Stage Director for the Capitol City Opera Company in Atlanta, Georgia, with over 27 years of professional work in opera, classical music and theater.

Clara Osowski

Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

DR. GENE PETERSON

Director of choral activities at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

DAVID PINKHAM

Bay Area actor, director, set designer, and stage manager, and currently musical stage director at Campolindo High School in Moraga.

BURR PHILLIPS

Associate Professor at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific.

PHILIP SKINNER

Operatic bass-baritone who has sung leading roles throughout North America and Europe, including more than 50 productions at San Francisco Opera.

Brian Staufenbiehl

Creative director and stage director for Opera Parallèle since 2007, Brian Staufenbiel actively works across a wide range of artistic disciplines.

HECTOR VASQUEZ

Operatic baritone, teacher, clinician and adjudicator, and former program director for the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

DEBORAH VOIGT

American operatic soprano who has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide.