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.
General and artistic director of Shreveport Opera, former general director for advancement at Nashville Opera, and executive director of Opera Memphis.
American mezzo-soprano with numerous honors including the 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award, the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, the 2014 International Opera Award in the Young Singer category, the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, the Main and Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and grand prize winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
DR. MARTIN BENVENUTO
Artistic director the Peninsula Women's Chorus.
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.
Bay Area accompanist, vocal coach, chamber musician, conductor, orchestral pianist, and recording artist.
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
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).
Internationally known operatic soprano, voice teacher, and director of the San Francisco Opera Center since 2002.
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.
Baritone opera singer and holds degrees in music theory, historical musicology, and voice performance. He is the Coordinator of Vocal Studies, and the Associate Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico.
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.
International operatic tenor and winner of the 2007 Richard Tucker Award.
Assistant conductor and prompter for the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and music director of West Edge Opera.
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.
World-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano, recording artist, voice teacher, and arts advocate.
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
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 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.
Bay Area actor, director, set designer, and stage manager, and currently musical stage director at Campolindo High School in Moraga.
Associate Professor at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific.
Operatic bass-baritone who has sung leading roles throughout North America and Europe, including more than 50 productions at San Francisco Opera.
Creative director and stage director for Opera Parallèle since 2007, Brian Staufenbiel actively works across a wide range of artistic disciplines.
Operatic baritone, teacher, clinician and adjudicator, and former program director for the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
American operatic soprano who has performed in opera houses and concert halls worldwide.