You don’t want to miss the wonderful singing of magnificent baritone Thomas West when he headlines our event “The Finalists Revealed” on April 28! Come hear him sing, mingle with guests, and enjoy wine and appetizers at this free event—plus, be first to learn who the 14 finalists are for the 6th JTVA Vocal Competition!
Baritone Thomas West’s 2018-2019 season includes covering Silvio in Pagliacci with Opera San Jose and his role debut as Morales in Carmen with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Recent career highlights include Bill in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony, and the world premiere of Wayne Oquin’s Meditation in Alice Tully Hall. Organizations performed with include the New York Festival of Song and the Chautauqua Institution. In 2014, President Obama named Thomas a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He holds a BM in Vocal Performance from The Juilliard School.
Joining him at the piano will be Paul Caccamo. Pianist Paul Caccamo is an uncommonly versatile performer, leading an active career in the Bay Area as accompanist, vocal coach, chamber musician, conductor, orchestral pianist and recording artist.
238 singers from 34 states and 26 foreign countries applied this year to compete this summer on June 15 for more than $100,000 and several performance opportunities. Judges from around the United States are reviewing the applicants’ video applications right now and we will announce the finalists on April 28 at 4:00 at the lovely show room of Piedmont Piano in downtown Oakland, California.
JUNE 14 & 15, 2019
SIXTH ANNUAL JTVA VOCAL COMPETITION WEEKEND
VALLEY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT HOLY NAMES UNIVERSITY
3500 MOUNTAIN BOULEVARD, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
Stay tuned for additional event details. See below for 2019 Masterclass teacher information.
JAKE HEGGIE: 2019 TIER I MASTER TEACHER
Jake Heggie is the composer of the operas Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick, It’s A Wonderful Life, Great Scott, Three Decembers, Out of Darkness: Two Remain, and the choral opera, The Radio Hour, among others. He has also composed nearly 300 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. The operas – most created with writers Terrence McNally or Gene Scheer – have been produced on five continents. Moby-Dick (Scheer) was telecast throughout the United States as part of Great Performances’ 40th Season and released on DVD (EuroArts). Dead Man Walking (McNally) has received 60 international productions and has been recorded twice. Three Decembers has received nearly two dozen international productions. The composer was recently awarded the Eddie Medora King prize from the UT Austin Butler School of Music, and the Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. A Guggenheim Fellow, Heggie has served as a mentor for the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and is a frequent guest artist at universities, conservatories and festivals throughout the USA and Canada. He and Gene Scheer are currently at work on If I Were You, based on the Faustian story by Julian Green, for the Merola Opera Program’s 2019 season.
KIP CRANNA: 2019 TIER II MASTER TEACHER
Clifford (Kip) Cranna, Dramaturg at San Francisco Opera, has served on the staff since 1979 and was Director of Music Administration for over thirty years. In 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor, and in 2012 he received the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for distinguished efforts to bring excellence to a cultural institution. He has served as vocal adjudicator for numerous groups including the Metropolitan Opera National Council. In 2014 he received the Star of Excellence Award for outstanding service to the programs of the San Francisco Opera Guild. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. He lectures and writes frequently on music, teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory, the Fromm Institute at USF, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and moderates the SF Opera Guild “Insight” panel discussions. He was Dramaturg for the 2016 production of Wagner’s “Ring” at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.