Project 19 Artists
2018 Summer Retreat
Michael David Gray is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of South Carolina and a resident company member of Opera Carolina (NC). Michael has appeared as a mainstage artist with Charlottesville Opera (VA), Opera Omaha (NE), Opera Southwest (NM), Tidewater Opera (VA), Capitol Opera Richmond (VA), South Carolina Bach Choir, Spoleto Festival (SC), and Palmetto Opera (SC). This season, Michael is schedule to perform with Capitol City Opera (GA), Palisades Opera (NJ), and the Florence Symphony Orchestra (SC).
American mezzo-soprano Heather Jones has been praised for her “skillful delivery” in “showstopping” performances onstage and in concert. This season, Ms. Jones appeared in productions with Opera Philadelphia, Opera Fayetteville, Opera Louisiane, and Opera Company of Middlebury, and traveled to Portland, OR to sing the title role in Evan Mack’s opera Angel of the Amazon. She also collaborated with American Lyric Theatre and Sign & Sing ASL to workshop and present several new works in New York City, and was a soloist with the Albany Symphony in NY and the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. Favorite roles include: Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Siebel (Faust), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Sister Mister (The Cradle Will Rock), and Cleo (The Most Happy Fella). Ms. Jones has been a Young Artist at Opera Saratoga, Seagle Music Colony, and CoOPERAtive, and is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and Mannes School of Music. heatherjonesmezzo.com
William Lewis, pianist/accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, and performer is beginning his fiftieth year as a professional musician. In 2014, he earned two nominations in the Charleston Theater Awards for his performances in “The Piano Man and the Diva” (Best Musical Director and Best Actor in a Musical) for the 2013-2014 season. In Savannah, Georgia, he won the People’s Choice Award during the American Traditions Competition. Mr. Lewis regularly appears with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan in concert and also plays for Marcello Giordano and violinist Gregory Harrington. He has served as vocal coach for the Santa Fe Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Omaha, Texas Opera, Opera Music Theater International with Jerome Hines, Central City Opera House Festival and Natchez Opera Festival. As a teacher, Mr. Lewis has served on the faculties of both the Boston and New England Conservatories and at Rutgers University. He has taught master classes across the U.S. and is presently an Artist in Residence at the University of Kentucky with Dr. Tynan.
Principal Music Advisor
Operations Director Laura Mitchell holds a B.A. in Music and minor in Mathematics from UC San Diego and an Artist Diploma from the prestigious University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Her administrative background includes IT Project Management, Business Analysis and Systems Analysis & Integration. Her personal mission as an administrator of an arts organization is to create a space that celebrates the singer as much as the company; to create a space where singer’s opinions matter and where they can learn to make their own decisions as musicians. Laura is passionate about leveraging the booming market of free technologies to enhance the experience for both singers and productions in a cost-effective way.
At CCM, she performed the roles of Fiordiligi, Musetta, Susanna, and the title roles in Alcina and Manon. Laura has worked with Lyric Opera Virginia, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, along with programs in several other countries. Her performances are often praised for “captivating” performances (Classical Singer Magazine), and “nuanced delivery” (Oberon’s Grove).
Soprano Laura Snyderman prides herself in performing a variety of styles, from Aperghis to J.S. Bach. Laura sang Gilda in an excerpt of Rigoletto with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem. She debuted Julia in the world premiere of Moshe Zorman’s opera Albert, and Chloe in an “outstanding performance” of Thomas Whitman’s revised chamber opera, Sukey in the Dark. Other credits include Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica with Bel Cantati Opera, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of Keith Chambers, and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte under the direction of Benoit Renard with Manhattan Opera Studio. She was a featured artist with the Smithsonian Institute Fabergé Egg and Russian Romance Seminar, the Union Square Chamber Art Series, the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival, and Blank Space Baltimore. Recently, Laura’s performance of Alban Berg’s “Die Nachtigall,” was presented twice on Maryland PBS. Laura recently completed her education at the Peabody Conservatory in the studio of Elizabeth Futral.
Lyric coloratura soprano Joyce Yin, praised by New York Concert Review for singing with an “otherworldly quality,” brings a committed physicality and depth of emotional connection to the stage. This season, Joyce performs the title role in Caccini’s Euridice, Papagena, and Lucy in The Telephone. A performer whose “deft characterization” is “matched by her fearless singing” (Entertainment Hour), Joyce particularly enjoys exploring the complexities and nuances of determined women such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Morgana (Alcina), and Gilda (Rigoletto). Recent highlights include Ines in Donizetti’s La Zingara with Amore Opera, Linfea in La Calisto with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, and her debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in the Messiah. Joyce is a winner of the Met Auditions Audience Choice Award and the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. She graduated with her M.M. in Opera Performance from Arizona State University. Please visit www.joyceyin.com and @joycesings for updates.
Core Artist, Co-Founder, Artistic Director