Joyce Yin received her M.M. in Opera Performance from Arizona State University, where she was the recipient of a two-year teaching assistantship and Choral and Lyric Opera Theatre talent scholarships. She has over six year of experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator and is an enthusiastic proponent of the power of engagement and innovation. Her vision is that every performer has the tools and knowledge to participate as a complete artist, educator, contributor, and community-builder; her mission in founding Cantanti Project is to provide the environment and the opportunities to support such development.
A lyric coloratura soprano praised by New York Concert Review for singing with an “otherworldly quality,” Joyce enjoys an active schedule of opera and concert engagements showcasing the flexibility and versatility of her voice. This season, Joyce makes her solo debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah, performs as Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and adds the roles of Gilda (Rigoletto) and Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) to her repertoire. Recent highlights include her Lincoln Center debut singing Adele (Die Fledermaus), role debuts as Morgana (Alcina) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), and Vivaldi's Nulla in mundo pax sincera. She is a winner of the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego, a first place winner of NATS Student Auditions (Arizona), and a recipient of the MONC Auditions Audience Choice Award (San Diego).
Joyce currently lives and sings in New York.
Laura Mitchell is a California-grown soprano with a background in IT Project Management and a more-than-passing interest in Astronomy! When she moved to NYC and began auditioning seriously, she couldn't help but notice (and who doesn't):
"... how little anyone cares about the actual singers that are auditioning. They charge you for the audition and for the pianist, give you no feedback, and never talk to you again. If you do get the gig, you get paid nothing, and usually get next-to-nothing out of it except a line item on your resume."
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, where their voices are heard on more than just the stage, and where they can learn to make their own decisions as musicians instead of playing second fiddle to a coach or director; to create an organization that offers tangible deliverables to its singers in the form of recordings, photos, a network of colleagues, and more.
Laura did her undergraduate degree at University of California, San Diego (B.A. Voice, minor Math) and her Artist Diploma at CCM (Opera). Over the years, she has worked with companies in San Diego, Sarasota, Virginia, Germany, Croatia, New York, Ohio, and others.
Sam Fujii, a San Francisco native, is an active performer and educator in the Tri-City area. Recent roles include Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Masetto with the Manhattan Opera Studio, Marco (Gianni Schicchi), and Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia). He has also appeared with NY Lyric Opera Theater, Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Opera Oggi NY, and New Jersey-based Opera GoLightly.
Sam maintains a private voice studio and works regularly with private and public schools. As a collaborative pianist, he has accompanied choirs throughout the Upper Midwest and Northeastern United States and Canada. In 2015, he returns for his third consecutive year as Music Director of Lamp Camp, a youth drama camp produced by Lamplighters Community Theatre in Minnesota, which instructs students ages 7-18 in improv theater, singing, and dance.
Sam holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He currently studies with Bill Lewis.
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.
Kayte Zhang, (pronounced like "Kate") is an actor, singer, seamstress, and mystery lover currently living in New York City. Originally from Arizona, Kayte has performed throughout the US, including at College Light Opera Company, Phoenix Theatre, and TheatreSquared. Though primarily a performer, Kayte has worked in many aspects of performing arts both on and off stage. Her experience includes five years as a costume maker and dresser for musical theatre and opera productions and, most recently, as a development intern at Ma-Yi Theatre Company, an off-Broadway company focused on producing works by Asian American playwrights. As an arts administrator, Kayte is interested in finding innovative ways to develop audiences for performing arts that match our society's rapidly changing relationship with social media and entertainment.
Kayte earned dual Bachelor of Music degrees from Arizona State University in Music Theatre and Vocal Performance. In her free time, she likes to take long walks in idyllic brownstone neighborhoods, listen to NPR podcasts, and dote over every dog she meets.
Dante spends his days lounging, playing with toys, and researching repertoire. He is partial to Mozart and Schumann and has begun developing an interest in Strauss. Dante dabbles in character tenor repertoire with occasional ventures into countertenor roles. His favorite aria is "O mio babbino." Dante received his musical training in New York City and via YouTube.
Soprano Lydia Dahling joins Cantanti Project for the 2016-2017 season as a Staff Artist in the role of Project Coordinator.
Dahling is an emerging singer known for her dynamic and intimate performances and her wide range of vocal colors. This season, she covers Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Vocal Productions NYC and makes her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto. In the 2015-2016 season, she made role debuts as Pamina in The Magic Flute and Lisette in La rondine. She also joined The Cantanti Project as Ophelia in excerpts from Hamlet and was a cover study of the title role in their production of Alcina. Her interpretation of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Mannes Opera was called “sweet voiced” by Opera News. Other credits include Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Sugar Creek Opera, where she was a Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist, and the Voice from Heaven (Don Carlo) with Vocal Productions NYC. Also a performer of chamber music, she has performed works such as Seven Romances by Aleksandr Blok (Shostakovich) and a world premier by Dorian Wallace with Tenth Intervention, a new music consortium based in New York City. Dahling holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Mannes College The New School for Music, and also studied French song with Michel Sénéchal. A native of Indiana, she currently resides in New York City.
Soprano Sara Lin Yoder, from Oskaloosa, Iowa, is finding her niche in early and new music. Sara Lin received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota where she performed the roles of Nanetta (Falstaff) and Ida (Die Fledermaus). In the Spring 2016, she earned a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she performed the roles of Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Laurie (The Tender Land). Sara Lin’s interest in new music was discovered in 2012 while working with Grammy Award winning composers Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein to workshop the role of Jessica in their new production of Sister Carrie. Sara Lin has also workshopped Aschera in Apocalypse: Now and Then (Manuel Kerer, Guerino Mazzola), Susan in A Song for Susan Smith (Zach Redler, Mark Campbell) and Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life (Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer). Sara Lin currently resides in NYC.