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Olivia Cosio has been recognized for her diverse abilities in both concert and opera repertoire. She is currently earning her Master’s degree in Vocal Arts from The Juilliard School, where she studies with Sanford Sylvan. Recent engagements include her work as a Vocal Fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed Susie in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, sang in the world-premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s In America, and worked with world-renowned artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Stephanie Blythe, Margo Garrett, and John Harbison.
In May of 2018, Olivia completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she performed three fully-staged operatic roles, went on tour with the Oberlin Sinfonietta to the Bang on a Can Festival in Brooklyn, and sang in masterclasses for esteemed artists such as Marilyn Horne.
She is a former Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco, a national non-profit that provides educational resources and instruction to underserved students. She taught music, 7th-grade writing, and 6th-grade literature in 2015 and 2016. She believes in developing the right approach for each of her music students, with healthy singing being the focus of any genre.
Matthew Payne is a rising 5th year at Oberlin Conservatory and College. This summer, Matthew was delighted to perform in three solo concerts at the Chautauqua Institution. Recently, Matthew performed in concerts with singers and pianists from institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Matthew has performed in numerous operas and musical theater shows. Most recently, he was seen in Cleveland Opera’s production of Moniuszko’sStraszny dwór and as Mr. Gobineau in Oberlin Opera Theater’s production of Menotti’s The Medium. In the fall, Matthew will be singing in Oberlin Opera Theater’s Bernstein Review and in Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s production of Cabaret. Matthew has also performed as a solo recitalist with the Society for New Music and as a concert singer with the Oberlin Cantata Project and Oberlin Baroque.
Micah Gleason is currently finishing her undergraduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She will graduate with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education, with a choral emphasis. Michaela studies voice under the tutelage of Judith Haddon, and conducting under the tutelage of Stephen Squires. Micah has performed as a vocalist in a variety of settings, both as a soloist and an ensemble member. Highlights include Alto Soloist in the Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, and Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri; the role of Polly Peachum in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera and Ms. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium; and a great variety of art song repertoire ranging from Lieder to Melodie, to Spanish and Russian folk songs. Recent performances have included performing Brahms Op. 91, Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populaires Españolas; as well as conducting choral works both in Chicago and abroad in Oxford. She currently serves as the Alto Artist in Residence with the Rockefeller Chapel Choir at the University of Chicago, and the Alto Section Leader at the United Church of Hyde Park.
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