Judges for MONC-AZ District
November 3, 2018, at the Musical Instrument Museum


Richard Bado

Richard Bado
Houston Grand Opera
Head of Music Staff

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard Bado made his professional conducting debut in 1989 leading Houston Grand Opera’s production of Show Boat. Since then, Mr. Bado has conducted at many well known national and international opera companies. An accomplished pianist, Mr. Bado has played for a number of famous opera singers including Renee Fleming. Mr. Bado is currently the Director of Artistic Operations and Chorus Master for the Houston Grand Opera. For 12 years, he was the Director of the Opera Studies Program at Rice University and he served on the faculty of a number of prestigious music schools and festivals throughout the world


John Keene

John Keene
Seattle Opera
Head of Music and Chorus Director

John Keene is Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at Seattle Opera where he has also conducted the company premiere of As One and was Assistant Conductor for Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Previously he was Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at Florida Grand Opera where he worked with Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sherrill Milnes, Renata Scotto, and Bryn Terfel. An acclaimed vocal coach, recital accompanist, and conductor, Maestro Keene has been associated with San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and New Orleans Opera among many others. A student of the pioneer teacher of accompanying, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, he partnered baritone Thomas Hampson in her masterclasses.


Roger Pines

Roger Pines
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Roger Pines, a MONC judge since 1991, is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s dramaturg. Among his many roles at Lyric are program editor, broadcast co-host/commentator, and special lecturer/consultant for the company’s young-artist program. Pines previously held positions at San Diego Opera, The Dallas Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. A contributor of articles and reviews to opera publications internationally, Pines has also written CD lines notes for seven major labels. He recently presented multiple lectures for the inaugural Teatro Nuovo bel canto opera festival at SUNY/Purchase and for Chicago’s renowned Newberry Library. Pines has appeared annually on the Met broadcasts’ “Opera Quiz” since 2006.

Dr. Robert Mills
Official MONC Audition Accompanist

Dr. Robert Mills is an assistant clinical professor of Music and the vocal coach/accompanist for Arizona State University's Lyric Opera. Dr. Mills holds a BA in music from the University of Maryland as well as a MM and a DMA in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. Additionally, Dr. Mills holds both a Juris Doctor and a MLIS from Brigham Young University.

For nearly three years, Dr. Mills served as an assistant vocal coach and accompanist for the Opera Institute at Boston University. Currently, he is on faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) summer program in Graz, Austria as a repetitor/coach. Dr. Mills concertizes regularly throughout the United States promoting American art song and has just completed a recording on the Summit label of the song cycles of Judith Cloud. He has collaborated with vocal artists and technicians such as Ingo Titze, Phyllis Curtain, Andrea Lechner and Ariel Bybee in concert, workshop and master class settings. Dr. Mills has taught throughout the world including invitations to the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de México as well as the Big Bear Lake Song Festival. Dr. Mills has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Johns Hopkins Symphony, and the Mesa Symphony as well as with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale and the Three Tenors of Mexico. Dr. Mills can be heard on the Canyon Record label.