Judges for MONC-AZ District
November 4, 2017, at the Musical Instrument Museum


Gerald Dolter

Gerald Dolter
Professor Voice Area Co-Chair
Director, Texas Tech University Opera Theatre

Gerald Dolter, has devoted more than 30 years of his life to the musical theatre and opera stages. His repertoire includes more than 80 professional operatic roles and more than 25 musical theatre portrayals. For TTU Music Theatre he has directed more than 20 major productions of musicals and operas since 1998. He is a National Metropolitan Opera Auditions winner, and has sung with many of the country's professional opera companies. For six seasons he was the leading baritone with Germany's Bremen Opera. He won the Premio Galeffi at Italy's Concorso Internazional per Voci Verdiane in 1984, and in 1986 won first place in the International Vocal Competition of Ghent, Belgium. He is a graduate of Indiana University's Schools of Music and Business.


Elizabeth Hynes

Elizabeth Hynes
USC Thornton School of Music
Associate Professor in Vocal Arts and Opera

Elizabeth Hynes is a faculty member at the USC Thornton School Of Music, and has served as Chair of the Vocal Arts/Opera Department. Ms. Hynes also teaches at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She was elected to the Aspen Music Festival Corporation and has twice served as a New Horizons Faculty, endowing three students for three years study at the Aspen Opera Theater Center. Ms. Hynes has also taught at the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Italy. With a national reputation as a vocal teacher and mentor, Ms. Hynes adjudicates regularly for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and is in demand as a master class presenter around the country.


Melissa Wegner

Melissa Wegner
Associate Director of the
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Melissa Wegner is the Associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a faculty member at Ravinia's Steans Music Institute Program for Singers. She is a frequent speaker at various conservatories and universities. In addition to adjudicating the Met Auditions, she has also adjudicated the SAI Vocal Competition, the McCammon Voice Competition, and the Belvedere Competition. As a soprano, Ms. Wegner has performed opera, concerts and recitals in the United States and Europe. She joined New York City Opera as a Supertitles Associate and continues this work on a freelance basis with many organizations. She also fundraises to support the orphanage in Colombia from which she was adopted.

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.