Judges for MONC-AZ District
October 22, 2016, at the Musical Instrument Museum

 

Clare Burovac
 

Clare Burovac

Clare Burovac was appointed Portland Opera's Director of Artistic Operations in 2008. Prior to joining Portland Opera, Ms. Burovac spent 14 years at Seattle Opera, taking on a variety of increasingly demanding positions, including Production Stage Manager and Production Coordinator of the Ring Cycle. She has served as a guest lecturer for Seattle Opera and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as a frequent judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

 

 

 

Carol Kirkpatrick
 

Carol Kirkpatrick

Throughout America and Europe, Dramatic Soprano, Carol Kirkpatrick has thrilled audiences and critics alike; “A major voice, one worth the whole evening”, New York Times. Ms. Kirkpatrick started her career with the San Francisco Opera and has performed with many companies and orchestras throughout Europe and America.

Since retiring, Ms. Kirkpatrick has combined her knowledge of performance, business and interpersonal skills into the critically acclaimed, bestselling book “Aria Ready - The Business of Singing”. Her book is repeatedly used as curriculum for teaching this process.

Ms. Kirkpatrick continues to maintain a successful voice studio with many of her students gracing major United States and international operatic and concert stages. Her students consistently reach the highest honors in national and international competitions as well.  Ms. Kirkpatrick currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Amen Guzelimian
 

Amen Guzelimian

Los Angeles based pianist Armen Guzelimian is an internationally acclaimed collaborative artist, chamber musician, soloist and master vocal coach. He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic, among others.  He has collaborated with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Lucia Popp, Peter Schreier, Rod Gilfry, Florence Quivar, Placido Domingo. He has been a Master Vocal Coach at San Francisco Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and was musical head of the Paris Opera Lyric Center.

Aside from appearing regularly in major chamber music concerts, Mr.Guzelimian is a passionate and devoted educator.  He has been on the faculties of the USC School of Music, Music Academy of the West, and guest resident at Eastman School of Music, Loyola University in New Orleans, Aspen Music Festival and School.

 
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.