Guest Artists


Singers


Gerald Grahame

Gerald Grahame, Tenor

Gerald Grahame has appeared with orchestras and opera companies throughout the country. After completing his Bachelor of Music Education at SUNY/Fredonia, he received his Master of Music in Opera Performance from Binghamton University in conjunction with the Tri-Cities Opera, a company with which he has performed over twenty lead roles. Currently, Mr.Grahame teaches voice and other music courses at Broome Community College, in addition to his duties as Director of the College Choir.






Valeria Ore

Valeria Ore, Mezzo-Soprano

Valeria Ore is a native of Ekaterinburg, Russia. She is a graduate of the P.I.Tchaikovsky Musical College where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting and Voice. Ms.Ore is also a graduate of the M.P.Musorgsky Conservatoire where she received a Master's Degree in Music Education. She has performed as both a choir master and a member of choral groups that have toured the former Soviet Union, Germany and France. In December of 2006, Valeriya Ore graduated from the University of Nevada where she received a Masters of Music with a dual emphasis in Piano Accompaniment and Vocal Performance. She studied piano with Professor Carol Stivers and Dr.Enrico Elisi and voice with Dr. Carol Kimball and Dr.Alfonse Anderson.





Robert Peterson

Robert Peterson, Tenor

Peterson has performed with the Musical Arts Society as a tenor soloist and chorus member for over two decades. He is a charter member of the Musical Arts Singers formed in 1981. Robert was a soloist in the choral groups at UNLV as an undergraduate and holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the university. He has sung professionally as a gondolier at the Venetian Hotel & Casino for the past seven years.






Alisa Thomason

Alisa Thomason, Soprano

Thomason's most recent appearances include soprano soloist in Tan Dun's Water Passion After St. Matthew at Libby Gardner Concert Hall in Salt Lake City, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Regina Coeli at Guardian Angel Cathedral in Las Vegas, Flora in La Traviata with Nevada Opera Theatre and Isabelle/Madeline in The Face on the Barroom Floor with Opera Las Vegas. Alisa received her music performance degrees from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.







Alissa Van Camp

Alissa Van Camp, Mezzo Soprano

Van Camp grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and attended Eastern New Mexico University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance with honors. She furthered her studies by receiving her Master of Arts with highest honors in Vocal Performance at Oklahoma City University where she had many leading roles and also performed with Tulsa Opera. In Las Vegas she has performed with Opera Las Vegas, Nevada Opera Theater, the Las Vegas Opera Festival, American Pacific Opera, and the People's Valley Chorus. Her credits include Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Mother/Witch (Hansel & Gretel), Annina (La Traviata), La Principessa (Suor Angelica), and Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance).






Amy Cofield Williamson

Amy Cofield Williamson, Soprano

Amy Cofield Williamson is praised by the New York Times for her "lovely, rich tone," has performed to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. Recent performances included recitals in Italy, France, Spain and Croatia and debuts with Opera Camerata of Washington, Norfolk Chamber Consort and Virginia Symphony. Upcoming performances include "Carmina Burana" with Virginia Symphony, Strauss's "Four Last Songs" with Symphonicity, concerts with Virginia Chorale, recitals with Norfolk Chamber Consort and recitals and concerts throughout the US and abroad.






Scott Williamson

Scott Williamson, Tenor

Scott Williamson is the General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke and the Artistic Director of the Virginia Chorale. An acclaimed tenor, he was winner of the 2005 International Opera Singers Competition, and appeared in recital at Weill Recital Hall in 2007. A regular guest at the Bard Festival of Music, he recently appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra in Dallapiccola's "Volo di Notte." International stage credits include Iro in Monteverdi's "Il Ritorno diUlisse in Patria" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Snape Proms, and Agenore in Mozart's "Il Re Pastore" with New Kent Opera. His performances have been praised by the New York Times and Sun, Opera News, the Times of London and the Washington Post.






Neil Wilson

Neil Wilson, Bass-Baritone

Wilson has sung to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Germany during a wide-ranging career as teacher and singer. He has been soloist many times with the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, since 1980 in performances of Elijah by Mendelssohn; A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams; The Creation by Haydn; Saul by Handel; the Brahms and Verdi Requiems; and the St. John and St. Matthew Passions by Bach. He has been a soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as with the Seattle, Denver, Richmond, Rochester, Annapolis, San Antonio, Austin, and Oregon Symphonies. Wilson's academic career spanned over forty years. He was a member of the faculties of Eastern Oregon University, The University of Oregon, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Virginia Commonwealth University where he retired as Emeritus Professor in 1996. Neil Wilson earned Bachelor and Master degrees at the University of New Mexico and the Ph.D. at Indiana University.








Instrumentalists


Masha Pisarenko

Maria (Masha) Pisarenko, Pianist

Pisarenko, was born in Siberia and at age 12 traveled to Moscow where she competed in the First Tchaikovsky Youth Competition and her performance led to her acceptance into the Central Music School of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she graduated in 1997. She later studied at the Russian Academy of Music "Gnesinyh" earning her Bachelor/Master of Music degrees in 2005. Masha has performed solo and chamber recitals and concertos with orchestras in Russia, other European Countries and the USA. She is also a winner of several international competitions, including second place in the International Piano Competition held by the Frederick Chopin International Organization, Rome (Italy) 1996, and in the International Piano Competition in memory of Sviatoslav Richter Paris (France) 1997. With the guidance of Dr. Mykola Suk, Masha has recently completed her Doctorate of Music Arts Degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she lives, performs and teaches.