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Bios - Songs for a Summer Night; July 2015



TAMARA ACOSTA, soprano, most recently appeared as the soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Xalapa, Mexico and with the Ithaca Community Chorus in Ithaca, NY. Other Central NY performances include the Mozart Requiem with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and Vaughan William's A Sea Symphony with the Ithaca Community Chorus. Continuing to focus on the concert repertoire, Ms. Acosta has recently appeared in Poulenc's Gloria and Stabat Mater and the Bruckner Te Deum. A longtime favorite at Sarasota Opera, Ms. Acosta has appeared in numerous productions with the company including Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, Leonora in La Forza del Destino and  Elvira in Ernani as well as the title character in Janacek’s Jenůfa, the Verdi Requiem, and recently the annual Verdi Concert. Ms. Acosta has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Pacific, and Opera Delaware in roles such as Desdemona, Donna Elvira, the title role in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. She appeared in the world premiere of Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and was also seen as Octavie in Massenet’s Cleopatre in Alice Tully Hall. Upcoming is the Dvořak Stabat Mater in Xalapa, Mexico with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Lanfranco Marcelletti.


DIANE BIRR is an Associate Professor of piano at Ithaca College. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and has studied with Jean Barr, Marion Hall, Brooks Smith, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Ms. Birr is the official accompanist for the International Trombone Festival, Music Teachers National Association national competitions, International Brass Congress, International Horn Society Workshop. She has made recordings for Liscio, Crystal Records, Houston Publishing. Diane Birr is a member of "Troica", a trio that includes Ithaca College faculty colleagues Steve Mauk (saxophone) and Kim Dunnick (trumpet).  The trio has helped create a body of new works for this combination, including pieces by Dana Wilson, Margaret Smith, Marc Satterwhite, Peter Lawrence, Mikhail Bronner, Efrem Podgaits, and Dominick DiOrio.  The group released its first CD recording this past June.  In July 2010 Troica was invited to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia.  Other collaborative performances include Doriot Anthony Dwyer, François Rabbath, Christian Lindberg, Meir Rimon, Joseph Alessi, M. Dee Stewart, and flute duo ZAWA! In 2008, Dr. Birr was in residence at the Ithaca College London Center where she taught the course "The Keyboard in London and its Role in Society" and in 2011, she served as a faculty member at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO. In 2012, she traveled to Berlin, Germany with School of Music Professor Brad Hougham to teach and perform. Dr. Birr currently serves on the MTNA Board of Directors as MTNA Eastern Division Director, and is a Past-President of the New York State Music Teachers Association. 


Multi-instrumentalist PETER CHWAZIK has been active in the performing arts in upstate New York for more than twenty-five years. He scored modern dance pieces for Lois Welk and American Dance Asylum, Jill Becker, David Dorfman Dance, Mark Taylor Dance Alloy, Jeanne Goddard and the CRS Barn. In addition to producing work by the Peter Chwazik Trio, he has appeared in theaters, nightclubs, and international jazz festivals with Rhiannon, Don Cherry, and a number of combos and big bands. Peter toured and recorded with experimental cellist Hank Roberts, and with former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. Peter was a principal member of Alligator Mouth Improv and has collaborated with Steve Stull on the CD's, Opera Cowpokes and Christmas from the Heart of New York, the DVD, Opera Cowpokes Alive! and many live performances. Peter maintains a private studio and has taught at Ithaca College, Cornell University, and Tompkins Cortland Community College, and for Young Audiences of Rochester, NY.


BILL COWDERY works on the staff of Cornell University’s music library, and serves as musical director and organist of the First Congregational Church of Ithaca.  He has taught at Cornell University, Colgate University, Ithaca College and Keuka College, and has appeared widely as a keyboardist and speaker on music in the upstate New York area. He authored numerous articles in the New Harvard Dictionary of Music and the Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, co-edited The Compleat Mozart with Neal Zaslaw (Norton), and recently published a string quartet setting of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Presser).


Soprano LYNN CRAVER is a graduate of the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Vocal Performance at the Ithaca College School of Music. A versatile coloratura soprano and actress, Lynn has performed roles including Madame Hertz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflote, Ermia in Il Sogno the title role in Cendrillon, The Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Cunegonde in Candide, Fiametta in The Gondoliers, Esmerelda in The Bartered Bride, Grisette in The Merry Widow and Musetta in La Boheme among others. An active member of the Ithaca arts community, Lynn is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Opera Ithaca, serves as Development Associate for the Kitchen Theatre, was Production Coordinator for the former Ithaca Opera, and has performed with community arts organizations including the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the CRS Barn Studio/Triphammer Arts Inc., Cornell Savoyards, Kitchen Theatre Company, and Women’s Works as well as appearing in recital at various local venues. Lynn has had a diverse teaching career, teaching at schools in NYC and Ithaca. An Ithaca resident for over ten years, Lynn combines her passion for teaching and her love of music to teach voice to singers of all ages and skill levels.


FRED DIENGOTT, bass baritone is a 2015 graduate of Ithaca College, where he studied with bass Marc Webster. His most recent roles include Friedrich Bhaer in Adamo’s Little Women, the Speaker and Second Armored Man in The Magic Flute with Geneva Light Opera, and Judge Turpin in the production of Sweeney Todd with Melodramatics Theater Co. In addition, he has understudied the roles of Sarastro, Zalzal in L’étoile, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi.  Fred has just returned from performances with Mill City Opera in Minnesota.


Soprano JULIA EBNER’s 2015-2016 season includes her debuts with The Metropolitan Opera as a soprano in Otello and Turandot, as well as her company debut with St. Petersburg Opera in their annual gala, and as the cover of Liu in Turandot. Ms. Ebner’s 2014-2015 season included work with Winter Opera St. Louis as Marguerite in Faust, Opera San Antonio as the First Wood Sprite in Rusalka and as Atalanta in Serse with Bel Cantanti Opera. Her summer festival season was spent in Charlottesville, Virginia where she performed the roles of Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah with Ash Lawn Opera. Ms. Ebner’s additional operatic credits include the title roles in Romeo et Juliette, L’incoronazione di Poppea, The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel, and Princess Ida. She has also appeared as Violetta in La Traviata, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Giulietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Musetta in La Boheme, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Olga in La Grand-Duchesse de Gérolstein, Madeline/Isabelle in The Face on the Barroom Floor, Micaela and Frasquita in Carmen and The First Lady and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Amitta in Der Geduldige Socrate, Monica in The Medium, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She has taken the stage for companies including The Florida Grand Opera, Opera North, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Syracuse Opera, The Tri-Cities Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, Oswego Opera, and The Charleston Chamber Opera.  A versatile concert performer as well, Ms. Ebner’s credits include Haydn's Last Seven Words of Christ in DeWitt, New York, Mozart’s Requiem in Binghamton, New York, Handel’s Messiah in Amsterdam, New York and Haydn's Missa Brevis in F at Syracuse University. She has also sung the soprano solos in Mozart's Missa Brevis in F and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with the Syracuse Masterworks Chorale.  She has frequently performed as the soprano soloist for the Binghamton Baroque Ensemble.  Ms. Ebner received her Masters in Music from Binghamton University in where she was the soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana, and Bach's Magnificat. Ms. Ebner received her Bachelors in Music from Syracuse University where she was also the recipient of the Moore Opera Award, the Jessie Gaul Vocal Music Scholarship and the Ernst Bacon Vocalist Award. Other honors have included the Stuart & Jeanne Wilson Scholarship from Tri-Cities Opera and a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation.  Ms. Ebner was the 2007 winner of the Helen Boatwright Award, and was a 2008 finalist for the Franco-American Vocal Awards and a 2006 and 2009 finalist for the Sara Tucker awards.  She also received the Female Young Artist Award in 2009, from Opera North as well as a 2011 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the 2011 Campbell Wachter Memorial Award from the Santa Fe Opera.


ZACHARY JAMES, bass, created the role of Abraham Lincoln in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ opera The Perfect American at the Teatro Real in Madrid, a role he reprised for London’s English National Opera and Australia’s Opera Queensland. He created the role of Lurch in The Addams Family on Broadway, Hassinger in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, and sang Handel’s Messiah in the 2007 Broadway play, Coram Boy. In addition to originating in three Broadway shows, Zach played Off-Broadway in The Most Happy Fella and Irma la Douce, both with Encores! at New York City Center. He also created the roles of Oberon in the world premiere of Kristin Hevner’s Il Sogno, at the Teatro Citta della Pieve in Umbria, Thomas Jefferson in Dana Wilson’s new opera, The Wolf by the Ears and Rebbe in Andy Teirstein’s new opera A Blessing on the Moon at Vancouver’s Chutzpah Festival, accompanied by the Grammy-winning Warsaw Village Band from Poland. A winner of the 2009 Lotte Lenya Competition, Zach has been engaged by opera companies [across the United States and Europe] [including Roanaoke, Opera Ithaca, Shreveport Opera, Schlossoper in Haldenstein, Switzerland, Central City Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, and Knoxville Opera] in roles ranging from Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Alidoro in La cenerentola, Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Il Bonzo in Madama Butterfly, to the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, Gideon March in Little Women, and Joe in The Most Happy Fella. Concert engagements include Bernstein’s Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sweeney Todd with The New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra (Kurt Weill Celebration), Symphony of the Mountains (Colline in La bohème) and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (Buff in The Impresario). He has performed a wide range of roles with theatre companies throughout the United States including The Bucks County Playhouse, The York Theatre, Theatre By The Sea, Pocono Playhouse, The Kitchen Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Zach has appeared on TV as Carl on 30 Rock opposite Steve Martin and on film as Ballion in The Gift. A Florida native, Zach is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Ithaca College, where he was recently awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award. Additional studies include Florida State University, University of Tennessee Knoxville and the Goethe Institut in Berlin. Upcoming engagements include Do Not Go Gentle with the Phoenicia International Festival of Voice, Handel's Susanna with NYC's Collegiate Chorale, the world premieres of Anatomy Theatre with LA Opera and Breaking the Waves with Opera Philadelphia and Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer with NYC Ballet.


Soprano REBECCA LEISTIKOW, known for her clarity of line and spirited coloratura, previously appeared as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the CRS Barn.  While living in Boston, she appeared as Serpetta in La Finta Giardiniera, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, and Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Rebecca holds a masters degree in early music, and regularly performs this repertoire in addition to opera.  Recent highlights include Bach’s ‘Coffee Cantata’ with Music’s Recreation, Bach’s Cantata BWV 82: ‘Ich Habe Genug’ at St. Matthew’s Concert Series (Syracuse, NY), ‘Music from Shakespeare’s Time’ with Elizabethan Conversation, and a selection of Byrd songs with the Frogwork Consort.  You may have heard Rebecca most recently at an event for the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, ‘Bowties & Broadway’, also performed at the CRS Barn Studio.


CAITLIN MATHES, mezzo soprano, is a graduate of the Studio Program at Portland Opera under the direction of Christopher Mattaliano, where she sang the roles of Cherubino (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro, Maria Madelena in Glass’ Galileo Galilei, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Paquette in Candide. In the spring of 2013 at Portland Opera she sang the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo and Meg Page in Falstaff. In addition, she sang her first Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Tacoma Opera. As a winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition (sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music), Ms. Mathes was presented in a New York debut recital at the National Arts Club. Her operatic debut in New York came through an engagement with Encompass New Music Theater in the role of Sister Dorothy Stang in the world premiere of Angel of the Amazon which tells the story of a nun's life, struggles and death in Brazil. Her other operatic roles include Despina in Così fan tutte which she sang with the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Idamante in Idomeneo, Lady with the Hat Box from Postcard from Morocco, Ruggiero in Alcina, Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, The Secretary in The Consul and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. As a young artist she has also participated in programs with Opera New Jersey, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chautauqua Opera, and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and was a participant in the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca and Spoleto.


CAROL McAMIS, soprano, is a Professor of Voice at Ithaca College, where she teaches Awareness Through Movement classes for music majors in addition to her work as a singing teacher. Ms. McAmis holds degrees from the University of Kansas and has studied with Gary Race, Kenneth Smith, Phyllis Curtin, John Wustman, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with further studies at Tanglewood, the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), the University of Michigan, and Westminster Choir College. She formerly served on the faculties of University of Kansas and Manchester College. A guild-certified Feldenkrais teacher and member of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, Carol specializes in working with performing artists and educators, particularly in the area of movement training and relaxation techniques for singing. She has studied with Anat Baniel, Eloise Ristad, and Bonnie Prudden and has led master classes and workshops across the United States..


RICHARD MONTGOMERY received his Bachelor of Music in piano and conducting from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Masters of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois where he studied with renowned accompanist John Wustman.  He has performed as accompanist, conductor, music director and stage director in opera and musical theater throughout the United States and locally with Ithaca Opera, Kitchen Theater, Cornell Theater and the Hanger Theater. A regular performer at the CRS Barn Studio, he was the music director for The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, and Hansel and Gretel.


DEBORAH MONTGOMERY-COVE, soprano, is a Professor of Voice at Ithaca College. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has studied with Carol Webber, Charles Lynam, Lindsey Christiansen, Grace Wilson and Judith Oas and worked collaboratively with Charis Dimaras, John Wustman, David Lutz, Ralph Zitterbart and Norman Shetler and with directors David Lefkowich, Gary Race, Richard Getke, Adelaide Bishop and Nicholas DiVirglio. She holds a Level 1 certification with Jeanie Lovetri in Somatic Voicework and currently serves as President of the Central New York Finger Lakes Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A widely experienced recital, oratorio, and opera artist, soprano, Deborah Montgomery-Cove has sung with such companies as Virginia Opera Association, C. W. Post Summer Opera Festival and Ithaca Opera Association. Her roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Rosina in the Barber of Seville, Cunegonde in Candide, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro. Ms. Montgomery has appeared with the West Virginia Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, the Greensboro Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Her concert repertoire includes Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Bach’s Jauchzet Gott. With the Ithaca College Choir and Orchestra Ms. Montgomey-Cove has performed Bach's B minor Mass in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, as well asOrff’s Carmina Burana at Avery Fisher Hall. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Mid-America Productions in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and also presented a solo recital at the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City. International performances include a recital at the Irish World Music Centre in Limerick, Ireland, a guest teaching appointment in Hamburg, Germany at the Stage School for Music, and a recital at the Mauerbach Festival in Vienna, Austria with Norman Shetler. Other honors include a state finalist in the NATSSA Vocal Competition, finalist in the WGN Auditions of the Air Competition and a winner in the Cleveland Art Song Festival. In the fall of 2000 she recorded a CD with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra of Boyz in the Wood, a retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story by Grant Cooper.


Bass-baritone DAVID NEAL has appeared with the Center for Contemporary Opera, Lake George Opera, Syracuse Opera, Baltimore Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Vivente, the Opera Company of Northern Virginia, Annapolis Opera, Sorg Opera, the Banff Centre, Central City Opera, and the New England Lyric Operetta.  Concert appearances have included performances at Bargemusic, TheTimesCenter, the DiMenna Center, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Society for New Music, the Lancaster Symphony, York Symphony, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Ithaca Community Choruses, and many other organizations. He created the role of The Commissioner in The Secret Agent, by composer Michael Dellaira and librettist J. D. McClatchey, in a Center for Contemporary Opera production with performances in New York, Szeged, Hungary, and Avignon, France.  He has also performed with CCO in William Mayer’s A Death in the Family in Szeged, and in atelier performances of John Austin’s Héloise and Abelard, and Chandler Carter’s Bobby.  Other operatic appearances include the roles of Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Colline in La Bohème, and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Tri-Cities Opera; Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost with Lake George Opera, conducted by Mr. Ching; Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore with Syracuse Opera; and Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff with Julius Rudel conducting and Renato Capecchi in the title role. David commissioned and premiered Lowell Liebermann’s Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening: Six Songs on Poems By Robert Frost and Robert Paterson’s Winter Songs with The Arts at Grace concert series in 2008.  He has performed the Paterson work with the American Modern Ensemble at The TimesCenter and the DiMenna Center, and on the world premiere recording of the work on AMR Recordings. He will premiere another new work by Robert Paterson entitled Night Songs in 2016.  David is the Artistic Director of The Arts at Grace concert series and a member of the faculty at SUNY Cortland.  He lives in Groton, New York, with his wife, Gailanne Mackenzie.

STEVEN STULL, baritone, has appeared with Glimmerglass Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Artpark, BAM, Kyrgyz State Opera, and has been heard with orchestras in Ithaca, Buffalo, Rochester, Anchorage, Jacksonville, Norwalk and in over forty performances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, including eight productions with the Syracuse Opera. He has appeared in nearly sixty performances with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on their recordings Home for the Holidays and Tales from the West Virginia Hills. His other recordings include The Pulse of an Irishman - Irish and Scottish Songs arranged by Beethoven, Opera Cowpokes, Christmas from the Heart of New York, and he is heard as the Wolf in Grant Cooper's Boyz in the Wood with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. His video production Opera Cowpokes Alive! was seen on public television. He has performed regularly with The Society for New Music, most recently in the world premiere of The Purchase of Manhattan and in Michael Torke’s one-act opera, Strawberry Fields. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, Steven co-founded the CRS Barn Studio with choreographer Jeanne Goddard. Together they present an eclectic series of music and dance performances on the CRS Growers organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake. His recordings are available from


IVY WALZ, mezzo-soprano, is an alumna of Ithaca College School of Music and holds the DMA from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has studied privately with Mary Henderson-Stucky, Barbara Honn, Patrice Pastore and Deborah Montgomery-Cove. She has worked closely with coaches Kenneth Griffiths, Donna Loewy and Marie-France LeFebvre and and Diane Richardson. Before coming to Ithaca College Ms. Walz taught studio voice at the College Conservatory of Music, served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Cortland, and taught voice at Cornell University. She has worked extensively with students majoring in classical, musical theater and jazz styles. Ms. Walz is an active performer of oratorio, art song and opera. As a resident artist at Tri-Cities Opera she performed numerous roles including Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nicklausse in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas. At Syracuse Opera she was a winner of the supporting artist of the year for her portrayal of Papagena. She has also performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Des Moines Metro Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and the College Conservatory of Music singing roles in Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Handel’s Alcina and Mozart’s Idomeneo. In addition to this she performed a one-woman opera outreach show called "Opera in a Box" where she educated elementary school children about opera. As an oratorio soloist, Ms. Walz has performed with the Akron Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and other regional performing choruses and orchestras including the mezzo solos in the Verdi Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Bach's Johannes Passion, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel's Messiah. She has been lauded for her performances of American contemporary music and recently performed with Jake Heggie as a guest recitalist at Cornell University. In 2012 she was selected as a National Association of Teachers of Singing mentor fellow to perform at SongFest where she worked with Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, John Musto, Amy Burton, William Bolcom and Joan Morris. She was awarded semi-finalist for the Joy in Singing Competition in 2012 and 2013. Ivy previously appeared as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel at the CRS Barn.


Pianist JOHN WHITE is equally at home in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music, and has collaborated with such national artists as Rhiannon, Paul Hanson, Wycliffe Gordon, Tony Baker, Joe Negri, and Roger Humphries. He performs frequently with local musicians spanning numerous vernacular styles (jazz, funk, R&B, soul, Latin, rock), appears on a regular basis with the Neo Project and Backtalk bands, and makes music under any and all conditions with his good friend Steve Stull. John received his PhD from Indiana University where he served as Musical Director/In-Residence Composer for the Indiana University Dance Theater, and is currently an Associate Professor of Music Theory at Ithaca College. A published scholar, John is a co-developer of the TAKADIMI beat-oriented system of rhythm solfege. He recently completed a 16-year tenure as Music Director and Senior Organist for St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Ithaca, NY. In 2005 he collaborated with Jeanne Goddard in producing a CD of freely improvised music to accompany modern dance technique classes.

JEANNE GODDARD has created movement for opera and music theatre productions since 1978. In central NY she has choreographed for Ithaca Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Women's Work, and Music's Recreation. Jeanne has also co-founded three regional contemporary dance companies, and her concert work has been commissioned by ballet and modern dance companies and by public television. She has trained and performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, June Finch/Danceworks, and many other artists. Jeanne has run the dance program at Wells College since 1987, and has co-directed the CRS Barn Studio since 1990. 




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