Acclaimed for his musical creativity, sensitive conducting, and adventurous spirit, Maestro Daniel P. Ryan is a prized conductor, composer, and music educator.
As a conductor, Ryan recent was named a finalist for two American Prizes (collegiate choir, and collegiate conductor) leading the Clark University Choirs. Most recently Ryan conducted the highly acclaimed Die Fledermaus with MassOpera and the initial workshop of White Snake Productions & new video game opera PERMADEATH. Ryan has also conducted for the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, Sine Nomine Choral Ensemble, MetroWest Opera, In Good Company Theatre, The Boston Opera Collaborative, Berkshire Choral International, MITG and The Boston Conservatory.
As a composer, Ryan has a passion for musical theatre having composed three musicals. This season his piece “This is what I can(not) do” for SATB choir and piano will premiere at First Church Boston and 88.5FM. Additionally, his commissioned piece “Meadow Musings” for SSA choir, flute, violin, and piano, will premiere in Jordan Hall as part of VOICES Boston 30th Anniversary concert. While serving as artistic director for In Good Company Ryan earned a commission for a musical based on immigration and refugees stories in 2016. The musical story “Out of Many” premiered in May of 2017 at Chelsea Theatre works. In 2012, Ryan wrote the music and lyrics for the original musical “The Millennium Problem” and won best music and lyrics award during its second run for the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) competition in 2013. Additionally, Ryan has written several other small works and arrangements for choir and chamber ensembles.
Daniel holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting from The Boston Conservatory where he studied with maestri Dr. Bill Cutter and Dr. George Case. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and vocal performance from Catawba College where he studied conducting with Paul E. Oakley and voice with Dr. Scott Macleod. Ryan’s notable other conducting teachers and mentors include Andrew Altenbach, Dr. Beth Willer, and Brian O’Connell.
In addition to his role of the Artistic Director of VOICES Boston, Dan is the Co-Artistic Director of MassOpera, and on the faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp.
Katie has been the Executive Director of VOICES Boston since 2015. As Executive Director, Katie has led VOICES Boston to successful collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Boston University Opera Institute, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras amongst others, and led tours to New Orleans, New York City, Portland, ME, and Albany, NY. She also launched VOICES Boston’s partnership with the Boston Lyric Opera’s education department and expanded VOICES Boston’s programming to include audition workshops for singers ages 10-18 and a full-day create your own opera camp. In 2016, Katie stage directed VOICES Boston’s production of HMS Pinafore.
Katie started with VOICES Boston as the Program Manager after completing her MA in Arts Leadership Administration through the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. While in Syracuse, Katie worked with the Point of Contact Gallery and the La Casita Cultural Center to develop a new strategic plan outlining alternative revenue streams for the organization that led to increased financial stability and built new relationships in the community. She also co-founded and was the Business Manager of a circus company entitled Marquise Productions, based in Troy, NY.
In addition to her administrative background, Katie is a classically trained operatic soprano and currently sings with and is on the Board of Directors of Ensemble Companio, an acclaimed touring chamber tour. After growing up in a children’s choir herself, Katie continued her training at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music where she received her B.M. in Voice Performance and was the first recipient of the Patti Thompson Buechner Award for an outstanding vocal student. She also spent a summer studying opera in Verona, Italy where she worked with acclaimed sopranos Ashley Putnam, June Anderson, and Cecilia Gasdia. Outside of VOICES Boston, Katie teaches Creative Expression with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Days in the Arts Program, performs in the greater Boston area, and teaches private voice lessons throughout the year.
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F rancesca Mehrotra is a Boston-based soprano and PR professional. She got her start in the arts singing in a children’s choir in Washington, D.C., and has been singing ever since. Francesca’s passion for storytelling spans from performing operatic roles to creating dynamic brands for clients. She has performed with notable opera companies, including Fort Worth Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Seagle Music Colony. Notable roles include Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Equally comfortable in 21st century repertoire, Francesca participated in the original reading and workshop of Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire’s The Ghosts of Gatsby. Francesca continued collaborating with Mack on Regret and Redemption, a song cycle for soprano that she commissioned through Texas Christian University. Additionally, Francesca was selected to participate in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Festival, a new music initiative that showcases new operatic works.
As a PR professional, Francesca has collaborated with several notable organizations around the country; most recently, the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She also worked as a PR Manager at Roxo Agency in Fort Worth, TX, where she contributed to leading brands such as Cook Children’s Hospital, Kendall Davis Clay, and Texas Heritage Beef Company.
Francesca holds a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Christian University. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s of Music in Opera Performance at the Boston Conservatory, where she will be performing the role of Mukhtar Mai in their upcoming virtual production of Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint.
Mezzo-soprano Jade Espina is an elementary music teacher, private voice and piano instructor, and classical singer in the Boston area. Ms. Espina recently earned her Master of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education-Choral Emphasis from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she earned her initial Colorado Teaching Licensure in K-12 Music Education. Ms. Espina currently teaches elementary music full time outside of Boston in Framingham Public Schools as a PK-5 General Music, Strings and Band teacher.
Ms. Espina is on the Voice and Piano staff at 77 Arts Academy in Acton and Maestro Musicians Academy in Lexington, and also manages a small private studio of her own. She teaches approximately twenty private students in classical, pop, music theatre and jazz styles. Prior to moving to Boston, she completed an internship with Boulder Children’s Chorale and was able to work with the Bel Canto and Picadilly Choirs. While at CU Boulder, she worked as a conductor and sectional instructor for the Middle School Ensemble program at the College of Music for two years.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Espina has performed with several opera companies over the last year around the Boston area, such as Boston Opera Collaborative, NEMPAC Opera Project, Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Due Donne Productions, and Promenade Opera Project. She has performed with multiple summer music programs such as the Miami Music Festival Apprentice Program, Chicago Summer Opera, Up North Vocal Institute, Music & Performing Arts Renaissance in the XXI Century CU Boulder study abroad program in Florence, CU Boulder New Opera Workshop with Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, and Brevard Music Festival.
Pianist Regan Russell (formerly Regan Siglin) has earned recognition for her musical sensitivity and gift for collaboration. She is frequently engaged as a vocal, instrumental, and large-ensemble pianist, as well as a private piano instructor and vocal coach. In 2018, she joined the artistic team of VOICES Boston as staff pianist, and spent summer 2019 on faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) as a vocal coach and pianist for the Young Artists Vocal Program. The summer of 2018, she served as music director and pianist at Kidstock! Creative Theater, where she taught music classes, played weekly shows, and composed original musical numbers in conjunction with the camp’s young, creative minds.
An active performer in the Boston community, Regan collaborates with Boston University choirs, student vocalists and instrumentalists at Boston University, the Boston University Opera Institute, MassOpera, Opera on Tap, and string students at the Cambridge Music Consortium, where she also maintains a private piano studio. In January 2019, she made her opera coaching debut with t.b.d.opera.projects as pianist and musical coach for Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers, directed by Sharon Daniels. The Boston Musical Intelligencer described her performance as “spectacular, full of subtlety and fire.” Previous show engagements include Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Opera Coeur d’Alene, MassOpera); Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb (Washington State University Opera Workshop); and Oliver! The Musical (Coeur d’Alene Christian Community Theater). As part of her position at BUTI, she also joined the Young Artist’s Chorus as Piano I in Carl Orff’s piano and percussion arrangement of Carmina Burana, which was performed in August 2019 at Seiji Ozawa Hall under the baton of Dr. Katie Woolf.
Regan is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies and graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University in 2016 (BM Piano Performance), where she studied with Drs. Jeffrey and Karen Savage. She earned her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Boston University in 2018, and is continuing her studies there as a DMA candidate in collaborative piano.
Miriam Marwood is currently studying at Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Musical Theater BFA program. Miriam graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 2019 studying Theater. She is also an alumni of Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp as both a camper and a staff member. During her time here several of her performances included The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin), The Music Man (Dance Captain), Evita (Featured Dancer), Violet (Ensemble). For the last several years she has taught dance classes for all ages at Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. She has assistant choreographed for musical programs at Leelanau Public Schools and Traverse City Area Public Schools. Miriam has a passion for teaching children’s dance/ theater, and thoroughly believes that children understand best what it truly means to play! She has performed with the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra, Miracle Productions, and Company Dance Traverse as a performer and most recently as guest choreographer/instructor.
Emily Vincent is a senior currently studying Vocal Performance and Community, Youth, and Education at Clark University. During her time at Clark her performances include The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rosa Bud), The Wedding Singer (Grandma Rosie), Little Women (Meg March), and Beauty and the Beast (LeFou). Emily is the current musical director of The Clark Keys A Cappella and served as the children’s choir liaison during Clark’s performance of Gena Branscombe’s Pilgrims of Destiny. Emily has been teaching music and theatre the past five years to students of all ages as the Drama Specialist at Thompson Recreation’s Summer Camp and after-school program! Emily is committed to giving students access to inclusive music and theatre curriculum, as it is her favorite way to spread joy!
One of the nation’s preeminent children’s conductors, Johanna (Jody) Hill Simpson has worked with young people of all ages and levels – from kindergartners through graduate students— at Dartmouth College, Lincoln Elementary School, Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. She founded PALS Children’s Chorus (now VOICES Boston) in 1990 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years, during which time PALS earned the reputation as one of the finest youth ensembles in the country.When Seiji Ozawa said “Jody really has a genius way of teaching”, he captured the essence of why she is able to transform groups of willing singers into compelling ensembles.
Simpson’s years in Boston with the PALS Children’s Chorus were rich with notable performances and collaborations in Boston, New York, Washington DC and Tanglewood with Ozawa, James Levine, Yo Yo Ma, Henri Dutilleux,Tan Dun, Raphael Fruhbeck DeBurgos, James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Tod Machover, David Hoose, Keith Lockart, and even Nathan Lane and Celine Dion. She was and continues to be a champion of composers and new music and has commissioned and premiered an impressive list of new works, including Mehmet Sanlikol’s Ergenekon, Howard Frazin’s Voice of Isaac, Bret Silverman’s Tree of Life, William Cutter’s Awake the Dawn, and Megan Henderson’s The Police Log.
In the world of opera, Ms. Simpson’s young singers have appeared in performances of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Tanglewood, Stefan Asbury conducting. Her children joined the Boston Early Music Festival for world premiere performances of Johann Mathesson’s opera Boris Goudenov in Boston and Tanglewood. Ms. Simpson has collaborated with the Boston Lyric Opera, for performances of the historic Carmen on the Common, Tosca, The Little Prince and La Boheme. She has also collaborated with Kayo Iwama and the Cantata Singers in performances of the children’s opera Brundibar.
She has conducted choruses at New England Conservatory (where she also received the Outstanding Alumni Award and studied with renowned choral conductor Lorna Cooke deVaron) and Harvard University. Her ensembles can be heard on recordings by the BSO, the Boston Pops and the PALS private label.
Since moving to the Monadnock region ten years ago, Ms. Simpson founded Music on Norway Pond and has been busy conducting the Norway Pond Festival Singers, and the Junior Minstrels. She also developed the Music on Norway Pond Concert Series for which she has forged a powerful connection with the New England Conservatory, featuring frequent performances in Hancock by their brightest stars. Jody and her husband Rick, an accomplished tenor, live in Hancock, New Hampshire, on Norway Pond, with their standard poodles, Pearl and May and their cat, Goldie.