Voice

Faculty

Professor - Director of Choral Studies
James Bass
James K. Bass, three-time GRAMMY®-nominated singer and conductor, is Professor and Director of Choral Studies at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. He is the Associate Conductor and Director of Education for the Miami based ensemble Seraphic Fire and is the Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers. Bass is an active soloist and ensemble artist. In
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Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Wendy Caldwell
Wendy Caldwell, a native of Canada, graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, receiving the Birks Medal in Music as the top graduate. She went on to study at the University of Toronto where she obtained her Artist Diploma. Ms. Caldwell has coached and been a collaborative artist at Acadia University, University
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Professor - Voice Performance
Vladimir Chernov
Internationally renowned Russian baritone Vladmir Chernov joined the Music Department faculty at UCLA In January 2006 as a Professor of Vocal Studies. Vladimir Chernov was born in a small village near the city of Krasnodar in southern Russia. Although there was no established musical tradition in his family, music was an important part of family life. His grandmother had a
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Lecturer - Voice Performance
Maria Fortuna Dean
Soprano Maria Fortuna Dean has gained worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike, in repertoire ranging from lyric soprano to dramatic coloratura roles. Engagements (under the name Maria Fortuna) have included Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Opéra National de Bordeaux, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera and Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania; Violetta in La traviata with San Francisco Opera and Welsh
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Professor, Voice Performance
Michael Dean
Michael Dean, Professor of Voice Performance at UCLA, has performed to great acclaim worldwide in both concert and operatic repertoire, appearing in leading bass-baritone roles with many of the leading opera houses of the U.S. and Europe. He has made frequent appearances at New York City Opera, where he has performed the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Leporello
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Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Cheryl Lin Fielding
“Warm, grand, and rich”, Cheryl Lin Fielding’s pianism has been praised by the New York Sun, and throughout the world. Her performances have taken her to major venues including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Juilliard Theater, the
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Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Paul Floyd
Paul Floyd is in demand as a pianist and coach in Southern California and beyond.  He teaches on the adjunct faculty at Chapman University, where he works with both the opera and keyboard collaborative arts programs, and is a Lecturer in the vocal department of the University of California, Los Angeles.   For sixteen years he served as  an Assistant
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Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Juliana Gondek
Juliana Gondek is a renowned vocal pedagogue whose success with students has been informed by a more than 40-year performance and recording career on the world’s most celebrated opera, symphony, festival, and recital stages. She has starred in both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles with renowned conductors, including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Carlos Kleiber, Nello Santi,
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Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
Rakefet Hak
Rakefet Hak, one of the youngest pianists ever to join the Metropolitan Opera’s musical staff, and the first Israeli in history to do so, has coached and/or performed in recital with such notable singers as Cecilia Bartoli, Placido Domingo, Rene Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Simon Keenleyside, Philip Langridge, Suzanne Mentzer, Kurt Moll, Patricia Racette, Bryn Terfel, Carol Vaness, and Deborah Voigt.
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Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Peter Kazaras
Peter Kazaras is the Director of Opera UCLA and the Inaugural Susan G. and Michel D. Covel MD Chair at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. A stage director and Professor of Music, he was also Artistic Director of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program from 2006 to 2013. Earlier in his career, he received worldwide acclaim as an
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Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Victoria Kirsch
Collaborative pianist/vocal coach Victoria Kirsch has created and performed innovative programs throughout Southern California, including concerts based on museum exhibitions and staged art song/poetry programs. She serves as a vocal and opera coach at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. Victoria has worked with national and regional opera companies, including LA Opera and Long Beach Opera, and served as an official
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Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Iris Malkin
Israeli born Mezzo-Soprano, Pianist and Vocal Coach Iris Malkin graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music with a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma in Piano – with a Vocal Coaching emphasis. Iris has performed widely both as a singer andasa pianist in concerts and festivals in Israel, Europe, and the United States, and her performances have been broadcast
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Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Lucy Yates
After apprenticeships at Ravinia and Aldeburgh, and appearances with the New-York Collegium and at the Boston Early Music Festival, Miss Yates made her Italian singing debut as Violetta in a Franco Zeffirelli/Plácido Domingo production of La traviata (Teatro Verdi di Busseto), and was immediately engaged by Gian Carlo Menotti for Spoleto (Monica in The Medium, under his direction) and Francesco
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