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Piano and Voice
About Katherine Riddle
Hailing from Annapolis, Maryland, soprano Katherine Riddle is a crossover singer/actor who has performed in theaters, opera houses and concert halls across the United States and abroad. As a teacher, Katherine believes in cultivating a healthy foundation and technique thats students can apply to a wide range of genres including: classical, musical theatre, pop and rock. She is also a strong advocate of linking vocal production and dramatic interpretation.
Most recently, Katherine performed in Rodgers and Hammerstein's a A Grand Night for Singing with NextStop Theatre Company and worked as the female swing for the Broadway aimed production of The Secret Garden at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Other recent regional credits include: Glimmerglass Festival: La bohéme, Sweeney Todd; Annapolis Opera: Madama Butterfly, South Pacific; Weathervane Playhouse: Oklahoma, Les Misérables; Compass Rose Theatre: Brigadoon; Toby's Dinner Theatre: Into the Woods; National Tour (Artspower) : Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Katherine made her international concert debut as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the B-A-C-H Orchestra and the Vladimir Symphony Orchestra in Yekatrinburg, Russia. Other symphonic soloist work includes appearances with: American Pops Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony and West Virginia Symphony.
In 2016, Katherine won the National Society of Arts and Letters (DC - Musical Theatre) competition. The prior year, she won 2nd place (National) Hal Leonard Competition (2015) and was a finalist and Special Award Winner in the internationally acclaimed Lotte Lenya Competition (2017).
Katherine graduated magna cum laude in Music (Vocal Performance) from American University. She studied abroad at Kings College, London and the Royal Academy of Music. She currently studies with soprano, Harolyn Blackwell.
In her free time, Katherine enjoys knitting, blogging, her miniature schnauzer, and British dramas.
Contemporary Voice, Begin Piano
About Montez Terrell
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Montez Terrell wrote, recorded, and has performed on many of Nashville's legendary stages including the Hard Rock Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry. Montez has been classically trained, but specializes in contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, and Jazz. Helping inspire and strengthen those who share his love for music, both young and old, is one of Montez's greatest passions. In pursuit of this vision, Montez began teaching voice in 2014, has led songwriting camps for talented youth, and continues to grow in his own knowledge of music-making and the human voice by pursuing such credentials as certification from New York Vocal Coaching, a training program for ambitious multi-genre voice educators.
Piano and Voice
About Lauren Anderson
A student of the world-renowned (and DC hometown favorite!) Denyce Graves, Lauren Anderson holds a Masters of Music in Voice from Peabody Conservatory. Lauren is thrilled to be teaching at Cardon Studios and excited to work with many different types of students. Lauren's background in vocal pedagogy and classical technique for both voice and piano can be applied to whichever genres her students would like to explore and Lauren loves to find ways to adapt to each student's unique needs. Lauren guides her students to become well-rounded musicians by helping to foster, not only their primary instrument, but also their knowledge in music theory and history. Endlessly curious, Lauren remains active in her own musical training and continues to study and coach in Washington, D.C.
A lover of the stage, Lauren has recently been seen as Dorothèe in Massanet's Cendrillon, Julia Bertram(cover) in the U.S. Premiere of Mansfield Park, and Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo, Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, among others. Lauren also represented Peabody for the Conservatory Project Concert at the Kennedy Center where she performed selections from Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire with string quartet. Lauren particularly enjoys performing new music, and enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Houston to perform excerpts from Jason Mulligan’s opera Through the Looking Glass at a New American Voice Concert in Houston, Texas. Throughout the season, can also be seen performing with the Annapolis Opera Chorus.
Voice and Performance Skills
About Darnell Roulhac
Tenor, Darnell T. Roulhac is a native of Washington DC where he attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Boston Conservatory. [···]
About Kevin Schellhase
Singer and Pianist, Kevin Schellhase, holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance and has been a lifelong piano student. Kevin has been teaching piano professionally for over a decade, and has had the priviledge of accompanying for some of the great vocal teachers of our time. His own studies of classical vocal performance were mostly in the studio of internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Molly Donnelly, but Kevin values life-long learning and has sought out the expertise of several of DC's most elite voice instructors. His unique combination of skills as an accomplished pianist and a budding vocal pedagogue make Kevin a well-rounded teacher and an excellent accompanist. Kevin has prformed both as a pianist and singer at many venues and events surrounding Washington, DC and is a three-year alumnus of the National Philharmonic Chorale, as well as a recurrent company member of the Victorian Lyric Opera Company, having appeared in comic and romantic baritone roles in Sousa's The Charlatan, Reginald De Koven's Robin Hood, and Strauss's The Gypsy Baron, as well as singing and providing accompaniment in several Gilbert & Sullivan productions, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Yeomen of the Guard.
When not teaching, Kevin enjoys composition and is proud to have seen his original musical works performed around the United States and internationally. Although he has the benefit of classical training, Kevin's roots on piano stem from learning by ear. As such, his teaching method is very accommodating to unusual musical learning styles. Kevin's flexible and creative approach to teaching allows him to customize lessons to each student's unique needs to provide the most efficient path to success.
In addition to offering private lessons, Kevin serves as the principal recital coach and accompanist for Cardon events, including monthly Master Classes and quarterly Student Showcases!