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ARTISTSTUDIO and MUSICDIRECTOR APPRENTICES in residency May 20 - June 16, 2013 APPRENTICESTUDIO in residency May 30 - June 23
One of the most sought after music directors/conductors/pianists around, Jim Vukovich now ads college professor to his resume. Jim is a Professor of Music at Houston Community College System (the largest community college in the United States). He is the head of the musical theatre program, directs the pop/ show choir, teaches private voice and piano, music fundamentals and music appreciation.
On Broadway, Jim served as the music director/conductor/primary pianist for such notable productions as THE WEDDING SINGER and HOT FEET. He served in the same capacity for the 1st national touring company of HAIRSPRAY where he oversaw over 1100 performances in just under 3 consecutive years! Jim served as the original music director/conductor and primary pianist for the Pre-Broadway production of hugely successful ROCK OF AGES, now in their 4th year on Broadway. He has served as musical director/conductor/primary pianist for countless productions for The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego under the guidance of Tony Award Winning Director, Jack O’Brien where they produced the original Broadway workshop productions of Stephen Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, THE FULL MONTY, DR. SUESS HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, PLAY ON, IMAGINARY FRIENDS (Book by Nora Ephron/Music by Marvin Hamlisch) and the Broadway Revival of DAMN YANKEES starring Jerry Lewis. Jim also wrote the original score for David Sedaris’s SANTALAND DIARIES also produced at The Old Globe. In 2007/2008, Jim served as music director/Conductor and primary pianist for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1st U.S.National Tour of WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND. More recently he served as the musical director/conductor/vocal and dance arranger/ primary pianist for TWIST, produced in 2010 at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and again in 2011 at The Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles. Directed by the one and only Debbie Allen, this color blind adaptation of OLIVER TWIST is just about to embark on a much anticipated Broadway run. In August 2012, Jim experienced a very successful tour in Europe where he performed in Budapest - Hungary, Vienna Austria, Salzberg - Austria, Regensberg - Germany and Nuremberg - Germany. Very early in his career Jim served as Betty Buckley’s musical director, conductor and pianist. Their collaboration lasted several years. In the popular and contemporary music world Jim has served as musical director, conductor and/or pianist for such notable recording artists as Whitney Houston, Brandy, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Kahn, Paula Abdul, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, The Pointer Sisters, Johnny Mathis, Josh Grobin, Julio Iglesias, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., The Original 5th Dimension, Freda Payne, Roberta Flack, Amanda Miguel, Miguel Bose, The Four Tops and The Temptations. In 1986 Jim formed a musical duo named FIRE ON BLONDE. They were signed by Atlantic Records and released 3 singles that charted on Billboard’s Top 100. Jim has conducted such notable symphonies as The London Philharmonic, Boston Pops Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Capetown Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra and The Chicago Youth Symphony. He has appeared and performed on numerous television shows as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The “Late” Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Top Of The Pops – BBC, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon and several appearances on The Grammy Awards. Jim is the recipient of several awards including The N.A.A.C.P Award for Best Musical Direction (2 time winner), The L.A.D.C.C. – Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Musical Direction (2 time winner), Ovation Award for Best Producer, L.A. Weekly Award for Best Vocal Ensemble and The Annual Ticket Holder’s Award for Best Musical Direction. DANIELLINCOLN
A classically trained composer, opera singer, and concert pianist, Daniel Lincoln’s career has spanned from the classical world to pop as a composer, performer, conductor, and musical director. Daniel teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and at the New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. He also tours the country conducting the national concert tour of THE MIDTOWN MEN - a 60’s rock review show starring the four original stars of Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS - with whom he recently performed on national TV (Good Morning America). Other New York conducting credits include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and the Tony Award-winning AVENUE Q. As composer/lyricist, he has penned original musicals in New York and London, such as WRONG COULD BE RIGHT, MISS HUMANITY, and QUEEN BEA: A SOAPSICAL (which premiered starring the cast of ABC’s Daytime Drama, ONE LIFE TO LIVE.) Because of his extensive New York club credits, he was dubbed a “nightlife icon” by Broadwayworld.com at the helm of long-running shows such as THE GIRLY SHOW, THE BROADWAY BROUHAHA, and THE STONEWALL SINGALONG. He is also currently composing the songs for, and musically directing the recording of PHOTOS ON THE FLOOR, the debut pop album of vocalist JWalker. Daniel’s own original classical album - “Daniel Lincoln: The Rhapsodies (Vol. 1)” - was released in November 2012, and is currently available for download on Itunes and Amazon Music, and can be streamed on Spotify, Rhapsody, and Pandora Radio. He received his BA in Music from UCLA, and his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. Local 802, ASCAP, and Dramatists Guild member.
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In demand as one of the finest vocal coaches of belt, legit and classical vocal technique, Maryann Kyle has dedicated her professional life to guiding singers in their pursuit not only of exceptional singing but also captivating performance. Kyle has extensive experience teaching, coaching, and performing opera, recitals, concerts and Broadway shows. Kyle is currently the vocal coach for the new Debbie Allen directed musical TWIST, that opened in Atlanta in 2010 at the Alliance Theatre and at the Pasadena Playhouse in June of 2011.
Specializing in belt and legit style technique, Kyle has had tremendous success with her approach to belt voice singing. She maintains studios in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. Her students include famed New York dancer Jared Grimes, Emily Hindrichs (English National Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Tanglewood, Seattle Opera), Olivia Diane Joseph (off-Broadway production of THE WIZ, Suzi Bass Award Winner-Celebrating the Best of Atlanta’s Theatre), Alaman Diadhiou (Twist in TWIST, America’s Child Tap Dance Prodigy, Oman…O Man!, Jerry Lewis MDA telethon), pop and R and B singer, Matthew Johnson (Twist) and Aijia Lise, (headlining singer with the Viper Room in Hollywood and the House of Blues on Sunset Strip). Kyle’s coaching talents are not restricted to Broadway musicals. Her students are successful in the classical realm as well, many of whom have performed leading roles with New Orleans Opera, Seattle Opera, Oper Frankfurt, and English National Opera. Her students have garnered numerous awards including top placements at both state and regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Her students have earned apprenticeships with Seattle Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Aspen Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard and Operafestival di Roma; many continue to pursue their studies in major conservatories and schools including Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Oklahoma City University and New England Conservatory of Music. She is currently Director of Southern Opera and Music Theatre Company’s Outreach and Workshop program, associate professor of voice at The University of Southern Mississippi, and director of the apprentice artist program with Mississippi Opera, and vocal coach with FestivalSouth. In the past three years, Kyle served on two international festival faculties as voice professor and coach: Operafestival di Roma, Italy and at the Faculty-Festival Musica nas Montanhas, Brazil.
Maryann Kyle is an active performer of opera, concert, and recital repertoire, and has shared the concert stage with some of world’s greatest artists, having sung the role of Micaela in CARMEN opposite internationally known mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves; performing as a guest soloist with The Miami Festival opposite famed bass-baritone William Warfield; and singing the soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH opposite baritone Timothy Noble and mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson. Kyle has appeared as a soloist on the pop music stage with famed artists Patti Labelle, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, Ann Nesby and Vesta Williams.
Rob Mulholland has directed dozens of productions nationally and internationally in New York, London’s West End The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland as well as with FestivalSouth and Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company. He has worked with performers from Broadway, The Royal National Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and Hollywood. His productions have won numerous awards, including a record four consecutive Fringe First Awards (the Festival’s highest theatrical award), the London Timeout Award, and London Charringdon Award. Major critics such as Michael Billington and Charles Spencer have called his work “brilliant”, “masterly”, “searing”, “hilariously heartbreaking”, and, from Jack Tinker, the Dean of London theatre critics, “one of the most unforgettable experiences in a lifetime of theatre-going, beautifully directed by Rob Mulholland.”
His numerous musical theatre credits include WEST SIDE STORY, CATS, OLIVER!, JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT, COMPANY, INTO THE WOODS (two New Orleans city-wide awards), GUYS AND DOLLS, CABARET, WORKING, PIPPIN, BIG RIVER, THE MUSIC MAN, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE FANATASTIKS, THE WHO’S TOMMY, CHILDREN OF EDEN, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE WORLD GOES ROUND, GREASE, CHICAGO, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Mel Brooks’ THE PRODUCERS, for which he won a New Orleans award as Director of the Year in 2010. In the opera world, his credits include directing Denyce Graves in CARMEN and directing much of the popular Mozart canon, including COSI FAN TUTTE, THE MAGIC FLUTE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, and DON GIOVANNI as well as Puccini’s LA BOHEME, LE VILLI, SUOR ANGELICA, IL TABARRO, AND GIANNI SCHICCHI. Other favorites include DIE FLEDERMAUS, PAGLIACCI, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE as the inaugural production of FestivalSouth. He is the author of ROBERT JOHNSON: THE MAN, THE MYTH AND THE MUSIC and the subject of STAGING STEINBECK by Peter Whitebrook, a memoir of the World Premiere theatrical production of THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Rob has degrees from Brown University and Duke University. Recently, he directed the critically-acclaimed World Premiere of THE LAST SOUTH in London and Edinburgh, which subsequently toured to 27 cities throughout the United Kingdom. Regionally he has directed both Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. His upcoming KISS ME KATE will be a centerpiece event of The Natchez Festival of Music.
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Kevin Breazeale is a free-lance choreographer and show designer currently based in Mississippi. He studied dance at Giordano Dance Center, Joel Hall and Lou Conte Studios during his eight-year residency in Chicago. Along with dance, he also studied acting at the Actor’s Center of Chicago. His performing credits include several industrial and regional theatre shows in Chicago, and throughout the Midwest. Kevin has appeared in Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera productions including DAMN YANKEES, 42ND STREET, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, A CHORUS LINE, THE PRODUCERS, and a Just Over the Rainbow production of THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. He has also served as a choreography clinician at the Eastern Illinois University Music Camp, The Blue Ridge Show Choir Camp in W.Va., and the Butler Summer Showcase in El Dorado, Ks. He has served as a judge and clinician at national and regional show choir competitions throughout the Midwest and Southeast. His competition show choir groups consistently place as finalist and receive many choreography caption awards. Breazeale was co-producer of Masterclass, a summer performing arts camp in Valparaiso, Ind. for two summers. He teaches a musical theatre choreography class at On Your Toes Studio in Hattiesburg. He has also been involved with choreography for musical theatre productions of VICTOR VICTORIA, LES MISERABLES, INTO THE WOODS, A CHORUS LINE, and FOOTLOOSE. Kevin holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Journalism from Loyola University Chicago.
MISSISSIPPI THE BIRTHPLACE OF AMERICA’S MUSIC
Come to Hattiesburg and you’ll see for yourself why this prospering city has the reputation of being a great place for business, education, health care, retirement, and the arts! The rich musical heritage of this dynamic city includes two markers on the Mississippi Blues Trail noting Hattiesburg’s contribution to the growth of the blues. Also, The Illustrated History of Rock and Roll, published by Rolling Stone magazine, credits Hattiesburg as being the home of one the earliest rock and roll recordings in 1936. The University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, and local community arts organizations currently offer over one thousand performances annually, making Hattiesburg - Mississippi’s Music Destination. Hattiesburg is centrally located—less than 100 miles from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Jackson, New Orleans and Mobile— drawing cultural tourists from within the state, across the nation, and around the globe. Come and enjoy the rich artistic spirit of Hattiesburg during FESTIVALSOUTH®, June 8-22, 2013! Hattiesburg is Mississippi’s Music Destination WWW.VISITHATTIE.ORG
FESTIVALSOUTH.ORG June 8 - 22, 2013 marks a city-wide celebration: FESTIVALSOUTH’s® exciting fourth season! FestivalSouth is Mississippi’s only multiweek, multi-genre arts festival, offering both free and ticketed events to local residents and cultural tourists. This year’s festival includes two weeks, offering events from across the spectrum of the arts – theatre, music, dance and art. Musical offerings include Broadway, classical, blues, jazz and gospel events. Ongoing art and sculpture exhibits draw visitors to downtown Hattiesburg. The Arts Market brings local craftsmen, artisans, and tourists together under one roof. Classical and modern ballet events bring exciting movement to the festival. Keep your appetite in check with food, glorious food, from eateries all over town. Artie Events for Kids offer fun, fun, fun for FestivalFamilies. And don’t miss our late-night events to cap off a day of adventure in the Pine Belt. FESTIVALSOUTH® offers events for arts lovers of every age and taste!
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