Opera educator Ann Baltz will be in residency September 18-20 as the 2019-2020 Helen McMaster Endowed Professorship in Vocal and Choral Studies. Ms. Baltz will be working with our voice students, who will present a final public performance showcasing what they have learned throughout the week. This performance is free and open to the public.
Ann Baltz is recognized as one of the leading opera educators in America today. As founder of OperaWorks™, her revolutionary holistic approach to singer training was the first of its kind to incorporate cross-disciplinary education for singers. Founded in 1987, OperaWorks™ boasts an impressive list of over 2,000 alumni worldwide, educational programs for teachers and coaches, and documented success of Ann’s teaching methods published in the International Journal of Music Education.
Committed to developing authentic performers, Ann conducts master classes and residencies for opera companies, universities and conservatories nationwide. Her innovative approach to performance has led to the creation of over 30 original pastiche operas at OperaWorks™ and through collaborations with music schools.
Ann is a passionate advocate of using musical improvisation to free musicians' innate musical and dramatic capabilities, and she collaborates with singers to perform live improvised concerts and operas throughout the country. In 2015 she created OperaWorks’™ Arts for Social Awareness Project (ASAP) to produce musically improvised opera/theater performances that bring a human face to current social issues.
She is a frequent speaker at conferences including the National Opera Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. As a steering committee member of OPERA America’s Singer Training Forum, she served as a panelist for their national seminars Building a Career: Strategies for Success.
Ann’s diverse professional background includes positions as assistant conductor, coach, and chorusmaster in over 40 productions with singers including Dame Joan Sutherland and James McCracken, and conductor Richard Bonynge. An accomplished collaborative pianist, she has toured with Columbia Artist Concerts, Minnesota Opera, and San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater. She was the recipient of the Otto Guth Award for outstanding coach in the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.
The NAACP Theatre Awards nominated Ann as Best Music Director for The Discord Altar, OperaWorks’™ ASAP production addressing homelessness, and she is the recipient of a Red Carpet Award from “Women In Theatre” recognizing her outstanding achievements in theater in Los Angeles.