Studio Artist Program

Studio Artist Program

In residence all season, Studio Artists can be seen performing on both our mainstage and throughout Arizona. The Studio also provides well-rounded, personalized instruction that propels each artist to the next level. These opportunities help bridge the gap between academic studies and a professional career. Over 600 applications were received for these six coveted positions. The average age of this season’s Studio Artist is 27.

2013-14 Studio Artists

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Andrea Shokery, Soprano
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
On Our Mainstage: Musetta (La Bohème),
Annina (La Traviata),
Norina (Don Pasquale)
Education: College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
Previous Appearances: Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky opera, Opera Theatre & Music Festival
of Lucca, Wolf Trap Foundation
Roles Performed: Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Rosina (Il barbiere di Sivglia)
Sponsored by: 

Chris Carr, Baritone

Hometown: Quasqueton, IA
On Our Mainstage: Bill Bobstay (HMS Pinafore), Schaunard (La Bohème), Barone Douphol (La Traviata), Malatesta (Don Pasquale)
Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Simpson College
Previous Appearances: Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Merola Opera Program, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Roles Performed: Conte  Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Tarquinius (Rape of Lucretia)
Sponsored by:

Beth Lytwynec, Mezzo-Soprano
Hometown: Ilion, NY
On Our Mainstage: Cousin Hebe (HMS Pinafore), Mary (The Flying Dutchman), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata)
Education: The Boston Conservatory
Previous Appearances: Chautauqua Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Nashville Opera
Roles Performed: Jo (Little Women), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi)
Sponsored by: Paul S. Symchych, M.D.

Calvin Griffin, Bass-Baritone

Hometown: Columbus, OH
On Our Mainstage: Bob Becket (HMS Pinafore), Colline (La Bohème), Dottore Grenvil (La Traviata), Notary (Don Pasquale)
Education: Rice University, The Ohio State University
Previous Appearances: Aspen Music Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Columbus, Wolf Trap Opera Studio
Roles Performed: Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Volpone (Volpone)
Sponsored by:

David Margulis, Tenor
Hometown: Plantation, FL
On Our Mainstage: Gastone (La Traviata), Ernesto (Don Pasquale)
Education: Indiana University, University of Washington, Florida State University
Previous Appearances: Arizona Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera
Roles Performed: Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Itlaian Singer (Der Rosenkavalier)
Sponsored by:

Nyle Matsuoka, Pianist/Coach

Hometown: Austin, TX
On Our Music Staff: HMS Pinafore, La Bohème, La Traviata, Don Pasquale
Education: University of Texas at Austin, Utah State University
Previous Appearances: Wolf Trap Opera, Spotlight on Opera
Coaching ExperienceCosì fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, Suor Angelica, Die Zauberflöte
Sponsored by:

How to Apply

We have just completed the auditions for the 2014-15 season.  Please check back in September 2014 for information on how to audition for the 2015-16 season.

Artist & Coach Sponsors

Blandy and Joanne Boocock
Thomas and Ginger Collier
Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert
Marion Roose Pullin
Ann B. Ritt Family
Paul S. Symchych, M.D.

Studio Sponsors

Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert
James and Suzanne Kee
Dan Klingenberg
Marion Roose Pullin
Paul S. Symchych, M.D.
Lauri and Eric Termansen
Roma and Raymond Witcoff
Dr. Martin L. Bell and Linda M. Herold
Winifred M. Kelley
Donna and James Murphy
Colonel (Ret) Kimberley Smith
Robert S. and Shoshana B. Tancer
Inez K. and Alexander B. White
Dr. Judith G. and Edwin H. Wolf

Community Partners

Arizona Senior Academy
Community Performing Arts Center, Green Valley
Courtyard Marriott, Tucson Airport
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Youth Symphony
Steinway Piano Showroom, Scottsdale
Zazu Pannee Park Regent

Special Thanks

Arizona Opera would like to extend its gratitude to Marion Roose Pullin, whose continued and sustaining support reflects an unwavering dedication to the emerging talent of today and the stars of tomorrow.

Studio Artist Alumni


Bevin Hill, soprano
Laura Wilde, soprano
David Margulis, tenor
Thomas Cannon, baritone2010-11

Rebecca Sjöwall, soprano
Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo-soprano
Cameron Schutza, tenor
Kevin Wetzel, baritone



Tammi Huber, soprano
James Flora, tenor
John Fulton, baritone
Andrew Gray, bass-baritone
UA Rogers Conducting Institute Fellows:Keitaro Harada, Jackson Warren


Rebecca Sjöwall, soprano
Laura Wilde, mezzo-soprano
Clay Hilley, tenor
Daniel Scofield, baritone 2009-10

Samantha Barnes, soprano
Grace Brooks, mezzo-soprano
Cameron Schutza, tenor
John Fulton, baritone
UA Rogers Conducting Institute Fellows: Keitaro Harada, Jackson Warren



Chloé Moore, soprano
Olga Perez, mezzo-soprano
James Flora, tenor
Andrew Gray, bass-baritone
UA Rogers Conducting Institute Fellow: Martin Majkut

Program Support

Your Support of the Arizona Opera Studio affords the opportunities and training vital to developing artists as they take their first steps into this challenging and competitive profession.

With Your help, we can strengthen the future of opera through a roster of emerging artists who are proud to call Arizona Opera their home company.