2018 Summer Intensive Staff

ANDREW ADAMS, Music Director

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Andrew Adams maintains a very active private voice studio in Denver. His students are frequently featured in opera and musical theater productions in Colorado, across the United States, and in Europe. He is also a popular master teacher and clinician. His studio is noted for presenting seldom performed vocal works such as Liza Lehmann’s In a Persian Garden.

Andrew Adams has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival USA, Festivale dei Due Mondi, Italy, The Opera Ensemble of New York, and the Westminster Choir. He has been featured in opera, oratorio, & recital throughout the US and Germany under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Loren Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Robert Shaw, Spiros Agiros, Robert Spano, Zubin Mehta, and Roger Wagner.

He holds MM degrees in both Vocal Peerformance/Pedagogy and Church Music from Westminster Choir College. His formative teachers include Dalton Baldwin, Ruth Bierhoff, Shirlee Emmons, and Jane Westbrook. has been music director of several prominent churches and temples in New York City and the Los Angeles metro area. He is the founder and music director of Denver’s Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir.

CANDY BROWN, Stage Director

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CANDY BROWN is an accomplished actress on stage, television and film and holds a BA in Performing Arts from St Mary’s College of California.

Ms Brown began her professional career in musical theatre under the tutelage of legendary Broadway directors, choreographers and performers too numerous to list but who include mentors Bob Fosse and Hal Prince. As
a proud member of Actors Equity, some of her Broadway shows are PURLIE, HELLO DOLLY and original cast member of PIPPIN, CHICAGO,
and GRIND. Candy was also an original participant in the history making workshop of A CHORUS LINE, her story is still in the show.

Her first visit to Denver was as “Candy” in the first national tour of APPLAUSE with Eleanor Parker followed by work at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts in SOUTH PACIFIC, HOUSE OF FLOWERS, WAITING TO BE INVITED and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.

As Candy Brown Houston, a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, Candy has appeared
in numerous tv commercials, television programs (Chicago Hope, CSI:Miami etc) and films (ALI, Baby Boy, Zebrahead etc) She has worked extensively in regional theaters around the country as an actor and choreographer.

Since relocating to Denver nearly 10 years ago, Ms Brown has performed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, CuriousTheatre Co., LOCAL Theatre CO, Telluride New Playwright Festival. She directed and choreographed ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for the Aurora Fox
Theatre and choreographed BIG RIVER for the Lone Tree Performing Arts Center.

She has also been teaching Acting Through Singing for WABI Theatre Intensives. Ms Brown teaches Body Awareness in the Vocal and Theatre Departments for the Denver School of the Arts, where she most recently choreographed The 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE which has been chosen to be a Main Stage musical at the
International High School Thespian Convention in June. Candy was last seen on stage as Melissa in the Lone Tree Performing Arts Center’s production of LOVE LETTERS.

LIANA LANSING, Master Teacher


Liana Lansing boasts an extensive background as performer and conductor. She has sung professionally with the New York City, Central City, and Santa Fe Operas, the National Chorale (NYC), and the Desert Chorale (Santa Fe). She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston) with BM and MM Degrees in Voice. Liana toured Europe, Russia, Romania, Scandinavia, Australia, China, and Japan with the Rocky Mountain Singers, directed by her father, the late Robert Lansing.

Back in Denver, Liana earned an MM degree in Choral Conducting at CU, and has directed the Holy Ghost, Washington Park UM and Christ Congregational Church Choirs, the Colo. Welsh Society and Northland Chorales. She currently leads the GAL-axies women’s chorus, the NEW CHORDS, a mixed show choir that has entertained audiences for over 25 years, and SHIR AMI, a group specializing in Jewish ethnic folk song. In addition to all of the above, Liana teaches voice privately.

THOMAS POOLE, Master Teacher

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For 18 years, Thomas Poole headed the Voice Department at the University of Northern Colorado. A versatile tenor, he has performed in 14 countries with opera companies and orchestras including New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, Festival dei due Mondi, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of NY, Warsaw Symphony, Teatro Nacional, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Opera Colorado, the Colorado Symphony, and the National Symphony. Mr. Poole’s repertoire includes diverse characters across classical, romantic, verismo, and contemporary operas, such as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Alfredo (La Traviata), Milio (Zaza), and Sam (Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah). His Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore garnered critical acclaim from Opera News, commending him as an “impressive Lyric Tenor.”
Mr. Poole is equally at home performing oratorio, symphonic, and musical theatre repertoire. Recent performances include: tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder at Kennedy Center, and 10 concerts in DC, VA, MD, PA, NY, and DE as part of “An Evening With Three Tenors.”