BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MARLENA HOOKER MOORE, President

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Mezzo-soprano Marlena Hooker Moore holds degrees in vocal performance from Metropolitan State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Additional study at DePauw University led to music and German language studies in Vienna, Austria. She currently studies with Andrew Adams in Denver, Colorado.

With Germany’s Opera Classica Europa, she sang Flora in La Traviata and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Committed to contemporary music, Marlena’s roles include Madame Flora in The Medium and Rosine in Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso. She appeared as Queen Victoria II in Luminous Thread’s original steampunk opera, Queen Victoria’s Floating Garden; Adele in the world premiere of Russell Guyver and Brian Luedloff’s electronic opera, Opera-tion World Peace, and as Sally in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, presented by the Chamber Ensemble con Grazia and pianist Grace Asquith, with whom she regularly performs.

She has been a soloist in choral works including Lotte Lehmann’s In a Persian Garden with the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir and Verdi’s Requiem with the University of Northern Colorado chorus and orchestra.

Marlena grew up in King George, Virginia, and first started taking music lessons with her grandmother, a church pianist. Her own teaching studio, MHM Music, has provided voice and piano lessons for students of all ages in the Denver Metro area for the past ten years. For several years, Marlena was the Director of Music at the Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ in Denver.

 

ERICA KITAEV, Vice President

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Erica Kitaev (soprano) did her undergraduate work in voice at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, received her Master’s from Austin Peay State University, and did doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. She performed a wide-ranging operatic and art song repertoire and taught voice at APSU before taking a 15- year hiatus from singing to practice law. She is currently Managing Editor for privacy and data security for Thomson Reuters and a nationally recognized expert in privacy law. She lives in Stapleton with her husband, Oleg, her two children, Lucas and Fiona, and her mother-in-law, Katya.

LAURA BUTLER, Secretary

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KAT WAGNER Treasurer

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Soprano Kat Wagner received her Bachelors of Vocal Performance from the University of Idaho. Some of her favorite performance experiences include lead roles in Die Fledermaus, Die Lustige Witwe, Le Nozze di FigaroLa Rondine, and The Mikado. She enjoys singing and performing in all genres and has been a soloist for Chamber Ensemble Con Grazia for the past two years. She has been conducting church choirs for twenty years and has directed several musicals at the middle school level.  She has been teaching private voice and theory in the Highlands Ranch, Colorado area for 13 years.

 

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 and Poulenc’s La Dame de Monte Carlo.

Andrew Adams has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Spoleto Festival USA, Festivale dei Due Mondi, Italy, the Westminster Choir; in opera, concert & recital in the US and Germany; and was a member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, New York Choral Artists, and the Westminster Choir. He 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.

LIANA LANSING, Board Member

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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, Board Member

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A versatile tenor, Thomas Poole 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.”
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