Manhattan School of Music

Maitland Peters

Maitland Peters is currently in his twentieth year as Chairman of the Voice Department at Manhattan School of Music and his twenty-second year on the faculty. In 2009 he was awarded Manhattan School of Music’s Presidential Award for excellence in teaching and service to Manhattan School of Music. As one of New York City’s most prominent and sought-after voice teachers, Maitland Peters maintains a studio of well over 100 professionals, while directing one of the largest and most prestigious faculties of voice in the world. His students sing on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the opera companies of Berlin, Munich, Paris and Glyndebourne, in leading opera companies across the United States and Europe as well as the Broadway stage. Notable singers from the Metropolitan Opera with whom Maitland Peters has worked include Brian Schexnayder, Pamela Coburn, Carol Yahr, Michael Sylvester, Liam Bonner, Allan Glassman, Mechthild Gessendorf, Wira Banyewich, Stephen West, Douglas Perry, Mark Lundberg, Marc Heller and Paul Frey. Stars from the Broadway stage include Stockard Channing, Stacey Logan, Burke Moses, Sherry Boone, Shuler Hensley, Martin Vidnovic, Steven Anderson, Jessica Grove, and Rebecca Eichenberger as well as many young American professionals on the verge of major international careers. His students from Manhattan School of Music have sung at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Seattle, and Houston and have participated in every major apprentice program including Merola, Santa Fe, Central City, St. Louis, Chautauqua, Glimmerglass, Sarasota, Seattle, and Portland, as well as all the major vocal competitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is the co-creator and artistic director of the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival.

On television, Mr. Peters has served as vocal adjudicator on “Live with Regis and Kelly” and was recently filmed for the PBS special, “Music, Emotion and the Voice.” He was featured as one of three outstanding vocal technicians from the United States on the DVD “You Are Your Instrument,” recently released for international distribution.

An award-winning baritone himself, with years of in-depth study of the human voice, Mr. Peters has had notable success in master classes as a creative innovator throughout the United States and Europe in the field of vocal technique. He has served as the artistic director of the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy, on the faculty of the National Opera Center, and a frequent adjudicator for many international and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, National Youth Foundation, and the International Contemporary Opera. He is proud to be the father of two beautiful children, Preston and Olympia. Mr. Peters has been on Manhattan School of Music’s voice faculty since 1990.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2004.

New England Conservatory

Karen Holvik

Title: Chair, Voice


Soprano Karen Holvik brings a wealth of experience in many styles of music to her performances. She began her singing life in the world of popular music and jazz, but set her sights on a career in classical music during her graduate studies. After touring with San Francisco Opera's Western Opera Theater, Holvik settled in New York, where she pursued an eclectic musical path, building a large repertoire of concert music, oratorio, and operatic roles.

Highlights of her work in regional opera include appearances with Houston Grand Opera's Spring Opera Festival, Skylight Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opera Illinois, Anchorage Opera, and Texas Opera Theater, singing roles including Constanze, Lucia, Juliette, Adina, Micaela, Marzelline, and Baby Doe. She has worked with prominent directors, including Christopher Alden, Francesca Zambello, Edward Berkeley, Ken Cazan, and the late Richard Pearlman.

Holvik has toured extensively in the United States, and has appeared in Canada and Western Europe singing both popular and classical repertoire. She has been successful in many competitions, including the American Opera Auditions, Liederkranz Foundation, Oratorio Society of New York, Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, and Joy in Singing, which sponsored her debut recital at Alice Tully Hall. The Richard Tucker Gala Concert marked her Avery Fisher Hall debut, an event that was recorded by RCA Victor Red Seal and shown nationally on PBS, and she made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel's Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra. Other New York venues in which she has appeared in concert, opera, and oratorio include Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, Miller Theater and St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University, the Knitting Factory, and Dance Theater Works.

Holvik spent five summers as an Opera Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a student of Jan DeGaetani and Arleen Augér and sang leading roles in numerous opera productions. She has since returned as a guest artist to sing concerts featuring works by Bach and Mozart, as well as an evening of Gershwin songs to celebrate the opening of the Harris Recital Hall, with her Eastman classmate, baritone William Sharp, and pianist Steven Blier.

While a member of the voice faculty at Eastman, Holvik sang with the jazz pianist Tony Caramia, performing the music of Billie Holliday, Harold Arlen, and Alec Wilder. She also appeared with the Ying Quartet singing the music of Lili Boulanger, and made several appearances with the "Women in Music Festival," in residence at Eastman. Holvik has also long been a champion of contemporary American song and operatic repertoire, and has premiered works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Aaron Kernis, John Musto, James Sellars, Stewart Wallace, Tom Cipullo, and Richard Wilson. She was featured in the New York premiere and on the subsequent tour of Kabbalah by Stewart Wallace and Michael Korie, and appears on the Koch International Classics recording. She created the role of Rose in the premiere of The World is Round by James Sellars on a text by Gertrude Stein. Another premiere, Aethelred the Unready by Richard Wilson, marked her debut with the American Symphony Chamber Orchestra. For her next appearance with the ASCO, she sang Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Holvik has appeared on television, radio, and in concert with the acclaimed recital series, New York Festival of Song, and appears with William Sharp and pianist Steven Blier on a NYFOS recording released by Koch International Classics, Zipperfly & Other Songs by Marc Blitzstein. Holvik has also sung concerts throughout the United States as part of Trio Con Voce, with pianist Brian Suits and violinist Kyung Sun Lee, and appeared frequently in New York with the popular series "Friends and Enemies of New Music." She has been a featured soloist in numerous seasons with the Boulder and Kalamazoo Bach Festivals, and she appeared at the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder singing Mozart concert arias and Beethoven's Egmont songs. In 2002, she premiered the songs of Vivian Fung during a residency in Florence, Italy, sponsored by the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2007, Holvik appeared as Julie LaVerne in Mercury Opera Rochester's production of Show Boat in the Eastman Theater. Other recent performances include a featured appearance with the New York Festival of Song for their 20th Anniversary Gala in Zankel Hall in New York, and an appearance at the 50th Anniversary Gala Concert of the Joy in Singing Competition in Merkin Hall.

Master's degree and performer's certificate in opera, Eastman School of Music. Former faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Vassar College, New York University, and the Eastman School of Music.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

César Ulloa

Title:Chair, Voice

César Ulloa is an internationally recognized teacher whose students perform regularly at major operatic and concert stages of the world. He presently holds the position of master teacher at the renowned Adler and Merola opera programs of San Francisco Opera. He has been on the voice faculty at the University of Montreal, Pam Beach Atlantic University, New World School of the Arts, as well as master teacher at several young artist programs including the Domingo-Thornton, Montreal Opera, Palm Beach Opera, IVAI and presently at the Institute for Dramatic Voices, as well as on the teaching staff for the past 18 years at SIVAM, Mexico's most prominent young artist program. His students appear in virtually every major young artist program including, Merola, Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia, Minnesota, Domingo-Thornton, MET Lindemann, Wolftrap and Domingo-Cafritz. His students have been top prize winners in numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Operalia, Montseratt Caballé, Loren Zachary, George London, Iturbi,Veronica Dunne, Richard Tucker and finalists in Cardiff Singer of the World.
After an international opera and concert career that spans over 15 years and with more than 50 roles in his repertoire, his singing career brought him to the NY City Opera, Washington Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera, L'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and Cleveland Symphony, among numerous others. He studied voice with Thomas Hayward and Franco Corelli.


Vocal Audition Requirements
1. One art song in Italian
2. One art song in French
3. One art song in German
4. One art song in English
5. One opera aria
6. One oratorio aria
7. An additional selection 
in a fifth language



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