Welcome to the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute alumni page. For those of you who have participated in this program (aka Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre Institute) this site will provide you with a location to share your activities and accomplishments with other alumni, opera faculty and staff, as well as our opera fans and supporters. Over the past 15 years this institute has supported approximately 250 graduates and each year we hear about the achievements of our students and wish we had a way to disseminate this information beyond simply our newsletter to our supporters. We hope this website will allow us to do just that. But we need your help to provide us with information about your careers and accomplishments since you attended our institute. We look forward to hearing from you. Johanna Meier and the Opera Theatre Institute Board of Directors
How to submit a news item or career information:
Please email the information along with your name and the year you participated in our institute to Terri.Bjorum@bhsu.edu. If you want others to be able to get in touch with you, please include a statement to that effect. Please make your news items succinct and include a photo if possible. Please Note: We reserve the right to edit your entries with regard to length or if we feel the submission has inappropriate information for our site. We hope that you will update your news from time to time as your career progresses, whether as a performer, an educator or in some other area of specialization.
News Items from Our Alumni
LINDSAY AMMANN: (2004) Lindsay Ammann debuted at the Metropolitan Opera last year, singing the role of Rossweise in the new Die Walkure with Maestro Levine conducting. She also sang the role of Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia with the Pittsburgh Opera the previous year. This spring (2013) she will be returning to the Metropolitan Opera.
STEPHANIE BALL: In 2010 Stephanie Ball won in the District Met Auditions and will sing in the Regionals. Stephanie Ball was the award recipient of our Young Performers Competition and former participant of the Opera Institute. She is also a candidate for the Master’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis.
TOBIAS GREENHALGH: (2009,10) Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute 2010's Don Giovanni, Tobias Greenhalgh went to Germany in 2011 to participate in the summer Edith Wiens Opera program. In 2012 he won in the general opera division of the Leiderkranz competition.
REBECCA KRYNSKI: Rebecca Krynski won in the general opera division of the Leiderkranz competition 2012.
CAROL MONEY: Carol Money is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Colorado. She sang in several recitals during spring semester at UNC and in the summer, she sang the role of Poussette in Manon for Opera Classica (company based in Bad Schwalbach, Germany) in France. While in Europe, she performed on many concerts with the UNC summer opera tour and she sang as a guest fill-in with Opera Etcetera.
LAURA NARY: Laura Nary, a former participant in the Opera Institute, had a wonderful summer studying opera in Munich, Germany as part of the International Performing Arts Institute. In her letter to Johanna, she says “I must tell you that I would not be participating in this program if it were not for your program that I attended last summer. I gained many valuable resources from JMOTI, for that all you do I am truly thankful.”
TYLER RAAD: (2010,2011), Tyler Raad has begun his graduate studies at North Dakota State University this year.
JOSHUA SEALS: (Institute’s Masetto, 2010) Joshua Seals is studying in the Masters Program at the Univ. of Connecticut.
CELESTE SICILIANO: Celeste Siciliano won in the Wagner Division of the Leiderkranz competition 2012.
SARAH SIPLL: (2011) Sarah Sipll has been hired by many local companies around Chicago and Milwaukee for various concerts and programs. In February 2013 she travels to Veracruz, Mexico to sing the Liebestod with the Orchestra of Xalapa.
TOM SITZLER: Tom Sitzler is a Master’s degree candidate at Washington University of St. Louis. He sang the role of Alcindoro in La Boheme and the title role in Gianni Schicchi.
JOSHUA STANTON: Joshua Stanton, a former participant in the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute and a Black Hills State University graduate, is pursuing a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Washington University of St. Louis. He sang Rodolfo in La Boheme and Rinuccio in the Gianni Schicchi.