Artists in Residence


Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence program, now in its sixteenth season, continues to provide training and performance experience for young opera professionals. In residence from September through March, these artists perform comprimario roles and cover principal roles in the mainstage productions, sing for numerous educational and community outreach programs, and present an annual showcase at the Pensacola Opera Center.  The Artist in Residence coach/pianist works as the music director for the educational outreach performances, in addition to serving as rehearsal pianist for mainstage productions. In addition to numerous performance opportunities, Artists in Residence also receive regular musical coaching from Pensacola Opera’s music staff, as well as guest coaches and voice teachers, who work to prepare these artists for a successful professional career.

36th Season Artists

Andrea BakerSoprano

This season at Pensacola Opera | Juliet (cover), Romeo and Juliet; Featured soloist, Some Enchanted Valentine; Rosalba (cover), Florencia in the Amazon

Recently | Die Fledermaus, Turandot, Galileo Galilei, Des Moines Metro Opera; Twelfth Night, Falstaff, DePaul Opera Theatre

Education | M.M. DePaul University, B.M. Mercyhurst University

Christina PezzarossiMezzo-Soprano

This season at Pensacola Opera | Gertrude, Romeo and Juliet; Featured soloist, Some Enchanted Valentine; Paula, Florencia in the Amazon

Recently | Flight, Turandot, A Little Night Music, Des Moines Metro Opera; La traviata, Così fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Opera San Jose

Education | M.M. Rice University, B.M. University of Wyoming

Alexander ScheuermannTenor

This season at Pensacola Opera | Tybalt, Romeo & Juliet; Featured soloist, Some Enchanted Valentine; Arcadio (cover), Florencia in the Amazon

Recently | Falstaff, Crested Butte Music Festival; Little Women, Opera in the Heights; The Barber of Seville, HGO to Go

Education | M.M. University of Houston, B.M. Florida State University

Corey GaudreauBaritone

This season at Pensacola Opera | Paris/Gregorio, Romeo and Juliet; Featured soloist, Some Enchanted Valentine; Alvaro, Florencia in the Amazon

Recently | Riders to the Sea, Cendrillon, NEC Opera

Education | M.M. & B.M. New England Conservatory

Kelvin YingPianist/Coach

This season on Pensacola Opera’s music staff | Romeo and Juliet, Some Enchanted Valentine, Florencia in the Amazon

Recently | Le nozze di Figaro, The Crucible, UT Opera Theatre; Il Campanello, The Telephone, Independent Opera Production

Education | M.M. University of Tennessee - Knoxville, B.M. University of Wisconsin - Madison

Artists in Residence Alumni


Evelyn Saavedra, Soprano
Camille Sherman, Mezzo-Soprano
Eric Wassenaar, tenor
Brent Hetherington, baritone
Nola Strand, Music Director/Pianist (Fall)
Deniz Uz, Music Director/Pianist (Spring)


Evelyn Saavedra, Soprano
Gillian Lynn Cotter, Mezzo-Soprano
Frederick Schlick, tenor (Fall)
John Riesen, tenor (Spring)
Brent Hetherington, baritone
Joshua Horsch, Music Director/Pianist


Allison Nicholas, Soprano
​Amanda Fink, Mezzo-Soprano
​​Nicholas DeMeo, Tenor
Thaddeus Ennen, Baritone
Xavier Suarez, Music Director/Pianist
Jessica Myers, Stage Manager


Ariana Wehr, Soprano
Juliana Curcio, Mezzo-Soprano (Spring)
Eliza Bonet, Mezzo-Soprano (Fall)
Eamon Pereyra, Tenor
Matthew Konopacki, Baritone
Karl Anderson, Stage Manager
Nick Place, Music Director/Pianist


Anne Slovin, Soprano
Eliza Bonet, Mezzo-Soprano
Eamon Pereyra, Tenor
Ted Federle, Baritone
Karl Anderson, Stage Manager
Nick Place, Music Director/Pianist


Jennifer Juilfs, Soprano
Ashley Cutright, Mezzo-Soprano
Joe Shadday, Tenor
Mitchell Hutchings, Baritone
Ashleigh Dawn Kriegh-Fleming, Stage Manager
Emily Senturia, Music Director/Pianist


Jennifer Juilfs, Soprano
Samantha Korbey, Mezzo-Soprano
Joseph Shadday, Tenor
Mitchell Hutchings, Baritone
Carrington Konow, Stage Manager
Dana Sadava, Music Director/Pianist


Ami Vice, Soprano
Jennifer Trombley, Mezzo-Soprano
Eric Bowden, Tenor
Gabriel Preisser, Baritone
Emilia Allen, Stage Manager
Michael Sakir, Music Director/Pianist


Ami Vice, Soprano
Candra Savage, Mezzo-Soprano
Patrick Kelley-Alvarado, Tenor
Jason Coffey, Baritone
Sarah Coffey, Stage Manager
Joshua Pepper, Pianist​


Ana Steenerson, Soprano
Dawn Pierce, Mezzo-Soprano
Patrick Kelley-Alvarado, Tenor
Justin Hopkins, Baritone
Jenny Bossa, Stage Manager
Cate Doss, Music Director/Pianist


Ana Steenerson, Soprano
Dawn Pierce, Mezzo-Soprano
Zechariah Baker, Tenor
Todd Van Felker, Baritone
Jarod Wilson, Stage Manager
Melissa Gilbert, Music Director


Shelia Murphy, Soprano
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo-Soprano
Zechariah Baker, Tenor
Sean Damm, Baritone
Sarah Stanley, Stage Manager
Christian Crans, Music Director/Pianist


Kimberly Monzon, Soprano
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo-Soprano
Nicholas Larson, Tenor
Carlos Monzon, Baritone
Jaira Jorcha, Stage Manager
Blake Riley, Music Director/Pianist


Annie Burridge, Soprano
Elise Quagliata, Mezzo-Soprano
Kelly Markgraf, Tenor
Chip Cothran, Baritone


Katherine Jolly, Soprano
Kelli Geogham, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Rowell, Tenor
Patrick Jacobs, Baritone

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