Artists in Residence

career training through coaching and performance

Each year, five talented artists join us for a season-long residency, appearing throughout our community and receiving invaluable career guidance and individualized instruction.

About the Program

Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence program, now in its nineteenth 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.

For information about auditions for the 2022-23 Artists in Residence program, please visit our Auditions & Employment page.

2018-19 AIRs Andrea Baker and Kelvin Ying, performing on a program at the Opera Center

2021-22 Artists in Residence

Emily Michiko Jensensoprano

This season at Pensacola Opera | First Lady, The Magic Flute; Berta (cover), The Barber of Seville

Recently | Studio Artist, Florentine Opera; Suor Angelica, IU Opera Theatre; Don Giovanni, Boston Opera Collaborative

Education | P.D. Indiana University, M.M. New England Conservatory, B.M. Eastman School of Music

Imara Milesmezzo-soprano

This season at Pensacola Opera | Third Lady, The Magic Flute; Berta, The Barber of Seville

RecentlyLittle Women, IU Opera Theatre; Blue, The Glimmerglass Festival; Dialogues des Carmélites, IU Opera Theatre

Education | M.M. Indiana University, B.A. York College of Pennsylvania

Robert Hartfieldtenor

This season at Pensacola Opera | Monostatos, The Magic Flute; Count Almaviva (cover), The Barber of Seville RecentlyCosì fan tutte, University of Oklahoma; A Gift of Song, Cimarron Opera; Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera in the Ozarks Education | M.M. University of Oklahoma, B.M. University of Oklahoma

Ron Dukesbass

This season at Pensacola Opera | Sarastro, The Magic Flute; Basilio, The Barber of Seville

RecentlyIl barbiere di Siviglia, IU Opera Theatre; Aïda, Cincinnati Opera; Ariadne auf Naxos, Wolf Trap Opera

Education | M.M. Indiana University, B.S. University of Indianapolis

Andrew Phampianist/coach

This season on Pensacola Opera's music staff | The Magic FluteThe Barber of Seville Recently | Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Indianapolis Opera; The Banshee, Cascadia Chamber Opera; Mother Courage, UO Theatre Education | M.M. University of Oregon, M.M. Indiana University, B.M. James Madison University

Artists in Residence Alumni


Alyssa Dessoye, soprano
Erin Alford, mezzo-Soprano
Brian Skoog, tenor
Jack Chandler, baritone
Anthony Benz, pianist/coach


Bizhou Chang, soprano
Emily Triebold, Mezzo-Soprano
Aaren Rivard, tenor
Corey Gaudreau, baritone
Stephen Variames, pianist/coach


Andrea Baker, soprano
Christina Pezzarossi, Mezzo-Soprano
Alexander Scheuermann, tenor
Corey Gaudreau, baritone
Kelvin Ying, pianist/coach


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​


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


Anna 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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