Jan Miller Studio Artists

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

Founded in 2003, the Jan Miller Studio Artist Program (formally known as the Artists in Residence Program) has been an important incubator for emerging operatic talent for more than 20 years. In residence from September through March, Studio Artists perform and/or cover roles in mainstage productions, sing for numerous educational and community outreach programs, and star in an annual showcase production. In recent seasons, Studio Artists have been featured in staged scenes programs, concerts with orchestra, and chamber operas at the Opera Center. The Studio Artist coach/pianist works as the music director for the educational outreach performances, in addition to serving as rehearsal pianist for mainstage productions and performing with the Studio Artist singers at a variety of events throughout the season.

In addition to numerous performance opportunities, Studio Artists 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. Past Studio Artists have gone on to enjoy successful careers on stage and behind the scenes throughout the US and internationally.

For information about auditions for the 2025-26 Jan Miller Studio Artist Program, please visit our Auditions & Employment page.

Jan Miller

In 2022, the program was renamed as part of a sustaining gift by Jan Miller, a generous, longtime Pensacola Opera trustee, supporter, and advocate. Jan was President of the Board when the organization established the Artists in Residence Program, making it one of the focal points of our mission in 2002. She has also been a fierce fundraiser and promoter for our in-school programming, which reaches over 10,000 area children each year. Her dedication to and belief in our education programs over the past 20+ years have been the driving forces in her impactful fundraising efforts for the company.

Join the Studio!

Applications for the 2025-26 Jan Miller Studio Artist Program will open in late summer of 2024. Details will be posted here once the application is posted.

2024-25 Studio Artists

Rachel Fitzgeraldsoprano

Hometown | Mansfield, OH Education | M.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, B.M. Ohio Wesleyan University Recent Work | 2024 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist; The Merry Widow, Indiana University; Così fan tutte, Tel Aviv Summer Opera This Season at Pensacola Opera | Barbarina & Countess (cover) in The Marriage of Figaro, Nedda (cover) in Pagliacci, Mother in The Bear Who Couldn't Fish

Camille Roblesmezzo-soprano

Hometown | San Juan, PR

Education | M.M. Rice University Shepherd School of Music, B.M. Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

Recent Work | Dido and Aeneas, Rice University; Hänsel und Gretel, Aspen Music Festival; Eugene Onegin, Rice University

This Season at Pensacola Opera | Cherubino (cover) in The Marriage of Figaro, Chorus in Pagliacci, Dolphin in The Bear Who Couldn't Fish

Micah Perrytenor

Hometown | Brookings, SD

Education | M.M. Baylor University, B.M. South Dakota State University

Recent Work | Die Fledermaus, Quisisana Resort; Carmen, Austin Opera; 2023 Studio Artist, Wolf Trap Opera

This Season at Pensacola Opera | Basilio/Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Beppe in Pagliacci, Mato in The Bear Who Couldn't Fish

Joseph O’Sheabaritone

Hometown | Mobile, AL

Education | M.M. University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, B.M. University of South Alabama

Recent Work | 2024 Gerdine Young Artist, Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Madama Butterfly, Cincinnati Opera; Fellow Travelers, CCM

This Season at Pensacola Opera | Antonio and Count (cover) in The Marriage of Figaro, Silvio (cover) in Pagliacci, Eagle/Snake in The Bear Who Couldn't Fish

Meredith Stemenpianist/coach

Hometown | Pensacola, FL

Education | D.M.A. Louisiana State University, M.M. University of Florida, B.M. University of West Florida

Recent Work | Graduate Assistant, LSU; Collaborative Pianist/Coach, UWF; Staff Pianist, Interlochen Center for the Arts

This Season at Pensacola Opera | Pianist/coach/continuo for The Marriage of Figaro, Pianist/coach for Pagliacci, Music Director/pianist for The Bear Who Couldn't Fish

Studio Artists Alumni


Nicole Heinen, soprano
Alexandra Sanchez, mezzo-soprano
Zachary Taylor, tenor
Bernardo Medeiros, baritone
Tongyao Li, pianist/coach


Hayley Abramowitz, soprano
Kayla Nanto, mezzo-Soprano
Randy Ho, tenor
Scott Lee, baritone
Nathan Cicero, pianist/coach


Emily Michiko Jensen, soprano
Imara Miles, mezzo-Soprano
Robert Hartfield, tenor
Ron Dukes, bass
Andrew Pham, pianist/coach


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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