Dianne Legro, Soprano
Legro has appeared
as guest artist with numerous American orchestras and starred in
countless musical productions including the Broadway revival of My
Fair Lady. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and The
Juilliard School, Dianne is the winner of Rockefeller Foundation
and Presser Foundation Awards as well as fellowships at the Bel
Canto School in Italy and the Aspen Music Festival. Dianne has
also completed advanced studies in Bioenergetics, Alexander
Technique and Yoga and integrates these skills into both her educational
work with students and professional development work with leaders
in business, government and education.
more about Dianne at www.diannelegro.com.
Paul Spencer Adkins, Tenor
winner of the First Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition,
Paul Spencer Adkins is a leading
tenor with opera companies and orchestras throughout the United
States and abroad. He made his New York debut at Lincoln Center
in the title role of Virgil Thomson's Lord Byron. Mr. Adkins
also produced and starred in the PBS television special The
Musical Legacy of Roland Hayes. Paralleling his work on stage
and in the classroom, Adkins works to create uplifting dialogues
on cultural diversity in the workplace and centers of learning.
He is a graduate of West Virginia University, the University of
the Arts and The Academy of Vocal Arts.
more about Paul at www.paulspenceradkins.com
Donna Wissinger, Flutist
graduate of SUNY-Stonybrook and the Salzburg Mozarteum, Ms. Wissinger
has performed solo recitals
on New York’s Carnegie Hall Mainstage, the Glinka Capella, St.
Petersburg, Russia, and in many cities across the USA and Europe.
Her CD, Amazing Grace: An American Tapestry has received
rave reviews internationally. She is a recipient of the Artists
International Distinguished Artist Award and the prestigious Doris
Leeper Award for excellence in art education. Paralleling her work
on stage, Ms. Wissinger is a top performance athlete. Cross-disciplinary
habits of excellence are a hallmark of many of her projects as
well as her personal life path.
more about Donna at www.donnawissinger.com
Jon Klibonoff, Pianist
versatile recitalist, orchestra soloist and chamber musician, Jon
Klibonoff has performed extensively
throughout the U.S. and abroad. His various honors include first
prizes in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and the silver medal
in the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. Klibonoff
has appeared as soloist with the Utah, Baltimore, Richmond, Denver,
New Orleans, Oakland, Syracuse, and North Carolina symphonies,
as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Denver Chamber Orchestra. Mr.
Klibonoff is a past recipient of a NEA solo recitalist's grant
and has been sponsored by the Pro Musicis Foundation. He holds
degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and from Juilliard.
Richard Albagli, Percussionist
graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Albagli is principal percussionist
of the Albany Symphony
Orchestra and has performed throughout the USA and Europe. He is
a member of the music faculty at SUNY-Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute. He is also Musical Director of the Empire State Youth
Percussion Ensemble, which has performed under his direction since
1984 to national acclaim. He has composed, arranged, and performed
more than forty works for ensemble and solo percussion. He holds
Bachelor's and Master's degrees in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, and his background in physics and music has been the
cornerstone of dozens of projects linking the arts and sciences.
John Cimino, Baritone
Cimino is an award-winning operatic and concert artist who has
performed throughout the United
States and Europe, including at the International Verdi Festival
(Busetto, Italy), the Wexford Festival (Ireland) and New York City
Opera. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in biology,
Cimino completed his musical training at the Manhattan and Juilliard
Schools of Music. He has more than 20 international prizes to
his credit. A champion of the arts in education and professional
life, Cimino has brought innovative arts programming into projects
of the White House, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the
leadership programs of dozens of Fortune 500 companies. Cimino
is president & CEO of Associated Solo Artists, Inc.
Krista Apple, actor
Apple, is an actor and movement artist from Columbus, Ohio, where
she worked with the Columbus
Children's Theatre and the Center Of Science and Industry (COSI)
and was also a member of Blue Forms Theatre Group and Red Herring
Theatre Ensemble, performing numerous times in addition to producing
unique award-winning theatrical events. Krista is a senior faculty
member (Voice/Movement) at Northwestern University's National High
School Institute and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Kenyon College
in English & Theatre. Additional training: BADA (London, England),
The Ohio State University, as well as with artists from Theatre
de Complicite, Ecole Lecoq, and the London Royal National Theatre.
Tom McCoy, pianist
McCoy studied piano with Heifitz’s
accompanist, Louis Greenwald, and later with Busoni-specialist,
Peter Armstrong. He studied composition with Richard Winslow at
Wesleyan, where he also studied Javanese, Balinese and South Indian
music. As a jazz pianist, he is mostly self-taught. He has performed
at Town Hall, the Village Vanguard, Broadway, national television
and has shared the stage with Ray Charles, James Taylor and Judy
Collins. He is on the faculty of the State University of New York,
and co-founded Footlights Music Theater Workshop. His compositions
include jazz and classical music, orchestral scores as well as
the scores of two new musicals, An Orphan’s Tale and Madam President.