Associated Solo Artists, Inc.
a non-profit company providing arts-based interdisciplinary programs


Our Teaching Artists

Dianne Legro, Soprano

Dianne 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.  
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Paul Spencer Adkins, Tenor

A 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.

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Donna Wissinger, Flutist

A 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.

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Jon Klibonoff, Pianist

A 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

A 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

John 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

Krista 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

Tom 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.

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