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  Pittsburgh, PA 15239   724.519.2114
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Instructor: Erin Schmura
Focus Areas: Voice
Instruments: Voice ($27/30 minutes)
Locations: Golden Mile
Description: Erin Schmura, soprano, believes in connecting with audiences through the divinity of music. Apart from teaching privately in Mt. Lebanon, the soprano recently premiered three contemporary roles with CO-Opera, in collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera. Other previous credits include the title role of Polly from “The Beggar’s Opera,” the title role of Helene from “Hin und Zur%FCck,” Marsinah from “Kismet,” and Javotte from “Manon.” Role studies have include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Elettra (Idomeneo), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Gretel (H%E4nsel und Gretel). Ms. Schmura spent the summer of 2015 in Austria performing with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, delving into the rich repertoire of German Lied. There she studied with conductor and Musical Director of the Hamburger Kammeroper, Ettore Prandi and worked with famed soprano and recitalist, Barbara Bonney.

Erin holds her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of renowned pedagague, Kathryn Cowdrick. Schmura recently finished both her Master of Music and Advanced Musical Studies Certificate in Vocal Performance from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, studying with renowned American soprano, Jennifer Aylmer. Erin’s study of language has allowed her to connect closely to her Czech heritage and to the music of the Czech people through language and cultural studies from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Honors include the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Young Artist Award, the Barbara Cass Award, the John Philip Sousa Award, the Howard Hanson Scholarship, the Eastman School of Music Vocal Department Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon School of Music Merit Award, first place winner in NATS, and finalist in the Kneisel’s Lieder Competition.

Instructor: Laura Lynn Cotrill
Focus Areas: Voice
Instruments: Voice ($25/30 minutes)
Locations: Bridgeville
Description: Soprano Lara Lynn Cottrill performs throughout the US and teaches in the Pittsburgh region. Ms. Cottrill most recently performed Donna Anna with Opera Western Reserve and Pamina with Undercroft Opera. With Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, she portrayed Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann and Mamah in Shining Brow. She covered Frasquita in Carmen as an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera and performed The Foreign Women in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera New Jersey. Other operatic roles include: Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Sandrina, Lauretta, Papagena, Adina, and her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Barbarina. Upcoming engagements include Alice Front in A New Kind of Fallout with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Shahrazad with Amiche Artists, and covering Marguerite with Berks Opera Company. Awards include: 1st Place Winner of the 2014 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Competition, 2014 Finalist of JTVA Competition, 2013 2nd Prize Winner of the NOA Competition, 2011 Finalist for Opera Columbus, 2009 Winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society, and 2005 First Place of Friends of Eastman Opera. Lara graduated with her master’s from Eastman School of Music and her bachelor’s from University of Miami. Her recital appearances include the eastern United States, Idaho, Italy, Austria, and South Africa. She currently teaches at St. Vincent College, Washington and Jefferson, and Point Park Community.
Instructor: Liz Rishel
Focus Areas: Voice
Instruments: Voice ($25/30 minutes)
Locations: Gibsonia
Description: Liz Rishel, a native of the Pittsburgh area, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Duquesne University and regularly performs roles for Coloratura Soprano. She recently played Frasquita in Undercroft Opera’s Carmen, and Lady Psyche in The Pittsburgh Savoyards 2013 Production of Princess Ida.
In October of 2010, she and artistic partner Bonnie Bogovich composed, produced and performed their own original multi-media opera entitled Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera, which Rishel also costumed. Funded by generous grants from the Sprout Fund and the Heinz Endowments, the opera enjoyed remarkable success during it’s first sold-out run, prompting encore performances for two more consecutive seasons.
Liz also recently had the pleasure of costuming Opera Theater’s production of the Frank Lloyd Wright opera biography, The Shining Brow, which was performed in their annual Summerfest and also at Falling Water.
When she is not teaching or performing, Rishel frequently sews for business or pleasure, occasionally working with independent filmmakers and cosplayers. Her favorite roles include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), The Five-Year-Old (The Proposal), and Antonia (Man of LaMancha).
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