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Carol Modesitt

CAROL ANN MODESITT

Carol Ann Modesitt is a professor of music and former chair of the department of music at Southern Utah University, where she has taught voice, opera, diction and vocal pedagogy for more than three decades. She joined the faculty at Southern Utah University in 1993, helping establish and develop the school’s voice program into one of the best in the region, and guiding her students to win more than 200 state- and national-level awards for performance. Currently, she is the head of Southern Utah University’s voice department and director for the school’s award-winning musical theater and opera productions. During her time with the university, Ms. Modesitt has directed more than 40 student productions of repertory classics including “La Boheme,” “Don

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LUANA DEVOL

An award-winning operatic soprano with more than 40 years of international recognition in some of the medium’s most iconic roles, Luana DeVol has served as the executive director of the American Wagner Project since 2013. Ms. DeVol has performed and taught around the world, but is perhaps best-known for her performances of the German repertoire, and was selected as Singer of the Year by German opera magazine Opernwelt in both 1997 and 2000. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Ms. DeVol grew up with a love of music and an appreciation for the arts, but had no intention of becoming a singer, instead harboring dreams of training in ballet. After a chance choir audition as a teen

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Kim Martin, Mary Ellen Marth

KIM MARTIN

Kim Martin, also known as Mary Ellen Marth, is a writer, entertainer, and band leader who has found acclaim recording and touring the United States and Canada since the 1960s. Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, Ms. Martin discovered her musical gifts at a young age and some of her earliest memories are of practicing by singing to the birds and squirrels outside her bedroom. By the age of 5, she had been singing and taking tap dancing lessons for several years and had already developed a strong stage presence and a love for performing. She got her start not long after, when her mother took her to Minneapolis to audition for the backing band on “Slim Jim’s

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Maureen Vidal

MAUREEN ERIS VIDAL

Maureen Eris Vidal is an accomplished theater educator and actress celebrating 45 years of diverse performances in numerous stage and film productions. Ms. Vidal’s mother was a singer and she grew up around the entertainment industry, so it came as no surprise when she fell in love with theater after taking an acting class in junior high school. She continued to act throughout high school and decided to pursue a career in education based on the impact that her early theater classes had on her. Ms. Vidal graduated from the State University of New York College at Cortland with a Bachelor of Arts in 1976, and was granted her teacher’s license the same year. She began teaching for the New

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Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire

MARY ANN CASHMAN-MCGUIRE

Building on her decades of diverse expertise in education as well as the visual and performing arts, Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire maintains a private practice in educational consulting while continuing to teach art, history and opera at Anne Arundel Community College, where she has been a member of faculty since 2000. A talented pianist and painter whose skills were encouraged by her childhood boarding school education, she graduated from Loyola University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in speech and drama. She pursued postgraduate study in drama, finding it to be a perfect middle point between her interests in music and visual arts, earning a Master of Arts in drama in 1962 at the Catholic University of America. Dr.

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Marilyn Immoos

MARILYN SUE IMMOOS

First studying at the New England Conservatory and California State University, Marilyn Sue Immoos, PhD, concluded her early education at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria, and embarked on her career as a concert singer in Vienna in 1974. Fascinated with the human voice and the effects of music on human emotion, she decided to involve herself in psychology and joined the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center as a part-time assistant psychologist and trainer and the Fischhof Institute of Managerial Psychology as a part-time managerial psychologist in 1979. This work overlapped with her time as a mezzo-soprano with the City Theater in Luzen, Switzerland, from 1981 to 1984. In 1986, Dr. Immoos worked as a music therapist at the Psychiatric University Clinic in

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Nancy Jensen

NANCY DAGGETT JENSEN

Having wanted to play the piano since age 6, Nancy Daggett Jensen was thrilled when she received a piano for her 10th birthday. She began teaching just four years later at age 14, when a neighborhood kid expressed interest in learning to play. Embarking on her formal studies at San Jose State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1964 and a Master of Arts in 1967, establishing herself as a private piano teacher in Los Altos, California, later that same year. Over the years, she continued to further her knowledge of the field, completing postgraduate coursework at the Aspen Music Festival and School and studying under several prolific pianists. She was notably certified as a master teacher in

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CAROLYN VANCE-DEVORE

Starting out in dance classes when she was just 3 years old, Carolyn Vance-DeVour attended Brooklyn College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in modern dance and secondary education. She also spent time at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied under such notable figures as Michael Peters, the choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” music video; Ben Vereen, who appeared in such Broadway productions as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Pippin”; Arthur Mitchell, the first African-American dancer with the New York City Ballet; and Bernice Johnson, for whom the center was named. After touring as a dancer for a time, she began her work in education, joining the New York City Department of Education and serving as

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Bonnie Zindel

BONNIE ZINDEL

After attending a professional children’s school and studying dance, Bonnie Zindel decided to move into something else. She worked in public relations at the Cleveland Playhouse as the public relations director from 1969 to 1972. Following this, she had her own radio show titled the “Intermission Feature” on Station WCLV-FM in Cleveland from 1970 to 1972, where she would interview people in the arts such as the Boston Symphony. She met her husband Paul Zindel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and began to write plays, including one where she had a reading with actress Julie Harris as the lead. Ms. Zindel found that her direction was going toward the arts, so she continued writing books and plays. She then decided she

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CAROL BENNETT

Having been an English and theatre major in college, Carol Bennett found herself at an employment agency when she graduated. The agency sent her to a library job in the reference department at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her boss had traveled extensively working with U.S. Army Libraries and encouraged her to get a degree and do the same. Ms. Bennett subsequently traveled to Germany with the U.S. Army, where she was responsible for several military libraries. Ms. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and a Bachelor of Library Science from McGill University in Montreal, obtained in 1960 and 1962, respectively. From 1962 to 1964,

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