Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone’s talent cuts across all genres. As a stage, film and television actress, and author, she continues to cement her standing as one of our generation’s top performers. She is a two-time, Tony Award-winner for her legendary performances as Eva Peron in “Evita” and Madame Rose in “Gypsy.” Perhaps best known to TV audiences for her portrayal of Libby Thatcher on the ABC series “Life Goes On,” Ms. LuPone’s most recent TV appearances include guest starring roles on the hit HBO series “Girls,” “American Horror Story: Coven,” “30 Rock,” and “Glee.” Her film credits include roles in “Witness” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” In addition, she is a favorite on concert stages across the country and internationally, and is the author of the New York Times best-selling book “Patti LuPone: A Memoir.”

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Nathan Gunn
Baritone Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-¬demand baritones today. He's performed in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Paris Opera. A versatile singer, he’s performed many of the great operatic baritone roles including the title roles in “Billy Budd,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and “Hamlet,” as well as the lead roles in the musical theater classics “Carousel,” “Showboat” and “Camelot.” A frequent recitalist, Mr. Gunn has been presented in recital at Alice Tully Hall and by Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall. He is also a distinguished concert performer, having appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

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Spider Saloff
Multi-award winner Spider Saloff's depth of talent has led leading music writers to declare her “One of the finest jazz singers working.” She was recently featured with the prestigious Chicago Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, and also had the honor of performing the American premiere of a newly discovered song by the great Billy Strayhorn, “So This Is Love.” The concert she will perform, “Spider Saloff Sings Gershwin,” is one of the rare officially sanctioned acts of the Gershwin Centennial. Her CD release, “Like Glass,” not only received wide-spread praise, but Saloff's original songs have charmed the critics. Ms. Saloff has recorded and performed with such jazz luminaries as Les Paul, Tom Harrell, Nick Brignola and Ray Drummond.

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If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses … think again. Straight No Chaser are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. They’re performing on the heels of the release of “Under The Influence,” their fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more! Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense … and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

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Liz Caplan
Liz Caplan Liz Caplan has been vocal coaching in NYC for more than 30 years, and is the vocal supervisor of Once (Broadway/Tour), The Book of Mormon (Broadway, North American Touring companies), American Idiot( Broadway and National Tour), and Rock of Ages, among others. complete bio | artist's website | YouTube


Heather Parcells
Heather Parcells has been teaching since 2005. She has performed on Broadway in: Wonderland (Madhatter and Queen of Hearts u/s’s & Cast Album Recording); A Chorus Line (Judy Turner, Orig Revival Cast & Cast Album recording). Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Nat’ional Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy/ Miss Flannery u/s’s), Some Like it Hot (Sweet Sue u/s), Chicago (Velma Kelly). complete bio | artist's website


Timothy Noble
Baritone Timothy Noble has performed over fifty leading roles in major opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Fenice in Venice, Netherlands Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival. He has also debuted four world premieres, including Philip Glass’ “The Voyage” for the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed as baritone soloist with London Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony, to name a few, and appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and the Ravinia Festival. complete bio | artist's website


Costanza Cuccaro
Costanza Cuccaro has enjoyed an international career performing lyric-coloratura roles at major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Colon, Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, Munich and Vienna State Opera. Her credits include appearances with the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Tel-Aviv, Detroit and Toronto. Professor Cuccaro's recording and video credits include several operas and oratorio. She was the first-place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition and a Fulbright Scholar in Rome. complete bio | artist's website | YouTube


Brent Wagner
Brent Wagner is Chair of the Musical Theatre Department. Before joining the Michigan faculty in 1984 he taught at Syracuse University. He has directed musicals and revues throughout North America, from off-Broadway in New York to the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada. complete bio | artist's website