Operation Opera Faculty

Faculty

Shuying Li

Shuying Li

Artistic Director; Composer

Assistant Prof. of Composition & Theory, Gonzaga University

Yvette Keong

Yvette Keong

Artist-in-Residence

Soprano

Amy Porter

Amy Porter

Artist-Faculty; Soprano

Lecturer of Music: Applied Voice, Conductor of Concert Choir; Conductor of Discantus Treble Choir at Gonzaga University

Robert Spittal

Robert Spittal

Conductor; Composer

Professor of Music, Gonzaga University

Erika Boysen

Erika Boysen

Flute

Associate Prof. of Flute, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Allan Hon

Allan Hon

Cello

4CE Artist-in-Residence

Paul Raymond

Paul Raymond

Percussion

4CE Artist-in-Residence

Jadrian Tarver

Jadrian Tarver

Vocal Director & Artist-Faculty; Baritone

Teaching Fellow of Voice, Gonzaga University

Hidenori Inoue

Hidenori Inoue

Artist-in-Residence

Baritone

Annie Flood

Annie Flood

Vocal Coach

Pianist

Ken Steen

Ken Steen

Guest Composer

Professor of Composition & Theory, The Hartt School

Joshua Anderson

Joshua Anderson

Clarinet

Assistant Prof. of Clarinet, University of Nevada at Reno

Mi-Eun Kim

Mi-Eun Kim

Piano

4CE Artist-in-Residence

Annabella Gelmetti

Annabella Gelmetti

Executive Assistant

Senior student in Composition, Gonzaga University

Glen Adsit

Glen Adsit

Conductor

Professor/Director of Bands, Director of Instrumental Studies, The Hartt School

Nicholas Klein

Nicholas Klein

Artist-Faculty; Tenor

Lecturer in Vocal Music, Eastern Washington University

Scott Rednour

Scott Rednour

Vocal Coach

Pianist

Robert Carl

Robert Carl

Guest Composer

Chair of Composition & Theory, The Hartt School

Christina Adams

Christina Adams

Violin/Viola

Instructor of Violin & Viola, University of South Florida

Greg Presley

Greg Presley

Piano

4CE Artist-in-Residence

Operationopera
June 6-13,2022
Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)

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Four Corners Ensemble is excited to announce our second season of Operation Opera, a unique initiative that invites both composers and vocalists to Spokane, and centers around the performance and workshopping of contemporary operas and art songs.

Performances will include premieres of art songs and concert settings of selected operas in Gonzaga University's state-of-the-art Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, where vocal participants will perform alongside members of the Four Corners Ensemble. 

Check out all events including concerts, masterclasses, and lectures by clicking the Events button.

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Operation Opera 2018 in Ann Arbor, MI

 

Composition Program

Operation Opera is an innovative 7-day festival/institute presenting high-caliber performances of contemporary chamber operas and art songs. Three operas composed for chamber ensembles, and up to ten composers who will create art songs/song cycles with paired singers will be selected through an international call. Together with singers and 4CE musicians, invited composers will participate in a variety of career-enhancing activities at Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), including composition seminars, lessons and lectures by festival faculty, interactive rehearsals with singers and 4CE musicians, and a final concert-setting performance between June 6th-13th.

 

Professional recordings of the performances will be made available for composer participants.

Guidelines

Category A- Opera

Submissions are due by February 1, 2022. Results will be announced by March 1, 2022. 

Please include a PDF score of the opera, audio file (optional), resume and headshot.

 

We accept completed chamber operas (a 15-20 minute excerpt or an entire opera if under 20 minutes).

Instrumentation:

Flute (doubling Piccolo)

Clarinet (doubling E-flat Clarinet and Bass Clarinet)

Violin or Viola

Cello

Piano

*Percussion may be available and will be determined on a case-by-case basis

 

Category B- Art Songs/Song Cycle

Composers are invited to compose a song or short cycle of songs for singer and piano. Once selected, composers will work with the paired singer / pianist before the festival and over the course of the festival on developing the work for performance.

 

We accept proposals for art songs and song cycles up to 7-8 min in length, 2 representative scores (including graphic, aleatoric, and/or written performance instructions) and audio recordings, which are to be no longer than 20 minutes in combined duration. One of the scores needs to be for voice.

 

*Please verify that you have copyright permission for the text you and your vocalist choose. 

 

Instrumentation:

Assigned Vocal Range

Piano

 

Both Categories A & B- Opera and Art Songs/Song Cycle

​Submissions are due by February 1, 2022. Results will be announced by March 1, 2022. 

 

Travel and Accommodation

Attendance to the Operation Opera Festival in Spokane, WA, is required.

On-campus housing is available from June 6-13 (7 nights, check-in 6th, leave 13th) for the rate of $250

Participants are expected to cover their own travel, room and board. Limited scholarship may be available based on need.

 

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee - $30 (Due Feb. 1)

Tuition - $500 for programs A OR B ($250 Deposit due Mar. 15 if selected, remainder due May 1)

$750 for programs A AND B ($250 Deposit due Mar. 15 if selected, remainder due May 1)

On-campus housing- $250 (Due upon arrival)

*optional, you may arrange your own housing if needed

Four Corners Ensemble accepts the following payment types:

Venmo: @fourcornersensemble

Quick Pay: fourcornersensemble@gmail.com

Paypal: fourcornersensemble@gmail.com

Or click the "Buy Now" button to pay

Vocal Program

Eligibility 

All voice types should apply 

 

Applicants in their 5th-8th semester of vocal study at the undergraduate level or in a graduate/doctoral program should apply. 

 

Category A: Opera Performance Intensive

Once selected, opera singers will prepare roles before the start of the festival.  During the week of the festival, performers will participate in interactive rehearsals with composers and conductors. The operas will be single cast. Those participants cast in roles will participate in a concert performance of each chamber opera.

Category B: Art Song Intensive

Once selected, vocal artists will be paired with a composer and pianist before the festival and over the course of the festival on developing the work for premiere performance.

*During the intensive, artists from both the Opera and Art Song Intensives will have access to lessons, masterclasses, and vocal coachings during their time at Gonzaga University.

Guidelines

Submissions are due by February 15, 2022. Results will be announced by March 1, 2022.

  • ​​Applicants must upload two individual video clips via YouTube to their application. An audio file (optional)

  • The two videos must be uploaded separately, and the two in total must not be longer than 10 minutes. Do NOT send videos of entire operas or concerts. Videos should be recent and no older than 18 months. Each video clip must be unedited and without recording enhancements. Each selection should be recorded in one "take."

  • Applicants will also be asked to upload a current high-resolution headshot (300 X 500 pixels or greater) along with a performance resume.

Travel and Accommodation

Attendance at the Operation Opera Festival in Spokane, WA, is required.

On-campus housing is available from June 6-13 (7 nights, check-in 6th, leave 13th) for the rate of $250

Participants are expected to cover their own travel, room and board. Limited scholarship may be available based on need.

 

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee- $30 (Due Feb. 1)

Tuition- $400 ($200 Deposit due Mar. 15 if selected, remainder due May 1)

On-campus housing- $250 (Due upon arrival)

*optional, you may arrange your own housing if needed

Four Corners Ensemble accepts the following payment types:

Venmo: @fourcornersensemble

Quick Pay: fourcornersensemble@gmail.com

Paypal: fourcornersensemble@gmail.com

Or click the "Buy Now" button to pay

Operation Opera is an innovative 7-day festival/institute presenting high-caliber performances of contemporary chamber operas and art songs. Three operas composed for chamber ensembles will be selected through an international call for scores, and composers will also work with vocalists to create new art songs for premiere at the festival. Together with composers and 4CE musicians, invited vocalists will participate in a variety of career-enhancing activities at Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), including masterclasses, guest clinicians, lectures, and lessons by festival faculty, interactive rehearsals, and a final concert-setting performance between June 6th-13th.

 

Professional recordings of the performances will be made available for participants.

 
 
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