The Voice Department
The voice faculty is a dedicated group of teachers, scholars, and artists who emphasize good vocal health, efficient technique, and confidence in performance. These basics apply to all singing, no matter if your interests are traditional art music/opera, popular/jazz, choral music, or musical theater styles. Whether your wish is to pursue music as a career, or you just want to sing in the shower, our nurturing instruction will inspire confidence in your ability, help to develop your singing skills, and foster an appreciation of vocal music that will last a lifetime.
With some exceptions, we believe that serious vocal study should not begin before the age of 14, but we feel that it is never too late to begin instruction. The habits learned early in vocal study can determine the length and success of a potential singing career. We encourage students to participate in outside activities that support their dreams and ambitions. We encourage regular recital participation to help develop self confidence and a positive performance persona.
Come join us and see what your voice can become – we will be with you every step of the way, guiding and encouraging you.
Meet the TMI Voice Faculty:
Dr. Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Vocal Studies
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TMI Voice Faculty:
James Bailey, Tenor
Tenor James Bailey, a native of Baltimore, has sung leading roles with several regional opera companies including Greensboro, Annapolis, and Summer Opera at Catholic University, and National Opera, based in Raleigh, NC. These roles include, Ferrando, Lindoro in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algieri, Nemorino, Rinuccio, and both Dr. Cajus and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff. Mr. Bailey has also been featured in secondary roles with Des Moines Metro Opera, Baltimore and The Washington Opera companies. He has appeared in TWO’s productions of Susannah, La Traviata, Baby Doe, and Roméo et Juliette, as well as The Crucible by Robert Ward. Mr. Bailey also appeared as Reverend Parris in The Crucible for the Lyric Opera of Cleveland. James has most recently appeared with Baltimore Opera as the Fourth Jew in Strauss’ Salome, and Trin in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West.
Mr. Bailey has concertized throughout the Baltimore-Washington area in various works by Haydn, Händel, Mozart, Rossini, Saint-Saëns and Orff. He is a recipient of a Master’s Degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied voice with Phyllis Bryn-Julson. While Mr. Bailey maintains a private voice studio, he is also a member of the voice faculty at Howard Community College.
Interested in lessons with Jim? Click here to contact Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Voice Studies.
Susan Berkson, soprano
Susan Berkson has trained the voices of Washington-area youth in her private studio in Rockville since 1996, as well as in Los Angeles in the 1980s. She is currently an adjunct member of the music faculty of Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, and has taught voice
at Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Ms. Berkson is also an accomplished vocalist in her own right, having sung at venues such as Town Hall in New York, Washington’s National Cathedral, the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, MD. Her new CD, Life as a Song, available on iTunes and Amazon, is a compilation of Jewish lifecycle music, growing out of her nearly 25 years of work as the first ordained female Cantor in the Washington area.
Interested in lessons with Susan? Click here to contact Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Voice Studies.
Lu-Hsuan Lucy Chen
Lyric Soprano Lu-Hsuan Lucy Chen is a native of Taiwan. She earned her B.A. from National Taiwan Normal University, her M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, and her Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Maryland at College Park.
Ms. Chen was granted numerous honors and scholarships including the Peabody Scholarship, Berman Scholarship, GA and TA scholarships from UMCP. In Competitions, Ms. Chen won the Ulrich Competition of UMD for Graduate Voice Division in 1997, and the Taiwan Music Competition for Adult Voice Division in 1993. She garnered second prize from Taiwan Teacher’s Singing Competition in 1993, and Taiwanese French Song Competition in 1995. Ms. Chen was also a finalist from Asian International Vocal Competition in 1996 held in Malaysia.
Ms. Chen is often invited to perform in celebrations and concerts for local Taiwanese Societies. She also performed regularly with Friday Morning Music Club Concert Series. She was elected to perform as a soloist twice with the FMMC Choral and Orchestra. Her recent solo recitals include Music at Paint Branch concert series in 2013 in Silver Spring, Maryland, and a solo recital in her home town: I-Lan, Taiwan in July, 2016.
Currently she is an adjunct faculty at Howard Community College. She teaches the class: Music of East Asia in 2017 and teach the class Voice this semester. She maintains a music studio teaching piano and voice in Ellicott City, Maryland. Ms. Chen is a member of National Guild of Piano Teachers and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Soprano Lu-Hsuan Lucy Chen is a native of Taiwan. She received her Bachelor of Science from National Taiwan Normal University, her Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and her Doctor of Music Art from the University of Maryland at College Park. Ms. Chen won the Ulrich Competition of UMD for graduate Voice Division in 1997, and the Taiwan National Music Competition for Adult Voice in 1992. She was also a Finalist from Asian International Vocal Competition held in Malaysia in 1995.
Ms. Chen is an active performing member with Friday Morning Music Club and several Taiwanese Societies in Maryland and Washington DC. She has performed also as a soloist twice with the FMMC Choral and Orchestra in 2010 and 2011. She was invited to give a solo voice recital in the Forty-Eighth concert of Music at Paint Branch in 2013. Recently she gave another solo recital at her hometown, I-Lan, Taiwan in July 2016.
Ms. Chen is also a member of National Guild of Piano Teachers and National Association of Teachers of Singing. Currently she is an adjunct faculty at Howard Community College, she also maintains a music studio in Ellicott City where she teaches piano and voice.
*Dr. Lorriana Markovic, soprano
Lorriana Markovic, soprano, is an accomplished performer of opera, art song, and oratorio, specializing in the interpretation of Russian vocal music. Dr. Markovic received her D.M.A. in Opera/Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she presented
a three part recital series entitled “The Evolution of the Russian Romance Through the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”. She is the recipient and winner of many awards and competitions including Vocal Arts Society Discovery Series in DC, Pittsburgh Concert Society, Concours d’Interprétation de Musique Tchèque et Slovaque in Montreal, a Russian Scholarship to study in Moscow from the University of Pittsburgh, and has been presented in recital by The Steinway Society by WQED-FM, Pittsburgh.
Dr. Markovic has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. Locally, she has performed at the Walters Art Museum, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Music in the Great Hall, and with the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia. Her roles include Fiordiligi, Giulietta, Tatyana, Tosca, Countess, Marschallin, Mimi, and Musetta.
Interested in lessons with Lorrie? Click here to contact Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Voice Studies.
Christine Thomas-O'Meally, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin and the minimalism of Philip Glass. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has called her voice “an amazing instrument.” The Washington Post said, “her voice is lovely and her stage presence is natural and full of vitality."
Her performances include appearances with Racine Symphony, Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Washington Bach Consort, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of "The Woman in Red" in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera. Her concert appearances include performances with the Racine Symphony, Wheaton Symphony, Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Choral Artists, Washington Bach Consort, Handel Choir of Baltimore, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She recently performed as the alto soloist in the Hal Leonard Publishers' Showcase at the 2012 NATS Conference in Orlando.
On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's Christmas Suite with Milwaukee Children's Choir under the direction of Emily Crocker, Flight Box with Present Music, and in "Cinq Poèmes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Clé de L'Horizon.
Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method (Levels I-III). She has been a NATS member since 1997, and was a 2000 NATS Intern, working with George Shirley at Ithaca College. She has been adjunct faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University (both in Wisconsin), and is currently on the faculty at Howard Community College.
Interested in lessons with Christine? Click here to contact Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Voice Studies.
Matthew Osifchin, baritone
Baritone Matthew Osifchin, originally from Doylestown, PA, has enjoyed a rich and diverse career performing opera and oratorio throughout North America and Asia. At Carnegie Hall, he debuted the role of Pontius Pilate in the world premiere of Marcos Galvany’s Oh, My Son.
With the Washington National Opera, Mr. Osifchin has performed the role of Minister of the Sanctuary in Iphigénie en Tauride alongside legendary tenor Placido Domingo. His repertoire includes Count and Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Belcore (L'Elisir d'amore), Escamillo (Carmen), Sulpice (La Fille du Régiment) Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), and Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, and Dapertutto (Les Contes d'Hoffmann).
In addition to performing, Mr. Osifchin maintains a vigorous teaching schedule and is an active member of NATS. His students have been very successful in National Vocal competitions and he has produced national finalists in both the Classical Singer and the NFAA competitions. Mr. Osifchin, who received his MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park, teaches at the Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Gettysburg College.
Interested in lessons with Matt? Click here to contact Deborah Kent, Coordinator of Voice Studies.