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Catherine Aks, soprano, has taught voice in New York City for almost 30 years. She taught at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center from 1981-2007, was on the soprano faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival from 1994-2002, and maintains private voice studios in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has been Artist-in-Residence at several NYC High Schools, most recently at Brooklyn Technical High School, where she continues to guide student choruses and soloists since 1999. In 1993 Catherine received the Queens College Choral Society Distinguished Alumni Award. She has completed the Professional Development Program with the New York Singing Teachers' Association, and was named Distinguished Voice Professional in 2002.
Cathy has toured the country with several organizations, including the Paul Hill Chorale and the Gregg Smith Singers. She has appeared as soloist with Musica Sacra, the Sine Nomine Singers, the Berskshire Choral Festival, the St. Thomas Choir, the Queens College Choral Society, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Great Neck Choral Society, the Fairfield County Chorale, the Catskills Choral Society, the Long Island Choral Society, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Westchester Oratorio Society and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. As soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company at Lincoln Center, she sang George Crumb's Lux Aeterna and Edgar Varese's Offrandes, which she recorded with the Danish Radio Orchestra. Premieres have included Robert Starer's To Think of Time, McNeil Robinson's Messe Solennelle, Scott Roller's World Lines and Dennis Reilly's Seven Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson. She was a featured performer in "Festival Presences '98" in Paris, France with a performance of Iannis Xenakis' N'Shima, which she has recorded for Mode Records.
Cathy is also a composer with several published works, and was Composer-in-Residence at the Church of the Incarnation for several years. Recently, her Three Modern Madrigals were performed by the Gregg Smith Singers at St. Peter's Church in NYC. They were published by E. Henry David Publishers in 2007.
Peter Van Derick
Peter Van Derick began teaching in New York City in the early 1990s. In 1994, he was invited to join the faculty of New York University's Collaborative Arts Project 21. Van Derick has taught private voice and vocal technique classes during both the academic year and for the Musical Theatre Summer Intensive. He has been a guest at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and presented master classes at BYU-Idaho. For several years Van Derick has served as a judge for local NATS auditions and presented lecture demonstrations for NYSTA (New York Singing Teachers Association). His NYU students have been featured in productions at CAP 21 and Tisch School of the Arts Main Stage. His private students have appeared in Broadway productions of SPRING AWAKENING, A CHORUS LINE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, RAGTIME, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE FULL MONTY, FOLLIES, BOMBAY DREAMS, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and THE PRODUCERS.
Van Derick made his Metropolitan Opera debut in April 1995 in John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, and returned for five seasons to sing roles in Die Zauberflöte, Salome, Midsummer Night's Dream, Capriccio and Andrea Chenier. In March 1997 he portrayed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Other appearances include the Santa Fe Opera in Matthus' Judith and Rihm's Oedipus, the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of William Bolcom's McTeague, and Opera de Marseilles in Peter Grimes. He was a frequent artist with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera where he sang in productions of Macbeth, La Boheme, Tristan und Isolde, Cosi fan Tutte and Where the Wild Things Are. At the San Diego Opera he appeared in the Dialogue of the Carmelites under the baton of Richard Bonynge, and in Long Beach Opera the production of Jenufa, the world premiere The Anatol Cycle, and portrayed I Pagliacci's Tonio for the Oakland Opera. Mr. Van Derick has appeared with the Virginia Opera as Germont in La Traviata and in the world premiere of Harriet, The Woman Called Moses by Thea Musgrave. In 1986 he created the role of Prospero in Lee Hoiby's The Tempest for the Des Moines Metro Opera.