Lara Bolton is a pianist, vocal coach, conductor, and arranger. Her work spans many different genres, including classical, rock, jazz, and musical theater. In addition to maintaining an active concert and recording career, she serves on the faculty at the University of Minnesota. She has created an innovative aria/soul/jazz synthesis project called Voxspex, which has been produced in Minneapolis and New York and was remounted in February 2020. Other opera and theater affiliations include Mill City Summer Opera, where she was Head of Music, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Quad Cities Symphony, Minnesota Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Out of the Box Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera Colorado, and Amarillo Opera, and the Jungle and Guthrie theaters.
Bolton is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and has been a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist for the Washington National Opera. She also helped develop a Young Artist Program for Opera Santa Barbara. In addition to having been a pianist for the Merola Opera Program, she has also worked at the Music Academy of the West, Brevard Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Camp. As an alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy, she received a Bachelor of Music Theory degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Karl Knapp is known not only as a devoted Suzuki educator but also for his solo and chamber music performances. He recently served as Principal Cellist with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra, and the Juneau Symphony Orchestra. Knapp performs extensively with his band 1200 Horsehairs: A Band of Cellos.
As an active Suzuki educator in Alaska, Knapp helped found the Alaska Cello Intensive. ACI is a two-week summer program which combines intense music study with the similarly intense experience of Alaska’s midnight sun and landscapes. He currently serves as Program Coordinator for Sonido Musica, a music partnership program between the Springfield Public Schools and Community Music School of Springfield MA. Sonido Musica aims to reduce high school drop-out rates through student engagement, leadership, and performance opportunities.
Knapp graduated with his Master and Doctorate of Music degrees from University of Wisconsin - Madison where he was a member of the Hunt Quartet, an educational ensemble which brought classical music into elementary schools in the area. He has performed in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Madison Opera Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera Orchestra. His primary teachers have been Karl Lavine, Stefan Kartman, Nina Gordon, Uri Vardi, Parry Karp, and the members of the Pro Arte Quartet.
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