John Elam is in his second year as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, and will be working as music staff on productions of I Pagliacci and the West Coast premiere of Jake Heggie’s It’s A Wonderful Life. Before coming to San Francisco Elam served as musical associate for the 2016-17 season at Tri-Cities Opera, where he was chorusmaster and assistant conductor for productions of La Traviata and Hänsel und Gretel under the baton of Vlad Iftinca, as well as assistant conductor for Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox.
Elam began his collegiate study at Baylor University before getting his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in collaborative piano as a student of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Elam has served on music staff at Music in the Marche and Opera in the Ozarks, playing for productions of Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Into the Woods, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Recital venues include Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico, Italy. He has also worked as a coach at Michigan Opera Theatre and was an apprentice coach in the 2016 Merola Opera Program.Close
Ani Bukujian was born into a musical family and started playing the violin at the age of two and a half. When her grandmother gifted her with a toy violin, she would stand in front of the television while imitating famous violinists, such as Sarah Chang and Itzhak Perlman. Ani studied with her father exclusively until the age of 15. A native of Los Angeles, she is the winner of numerous musical competitions, including three gold medals at the World Championship of Performing Arts, and first place at the Bach Competition, the ASTA Annual National Solo Competition, and the Pasadena String Festival.
She has recently performed as a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and has served as Concertmistress in the Miami Summer Music Festival, where she played the solo of Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra. She has also participated in other festivals such as Bowdoin Music Festival and Fontainebleau Festival in France. She has performed in venues such as David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's Stern, Zankel, and Weill Hall as a chamber and orchestral musician as well as solo performer.
Ani has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Ian Swensen, Dimitri Murrath and participated in masterclasses with teachers including Andres Cardenes, Aaron Rosand, Ruggiero Ricci, Abraham Shtern, Gerard Poulet, Dmitry Berlinsky, Ida Haendel and Pamela Frank among others. She holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees from TheJuilliard School where she studied with Lewis Kaplan from 2011 to 2015 and Laurie Smukler from 2015 to 2017. She attended the San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with the concertmaster of San Francisco Symphony, Alexander Barantschik.
Ani recently won the position of Principal Second violinist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.Close
Greco-Russian violinist Alexandros Petrin was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece by a musical family.
A recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Ian Swensen and Alexander Barantschik on full scholarship, he performed Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane with the Nor Cal Music Festival Orchestra and was Symphony Parnassus’ concertmaster for one season.
Highlights of last year include a performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in June and a recital of American Composers' works in New York City in April of 2017. A winner of Miami Summer Music Festival's Concerto Competition, he performed as a soloist at the New World Symphony in Miami and at the end of 2016 he was a soloist with the New York Chamber Players as the first prize winner of the Annual Concerto Competition. In addition, he has performed in masterclasses for Gary Levinson, Yuriy Bekker, Andres Cardenes, Leonidas Kavakos, Mikhail Kopelman and Haik Kazazyan.
Mr. Petrin began his studies at the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, from which he graduated with a Gold Medal and distinction. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Isaac Malkin and was also scholarship recipient of the Onassis Foundation.
Currently he is a student of Pamela Frank at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.Close
New Zealand-American soprano Patricia Westley is gaining recognition as a young artist of great vocal and theatrical appeal. Her 2018 commitments include her San José Chamber Orchestra debut as a featured soloist, in partnership with the San Francisco Opera Center, and her Oakland Symphony Debut as soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. She spends the summer of 2018 in residency with San Francisco Opera's illustrious Merola Opera Program in 2018 to perform the leading romantic role of Elisa in Mozart's early masterpiece Il re pastore.
A favorite with San Francisco audiences, Ms. Westley has performed with Pocket Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus, for which she was critically hailed as "vocally-comically sensational", and with Lamplighters Music Theatre as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Casilda in The Gondoliers. In 2019, Ms. Westley will return to Pocket Opera to debut the role of Adina in L'eslisir d'amore.
During the 2016-2017 season Ms. Westley fulfilled a young artist residency with Shreveport Opera, making mainstage debuts as Musetta in La bohème, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.
Ms. Westley's talents have been acknowledged and encouraged in the vocal competition circuit; she has won the 2016 East Bay Opera League Competition, has placed as a finalist in the Franco-American Vocal Academy's 2016 Vocal Competition (Grand Concours de Chant), and has earned a 2015 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitcan Opera National Council Auditions. Her training includes young artist residencies with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Tyrolean Opera Program, and SongFest. Ms. Westley earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.Close
Somehow meeting each other by sheer chance and overheard elevator conversations, these four rising Sophomores at Cal Poly founded Simple Harmonic Motion, a multidisciplinary singing group, over their shared love of the fun of music with friends.
Tenor Justin Privatera is a Computer Science and Mathematics double major from the San Francisco Peninsula. Justin plays french horn with an independent brass quintet as well as Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Brass Ensemble. With the Ragazzi Boys Chorus,he sang in Davies Symphony and Carnegie Hall's and is featured on Ragazzi’s 2016 Album “I Dream a World”.
Dylan Moreland (Tenor) is an Industrial Engineering major from Mountain View. Dylan plays the piano and sings with Cal Poly’s touring PolyPhonics and Chamber ensembles and is a founding member of Cal Poly’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter. Dylan is a PolyPhonics and Honor Choir section leader and works as a stagehand and facility supervisor for the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. He also works in similar roles for Cal Poly’s Spanos Theater and ASI Audiovisual. Dylan aspires to do industrial engineering as well as Broadway lighting design.
Jacob Siderman (Bass/Baritone) from Marin County, is a Physics major earning Mathematics and Music minors. Jacob sings with Cal Poly’s University Singers, touring PolyPhonics, and Chamber ensembles and is a founding member of Cal Poly’s Pi Kappa Phi along with Dylan. With the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Jacob sang internationally in Russia, Denmark, Finland, and Costa Rica including performances in St. Petersburg’s Glinka Capella. Jacob hopes to push the boundaries of human knowledge, preferably from the inside of a spacecraft.
Joey Lombardi (Bass) is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Human Resources from Sacramento. Joey won the Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival and the 2017 David G. Schetter Memorial Scholarship Award while touring. He plays cello with Cal Poly’s Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Chamber Ensemble. Joey is an avid rock climber and the lowest grade he’s earned at Cal Poly is a singular A-.Close