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Laura Mitchell is a lyric soprano from Prunedale, California. She received her Artist Diploma from CCM, where she performed the roles of Fiordiligi, Musetta, Susanna, and the title roles in Alcina, and Manon. Laura received her Bachelors from U.C. San Diego, where she was a frequent soloist with the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, as well as a winner of their Young Artist Competition.
Living in New York City, Laura have had the pleasure of working with many of the different local companies. Roles have included Violetta, Pamina, Suor Angelica, Gretel, and Cendrillon, among others. In past years Laura has worked with Lyric Opera Virginia, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, along with programs in several other countries. Laura has won 1st place in the Advanced Division in the Mendelssohn Society’s Competition, as well as being a Vocal Competition Winner with Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego. She has been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Laura is currently involved as Operations Manager of Cantanti Project, a group dedicated to fostering and developing young singers, a member of the Amateur Astronomer's Association, and an IT Project Manager for an international technology company.
Serbian pianist Milena Gligić is currently pursuing DMA in Collaborative Piano at University of Maryland where she is also a Graduate Assistant. She is studying with Rita Sloan and John Greer. As a special second major, she is also studying voice with Carmen Balthrop. Milena previously studied at University of Arts in Belgrade and Mannes College in New York City. Before she came to the United States in 2010, she specialized in chamber music, studied jazz and classical singing, worked full time in a music school as an accompanist and traveled around the world as a singer and pianist of the female choir Collegium Musicum, with whom she had around 400 performances — the most recent one in Carnegie Hall in 2013. As a pianist who works most closely with vocalists, Milena attended Songfest in Malibu (2011), she was a vocal piano fellow at Aspen Music Festival (2012, 2014) and an opera pianist at Siena Music Festival in Italy (2013). She was a pianist of Maryland Opera Studio (2013-2014) and a pianist and singer with University of Maryland Chamber Singers and Chorale.
While she was a collaborative piano fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music (2011-2013), she joined Contemporaneous, now a NYC based new music ensemble dedicated to performing the music of our time. Apart from regular concert performances, with Contemporaneous she is also taking part in educational events in public schools as well as doing residencies and masterclasses at universities such as University of New Orleans in Louisiana and Williams College in Massachusetts.
Milena is also a dancer of Balkan folk. She is currently a member of Zharava - a Bulgarian folk dance ensemble in Washington, DC.
Elliot received a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, and a Masters of Music from The Cleveland Institute of Music in Viola Performance where he studied with Stanley Knopoka. He has performed as a member of the New York String Orchestra and at the Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, and Blossom festivals.
He is also an accomplished software developer and teacher.