Voice

   
Erica Ashley Arrington, Jazz Voice Faculty
Erica Ashley Arrington is a singer, songwriter and music teacher from Birmingham, AL.  She was a backup vocalist for the internationally renowned band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, as well as the Birmingham-based band Downright. She has performed as a backup vocalist for the NYC based band The Young Presidents and can be heard on their album Firehorse. She is an active performer in the NYC jazz scene and enjoys a monthly residency at the 55 Bar and Juke Bar. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Music in Vocal Jazz from Manhattan School of Music.
     
   

Tiffany Bizup, Voice Faculty
Originally from Lehighton, Pennsylvania, Tiffany is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor's degree under the guidance of Patricia McCaffrey.  Currently Tiffany is a performer and educator based in Manhattan, and is the Administrative Director for the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music. Tiffany has performed at venues including Symphony Space and the Villa Mazzotti; she has worked with the Martina Arroyo Foundation and with the early music quartet The Good Pennyworths.  Tiffany continues to perform throughout the New York City area. 

     
 

Ashley DiFranza, Musical Theatre Assistant Director
Ashley DiFranza is a singer, actress, and director based in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and received her BA in Theater from Quinnipiac University. Directing and assistant directing projects include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Nine, Beauty and The Beast (Junior), Iolanthe, Twelfth Night, Spring Awakening, Guys & Dolls (Junior), Carousel, Legally Blonde (Junior), and Into the Woods (Junior). As an actress/singer, favorite past roles include Jackie in Mauritius, Female Greek Chorus in How I Learned To Drive, Virginia in The Clean House, Miss Prism in Ernest In Love, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, and Madame De La Grande Bouche in Beauty And The Beast.




 


Lauren Greenberg, 
Voice Faculty
Lauren Greenberg, soprano, is a proud Manhattan School of Music graduate.  She has performed at venues such as Radio City Music Hall,  Great American Music Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the United Nations, the 45th Street Theater, the Bessie Schonberg Theatre, and in various off-Broadway productions. Lauren holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and and an M.M. in Classical Voice from Manhattan School of Music.


   
 

Laquita Mitchell, Voice Faculty
Soprano Laquita Mitchell consistently earns acclaim in eminent opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Already in her young career, she has led performances with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Opéra Comique in Paris, among many others. In her compelling debut as Bess in Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco Opera, Opera News said “Soprano Laquita Mitchell, in her first outing as Bess, dazzled the SFO [San Francisco Opera] audience with her purity of tone and vivid theatrical presence.” She has since reprised the role with New Jersey State Opera, the Atlanta Opera; Madison Symphony, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (at both Tanglewood and Symphony Hall), and also the Robert Russell Bennett Porgy and Bess Suite with the Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Sheboygan Symphony and with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Sopot, Poland. Hailed in the New York Times for her portrayal of Violetta  in Verdi’s “La Traviata” in New York City Opera’s 2012 season opener said “Ms. Mitchell’s voice is rich, shimmering and sizable, her singing was tender and expressive.” M.M., P.S., Manhattan School of Music; B.M. Westminster Choir College www.Laquitamitchellsoprano.com 

     
 

Giuseppe Spoletini, Musical Theatre Director
Canadian baritone Giuseppe Spoletini has performed widely throughout Canada and the United States. He has performed with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, the Opera Company of Brooklyn, Saskatoon Opera Association, the Cincinnati Opera, and Opera Company of the Highlands. A member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege vocal faculty, Mr. Spoletini is also co-director of the musical theater programs of both the Precollege division and MSM’s summer program. He is also the music director at the Greenville Community Church in Scarsdale, New York. Mr. Spoletini is also a founding member of the renowned classical crossover ensemble, O Sole Trio.  The trio has performed sold-out concerts at major venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Redlands Bowl, CA (to a crowd of 6,000+), Ronnie Scott's, London, and tours extensively all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. For more information please visit www.osoletrio.com

     
   

Stephanie Tennill, Musical Theatre Director 
Soprano Stephanie Tennill has sung with the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Encompass New Opera Theatre, and Union Avenue Opera.  Ms. Tennill has made appearances at Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Room and has been featured on Trinity Wall Street’s Concerts at One series, as well as at Lincoln Center as the Goddess in Johnny Johnson with the Kurt Weill Foundation. As a fellowship artist, she was featured in An Evening of Sondheim with the Aspen Music Festival, where she was hailed by the Denver Post: “Tennill seems to have been born to perform Broadway and was the evening’s unequivocal star.” Additional musical theater credits include a 10-month run as Cornelia in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway American Girls Revue (NYC), Deb in Hot ’n’ Cole, as well as The Cabaret Singer in the world premiere of the Rodgers and Hart ballet Glad To Be Unhappy. Ms. Tennill was a member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege voice faculty and has taught privately at the 92nd Street Y, Highbridge Voices (Outstanding Teacher Award), Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, and the world-renowned Saint Thomas Choir School, where she headed the vocal program for eight years. AEA member since 2007. M.M. Manhattan School of Music


     
   

Dana Thomas, Musical Theatre Choreographer
Dana Thomas is from Centreville, Virginia. She studied with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance Institute of Washington, spent summers at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Mark Morris Dance Group. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Dana has performed at various venues such as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Wolf Trap, and The Joyce Theater. She has worked with David Dorfman Dance, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, and the Metropolitan Opera.  She serves as Assistant Artistic Director for Jamal Jackson Dance Company. Dana has choreographed and collaborated for Joe’s Pub DanceNOW Festival, Girl Scouts of the USA National Convention, Dancewave, and a Duke Ellington commissioned work with Grace Chorale. Dana is currently on the dance faculty at the Pierrepont School and The Ballet School of Stamford. AGMA member.