Soprano Amanda Moody-Schumpert has had the priviledge of directing Summer Voice since 2013. The combination of her love of singing and stagecraft with her passion for working with young singers drives the creativity behind Summer Voice.
Earning her post-graduate degree in Opera Performance from the UNCSA A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, as well as her bachelor and masters degrees from Westminster Choir College, Amanda has enjoyed performing both locally and with companies throughout the US.
Elizabeth Pacheco Rose
Lyric soprano Elizabeth Pacheco Rose possesses an alluring stage presence with dramatic flexibility, whether singing a Mimi, Pamina or Mélisande; she captures the essence of each role. Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from Baroque to Contemporary. With a warm, radiant and richly expressive voice, she excels on the operatic stage, as well as in concert and recital venues.
A native of Belarus, pianist Polina Khatsko has established herself both as an active performer, coach, and a dedicated teacher. Passionate about instrumental collaboration, she enjoys continuous performances and recordings with fellow artists, encompassing a substantial repertoire for strings, woodwinds, and brass. Currently on staff at UNCSA, she is also a sought-after freelancer, regularly working with the violin studios of Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim at ECU, cello studio of Nancy Green, participating in several projects of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and Piedmont Opera.
Polina Khatsko served on the piano faculty of the University of Michigan preparatory department and Leipzig Summer Piano Institute. Her collaborative piano faculty appointments include the Vivace festival, Sphinx Competition, University of Northern Iowa, University of Michigan string department, International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic, and Cambridge International String Academy, England. Dr. Khatsko received her education from the Belarusian State Academy of Music, University of Nebraska, completing her graduate work at the University of Michigan. Her most influential mentors and musical partners include Anthony Elliott, Randy Grabowski, Arthur Greene and Ariadna Guzhalovskaya.
Pianist Norris Norwood has established a career nationally and internationally in a wide range of venues as soloist, chamber musician and collaborator. He has been guest artist with The London International Choral Festival, playing concerts in Westminster Central Hall and, as organist, playing services at Southwark and Exeter Cathedrals. In addition to chamber music appearances throughout the southeastern US and festivals in New York and Michigan, he has performed locally with both the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies, Piedmont Opera and Bel Canto Company.
For 19 years he was a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Arts for Life Committee which advocated for arts in healing, co-founding Healing Voices which produced live performances of music in patient areas, as well as programming and performing annual concerts with the WFBH Chorale.
Mr. Norwood is currently the Professor of Piano at Guilford College and is also collaborative pianist with UNCSA, Wake Forest University and the Piedmont Chamber Singers.
He received his B.M. in Piano Performance from and pursued further graduate studies from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Robert Rocco, pianist and harpsichordist, is a native of western Pennsylvania, where he began piano studies with his mother at age five. He holds degrees in music performance from Carnegie Mellon and Yale University and was cited for achievement in solfège and music theory. Further studies have taken him to the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau and the Salzburg Mozarteum, where he earned certificates in chamber music and German Lieder accompanying. Currently on the faculty at UNC School of the Arts, he also serves as collaborative pianist and instructor of French diction at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and is Director of Music at Beck’s Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. In addition, he is an avid ballroom dancer.