Soprano Megan Cleaveland is gaining regional acclaim for her silvery tone and onstage versatility. Most recently she had the pleasure of working with Sherrill Milnes’ Voice Experience program as an apprentice artist in Florida, New York, and the Savannah Voice Festival. Recent performances include Elvira in "L’italiana in Algeri," Micaëla in"La Tragédie de Carmen" and Elena in "Il cappello di paglia di Firenze." A recent graduate of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Ms. Cleaveland’s roles included Olympia in "Les Contes D’Hoffmann," Serpetta in"La Finta Giardiniera" and The Foreign Woman in "The Consul." Other recent professional engagements include Papagena in "Die Zauberflöte" and Mrs. Nordstrom in "A Little Night Music."
Soprano Amanda Moody Schumpert has been the Director of Summer Voice since 2013 and the Director of Summer Music since 2017. 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 Bachelor and Masters degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Opera Performance from the UNCSA A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, Amanda has enjoyed performing with companies throughout the country, including: Piedmont Opera, Tulsa Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera New Jersey. She was also the recipient of several awards including grand prize in the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards and winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Greenfield Competition, where she was a featured soloist with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra
In addition to her work at UNCSA, Mrs. Schumpert maintains as active teaching studio and is the Director of Music and Education at Calvary Moravian Church in downtown Winston-Salem.
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.
John Mark Swink is looking forward to enjoying his 20th year teaching with UNCSA's Summer Voice Intensive. A 1993 graduate of UNCSA with a Masters in Opera Performance, John Mark went on to perform leading roles with Piedmont Opera, Charlotte Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera and Pamiro Opera companies. After moving to New York, he focused his career in musical theater working in regional houses, concert halls, cruise ships, and national tours. His career took him to many countries on four continents. After retiring from a performance career, John Mark returned to North Carolina where he spent two years as a voice teacher at High Point University and three year teaching theater at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem, an arts magnet school. John Mark continues his love of theater and singing through his musical theater class and work at Summer Voice. His goal is to synthesize beautiful, healthy singing with intelligent, dramatic intentions so that artists and audiences alike will be inspired by the incredible works of our greatest composers.
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 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. His teachers include Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, Jeaneane Dowis, Jean-Pierre Marty, Paul Posnak, Joan Panetti, Donald Currier and Eugene List. He has also played in master classes with Boris Berman, James Tocco, Margaret Singer, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Gaby Casadesus and Noël Lee. Further studies have taken him to the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau as well as to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he earned a certificate in German Lieder accompanying. He taught courses in French and German diction and also served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Carnegie Mellon and Chatham University before coming to the School of Music at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performs with faculty and students and teaches courses in aural skills.