Teaches: Voice, Piano, Show Choir, Musicals
Jena studied voice at Eastman Conservatory of Music and Canisius College. Jena also has received vocal guidance from Evans Mirageas, previous vice president of Decca Records and artistic director of the Cincinnati Opera, and Giovanni Reggioli, past artistic director of the Washington National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
Jena is the recipient of the Andy Anselmo Scholarship, and awarded first place in voice for New York State and Eastern United States by the MTNA, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Eastman Advanced Performance. She has been featured in Classical Singer magazine, Buffalo News, Business First, Art Voice, various community newspapers, and appeared on several local television programs.
Jena was the soloist in the documentaries “Building a Basilica” and “Proving Holiness,” which aired on national and international television. She also was a featured singer in “Life Is A Cabaret” at Kleinhan’s Music Hall and with the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio. Jena is an alumna, and past featured soloist, of the Canisius Chorale, Chromatic Club, Eastman Rep Singers, and Rochester University Women’s Chorus. She is the featured singer for St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the Buffalo Bisons. She has performed for numerous organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lewiston Council of the Arts, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and WCHOB
ArtVoice claimed her portrayal of Musetta, Nickel City Opera’s La Boheme, to be “excellent….her light soprano voice is beautiful.” Buffalo Rising praised Jena in the role of Barbarina, Nickel City Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro, saying her “voice and demeanor were perfect for the role” and the Buffalo News further stated her performance was “girlish and engaging.” In June 2016, Jena portrayed the role of Melodie Jones in Nickel City Opera’s world premiere of SHOT! at Shea’s Performing Arts.
Jena has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Music, a minor in Women Studies, and Pre-Med track, and MS in Anatomy.
Teaches: Voice & Musicals
On the concert stage, Aurora’s solo experiences within choral repertoire include Bach’s Magnificat, Fauré’s Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz.
Through recitals and master classes, Aurora’s favorite characters to portray have been Despina in Così fan Tutte, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Marzelline in Fidelio, Musetta in La Bohéme, and Laurie in The Tender Land.
Memorable stage performances, in which she was awarded Best Actrees, include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Margot Wendice in Dial M for Murder. In 2005, along with the Buffalo State Chamber Choir and under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski, Aurora traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic. They performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, at Smetana Hall, and with the Prague Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra. In 2008, Aurora spent several months living in Graz, Austria, studying opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies. For seven seasons, Aurora performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Singers, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a soprano section leader for several groups, most recently the Cheektowaga Chorus and First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora. In January of 2015, Aurora was featured on the front page and in a two-page article in Gusto, in The Buffalo News, when she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
At Buffalo State College, Aurora studied voice with Dr. Holly Bewlay. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2008. She began her graduate studies at Baylor University in Waco, TX, but completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance degree from Fredonia State, studying voice with Professor Julie Newell.
Teaches: Voice, Piano
Buffalo-based soprano, Katherine Culver Joslyn is a recent graduate of the Fredonia School of Music where she studied with Professor Joe Dan Harper and participated in masterclasses with American composer Jake Heggie and Grammy Award-Winning soprano, Hila Plitmann.
Joslyn was a frequent face on the stage at Fredonia. Her performance highlights include: La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, scene performances as the second lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Katherine Culver Joslyn was also the winner of the Fredonia School of Music’s 2019 Concerto Competition.
Outside of Fredonia, Katherine has had the pleasure of singing with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and can also be seen as the soprano soloist at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York. Joslyn was awarded first place at the Central New York Finger Lakes NATS Competition in 2019.
Teaches: Violin, Viola, Beginner Cello & Bass
Brianne Ingrao is a Graduate of SUNY Fredonia where she earned her Bachlors in Music Education. While at Fredonia, she had the privilege of studying violin under the instruction of Dr. David Colwell, Bach under the instruction of Prof. David Rose, and instrument pedagogy under the direction of Dr. Richard Webb. Brianne has taught and worked with students at various schools in the WNY area including Fredonia, Lancaster, West Seneca, and Buffalo Public Schools. She currently is the 4th and 5th grade orchestra instructor at Iroquois Central Schools.
In addition to public teaching, she also has been an active participant in local orchestras and free-lance violin playing. Brianne is an active member of the Erie County Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music association. She offers beginner to advanced lessons on the violin and viola in addition to beginner lessons on cello and bass.
Mary has been studying piano since age 9, and has been teaching her instrument for the past 7 years. She earned a bachelors in Marketing with a minor in music from Canisius College in 2014 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College in 2018. While at Canisius, she was a founding member and vocal arranger of the Crescendonts a cappella group, member of the Canisius Chorale, and a Canisius Music Scholarship winner. She also played Brooke Windham in the Little Theater production of Legally Blonde.
Mary is the founder, former music director, and primary music arranger of Lakeshore Dynamics, a premier a cappella group in Chicago, IL. She also advised the a cappella group Inherent Voice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA.
When she’s not teaching or performing, Mary works at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart as the Alumnae Relations and Communications Coordinator.