Mara Adler-O’Kelly - By the time she was 14, Mara was singing background vocals for local popstars and celebrities and had been selected to tour Japan with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. She subsequently sang on a Grammy winning album with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and can be heard singing in the background of the film “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” At 15 she landed her first role, singing a solo with the San Francisco Opera, among many of the great singers of the early 2000’s. At the ages of 16, and 17, she was selected to sing the Role of Mimi in La Boheme, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Melody Stevens took the opportunity during Covid-19 quarantine and the shutdown of Broadway to record and send out daily to friends and family 539 songs in multiple genres. These songs included 14 of her originals.
Melody has a Bachelor of Music degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Master of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College at Rider University. Currently, she is the music director for Red Bank Catholic High School, Music Director for The Misfits Theatre Company of Manalapan, and teaches a full studio of private voice and piano students. She teaches music theory and music history at the college level. She has also served as a musical theater vocal coach/technician at Fairleigh Dickenson University in New Jersey.
Evita Belmonte, vocalist, and percussionist
As a young child, Evita enjoyed watching The Ed Sullivan Show on television with her family. The popular variety show was chock full of entertainers hosted by Ed Sullivan, the well-known syndicated columnist at the time for the New York Daily News and Chicago Tribune news group. There was also the sedate Lawrence Welk Show where she saw musicians playing the accordion and was tickled by the bubbles floating around the name of the show’s host in the opening of the show.
Those shows were inspiring and eventually led to once-a-week lessons for Evita to learn to play the accordion. At the same time, in elementary school her other musical involvements were singing in the church choir as a young soprano turned alto because they needed singers who could remember the harmonies and continue to sing loud enough on the musical selections. There was also the school band where Evita and other students were instructed by the music director on how to play rudiments on the drums for the band, orchestra and Drum and Bugle corps.
Patricia Lazzara, flutist, has distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is a three time winner of the Artists International competition in New York City and gave her critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Cami Hall.
Patricia’s newest solo CD – “Radiance” has been recently (June 2018) released to rave reviews. The album is a celebration of spiritual transformation and new creation with 3 newly commissioned pieces written specifically for the album. Composers include Grammy nominated Ron Korb, Dmitriy Varelas and Maurizio Balzola. In the summers, Ms. Lazzara travels to Assisi, Italy where she performs on the Assisi Performing Arts Concert Series.
Ms. Lazzara has performed at Carnegie Hall several times and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Patricia has performed as soloist for the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and won first prize in the North Jersey Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Ms. Lazzara is a Miyazawa Flute Artist, (www.miyazawa.com), is a Winner of the Florida Flute Association Performers Grant for Advanced Study and a Winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition.
Ms. Lazzara is a founding member of several ensembles: “Ensemble Bella Luce” www.ensemblebellaluce.com, a quartet of soprano, tenor, flute and piano, comprised of musicians with a shared love of Italy, music and the language; “UpTown Flutes”(UTF) www.uptownflutes.com, one of the premier flute ensembles performing today. Their sold out performance at Carnegie's Weill Hall received a rave review from the New York Concert Review and subsequently they were invited to perform at several National Flute Association Conventions, most recently 2014 in Chicago, Il, 2015 in Washington, DC and 2018 Orlando, Florida. “Light Stream Orchestra”(LSO), a quartet of flute, guitar and piano that focuses on meditative music inspired by Spirit. LSO utilizes a multimedia approach to performances with added visuals to enhance audiences experience; the Lazzara/ONeill flute and guitar duo; “Lazzarkoff” www.lazzarkoff.com, a flute duo specializing in pop tune covers of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s; the Lazzara/Paykin/Montroy flute, cello and piano trio; and “WayPastMidnight", www.WayPastMidnightMusic.com a unique ensemble of vocals, piano, flute and percussion devoted to the American Songbook.
Ms. Lazzara had the distinct honor of being the flute soloist for the Papal Visit to Giants Stadium and collaborates with harp, guitar, piano, vocal and string partners in many chamber music performances and in different genres. Ms. Lazzara is the conductor of the Ridgewood HS Flute Ensemble and is on the faculty of the Encore Music Program in addition to a full studio of private students.
She attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music where she studied with John Wion, has appeared in master classes with Jean Pierre Rampal, Thomas Nyfenger, Robert Stallman, Trevor Wye and has coached with Jeanne Baxtresser, Michael Parloff and Bart Feller. She also studied with Paige Brook and David Williams.
Patricia Lazzara’s discography includes:
With UpTown Flutes : “A Flute Renaissance'',
"An UpTown Christmas", "21st Century Gems",
With Light Stream Orchestra: “Light Stream Orchestra”
With harp: “Enchanted Love” and "Celestial Sounds of Christmas"
With flute, soprano and piano: “A Very Happy Noel”
With Lazzarkoff: ‘’Radiance’’
‘’Timeless” and "Romances In Blue”
"She is a bright, sweet and technically accomplished flutist...." NY Times
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