Meet the Artists

The vocal artists of the Singing Summit 2020

Rachael Anacker

Southern California native Rachael Anacker is a soprano and voice teacher residing in New York City. Past roles include Madame Herz (The Impresario), Cunegonde (Candide), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), and Peep-Bo (The Mikado). Rachael has spent the past few summers singing in Austria, Indiana, and NYC. She holds degrees from Houghton College and NYU, and studies with Harolyn Blackwell and Robert C. White Jr.

Rebecca Benitez

Rebecca Benitez graduated with a Master of Music from Florida International University in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music from Montclair State University in Music Education. Recent: performances Anna Kennedy (Maria Stuarda) with New York Opera Forum, CoLab's 48 HR Musical, Mimi (La Boheme), Charlotte (Before Breakfast) with FIU. Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Theatre of Montclair, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Suor Genovieffe (Suor Angelica) with NYLOT, Due Conversa (Suor Angelica) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) under the baton of Michael Rossi and Yuriy Bekker with the Miami Music Festival.

Isaiah Bridges-Green

Isaiah Bridges-Green hails from Brooklyn, New York, and is a recent graduate of Montclair State University, with a bachelor's degree in voice performance. His recent roles include Don Basilio and Don Curzio in NJVAC's production of Le nozze di Figaro and the role of Der Soldat in the John J. Cali School of Music's production of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, by Viktor Ullmann.

Laura Cardona

This is Laura Cardona’s first dive into classical singing, though she comes with many musical theater experiences. Laura is a sophomore visual arts major at Montclair State University, but has performed in music throughout her life. Her favorite roles have included Maria in West Side Story, Beth in Little Women, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She is extremely excited and thrilled to be a part of this program, and to learn more about opera and classical music!

Laura Beth Couch

Laura Beth Couch is a vivacious mezzo-soprano and devoted music teacher. Laura earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Rutgers University, and she earned her Master’s degree in Voice Performance from Shenandoah University. She studies voice with world-renowned soprano, Nancy Gustafson. Laura has also studied voice in Los Angeles at SongFest, in Austria through the University of Miami Frost School of Music Salzburg Program, and in Saratoga Springs, NY at the Mostly Modern Festival.

Victoria Domiciano

Victoria Domiciano, soprano, is a junior at Montclair State University and is working towards a Bachelor of Music Education. She has studied the role of Barbarina in the NJVAC production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2019 and the role of The Origamist from Speed Dating Tonight! with Montclair State University in 2020. She also enjoyed performed as Suor Osmina in Montclair State University’s production of Suor Angelica in early 2020. Along with this, she enjoys singing with the Montclair State University Singers and Chorale!

Julianne Froehlich

Soprano Julianne Froehlich is thrilled to be part of this Singing Summit with NJVAC. Recently she performed in concerts with Spooky Goose Opera Company and Eccentric Theater Company. Notable roles include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Giovanna/Page (Rigoletto) and Alice (Le Comte de Ory). Julianne was a participant in the 2020 Classical Singer Voice Competition, and a recent winner in the Tchaikovsky Russian Singing Competition. She has performed with companies like The Lighthouse Opera Company, Regina Opera, and the Opera Company of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Montclair State University, where she studied with Professor Jeffrey Gall.

Mary Hochgesang

Known for her lyric coloratura voice, Mary Hochgesang is equally at home in a number of genres including art song, musical theater, and opera. Recently she obtained a master's degree in music performance at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, after earning a bachelor’s degree in music performance from West Virginia Wesleyan College, under teachers Amanda Spivak and Daniel Hughes. Her current roles of study include the Tudor queens from Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Maria Stuarda. Recent recital repertoire include works by Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré, Chausson, Poulenc, Argento, Floyd, among others. She is eager to perform a leading role in next summer's Die Zauberflöte and excited to participate in this Summit.

Janais Martinez

Mezzo - soprano, Janais Martinez, is entering her junior year at William Paterson University where she studies classical voice performance. Janais started singing in early childhood, quickly developing aspirations of pursuing a career in music. She began in church and then in school, performing with the choir and the musical productions at Passaic County Technical Institute. Some notable roles include Kate in The Pirates of Penzance (WPU Voice), Venus in Orphee aux Enfers (WPU Voice), and Vanessa from In the Heights (PCTI). Martinez has also participated in competitions, earning first place in the lower - level college category at the National Association of Teachers of Singers auditions in 2019. She currently studies with Sarah E. Wolfson with whom she has made remarkable strides as a musician and performer.

Lisbelkis Santana

Lisbelkis Santana, soprano, is thrilled to participate in the New Jersey Vocal Arts Collaborative's Singing Summit. Her roles include Le Feu (fire) and Rossignol (Nightingale) in L'enfant et les sortilèges with the Montclair State University Opera, Fastrada (Pippin) and Dorothy (The Wiz). She was also featured as a soloist in two performances of the Vivaldi Gloria in Italy and the Vaughn Williams' Serenade to Music performed by Clarum Sonum. She was is happy to have been awarded 1st place in the National Association of Teacher's Singing Eastern Competition in 2016.

Angela Scorese

Angela Scorese’s career began in Columbia University New Opera Workshop’s scenes from Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice), Dialogues des Carmélites (Constance), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), and Fille du régiment (Marie), followed by principal roles in Columbia’s full-length operas: Eccles’s Judgment of Paris (Mercury-turned-pants-role) and Musgrave’s Voice of Ariadne (Countess). Recent performances include Utopia Opera’s The Rose of Persia by Arthur Sullivan (Blush-of-Morning) and Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s Iolanthe (Phyllis), Princess Ida (title role) and Mikado (Yum-Yum).

Veronica Shea

Veronica Shea is an actor and arts marketer who works with companies of all sizes and performance genres in the NYC Metro area. Veronica works significantly in both theater and opera, and some of her favorite roles include Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Georgie (Spike Heels), April (Company), Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Lucy (The Telephone), and title roles in Alcina and Semiramide. Veronica is the Founder and Executive Director of Eccentric Theater Company (ETC.), a collection of artists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of a standard theater company. veronicashea.com

Christopher Vehmas

Christopher Vehmas, baritone, has appeared with the Artistic Children’s Chorus at the Metropolitan Opera in Turandot, Il Trovatore, Andre Chenier, Aida, La Boheme and Tosca. He has performed in Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, South Africa, and Ohio, in concerts and competitions. He has been a guest conductor for NJCS numerous times, and was a 2019 Walter Engel piano scholarship recipient and was awarded 1st place in the Professional Music Teachers of NJ Junior piano competition in 2019. Christopher currently studies piano and voice at Montclair State University.