Press Release

Opera Naples announces courses for Get ON Learning!


September 1, 2015 

Opera Naples announces courses for Get ON Learning! 

New educational offerings for children, youth and adults now open for enrollment 

Now entering its second decade, Opera Naples has refreshed its outreach programs and introduced an exciting new course, Get ON Learning!, which offers a range of classes for community members of all ages. Taught by professional local musicians and artists, subjects include vocal technique, sight reading, and acting for singers, as well as discussions of opera literature. All classes will be held at The David and Cecile Wang Opera Center (WOC), and run between 4 – 6 weeks depending upon the class.

Robin Shuford Frank, Director of Educational Outreach for Opera Naples, and creator of Get ON Learning!, said of the new course¸ “Get ON Learning! is a program that I have dreamed about for several seasons. In existence since the inception of the company, Opera Naples’ educational programs have been steadily growing, but it was difficult to offer classes when we didn’t have a home. Now that we have residence in the Wang Opera Center, we are finally able to offer these classes and training opportunities, which greatly extends our mission to engage the local community through education, exposure, and experiences.

“All of the instructors have a history with Opera Naples as performers or as teachers within the student apprentice program, and all are very excited about this new initiative. It is my hope that the Get ON Learning! program is able to enrich those who have even the mildest interest in opera and generate excitement in their souls as well as nurture those who love to sing and perform. For the performers, we continue to offer opportunities for people of all ages, as soloists and as choristers. In this season, two of the operas involve the Opera Naples Chorus. Younger performers will appear in concerts and special events. Especially for young people, performing is not only a vehicle for learning, but is an incredible way to build confidence and social skills. Young or old, a performer or an audience goer, an opera aficionado or someone who has never seen an opera – there is a class here!”

John Hushon, Opera Naples’ Chairman of the Board and Acting Executive Director, stated, “Opera Naples is pleased to offer this new and exciting program series. Get ON Learning! is a natural outgrowth of progression for Opera Naples´education and community programs. These classes build upon our numerous current programs and expand our class offerings, providing learning opportunities across a wider age range and variety of experience.”

Below is a list of Get ON Learning! classes this 2015-16 season. Enrollment is now open, with classes beginning in late September 2015. Space is limited, so early enrollment is encouraged. Details on each course, including instructors, cancellations, dates, times and fees, may be found in the attached document, as well as online at

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(In addition to these classes, teens may be admitted to adult classes with pre-approval.)


AGES 6 – 10 

La, La, La, Let’s learn about Opera! 

Instructor – Carolyn Greiner

October 3, 2015 – November 14, 2015 Saturdays 11:00am-12:00 pm (6 weeks)

(no class on October 31)


AGES 8 – 12 

Music Reading 

Instructor – Johnathan McCann

January 21-February 18, 2016 Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm (5 weeks)


AGES 9 – 13 

Acting Techniques 

Instructor – John McKerrow

October 13 – November 3, 2015 Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm (4 weeks)


AGES 13 – 18 

Vocal Techniques Class 

Instructor – Shannon Gallagher

September 28 – October 19, 2015 Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm (4 weeks)


Secrets to Audition Success and Overcoming Performance Anxiety 

Instructor – Shannon Gallagher

May 11 – June 1, 2016 Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 pm (4 weeks)


AGES 14 – 18 

Acting Techniques 

Instructor – John McKerrow

October 1 – November 5, 2015 Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm (6 weeks)


Voice Class for Young Adults 

Instructor – Taylor Ferranti

April 12 –May 10, 2016 Tuesdays 6:00-7:15 pm (5 weeks)



(Teens may be admitted with pre-approval.)

Music Reading 

Instructor – Johnathan McCann

October 1 – 29, 2015 Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm (5 weeks)


Great Singers of the 20th Century: The Technique behind the Mystique 

Instructor – Taylor Ferranti

November 3-December 1, 2015 Tuesdays 6:00-7:15 pm (5 weeks)


Opera 101: Know the Show! 

Instructor – Carolyn Greiner

December 19, 2015; January 9; February 6; March 5 Saturdays 10:30 am-12:30 pm (4 weeks)


Voice Building for Adults 

Instructor – Shannon Gallagher

January 18 – February 8, 2016 Mondays 5:45-6:45 pm (4 weeks)


ABOUT ROBIN SHUFORD FRANK, Opera Naples Director of Educational Outreach 

Robin Shuford Frank is Chorus Master, Music Administrator, and Director of Educational Outreach for Opera Naples, for which she also serves as Musical Director for youth productions. She engages Southwest Florida’s youth through the company’s Student Apprentice Program, community outreach performances, Elementary In-School Tours, and Young Artist Program. An accomplished pianist, Ms. Frank serves as the rehearsal pianist for Opera Naples’ main productions as well as the pianist for community concerts and events. As chorus master, she prepares the adult and children’s choruses for all productions in which they appear. Ms. Frank is the accompanist for The Festival Singers of Florida and performs with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and The Naples Players. She is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and is a frequently sought guest accompanist for choral festivals and concerts. She has a MM from Westminster Choir College in Accompanying and Vocal Coaching and a Bachelor degree in Music Education from The Florida State University.

ABOUT Get ON Learning! Teachers (alphabetical order) 

Local professional musicians and artists, the Get ON Learning! teaching staff collectively has over 50 years of performing and teaching experience.

Taylor Ferranti Dr. Taylor Ferranti (tenor) earned an undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory, and a doctoral degree in Vocal Performance/Voice Science from Louisiana State University. He also holds the Certificate of Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech in Denver, CO. He is an accomplished vocal pedagogue, singer, pianist, conductor, and formally served as an associate professor of music at the university level. His teachers have included several renowned vocal pedagogues, including: Dr. Stephen Austin, Dr. Ingo Titze, Oren Brown, and Cornelius L. Reid. Along with his wife, Laura Ferranti (mezzo-soprano), Dr. Ferranti operates The Vocal Ring Studio, a teaching studio rooted in a functional rather than an aesthetic approach to vocal training. (

Shannon Gallagher With extensive training in both classical music and musical theater, soprano Shannon Gallagher has performed leading and supporting roles with many companies including The Italian Operatic Experience, Opera in the Ozarks, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Shannon maintains an active performance schedule as the professional core soprano of The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida and as a soloist with ONcore of Opera Naples. Shannon holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and attained her M.M. in Voice Performance with an emphasis in artistic administration from The University of North Texas. Having run a private voice studio since 2010, Shannon considers teaching one of her greatest privileges and is currently an instructor of voice at The Music Studio of Naples. She has been invited to lead masterclasses and workshops at various organizations and has been an adjudicator for the classical voice division of the Southwest Florida Young Artist Awards since 2013. Realizing her passion for ensuring the growth and impact of visual and musical platforms, Shannon made a successful transition from full-time performance to artistic administration and is currently an Executive Assistant at Artis—Naples.

Carolyn Greiner a soubrette soprano, is currently living and working in Southwest Florida where she keeps up an active teaching and performing life. She is employed throughout the year as a singer by the opera companies–Opera Naples and Gulfshore Opera. She has served as a youth choral conductor for Gulfshore Opera, The Community School of Naples, and The Boys and Girls Club of Naples. Opera roles performed include: Yum-Yum and Peep Bo from The Mikado, The Dew Fairy from Hansel and Gretel, Giannetta from L’elisir d’amore, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Amy in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Greiner has also served as a soprano section leader in the chorus of many opera productions. Ms. Greiner holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Johnathan McCann received his Bachelors of Music Education, with a focus in voice, from Florida Gulf Coast University studying under Dr. Jeanie Darnell and Dr. Trent Brown. Following graduation, he taught in the Lee County School system and regularly performs as a tenor soloist around Southwest Florida with various organizations including The Naples Chorus and Orchestra, Opera Naples, Naples Sugden Theater, The Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic. Recently, Johnathan performed internationally, partaking in the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt as well as an international tour of Europe, including Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, with the FGCU Chamber Choir. Johnathan is also a soloist for First Presbyterian Church of Naples as well as a Cantor at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs. He has been involved in many musicals and operas, receiving lead roles in Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Mikado, Trial by Jury, Signor Deluso, Grease, Fame, Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat, and others. He most recently performed the role of Obadiah in a performance of Mendelsohn’s Elijah. Johnathan has also competed and placed in many Florida state vocal competitions including the Jillian Prescott competition, the Young Artists competition, and the NATS competition.

John McKerrow is founder and Producing Artistic Director for Naples-based Shakespeare in Paradise. His directing credits include Doubt, Rabbit Hole, Mauritius, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. His acting credits include Petruchio/The Taming of The Shrew, Benedick/Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth/Macbeth, Demetrius/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard/The Lion in Winter and many more. He studied Shakespeare at Southern Connecticut State University and at HB Studios in Manhattan with Edward Morehouse. He has worked Off Broadway, on tours, in regional theatre, on television and in national commercials.


Situated on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida’s Collier County, Opera Naples is dedicated to presenting opera productions and concerts of the highest quality. A regional artistic powerhouse in an area known for its world class dining, shopping, arts galleries and pristine beaches, the city’s opera company is a cultural jewel in Southwest Florida.

Opera Naples presents internationally renowned performers and directors, while encouraging, grooming, and showcasing young regional talent. It produces classic grand opera at various local venues each season, and chamber opera and concerts at the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center, its new home. A staunch proponent of community service and education outreach, the company has introduced opera to over 60,000 local area children since its inception, and offers various programs, including Lee and Collier county in-school programs and performances; the Young Artists Program; summer programs, and ONcore (for local and regional semi-professional singers).

Opera Naples is led by Artistic Director, internationally renowned Spanish conductor, Ramón Tebar, known for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills.

Over the past decade, the company has earned local, regional and state government support. Opera Naples is grateful to its sponsors, patrons and many supporters who have helped it become an important part of the cultural fabric of the region.

Please visit for information on this and other education programs offered by Opera Naples, as well as details on the upcoming season’s productions and events.