Meet our Resident Artists
Equally at home on the concert stage and in the classroom, pianist J. BRADLEY BAKER enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, collaborative pianist and vocal coach, and educator. As a collaborative pianist, Baker has worked with many international opera artists, including Samuel Ramey, Alan Held, William Powers, Michael Sylvester, and Hugo Vera. Baker is the Music Director of Tabor College Opera at Tabor College in Central Kansas, is frequently engaged as coach and répétiteur for Wichita Grand Opera (KS), and regularly serves on the faculty of Lawrence Opera Theatre (KS) as music director, coach, and répétiteur. Baker is also Executive Director and Music Director of Music On Site, Inc., a site-specific opera company based in the Midwest. Baker has also worked coach and répétiteur for Chicago Summer Opera (IL), Natchez Opera (MS), and Opera Birmingham (AL). Within academia, Baker was Pianist and Assistant Music Director for University of Alabama Opera Theatre, vocal & chamber music coach for University of Texas at Tyler, and vocal coach for Stillman College. More info at www.JBradleyBaker.com.
Praised for her engaging stage presence and ‘‘full...nuanced’’ voice (Boston Musical Intelligencer), mezzo-soprano Lauren Cook was most recently seen performing LeAnn in a workshop of Missy Mazzoli’s The Listeners with Opera Philadelphia. Notable stage credits include Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Mélisande (Impressions de Pelléas), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Tina (Flight), and Eliza (Dark Sisters). Ms. Cook has performed as a soloist in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center as well as Boston’s Symphony Hall and Museum of Fine Arts. In the 2019 season, Ms. Cook made her debuts with Opera Iowa and Des Moines Metro Opera. She has also appeared with Opera Louisiane, Guérilla Opera, Odyssey Opera, Boston Modern Orchestra Projects, American Opera Projects, Seagle Music Colony, La Musica Lirica, and the Louisiana Opera Outreach Program. Upcoming: Edith in Pirates of Penzance and Elder #2 in Sky on Swings with Opera Saratoga.
Camron Gray is a native of Winchester, Tennessee. Mr. Gray studied at Tennessee Tech University, receiving two bachelors in Music Education and Spanish. Mr. Gray studied voice with Fred Kennedy and participated in several summer opera workshops in Boston, Washington, D.C. and Mendocino, CA. Mr. Gray completed his M.M. in Vocal Performance at the School of Music, Theater & Dance (SMTD) studying under George Shirley and is currently completing the Specialist of Music degree at U of M studying voice with Stanford Olsen. During his time at the University of Michigan, Mr. Gray has performed as Tom Snout in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a faded silent film star, Larry Renault, in William Bolcomb’s latest opera Dinner at Eight, as well as the authoritative, fully-revised version of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, as Robbins and Crab Man in February 2018. During the summer of 2018 season, Mr. Gray sang with Cincinnati Opera as chorister in La Traviata (Verdi), The Flying Dutchman (Wagner), and Another Brick in the Wall (Bilodeau). In 2019, he was featured in the Glimmerglass Festival as a Stevedore in Jerome Kern’s classic, Show Boat, and the world premiere of Blue by composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson. This fall, Mr. Gray will be singing as Rudolfo in Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème at the University of Michigan.
Bass-Baritone Cameron Jackson, of Albemarle North Carolina, is a recent graduate of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. During his tenure as a Fletcher fellow, Mr. Jackson portrayed the roles of Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Golaud in Peter Brooks’ adaptation of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Der Musiklehrer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and Alvaro in Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas. Mr. Jackson’s 2017/2018 season included debuts with Piedmont Opera (Haly, L’italiana in Algeri) and the Princeton Festival Opera (Don Fernando, Fidelio); as well as winning the North Carolina District Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Described as possessing a “rich and powerful voice” (CVNC), he has also performed with Opera Wilmington, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, and Magnolia Baroque. Mr. Jackson’s 2019/2020 season currently features debuts with the Indiana University Opera Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, and Opera Naples
Gretchen Pille is an American soprano known for her delightfully energetic presence. Ms. Pille is based in New York City, and recently spent the summer as an Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera where she study-covered Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide and performed on several opera and musical theater scenes programs. An advocate for the creation of new music, Ms. Pille is a founding member of The Meadowlark Project and has organized several Liederabend events which premiered the works of several composers. In 2018 she made her Kennedy Center debut premiering Kevin Walczyks’s Symphony No. 5: Freedom from Fear: Images from the Shoreline. Other recent roles include Queen of the Night and First Lady in the The Magic Flute, Gretchen in The Student Prince, Alexandra in Regina. Upcoming roles include Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica and Nella in Gianni Schicchi. Ms. Pille is from Omaha, Nebraska and holds music degrees from The University of Nebraska and The University of Kansas.