Heather Coltman, D.M.A., is currently Interim Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University, where she is a Professor of Music. A top prize-winner in numerous major international competitions, she performs extensively throughout North and South America, Europe and South Africa. Coltman made her debut in her native country of Zambia at the age of five and immigrated to the United States in 1966. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York and a Bachelor of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Her principal teachers included Lita Guerra, David Bar-Illan, Claude Frank and Nadia Boulanger. Her recordings can be heard on Wisdom Recordings, Klavier Records, Innova Recordings, Heng Hao Records and Lyra Productions. She is the Founder and Director of Teaching Outstanding Performers (TOPS) Piano Camps at FAU and is a passionate advocate of arts education for citizens of all ages.
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Wendy Reynolds earned both her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and her Master of Music in Theory and Composition from Texas Christian University where she studied with Tamas Ungar and Jose Feghali. Her subsequent vocal
studies included work with Judith Natalucci and Dodi Protero in New York, as well as participation in the Renata Scotto Opera Academy at the Music Conservatory of Westchester where she worked with Ms. Scotto daily. Her beginnings in Florida opera were with Palm Beach Opera where her performances included the title role of
Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème.
Wendy Reynolds’ career includes opera, oratorio, American standards and inspirational solos. Learn more about Wendy Reynolds at www.wendyreynolds.com.
An Operatic Tenor and emerging Young Artist of the Palm Beaches, Leo Williams has studied Voice performance and Linguistics throughout his collegiate career at Stetson University and Florida Atlantic University. He is also well versed and recognized in Dance and Theatrical Arts. He has served on judicial boards for Arts Schools, worked as a Cantor and Schola at the St. Ignatius Cathedral; a soloist at the Unity of Delray Beach and is currently a soloist at The Boca Church of Christian Science. Leo Recently sang his debut role of Rudolph Höss in the opera Yours Truly Anne, based on the diary of Anne Frank. Leo is also a member of both Florida Grand and Palm Beach Opera choruses.