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In partnership with the UNM Music Prep School, Opera Storytellers is a virtual summer camp dedicated to children entering 3rd through 8th grades in the 2020-2021 school year. Campers will create an original work by activating their voices, bodies and imaginations while expanding their individual potential through creative exploration and discovery. Campers will meet online via Zoom several times each day. There will be breaks as well as independent off-screen projects.
Opera Storytellers will be taking a year off. We will return Summer of 2022.
Teaching Artists & Staff
Our renowned teaching artists and staff are dedicated to make the most of your children’s experience while sharing valuable skills to inspire further growth in music and theater.
Teaching Artists & Staff – To Be Announced
Casey is a musician, composer, playwright, sound designer and father. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing. While in graduate school he studied literary arts at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He has worked with numerous theater companies in New Mexico, California and New York as a playwright, sound designer, composer and performer. Casey was the Music Director for Tricklock Theatre Co. from 2004 – 2014 and was the Music Director for The Show, Abq’s premier improv comedy troupe between 2010 and 2015. He is currently the Music Director for Circo Latino, a circus program for kids at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and is the Music Teacher at Escuela del Sol Montessori School in Albuquerque, NM.
Frederick Frahm, American composer, organist, publisher and parish musician was born in California, USA, in 1964. Frahm has directed church music programs across the US, contributed as a classical music critic to the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, WA; served as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University in River Forest, IL, where he taught counterpoint, music theory & composition, and orchestration; and for the last six years has participated as a teaching artist, resident composer and accompanist for the Santa Fe Opera’s Active Learning Through Opera program. He is a founding director and creative partner of Firehead Editions of London.
A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) where he earned degrees in Church Music (BM) and Organ Performance (MM), he studied organ and counterpoint with David Dahl and Gregory Peterson; composition with Roger Briggs and Gregory Youtz; and conducting with Richard Sparks. A prolific composer, his catalog of compositions includes works for organ, choral music, chamber pieces, art song and song cycle, symphony and concerto and extended vocal works, including operas and cantatas. Frahm is represented by a dozen publishers in the US and Europe with more than 300 works in print.
Sean splits his time at the UNM Music Prep School as the Program Coordinator and Animal Humane New Mexico as an Adoption Advisor. A graduate of UNM, he earned a degree in music education and is a former band director for Albuquerque Public Schools, a contractor for Rio Rancho Public Schools, a frequent adjudicator for band festivals and clinics in various districts in New Mexico, and a private keyboard and percussion instructor. Sean is an avid percussionist, vocalist and keyboardist, and frequently performs as a studio musician and in various ensembles of diverse genres including with The New Mexico Philharmonic, Quintessence Choral Artists of the Southwest, Sol de la Noche, in orchestras for Musical Theater Southwest, the Adobe Theater, Landmark Musicals, and Albuquerque Little Theater, as well as in various jazz ensembles.
Elnora J. Keller
Elnora J. Keller’s main industry is film & television for over 10 years. Titles include stunt woman, actor, costumer and set dresser, as well as producer, director and editor for short films and events. She owns Efficiency Designs, which focuses on Organizational Development, assisting business owners find time, money and sanity. Her past adventures include the Program Director for Albuquerque City Community Center Clay Programs, the Director of Events at Albuquerque Apparel Center and TEDxABQ Stage Manager.
Julia Church Hoffman
Julia Church Hoffman is Director of the UNM Music Prep School and Senior Lecturer of Music Education in the UNM Department of Music. A member of the UNM faculty since 2010, Julia teaches a variety of Music Education courses and supervises student teachers. At the UNM Music Prep School, a community music school housed in the UNM College of Fine Arts since 1997, Julia directs the school’s mission of “opening doors to a lifetime of music” for thousands of students – infants through adults. Classes include group piano, group guitar, world drumming, early childhood family music and a kindergarten through high school graded children’s chorus. The Music Prep School also offers free private lessons to APS band, orchestra and choir students. A long standing, successful collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera produced the 2012 children’s opera, Shoes for the Santo Niño, composed by Stephen Paulus, libretto by Andrea Fellows Fineberg. Continuing the tradition of this outstanding partnership, Julia is thrilled to work with the Santa Fe Opera again, producing this new fully remote version of Opera Storytellers Camp. A native New Mexican, Julia holds degrees from the College of Wooster (B.A.), and the University of New Mexico (M.M.). Her twenty-plus years of public and private school teaching included early childhood, elementary and middle school music, children’s choirs and general education in New Mexico and Arizona.
Lina Ramos, a native New Mexican, is an arts educator, director, conductor, opera singer and performer. She has served as an educator for over 30 years, including such remarkable experiences as teaching in inner city schools in Washington, DC, and rural schools in New Mexico.
In service to the community, Ms. Ramos feels fortunate to have conducted and directed over 20 shows in the past six years for the musical theater family, various churches and private schools. In 2013, Ms. Ramos received the Best Music Director award from Albuquerque Little Theatre for her work on their production of Les Miserables. Recently, she served as music director and conductor for Opera Unlimited’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. She also worked on the production of Migrant Songs for Revolutions Theatre Festival, a partnership between the National Hispanic Theatre and Tricklock Theatre.
Ms. Ramos also continues to teach drama, choir and voice in numerous settings, such as her recent work with the Santa Fe Opera’s ALTO Program, in partnership with UNM’s Music Prep School, where she served as composer in residence. She heads into her fifth year as music director for the Enchantment Awards, a program for high school musical theater students statewide, held annually in Popejoy Hall.
As an artist and singer, Ms. Ramos continues to perform all genres of music, such as her recent appearance with Opera Southwest as Dona Rosa in the production of Il Postino, Saraghina in the Musical Theatre Southwest’s concert version of the musical Nine, and for such groups as Biet Tikva in Santa Fe, NM. She studied voice with Marilyn Tyler, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in Voice. Ms. Ramos also studied over 10 years with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Miss Jean Kraft.
Ms. Ramos is of Cuban and Mexican heritage and loves to dance salsa. Her other passions include cooking and songwriting.