For the past three seasons, she has been a full-time member of the May Festival Chorus of Cincinnati. In addition to performing with the May Festival, she is currently the Choral Director at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kettering, Ohio. While in school, Magdalena performed in WSU’s full production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Pirate of Penzance, and in their Opera Scenes production of excerpts from Sonheim’s Sweeney Todd and Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites. At Sinclair Community College, her solo appearances in their Opera Scenes production consisted of playing Laurey Williams in scenes from Oklahoma and singing Gartin’s art song The Lilac Tree. Magdalena has also performed with the Wright State University Chorus, and with Sinclair Community College’s Chorus and Women’s Chorale.
Her honors include: the Mary Elizabeth King Brown Teaching Excellence Award (2012), First Place in the Undergraduate Division at the Marjorie Peatee Art Song Competition (2004), and the MTNA Star Award (2002).
Growing up with six siblings, Debbie taught herself piano at age twelve. When she was fifteen, she started taking piano lessons in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with Dan Taylor. In addition to piano, she learned music theory, singing, and guitar. The summer before she matriculated at Wright State, Debbie took piano lesson with Barbara Leeds, also from Yellow Springs.
As a piano major, Debbie also had a passion for cello, and began to take cello lessons while at Wright State. In her sophomore year, after playing cello for only a year, she changed her concentration to cello performance.
Debbie has sung and performed piano and guitar at the Friends Care Community in Yellow Springs for the past three years. During her time at Wright State she has sung in numerous choirs and playing solo piano at Arts Gala and at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio. She is a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the student trio “Trio Con Brio.” In the summer of 2016 she performed in the A.C. Strings Community Orchestra in Fairborn, Ohio, and will continue to perform with the orchestra during the 2017 season. In 2017 she joined the Giving Strings Orchestra.
Blaine began his collegiate career as a music performance major at Sinclair Community College where he earned his associate’s degree in 2005. That same year he transferred to Bowling Green State University to begin working towards his bachelor’s in vocal performance. While attending BGSU Blaine was involved in the opera theater’s production of Die Zauberflöte,participated in a vocal master class with Julliard pianist Margo Garrett and in 2007 had the privilege of playing the male lead in Francesco Cavalli’s 1642 opera, La virtù dei strali d’Amore for its North American debut in collaboration with early music musicologist, Paul O’Dette and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
After graduating from BGSU in 2007, Blaine moved back to the Dayton area where he opened a small studio teaching private vocal and piano lessons. Blaine’s students have been accepted into such music performance schools as the Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton and the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Blaine’s students have also received superior ratings in OMEA solo and ensemble adjudicated events in both piano and voice.
In addition to teaching private lessons, Blaine has also served as music director for Richmond Civic Theatre’s Stage One youth theater program in the summers of 2003 and 2004. In 2009, he also served as music director for the Vandalia Youth Theatre’s production of Les Misérables. Earlier that same year Blaine portrayed the role of Lumière in Richmond Civic Theatre’s Main Stage production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.Blaine performed as a member of the Dayton Opera Chorus for La Traviata, also in 2009, the 2005 production of Tosca and the 50th Anniversary Star Gala in 2011. Other engagements have included numerous events and musical theater productions in the Dayton area.
In addition to being a Master Teacher of Piano at Star City Music Studios, Aaron holds the positions of Staff Accompanist at Wright State University, Rehearsal Pianist for the Dayton Opera Chorus, Pianist at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn, and Choral Accompanist at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Kettering. Previous positions include Staff Accompanist at Winston-Salem State University, Adjunct Instructor of Theory and Music Appreciation at Guilford Technical Community College, and Associate Master Teacher at the Music Academy of North Carolina. He has participated in master classes with Anna Maria Trenchi de Botazzi and Jon Nakamatsu.
Aaron joined the faculty of Star City Music Studios in June 2015. He lives in Miamisburg with his wife, Samee Griffith Mood, daughter, Evelyn, and son, Nathaniel.