Ravinia Welcomes Singers to Steans Music Institute

Ravinia has welcomed 15 singers to the Steans Music Institute, the festival’s summer conservatory. The singers receive a fully paid fellowship to work with the Steans faculty, led by Brian Zeger. They will also participate in master classes open to the public and will give concert performances on Aug. 8, 11 and 15.

Representing the finest emerging talents from around the world, this year’s participants are soprano Betty Waynne Allison of Ladysmith, B.C, Canada; soprano Elizabeth Baldwin Sylvania, Ohio; baritone Jonathan Beyer of Chicago; soprano Janai Brugger-Orman of Chicago; soprano Lucia Cesaroni of Toronto; baritone Michael Kelly of Massapequa, NY; tenor Seil Kim of Seoul, South Korea; soprano Caroline MacPhie of Lancashire, U.K.; tenor Alex Mansoori of Seattle; soprano Ileana Montalbetti of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; bass Liam Moran of Brookline, MA; mezzo-soprano Naomi O'Connell of County Clare, Ireland; tenor David Portillo of San Antonio;  soprano Elizabeth Reiter of Chicago; and baritone Jorell Williams of Brentwood, NY.

They will be accompanied by piano participants Jonathan Ware of Dallas; Renate Rolfing of Honolulu; Adam Neilsen of Salt Lake City; Brent Funderburk of Spartanburg, SC; and Natalia Katyukova of Moscow.