Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios, artistic director, is professor emerita at The American University, Washington, D.C., where she directed operas and musicals for more than 30 years. As a soprano, she has performed professionally in recital and opera across the United States, and Europe. As a director and educator, she has directed and conducted workshops in opera and vocal production across the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, South America and Japan. She is the Associate Director of the Crittenden Opera Workshop. A member of International Who’s Who of Musicians, Who's who in American Colleges and Universities and Who’s Who of Women in the United States, she is national president-elect of the National Opera Association (NOA).
Adriana Hardy is a voice teacher, director, and certified Feldenkreis practitioner. She also conducts her own workshops in body, breath, and sound. She combines a background in singing, dance and choreography, movement therapies, yoga, and Alexander Technique. Her work as a director spans all music theater genres and includes plays and reader’s theatre. She founded and served as artistic director of a summer stock company in upstate New York. She is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and National Opera Association.
Darryl Cooper is assistant musical director of San Francisco Conservatory's opera Program and a faculty member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austra. He has been a member of the opera and coaching faculties of the Boston Conservatory, Boston University Theater Institute, Crittenden Opera Studio, Chautaqua Opera, and Summersong. He is a faculty member of The Singer's Gym, a Bay-Area workshop for performance development.
Paul Hamilton is a Chicago-based pianist, composer, and conductor. He has served as accompanist for a wide variety of vocalists, instrumentalists, and chamber and orchestral groups. Hamilton has composed scores for Sadako and Thousand Cranes, Alice in Wonderland, and The Emperor's New Clothes with librettist Gail Deschamps for their national touring company GMT Productions.
Richard Goodman studied voice at the Royal college of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory. He is active both as a pianist and singer, singing with choral societies, opera companies, and in recitals ; playing chamber music, accompanying and coaching singers, and presenting chamber operas. He created and directed Berkeley Opera from 1979 to 1992 and subsequently founded Mendocino Chamber Opera and the Mendocino Music society.
Thomas Hetrick, from Baltimore, Maryland has played for the Opera studio at Wolf Trap Farm Park and is the chorus director of Prince George's Opera. He has been the music director for the Crittenden Opera Studio's fall, spring and summer sessions in Washington DC and has been a major coach in the Washington DC area for many years.