Receiving her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Piano Performance from the University of New Orleans and M.M. Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University, Anne Sumich has been an accompanist, teacher and church organist from the age of 16. She has rehearsal accompanist for the Augusta Opera for three years, during which she performed in the opera chorus in Carmen. While at the University of New Orleans, she played the piano score for Gian-Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium with the composer in attendance. Anne has played at recitals and numerous locations including: Natchez Opera, Genghis Khan Restaurant with violinist and concertmaster for the New Orleans Philharmonic Henry Lee, Covenant Presbyterian Church, St. Francis Xavier Church and Gates of Prayer Synagogue. Currently, Anne performs each summer in City Park’s Twilight Concert Series, is organist at Holy Name of Mary in Algiers and maintains a private teaching studio.
Receiving her B.M. and M.M. in vocal performance from Loyola University of New Orleans, Phyllis Treigle made her professional debut with the New Orleans Opera Association as Flora Bervoix in “La Traviata,” in 1980. She was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the early 1980’s, and appeared in several roles with Houston Grand Opera, including Bekhetaten in the American premiere of “Akhnaten.” Ms. Treigle subsequently appeared with the New York City Opera, Dublin Grand Opera Society, New Orleans Opera (“Der Fliegende Holländer”), Pittsburgh Opera (both heroines in Tito Capobianco’s production of “Mefistofele”), Sarasota Opera Association (Rosalinde von Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus,” Mina in “Aroldo,” Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” and Amelia Grimaldi in both versions of “Simon Boccanegra”), The New Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera Theare (Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni,” directed by Francesca Zambello), Wolf Trap Opera Company (“Transformations” and “Postcard from Morocco”), Eugene Opera, New York Opera Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, and Jefferson Performing Arts Society (“Susannah,” opposite Michael Devlin). She also sang the first New Orleans performance of “Sãvitri” and “La Voix Humaine.” In 1997, the singer-actress portrayed the title role in the original production of Cherubini’s “Médée” for Opera Quotannis at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, which was later recorded on CD by Newport Classic. Ms. Treigle has been teaching in the vocal music division at NOCCA since 2001, and has been the head of the vocal music division since 2006.
Matthew Wood is a classical pianist, currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at LSU. He previously received the Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of West Florida. He has performed in more than 80 venues in 17 states.
Recently, Matthew performed a recital at the 2014 World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia by invitation of conference president Dr. Dorian Leljak, and has been invited back to perform again. He also performed Mozart piano concerto #23 with the New Orleans Civic Symphony in 2017, and the Schumann piano concerto with the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra in 2014.
He has been a member of the vocal music faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) since 2013, where he collaborates as vocal accompanist, choral director, and opera conductor, and teaches music theory, musicianship, music history, and class piano.
Matthew’s piano teachers have included Willis Delony, Robin Holtz-Williams, Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, Daisy de Lucca-Jaffe, Pitagoras Goncalves, Daniel Nagy, and Chad Twedt.