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, who actively performs in both solo and chamber capacities year-round. His performing in the United States has taken place in more than 80 venues in 17 states. He is 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 (cum laude) from the University of West Florida. His teachers have included Willis Delony, Robin Holtz Williams, Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, Daisy de Lucca-Jaffe, Pitagoras Goncalves, Daniel Nagy, and Chad Twedt.
Recently, Matthew performed 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 recently performed the Schumann piano concerto with the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra in April 2014.
He participates musically in the New Orleans area both as the music director for St. Paul Lutheran Church (since 2011) and as a member of the classical vocal music faculty at NOCCA (since 2013). At NOCCA, he has collaborated in a variety of ways, including vocal accompanying and coaching, choral accompanying, opera accompanying, and teaching class piano, music theory, and musicianship. His prior experience as a vocal accompanist has included working for former Metropolitan Opera tenor Ray Gibbs and former Santa Fe Opera soprano Ann Perkins-Gibbs, among others.