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.
Phyllis Treigle is a native of New Orleans and is the daughter of the great bass-baritone Norman Treigle. She holds a B.M. and M.M. from Loyola University and she made her professional debut with the New Orleans Opera Association in 1980. She has since appeared with this company several times, most notably as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in 1998. She was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio in the early 1980’s, and appeared in several roles with Houston Grand Opera. Miss Treigle has also appeared with the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dublin Grand Opera Society, Pittsburgh Opera, Sarasota Opera Association, and Wolf Trap Opera Company, among others. In 1997, Ms. Treigle portrayed the title role in the original version of Cherubini’s Médée, for Opera Quotannis, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, which was subsequently recorded by Newport Classic. Recent performing credits include the role of Dame Marthe Schwerlein in Faust and the role of Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana, with the New Orleans Opera Association in 2017. Ms. Treigle joined the faculty of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in 2001, and is the Department Chair of Vocal Music.
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. Recent performances include a solo recital at the 2014 World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia; Mozart’s piano concerto #23 with the New Orleans Civic Symphony in 2017; and the Schumann piano concerto with the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra in 2014. Mr. Wood 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.