Our expert instructors have decades of combined voice training experience at all age and ability levels. They are on the faculties of major Bay Area music departments; have professional students in the area’s most renowned symphony, opera, early music, and choral companies; have multiple NATS audition finalists and winners each year; and have successfully assisted many students in gaining acceptance and scholarships in top vocal performance programs around the country. As a BAVA artist you will benefit from their experience, connections, and dedication to your singing development.
Canadian soprano RHOSLYN JONES has quickly becoming an important presence on both the Concert and Operatic stages of the world. Described as a “superb singer and artistic presence,” Ms. Jones’ voice is “luscious, and her soul opens forthrightly and generously to the audience.”
Hailed as “The delicious diva” by the 24 Hours New Vancouver, Ms. Jones captivated the audience with her “unforgettably powerful voice” in her very first production of Le Nozze di Figaro. As the Countess, Rhoslyn Jones imparted “a grace and dignity that prevent[ed] her from descending into the mould of the stereotypical wronged woman, and [allowed] her to become a relatable individual for a modern audience. Jones is a joy to watch and reason alone to see the show.”
Ms. Jones began the 2010-2011 season covering the role of Roxane opposite Placido Domingo’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the San Francisco Opera. Also this season, she will debut the role of Mimi in a new production ofLa Boheme at the Pacific Opera Victoria.
The 2009-2010 season found Ms. Jones making her role debut as the Countess in Le Nozze di FigarowithVancouver Opera and a return to Arizona Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. A busy concert singer as well, Rhoslyn sang Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, was the soprano soloist in a concert of arias and duets with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and sang Morgen: A ballet set to a collection of Richard Strauss songs for soprano and orchestra with the New York City Ballet.
In recent seasons, Ms. Jones has appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Santa Barbara, Musetta in La Boheme with Pittsburgh Opera, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with Vancouver Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Chicago Opera Theater and the title role of Susannah with Arizona Opera. Ms. Jones also created the starring role of Julia Dent Grant in Phillip Glass’s world premiere of Appomattox with the San Francisco Opera opposite Dwayne Croft and Andrew Shore. She has also recently appeared with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Silicon Valley Symphony, Sonoma State University Orchestra, and Anchorage Symphony.
She is the Director of the University of British Columbia Summer Vocal Workshop; a young artist training program that she has run for 5 years. Students come from all over the world to take voice lessons, coach, and perform in the program that has quickly grown into a major training prgram under her direction. She is also on the Vocal Faculty at Sonoma State University, as well as an Artist in Residence at the San Francisco School of the Arts. Her students have been accepted into the best schools in the country, and have won various major competitions under her tutelage.
Originally from Aldergrove, B.C., Ms. Jones completed her Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of British Columbia and her Diploma in Opera Performance at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She also attended the distinguished Summer Festival at Ravinia in 2008 and was a 2004 and 2005 participant in Merola, which led to her selection as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera from 2006-2007.
JUSTIN MONTIGNE – voice teacher, countertenor soloist, and registered yoga teacher – teaches workshops, classes, and private lessons in the Bay Area and around the country. Dr. Montigne’s interest in the free and easy alignment of body and instrument led him to yoga, which helped revolutionize his singing and teaching. He hopes to share the same tools he discovered with singers and players everywhere. He received his bachelor’s degree in voice from Drake University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Montigne has taught on the voice faculties of UC Davis and UC Berkeley, and has presented SingAsana–yoga for singing–workshops for the San Francisco Conservatory, Seraphic Fire; Miami, FL; Studio Arsis, Tokyo, Japan; Sonoma County Bach Society–Sonoma State University; San Francisco Bay Area NATS Symposium; College of Marin; Chorus America Conferences in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.; Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR; and The Urban School, San Francisco, CA. He is currently the Director of Voice Studies and Chorus School Pedagogy for the Grammy award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, co-director of the Bay Area Vocal Academy, and is a member of the voice faculty at at Sonoma State University. Throughout his twenty years of teaching, Dr. Montigne's students have sung with Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Opera San Jose, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Minnesota Opera, and New York City Opera. Former students are currently studying at the San Francisco Conservatory, NYU, Berklee College of Music, Stanford, Northwestern, USC, and Oberlin, and Dr. Montigne's students are regularly accepted at top conservatories and universities in this country and abroad.
Dr. Montigne is an expressive countertenor fluent in many styles and time periods of music. He toured the world for three years as an alto with the Grammy Award winning “orchestra of voices,” Chanticleer, performing in venues from Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Musikverein to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and appearing on several Chanticleer recordings. He as sung numerous alto and tenor solos in oratorios of Handel, Bach, Purcell, Mozart, and Haydn, as well as many contemporary choral works with the Des Moines Symphony, Exultate Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, City Concert Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Players, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, EUOUAE, Conspirare and Volti. Dr. Montigne is a founding member of the 9-voice Bay Area men’s ensemble, Clerestory, and was instrumental in curating thirty-six different concert programs over twelve seasons, as well as appearing and co-producing Clerestory's two commercially-available recordings. He specializes in early music, but has premiered numerous contemporary works with orchestra and in recital, and enjoys programming French chansons, German lieder, and tunes from the the Great American Songbook alongside the works of Handel and Bach.
Body awareness, breath, and communication are central tenets of Dr. Montigne’s vocal pedagogy and his own singing. SingAsana is about flexibility and balance in all aspects of singing.
Pianist MARGARET HALBIG moved to the Bay Area in 2011 and joined the accompanying and vocal coaching staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the San Francisco Girls Chorus. An advocate of new and contemporary music, Margaret has been the pianist for Wild Rumpus, a San Francisco-based new music collective, since its inception in 2011. She is also a member of Frequency 49, a wind and piano chamber ensemble dedicated to broadening the awareness of colorful wind repertoire. Margaret also performs regularly with the Silicon Valley Music Festival, collaborating with such world-class musicians as flutist Carol Wincenc, clarinetist Alan Kay, and bassoonist Steve Dibner. Other recent projects include Opera Outreach and special event programs with Opera Santa Barbara as well recording an album of contemporary cello and piano works with Ojai-based cellist, Virginia Kron.
Margaret earned her DMA from the University of California Santa Barbara under the tutelage of Robert Koenig and also holds performance degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory and University of Evansville, Indiana.