Sue McPherson Brownson received a BM in Vocal Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While at the university, she was a vocal student of William Beck and piano student of William Zimmerman. Following graduation she performed with the Charlotte Opera,, and Jacksonville Opera, The Lost Colony, and an off-Broadway production of the music of Gilbert and Sullivan featuring puppets. She has performed in regional theater productions of Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story. Mrs. Brownson has served as minister of music and soloist in churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. She has also taught school and private lessons in these states. Mrs. Brownson serves as the soprano soloist for the Lakewood Chorale and Orchestra.
Mrs. Brownson enjoys teaching students of all ages and brings her gentle touch to each student as she imparts her love of music. She is an instructor of piano and voice for Forté Academy.
Stephanie Ball-Sitzler holds an MM in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis and a BM in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Ball’s lyric coloratura voice with its warm, strong, lyric quality has given her a place in the world of classical music. however, she is equally comfortable with pop and jazz styles and frequently performs African American sprituals with passion and sensitivity. St. Louis critic Matt Daniels says this of her singing: “She…is able to express its meaning to an audience through both the agility of her voice and dramatic movement that can encompass her entire body…” A favorite of midwestern audiences, she has appeared in many operas and oratorios including as a solosit in Mozart’s Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, and the thrilling role of nedda in Mid-Ohio Opera’s production of Il Pagliacci. Now residing in Denver, Ms. Ball has become a part of the musical community, performing in many recitals, She is also sought after as an educational outreach consultant, presenting opera to local communities.
Ms. Ball loves teaching students of all ages, and with her upbeat, friendly personality makes learning vocal technique and repertoire fun and exciting. She is an instructor of voice at Forté Academy of Music.
Tom Sitzler, baritone, Tom Sitzler, baritone, has been capturing audiences with his warm, generous voice and convincing stage presence. Growing up in Arizona, Tom was buying CD’s of pianist Glenn Gould and composer Rachmaninoff, while his older brother and friends were buying the newest albums of the latest bands. This began his lasting love of classical music.
In 2009, Mr. Sitzler stepped into the professional arena of performing as the Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore with Union Avenue Opera. Among many other performances in 2012, Mr. Sitzler was heard singing Silvano from Un ballo in Maschera with UAO, where Sarah Bryan Miller from the St. Louis Post Dispatch said, “Tom Sitzler… made the most of a small role” and Mark Bretz from Ladue News said, “Tom Sitzler is entertaining as the sailor.” Three years later, Tom returned to St. Louis to perform the title role in The Boor with Gateway Opera, where he “proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy.” (Ladue News). Last year, Mr Sitzler made his debut with Painted Painted Sky Opera as Germont in La Traviata.
A frequent performer in Colorado, Tom has been seen in performance with Boulder Opera as Escamillo in Carmen and Leporello in Don Giovanni, with Opera Steamboat as Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, with Central City Opera Ensemble Artists as Horace Tabor in an abridged touring version of The Ballad of Baby Doe, as well as a baritone soloist with several local orchestras including Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Symphony, Larimer Chorale and Orchestra, and Aurora Symphony. Most recent performances include his debut as Scarpia from Tosca with Painted Sky Opera.
Mr. Sitzler also loves passing on his years of music training and has been teaching voice and piano for ten years with his charismatic teaching style. He has conducted masterclasses on classical singing throughout the country, and has been a favorite in Oklahoma universities, including Southwestern Oklahoma State and University of Central Oklahoma. With his unique style, Tom focuses on interpretation and vocal technique to unlock the best in each singer. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and Washington University in St. Louis, Mr. Sitzler holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Vocal Performance, as well as a Bachelors in Choral Education. A lover of music theory, Tom has made it his passion to teach this important musical element to singers. He is currently in the process of writing a curriculum for singers that incorporates music theory in a fun and interactive way.
Gregory Storkan received his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Music from Washington University in St. Louis. In his youth, Mr. Storkan studied piano, and gradually gravitated towards a professioal singing career as a lyric baritone. Often priased for his “warm and regal voice,” he signed his first professional contract with Union Avenue Opera while still a graduate student at Washingston university. From there he has forged a burgeoning career and has sung with opera companies through Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Storkan also spend two season performing with the six-time Grammy-winning St. Louis Symphony and is a frequent recitalist, harboring a not-so-secret love of Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, and other cabaret-style musical literature. In the fall of 2013 mr. Storkan relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he is pursuing intensive professional development training in opera, voice, acting, and business strategy. He recently performed in “The Vagabond,” a storytelling convert featuring the music of Grieg, Sain-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams.
Mr. Storkan teaches piano and voice to students of all ages, and, through his own unique style, enjoys imparting his love of music to his students. He is an instructor of piano and voice at the Forté Academy of Music.