Craig Kier, Director, Maryland Opera Studio
Nick Olcott, Director of Acting
Justina Lee, Principal Coach
Ashley Pollard, Studio Manager
The Maryland Opera Studio is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them. A degree program awarding either the MM or DMA, MOS is also a performing ensemble, part of the Voice/Opera Division of the School of Music. Under the direction of Maestro Craig Kier, the Studio offers a complete academic curriculum including music history, opera repertoire, music theory, and research. Practical training includes classes in acting, improvisation, movement, dance, stage combat, scene study, and Shakespeare. Numerous productions throughout the year give MOS students performance opportunities unmatched by any opera program in the nation and offer the University and our wider community unparalleled cultural experiences.
The choice of repertoire and roles is dependent on the singer’s voice type and the composition of the current class. Operas and scenes are carefully selected to address the needs of the entire class so that every student in the studio leaves having prepared at least two full roles.