Evelyn Saavedra, Soprano

Evelyn joins Pensacola Opera from Miami, FL. She recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and holds her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida International University. She spent her summer at the Brevard Music Center where she was a part of the Janiec Opera Company. In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys watching movies, cooking, and going to the beach.


Gillian Lynn Cotter, Mezzo Soprano

Gillian graduated from New England Conservatory in 2014 with a masters in Vocal Performance. Gillian also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. Recently, she finished a two-year residency with Shreveport Opera and has sung with PORTopera, The Aspen Opera Theatre Company, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Fresco Opera. In her spare time, Gillian likes to run marathons, cook, read, and practice yoga.

John Riesen, Tenor (Spring 2017)

John joins Pensacola Opera from Detroit, MI. John received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University and has completed the Young Artists Programs at Shreveport Opera (2016-16), Chautauqua Opera (2013,14, and 15), and Oberlin in Italy (2012). Before he began his opera singing career, John was an avid baseball player, receiving All-Region and All-State academic awards for pitching.

Frederick Schlick, Tenor (Fall 2016)

Frederick joins Pensacola Opera from Berks County Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and recently completed a season with the Janiec Opera Company as part of the Brevard Music Center. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his dog, Sushi, fitness, and binge watching Netflix.

Brent Hetherington, Baritone

Brent joins Pensacola Opera from Gladewater, TX. He recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with his Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance and graduated with his Bachelor of Music from East Texas Baptist University. For the past two summers, Brent was seen as a Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist with Central City Opera, as well as a Young Artist with Knoxville Opera for two seasons. In his spare time, Brent enjoys reading, fishing, hiking, and playing with his dog, Rosie.

Joshua Horsch, Music Director/Pianist

Joshua is a conductor, coach, and pianist equally comfortable in opera, orchestra, and recital settings. In addition to his work at Pensacola Opera, during the 2016-17 season he will work with Opera Columbus as rehearsal pianist for Carmen and as accompanist for the Cooper-Bing International Vocal Competition. Joshua's recent positions include assistant conductor/pianist/vocal coach for Opera Saratoga's 2015 and 2016 seasons, assistant conductor/rehearsal pianist for Fort Worth Opera, and assistant/cover conductor for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Joshua holds degrees in conducting and piano from the University of Colorado Boulder, Penn State University, and Ithaca College. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and traveling.


The Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence program, now in its fourteenth season, continues to provide training and performance experience for young opera professionals. In residence here in Pensacola, from September through April, these artists perform roles on the main stage, cover principal roles, sing for numerous educational and community outreach programs and present an annual showcase at the Pensacola Opera Center. This year, the Artists in Residence presented Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo .

Auditions are held every May for the Artists in Residence Program. 

Ami Vice Soprano
Candra Savage, Mezzo Soprano
Patrick Kelley-Alvarado, Tenor
Jason Coffey, Baritone
Sarah Coffey, Stage Manager
Joshua Pepper, Pianist​

Ana Steenerson, Soprano
Dawn Pierce, Mezzo Soprano
Patrick Kelley-Alvarado, Tenor
Justin Hopkins, Baritone
Jenny Bossa, Stage Manager
Cate Doss, Music Director/Pianist

Ana Steenerson, Soprano
Dawn Pierce, Mezzo Soprano
Zechariah Baker, Tenor
Todd Van Felker, Baritone
Jarod Wilson, Stage Manager
Melissa Gilbert, Music Director

Shelia Murphy, Soprano
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo Soprano
Zechariah Baker, Tenor
Sean Damm, Baritone
Sarah Stanley, Stage Manager
Christian Crans, Music Director/Pianist

Kimberly Monzon, Soprano
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo Soprano
Nicholas Larson, Tenor
Carlos Monzon, Baritone
Jaira Jorcha, Stage Manager
Blake Riley, Music Director/Pianist

Annie Burridge, Soprano
Elise Quagliata, Mezzo Soprano
Kelly Markgraf, Tenor
Chip Cothran, Baritone

Katherine Jolly, Soprano
Kelli Geogham, Mezzo Soprano
Thomas Rowell, Tenor
Patrick Jacobs, Baritone

2016 - 2017 Artists In Residence



Allison Nicholas, Soprano

​Amanda Fink, Mezzo Soprano

​​Nicholas DeMeo, Tenor

Thaddeus Ennen, Baritone

Xavier Suarez, Music Director/Pianist

Jessica Myers, Stage Manager

Ariana Wehr, Soprano
Juliana Curcio, Spring Mezzo Soprano

Eliza Bonet, Fall Mezzo Soprano
Eamon Pereyra, Tenor
Matthew Konopacki, Baritone
Karl Anderson, Stage Manager
Nick Place, Music Director/Pianist

Anne Slovin, Soprano
Eliza Bonet, Mezzo Soprano
Eamon Pereyra, Tenor
Ted Federle, Baritone
Karl Anderson, Stage Manager
Nick Place, Music Director/Pianist

Jennifer Juilfs, Soprano
Ashley Cutright, Mezzo Soprano
Joe Shadday, Tenor
Mitchell Hutchings, Baritone
Ashleigh Dawn Kriegh-Fleming, Stage Manager
Emily Senturia, Music Director/Pianist

Jennifer Juilfs, Soprano
Samantha Korbey, Mezzo Soprano
Joseph Shadday, Tenor
Mitchell Hutchings, Baritone
Carrington Konow, Stage Manager
Dana Sadava, Music Director/Pianist

Ami Vice, Soprano
Jennifer Trombley, Mezzo Soprano
Eric Bowden, Tenor
Gabriel Preisser, Baritone
Emilia Allen, Stage Manager
Michael Sakir, Music Director/Pianist