The Cadwalladers
Marjorie (right) and William (rear) Cadwallader, with their mother—also Marjorie—in 1946.

Marjorie Cadwallader’s neighbors knew the right time each day to open their windows to let the music in. Even in advanced age, Marjorie was always a gifted soprano and pianist, and every morning she could be heard singing and playing in her Crafton home. In her youth, she dreamed of pursuing her talents professionally. Unfortunately, after her father walked out, she and her brother William were raised by a single mother during the Depression, and there simply wasn’t the money for singing lessons.

William Cadwallader, an Air Force veteran, spent most of his professional life at Duquesne Light Company, as did Marjorie. The pair remained close their entire lives, passing away within months of each other in early 2017. It was William’s wish that part of his legacy honor his beloved sister by helping others pursue the dream of professional singing that Marjorie never could. Pittsburgh Festival Opera is proud to establish the William and Marjorie Cadwallader Residency, which will fund two gifted sopranos in our Young Professional Artists Program annually. This residency provides scholarships and special performance opportunities to the artists selected.

And so Marjorie will continue to provide music for her neighbors for many years to come.



William and Marjorie Cadwallader Resident Artists


2018 Recipients

Nicolette Mavroleon

Nicolette Mavroleon
Acclaimed as a performer who "generates a special magic" (Brooklyn Discovery), soprano Nicolette Mavroleon is an exciting and versatile young talent currently based in New York City. She recently made her international debut performing Luis Bacalov's Misa Tango, a Spanish-language adaptation of the classic liturgical Mass to Argentinian tango rhythms, with the Sinfonietta Vorarlberg and the AmadeusChor of Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland. This summer, she will join Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a Cadwallader Resident Artist, performing the role of Musetta in La Bohème Warhola.

Ms. Mavroleon received both bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Marlena Malas. There, she sang with “the sweet tones of a Disney princess” (Opera News 2017) as the capricious Tina in Jonathan Dove's Flight, as well as Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Laetitia in Giancarlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, and Jennie Parsons in Kurt Weill's folk opera Down in the Valley. She also covered the roles of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis.

With her warm, soft-grain timbre and impressive agility, Ms. Mavroleon flourishes in early music. Last season, she sang the role of Nerone in Handel's first operatic masterpiece Agrippina in collaboration with Juilliard415 in both staged and concert versions. She has previously been featured as a soprano soloist in Bach's Magnificat in D Major and Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia, both under the baton of renowned English conductor Richard Egarr. In 2014, she was the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Chautauqua Institution's famed amphitheater.

Also at Chautauqua, as a participant of the Music Festival, Ms. Mavroleon was seen as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La bohème along with the Music School Festival Orchestra. She sang in several chamber recitals and concerts, most notably a performance of Ravel's Five Greek Folk Songs with harp, and sung in the original Greek.

Fostering an affinity for new music, Ms. Mavroleon has performed several world premieres by contemporary American composers. She was a part of the inaugural season of a new, interdisciplinary laboratory for developing new opera called The Opera-Composer Collaborative Project, or OperaComp, with the shared hope of giving voice to the future of the American opera theater. In 2014, she sang the premiere of the complete song cycle by acclaimed American composer and Juilliard faculty member Wayne Oquin entitled A Backward Glance Over Traveled Roads, in collaboration with Juilliard and Texas State University.

During her extensive studies at The Juilliard School, Ms. Mavroleon participated in several masterclasses and residencies with legendary artists such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Renata Scotto, Roger Vignoles, and Steven Osgood. She also had the privilege of singing selections from Richard Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder as part of a Juilliard Lab Orchestra masterclass led by Alan Gilbert.

Ms. Mavroleon was graciously awarded several scholarships toward her education at Juilliard, including the Constance Goulandris Scholarship and the George and Marie Vergottis Scholarship. She was a Gluck Community Service Fellow, a richly rewarding program which offers interactive drama, dance, and music performances for residents and patients of various healthcare facilities throughout New York City. She is the proud recipient of a Novick Career Advancement Grant for 2017-2018. Additionally, she was the fifth prize winner of the 2017 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition.

Combining classical opera, salsa, and musical theater styles, Ms. Mavroleon will perform the roles of Alicia and Kasike in the North American premiere of Hatuey: Memory of Fire at Montclair State University as part of its Peak Performances series in September 2018.


Shim Gyu Yeon

Gyu Yeon Shim
Soprano Gyuyeon Shanel Shim was born in Daegu, South Korea. She began singing at the age of 15, and has been in US since she decided to study abroad in 2013. Ms. Shim received her Bachelor of Music from Korea National University of Arts, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and Graduate Diploma from the the New England Conservatory.

For the 2018 upcoming season, Ms. Shim will appear in Art song collective’s recital in Richmond, Kentucky, a soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the New York Invitation Church, the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina at Lyra New York Opera, La Fée in P. Viardot’s Cendrillon at the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Zerbinetta in R. Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at the Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington D. C., and Fiakermilli in Pittsburgh Festival Opera's Arabella

Ms. Shim was the winner of Connecticut district, received 3rd prize at The Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, and at the New England Regional Finals in 2016. She previously was the winner at Opera Susquehanna Voice Competition, won 1st-prize at the American Protégé International Vocal Competition in 2017, 1st-prize & the Platinum award in 2015 at the Forte International Competition held at Carnegie Hall, and she has also won 2nd-prize in 2014 at Meistersinger-Gesangwettbewerb competition in Austria. 

Ms. Shim’s 2016–2017 seasons, her performances included the role of Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the National Opera Center in New York, La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Curtler Majestic hall in Boston, Adele in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at Daegu Opera House in South Korea, and Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Chautauqua Music Festival. She also was a guest faculty of Stafford Opera Troupe in 2017 summer.

During the 2015-16 seasons, Ms. Shim was featured in the role of Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Chautauqua Music Festival and AIMS in Austria, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at New England Conservatory, Lakmé in Delibes’ Lakmé at the Opera Delaware and Manhattan School of Music.



2017 Recipients

Kelsey Fredriksen
Kelsey Frederiksen


Michele  Renee Williams
Michele Renee Williams