Meet our Teaching Artists

Kevin Adamik

Tenor, Kevin Adamik is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Adamik holds degrees from Slippery Rock University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been a participant in the Indianapolis Opera’s Resident Artist Program, an emerging artist at Opera in the Ozarks, Chicago Summer Opera, and NAPA Music Festival. His role credits include Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Bénédict in Béatrice et Bénédict, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Oronte in Alcina, Venditore in Il Tabarro, Frantz and Spalanzani in The Tales of Hoffmann Don Basilio and Don Curzio in  Le nozze di Figaro. Kevin was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera chorus in productions of Aida, Le nozze di Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, La Bohème and Moby Dick. Mr. Adamik has been a soloist with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. He has also performed with Chatham Concert Opera and frequently performs with ARIA 412.

Candace Burgess

Soprano, Candace Burgess is a versatile vocal artist. The Pittsburgh native holds a B.S. in Performance Voice from Duquesne University, and specializes in the styles of opera/classical, jazz, musical theatre, and contemporary music. Candace is currently pursuing her M.S. in Vocal Performance at Duquesne University while running her educational recital series called I, Too, Sing: A Celebration of Classical Composers of the African Diaspora. In addition to gigging around the city of Pittsburgh, Candace has participated in two operas: Duquesne University’s 2019 production of Die Fledermaus wherein she portrayed the role of Sally, and Chicago Summer Opera’s 2018 production of Die Zauberflöte wherein she played the role of Third knaben  Additionally, Candace has done some scene work wherein she has played characters such as Zerlina from “Don Giovanni”, Dorabella from “Cosí fan Tutte”,  Sarah Good from “The Crucible”,  First Wood Spirit from “Rusalka”, and Gianetta from “L’Elisir D’amore”.

Adrianna Cleveland

Adrianna M. Cleveland is a Pittsburgh Native. A member of both AEA (Actor’s Equity Association) and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Arts), she has had the pleasure of performing in many operas and musicals. She is currently a section leader in both choirs at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Adrianna has had the luxury of performing with Pittsburgh Festival Opera (nee Opera Theater of Pittsburgh) for the past 16 years. Prior Credits include: Mister Rogers Operas (Queen Mumsiebelle/Theresa the Bubble Seller), word premiere A Gathering of Sons (Violet Powers). She has also had the pleasure of performing roles with Pittsburgh Opera such as The Long Walk (Perneatha Cunningham-Evans), Ensemble roles in such operas as the world premiere of The Summer King, Tosca, Don Pascuale, Aida. Some of her favorite theater credits include: Wanda/Beehive the 1960’s Musical (Cleveland Great Lakes Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Idaho Shakespeare Festival) Effie White/ Dreamgirls (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), Ensemble, u/s Clara, Serena/ The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Broadway’s First National Tour).

Ms. Cleveland received her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice from Baldwin Wallace University and Conservatory of Music. While studying at BW, under the tutelage of world renowned Heldentenor, Dr. Timothy Mussard, she performed such roles as Donna Anna/Don Giovanni, Mother/Passing Strange, Mimi/Seasons of Love soloist (First Ever in Repertory La Boheme and Rent). A versatile artist, she has had her hand in many talents such as stage managing, back stage work, costume assisting, and many others. Adrianna is incredibly honored to perform one of her dream roles, Rusalka. She is thankful for her family for their support and guidance.

Caryn Alexis Crozier

Caryn Alexis Crozier is a Soprano originally from North Carolina, but currently resides in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from West Virginia University and currently teaches at Point Park University and West Liberty University. Caryn started her singing career in musical theater having sung Babe (The Pajama Game), Gertrude (Seussical), and Urleen (Footloose). She found her love of opera while understudying Despina (Cosi fan tutte) in undergrad at Appalachian State University. She has since gone on to sing Rose Maurrant (Street Scene), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Anna 1 (Seven Deadly Sins), Susanna/Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Bianca (La Rondine), Papagena (Die Zauberflote), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) all over North America.

Caryn is just as at home in operetta and children’s opera having sung Josephine (HMS Pinafore), Julia Jellicoe (The Grand Duke), Giannetta (The Gondoliers), and Elsie Maynard (Yeoman of the Guard) to great acclaim. Ms. Crozier has performed as Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Edwina Bombastina (Mystery on the Docks), Papagayo (Papagayo), Granny (Little Red’s Most Unusual Day), and Lead/Lover (The Enchanted Forest) in traveling children’s operas across Western NY, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh. She has performed with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, ViVace Opera, Portland Summer Opera, Pittsburgh Savoyards, Toronto Summer Opera, Finger Lakes Opera, and Undercroft Opera.

Caryn is currently the Executive Director of Steel City Opera and will be premiering the title role of a new opera titled Helen Martin: An American Moment with Steel City Opera this winter in video format!

Delana Flowers

Delana Flowers is a multi-talented creative who loves using art to inspire, teach and uplift. She is a teaching artist, vocalist, writer, and actress in a category of her own. Her energy and eclecticism fill every space of any room as she brings her art from her heart and soul to yours. Delana is grateful to God for the opportunities He has given her to add her gifts to the countless others He has placed in the earth. Wherever possible, Delana lives for those magic moments only art brings as it connects people in such profound ways.

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher, soprano, has been seen in the role of Nada in Ana Sokolović’s Svada at the National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia and as Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica at the KammerOper in Vienna, Austria. Other credits include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto at Carnegie Mellon University, Adele (cover) in Die Fledermaus with the Vienna Summer Music Festival, and as a member of the 2018 Janeiac Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.

Emily is passionate about performing contemporary music, and has been a part of multiple world premieres, most recently singing the role of Mary in The School of Marital Happiness with the Vienna Summer Music Festival. She originated the role of Mother in the world premiere of Elliot Yokum and Sarah Barker’s Starsong, part of the Compōs-it Opera Festival, and the role of Diana in Ramin Akhavijou and Lauren D’Errico’s Languagemachine with Pittsburgh Co-Opera. Upcoming engagements include Dater #22 in the Brevard Music Center’s Zoom Speed Dating Tonight! and Soprano in Caleb Glickman’s My Neighbor Figaro, for which she also wrote the libretto. This opera will be presented on Opera Vision in August 2020 as part of a series of mini-operas written, produced, and performed during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Offstage, Emily is passionate about technical theater and music education. She has experience as a stage manager with Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in The Park, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She is also a teaching artist for Pittsburgh Festival Opera. She maintains a private voice and piano studio and is the director of the children’s choir. Additionally, Emily is an employee of Ever After Events where she represents fairytale characters at children’s parties.

Emily is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance.

Bridget Ann Johnston

Bridget Ann Johnston is a vivacious crossover soprano pursuing an M.M. in Vocal Performance at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State university. Bridget Ann has performed throughout the midwest and eastern regions of the U.S., both in musical theatre and operatic venues. Recent credits include The Light in The Piazza (CMU), and the US premiere of Roger Dannenberg’s The Mother of Fishes. She is delighted to be joining Pittsburgh Festival Opera again as a Teaching Artist, where she finds great joy in introducing young students to the world of opera


Hayden Keefer

Hayden Keefer, bass, enjoys bringing his colorful spirit and stage presence to both opera and musical theater productions. He is committed to new and exciting projects that break down barriers, defy genres, and create categories of their own. Most recently, Hayden starred as God in Stewart Copeland’s premiere rock oratorio Satan’s Fall with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. Before that He portrayed Argante from Handel’s Rinaldo with Carnegie Mellon University’s ‘80s inspired production. In 2019, he puppeteered and sang as Bumble the Bee/Dragon “Burnhilde” in a choose-your-own-adventure children’s opera The Enchanted Forest with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Last year, he also played as Frank in Duquesne University’s take on Die Fledermaus. Over the past few summers Hayden has coached and performed roles such as Don Alfonso from Così fan tutte, Sarastro from Die Zauberflöte, and Vodnik from Rusalka at various opera workshops led by AVA coach Luke Housner. Hayden also had credits in the light opera world such as Sgt. Merryll from The Yeoman of the Guard and Prince of Monte Carlo from The Grand Duke with Pittsburgh-based Gilbert and Sullivan troupe The Savoyards. As an apprentice artist at Opera Roanoke, Hayden acquired roles such as Judge Turpin from Sweeney Todd, Commisionarrio from La Traviata, and Marine from South Pacific. Hayden isn’t afraid of the most bizarre roles as he embraced portraying the cross-dressed evil mother in Kurt Weil’s ballad opera Seven Deadly Sins in German. Hayden continues his post-graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds degrees such as an M.M. from Duquesne University and a B.A. from Virginia Tech. Upcoming roles include Somarone in CMU’s upcoming fall production Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict. When he’s not singing, Hayden enjoys sweater hunting at thrift stores.

Lyn Starr

Lyn Starr is a multi-talented performing artist from Pittsburgh. As a Seton Hill University graduate, he is a trained vocalist. He has released four mixtapes and four EPs to date, along with various singles. Universe 25, released June 2019, is his most recent project. Lyn is CEO and founder of High Five Productions; an entertainment company dedicated to providing quality art for the world.

Jenifer Weber

Jenifer Rose Weber, BM Performance (Voice) Indiana University-Bloomington and MM Performance (Voice) University of Missouri-Kansas City is a Southwestern Pennsylvania native. After earning her Master of Music from UMKC, she returned to Pittsburgh to start a family. Since returning, Jenifer has performed with local companies in various capacities. She made her Pittsburgh debut with Undercroft Opera as Frugola (Il Tabarro) and La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) and went on to perform many roles with that company including the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto. She has also performed with Microscopic Opera and Resonance Works. Jenifer has been a chorister with the Pittsburgh Opera since 2011. Before moving home, she appeared in Kansas City, Missouri and Eureka Springs’ Opera in the Ozarks. Jenifer has sung internationally in Salzburg and Graz, Austria and Orvieto, Italy. In the last few years, she has enjoyed premiering works at New Music festivals around the country and is particularly proud of her working relationship with Daniel Eichenbaum. In 2017, Jenifer founded the Opera On Tap Pittsburgh chapter and is its General Director, bringing opera to new audiences and providing performance opportunities and experience to singers new and returning to the craft.