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Opera singer and Amadeus Alum Julian Whitley hailed for his “colorful characterization and clarion singing” by The New York Times

Julian Brook Whitley

Julian Brook Whitley has been hailed for his “colorful characterization and clarion singing” (The New York Times) as Stephano in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest, recorded on Albany Records. Other regional NYC roles to his credit include Silvio in Pagliacci, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte , Il Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, both Valentin and Wagner in Faust, Schaunard in La Boheme, and Ford in Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor. A former member of the Tri-Cities Opera resident artist program and Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, he performed many roles including Bob in Menotti’s rarely performed Old Maid and the Thief, The Father in Hansel and Gretel, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and Antonio in Figaro. He was most recently seen in Purcell’s rarely performed Fairy Queen with dell’arte Opera, which garnered rave reviews. Equally home in classic musical theatre, Julian has recently sung the role of Fred in Kiss Me Kate with Delaware Valley Opera and performed over 50 performances of the title role in Bernstein’s Candide with the renowned Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, MA. He is also an avid professional choral singer and works to help present newly commissioned choral works in the NYC area. Julian is a graduate of Purchase Conservatory of Music and Binghamton University.


Ted Lechterman studied saxophone at Amadeus and graduated from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Princeton.

Matthew Linder, who studied guitar and music theory at Amadeus from age 8 to 15 and was a camper Amadeus musical theater day camp, attended Juilliard Pre-College, received a full scholarship to Wesleyan and then went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He currently performs throughout the United States and Europe as a member of the Mobius Trio who focus on contemporary works for guitar by living composers.

Helaina Stein studied piano for 5 years at Amadeus School of Music, graduated from Tufts and is currently working overseas in the United States Foreign Service.

Ted Smith, a violin student of Director Deborah Molodofsky at Amadeus went on to graduate from Columbia University.

Mira Vanchiswar studied french horn, piano and recorder at Amadeus for ten years and graduated from Juilliard Pre-College in May 2015. She will be attending Northwestern University for a double degree program in music and liberal arts.