Contralto Giulia Utz most recently appeared as Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera of the Hamptons. She has appeared as soloist with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, American Lyric Theater, Canticum Novum Festival Singers, Voices of Ascension, the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bang on a Can All Stars. A specialist in early music performance practices she has appeared in baroque operas with the New York Continuo Collective as the Virgin Mary in a medieval mystery play at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and has directed medieval music performances at the Cloisters museum. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Youngstown State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in music from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently studies with former Metropolitan Opera soprano Atarah Hazzan. She is also a professional singer and section leader in the semi-professional adult choir at St Paul's in Englewood. Check out Ms Giulia's webpage here.
Pianist Andrew Zhang earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education and Jazz Performance from William Paterson University, where he was a student of Gary Kirkpatrick and John Mosca; he also studied jazz privately with Oscar Perez. He teaches privately in several studios in North Jersey, and performs with various jazz, R&B, and rock bands regularly throughout the tri-state area. He also serves as the Director of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Orange.