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Jena Abati

Studio Owner
Teaches: Voice, Piano, Show Choir, Musicals

About

Jena studied voice at Eastman Conservatory of Music and Canisius College. Jena also has received vocal guidance from Evans Mirageas, previous vice president of Decca Records and artistic director of the Cincinnati Opera, and Giovanni Reggioli, past artistic director of the Washington National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Jena is the recipient of the Andy Anselmo Scholarship, and awarded first place in voice for New York State and Eastern United States by the MTNA, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Eastman Advanced Performance. She has been featured in Classical Singer magazine, Buffalo News, Business First, Art Voice, various community newspapers, and appeared on several local television programs.

Jena was the soloist in the documentaries “Building a Basilica” and “Proving Holiness,” which aired on national and international television. She also was a featured singer in “Life Is A Cabaret” at Kleinhan’s Music Hall and with the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio. Jena is an alumna, and past featured soloist, of the Canisius Chorale, Chromatic Club, Eastman Rep Singers, and Rochester University Women’s Chorus. She is the featured singer for St. Joseph’s Cathedral and the Buffalo Bisons. She has performed for numerous organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lewiston Council of the Arts, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and WCHOB

ArtVoice claimed her portrayal of Musetta, Nickel City Opera’s La Boheme, to be “excellent….her light soprano voice is beautiful.” Buffalo Rising praised Jena in the role of Barbarina, Nickel City Opera’s Le Nozze di Figaro, saying her “voice and demeanor were perfect for the role” and the Buffalo News further stated her performance was “girlish and engaging.” In June 2016, Jena portrayed the role of Melodie Jones in Nickel City Opera’s world premiere of SHOT! at Shea’s Performing Arts.

Jena has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Music, a minor in Women Studies, and Pre-Med track, and MS in Anatomy.

Aurora Boneberg

Teaches: Voice & Musicals

About

On the concert stage, Aurora’s solo experiences within choral repertoire include Bach’s Magnificat, Fauré’s Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz. Through recitals and master classes, Aurora’s favorite characters to portray have been Despina in Così fan Tutte, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Marzelline in Fidelio, Musetta in La Bohéme, and Laurie in The Tender Land.

Memorable stage performances, in which she was awarded Best Actrees, include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Margot Wendice in Dial M for Murder. In 2005, along with the Buffalo State Chamber Choir and under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski, Aurora traveled to Prague in the Czech Republic. They performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, at Smetana Hall, and with the Prague Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra. In 2008, Aurora spent several months living in Graz, Austria, studying opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies. For seven seasons, Aurora performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chamber Singers, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a soprano section leader for several groups, most recently the Cheektowaga Chorus and First Presbyterian Church in East Aurora. In January of 2015, Aurora was featured on the front page and in a two-page article in Gusto, in The Buffalo News, when she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.

At Buffalo State College, Aurora studied voice with Dr. Holly Bewlay. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2008. She began her graduate studies at Baylor University in Waco, TX, but completed her Master of Music in Voice Performance degree from Fredonia State, studying voice with Professor Julie Newell. 

Alicia Louttit

Teaches: Strings

About

Alicia Louttit is the Director of Orchestra at Iroquois Central School District. The 2017-2018 school year will mark her 10th year of teaching music in various school districts. Alongside teaching, Alicia is also an avid musician, playing with; Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Southerntire Symphony and various quartets. ​ Alicia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Viola Performance, both degrees are from SUNY Fredonia.

Brenna McCabe

Teaches: Piano, Woodwind, Brass

About

Brenna McCabe received her Bachelors of Music Education from Buffalo State College in 2012 and her Masters in Music from SUNY Fredonia in 2015. She has taught general music and band in schools for 7 years and is currently teaching general music for Buffalo Public School #43 Lovejoy Discovery. Besides teaching music, Brenna enjoys performing on flute in community ensembles and musicals, traveling, and Irish dancing.