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Muses Performance Troupe

Muses Performance Troupe


The Muses Creative Artistry Project employs professional artists, musicians, and teachers from within the state, and across the country, to create diverse performance opportunities, and presentations in all genres of highest quality artistic collaboration: instrumental and vocal music, fine art, literature, poetry, drama, and dance.

deleen davidson
DELEEN DAVIDSON is a classically trained Soprano formerly with the New Orleans Opera, who relocated to Hot Springs in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is the President and General Director of The Muses Creative Artistry Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence, inspiration, and wellness, preserving classical art & music through performance and education. Recipient of both Rotary International and Fulbright Scholarships, Ms. Davidson pursued European music and Fine Arts studies in Germany and Austria, including internships at the Feldkirch Musik Hochschule, and the Karlsruhe Opera House. She holds an honors degree in History from the University of New Orleans, with minor studies in Music, Fine Art and German. In 2008 Ms. Davidson was named "Arkansas' Treasurer of the Arts" by the Bebee administration, and her Muses Project travels the state, and partners regularly with other Arts Organizations to enhance the cultural life of the region and help grow the Creative Economy.  

steven michael suter
Steven Michael Suter is a native of New Orleans and currently resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans (B.M.), and Northwestern University of Chicago (M.M.). 
     Having played with such diverse and varied groups such as the Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown Big Band, the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maxim Shostakovich, Bonerama, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow, the Millar Brass Ensemble, and the Al Belletto Big Jazz Band, it is quite evident that Steven’s expertise crosses all musical genres.
     Steven has also played with Pete Fountain, Natalie Cole, Rita Moreno, Bobby Vinton, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, the Temptations, the O’Jays, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Don Rickles, and Mel Torme, to name a few.    
     He has recorded with Bonerama, Jill Scott, Solomon Burke, Al Martino, Barry Manilow, Al Belletto, Gatemouth Brown, The New Orleans Nightcrawlers, and the Millar Brass Ensemble. Steven has made television appearances on MSNBC with the “Mississippi Rising” telethon for Katrina victims, and on NBC with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. He played in the house band for HBO’s “Comic Relief in ‘06”, featured at the ’07 Sugar Bowl, and performed on “Late Night with David Letterman” with Bonerama and Damien Kulash.
     He was a member of Bonerama when the group received awards from Offbeat magazine and the Big Easy Awards, both of New Orleans, for outstanding performance. Steven received special recognition by NAJE for jazz education in 2000 and in 2006 Steven was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “JazzAll-Stars”.
     In addition to a busy schedule of performing, teaching, and writing music, Steven is currently the Programs and Services Counsel for The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

scott lindroth
SCOTT LINDROTH, baritone, was recently praised as “sonorous” and “a highlight” by Opera News. His upcoming engagements include Handel’s Messiah and Valentin in Faust. Last season, he was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, and a resident Artist with Dicapo Opera in New York City. Mr. Lindroth’s other operatic roles include Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Dancaïro in Carmen, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Marcello in La Bohème, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Mandarin in Turandot. In competition, Mr. Lindroth placed second in the Opera Theater of Connecticut Voice Competition, and was a finalist in both the Lieder Division of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition, the 2014 Career Bridges Competition, and American Opera Idol. Mr. Lindroth holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Lindroth has always had a passion for singing, and enjoys having the opportunity to sing the most beautiful music in the world.

michelle pretto
Born in New York City, MICHELLE PRETTO has traveled to 3 continents (so far) to sing; from the White House, to a thousand-year-old church nestled in the Alps, to a bar in Argentina and many, many halls, churches and theaters in between. A first generation American, she got her name because, while her father didn't speak English at the time, he was a huge francophile and loved the Beatles' song "Michelle, My Belle." She started driving a motorcycle at age 4, a car (stick-shift) at age 8, and had her first experience flying a plane in the mountains of Italy this past summer. She can speak 4 languages with varying fluency, and was happy to have had the experience in NYC to delve into 6 different languages in one day. She collects postcards (only those personally written to her), ways to say thank you (she's up to 26 languages!) and Leontyne Price memorabilia. As an astronomy student at the University of Arizona, she took a one-credit opera stage training course on a whim, and was taken aside by the teacher on her first day, who vehemently told her that she must start singing. It took a couple of years for the idea to take hold, but Michelle eventually started taking private singing lessons and never looked back.

marcos cuevas
Tenor MARCOS CUEVAS, native of New York City, is currently under the vocal study of Catherine Malfitano. Marcos first fell in love with opera as a high school student when his choir teacher challenged him with a duet from the opera Candide. After being exposed to more classical music along the way, he decided to further his musical studies in college and grad school as well. Now, a graduate from Manhattan School of Music, Marcos has currently been spending his summer in New York City working in the fashion industry for Ralph Lauren, and still pursuing music as well. Some of Marcos's previous credits include Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte (Ferrando), Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman (Andres, Cochenille, Frantz, Pitichinaccio), Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (Monostatos), and Poulenc’s Les Mamelles De Tiresias (Le Mari). Scene work includes Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata and Pissandro in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria

gloria kim
GLORIA KIM joins The Muses for the first time, after spending a second season with Ash Lawn Opera. Recent appearances include recital collaborations with Weston Sprott of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and serving as music director for Heartbeat Opera. She has been a part of the music staff for the International Fringe Festival (NY), International Vocal Arts Institute, American Lyric Theater, Sacramento Opera, Opera New Jersey, Glimmerglass Opera, collaborates frequently with the Juilliard School’s low brass studio, and is the official accompanist for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW auditions. She has also served on faculty at Montclair State University, Concordia University (Violin), New York University, and taught master classes at the University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis. A native of Austin, TX, Kim completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota, received her B.M. and M.M. in piano performance at The University of Texas. An accomplished violinist, she was an active member of The University of Texas and University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestras.

dustin peterson
As a member of the Wichita Grand Opera Company, DUSTIN PETERSON is quickly becoming one of the most popular emerging lyric tenors in the Midwest region.  Operatic appearances of recent seasons include Opera Colorado’s productions of Il Trovatore, as Ruiz, and Le Nozze di Figaro, as Basilio, which earned Dustin’s first mention in Opera News.  He excels in symphonic and concert literature, and most recently he sang the tenor solo in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Bangor symphony Orchestra.  Other soloist opportunities have come with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, as he sang the title role in highlights of Candide. He has also performed Handel’s Messiah with the Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction, Colorado, and with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. This season, Dustin will make his debut as Alfredo in La Traviata with the Heartland Opera Theatre in Joplin, MO., and will rejoin the Knoxville Symphony for Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. Dustin is a regular performer with The Muses Creative Artistry Project, for which he has sung abridged roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, as well as numerous Broadway-style revues and opera galas.

KATIE BIEBER spent this past summer performing with Music Academy International. In the beautiful Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, she performed Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Nancy in Albert Herring. She also had the distinct honor of singing for world-renowned soprano Renata Scotto. The previous summer she performed the title role in La tragédie de Carmen with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Under the tutelage of Joyce Castle, she recently completed her Master's Degree at the University of Kansas where she reprised the title role of Carmen and portrayed a steampunk Lucy Lockit in The Beggar's Opera. She was also a featured performer in the first ever staged production of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles. Other notable roles include Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, and La Libellule and Le Pâtre in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Katie also spent a year traveling with Reach Out Kansas, Inc. where she performed the Announcer in Gallantry. This one act opera was performed for underserved and minority populations throughout the state of Kansas.

amy bramlett, matthew morley
AMY BRAMLETT (Titania) received her early ballet training from Edmond Cooper and her jazz, tap, and contemporary training from Andrea Pierkowski. She completed her BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance as a Nordan Fine Arts Scholar and Adrienne Miller Perner Scholar at Texas Christian University in 2011, while completing coursework in Educational Studies. Amy has danced as a soloist in works choreographed by Robert Battle, Li-Chou Cheng, and Elizabeth Gillaspy. Amy studied in the United Kingdom, toured with Young Tanzsommer in Europe, and danced internationally with Princess Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
MATTHEW MORLEY (Oberon) is a nineteen-year old company member with Arkansas Festival Ballet. In his four years with Arkansas Festival Ballet, he has performed in original works and ballets such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Pinocchio and The Nutcracker. Over the summer, Matthew studied with Joffrey Ballet in San Antonio. He was featured as the Nutcracker Prince in the Hot Springs Children’s Dance Theatre Company’s premiere production of The Nutcracker in 2013. He is very excited, and thankful for this opportunity.

wendy buzby
WENDY BUZBY is quickly becoming one of the in demand young mezzo-sopranos singing today. Roles in Ms. Buzby’s repertoire include; the title role in a premier preview workshop with the San Francisco Opera in Mark Adamo's, The Gospel of Mary Magdalen, Flora in La Traviata with Opera San Jose, the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel with Syracuse Opera (a role for which she was awarded Artist of the Year in 2010), Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Opera Colorado and The Muses Project of Hot Springs, Cherubino in La nozze di Figaro with the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Shirley in her New York City debut in the world premiere of David Chesky's, The Pig, The Farmer, and The Artist at the Gene Frankel Theatre. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the San Francisco Region in 2011, Ms. Buzby has met with great opportunity and success in the Bay Area where she currently resides. Ms. Buzby holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University in Illinois. 

bobby campo
BOBBY CAMPO, trumpeter, leader and composer, was also a founding member of La’s LeRoux and has performed and recorded with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Kerry Livgren (of KANSAS), Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Seranaders, Pete Fountain, The John Mahoney Big Band, Matt Lemmler, Delfeao, Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra and most recently Dr. John. Bobby also worked in the Baton Rouge Sym-Sphony for 19 years.

jeanne bennett
   JEANNE BENNETT is a veteran performer of Music Theater. As a member of the Broadway National Tours she has appeared as Fantine in Les Miserables; Edwin in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; South Pacific and Brigadoon. In New York she performed in the off-Broadway productions of Starting Here Starting Now and Three Postcards at the Circle Rep Theatre. Jeanne has also played Tuptim in The King and I at the North Carolina Repertory Theatre.
   In Florida, Jeanne was Cheryl in the original musical Waist Watchers; Stella Deems in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, and portrayed Marjorie Merriweather Post in the Palm Beach Centennial Follies in Palm Beach, Fl. She is currently an actor at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Television. She has had the honor of performing with The Muses on 2 other occasions; a benefit cabaret performance and a music theatre concert at the beautiful Garvin Gardens. Jeanne lived in N.Y.C. for many years before moving to West Palm Beach Fl five years ago. She lives there with her husband Richard Chapin, a rabbi at Congregation House of Israel here in Hot Springs. Their daughter Daisy is an actress in N.Y.C. and their son Josh is a reporter for KHOU 11 news in Houston, TX.

stacey murdock
STACEY MURDOCK, an accomplished baritone, has performed with the Muses Project in various opera and musical theatre productions. This summer, he performed the role of Nathan Detroit in the Muses Project’s production of “Guys & Dolls”. He has performed extensively throughout Oregon and the Northwest appearing in Opera, Oratorio, and Musicals. Musical credits include: Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me, Poo-Bah in The Mikado, Fredrik Egerman in A little Night Music, the title role in The Man of La Mancha, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He often performs with Portland Opera, and has been a member of the Portland Opera to Go outreach program for 9 seasons. Originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Stacey now resides in Beaverton, Oregon with his wonderful wife and three beautiful children.  

john lindsey
JOHN LINDESEY is known for his intense characterizations and expressive vocal ability and is a dynamic singing actor. During his time as a Resident Artist with Minnesota Opera, he performed in 15 productions over 3 seasons. Past engagements include Marvin Heeno in the world premiere of the revised Dream of Valentino by Dominic Argento, Malcolm in Macbeth, Count Elemer in Arabella, Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Pang in Turandot, Ismaele in Nabucco, Goro in Madame Butterfly, Jonathan Dale in the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Silent Night by Kevin Puts, Don Jose in Carmen, Sam Polk in Susannah, and the character of Stage Manager in Our Town by Rorem. On the concert stage, he has performed as Tenor Soloist in Parables by Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein, the Mozart Requiem, the Mozart Mass in C Minor, and Messiah by Handel. Upcoming performances include a return to Minnesota Opera and debuts with the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Jose, Austin Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater.

nichol asel
   NICOLE ASEL(mezzo-soprano) serves as an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Texas - Brownsville. She holds a D.M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.M. from Ithaca College. 
   A finalist in the 2010 Rocky Mountain Regional Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, she is a devoted operatic performer and recitalist. 
     Dr. Asel has collaborated with some of the most accomplished living composers in workshop, singing the role of Elizabeth Bennett in Kirke Mechem’s new opera “Pride and Prejudice,” and the title role in Grammy Award winning composer/librettist team Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein’s opera “Sister Carrie.” She has sung with Opera Carolina, Central City Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Greensboro Opera, Long Leaf Opera, The Martina Arroyo Foundation and Colorado Light Opera. This coming season she will offer a recital of Robert Spillman’s original compositions with the composer at the piano, present Rufus Wainwright’s song cycle “Songs for Lulu” at the Texoma NATS conference and several song recitals throughout the South Texas region.

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