Executive and Artistic Director
Autumn West is a soprano originally from Chicago, Illinois. She is an active performer of a wide variety of repertoire, including opera, oratorio, art song, and musical theater.
Highlights of Autumn's operatic career include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Proserpina in L'Orfeo, and Clarice in Il Mondo della Luna, among others. In oratorio, she has appeared as the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Autumn has appeared internationally as an artist with the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and with the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria. Recent engagements include Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music at The Carnegie in Covington, Grace in the Cincinnati premiere of Daron Hagen's The George Washington Suite with NANOWorks, Rosina in an outreach production of The Barber of Seville with ROKCincy, and Proserpina in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with Cincinnati Chamber Opera.
Last season, Autumn returned to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) to perform the Dew Fairy in their mainstage production of Hansel and Gretel. She also performed the role of Dalinda in Handel's Ariodante with Cincinnati Chamber Opera in February of 2015. This season, Autumn will sing the soprano solo in Schubert's Mass in G with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from Moscow, the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni at CCM, a Doctoral recital of all Strauss repertoire, and will appear with Queen City Chamber Opera in their production of Handel's Israel in Egypt.
Autumn is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she studies with Tom Baresel. She currently holds a graduate assistantship in voice, through which she teaches private voice to students in the prestigious musical theater program at CCM, as well as class voice for sophomore Drama Majors at the Conservatory. Autumn completed her Master’s degree from CCM in 2012, where she studied with Barbara Paver. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Pamela Hinchman. Autumn is currently on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Wittenberg University.
Autumn is also a passionate and committed music educator with experience teaching students of all ages. She maintains a private studio of more than 30 students in the Cincinnati area. Autumn is also a former teaching fellow with COR Music Project; she taught voice and general music at St. Cecilia School in Oakley and Purcell Marian High School in East Walnut Hills. For more information, visit her website here.
Praised for his “Clear and projected” voice (New York Concert Review), “Dramatically Handsome” looks (ToledOvations) as well as his "Stunning" and "Shimmering" sound (Chicago Concert Review and Giesserner Allgemeine respectively), American Tenor Shawn Mlynek has been gaining attention both nationally and internationally as an “Upcoming Star Singer.” (Nocturnes in the City, Toronto)
Recent worldwide debuts include: Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Stadttheater Giessen, Teatro Principal de Burgos (Spain), Dallas Chamber Symphony, Haymarket Opera Company, Toronto’s ‘Nocturnes in the City’ concert series, Opera Fayetteville, the Cincinnati Early Music Festival, Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Trinity International Concert Choir, St Croix Landmarks Society (Virgin Islands), and a return to Cincinnati Chamber Opera.
Mr. Mlynek recently placed 3rd in the Komitas International Competition in Berlin, Germany and was awarded a competitive Pittsburgh Concert Society Wickline Seamen Grant. He has won awards in the Czech and Slovak International Competition, the Shirley Rabb Winston Competition (NSAL), and the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition. Mlynek has been named a national/international finalist in many competitions including the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Auditions, Kate Neal Kinley Auditions, Bethlehem Bach Competition, and a semi-finalist in the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition, Palm Beach Opera Competition, the Sarasota Artist Guild Competition, and the Concorso Lirico Competition.
Mlynek is very proud of his Czech heritage and works to promote the music of Czech/Slovak composers.
He holds a B.F.A from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).