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AWC LEADERSHIP TEAM

The AWC has an incredible team who all volunteer their time and talent to creating unique and entertaining events. We are lucky to have such a talented and dedicated group who are passionate about spotlighting the works of marginalized genders. Thank you to them for their incredible and tireless work.

Karen Kelley (Mezzo-Soprano) is originally from Jefferson City, MO. She is currently in the second year of her Master’s in Music degree for Opera Performance at Arizona State University. She has performed with various programs including Springfield Regional Opera, Harrower Opera Workshop, the American Institute for Musical Studies, and the Opera Steamboat Artist Institute. Her most recent role performed this season was Pythia in ASU’s production of We’ve Got Our Eye On You by Nkeiru Okoye. Some of Karen’s favorite roles performed include Maurya in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. This summer, Karen will perform with Opera Steamboat in Colorado as a Resident Mezzo Artist. She is grateful to be a part of the AWC Leadership Team and work with such incredible people and artists!!


Micaela Rebb is an innovative practitioner, flexible musician, and remarkable community leader in her field. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona by two music educators who helped foster her love for singing, flute, piano, and teaching. In 2019 Micaela graduated from Arizona State University where she received two bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. She also studied voice in Duino, Italy, is a NATS award recipient and over the past four years has premiered new works with The Arizona Women's Collaborative. During the 2019-2020 school year Micaela taught general music and choir at Coyote Hills Elementary School in Peoria, Arizona before transitioning to private teaching at Music Makers Workshops in Ahwatukee. Currently she is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and serves as the President of Jury’s Out, an organization that brings high caliber music performances to those in the community who may not be able to access it. As of August 2020, Micaela has returned to Arizona State University to pursue her Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance studying under soprano Carole FitzPatrick.


Teresa Murphy is a choral director and performing mezzo-soprano. Teresa entered the choral scene as a singer, completing her Masters in Voice Performance & Pedagogy at ASU in May 2021. She has begun her Doctorate this semester in Choral Conducting, in which she directs the ASU Sol Singers (soprano-alto choir). Off campus, Teresa works as choir director at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Chandler, AZ, interim director of the Phoenix Women's Chorus, and chorus master for the Chandler Opera Company concert production of La Boheme. Teresa spends most of her free time dancing salsa, bachata and tango in the Phoenix Metro Latin dance community.


Anne-Marie Houy Shaver is a flutist currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at Arizona State University with a focus in ecomusicology and listening practices. She holds degrees from Abilene Christian University and Baylor University, a Deep Listening certificate from the Center for Deep Listening, and was part of Robert Dick's contemporary flute studio in NYC. Specializing in the research and performance of experimental music, she has premiered pieces as both a soloist and ensemble member. She is active with Oh My Ears and in 2019 performed Phillip Glass’s opera Einstein on the Beach with the Openscore Ensemble. www.annemariehouy.com

Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Arizona Women’s Collaborative, Stephanie Sadownik is also a charismatic and versatile performer, teacher, and stage director. She has been an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera, PORTopera and a three-time Opera Fellow awardee for the Aspen Opera Center. Ms. Sadownik has directed the following shows for Arizona State University’s MTO program: an original adaptation of The Fairy Queen, Trouble in Tahiti, Nora at the Altar-Rail, Hand of Bridge and The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace by Kamala Sankaram, and We’ve Got Our Eye on You by Nkeiru Okoye. She is passionate about new music and supporting marginalized genders in her work. As Artistic Director of AWC it is her mission to hold space for those voices usually on the sidelines. With the Fourth Annual Concert “Light Persists” she is proud to say AWC has premiered 22 new works featuring only women and non-binary writers, composers, performers, visual artists and dancers. 


Stephanie Weiss, mezzo-soprano, is an assistant professor of voice at Arizona State University - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - School of Music, Dance and Theatre. She earned her bachelor's in music from New England Conservatory (voice), bachelor's in biology and drama Tufts University, master's in music from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, she was assistant professor of voice at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a teaching fellow with the Metropolitan Opera Education Department, and has served on the faculty of COSI (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy) in Sulmona, Italy. She currently is on the faculty at Dramatic Voices Program at Opera Programs Berlin and since 2010, she has been on the voice faculty at AIMS in Graz.

A San Diego native, she was a Midwest Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and at Mannes College of Music, a recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. As the winner of the American Berlin Opera Foundation Competition (now Opera Foundation), she became a member of Deutsche Oper Berlin as a Stipendiatin and continues to be a regular guest artist with the company. Roles at the Deutsche Oper Berlin have included Frasquita (Carmen), Musetta (La bohème), Erste Dame and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Gerhilde and Grimgerde (Die Walküre), and Schlafittchen (Berlin premiere of Das Traumfresserchen), Marianne Leitmetzerin (Der Rosenkavalier), Aufseherin (Elektra), Johanna [cover] (Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna), and Venus [cover] (Tannhäuser) in the company's tour to Beijing.

On the concert stage, she debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic as the Cook in "Le Rossignol" under the baton of Pierre Boulez. She has also sung the role of Rose in "Lakmé" at Carnegie Hall with Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler. She performed "Wesendonck Lieder" with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" and Symphony No. 4, and Strauss' "Vier letzte Lieder" with the L'viv Philharmonic (Ukraine), and Santuzza in "Cavalleria rusticana" with Singakademie Potsdam.

A versatile performer, she has also been seen at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin as Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Marthe (Faust), Oper Frankfurt as Musetta (La bohème), Oper Leipzig as Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and Stadttheater Bern, Oper Dortmund, and Oper Köln as Marianne Leitmetzerin. Other notable performances have included Venus in "Tannhäuser" with Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, and the title role of Johanna in "Szenen aus dem Leben der Heiligen Johanna" by Walter Braunfels at Oper Köln. 

An advocate of new music and art song, she performs frequently with her 'duo au courant' partner, pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova. They performed the world premiere of Jonathan Stark's song cycle "Passageway" at the National Opera Center and presented a lecture recital in Sydney, Australia. Recently, the duo's debut CD, "Sacred & Profane - Duo au Courant performs Song Cycles of Daren Hagen" was released on Albany Records and distributed by Naxos. 

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