Special Guest Artists

 

Arbender J Robinson

Broadway Credits include: Hairspray, Ragtime (revival), Hair (revival,) Disney's The Little Mermaid. To date his proudest Broadway accomplishment, besides landing a role in the first Broadway show he auditioned for, is breaking racial barriers and playing Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid. Regional Credits include: Smokey Joes Cafe, Five Guys Named Moe, Aida, Joseph and..... Dreamcoat, and Miss Saigon. Arbender was a featured Vocalist with Royal Caribbean Cruises and a Studio Vocalist for the Walt Disney Organization. When not performing, Arbender works as an advocate for Autism Awareness. Arbender is now workshoping his one man show that deals someone coming to terms with schizophrenia. More informaton can be found at www.arbender.com

 

Past Special Guest Artists

 

LINDA SABATELLI - CARELLI

At age 19, Linda was selected by the late Gower Champion as cast member and understudy for the role of Annie in the original Broadway production of "42nd Street". She went on to work with Broadway choreographers Wayne Cilento, and the late Thommi Walsh, Michael Bennett and Gregory Hines.

Linda choreographed and was a featured dancer in Woody Allen's "Zelig" and "Q&A". TV credits include the Tony Awards and assistant choreographer for the Academy Awards.

Nationally recognized in the commercial industry as a principal dancer, choreographer and spokesperson, Linda has cast, produced, directed and choreographed commercials for McDonald's, Wendy's, Dr. Pepper & Coca Cola.

Linda choreographed Lucie Arnaz's one-woman show in Reno, Nevada and directed and choreographed Clint Holmes in his show "A Tribute to the Ultimate Entertainers" at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.

An inspiring and motivated choreographer, Linda returns to Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires this Spring for a third time as Broadway guest artist for Gotta Dance! week. She currently teaches privates, master classes and original choreography workshops in tap, jazz and theater dance nationwide.

Linda was on the faculty of Northern Westchester Center for the Arts for 12 years choreographing original productions for the Youth Performance Ensemble including "Heartbeats" & "Outloud". Highly regarded for her work with young performers, Linda was Dance Director for The Westchester Dreamcoats for 2 years. She choreographed an adaption of "A Christmas Carol" & The Cab Calloway Lifetime Achievement Awards at Westchester Broadway Theater.

 

Ryan Dietz

Ryan has been a professional actor in New York for the past 9 years. Ryan appeared as The Professor in All The Great Books (Abridged) at The Hangar Theatre, several roles in If You Give a Pig a Pancake and other story books (Theatre Works), John Hancock in Paul Revere (Theatre Works), and Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad at The Clarence Brown Theatre. New York credits include the concerts of Chess and A Wonderful Life as well as various readings of new works. He has appeared regionally at the Papermill Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Virginia Musical Theatre, and the national tour of 1776. Film/TV credits include Target Audience and The Joke as well as playing a package of cocoa in a Twinings Tea Options commercial in the UK. Ryan is a member of Actors Equity Association, has toured internationally with the comedy troupe The Reduced Shakespeare Company, and holds a BM in Musical Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. Visit him at www.ryandietz.net.

Joyce Hall

With an extensive classical background in voice, piano, pipe organ and flute, Joyce Hall has been the Master Vocal Coach of choice for celebrities including Julie Andrews, Glenn Close, Maureen McGovern, Richard Chamberlain, Anthony Quinn, Hayley Mills, Cathy Rigby, Kevin Kline, Laurence Guittard, Kate Burton, among others. She has taught Master Classes in schools and universities across the country. During the last twenty years Miss Hall has emerged as a leading teacher in New York musical circles. Her students appear in virtually all of the Broadway casts and tours as well as the junior companies of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and regional opera companies of the United States
and Europe.

Miss Hall's extensive performance credits throughout the United States include leading roles in numerous Broadway musicals such as The Music Man, The Boyfriend, Little Mary Sunshine, Student Prince, Naughty Marietta, The Sound Of Music, A Little Night Music, and Carousel. Her extensive operatic background includes leading roles in such operas as Die Fledermaus, The Barber Of Seville, The Elixir Of Love, La Boheme, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hansel and Gretel, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Telephone, The Merry Wives Of  Windsor, The Magic Flute, and Cosi Fan Tutte. Operatic companies with which she has sung include the San Francisco Opera, the touring company of the New York City Opera, the Lake George Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Syracuse Opera, New Orleans Opera, Brevard Opera, the Charlotte Opera, Capitol Artists, and more. A specialist in Gilbert and Sullivan, Miss Hall appeared as the heroines of Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, the Mikado, and Patience across the United  States in the productions of the Manhattan Savoyards. Miss Hall was also featured singing the duets of Rogers and Hammerstein opposite Gordon MacCrae in festival performances with the orchestras of Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and St. Petersburg.

Miss Hall holds a Bachelor of Music cum laude with double majors in Voice and Music Education from Winthrop College, and a Master of Music Literature with honors in Vocal Performance (the Performer’s Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music. She was a recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant for advanced study in voice. Miss Hall was coached for many years by the revered Otto Guth. Her singing teachers include Josephine Antoine, Lili Wexberg, Eleanor Steber and Ellen Faull.

Juan Donyea Dunn
               
Juan Donyea Dunn, baritone, native of Portsmouth, Virginia, has performed as a concert soloist with the Washington Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra. He made his John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts solo debut, under the direction of Robert Shafer, in Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 where he also performed selections from Brahm’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Other concert solo appearances have included Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, and Faure’s Requiem.


Operatic roles include Marullo in Rigoletto, Steersman in Tristan and Isolde, Kurvenal (understudy) in Tristan and Isolde, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Signor Deluso in Signor Deluso, He has been a young artist with the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, under the direction of Maestro Willie Anthony Waters, and the Seagle Music Colony, under the direction of Darren Keith Woods. He has sung over 50 performances with The Washington National Opera along side such celebrated opera stars such as Placido Domingo, Denyce Graves, Ramon Vargas, Marcello Giordani, and Alan Held to name a few. Mr. Dunn travels has taken him on two international tours, a Brazilian tour, as well as a performance at the White House. He is the recipient of many awards, including being a semi-finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, two-time collegiate opera-division winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), chorus member of the Grammy Award winning compact disc of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem of 1812, and winner of the Jackson Sheats voice scholarship.


Mr. Dunn is a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music of Shenandoah University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Vocal Performance.

 

Iyona Blake

Like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, the voice of Iyona Blake is destined to rise. And, if you didn’t think a butterfly could sing, you owe it to yourself to listen! Iyona Blake’s colorful, vibrant voice soars beyond a song and into the realm of pure music and ministry.

Iyona received a vocal performance diploma from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. She later earned a Bachelors degree in Voice Performance with a concentration in opera from Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University (SU) in Winchester, Virginia. While at SU, Iyona Blake competed in and won numerous first place singing competitions, directed the college gospel choir, and was awarded several leading operatic roles, such as The Countess in The Marriage Of Figaro, Marie in The Bartered Bride and Magda Sorel in The Counsel. Iyona was also a featured soloist in a three night debut performance of “Ave Maria” at the Washington, DC Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Having been nourished by years of classical training and discipline, Iyona Blake grew from exceptional music student to exceptional music teacher. Her signature teaching style and passion for sharing the wonder of music proved an excellent fit for both the Arlington and Fairfax County Virginia public school systems. As a vocal and choral concepts instructor, Iyona Blake’s unique ability to connect and relate through music allowed her to effectively teach students on all grade-levels, including those with special needs and disabilities. She is currently the director of fine arts for a workshop in Winchester, Virginia .

Iyona Blake has since continued to uncover new layers of potential and promise, including that of entrepreneur and artist. Currently, she is a sought after private vocal coach and music instructor, specializing in lessons and seminars on ‘Vocal Care” and “How to be a Better Singer.” She is also blessed to have completed her debut solo project entitled “Released.

Iyona Blake is the wife of Minister Billy O. Blake. Together, they are the proud parents of a 3rd grade ballerina, Caeli Keziah, 8 years old and an active 3 year old toddler, Mathias Omari.

Visit www.IyonaBlake.com for more information on Iyona's debut album "Released"