Jacob Shipley, Tenor, is a sophomore Musical Theatre Major in Dr. Parks’s studio from Troy, New York. He was cast in his first production at Ithaca College this year as the Male Cover in the student directing project Macbeth. This past summer he worked professionally as a company member at The Mac Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York. He has also played Roger Davis in Rent, Marius Pontmercy in Les Misérables, and Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde, among others.
Hear Jacob sing, “I’d rather be sailing”
Laura White is a sophomore vocal music education student from Reading, Massachusetts. An avid teacher, Laura has conducted her high school choir and was the musical director for a student-run production of Finn and Lapine’s “Falsettoland.” She has participated in the MA Northeast Senior District Festival and the NAFME MA All-State Festival at Symphony Hall, as well as performing with the 2011 All-American High School Honors Choir at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Eph Ehly. In October of 2012, Laura got the chance to perform a scene from Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” with Claudia Waite, principal artist of the Metropolitan Opera. Laura has also played piano starting at age six and accompanies several musical theatre students at IC.
Hear Laura sing, “Simple Joys of Maidenhood”
Junior Nikolas Kaim was banned from going to the theatre as a child after he wrestled out of his seat and ran to the stage during an unforgettable production of A Christmas Carol. He studies voice with Dr. Parks as a B.F.A. Musical Theatre major at Ithaca College (class of ’16). Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, his favorite roles include Link in Hairspray, Jesus in Godspell, and the Son from Six Characters in Search of an Author. Outside of the theatre, he enjoys cooking, eating, traveling to foreign countries.
Hear Niko sing “Change is gonna come”
Jacob Cordie, tenor, is a junior double major in B.M. Vocal Performance and B.S. Integrated Marketing Communications. He has ventured far from his humble hometown of Keizer, OR to pursue new life experiences and better himself as a musician and as a whole person. Jacob is enjoying himself at Ithaca College and could not picture being at any other institution.
Prior to arriving at IC, Jacob performed at the Oregon Bach Festival under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, as well as Anton Armstrong. He also had the privilege of working with many other renowned directors such as Z. Randall Stroope, André Thomas, Therees Hibbard, and many more. One of his favorite performing experiences was performing Bobby McFerrin’s “Vocabularies” album with Bobby McFerrin at the University of Oregon, Hult Center.
Jacob has many pass times such as playing tennis, snowboarding, hiking, and staying active as much as possible. He is also a cat lover and wishes that he could have brought his cat with him to school.
Hear Jacob sing “Vainement, ma bien aimee”:
Since Jacob is a cat lover included is: Isaac the cat is just that, he is a cat.
He can sing, play piano and fly an airplane.
Watch this video of Isaac at the controls of our H-35 Bonanza. TURN UP THE VOLUME!
Senior, Joseph Fritz, tenor, is a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Education. He is a member of the Ithaca College Choir, touring to Alice Tully Hall last spring at Lincoln Center, and is the Dana Intern for the Ithaca Childrens Choir in downtown Ithaca at the Community School of Music and Arts. At Ithaca College, he has performed on the Main Stage in The Magic Flute, Suor Angelica, and is currently cast as Patacha in L’Etoile. He also is currently playing the role of Aaron in Ithaca College Opera Workshop’s production of Speed Dating Tonight! Other roles and scenes include Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Person 4 and 7 in Transformations and Steve Sankey in Street Scene. He is an active member of the Lambda chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon– an international, professional music fraternity. When not in the Whalen music school, Joseph enjoys painting, badminton and playing board games with his close friends.
Caitlin Ort, originally from Collegeville Pennsylvania, is currently a junior BFA Musical Theatre Student at Ithaca College. Some of her Ithaca College credits include Female Cover in Legally Blonde and Lady MacBeth in MacBeth. Previous roles outside of Ithaca include Nellie in South Pacific, Fastrada in Pippin, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Helen of Troy in Trojan Women. Caitlin is also a proud member of Ithaca College’s modern dance company Rock Hard, in which she is a dancer as well as choreographer.
Hear Caitlin sing an excerpt from, Much More.
Aaron Alcaraz is a musical theatre major in the Ithaca College class of 2016. He enjoys acting, singing, dancing, music, reading, Star Wars, and anything Disney. He is originally from Los Angeles, California, and thinks it’s really cool that he can now say he lives in New York. Currently a sophomore, he has been a male understudy/pit singer in Legally Blonde the Musical and Aaron Bernstein/Leonard Jeffries in Fires in the Mirror at IC, as well as Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Melodramatics Theatre Company. Aaron is very proud and thankful to be a part of Dr. Parks’ studio where he gets the chance to cultivate both his acting and singing skills with someone who is a brilliant, patient, and fun teacher, mentor, friend, and occasional life coach and therapist. Aaron came to Ithaca wanting to expand his range and learn how to sing in a better, healthier, well-rounded way. In only a little over a year with Dr. Parks, he has already made so many improvements with his voice that he didn’t think could be possible for him. Dr. Parks introduced Aaron to his “top” (which is his new best friend) and helped him learn how to mix, sing legit, belt in a healthier way, gradually increase his range, and sing in a way that is supported, tension-free, (hopefully) sounds good, and will last for a lifelong performance career. Aaron is super excited to continue growing and exploring what his own individual voice has to offer and looks forward to the rest of his time with Dr. Parks.
Hear Aaron sing an excerpt from, She Loves Me.
Eric J. Flyte, a lyric tenor hailing from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, is a senior dual major in Voice Performance and Music Education. He has had the pleasure of performing in numerous productions and musical ensembles while at Ithaca. Past IC credits include L’Orfeo (Apollo/chorus), The Wolf By the Ears (chorus),Transformations (Number 4), The Magic Flute (Monostatos/chorus), Monuments Men (Herr Rothenberg), Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo), Speed Dating Tonight! (Cat Lover). Additionally, Eric has performed in several partial roles in multiple semesters of IC’s Opera Workshop. He is a 3 year member of the IC Choir, who, under the baton of Lawrence Doebler, traveled to the Lincoln Center NYC in spring 2013 to perform Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecelia, in which Eric was the tenor soloist. Off campus credits include oratorio work, such as tenor soloist in the Bach Magnificat with St. Luke Lutheran in Cornell, as well as holding a position as section leader in the St. Luke Choir. Upcoming engagements include Bach’sCantata 132 with Martin Knolbach’s orchestra in Philadelphia, attendance at the 2014 International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, and taking the stage as King Ouf I in IC Opera’s 2014 mainstage production ofL’etoile.
Hear Eric sing Deposuit, from Bach’s Magnificat.
Daniel Wisniewski, baritone, is a Musical Theatre Major at Ithaca College from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ithaca projects include Duncan in Macbeth and a featured soloist in Disneyfest at the Whalen School of Music. Notable past roles include Javert in Les Miserables, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, and Iago in Othello, which won him the Greater Philadelphia Cappies Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play. He was also the winner of the Greater Philadelphia Regional Shakespeare Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. In his spare time, Daniel also writes for The Ithacan, Ithaca College’s award-winning newspaper.