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Sandford Studio Artist Showcase – October 10

10-10-2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
AC Hotel by Marriott
Address: 727 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Showcase
Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00pm

AC Hotel by
727 E Market St
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. The program will last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours.


  • Taylor Burkhardt, Pianist
  • Murrella Parton, Soprano
  • Reilly Nelson, Mezzo Soprano

Enjoy an enchanting evening of fabulous singing at one of Louisville’s most stylish hotels located in the heart of NuLu. Grab a drink and a quick bite at the bar before you settle in for some top notch music featuring the lovely ladies from Kentucky Opera’s Studio Artist program. Concert features works by Dvorak, Kurt Weill, Vera Lynn, and more!

Questions? Call Aubrey Baker at 502-584-4500

About the Studio Artists:

Taylor Burkhardt collaborates with a number of vocalists and instrumentalists as a duo partner, chamber musician, rehearsal pianist, and coach. She joins the Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program as a pianist/coach for Die Zauberflöte;Enemies, A Love Story;Rigoletto; and the touring production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Recent productions she has rehearsed/coached at the University of Minnesota include  La voixhumaineOrphée aux enfers, Idomeneo,The Rape of Lucretia, and Gianni Schicchi. As opera répititeur at the University of Missouri, she rehearsed Gianni SchicchiSuor AngelicaAmahl and the Night VisitorsThe Crucible, and the world premiere of The Outlaw by Justin Pounds as well as performing the final scenes from both The Rake’s Progress and Eugene Onegin. Other past operatic engagements include La Cenerentola at Bay View Music Festival and L’elisir d’amoreat Music Academy of the West. In summer 2018 she will be the educational outreach pianist for Mill City Summer Opera’s production of Carmen.  Her teachers include Timothy Lovelace, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, and Peter Miyamoto.

Canadian mezzo-soprano Reilly Nelson has been praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer for her “bright and glowing [voice], with a bit of an edge when needed.” Reilly recently completed her graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she was a student of Thomas Baresel. In August 2018, Reilly will join the Barbara and Halsey Sanford Studio Artist Program with Kentucky Opera. The 2017-2018 season includes two role debuts for Ms. Nelson: Flora Bervoix in La Traviata and Vera Lynn in the United States premier of Another Brick in the Wall with Cincinnati Opera. Cincinnati credits include Lupe Marin in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida with Cincinnati Opera, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with CCM Opera, Mrs. Van Buren in a workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera Intimate Apparel (a co-production with CCM, Cincinnati Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works Program), and Virginia Woolf in Dominick Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf (a co-production with Cincinnati Chamber Opera and Cincinnati Song Initiative). Reilly was a vocal fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in the 2013 and 2014 summer seasons, where highlights included selections from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été led by maestro Stéphane Denève, a world premier of Bernard Rands’ Folk Songs, and John Harbison’s Closer to My Own Life. Reilly was the winner of the 2017 Middle/East Tennessee District MONC audition and a 2016 finalist and winner of the Carolyn Weber Award in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition.

Murrella Parton, soprano, is a native of Seymour, Tennessee. She joins the Barbara and Halsey Sandford Studio Artist Program as the resident soprano where she can be seen as First Lady in The Magic Flute, Sheva/Hannah in Ben Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story, and Countess in Rigoletto. In the summer of 2018, she will return to Cincinnati Opera to sing in the choruses of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Julien Bilodeau’s Another Brick in the Wall. Most recently she performed the role of Sabina in the workshop of Rufus Wainwright’s new opera Hadrian with Cincinnati Opera. In addition, she has performed the roles of Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Sylviane in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. This year, she was a district winner in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the recipient of the Italo Tajo Award at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Opera Scholarship Competition (where in recent years she was awarded both the Andrew White and Seybold-Russell Awards) and is also a finalist in the Cooper Bing Competition. Parton is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.