IMFA Vocal Studio

Andrew Whitfield

Baritone and Director

    Baritone Andrew D. Whitfield enjoys a vibrant career as a performer, teacher, and stage director. In addition to appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera, Andrew has also been a resident artist with Portland Opera Works. His most recent performance highlights include engagements with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and the Peoria Bach Festival. Also, his recording of Brooke Joyce’s Three Iowa Ballads, recently released on the Innova label, has received notable praise.

    Originally from Shelbyville, Indiana, Andrew received the Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University, the Master of Music degree from Wichita State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Music (voice, opera) at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During the summer Andrew enjoys teaching and performing at Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, a four-week residential training program for talented high school musicians.

    With his colleague Jessica Paul, Andrew performed Schubert’s Winterreise in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin during February and March of 2011. In April 2011 he was the baritone soloist in the Brahms Requiem at Grinnell College.  As part of Luther College's sesquicentennial celebration, Andrew also sang the baritone solos in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, both at Luther and in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, on April 16 and 17, 2011.

    To see and hear excerpts of Andrew's performances, or for further information, please visit his website.

    Nicholas Shaneyfelt

    Vocal Coach

      Nicholas Shaneyfelt is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in Collaborative Piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  He completed his doctoral studies in the Collaborative Piano studio of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan, he served as Staff Accompanist for the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with regular involvements at the Northampton Community Music Center, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, and the UMass Newman Center.  He currently accompanies Luther College’s Nordic Choir, and has accompanied the Chamber Choir and Chorale at UMass under the direction of Tony Thornton, the UMass Conducting Institute, the South Hadley Chorale, and regional honor choirs and choral societies in western Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.

      Originally from Knightstown, Indiana, Dr. Shaneyfelt received Bachelor’s degrees in Music and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Music degree from UMass with a dual focus in Solo and Collaborative Piano. At UMass, he was the recipient of the 2011 Eugenie May Piano Award. While at Notre Dame, he was the winner of the university’s concerto competition. His piano trio, “The Nora Trio,” was the first Notre Dame chamber ensemble to be selected as a finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Notable recent performances include the premiere of David Amram’s Greenwich Village Portraits with saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, recital tours with soprano Katie Calcamuggio-Donner, engagements in Los Angeles, New York City, and the Kennedy Center through the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative, and Winterreise with tenor William Hite.

      Nicholas has studied with John Blacklow, Nadine Shank, Estela Olevsky, and Gilles Vonsattel.

      Laura Antonaz

      Soprano, Master Class Clinician

        The Italian soprano Laura Antonaz obtained her diploma in singing at the Trieste Conservatory while studying literature at the University. She then devoted herself mostly to Baroque and chamber music. Her teachers include Jessica Cash, Serge Wilfart, Alan Curtis, Nigel Rogers, and Joshua Rifkin; she focused on Lieder repertoire while working with Ada and Erik Werba and Christa Ludwig. She attended the International Summer Academy of Early Music in Innsbruck several times, as well as the Handel-Akademie in Karlsruhe. She was awarded the International Lieder Competition prize in Bardolino, Italy, the Pergolesi prize in Rome and La Società dell’Opera Buffa prize in Milan.

        Laura Antonaz has performed in Italy and abroad with several ensembles, such as I Barocchisti (RSI-Switzerland), La Risonanza, Concerto Italiano, Accademia Bizantina, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Ensemble La Fenice (France), Les Nations, and Odhecaton.

        In 1993 Laura Antonaz made her operatic debut in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, followed by Cavalli (the first performance in modern times of Orione), Paisiello, Jommelli, Weber, Offenbach, Gluck, and the role of Poppea in George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina in Buenos Aires (first performance in South America). She has often sang on radio and television in Italy, Swizerland, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, France, Belgium, Israel.

        Laura Antonaz has been a guest of important festivals, such as Festival van Vlanderen in Bruges, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Festival de Beaune, MiTo, Musica en Canarias, Budapest, Birmingham Early Music Festival, Music for the Stage in London, Rio de Janeiro, 'Mostly Mozart' at New York's Lincoln Centre, and Graz Styriarte.

        Laura Antonaz has recorded more than 30 CDs for several labels, including Stradivarius, Tactus, Amadeus, La Bottega Discantica, Nuova Era, and Rivo Alto.