iu snats officers 2014-2015


Dr. Brian Horne, Faculty Advisor:

Tenor Brian Horne is associate professor of voice, specializing in studio voice and voice pedagogy, at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He holds a bachelor's degree from Hiram College in Ohio as well as master's and doctoral degrees from the Jacobs School. He has taught at the University of Missouri and Shorter College, and continues to perform and present master classes. Horne's former students perform at venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe, Opera Memphis, Atlanta Opera, Chicago Lyric, and Bayerishe Staatsoper (Munich), as well as the symphonies of Colorado, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Melbourne, and Cleveland.

His students have won competitions such as the Cardiff Singer of the World, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the $10,000 first prize in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Artist Awards, and awards such as Outstanding Performer in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year. His students have been finalists in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum competition, Music Teachers National Association Young Artist, Dallas Opera Guild, Opera Columbus Irma Cooper Vocal Competition, and the Mobile Opera Competition, and won career grants from the Richard Tucker and Merola Foundations.

His students have participated in summer programs such as Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Merola, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera New Jersey, and Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as in professional training programs such as the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Houston Opera Studio.

Horne serves on the Jacobs School of Music Council, regional governor for the Great Lakes Region of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and as president of the NATS Foundation. As faculty sponsor of the Student NATS chapter at Indiana University, professor of the doctoral voice pedagogy courses, and research director for doctoral dissertations, he has mentored dozens of students into college teaching positions. He was chosen to serve as a master teacher for the 2014 NATS Intern Program and is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Teachers of Singing.


Angela Yoon, President:

Coloratura soprano, Angela Yoon, is a native of South Korea. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University studying under Robert Harrison, where sheis an Assistant Instructor in the Voice department and also the president of IU chapter of Student NATS. She earned her Master’s degree at IU, and her Bachelor’s degree is from Baylor University, where she studied with Robert Best. Prior to Baylor she studied at McLennan Community College with Lise Uhl. Yoon has been named as a winner and finalist in various competitions including MTNA, Classical Singer's Competition, Texoma NATS, and TMTA.
As a soprano soloist, she has been featured as soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with Carmel Philharmonic and Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Esther, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Willcock's Magnificat, Allegri's Miserere, Bach's St. John Passion, Perez-Velazquez's Ídolos del Sueño, Goodall's Eternal Light, and Haydn's Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo. Yoon has performed recitals as a guest artist including MCC All-Steinway Concert Series and Dallas Steinway Hall Concert Series. Roles performed in operas include Kitty (The Last Savage), Thi Mao (The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh), Fairy Godmother (Cendrillon), Madame Goldentrill (Impresario), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance).


Benjamin Smith, Vice President:


Benjamin Aaron Smith, tenor , is pursuing his Doctorate of Music in Voice at IU’s Jacobs School of Music. Smith is a native of Evansville, Indiana and he has appeared in IU Opera Theater’s production of Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore as Ralph Rackstraw, Bernstein’s Candide as Charles Edward, and in Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe as Kromow.  Smith also holds numerous ensemble credits for IUOT, most recently, Le nozze di Figaro, and La Traviata. He recently appeared as Combferre in Cardinal Stage Company’s Les Misèrables and James Wilson in 1776.  He has also participated in the Bay View Music Festival where he appeared as Gherardo in a double billing of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Ching’s Buoso’s Ghost. Smith was a National Finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competition. Smith is the Executive Director for New Voices Opera and he holds his Bachelor and Masters of Music in Voice under Dr. Brian Horne from IU’s Jacobs School of Music and is currently a student of Patricia Havranek.



Mathilda Edge, Treasurer:

Soprano Mathilda Edge, a native of Chandlerville, Ill., is currently working towards her D.M.A. from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Voice Performance. She completed her M.M. also at the Jacobs School. Mathilda has performed roles such as Sandman in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Romilda in Xerxes (Händel), and The Milliner in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) on the Indiana University Opera Stage. Miss Edge has appeared as a soloist at a number of colleges and universities including Indiana University, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Illinois College. She has won both of the Illinois and Indiana State Chapters of NATS Competitions, as well as winning Grand Prize, Adult Division, and People’s Choice in the Jacksonville (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Among Us Competition. She has also won First Honorable Mention in the SIYAO Competition. Miss Edge has received a Graduate Assistantship for her Doctoral studies and is the Treasurer for Indiana University’s chapter of SNATS. Mathilda earned her Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership and Music from Illinois College, where she studied with Addie Gramelspacher. While there, she sang the role of Lily (The Secret Garden). Edge currently studies under Dr. Brian Horne.


Rafael Porto, Historian and Webmaster




Martha Eason, Corresponding Secretary:

Martha Eason, Soprano, is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music. She took her bachelor’s degree in Music and Arts Administration from the University of Virginia where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the McIntire Department of Music’s Distinguished Majors Program. She has performed as the Second Spirit in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Ash Lawn Opera, and Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orfée aux Enfers with University of Virginia Opera Viva. Her recent credits at IU include Vespetta in Telemann’s Pimpinone, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, Ms. Silverpeal in Mozart’s The Impresario, Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, and Atalanta in Handel’s Serse. In July she enjoyed her first performance of Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate under the direction of Dr. Betsey Burleigh for the IU Summer Music Festival. Beginning this fall, Martha will perform with the outreach group Roundabout Opera for Kids (ROK) as the role of Fire in a new composition by Chappell Kingsland. Martha has also performed as a featured soloist with the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra and the Oratorio Society of Virginia, most recently in a concert featuring BWV 140 and Handel’s Coronation Anthems. At IU she has been heard as a soloist on several works including Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Zelenka’s Misere Mei, Deus with Pro Arte, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with the IU Summer Music Festival. Martha is a former member of NOTUS and was heard as a soloist with the group under the direction of Dominick DiOrio at their concert of new works at Carnegie Hall in March. Martha is a student of Costanza Cuccaro.


Rachel Evans, Membership Secretary:


Southern Californian Rachel K. Evans (mezzo-soprano) is in her third year of doctoral studies at IU studying with Patricia Havranek. At Indiana University, Rachel is an Associate Instructor of Voice. She has appeared with IU Opera Theater as Charlotte (Werther - Massenet) and will be performing the role of Bradamante in Handel's Alcina this spring. She earned her B.A. and M.M. at UCLA where she appeared as Zita (Gianni Schicchi - Puccini), La Badessa and La Maestra Delle Novitzie (Suor Angelica - Puccini), Dorabella (Così fan tutte - Mozart), Nancy (Albert Herring - Britten), "L'Enfant" and "L'Ecureuil" (L'enfant et les Sortileges - Ravel), and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera - Mozart).








William Perkins, Recording Secretary: