RACHEL ABRAMS, SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER & EVENTS COORDINATOR - Rachel Abrams is the Social Media Manager & Event Coordinator for Hartford Opera Theater. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music degree from San José State University. Previously, she worked as a subscription services representative for the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, an administrative intern for Union Avenue Opera, and a receptionist for the Hartt School Community Division. As a Mezzo-Soprano, Ms. Abrams has performed with Finger Lakes Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Hartford Opera Theater, Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) and the Nahant Music Festival. She is a dedicated music educator and teaches voice and piano lessons out of her home studio in West Hartford.
DANA KEPHART, BUSINESS MANAGER - Dana Kephart is a New England-based mezzo-soprano, praised by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her “beautifully fluid and expressive voice.” In recent years, she has performed in recital as well as with Eudaimonia ("a purposeful period band"), Hartford Opera Theater, the opera chorus of the Princeton Festival, the Farmington Valley Chorale, the Amherst Early Music Festival opera, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, she was named a semi-finalist in the American Prize Competition, in the Professional Women in Art Song Division. Dana is also an experienced choral and church musician. She sings with Voce and the Schola Cantorum at the Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT; she is also a current CONCORA fellow. Dana also performs popular music on occasion, with most of her experience being in acoustic settings with country and rock styles.
Dana holds a Master of Music degree in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, where she studied under Laurie Monahan, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Voice and Music Education from the Hartt School of Music, where she studied under Joanna Levy and John Feierabend. Among the roles she performed with the Hartt Opera Theater, Dana portrayed “Bluebell Pooder” in the New England premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca. At Longy, she sang the title role in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Longy’s Early Opera Project, working with period musical style, costume, and gesture.
Dana is an active teacher of music and voice, holding positions with the Hartt School Community Division, the Foote School, and her private studio. Click on the "Teaching" tab above for more information on voice lessons.