Voice Instructors

Sue Brownson

Brownson picSue McPherson Brownson received a BM in Vocal Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. While at the university, she was a vocal student of William Beck and piano student of William Zimmerman. Following graduation she performed with the Charlotte Opera,, and Jacksonville Opera, The Lost Colony, and an off-Broadway production of the music of Gilbert and Sullivan featuring puppets. She has performed in regional theater productions of Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and West Side Story. Mrs. Brownson has served as minister of music and soloist in churches in North Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. She has also taught school and private lessons in these states. Mrs. Brownson serves as the soprano soloist for the Lakewood Chorale and Orchestra.

Mrs. Brownson enjoys teaching students of all ages and brings her gentle touch to each student as she imparts her love of music. She is an instructor of piano and voice for Forté Academy.

 

Stephanie Ball-Sitzler

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Stephanie Ball-Sitzler holds an MM in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis and a BM in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Ball's lyric coloratura voice with its warm, strong, lyric quality has given her a place in the world of classical music. however, she is equally comfortable with pop and jazz styles and frequently performs African American sprituals with passion and sensitivity. St. Louis critic Matt Daniels says this of her singing: "She...is able to express its meaning to an audience through both the agility of her voice and dramatic movement that can encompass her entire body..." A favorite of midwestern audiences, she has appeared in many operas and oratorios including as a solosit in Mozart's Requiem with the Bach Society of St. Louis, and the thrilling role of nedda in Mid-Ohio Opera's production of Il Pagliacci.  Now residing in Denver, Ms. Ball has become a part of the musical community, performing in many recitals,  She is also sought after as an educational outreach consultant, presenting opera to local communities.

Ms. Ball loves teaching students of all ages, and with her upbeat, friendly personality makes learning vocal technique and repertoire fun and exciting. She is an instructor of voice at Forté Academy of Music.

 

Tom Sitzler

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Tom Sitzler holds a BM in vocal performance and a BME in choral education from Northern Arizona University, with a minor in piano, and an MM in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. While at NAU, Mr. Sitzler sang numerous leading roles in operas and accompanied many solo voice recitals, as well as the University Singers Chorale and Men's Choir. Mr. Sitzler had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in judo. Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, Tom found classical music and it became his passion. As a lyric baritone, Mr. Sitzler stepped into the professional arena of performing as the Old Gypsy in "Il Trovatore" with Union Avenue Opera. Among other programs and performances, he participated in the Vicoria J. Mastrobuono Merging Artist Program, in New Jersey, covering Figaro in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia." Most recently, Mr. Sitzler was heard singing the title role from Argento's opera "The Boor" with Gateway Opera, where Mark Bretz from LaudeNews said, "As the boor, Tom Sitzler proved his own skills both with his strong singing style and a good way with comedy."

Mr. Sitzler enjoys teaching students of all ages in both voice and piano. he brings his own personal spark of joy to each lesson. He teaches piano and voice at Forté Academy of Music.

 

Gregory Storkan

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Gregory Storkan received his bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Music from Washington University in St. Louis. In his youth, Mr. Storkan studied piano, and gradually gravitated towards a professioal singing career as a lyric baritone. Often priased for his "warm and regal voice," he signed his first professional contract with Union Avenue Opera while still a graduate student at Washingston university. From there he has forged a burgeoning career and has sung with opera companies through Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Storkan also spend two season performing with the six-time Grammy-winning St. Louis Symphony and is a frequent recitalist, harboring a not-so-secret love of Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, and other cabaret-style musical literature. In the fall of 2013 mr. Storkan relocated to Denver, Colorado, where he is pursuing intensive professional development training in opera, voice, acting, and business strategy. He recently performed in "The Vagabond," a storytelling convert featuring the music of Grieg, Sain-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams.

Mr. Storkan teaches piano and voice to students of all ages, and, through his own unique style, enjoys imparting his love of music to his students. He is an instructor of piano and voice at the Forté Academy of Music.

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