Artists and Production

Brendan Tuohy - Martin - Brendan Tuohy (Tenor) is a native of the Pacific Northwest but quickly making a name for himself in the singing world. Mr. Tuohy recently made his debut with Houston Grand Opera as the 1st noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin. Before moving to Houston to become a Studio Artist with HGO, Mr. Tuohy spent the summer as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera where he coved Gastone in La Traviata and the Clubman #1 in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Letter. Mr. Tuohy spent the past two seasons as a Studio Artist with the Portland Opera. While in Portland he performed such roles as Albert Herring in Albert Herring, Remendado in Carmen, the Messenger in Aida, Gastone in La Traviata, Prologue in The Turn of the Screw, Pane/ Nature in La Calisto, and Borsa in Rigoletto. Mr. Tuohy completed his academic training at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and one year of an Artist Diploma in Opera. While at CCM, he performed such roles as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Pylade in Iphigenie en Tauride, Albert Herring in Albert Herring, and the Doctor in The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe. In 2008, Mr. Tuohy had the honor of singing and competing in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi Finals in New York. Mr. Tuohy’s future engagements include the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Oregon Symphony, Tchaplitsky/ Major Domo in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades with HGO, Martin in Copland’s The Tender Land with Vashon Opera, and Ulrich Eisslinger in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger with Cincinnati Opera.

Lorraine Burdick - Ma Moss - Lorraine Burdick (Mezzo Soprano) took first place in the Mezzo-Soprano competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. She has performed as a choral soloist and in a variety of roles in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. Her roles include Madame Pernelle in Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Katisha in The Mikado, Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore and the first daughter in Quilters. She is in her third season as a regular member of the Seattle Opera Chorus, and has most recently performed in Verdi’s La Traviata and Il Trovatore. Her appearances as a soloist have included the Northwest Mahler Festival (Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky), the Master Chorus Eastside (Charpentier, Te Deum and Bach, Jesu Meine Freude), and the Sacred Music Chorale (Mozart, Requiem). She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from California State University at Long Beach and a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington.

Lili Stenn - Beth Moss - Lili, a Vashon Island native, has been in many Vashon productions over the years. She most recently played Barnacles, a bumbling goose in Drama Dock’s Honk! and Ophelia in the Blue Heron’s production of The Rules of Comedy. She has also appeared in several youth choir productions including a comical role as Mrs. Hannigan from Annie in On Broadway. Her most recent performance was summer 2009, in the Seattle Children’s Theater’s production of Sideways Stories from Wayside School where she played a lead role, the artistic yet neurotic Bebe Gunn. She has studied and performed with the Vashon Dance Academy since she was 5 years old. Lili is very excited to have the opportunity to work with such talented artists.

David Stutz - Grandpa Moss - David Stutz (Bass) is a singer, composer, and recording artist, performing opera and vocal chamber music since he was a boy soprano. He performs regularly in the Pacific Northwest, and his forays into staged works range from medieval mystery plays to grand opera. Besides his strong interest in contemporary works and standard opera repertoire, he is a specialist in early music and baroque opera, having recently appeared in less frequently seen productions including Claudio Monteverdi's "L'Incoronzione di Poppea," Francesca Caccini's "La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola d'Alcina," Emilio de' Cavalieri's "La Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo," Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's "La Serva Padrona," Georg Philipp Telemann's "Don Quichotte," and Giovanni Paisiello's "Pulcinella Vindicata."

David has a deep commitment to contemporary experimental music, and is active in performing both electronic and acoustic new works. He premiered the role of Henry VIII in original production of Garrett Fisher's The Passion of St. Thomas More, and has worked with Garrett on numerous other opera projects since that time. He also works with other local composers of dramatic music, such as Byron Au Yong. Over the years, David has been involved in numerous radio broadcasts and recording projects. He is currently a member of two highly regarded Northwest vocal ensembles that specialize in early music: The Tudor Choir and Cappella Romana. He also has sung, composed, and/or produced incidental music for many plays, ballets, and films, and records and performs his own electro-acoustic music using computers and synthesizers to process natural sound based on mathematical structures.

Jennifer Krikawa - Laurie Moss - Jennifer Krikawa (Soprano) has sung for numerous opera companies such as New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, Connecticut Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera North, Augusta Opera, Annapolis Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Israel Vocal Arts Institute. Jennifer's most performed roles include: Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Mimi (La Boheme), Musetta (La Boheme), Micaela (Carmen), Gretel (Hansel Und Gretel), Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Susannah (Susannah), Frasquita (Carmen), Antonia (Les Contes d'Hoffman),and Yum Yum (The Mikado). Mrs. Krikawa has appeared at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist for Scarlatti's Dixit Dominus, Vaughan William's Benedicite, and Poulenc's Gloria. Her concert repertoire also includes the soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah, the Brahms Requiem, Pierrot Lunaire, The Mirabai Songs, Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and numerous operatic gala concerts with orchestras such as: Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra, The Westfield Symphony of New Jersey, Raleigh Durham Symphony Orchestra, and The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. She pursued contemporary music studies at The Banff Centre for the Arts and she holds a Masters degree from The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Her awards include First Place NATS winner, First Place Opera Theater of Connecticut Amici Competition, Olga Berzins Vocal Scholarship Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist in Boston and Metropolitan Opera National Council Honorable Mention in Connecticut. She has recorded a CD titled "Songs of Walt Whitman" composed by Malcolm Peyton with Centaur Records. Jennifer has been seen as a soloist with The Vashon Island Chorale for the past three years and cantors at St. John Vianney Church.

Andrew Krikawa - Top - Andrew Krikawa (Baritone) moved to Vashon Island from New York City nearly five years ago with his wife Jennifer and two children. While based in New York he sang for numerous companies including New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Nashville Opera, Annapolis Opera, Central City Opera, Pensacola Opera, Eugene Opera, and DiCapo Opera Theatre. Andrew’s most performed roles include Marcello (La Bohème), Sharpless (Madame Butterfly), Germont (La Traviata), Albert (Werther), Silvio (I Pagliacci), and Guglielmo (Cosí fan tutte). Career highlights have also included appearances with Pittsburgh Opera as Abert in Werther and performances of Cosí fan tutte with the world renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Krikawa is a Sullivan Foundation award winner and a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant. He holds a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Gary Koch - Mr. Splinters - Gary Koch (Tenor) is a frequent soloist with the Vashon Island Chorale and in local recitals. Gary's opera roles include Ben in The Telephone, Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and Tamino in The Magic Flute. Musical theatre roles include Tommy in Brigadoon, Strephon in Iolanthe, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Koko in The Mikado, Ralph in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Tito in Lend Me a Tenor. Gary studied with the late William Eddy.

Gary D. Cannon - Conductor - Gary D. Cannon, Principal Conductor of Vashon Opera, makes his operatic conducting debut at these performances of Copland’s The Tender Land. No stranger to the theater, he has sung with the stage chorus of Seattle Opera and at the University of Washington. He also premiered the role of Dennis Kearney in Jerome Rosen’s Emperor Norton of the U.S.A..

Cannon is one of the Northwest’s most dynamic choral personalities, active as a conductor, singer, composer and musicologist. He is, since 2008, Artistic Director of both the Cascadian Chorale and the Vashon Island Chorale. Also in 2008, the Early Music Guild invited him to found and direct a Renaissance choir, Sine Nomine. He has been Chorusmaster for the Northwest Mahler Festival since 2001. Cannon has also conducted the Anna’s Bay Chamber Choir, the Kirkland Choral Society, and several ensembles at the University of Washington.

As a tenor, Cannon has appeared as a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Philharmonic, and the Auburn, Rainier, and Eastside symphony orchestras. He also sings regularly with The Tudor Choir and Choral Arts. He has performed with the Kronos Quartet and members of the Tallis Scholars. He sings frequently for video game and film soundtracks and trailers. Cannon is formerly an adjunct instructor at Whatcom Community College, where he received the Faculty Excellence Award. His musicological research emphasizes twentieth-century British music. He holds degrees from the University of California–Davis and the University of Washington, where he is currently researching a doctoral dissertation on the early life and works of William Walton.

Andrew Seifert - Director - Andrew Seifert began his professional operatic directing career in his native Napa, CA producing zarzuela for four years at the Jarvis Conservatory, the only professional Spanish operetta theater in the United States. After earning a bachelor of music degree (Chapman University - Orange, CA) and a master of music degree (University of Washington - Seattle, WA) in conducting, Andrew went on to complete a doctorate of musical arts degree in opera production (also UW). Passionate about the operatic experience from a musical standpoint as well as a dramatic one, Andrew is active as a pianist and educator, frequently collaborating with singers and instrumentalists of all levels and on a wide range of operatic, musical theater, and popular repertoire in all the major world languages. Andrew is also proud to be in the midst of his third season as lead accompanist and music administrator with the Northwest Girlchoir (Seattle, WA), most recently joining them on an extensive tour of Eastern Australia. Andrew’s directing and producing credits have taken him throughout North America and Europe and include: Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Suor Angelica (Puccini), La bohème (Puccini), The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Der Jasager (Weill), A Water Bird Talk (Argento), The Women (Pasatieri), L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Trial by Jury (Gilbert and Sullivan), La chulapona (Moreno Torroba), many other zarzuelas, as well as other major operatic and musical theater offerings. Recently, Andrew was honored to direct the world premiere of Seattle-based composer Gloria Swisher’s opera Poker Alice.

Evan Stults - Rehearsal and Performance Pianist - Evan Stults is an accomplished vocal accompanist whose experience encompasses opera, musical theatre, choral music, recital, and cabaret. On Vashon, Evan accompanied Jennifer and Andy Krikawa in the “Magic Flute” (2006) and 2007’s recital of opera scenes. Since 1986, Evan has been the principal accompanist for the Seattle Men’s Chorus, the largest community chorus in America. He has played for the Seattle Opera and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, toured the US and Canada for Columbia Artists and the Community Concerts Association, and played for over 40 musicals in stock, professional and community theatre, and off-Broadway. Evan’s accompanying career includes several international tours plus performances in Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, and leading concert halls across the US. He has accompanied artists as diverse as Frederica von Stade, Renee Fleming, Megan Mullally, Kristin Chenoweth, and Harvey Fierstein, and has played for premieres of new works by composers David Diamond, Gian-Carlo Menotti, and John Corigliano. Evan has a degree in semiotics from Brown University, and has lived on Vashon Island since 2002 with his partner Joe Farmer.