Voice & Piano Instructors
Seth Allen is extremely excited to join the Summit Music Center team! Seth holds a bachelors in vocal performance from Ball State University and is currently working on his masters in vocal performance at the Hartt School. Seth is an avid lover of all things music. When not singing Seth composes film scores, arranges, or plays percussion, bass, and piano in non-classical settings. Seth has performed almost all styles of music and is comfortable teaching anything from hard rock to classical voice. Seth’s philosophy is to teach a foundational technique and adapt that technique to fit the style that you’re singing or playing. Learning to sing or play this way makes you a very versatile singer and musician because you understand your instrument and how to manipulate it to your needs. Seth would love to have you in his studio and would love to help you grow your instrument, whatever instrument that may be!
Connor is an undergraduate tenor Vocal Performance Major at the University of Connecticut. His most notable classical and musical theatre experiences include: Achilla in Händel’s Giulio Cesare, Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone, Toby in Menotti’s The Medium, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, a soloist in the UConn Voice Department’s Songfest 2019: American Songbook, Songfest 2019: Spanish Songbook, Songfest 2020: American Songbook, Songfest 2021: American Songbook, a soloist in Meredith Ziegler’s Summer Studio Recital, Papageno in UConn Opera Workshop’s Radical Mozart, and Eisenstein in Uconn Opera’s Scenes from Die Fledermaus. Connor was also in the Vocal Company for the 2020 Season of the College Light Opera Company. Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, Connor has done several virtual livestream recitals. Alongside his solo performances, he is also in the Collegium Musicum Choir at the University of Connecticut.
A native to Orange County, New York- Rachel Love made her way to Hartford, CT to start her undergraduate career at the University of Hartford– The Hartt School of Music in August of 2010. She spent four years taking courses in Vocal Performance and Music Education and in May of 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance.
Rachel then moved to New York City, NY where she performed and worked part time at a Music Studio in Midtown, Manhattan. Yet eventually made her way back to Hartford, CT where she joined a professional choir, and in January of 2015 started teaching private voice and piano lessons at Summit Studios.
Rachel held these positions until summer of 2019 when she moved to Madison, Wisconsin to pursue a Master in Music degree at the Mead Witter School of Music as a Voice Excellence Scholar. Rachel’s first year was devoted to performance as she took on two leading roles in Britten’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. During Rachel’s second year of studies, she founded Rachel Love Studio and started her private business as a Voice and Piano Teacher within her home. Rachel Love Studio then partnered back up with Summit Studios to teach virtual lessons to students in her dearly missed CT. Simultaneously in her studies, Rachel became a Voice and Opera Teaching Assistant within her Masters program and held a studio of undergraduate students. Rachel continued to prepare for her Master’s Recital that she performed in April of 2021, and graduated with high honors receiving her Masters degree in Vocal Performance in May of 2021.
Through her many years of experience as a Voice and Piano Teacher and Performer, her academic training in Vocal Performance with a focus in Music Education, Rachel brings a unique teaching philosophy and style that makes her a great fit for people all ages, backgrounds, learning styles and abilities. Rachel’s holistic approach to lessons allows the merging of her musical expertise with the simple importance of music’s presence within ones life.
Rachel Love Studio strives to celebrate her students and their progress by preparing quarterly virtual recitals and encouraging each of them to get involved in musical activities within their schools and the community.
Soprano Kathryn Bowden is making her mark in the fiendish role of the Queen of the Night (Königin der Nacht) in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, for which she has become highly in demand. In October 2017 Ms. Bowden made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Queen in the company’s German language mainstage production and covered the role during the Met’s English language family performances later in the season. She also made her 2017 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut performing the Queen’s famous “Der Hölle Rache” in the concert program Heroes and Villains. The role of the Queen has served as Ms. Bowden’s 2015 San Francisco Opera debut vehicle and her entry onto the Metropolitan Opera roster as cover for the 2016 family performances of The Magic Flute. She looks forward to reprising it for her San Diego Opera debut in April 2021.
In 2018 Ms. Bowden made her debut with Houston’s Opera in the Heights as Cunegonde in Candide. Additional roles include Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), the Coloratura (Postcard from Morocco), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), and Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene).
An alumna of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, Ms. Bowden performed the roles of Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium) and Nella (Gianni Schicchi) and excerpts from the role of Amina (La sonnambula). She has also participated in the voice program of the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Ms. Bowden has been a District Winner of the 2016 and 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Florida and Winner of the 2013 Jenny Lind Competition for Sopranos. She earned her Performer’s Certificate and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Connecticut, and is a current Masters candidate at Florida State University.
Mr. DeDominicis earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and three years of Music Education Studies from Anna Maria College. A 2005 member of Who’s Who among Colleges and Universities, Anthony has studied under Mary Lynn Ritchey, Peter Hart and Maureen Connors. While attending college, Mr. DeDominicis assistant conducted the college choir and served as president of the Chamber choir. He was a section leader and soloist at South Congregational First Baptist Church under the direction of Richard Coffey, from 2007-2016. In his time there Mr. DeDominicis also directed a children’s choir. His full time work consists of teaching vocal and piano private lessons at Summit Studios in Manchester Connecticut. This is Anthony’s Sixth season singing with CONCORA; Connecticut’s Premier Professional Chorus. Not only does Mr. DeDominicis perform he also directs ‘Simply Sonority’, a women’s vocal chamber choir in their sixth season. Singing jazz standards with his grandfather’s band are just some of the leisure he partakes in for enjoyment. From 2010 till 2012 he was a member of the Hartford Chorale. Anthony will eventually be starting his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting. As a music educator, advocation for vocal health is a priority for all of his students. His family, fiancé, and spending time outdoors are the most important parts of his life that keep his soul fulfilled.
Dana Lauren is a vocalist/pianist with a Bachelors Degree from Berklee College of Music. She is also an alumni of the New England Conservatory of Music. Dana has toured and recorded with legendary Grammy Award winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, singing at some of the nations most famed jazz venues. Her 2008 album release “Stairway to the Stars”(featuring and produced by Sandoval), hit the top of the jazz charts and received rave reviews from some of the most prestigious jazz publications in the country. Her second album release in 2010 “It’s You or No One”, was self produced and features Christian McBride on bass. That same year, Dana was selected as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition.
She is an accomplished classical pianist and has extensive experience in private vocal and piano instruction. Through her formal education and performance experience, Dana has developed into a versatile teaching artist with experience coaching across various genres of music including jazz, classical, musical theater and pop. She also works with students on composition and music business strategies.
Dana is currently signed to Sapphire Records and is working on an EP of original music.
Mezzo-Soprano Genevieve Clements has been an active performer since the age of 4. Throughout her childhood, Genny played the piano, baritone horn, and sang in local choirs and musical theatre productions, often receiving solos and leads. When it came time to decide on plans after high school, she decided to study classical voice at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. During her four years at Hartt, Genny studied voice with Cherie Caluda and Kyle Swann and performed with Hartt Opera Theatre.
During the fall of her junior year, Genny continued her studies in Milan, Italy, and performed with professional choirs in the area. While in Milan, she also realized her love of 20thand 21st Century music for the voice, especially contemporary opera and chamber music. Since graduating summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance, Genny has developed her proficiency and passion for teaching both voice and piano to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels. She loves helping people make and nurture a connection with music of all kinds. Genny sings with the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT and is an active performer and recitalist around the Hartford area.
Peter Skaar holds a Masters of Music from the Hartt School of Music and a Bachelors in Music Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Peter is also graduate of the Dreyfoos school of the Arts. Starting piano at age 7 and later cello at age 11 Mr. Skaar has over 18 years of musical experiences. His major Teachers include Terry King Professor of cello at the hartt school and Longy school of music, Clyde Thomas Shaw Retired Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory and member of the former Audubon String Quartet, as well as David Cole Cello Professor at Lynn Conservatory.
As a teacher Peter has experience working with all ages and levels of player. He believes that each student’s needs are unique and that with enough dedication anyone can become a musician. “There are only two rules I have in my lessons. A student needs to learn something and the student should have fun during learning.”