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Pattricia S. Patino (Vocal Coach)

Vocal CoachPattricia Stella Patiño, international lyric coloratura soprano,earned her fame early on at the young age of 15 performing SalsaSoft Rock, &Traditional Latin Music in the large concert venues, stadiums and coliseums of Bogota (the Capital of South America), Argentina, Chile, Spain, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, & Puerto Rico. With the influence of her father, Guillermo Patiño-Valencia and his international operatic and concert career, Ms. Patiño revealed her great talent for the operatic stage singing superbly in theColoratura Soprano repertoire.  Pattricia Stella Patiño  continues her diverse skills in both genres (also in the USA) performing her operatic repertoire internationally in such roles as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, the title role in Floyd’s Susannah, and the title role in Donizetti’s Lucia with The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. She also preformed Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale  with the same opera company.  This very versatile Artistcontinues performing her Traditional Latino Music and Soft Rock concerts in New York City, New Jersey (featured on the Jazz festival on Cape May with "Ellas y Amigos") and throughout North America.
Ms. Patiño represented the Philadelphia Orchestra  in one of its concert cycles with the Maestro Cristopher Eshenbach and Maestro Luis Biava singing lyrical music from Latin American composers. 
Early career operatic roles include Despina in Mozart´s Cosi fan tutte, Amore in Gluck´s Orfeo ed Euridice, Sonia in Lehar´sThe Merry Widow, and Gianetta in Donizetti´s L´elisir d´amore.  In 2002 the reviewers found her performing the Midinettes in Puccini´s Il tabarro with Opera North and Knabe in Mozart´s Die Zauberflöteat the Academy of Vocal ArtsMs. Patiño recent performances included concerts in all South Jersey area; Gilda in Rigoletto Papagena in Magic Flute andFrasquita in Carmen with Opera Seabrook; concerts and master classes in Bogotá and Cali, Colombia.Pattricia Stella Patiño holds a BM and Artists degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Universidad del Valle in her hometown of Cali, Colombia. 

Ruslan Odintsov (Piano)
Ruslan OdintsovRuslan Odintsov was born in KharkovUkraine. He studied at the Kharkov Special Music School for gifted children for eight years and graduated from there in 1994. By the way, there are only four special music schools like that in Ukraine, which has the population of 48 million people! Later Mr. Odintsov successfully entered into the Kharkov Institute of Arts (formerly called Kharkov Conservatory). He was there for two years before he came to the United States. From the 6th grade and right until he left the country his piano teacher was Professor Tatiana Verkina. "I must thank her for teaching me how to listen to the sound of the piano and how to make that special kind of sound on my own. Many teachers and students ignore this part of the piano playing, but without it it's just another percussion instrument. Even if your fingers can run as fast as the speed of light, but you're unable to make it sound right - it's boring! And of course you have to be a personality to be an artist." said Ruslan. 

While in the United States, Ruslan Odintsov graduated from Rowan University as a Piano Performance major. His teacher was Professor Veda Zuponcic who is a famous person in South Jersey music circles and also in many other parts of the world. 

Ruslan Odintsov is a winner of All-Ukraine Rachmaninov Piano Competition (1993) and New Jersey MTNA Piano Competition (1995). Ruslan have performed solo recitals in different places including Ukraine, Belarus, France, Germany and of course the United States. He played with a few orchestras like Kharkov PhilharmonicLugansk Symphony Orchestra and also with Rowan Orchestra, as a winner of their competition. Nowadays Ruslan got involved into many other things like teaching the piano students, accompanying different vocalists and instrumentalists, playing for the Rowan University Concert Choir (Dr. Lourin Plant, conductor), All South Jersey Senior High Chorus (2005) and even for the Community Theatre organizations. Among them The Road Company in Williamstown, NJ, the Sketch Club Players in Woodbury, NJ, Spotliters, Inc. of Washington Township, NJ, DreamSpinners,Haddonfield Plays & PlayersHaddon Summer Music TheatreThe Pineland PlayersThe Twilight ProductionsThe Broadway Theatre of Pitman, NJ and others. Ruslan Odintsov also have done a shows for the Rowan University Theatre and Dance Department. He is a two-time NJACT Perry Award nominee for 2006 and 2007 seasons in the Outstanding Musical Direction category. 
Robert McFarland (Trumpet)
Robert McFarland Blackburn - TrumpetHaving begun his musical career as an exceptional trumpet player, Robert McFarland was awarded the opportunity to play with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1963 at the age of 12 as co-first 4th chair for one full season. 
The son of Margaret Jane McFarland, protégé to John Findley Williamson of the famed Westminster Choir College in Princeton , New Jersey , Robert McFarland began his vocal studies and eventually after 12 years of intense study - won the National Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1979. This achievement led to his eight-year twenty-seven major role career at New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills. 

In addition to his worldwide reputation as an opera star, Robert Mr. McFarland has also conducted and directed 41 operatic productions internationally since 1986. During the 2012-2013 performance Season, reviewers found the international Baritone in  Concert for the Temple, Texas Symphony fundraiser night (December, 2012);  He performed the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with maestro Steven Harter and the Colorado Springs Oratorio Symphony (April, 2013); and most recently as the Artistic Director, Robert McFarland Directed & performed the Title role in Opera Seabrook’s Rigoletto - October 30, 2013.

 

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