Director of Intensive Voice
Baritone Evan Thomas Jones has established a reputation of excellence in both performing and teaching.
Dr. Jones enjoys a diverse performing career in concert, opera, and musical theatre. He has performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Opera Memphis, Opera Naples, Berkshire Opera Company, Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Memphis and Helena Symphonies. An active performer of new works, he was the soloist on the premiere recording of Randol Bass’ Passage Into Spirit, and for the premiere performance and Naxos label recording of Dohnányi’s Orchesterlieder with the FSU Symphony Orchestra.
In 2014, Dr. Jones won an “Emerging Leader” award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing as one of the nation’s most promising young teachers. His current and former students have won awards at competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and have performed in major opera houses, on national equity tours and Broadway, and in television and film.
Dr. Jones currently serves as Associate Professor or Voice at Florida State University. Before joining the faculty at FSU, Dr. Jones served on the voice faculty of the University of Memphis. He received his Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was rewarded for excellence in both performing and teaching by winning first place in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition and as the first recipient of the William McIver Memorial Award in teaching. He previously served as a district director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is a member of NATS, NAfME, and ACDA.
Intensive Voice Guest Artist
Hailing from Orvieto, Riccardo Cambri embarked on his musical journey at an early age in his hometown, later continuing his studies in Perugia under the guidance of Maestro Riccardo Marini. At the esteemed State Conservatory “Francesco Morlacchi,” he soon made a name for himself as one of the most exceptional pianists. In October 1994, Cambri received the Diploma of Principle Pianist, earning full marks, highest honors, and an honorable mention for his outstanding performance of selected compositions.
Cambri’s pursuit of excellence then led him to the Hochschule of the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Here, he honed his skills further under the tutelage of maestros Boris Bloch and Alfons Kontarsky; with Kontarsky, he specifically mastered four-handed and piano duet repertoire. Cambri also delved deeper into solo piano techniques at the Accademia Ferenc Liszt in Budapest.nists such as Antonio Ballista, Elio Maestosi, Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius, and György Sándor.
In 1998, after three years studying with renowned concert pianist and instructor Sergio Perticaroli, Cambri obtained his Diploma Alto Perfezionamento Pianistico (Master of Piano Performance) at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conservatory in Rome.
Eager to expand his knowledge, he attended numerous master classes conducted by eminent pianists such as Antonio Ballista, Elio Maestosi, Franco Scala, Leonid Margarius, and György Sándor.
Celebrated pianist Riccardo Cambri has won numerous national and international competitions, paving the way for an illustrious career as a soloist. He has captivated audiences globally in cities such as Rome, Milan, Buenos Aires, London, Vienna, and many more. In addition to his solo performances, Cambri has collaborated with orchestras like the Symphony Orchestra of Moscow and explored chamber music and musical theater alongside esteemed musicians, opera singers, and actors. His prowess as a pianist accompanist is also highly regarded, with partnerships in prestigious Opera Singers Laboratories, Instrumental and Master Classes, and associations with universities worldwide.
Since 2001, Cambri has shared his expertise by teaching piano at the Scuola Comunale di Musica “Adriano Casasole” in Orvieto and conducting music appreciation courses in various educational institutions. In 2014, he became the President of UNITRE – Università delle Tre Età di Orvieto, a significant social-cultural organization known for its high-quality educational programs and profound impact on the city life in Orvieto. Under his leadership at UNITRE, Cambri created two triennial projects consisting of 30 conferences each—one focused on Beethoven’s symphonic works and another titled “The Fascination of Chopin,” which received patronage from the Polish Embassy in Italy. Furthermore, his artistic-culture program on Dostoevsky-Tchaikovsky-Rachmaninov garnered support from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in France.
In recognition of his incredible achievements and dedication to culture and education, Cambri was awarded a Public Distinction of Merit by Università Popolare della Tuscia in 2017. On December 27th, 2020, Italian President Sergio Mattarella honored Cambri with the Knights of the Order “Merit of the Italian Republic.” In 2021, the Orvieto City Hall appointed him as the Artistic Coordinator for the Centennial celebration of composer and conductor Luigi Mancinelli’s death.
Intensive Voice Guest Artist
Maestro Joe Walsh has three decades of experience in preparing, presenting, and conducting opera and musical theater across the U.S. and internationally. He is a conductor admired for his ability to combine dramatic flair and theatrical excitement with sensitivity, detail and a keen sense of dramatic pacing. Mr. Walsh is an active recitalist, accompanying both classical voice recitals and Broadway cabarets.
Maestro Walsh is a faculty member at George Mason University’s Sid and Riva Dewberry School of Music and the School of Theater, where he serves as conductor, music director, coach, and pianist.
Mr. Walsh was involved in the musical preparation of more than 65 productions at Virginia Opera, where he served for 17 years, most recently as associate artistic director and associate conductor. There, Mr. Walsh conducted productions of Susannah, Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Daughter of the Regiment, Così fan tutte, and The Pirates of Penzance, among others.
He has conducted many orchestras in performances including the Collegium Philarmonicum of Naples, Italy, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania.
Mr. Walsh was resident conductor at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy for five summers, where he led productions of The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi. He studied advanced Italian at Siena’s L’università per Stranieri.
For many years, Mr. Walsh served as artistic advisor for the classical voice programs offered by the Washington D.C. chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. He has taught voice master classes and judged many vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions (Middle Atlantic District), The National Society of Arts and Letters’ DC Chapter and the National Dorothy Lincoln Smith Voice Competition, Partners for the Arts Vocal Competition, and the Charles Williams Voice Competition at Levine Music, where he also serves on the faculty.
Mr. Walsh has served on the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Panel, as well as on the coaching faculties of the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
He currently serves as President of Orvieto Musica’s Board of Directors and maintains a private coaching studio at his home in Ashburn, Virginia. For further information, visit www.joseph-walsh.com.