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Making Impact in the Opera World

December 31, 2012

Aaron Breid

Three recent conducting students from CSUN are making great strides in their careers as conductors, particularly in the world of opera.   Two of the conductors are making debuts this year with strong regional opera companies and another has been accepted on a Doctoral Fellowship in Opera Conducting at University of Indiana.

Aaron Breid was a graduate conducting student under Dr. John Roscigno a few years ago and recently won an audition to apprentice as coach/conductor with the Minnesota Opera.   After a very successful season in the position, Aaron will be conducting performances of Turandot and Magic Flute during the next few seasons of Minnesota Opera.   Aaron received valuable experience in the pit at CSUN working closely with David Aks on opera productions.

Domenico  Boyagian was a piano student at CSUN under Dr. Francoise Regnat and studied conducting under Dr. Roscigno.   Five years ago he was selected as the only incoming graduated conductor at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He has recently been selected as the new Assistant Conductor for Florida Grand Opera in Miami and has regularly guest conducted a number of regional orchestras.

Brian Onderdonk received as Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting degree from CSUN and received valuable experience conducting a number of CSUN performances and opera productions.    He continues to work as Music Director of Center Stage Opera in San Fernando Valley but recently received the only Doctoral Conducting Assistantship with the prestigious opera program at University of Indiana.