Nancy holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Georgia State University in Atlanta where her teachers were Betty Anne Diaz and William Masselos. After a summer of study with Lee Luvisi at the Aspen Music Festival, Ms. Albrink came to Louisville as a student of Mr. Luvisi, artist-in-residence at the University of Louisville School of Music. She completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance in 1977. Since graduation, Ms. Albrink has been in demand as a teacher, developing students known for the quality of their playing, many of whom have been winners of numerous local, state, and regional competitions. In 1988, she became Lee Luvisi’s teaching assistant at the University of Louisville, a position held until Mr. Luvisi’s retirement in 2002. Ms. Albrink was a founding member of the Ceruti Chamber Players, a performing chamber ensemble with musicians from the Louisville Orchestra and received a Kentucky Foundation for Women grant to support her work with that group. In 1997, she founded the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields and serves as its Artistic Director. She is the recipient of the 2006 Gheens Music Mentor Award. Ms. Albrink has two children, Emily and Peter.
Emily is a Graduate Teaching Assistant of Voice at the University of Louisville while she pursues her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance. She graduated from U of L with her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance where she studied with Edith Davis Tidwell. Recently, Emily has performed with U of L Opera Theatre as Silverpeal and Laetitia in their productions of The Impresario and The Old Maid and the Thief, respectively. She is also very active in the choral department at U of L having just returned from an international trip to South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan with the Cardinal Singers. Additionally, Emily is a soprano with the Louisville Chamber Choir. Last summer, Emily had the opportunity to attend SongFest, a month-long summer voice program focusing on art song. While there, she studied privately and took master classes with Jake Heggie, Sanford Sylvan, John Musto and Lisa Saffer.
Jessica is a native of Calera, Alabama, and holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Alabama where she studied piano with Amanda Penick. Jessica also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Samford University where she studied piano with Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd. She has participated in Masterclasses with such artists as Ann Schein, Claude Franck, and Leon Fleisher, and has received coaching from John Perry and Yakov Kasman, among others. Jessica has also been a winner in numerous piano competitions; most recently, she was the Graduate Division winner of the Alabama Music Teachers Association piano competition. Since moving to Kentucky, Jessica has been a Kentucky Opera Young Artist pianist, as well as an active accompanist in the Louisville area. She has also been involved with several Kentuckiana area high school musical theater programs, serving as Musical Director for Floyd Central High School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as rehearsal and pit pianist for other recent high school productions. Most recently, Jessica has performed as concerto soloist with the Indiana University Southeast orchestra, and has been elected to serve as secretary for both the Greater Louisville Music Teachers Association and the Kentucky Music Teachers Association for 2010-2012.
Hailed by the New York Times as “delightful and vocally strong and versatile,” Emily Albrink is a soprano whose young career already sports collaborations with artists such as James Levine, Robert Spano, Jake Heggie, and Dawn Upshaw. In 2010 she began the season with her Kentucky Opera debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, returned to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Marin Alsop, and made her Alice Tully Hall debut singing Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Ms. Albrink is a 2010 alumna of the Doming-Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera where performances included Frasquita in Carmen, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, and both Barbarina and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Noted past performances include Nuria in Ainadamar with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall, soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem in Beijing and Shanghai, China, and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, conducted by Levine.
Fernanda obtained her doctorate in piano performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with pianist Lydia Artymiw. As an integral part of her DMA, she also had the opportunity to study choral conducting. Her bachelor and masters degrees are from the University of Louisville where she studied with Lee Luivisi. Fernanda has attended the Aspen Music Festival and participated in a master class led by Alicia de la Rocha. She has performed with the Ecuador National Symphony and given recitals both in Ecuador and in the U.S. Her teaching experience includes teaching children and adults at the Studios of Wendy Kitts in Louisville and at the St. Joseph Academy of Music in Minnesota. She also taught college students while holding a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Minnesota. Fernanda has been teaching at the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields since 2007.