J. Bradley Baker
Executive Director; Music Director
J. Bradley Baker, pianist and coach, has served as coach for Wichita Grand Opera (KS), Natchez Festival (MS), Opera Birmingham (AL), Opera Naples (FL), Chicago Summer Opera (IL), and Glimmerglass Festival (NY), among others. Baker's performance on Navona Records have been broadcast throughout Great Britain and the United States. He has presented performances in the U.S., Canada, and France, with upcoming engagements in Luxembourg, Germany, and Hungary.
Jen Stephenson soprano, has performed throughout North America and Europe in a wide range of opera roles, as a vocal soloist, and as a member of several professional choral ensembles. As a featured soloist, she has performed with L’Orchestre et les Chanteurs de Saint Eustache of Paris, France; Nei Stëmmen of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; The Classical Music Festival of Eisenstadt, Austria; the Prentice Chorale of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Lawrence Opera Theatre of Lawrence, Kansas; and the Westfield Festival Chorus of Westfield, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has sung professionally with Alabama’s Highland Consort, the Richard Zielinski Singers, and New England’s Novi Cantori. Stephenson has sung leading roles with Opera du Perigord, Utah Lyric Opera, and New Century Opera. Favorite performances include the roles of Elvira (Don Giovanni), Magda (The Consul), Gertrune (The Twilight of the Gods), Mother (Hansel and Gretel), Frasquita (Carmen), and Manuelita (La Périchole), among others.
Director of Community Outreach
Shawn M. Knopp serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education, Director of Bands and Music Education Program Director at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. At Friends, he conducts the Concert Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and the Falcon Beat Basketball Band. Additionally, he teaches courses in music education, conducting, instrumental methods, and advises the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Outside of his university duties, Shawn is in demand as an honor band conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the region.