This performance marks Ms. Wester’s fifteenth appearance with Voices in Harmony
As a classical singer, A.J. Wester was a Studio Artist with Utah Opera. She has also appeared as a featured soloist in the Welcome Yule Christmas concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dabeeb in the North American Premiere of Marriages between Zones 3, 4 and 5by Phillip Glass as well as productions with Chicago Opera Theater, Court Theater, Porchlight Theater, DePaul Opera Theater, Intermezzo Opera in Hartford, CT, American Opera Group, Elgin Opera and multiple productions with Light Opera Works in Evanston, IL.
Currently she serves as the Stage Director for the newly created Opera Music Theatre Ensemble which is part of the Reneé Fleming Solo Voice Initiative program between the Merit School of Music and Lyric Opera of Chicago for teenage singers in the Chicago-land area. She is also on the Voice Faculty of the new ChiArts High School with the musical theater program. Ms. Wester was the Stage Director/Vocal Coach for Chicago Opera Theater’s ‘Chicago Opera Theater for Teens’ – a paid apprenticeship program sponsored by the City of Chicago with Chicago Opera Theater. She recently won a ‘Make a Wave’ award in 2017 from 3Arts for her work as a Teaching Artist.
Ms. Wester is also an active stage director. She recently directed the school version of Once Upon a Mattress for Merit School of Music’s new Summer Musical theatre program. She also directed Ragtime, Oklahoma, and Urinetown for After School Matters. She has led many productions for the St. Petersburg Opera including their 2013 production of Tosca, their 2010 season opener of A Little Night Music,La Traviata and the Fall 2009 production of Into the Woods to rave reviews from both audiences and critics alike. Ms. Wester also has led productions at the Bay View Music Festival (The Magic Flute), Intimate Opera (La Traviata and Cosí fan Tutte) and Opera Company Brooklyn (Roméo et Juliette), The Savoyaires (Evanston, IL) (The Zoo, Eyes and No Eyes and Trial by Jury and Patience). Ms. Wester has been an Assistant Director for Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera and San Diego Opera.
Ms. Wester holds a B.M. from Roosevelt University and an M.M from DePaul University.
Ms. Wester has been gone from Voices in Harmony because of a recent diagnosis of Leukemia. She is happy to report that all is well. She is in full remission with no trace of the disease and is thrilled to be back after a 3-year ordeal!
For more information about A.J. Wester, go to: www.ajwester.com