This performance marks Ms. Wester’s thirteenth appearance with Voices in Harmony.
As a classical singer, Ms. 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 5 by 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 Theater 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 for both the voice and musical theater programs. 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.
Ms. Wester is also very active stage director. Ms. Wester will be returning to The St. Petersburg Opera in Florida to direct their Winter production of Tosca . She has also directed A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and La Traviata to rave reviews from both audiences and critics alike. She has also led the last two productions with Savoyaires in Evanston (Patience, and Three Gilbert and Sullivan one-acts that included Trial by Jury) 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).Ms. Wester has been an Assistant Director for Chicago Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera and San Diego Opera.
Ms. Wester holds a B.Mus. from Roosevelt University and an M.Mus from DePaul University.
For more information about A.J. Wester, go to: www.ajwester.com