Faculty

Voice

Thames Valley Music School boasts a superb faculty of professionals. Below is a listing of the faculty of TVMS by instrument section. To see the instructors of a particular section, click on one of the links below:

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Jurate Svedaite –Waller

Radiant Lithuanian soprano, Jurate Švedaite-Waller, has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble "Lietuva," and Mystic River Chorale, among others in venues as varied as the Lithuanian Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and Foxwood’s Resort and Casino.

Quickly establishing herself as a stage performer of remarkable artistry and sensitivity capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” in 2008/2009 Ms. Švedaite will add one of opera’s greatest heroines to her repertoire - Violetta in La Traviata - as well as reprising Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Her previous roles include Mimi in La Bohème, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Marguerite in Faust, the title role in Floyd’s Susanhah, Micaela in Carmen, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adina in l'Elisir d'Amore, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. An active perfomer of sacred works and oratorios as well, her credits include Monteverde’s and Vivaldi’s Magnificats; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Coffe and Peasant Cantatas as well as numerous sacred cantatas; Mozart’s Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate and Missa Brevis; Pergolessi’s Stabat Mater; and Faure's Requiem.

The granddaughter of one of Lithuania’s most revered composers and arrangers of traditional music, Jonas Švedas, she began performing at an early age and made her recording debut at the tender age of twelve; also at that time, she hosted several programs for children on national television. Ms. Švedaite later attended the Lithuanian Music Academy where she earned Bachelors and Masters and Degrees in Opera and Vocal Instruction. She now resides in SE Connecticut where she is on the faculty of Connecticut College and Thames Valley Music School.

Samantha Lane Talmadge

Samantha Lane Talmadge received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance in May 2009 from Yale University School of Music. In addition to joining the faculty at CMS, she is also an instructor of voice at Connecticut College in New London. Recently, Samantha co-founded The Sustenance Project, a group of professional musicians performing a wide variety of music to benefit various charity organizations. She also recently completed a series of engagements with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 and was also the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra.

Samantha was a finalist in the Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition in May 2009 and again performed Barber’s Knoxville with Chatter Chamber Orchestra in the summer of 2009. She appeared with Yale Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute, excerpts of The Bartered Bride as Marenka, and as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. She performed the role of Rosalinde in Yale Opera’s production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and also played Tatiana in excerpts of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. In the summer of 2008, Samantha was in Milan, Italy where she sang with the Orchestra Sonfonica di Milano, Giuseppe Verdi, in Mascagni’s opera Il Si and Franz Lehàr’s operetta Frühling. In that same summer, Samantha played the role of Micäela in Peter Brook’s Tragedy of Carmen at the Alba Music Festival in Italy.

Prior to her graduate studies at Yale, she received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico. After completing her studies there, Samantha was the Assistant Choir Director at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico for the 2006-2007 school year. As a performer, she has received high vocal honors as a National Opera Association Vocal Competition finalist in 2003 and 2004, and was the first place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Vocal Competition--Rio Grande Chapter in 2003. Samantha has been a regular performer with professional companies such as Musica Romantica and Teatro Nuevo Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She sang with the Santa Fe Opera’s outreach program in Donizetti’s The Nightbell, and has also performed with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.