MATTHEW PIATT, a Victoria, KS native, is assistant conductor and prompter with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, an assistant conductor and keyboardist with the San Francisco Opera and has been on staff with Opera Colorado. Mr. Piatt was the first pianist/coach to be awarded an Adler Fellowship with the San Francisco Opera, where he assisted on fourteen mainstage productions. Through Lyric Unlimited, a Lyric Opera community engagement initiative, he has performed with Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma to promote arts education in Chicago public schools. Additional collaborations have included performances with David Daniels, Ailyn Perez, and Marjorie Owens. He has also worked with the Houston Grand Opera Studio, including recitals for the McNay Art Museum of San Antonio and the Dallas Wagner Society. He earned his bachelor's degree in piano from the University of Houston, graduating summa cum laude. While pursuing his degree there, he served as a coach/accompanist for twelve productions at the Moores Opera Center. He received his master's in collaborative piano at the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz.
In the past year alone, MARY BOX has performed with the Houston Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony, and been on the music staff of Wichita Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, Opera in the Heights (Chorusmaster), Fargo-Moorhead Opera (Young Artist Program Director), Lone Star Lyric (Music Director) and Houston Baptist University.
After receiving piano performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Houston (MM), Mary found her love of opera and is one of only two to have ever received a degree in Vocal Coaching (MM) from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Mary enjoys salsa dancing and baking in her spare time, sometimes even simultaneously.