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HHOT Conservatory is awarded scholarship from the Wood Foundation!

By Opera

About the Foundation

The Charles R. Wood Foundation was founded in 1978 with its mission to provide assistance to areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Not-for-profit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts are the beneficiaries of Mr. Wood’s generosity. A Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation with a goal to preserve the mission established by Charles R. Wood.

HHOT conductor wins American Prize

By Opera

Congratulations to conductor, Maria Sensi Sellner for her work with HHOT’s LA TRAVIATA in February of 2013!

The American Prize winner:

Maria Sensi Sellner

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner is increasingly recognized for her versatility, clarity, and “gentle directness” that results in moving performances.  This season includes opera performances with Boston Opera Collaborative, Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (NY), and Carnegie Mellon University, plus her conducting debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.  She is the Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Music Director of the Carnegie Mellon All University Orchestras, and Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony.  She earned a masters in conducting with Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon, and continued private study with Kenneth Kiesler and Fiora Contino.

Among judges’ comments: “ideal clarity and sensitive pacing, wedding stage and pit comfortably together.”  

See a clip of our Traviata here:

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