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Dr. Julie Maykowski
Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program
Florida Grand Opera

Dr. Julie Maykowski hails from colorful Colorado. A passion for music and singing took Julie to Drake University where she completed her Bachelor of Music degree. As a young singer, she was extremely successful, winning a number of competitions including the NATS Artist Awards winning her region as well as winning the MTNA region.

Julie went on to complete a Master’s of Music degree at Wichita State University where she was also a teaching assistant. Soprano roles included Papagena in The Magic Flute, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Marsinah in Kismet, Little Red in the children’s opera Little Red Riding Hood and Nannetta in Falstaff.

After a number of years living in NYC and around the country, she entered into the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at the University of Kansas and finished her degree in 2006. Julie elected to produce and direct a production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, the subject of her dissertation and a true obsession.

While working on her doctorate, Julie switched from soprano to mezzo soprano and enjoyed such fun roles as Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Fraulien Schnieder in Cabaret, and Carmen in La tragédie de Carmen. She was also a teaching assistant and in addition to teaching studio voice, she also taught IPA, Diction, and Opera Workshop.

She has directed both university and professional productions including The Consul, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Marriage of Figaro, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Barber of Seville.

Julie took over the education programs and Young Artist Program at Kentucky Opera in 2006 where she wrote and directed all of the education programs and presented a series of lectures and pre-opera lectures. She has been working in fundraising for 7 years most recently as Director of Development for Arizona Opera and Director of Development for Sarasota Opera.

María Paulina García,
Head Coach/Accompanist

Originally from Cuba, Maria Paulina Garcia returns to Florida Grand Opera this season for her second year with the Company. Her most recent engagement as a vocal coach was with the 2014 Miami Summer Music Festival (Puccini’s Suor Angelica), presented in the New World Center on Miami Beach. In 2013, Ms. Garcia was a Young Artist at Opera North where she played and coached for several productions (Lucia di Lammermoor, South Pacific), in addition to serving on the faculty of the VOICExperience Foundation’s workshop program with Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves in New York City.

From 2012-14, she was coach/accompanist for the opera department at Florida International University’s School of Music. Ms. Garcia has also enjoyed several engagements abroad in Italy, serving on the faculty of the Siena Music Festival in 2012 and Opera at Lago di Como in 2010. Maria earned her master’s degree and Professional Studies Degree in Vocal Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Florida International University.

Tessa Hartle,

Equally at home in operatic, solo, and chamber repertoire, Tessa Hartle’s most recent engagement was serving as a pianist/coach on the music staff of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Previously, she served on the music staff of Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera North, and Aspen Opera Theater Center. In addition to her work as a coach in the standard repertory, Tessa has also prepared and performed new contemporary American works, notably with UrbanArias in Arlington, VA (Spears’ Paul’s Case) and with the University of Maryland Opera Studio (Musto’s Later the Same Evening). A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Tessa holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland – College Park, and is the recipient of Sarasota Opera’s Gunther & Ilse Kern Award for Opera Artists.

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