Amyrose McCue Gill
Dramatic soprano Amyrose McCue Gill was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began her singing career in Victoria, British Columbia. She holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Holy Names University and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. McCue Gill has recorded and performed in recital and on the operatic stage in North America and Italy, specializing in unusual 19th and 20th century art song and opera; her most recent role was as Judit in Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. In 2014, she won first prize as “Singer of the Year” in the 2014 Cal-Western National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. Dr. McCue Gill teaches at Santa Clara University and in her private voice studio, Black Rose Studio, in Sunnyvale. She has been working with CU directors, teachers, and students to develop and implement innovative and proven curricula since 2014.
CU founder and executive director Lin Pan completed her first degree at the top of her class in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she received a Master of Music degree in 2006. As a young pianist, Ms. Pan won one of the most prestigious piano performance awards in China, the National Pearl River Piano Competition; she has appeared on stage in many of the world’s leading concert halls, from Shanghai to Salzburg. A recognized instructor of performance piano, music theory, and music artistry, she taught for a decade at the Zhou Xiao Yan Opera Center, where she served on the piano teacher certification committee. She is currently the co-Chair and Director of MTAC, Branch Honor Council, and is an American Certified Piano Performance Evaluator. Ms. Pan’s students have won national young artist piano competitions in China and the United States, and are admitted to top American conservatories. For her outstanding achievements in music education, Ms. Pan won Kathy C. Burke Memorial Educational Scholarship Awards in 2012 and 2013. She founded CU in 2013, and continues to work with local music communities, including educators and parents, to expand the school’s offerings for current and future students.
Soprano Angelique Zuluaga began her singing career in Cali, Colombia, South America, where she received her teaching degree in music from the Universidad del Valle. An advocate for educating young audiences in music, she has developed music outreach programs and is co-founder of Early Music in Motion, an arts organization that serves rural and underserved audiences. With over twenty years of performance and teaching experience, she is frequently invited to universities, festivals, and workshops to teach vocal technique. Ms. Zuluaga completed two master degrees in voice performance and early music at the Jacobs School of Music and Early Music Institute at Indiana University. She resides in San Jose where she teaches at Sage Vista School, an elementary school specializing in education for gifted children, and in her private studio. Ms. Zuluaga has been working with CU’s Junior Troupe, focusing on vocal technique and music literacy, since 2014.