Artistic Contributors, 2015
Director of Artistic Administration for Opera in the Heights
Keith Chapman received his Bachelor of Music in Piano from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in Piano from Rice University. In the past he has accompanied for the Houston and Dallas Ballet Academies, the Houston Boychoir, and at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition to his duties at Oh!, Mr. Chapman is a librarian at Rice University.
Dr. Eiki Isomura
Principal Conductor for Opera in the Heights
His past positions include those of assistant conductor with Opera in the Ozarks, vocal coach with Moores Opera Center, and touring pianist with Arizona Opera’s young artist program. He has also conducted performances with University of Arizona Opera Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and the University of Michigan Opera Theatre.
He has studied orchestral and opera conducting with some of the most renown teachers in the profession including Kenneth Kiesler, Thomas Cockrell, Martin Katz, Colin Metters, Gustav Meier, and Mark Gibson. Isomura also holds an MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Arizona where he held two fellowships and served as conductor of the UA Philharmonic. He earned a BMA in Music Theory with a History of Art cognate from the University of Michigan.
Isomura currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Montgomery, where he leads the orchestra and chamber music program and teaches courses in music theory and history. He resides in Houston with his wife, Monica Isomura, mezzo-soprano, and his most trusted collaborator. For Full Bio, click HERE
Susan Stone Li
A Kansas City Missouri native, Ms. Li has worked in opera houses across the country but now makes Houston her home. An alumni of University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music, Ms. Li spent time working on musical theater tours with performers such as Robert Goulet before becoming a student in Florida State University’s Opera Production Masters Program where she focused her studies on stage direction for opera.
In May of 2013 she made her directorial debut with Houston Grand Opera as Revival Director for John Caird’s production of La bohème. In September of 2014 she directed Rigoletto for Opera in the Heights, and in January of 2015 she directed a reduction of Le nozze di Figaro for Atlanta Opera Company. In previous seasons Ms. Li has worked for New Orleans Opera, Sarasota Opera Company, Orlando Opera Company, Grand Rapids Opera and has spent summers working at Wolf Trap Opera & Aspen Music Festival.
Lynda Keith McKnight
Lynda Keith McKnight, stage director, has directed seven productions for Opera in the Heights including La tragedie de Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Macbeth, Rigoletto, and La Traviata. She also directs regularly with the UH Moores Opera Center, most recently in performances of The Consul and L’Elisir d’amore. In addition to her work as a stage director, Dr. McKnight, a soprano, made her stage debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1991 in the world premiere of John Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and has sung professionally with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. Dr. McKnight holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Opera Directing from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where she currently serves as a faculty member in Vocal Studies and Opera. In addition, she holds both a Master of Music in Voice and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Baylor University.