Opera in the Heights Staff

 
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Paige Myrick | Executive Director

Paige Myrick joined Opera in the Heights after serving in various administrative capacities with The Van Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth Opera, The Boston Conservatory, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, & the Houston Chamber Choir. Deemed as a “forward-thinker within the Houston’s arts community,” Myrick is also the founder of Circle of Fifths, an audience development partnership among five local Houston arts organizations. A former singer herself, Myrick studied music and arts administration at Texas Christian University, and holds a Masters of Music degree and Professional Studies Certificate from The Boston Conservatory where she was also awarded a teaching assistantship in musicology. Myrick's personal belief is that the arts should engage and enable people to connect and come together. When Myrick isn't surrounded by the arts, she enjoys training for marathons, baking intricate pastries, volunteering with the Junior League of Houston, and spending time with her poodle, Bodie.

 

Eiki Isomura | Artistic Director

Eiki Isomura joined Opera in the Heights in 2015 as interim conductor, subsequently reengaged as principal conductor in 2016, & ultimately appointed Artistic Director in 2017 for an initial term of three years. Previously, he served on the music staff at HGOco from 2013-15. His appointment as Director of Orchestral Activities at Lone Star College-Montgomery in 2012 brought him to Houston from Ann Arbor, MI, where he completed his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan. He also holds a masters in orchestral and opera conducting from the University of Arizona. He has been a conducting fellow at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa & Canada and the CCM Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has studied with some of the foremost conducting teachers in the profession including Kenneth Kiesler, Thomas Cockrell, Mark Gibson, Colin Metters, and Gustav Meier. This summer, Isomura returns for his second season on the music staff at the Opera in the Ozarks Festival.

 
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Keith Chapman | Director of Artistic Administration

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.

 

Daniel B. Taylor | Marketing & Events Manager

Born and raised in Corinth, Mississippi, Daniel became a patron of the arts at a very young age. He grew up attending Broadway Across America productions at the magnificent Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee and expressed his own artistic ability performing in community theatre productions with Corinth Theatre Arts as well as seven years studying piano and saxophone. In 2011, Daniel graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a minor in Marketing. After graduating, Daniel was offered a position with the Hattiesburg Convention Commission as Event Coordinator for the Historic Saenger Theater. This opportunity led to Daniel’s management of Guest Experience at the Hattiesburg Zoo, and ultimately general management of the Saenger Theater. In 2015, he joined Houston Grand Opera as Manager of Audience Development and relocated to Houston, Texas. Daniel joined Opera in the Heights in September of 2016 with a focus on enhancing the company's patron experience. In January of this year, Daniel was accepted into Marilyn Davies College of Business at University of Houston-Downtown in pursuit of a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in leadership.   

 
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Christopher Butler | Patron Experience Coordinator

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Christopher joined Opera in the Heights in 2018. Most recently he worked for the Asia Society Texas Center as a Customer Service & Memberships Assistant. Prior to arriving in Houston, he was working at Columbia University as a Teaching Assistant. He has also worked for Rice Athletics, Xavier Athletics, and Ripken Baseball. In 2015 he helped found the Institute for Inquiry Science, a STEM start-up based in North Carolina where he served as its Creative Director for 3 years.  Christopher graduated from Xavier University with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts in 2014. At Xavier he interned with the Cincinnati Reds, was on the Men’s Rowing team, and helped co-found Rockdale Community Garden. In 2018, he graduated from the Columbia University with a Certificate in Sport Management. In 2019, he will graduate from the University of Houston-Downtown with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies/History. He is passionate about community service, as Christopher is an alumnus of both the Episcopal Service Corps and AmeriCorps programs. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., an African American service-based organization.  He is a writer, and in 2017 his poem, “Laissez Faire” was published by the UHD Bayou Review. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, reading, writing, basketball, and mindfulness meditation.

 
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Monica Isomura | Education Coordinator

Education Coordinator, Monica Isomura, is an accomplished mezzo-soprano and a passionate educator, dedicated to sharing the magic of opera with students of all ages throughout Houston. She has served in her current position since 2015, and in that time has brought OH’s “Opera from OH! To You” Program to several thousand students in schools all over the city, as well as arranged for them to come to the opera house to see full productions.  As a performer, she recently sang the leading role of Jo March in Adamo’s Little Women at Opera in the Heights. This last year, in concert, she was heard as the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Durufle Requiem with The Houston Chamber Choir, alto soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and the alto soloist in the Mozart Requiem at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church. In past seasons, she has sung the roles of Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium at Opera in the Heights, and has appeared in productions and concerts with The Lone Star Lyric Opera, Da Camera, the Houston Heights Orchestra, and the Memorial Classical Music Series. She has previously sung for Michigan Opera Theater, The Castleton Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera New Jersey’s Emerging Artist Program, and Toledo Opera’s Opera-on-wheels. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in voice from Stony Brook University in New York. Monica teaches as an Adjunct Professor of voice at Lone Star College Cyfair, is a teaching artist for TUTS’ Humphrey’s School of Musical Theater, and maintains a thriving private voice studio.