MISSION

Resonanz is a nonprofit arts organization existing to support the growth and development of striving vocalists. Through our benefactors, fundraising events, and arranging and promoting concert performances, the organization draws its strength from its involvement in a wide variety of vocalist related ventures and unique collaborations with other forms of artistic expression. It discovers and creates opportunities for talented vocalists and helping them to pursue those opportunities to the fullest.  



HISTORY

Resonanz was founded in 2009 by Mezzo-Soprano and Metropolitan Opera Veteran, Heidi Skok. At that time, the organization operated as a three-week young artist festival for singers at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Now, Resonanz is fulfilling its mission of helping singers through vocal training and technical work (SkokStudio), an extensive concert series in Cleveland and New York, and a mentoring and scholarship program for vocalists through a partnership with The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio.



EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Heidi Skok, Mezzo Soprano
Resonanz Founder & Artistic Director of the Midwest Region


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A former soprano, Heidi Skok made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Shepherd in Tannhaüser in 1992.  She then sang as a young artist with the company from 1991-1994 and as an artist until 2003, primarily under the baton and tutelage of Maestro James Levine in many productions. These most notably included Parsifal, Death in Venice, Jenufa, Queen of Spades, and Ariadne auf Naxos.  She is the recipient of several awards from many prestigious organizations including Opera America, Opera Index, The Center for Contemporary Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.

Ms. Skok transitioned to the mezzo-soprano repertoire very naturally in 2006 and performed a splendid debut recital at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston.  She has sung many concerts on four different continents at such venues like the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Ravinia Festival.  Ms. Skok explains that she specializes in the whole “alpha to omega” range of repertoire, from Early music of Handel and Bach to the contemporary composers. Her recordings include Women’s Voices (Ned Rorem) and Songs of Martin Hennessy on the Newport classic label with Mr. Hennessy at the piano. It can be found on Amazon and other websites.

Ms. Skok serves on the Voice faculty at The Fine Arts Association of Willoughby, OH. She also maintains SkokStudio, a private voice studio in Cleveland, OH.  For more information about Ms. Skok, please visit www.heidiskok.com.
Douglas R. Benoit, Tenor
Resonanz Artistic Director of the Northeast Region
Douglas received voice training from the Peabody Preparatory, Oberlin Conservatory, and New England Conservatory of Music. Teachers have included Helen Strine and Dr. Susan Harwood (Peabody Preparatory), Dr. Randal Woodfield (Peabody Conservatory), Marlene Rosen (Oberlin Conservatory), Patricia Craig (New England Conservatory), and Heidi Skok and Roger Malouf (Metropolitan Opera). 

Growing up in the church, Douglas developed a deep love for sacred and early music and oratorio which would later become his primary focus.  At 17, he became the youngest member of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. That year he also performed as an oratorio soloist with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. He then went on to hold several professional church positions throughout college as his voice developed.  

Upon moving to New York City in 2008, he became a regular soloist with the New York City Master Chorale, Village Chorale, New York Festival Singers, and the New York Repertory Orchestra. He also became a cantor, featured soloist, and member of the St. Paul Choir and Chamber Ensemble at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. He has performed both nationally and internationally and has been featured on television and radio. Douglas is honored to have been asked by his long-time teacher and dear friend, Heidi Skok, to be Artistic Director of the New York City Division of Resonanz. He is very excited to work with this incredible singer and pedagogue. 
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For more information about Resonanz, including artist bios, recordings, concert series dates, 
program partnerships, ways to donate, and contact information, please visit www.resonanz-series.org.