2016-2017 Committee

David O’Connor, Chairman
David Loewe, Finals Auditions Director
Jim Houston, Treasurer

Erika Erich, Recording Secretary

Robert Marks, Membership Chairman and
Broadcast Chairman
Ed Reicin, Development Chairman

Steve Robinson, Publicity Chairman

District Chairs

Bob Miller, Illinois Director
Please direct all Illinois District correspondence to the Region Director David Loewe
Laurie McRobbie, Indiana Director

Sarah Slover, Indiana Coordinator
Kris Gilbert, Kentucky Co-Director
Clifton Smith, Kentucky Co-Director

Rich Lauf, Ohio Director


Dr. Kit Bridges

Kit Bridges has performed widely in recital series, including those at the Chicago Cultural Center, Grant Park, Steinway Hall, and the University of Chicago, and broadcasts on NPR, WFMT, and PBS.

After lessons at Texas Christian University with the legendary Mozart interpreter Lili Kraus, Dr. Bridges continued his studies with Gui Mombaerts at Northwestern University where he received a doctorate in piano performance in 1986. An expert in the Viennese classicists, he won the Schubert Prize in the International Piano Recording Competition and was a finalist in the Young Keyboard Artists Association International Competition. Dr. Bridges’ Chicago solo debut at Orchestra Hall took place in 1993, in a recital consisting of music by 20th Century Russian composers.

Dr. Bridges serves as the official accompanist for the regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions held yearly in Chicago, and as a member of the Seitz-Bridges piano duo, he has appeared around the country in recitals with repertoire ranging from Bach to Bernstein. In 1995, Dr. Bridges collaborated with French hornist Kathryn Ann Buss on a recorded anthology of piano-French horn repertoire for Catalyst Recordings.

In addition to his performance career, Kit Bridges maintains a private piano studio in Evanston is a faculty member of DePaul University. Dr. Bridges was also recently a coach for the Young Artists Program of the Chicago Opera Theater and on the faculty of North Park University.

Laurann Gilley

Laurann Gilley has been a pianist and coach with the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago for the past nine years. She served in the same capacity with Glimmerglass Opera for 15 seasons, having prepared several operas, including 3 world premieres. Other companies she has worked with include San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Omaha, Tulsa Opera, Kentucky Opera, Sacramento Opera, Mississippi Opera, and the American Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has also recorded. Conductors with whom she has worked include Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Bonynge, Edoardo Müller, and Stewart Robertson. Ms. Gilley has accompanied recitals at Weill Recital Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, on the San Francisco Opera Schwabacher Series, and in other venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a faculty member of Northwestern University, she is part of the voice department and assists in preparation of operas. Ms. Gilley holds degrees from The Eastman School of Music and Manhattan School of Music, where she also worked as a vocal coach and accompanist.

2016 Central Region Judges