2017–18 Season: La Traviata
John Elam is currently serving as Musical Associate for the 2016–17 Season at Tri-Cities Opera, where he is chorusmaster and assistant conductor for upcoming productions of La Traviata and Hansel und Gretel under the baton of Vlad Iftinca, as well as assistant conductor for Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnol and Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox. Elam began his collegiate study at Baylor University before getting his M.M. and D.M.A. in collaborative piano as a student of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. Dr. Elam has served on music staff at Music in the Marche and Opera in the Ozarks, playing for productions of Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Into the Woods, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Recital venues include Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Castello Brancaleoni in Piobbico, Italy. He has also worked as a coach with the Michigan Opera Theater and was an Apprentice Coach in the 2016 Merola Opera Program.