2017–18 Season: La Traviata
John Elam served as musical associate for the 2016-17 season at Tri-Cities Opera, where he was chorusmaster and assistant conductor for productions of La Traviata and Hänsel und Gretel under the baton of Vlad Iftinca, as well as assistant conductor for Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox. Elam began his collegiate study at Baylor University before getting his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in collaborative piano as a student of Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. 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 Theatre and was an apprentice coach in the 2016 Merola Opera Program.